Week 8 Fantasy TE Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at tight end

After byes thinned out the top tier of our fantasy TE rankings the past couple of weeks, this week brings a pleasant change. Mark Andrews is returning to our Week 8 fantasy TE rankings along with Mike Gesicki, Trey Burton, and Irv Smith Jr., and Jonnu Smith and Noah Fant both figure to be healthier after finishing their respective games last week. That will provide a boost to the top of the rankings, and fantasy owners will (hopefully) find themselves relying on fewer sleepers and waiver wire streamers than usual this week.

The byes are kind to tight ends this week. Logan Thomas and Darren Fells headline the group (along with Dan Arnold and Tyler Eifert, who was out last week), and both are somewhat TD-dependent streaming options. The absences of Fells and Thomas will thin out the streamers a bit, but that shouldn’t matter for most fantasy owners.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

This week’s top streamers are, unsurprisingly, playing against NFC East opponents. Dalton Schultz (@ Eagles) figures to be a potential top-12 play and could continue to play well against an Eagles defense that has struggled against tight ends. Meanwhile, in that same game, Richard Rodgers (vs. Cowboys) could be a solid streamer after he posted six catches for 85 yards against the Giants. His status will depend on the potential return of Dallas Goedert (ankle), but Rodgers can be trusted if Goedert can’t play. Jimmy Graham (vs. Saints) is also a top streamer this week considering the Saints are allowing the most fantasy points per game to TEs.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | D/ST | Kicker

Speaking of injuries to watch, Austin Hooper (appendicitis) may be out of the Browns lineup against the Raiders this week. If he is, Harrison Bryant will likely take over as the team’s lead TE and would make for an excellent play against a porous Vegas defense. If healthy, Hooper is a top-10 TE. If he’s not, Bryant will be a worthwhile starter.

Because of the returning starters and worthwhile streamers, it’s okay to fade players who have been viewed as viable starters for most of the season. Notably, Evan Engram (vs. Buccaneers), Eric Ebron (@ Ravens), and T.J. Hockenson (vs. Colts) are all facing tough defenses that have been successful against TEs. You can still choose to start these players, but just know that their ceilings are a bit lower than usual (which isn’t saying much for Engram and Ebron).

Check back for updates to these TE rankings throughout the week.

Week 8 Fantasy TE Rankings (Standard)

These rankings are for non-PPR leagues

Rank Player
1 Travis Kelce, KC vs. NYJ
2 George Kittle, SF @ SEA
3 Darren Waller, LV @ CLE
4 Mark Andrews, BAL vs. PIT
5 Noah Fant, DEN vs. LAC
6 Jonnu Smith, TEN @ CIN
7 Richard Rodgers, PHI vs. DAL
8 Mike Gesicki, MIA vs. LAR
9 Hunter Henry, LAC @ DEN
10 Jimmy Graham, CHI vs. NO
11 Dalton Schultz, DAL @ PHI
12 Rob Gronkowski, TB @ NYG
13 Harrison Bryant, CLE vs. LV
14 Hayden Hurst, ATL @ CAR
15 T.J. Hockenson, DET vs. IND
16 Eric Ebron, PIT @ BAL
17 Evan Engram, NYG vs. TB
18 Trey Burton, IND @ DET
19 Jared Cook, NO @ CHI
20 Robert Tonyan, GB vs. MIN
21 Tyler Higbee, LAR @ MIA
22 Irv Smith Jr., MIN @ GB
23 David Njoku, CLE vs. LV
24 Drew Sample, CIN vs. TEN
25 Greg Olsen, SEA vs. SF
26 Ian Thomas, CAR vs. ATL
27 Gerald Everett, LAR @ MIA
28 Taysom Hill, NO @ CHI
29 Anthony Firkser, TEN @ CIN
30 Kyle Rudolph, MIN @ GB
31 Jack Doyle, IND @ DET
32 Tyler Kroft, BUF vs. NE
33 Cameron Brate, TB @ NYG

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