MIAMI, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Don't overlook your tight end slot when analyzing your Week 8 fantasy football lineup.
Studs like Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham are starting to heat up once again and are obvious must-starts, but you can also find lower-tier pass-catchers off of the waiver wire if you need to replace your usual tight end because of the Week 8 bye.
I have ranked my top 20 tight ends for the week below. You can also view my add/drops for the week and more positional rankings in the links below.
Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham battles the New Orleans Saints this Sunday on the road. The Saints have been middle-of-the-pack against tight ends, allowing just two scores to the position. But I still like Graham's chances for solid production. Quarterback Russell Wilson has started to look for Graham more often heading into midseason. Graham has at least five receptions in each of his last four games. The Saints have allowed touchdowns to tight ends in two of its last three games. Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is another top-5 play for me against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts are allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to tight ends and allowed touchdowns to the position in its previous two contests.
Zach Ertz should excel in a divisional road battle against the rival Dallas Cowboys. The Philadelphia Eagles tight end welcomes a matchup against a secondary allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends. Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert will see an increase in snaps and production this week against the Washington Redskins. The Redskins aren't terrible against tight ends, but I expect quarterback Andy Dalton to heavily target Eifert as he returns from an ankle injury. Dalton's eye for Eifert in the red zone is the main factor in my high ranking for the Pro Bowl pass-catcher.
Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz is a TE1 for me this week against the Detroit Lions. The Lions have allowed a league-high six touchdowns to the position through seven games. With DeAndre Hopkins struggling, I see Brock Osweiler keeping Fiedorowicz heavily involved in the passing attack. Cameron Brate and Jameis Winston are forging a bond with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I expect the kinship to continue against the Oakland Raiders, a unit allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Brate also has a solid shot at getting into the end zone against a Raiders secondary that has already surrendered four touchdowns to tight ends.
|1||Rob Gronkowski||New England Patriots||at Buffalo|
|2||Jimmy Graham||Seattle Seahawks||at New Orleans|
|3||Delanie Walker||Tennessee Titans||vs. Jacksonville|
|4||Travis Kelce||Kansas City Chiefs||at Indianapolis|
|5||Jordan Reed||Washington Redskins||at Cincinnati|
|6||Zach Ertz||Philadelphia Eagles||at Dallas|
|7||Tyler Eifert||Cincinnati Bengals||vs. Washington|
|8||Gary Barnidge||Cleveland Browns||vs. New York Jets|
|9||Greg Olsen||Carolina Panthers||vs. Arizona|
|10||Julius Thomas||Jacksonville Jaguars||at Tennessee|
|11||Jacob Tamme||Atlanta Falcons||vs. Green Bay|
|12||C.J. Fiedorowicz||Houston Texans||vs. Detroit|
|13||Cameron Brate||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||vs. Oakland|
|14||Charles Clay||Buffalo Bills||vs. New England|
|15||Antonio Gates||San Diego Chargers||at Denver|
|16||Jack Doyle||Indianapolis Colts||vs. Kansas City|
|17||Coby Fleener||New Orleans Saints||vs. Seattle|
|18||Jason Witten||Dallas Cowboys||vs. Philadelphia|
|19||Martellus Bennett||New England Patriots||at Buffalo|
|20||Zach Miller||Chicago Bears||vs. Minnesota|