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Week 8 Rankings

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Week 8 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Travis Kelce vs. DEN -
2 Zach Ertz at JAC -
3 George Kittle at ARZ -
4 Jared Cook vs. IND -
5 Rob Gronkowski at BUF Questionable (back)
6 Jimmy Graham at LAR -
7 David Njoku at PIT -
8 Eric Ebron at OAK -
9 Trey Burton vs. NYJ -
10 O.J. Howard at CIN -
11 Jordan Reed at NYG -
12 Vance McDonald vs. CLE -
13 Greg Olsen vs. BAL Questionable (foot)
14 C.J. Uzomah vs. TB -
15 Kyle Rudolph vs. NO -
16 Evan Engram vs. WAS -
17 Ben Watson at MIN -
18 Jack Doyle at OAK -
19 Cameron Brate at CIN -
20 Ricky Seals-Jones vs. SF -
21 Chris Herndon at CHI -
22 Jesse James vs. CLE -
23 Jeff Heuerman at KC -
24 Charles Clay vs. NE -
25 Mike Gesicki at HOU Questionable (shoulder)
26 Dallas Goedert at JAC -
27 Nick Vannett at DET -
28 Ed Dickson at DET -
29 Vernon Davis at NYG -
30 Nick O'Leary at HOU -
31 Gerald Everett vs. GB -
32 Erik Swoope at OAK Sidelined (knee)

TE Notes: Travis Kelce has gone at least 5/60 every game since Week 1. The most wrong thing I have predicted all year is that he would be more boom-or-bust in a more crowded Chiefs offense. … Rivaling Kelce for consistency has been Zach Ertz, who has caught least five passes every week. Ertz has cleared 90 yards in 4-of-7 games, never being held below 43. The Jaguars are his toughest matchup to date. … No. 3 in tight end yardage is George Kittle, who has emerged as the 49ers’ de facto No. 1 receiver.  Kittle’s 16.5 yards per catch is second only to O.J. Howard amongst seam stretchers with at least 20 grabs. … Speaking of de facto No. 1 receivers, there is Jared Cook for the Raiders. This was true even before Amari Cooper’s trade. Now it’s just a fact. Held to 30 total yards in two games before the Raiders’ bye, Cook should bounce back against a Colts defense that’s been soft up the seam.

Opposing Cook will be Eric Ebron, who had a quiet Week 7 but still drew seven targets for the fifth-straight game. T.Y. Hilton’s return did not dent Ebron’s usage. The Raiders’ talent-less defense is a gorgeous matchup despite decent numbers vs. enemy tight ends. Worth monitoring is Jack Doyle’s (hip) health. … If Rob Gronkowski (back) plays, he could be on a snap count against the expansion-level Bills. Depending on the practice reports, however, I could end up moving Gronk as high as No. 3. … Jimmy Graham got cooking in two games before the Packers’ bye, catching 11 total passes for 180 yards. He should stay hot against a Rams defense that’s surrendered the fifth-most tight end yardage (499). If you want to pick a nit, the Packers are getting healthier at receiver. … David Njoku has cleared 50 yards in each of Baker Mayfield’s four starts, averaging nine targets. … It’s hard to know what to make of Trey Burton’s Week 7 explosion. His 11 targets were more than double his previous season high. Is it the dawn of a new day like it was for Tarik Cohen in Week 4 or merely a blip? For Week 8, Burton gets a Jets defense that just lost S Doug Middleton for the second time this season.

O.J. Howard has picked up where he left off pre-Jameis Winston and pre-knee injury, turning in back-to-back 60-yard performances. The Bengals are allowing the fourth-most tight end fantasy points. That same fact keeps Cameron Brate on the low-end TE2 radar. … Jordan Reed is averaging merely 45 yards in the Redskins’ wheezing Alex Smith-led “attack,” with that number dipping to 33 over his past three games. … Always boom or bust, Vance McDonald has a solid Week 8 matchup in an overworked Browns defense that is down to its No. 3 middle linebacker. … Greg Olsen found the end zone in an otherwise quiet Week 7. The Ravens are once again keeping opposing tight ends on lockdown. … A distant fourth on the Giants’ targets totem pole, Evan Engram’s TE1 case is evaporating along with Eli Manning’s play. … C.J. Uzomah busted in a golden Week 7 matchup in the Chiefs. He has another in the Bucs. … Chris Herndon figures to continue seeing looks for the banged-up Jets. … The same could be true for Mike Gesicki in Miami, who is coming off a season high in yardage. The Dolphins will be without Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills against the Texans.

Week 8 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Harrison Butker vs. DEN -
2 Stephen Gostkowski at BUF -
3 Greg Zuerlein vs. GB -
4 Justin Tucker at CAR -
5 Dan Bailey vs. NO -
6 Ka'imi Fairbairn vs. MIA -
7 Wil Lutz at MIN -
8 Matt Prater vs. SEA -
9 Adam Vinatieri at OAK Questionable (groin)
10 Mason Crosby at LAR -
11 Randy Bullock vs. TB -
12 Cody Parkey vs. NYJ -
13 Dustin Hopkins at NYG -
14 Chandler Catanzaro at CIN -
15 Chris Boswell vs. CLE -
16 Jake Elliott at JAC -
17 Robbie Gould at ARZ -
18 Sebastian Janikowski at DET -
19 Brandon McManus at KC -
20 Graham Gano vs. BAL -
21 Jason Myers at CHI -
22 Aldrick Rosas vs. WAS -
23 Josh Lambo vs. PHI -
24 Jason Sanders at HOU -
25 Daniel Carlson vs. IND -
26 Phil Dawson vs. SF -
27 Greg Joseph at PIT -
28 Stephen Hauschka vs. NE -

Week 8 Defense/Special Teams

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Patriots Def/Spec Team at BUF -
2 Bears Def/Spec Team vs. NYJ -
3 Texans Def/Spec Team vs. MIA -
4 Eagles Def/Spec Team at JAC -
5 Steelers Def/Spec Team vs. CLE -
6 Fortyniners Def/Spec Team at ARZ -
7 Chiefs Def/Spec Team vs. DEN -
8 Cardinals Def/Spec Team vs. SF -
9 Redskins Def/Spec Team at NYG -
10 Ravens Def/Spec Team at CAR -
11 Colts Def/Spec Team at OAK -
12 Bengals Def/Spec Team vs. TB -
13 Jets Def/Spec Team at CHI -
14 Seahawks Def/Spec Team at DET -
15 Panthers Def/Spec Team vs. BAL -
16 Jaguars Def/Spec Team vs. PHI -
17 Dolphins Def/Spec Team at HOU -
18 Lions Def/Spec Team vs. SEA -
19 Vikings Def/Spec Team vs. NO -
20 Saints Def/Spec Team at MIN -
21 Rams Def/Spec Team vs. GB -
22 Browns Def/Spec Team at PIT -
23 Giants Def/Spec Team vs. WAS -
24 Raiders Def/Spec Team vs. IND -
25 Packers Def/Spec Team at LAR -
26 Buccaneers Def/Spec Team at CIN -
27 Bills Def/Spec Team vs. NE -
28 Broncos Def/Spec Team at KC -


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