Week 8 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

With all the injuries to quarterbacks, will teams start depending on their tight ends more?  Has Owen Daniels finally rediscovered his form?  Can Tony Moeaki & Dustin Keller play like its Week 3?  Let’s take a look at our current tight end rankings for the coming week:

  1. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Tennessee
  2. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Denver
  3. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Jacksonville
  4. Zach Miller – Oakland Raiders – vs. Seattle
  5. Chris Cooley – Washington Redskins – at Detroit
  6. Aaron Hernandez – New England Patriots – vs. Minnesota
  7. Kellen Winslow – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Arizona
  8. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
  9. Dustin Keller – New York Jets – vs. Green Bay
  10. Tony Moeaki – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Buffalo
  11. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at New Orleans
  12. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – vs. Washington
  13. Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Dallas
  14. Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Miami
  15. John Carlson – Seattle Seahawks – at Oakland
  16. Visanthe Shiancoe – Minnesota Vikings – at New England
  17. Bo Scaife – Tennessee Titans – at San Diego
  18. Jacob Tamme – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Houston
  19. Jeremy Shockey – New Orleans Saints – vs. Pittsburgh
  20. Tony Sheffler – Detroit Lions – vs. Washington

Thoughts:

  • Jason Witten has touchdowns in two of his last three games.  What, really?  The sudden outburst has to make fantasy owners happy and brings him back into the forefront of fantasy tight ends, especially against a Jaguars defense that has struggled against the pass.  It also wouldn’t be surprising to see Jon Kitna depend on him, would it?
  • Since Week 1, Aaron Hernandez has at least four catches in every game.  Now, if Tom Brady could only get him into the end zone.  It’s clear that he’s going to continue to be a vital part of the passing game and at 6’1”, 245 lbs. it would seem like it’s only a matter of time before he becomes a red zone target.  He’s a clear TE1 at this point.
  • Dustin Keller was the golden tight end earlier in the season, but since the return of Santonio Holmes he has five catches for 89 yards and no touchdowns.  He’s still a TE1, but he’s just a low-end option at this point.
  • Like the rest of the Vikings receivers, the health of Brett Favre and their general inability in the passing game hurts the potential value of Visanthe Shiancoe.
  • Will one of the Colts tight ends be able to fill the shoes of Dallas Clark?  Unlikely, but I’d put Jacob Tamme the best opportunity to be usable.  However, at this point he’s no more then a TE2 until we know exactly what type of role he’ll fill.
  • Owen Daniels is beginning to round into form, with five catches for 79 yards in Week 6.  It’s been a long road back, but he is certainly back into the role of usable options.
  • Will the absence of Alex Smith hurt the value of Vernon Davis?  He has scored in four straight games, but you would expect him to remain the main focus of the offense with Troy Smith at quarterback.  Continue to value him as an elite option.

What are your thoughts on these rankings?  Who’s too high?  Who’s too low?

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10 Responses to Week 8 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

  1. Nick Tenaglia says:

    I would assume, based on your comments above, that I should start Aaron Hernandez over Dustin Keller.

    But my REAL question is if its time to sell-high on Keller. I am definitely looking to trade Larry Fitzgerald, but in my keeper league is at valued at $40 (WAY over-priced!). I drafted Keller at $2, which is incredible value for a TE1.

    So if I can package Keller and Fitz together, should I be looking to back a WR1, or should I go for a WR2 and a TE2 (just in case Hernandez doesn’t pan out to be a great TE1)?

    The guy in 9th place (out of 10) has already said that he is looking to trade away some players in an effor to “look towards next season”. His current TE Zach Miller and Carlson, and his WRs are Hines Ward, Randy Moss, Colston, Harvin, Lee Evans and Meachem. Do you see any potential trades here if I offer Fitz and Keller?

    The guy in last place (who finished 9th last season) has his TE as Cooley and Celek (priced @ $19!!!) His WR are Bowe, Driver, Ochocinco, Maclin, Floyd and VJax. I already own DeSean Jackson and this guy is a huge SD fan, so I doubt he will trade the SD players. Do you see any potential trades here if I offer Fitz/Keller?

    Thanks man! LOVE the site!

  2. Nick Tenaglia says:

    I also have Mike Williams (SEA), Deion Branch and Davone Bess (although I want save Bess if I can). So you can add those guys into the trade if it helps…

  3. admin says:

    Nick, I would definitely shoot high and see if someone might bite. Getting a Moss or Colston would certainly be nice, but you can argue that those guys are similar to Fitzgerald at this point, so I certainly would be looking at getting a TE back as well. Miller & Moss for Keller & Fitz is probably fair, though I’m still skeptical about giving up on Fitz. I know how bad he’s been, but he was a consensus top option prior to the season.

    I think when the Cardinals ultimately go to Skeleton, which they will, Fitzgerald could get new life. I’m all for cashing in on Keller, maybe getting a Bowe, Ochocinco or maybe even Coslton) for him, but I’d be hesitatant on Fitz.

  4. Scitt says:

    I have Cooley as a starting TE. I have Watson to fill Cooley’s bye and was thinking of dropping Watson to get Tamme. Just in case Tamme has a huge game this Sunday, I wanted to get him before the waiver value went up.

    Would keep Watson or take a ride on the Colt’s express?

    Thanks

  5. mogli says:

    well i have Tony Ganzalez as my TE but he’s on by week so picked up heath miller, but recently somebody dropped aaron Hernendez

    so should i drop heath miller and pick up Hernandez. BUT I already have wes welker and deon branch from patriot team. let me know

  6. admin says:

    I’m not big on having three players from the same team, but Hernandez is significantly better then Miller this week.

    I’d make the move.

  7. MattiRomo says:

    I have Hernandez, Moeaki & M. Lewis…
    I realize Lewis is probably the weakest play do to circumstance.
    My real issue is who to start this week and should I go ahead and drop Lewis?

  8. admin says:

    I’d definitely go Hernandez this week as he should be a big part of the Patriots passing game.

    If your league only requires one TE to be played, there really is no reason to hold onto three tight ends. It just seems like a waste of a roster spot. Lewis is the weakest of the three, as he’s purely dependent on the TD. He’s alright to drop.

  9. KB says:

    I’m in league with TEs getting 1 PPR and RBs 0. who should I play in my flex: Marion Barber, Michael Bush, Jermaine Gresham, Tony Scheffler, or Jacob Tamme?

  10. admin says:

    That’s an interesting formats and a really tough call. I’m just not sure that any of the tight ends are going to get enough receptions to make them worthwhile, but at the same time neither of the RB are very attractive.

    Still, TE are extremely “fluky”, because you just never know what they are going to bring to the table.

    I’d probably still go with one of the RB, though it’s really a coin flip. No matter who you chose, it’s a risk.

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