Week 8 Rankings (2019): Top 25 Tight Ends: Trying To Find Options Outside The Elite, Names That Can’t Be Trusted & More


It feels like we are a broken record, but trying to pick your tight end on a weekly basis is among the more frustrating tasks in setting your lineup. If you aren’t lucky enough to have one of the Top 6 or 7 options you are left wondering if your plug in will manage to produce, even if everything points in the right direction. Who should we trust? Who should we ignore? Let’s take a look at our rankings for the coming week:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Green Bay
  2. Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Seattle
  3. Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – at Chicago
  4. Darren Waller – Oakland Raiders – at Houston
  5. George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Carolina
  6. Evan Engram – New York Giants – at Detroit
  7. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Buffalo
  8. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Tampa Bay
  9. Jimmy Graham – Green Bay Packers – at Kansas City
  10. Josh Hill – New Orleans Saints – vs. Arizona
  11. Gerald Everett – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Cincinnati
  12. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at San Francisco
  13. Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Denver
  14. Chris Herndon – New York Jets – at Jacksonville
  15. T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – vs. New York Giants
  16. Jordan Akins – Houston Texans – vs. Oakland
  17. Dawson Knox – Buffalo Bills – vs. Philadelphia
  18. Vance McDonald – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Miami
  19. Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – at Indianapolis
  20. O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Tennessee

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  • After watching Darren Waller (7 receptions, 126 yards, 2 TD) and the Raiders’ tight ends (11 catches, 172 yards, 3 TD total) torch the Houston Texans, you have to feel good about Travis Kelce this week.  Even without Patrick Mahomes there’s a good chance Kelce operates as the safety valve for Matt Moore.  That means ample opportunities and a good chance to thrive.
  • Zach Ertz (2 receptions, 38 yards) was outproduced by Dallas Goedert (4 receptions, 69 yards, 1 TD) in Week 7.  While Ertz has been consistently in the 50-72 yard range all season, he has topped 65 yards once and has only scored 1 TD.  Sure Ertz has the upside of one of the elite and he’s going to remain a must start each week, but he has to be viewed on the lower end of the top names heading into Week 8.
  • While Delanie Walker hasn’t been very good since Week 1 (when he scored 2 TD), the matchup against Tennessee is going to keep him as a viable TE1 this week.  The Titans have allowed the second most points per week to opposing tight ends (497 yards and 3 TD) and Walker should be among the safety valves for Ryan Tannehill. Of course it all assumes Walker is healthy and ready to roll, which isn’t a given. Monitor the news heading into Sunday.
  • Will Jared Cook be able to play in Week 8, after missing Week 7 with an ankle issue?  Whether it’s Cook or Josh Hill, who stepped in this past week and delivered a solid performance (3 catches, 43 yards, 1 TD), the perceived primary tight end will be a TE1 against a Cardinals defense that has allowed the most points per week to opposing tight ends.  For now it’s Hill who is being shown, but monitor the news in case things change.
  • Remember when T.J. Hockenson was being viewed as the exception to the rule of rookie tight ends and their success in Year 1?  That didn’t last long, as he’s quickly fallen off of radars after a big Week 1.  The Giants defense isn’t very good, but they have done a good job against opposing tight ends and Hockenson should be considered nothing more than a TE2 at this point.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 8 rankings:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends


  1. What’s up Professor? Would you go with Wentz or add and stream Winston or Brisette? If the answer is stream can you rank those two guys also for claim order? Thank you

  2. Hey Prof! Do you think Fells is starting to outpace Aikens as the top TE in Houston? Fells has more targets than Aikens over the last two weeks. Also, is either Fells, Ebron or Josh Hill (all FAs in my league) a better start than OJ Wilson this week?

    • It’s possible re: the Houston TE situation, but I could see them simply sharing the targets and being unpredictable as to who the “lead” will be.

      Do you mean OJ Howard? I’d use Hill

      • 14-team league. Pickings are slim. And I am struggling at TE real bad. Chris Herndon may not play again this week and I dropped Delanie Walker. Jonnu Smith is available and so are Gesicki, Knox, and Watson. What’s your take? Still Vance McDonald or one from the above bunch? Thanks.

        • If Herndon is playing I’d lean him, otherwise your stuck with McDonald (though at the point go with your gut because we’ve learned that any tight end could step up and have a big day).


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