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:
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Green Bay
- Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Seattle
- Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – at Chicago
- Darren Waller – Oakland Raiders – at Houston
- George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Carolina
- Evan Engram – New York Giants – at Detroit
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Buffalo
- Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Tampa Bay
- Jimmy Graham – Green Bay Packers – at Kansas City
- Josh Hill – New Orleans Saints – vs. Arizona
- Gerald Everett – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Cincinnati
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at San Francisco
- Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Denver
- Chris Herndon – New York Jets – at Jacksonville
- T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – vs. New York Giants
- Jordan Akins – Houston Texans – vs. Oakland
- Dawson Knox – Buffalo Bills – vs. Philadelphia
- Vance McDonald – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Miami
- Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – at Indianapolis
- O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Tennessee
- 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.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 8 rankings: