Fantasy Football TE Report: The Unanimous No. 1, Plus Other Week 8 Starts

Oct 25, 2018 1:29 PM EDT
  • The Action Network ranked fantasy football tight ends across standard, PPR and half-point PPR formats for Week 8.
  • Here's a deeper dive on TEs who should start, including Travis Kelce and David Njoku, plus the best streaming candidates.

Which tight ends have the most favorable fantasy matchups? Who is the best streaming option? And who has a poor matchup?

Here’s a breakdown of five notable tight ends featured in Sean Koerner, Chris Raybon and Matthew Freedman’s Week 8 fantasy football rankings.

The No. 1 TE

Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce is the unanimous No. 1 across PPR, standard and half-point PPR formats once again. He’ll take on a Broncos defense that’s allowing 9.86 yards per attempt and 62.0 receiving yards per game to opposing tight ends.

Kelce possesses an absurd 20.1-point median projection in the FantasyLabs Player Models, which is nearly eight points higher than the next tight end.

The Most Favorable Matchups

David Njoku, Cleveland Browns

Since Baker Mayfield has taken over the starting role for the Browns, Njoku is averaging 9.0 targets per game.

This week, Njoku draws a Steelers defense that’s allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends, and the third-most receiving yards per game to the position (79.67), per Sports Info Solutions.

He’s the No. 7 TE in PPR and half-point PPR formats, and No. 8 in standard scoring.

Matchup Downgrade

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings

The Saints have been stingy against tight ends this season, allowing the second-fewest fantasy points per game to the position. They’re also allowing only 6.03 yards per attempt and 35.17 receiving yards per game to tight ends, both of which are top-three marks in the league.

Rudolph’s 5.1 targets per game makes him a rather touchdown-dependent option, but you’re likely not sitting in him in a game with an over/under of 52 points as of writing (see live odds here), especially since the tight end position is rather ugly most weeks.

Rudolph is the 13th-ranked tight end across formats.

Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah.

The Best Streamers

C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals

Uzomah is a boom-or-bust streamer considering he’s averaged 3.7 targets over the past three weeks. However, he’s playing 93% of the Bengals’ tight end snaps and takes on a Buccaneers defense that’s allowing 10.96 yards per attempt and 87.67 receiving yards per game to tight ends this season — both of which are league-worst marks.

Ben Watson, New Orleans Saints

Watson’s usage isn’t outstanding (4.7 targets per game), but teams have been targeting tight ends against the Vikings routinely this season.

Overall, the Vikings rank in the bottom eight of the league against tight ends in both yards per attempt (9.0) and receiving yards per game (70.71), per Sports Info Solutions.

Want another edge? Be sure to keep up with the week’s news on FantasyLabs.

Credit:

Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Travis Kelce

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