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Week 8 Tight End Rankings for DraftKings and FanDuel

DFS players can get a major edge in DraftKings contests with these low-owned tight ends.

In Week 8, George Kittle (6/98/1) was the highest-scoring fantasy player at the tight end position, followed by Juwan Johnson (5/32/2). Nine other tight ends scored between 10.00 and 16.00 fantasy points, making it difficult to gain an edge. Travis Kelce (33.50, 19.20, and 15.80) was the only tight end to score more than 10.00 fantasy points in each of the past three games (and he's on bye this week).

Week 8 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Teams on bye: Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers

Zach Ertz, Arizona Cardinals (DraftKings – $5,100/FanDuel – $6,000)

With DeAndre Hopkins returning last week, Ertz saw his targets fall to four, leading to his lowest output (2/21) of the season. Over his previous five starts, he had a floor of six catches (8/75, 6/45, 6/47/1, 6/48, and 7/70) while averaging 9.4 targets. Ertz ranks fourth in tight end scoring (12.14 FPPG) despite averaging only 8.6 yards per catch with one touchdown. Minnesota struggled in two of its past three matchups against tight ends (NO – 6/70 and MIA – 6/69/2), but some of the damage against the Saints came from Taysom Hill (5/21/1) rushing the ball with a tight end qualification. The Vikings rank 27th against tight ends (15.38 FPPG), with Dallas Goedert (5/82) and Mike Gesicki (6/69/2) having the most success. For Ertz to score more than 20.00 fantasy points, this game must be high scoring.

Greg Dulcich, Denver Broncos (DraftKings – $2,800/FanDuel – $4,900)

Two games into his NFL career, Dulcich has eight catches for 95 yards and one touchdown on 12 targets. His success in fantasy points per game (11.75) would rank him fifth for the season if he kept up his pace over his five missed games due to an injury. Seeing him hold value against the Jets (6/51) while playing with a backup quarterback was a good indicator. The Jaguars are eighth in the league defending tight ends (26/315/1 on 40 targets) while playing five teams (WAS, IND, HOU, IND, and NYG) with below-average options at the position. With Russell Wilson back under center, Dulcich should be a factor in the red zone while the Jaguars focus on slowing down the Broncos’ top two wide receivers. His low salary only requires 12.00 fantasy points to pay off.

Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills (DraftKings – $3,500/FanDuel – $5,200)

After six games in 2021, Knox had 21 catches for 286 yards and five touchdowns while averaging only 4.5 targets. This season his touchdown output (1) crushed his playable value. Knox has one missed game with minimal production in his other five starts (15/148/1 on 20 targets). The Bills already have 21 passing touchdowns, but two-thirds (14) have gone to their wide receivers. Green Bay comes into this game fourth against tight ends (22/201/0 on 32 targets) while not playing against a top-tier option (MIN, CHI, TB, NE, NYG, NYJ, and WAS). The Packers will game plan to defend the Bills’ top two wide receivers, giving Knox a chance to make a play or two in the end zone. Buffalo also has a chance to score more than 30 points, creating more scoring chances for their wide receivers. At some point, Knox will pay off with his lower salary.