Yes, Austin Hooper is the No. 1 fantasy TE coming into Week 8. But it's Week 8. Not Week 16, when most fantasy football championships are decided. We are not even half way there yet! Yes, I have him ranked lower than most. The reason Hooper is the top tight end is due to the fact that some of the other top options have started slow.
And can we talk about Hooper's strength of schedule? Five of the Falcons' first seven opponents are in the bottom half of the league in fantasy points allowed to tight ends. The other two are Houston and Philadelphia, who both just happen to be among the bottom six pass defenses in the NFL. I had Hooper in my top 10 this preseason, and I think he'll stay there. But let's stop talking about Hooper like he's the next Travis Kelce.
Instead, can we talk about Gerald Everett? I raised him four spots, but can't believe I needed to. Over the last four weeks, Everett leads all tight ends in targets. But the most amazing thing about Everett is that he leads all pass catchers in missed tackles forced per reception at .46. The next closest tight end is George Kittle at .21. Everyone is talking about Hooper because it's easy to see him at the top of the position rankings. But dig a little deeper and you might find some fantasy gold.
Or perhaps just Delanie Walker, who plays the goldmine that is the Tampa Bay defense. They have given up the second-most points fantasy points to tight end this seasons. There is a reason I like him seven slots higher than the experts' consensus ranking this week! Just be sure to monitor his practice participation and injury designation leading into this game as Walker is dealing with a nagging ankle injury that apparently is getting worse, not better.
Teams on bye: Baltimore, Dallas
NFL TE Rankings: Week 8
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.