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Fantasy Football 2013 Tight End Rankings: Week 8

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Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

He's not No. 1 on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 8 tight end rankings, but there's no mistaking the immediate impact Rob Gronkowski had in his long-delayed, much-anticipated season debut. Gronk led the Patriots with 17 targets, finishing the game with eight catches for 114 yards. As long as he doesn't experience any setbacks with his back during the week, he should have another solid game against Miami, a team that has struggled to defend against tight ends.

Jimmy Graham is still ahead of Gronk in the rankings, but for this week he appears to be the one who is a bigger question mark health-wise. Graham injured his foot in the Week 6 loss to the Patriots and apparently it isn't back to 100 percent even though the Saints were on bye last week. There's still time until Sunday's kickoff, but Graham's status needs to be monitored closely. If he does play against the Bills, don't expect him to finish the game with zero catches, which is what he did two weeks ago in New England.

Even with Gronk returning and as good as Graham, Jordan Cameron, Julius Thomas, Vernon Davis, Antonio Gates and others have been this season, it looks like there's a new kid on the block. Washington's Jordan Reed has not only replaced Fred Davis as the Redskins' top tight end, he is quickly establishing himself as one of the position's top playmakers. Reed has shown good chemistry with Robert Griffin III over the past month and blew up against the Bears last week with a nine catches for 134 yards and a touchdown. Is this a sign of things to come? Reed is a top-10 choice in our eyes this week, as the Broncos are ninth in fantasy points allowed to tight ends.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

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2013 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends
Teams on bye: Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, San Diego, Tennessee

Rk

Player

Team

OPP

Notes

1

Jimmy Graham

NO

vs. BUF

Injured his foot in last game, monitor status closely.

2

Rob Gronkowski

NE

vs. MIA

No surprise Brady locked on Gronk (8-114, 17 targets).

3

Vernon Davis

SF

vs. JAC (London)

Led team in targets (8) once again.

4

Tony Gonzalez

ATL

at ARI

Cardinals allowing most fantasy points to TEs.

5

Julius Thomas

DEN

vs. WAS

Leads all TEs with 8 TD receptions.

6

Jordan Cameron

CLE

at KC

Leads his position w/ 45 catches, also has 6 TDs.

7

Jason Witten

DAL

at DET

Lions have given up 1 TD to a TE this season.

8

Greg Olsen

CAR

at TB (Thurs.)

Appears to be over foot issue.

9

Heath Miller

PIT

at OAK

Only two catches, but TD vs. Ravens.

10

Jordan Reed

WAS

at DEN

Exploded (9-134-1) last week vs. Bears.

11

Charles Clay

MIA

at NE

Has caught a TD in each of last 3 games.

12

Kyle Rudolph

MIN

vs. GB

May not offer much until Vikes figure out QB situation.

13

Brandon Pettigrew

DET

vs. DAL

Only three catches, but first TD vs. Bengals.

14

Jeff Cumberland

NYJ

at CIN

Geno Smith keeping Cumberland involved.

15

Jared Cook

STL

vs. SEA (Mon.)

Will Kellen Clemens focus on Cook?

16

Brent Celek

PHI

vs. NYG

 

17

Tyler Eifert

CIN

vs. NYJ

Caught first career NFL TD last week vs. Lions.

18

Scott Chandler

BUF

at NO

Saints allowing second-fewest fantasy pts. to TEs.

19

Jermaine Gresham

CIN

vs. NYJ

Still looking for first TD catch of season.

20

Brandon Myers

NYG

at PHI

Has 7 total receptions in last 5 games combined.

21

Joseph Fauria

DET

vs. DAL

Lions cut Scheffler, could mean more work for Fauria.

22

Rob Housler

ARI

vs. ATL

Season-high 7 rec., 53 yds. vs. Seahawks.

23

Timothy Wright

TB

vs. CAR (Thurs.)

Glennon locked on VJax vs. Falcons.

24

Zach Miller

SEA

at STL (Mon.)

Tied for team lead w/ 7 targets vs. ARI, also had TD.

25

Anthony Fasano

KC

vs. CLE

Caught four passes in first game since Week 2.

26

Andrew Quarless

GB

at MIN

Starting job is his with Finley (spinal contusion) out.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 8 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

Week 8 Waiver Wire