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Fantasy Football 2014 Tight End Rankings: Week 8

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Greg Olsen

Julius Thomas didn’t catch a touchdown pass for the first game this season, but that’s not enough to knock him from his perch atop Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Rankings for Week 8. As good as Thomas has been, however, Greg Olsen currently leads TEs in fantasy points. Thomas’ nine touchdown grabs are still pacing not only his position, but the entire NFL, while perennial fantasy stud Antonio Gates isn’t too far behind with seven. Injuries also continue to be a factor. Jimmy Graham’s sprained shoulder didn’t prevent him from playing last week, but he was nothing more than a decoy (2 targets, 0 catches) in the Saints’ loss to the Lions. Now Graham owners must decide whether to take their chances on starting him this week or look elsewhere.

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 Web site can give you.

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

2014 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends

Teams on bye: New York Giants, San Francisco

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Rank

Player

Team

Opp

1

Julius Thomas

DEN

vs. SD (Thurs.)

2

Rob Gronkowski

NE

vs. CHI

3

Greg Olsen

CAR

vs. SEA

4

Martellus Bennett

CHI

at NE

5

Antonio Gates

SD

at DEN (Thurs.)

6

Jimmy Graham

NO

vs. GB

7

Delanie Walker

TEN

vs. HOU

8

Jordan Reed

WAS

at DAL (Mon.)

9

Travis Kelce

KC

vs. STL

10

Dwayne Allen

IND

at PIT

11

Zach Ertz

PHI

at ARI

12

Jordan Cameron

CLE

vs. OAK

13

Owen Daniels

BAL

at CIN

14

Jason Witten

DAL

vs. WAS (Mon.)

15

Charles Clay

MIA

at JAC

16

Heath Miller

PIT

vs. IND

17

Coby Fleener

IND

at PIT

18

Jared Cook

STL

at KC

19

Clay Harbor

JAC

vs. MIA

20

Jace Amaro

NYJ

vs. BUF

21

Scott Chandler

BUF

at NYJ

22

Austin Seferian-Jenkins

TB

vs. MIN

23

Niles Paul

WAS

at DAL (Mon.)

24

Jermaine Gresham

CIN

vs. BAL

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
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

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