While Dwayne Allen is the only tight end that has already been ruled out for Week 8 (Jack Doyle owners rejoice!), five other fantasy-relevant ones are questionable. Owners of these will need to be sure to check the inactive listings before game time, which for two players, will be very early Sunday morning.
Teams on bye: Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, New York Giants, Pittsburgh, San Francisco
Note: All games on Sunday and all times are ET.
Hunter Henry (concussion), TE, San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m.
Fantasy owners may not know Henry's status until just before the late afternoon games begin. He's in the final stages of the concussion protocol, and is expected to be cleared to play. However, concussions are tricky. Fantasy owners may remember a time when a player appeared all set to play but something happened prior to kickoff and he ended up sitting out. Check the inactive report for Henry, but it is a risk to wait on him. Last time he faced Denver, he had the most targets and the most receptions. If Henry plays, he’ll be a TE2, but if fantasy owners have another option, it may be safer to go that route.
Jordan Reed (concussion), TE, Washington Redskins vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 9:30 a.m. (London)
Reed made the flight to London and is expected to be cleared in time to play. This is a clear case of check the inactive report, and don’t forget this game is early because it’s in London. If Reed is active, he's a TE1. He has missed the past two games, but in the five games he has played, he's averaged six receptions per game. He has two touchdowns on the year, and his presence on the field helps the offense as a whole. The Bengals, despite having a bye week and not allowing any fantasy points to a New York Jets tight end in Week 1, are allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing TEs.
Martellus Bennett (ankle), TE, New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
Bennett has typically had limited practices this year, and Wednesday and Thursday of this past week were more of the same. However, he missed practice on Friday, which constitutes a downgrade and is enough to make fantasy owners a little nervous. The Patriots haven't expressed concern, but be sure to check the inactive report to see for sure if he's active or not. Bennett has been struggling while Rob Gronkowski is excelling once again, so this may be just what fantasy owners need to bench Bennett. He's a TE2 if healthy, but this week he may be best left on the bench.
Vernon Davis (groin), TE, Washington Redskins vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 9:30 a.m. (London)
Davis' value primarily hinges on Jordan Reed's availability. If Reed is active, Davis needs to go back to the bench. If Reed is out, however, do not worry about Davis’ groin injury. He’s a TE2 fill-in for Reed. The Bengals are weak against opposing tight ends, and Davis has eight receptions for 129 yards and a touchdown in Reed's absence.
Charles Clay (knee), TE, Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m.
After putting in limited practices this week, Clay will play in Week 8, however, he hasn't been effective, even with other wide receivers out for the Bills. He hasn't had more than five receptions in a game and he's only had more than 50 receiving yards twice. The last time the Bills played the Patriots, he had five receptions for 49 yards. The Bills’ offense hasn't gotten going, which makes Clay no more than a TE2 for Week 8.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.
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