2021 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Tight Ends
Week 8 is upon us for fantasy football after a fantastic National Tight Ends Day, Sunday. It’s time to continue our fantasy football series with an outlook on who fantasy football owners should consider this week at the tight-end position.
National Tight Ends Day is an exciting time of the season. Created by 49ers tight end George Kittle and others, it’s a day where they celebrate the position that used to not get much love. That has certainly changed in this day and age. The tight end position is being utilized as a weapon. It’s one of the toughest positions to cover and if you have an elite tight end, your offense only benefits from it. Let’s take a look at who should start and sit for Week 8 in the NFL.
Fantasy Football Week 8 Start ‘Em
Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers
Tonyan will be a major factor Thursday night against the Cardinals. They will already be without Davonte Adams and Allen Lazard, so Tonyan will be heavily utilized. Rodgers and Tonyan connected a ton last season but it hasn’t been the same this year. Tonyan caught four passes for 63 yards and a touchdown last Sunday. That was his best game of the year and he will look to continue that against a tough team.
The Cardinals rank No. 1 against opposing tight ends. This matchup may say that it doesn’t favor Tonyan, but with what is going on in Green Bay may say otherwise. He will need to be a factor on Thursday. This is a game set up for him to excel and Rodgers will be looking his way a ton. It’s tough to say well he will do. The targets should be there this week, it’s up to Tonyan to take advantage of it.
Hunter Henry, New England Patriots
Henry is making a case for the No. 1 tight end in New England. Four straight games with a touchdown and nothing seems to be stopping him. He plays alongside Jonnu Smith, but Smith hasn’t been playing to his potential this year. That allows Henry to earn more targets and his chemistry with Mac Jones is trending upward.
Henry will face his former team in the Los Angeles Chargers in LA on Sunday. The Chargers are ranked 31st against opposing tight ends, so this will be a perfect opportunity to dominate his former team. All he needs to do is watch the film from the Browns/Chargers game a few weeks back. The Bolts couldn’t stop David Njoku. Henry can be utilized the exact same way. Henry is becoming a valuable fantasy football option.
C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals
There is a Bengals starter on all four of these lists this week. C.J. Uzomah is turning into a beast for Cincinnati. He has two multi-touchdown games thus far and five on the season. This matchup against the Jets is favorable for him and the Bengals’ offense. We all know how good Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, and Jamar Chase are. If Uzomah continues to play at the level he’s at, then this offense becomes very scary. The offensive line is improving and giving Burrow time to throw. Uzomah is a big part of that now.
The Jets rank 25th against opposing tight ends. This should once again be a great performance for the rising tight end.
Fantasy Tight Ends Week 8 Sit ‘Em
Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams
Higbee is a very talented tight end that gets the short end of the stick. Sharing targets with Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods must be tough to handle. Of course, all is well because they are winning, but Higbee’s fantasy football value is lowering as a result of it. QB Matthew Stafford is playing lights out right now, which should benefit Higbee at some point. The game plan doesn’t involve him much, but if Higbee can get open the Stafford will find him.
The Rams face a Houston Texans team that isn’t playing very well. They rank 29th against opposing tight ends, which could benefit Higbee this week. It’s a favorable matchup for him, but until he proves he can get consistent targets, he isn’t worth starting unless your starter is on a bye week.
Noah Fant, Denver Broncos
Fant and the Broncos are starting to slip at this point in the year. They started out 3-0, but have lost four straight games. Fant is playing well this year and will continue to do so. This matchup doesn’t really favor him. The Washington Football Team ranks 20th against tight ends. With a better quarterback, I would think he would be in line for a better game. With the way Teddy Bridgewater is playing, I don’t see it going well. Fant caught just five passes for 39 yards last week.
Jared Cook, Los Angeles Chargers
Cook scored the only points of the game against the Ravens two weeks ago. He is playing well in his first year with the Chargers. He is with former coach Joe Lombardi from the Saints and is utilized in the offense each week. This matchup against the Patriots, however, doesn’t favor him. They rank 2nd against tight ends and don’t allow them to perform well at all. I expect the Patriots to continue to hold off that position, even though the rest of the Chargers offense is electric this year. Cook should not start this week for your fantasy football team.