The NFL season is rapidly passing by and we are beginning to see the teams who are legitimate and illegitimate. As for fantasy football, it’s been nearly impossible to decipher the legitimate and illegitimate tight ends in the NFL.
The top four tight ends taken in fantasy drafts were Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Zach Ertz, and likely Evan Engram. But surprisingly, those four tight ends combined for just 24.6 fantasy points in Week 7.
That goes to show how inconsistent and unpredictable the tight end position can be in fantasy football. Furthermore, let’s get into the tight ends that should be on your radar in the upcoming week.
All of the picks in this article are based on PPR (points per reception) scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) leagues. Without further ado, here are the tight ends to start and sit in fantasy football in Week 8.
TEs to Start in Week 8
Saints’ Jared Cook (vs. Cardinals): Jared Cook was inactive in Week 7 with an ankle injury. His status is unknown for Week 8 but if he’s able to go; he’s a must-start option at tight end. In Cook’s last two games, he’s combined for 26.8 fantasy points.
The veteran tight end is slated to face the most fantasy-friendly team when it comes to tight ends—the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals defense has allowed 49 receptions, 638 yards, and eight touchdowns to TEs (all most in the NFL).
Rams’ Gerald Everett (vs. Bengals): Gerald Everett has quietly become a reliable option in the Los Angeles Rams offense. The receiving tight end has scored 15 or more fantasy points in three out of his last four games in 2019. Additionally, since Week 4, Everett has accumulated 34 targets.
The receiving tight end will face the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8 in a game that will take place overseas. The Bengals have been solid against TEs but the volume for Everett is tough to ignore.
Chargers’ Hunter Henry (vs. Bears): Hunter Henry has always had trouble staying healthy. But when he does play, he is a go-to option for Philip Rivers in the Los Angeles Chargers offense. Since returning from injury in Week 6, Henry has totaled 45.7 fantasy points.
This week, the talented tight end will face a stingy Chicago Bears defense. The Bears have allowed 13.5 fantasy points per game to TEs (11th most in the NFL).
Other TEs to Start: Packers’ Jimmy Graham (vs. Chiefs), Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph (vs. Redskins), Lions’ T.J. Hockenson (vs. Giants), Saints’ Josh Hill (vs. Cardinals)—only if Cook is unable to play
TEs to Sit in Week 8
Buccaneers’ O.J. Howard (vs. Titans): Before the season began, O.J. Howard seemed to be a steal for where he was being taken in drafts. Instead, he is now a tight end who is definitely droppable in leagues with eight or fewer teams.
Howard hasn’t had a game this season that he’s been able to score 10 or more fantasy points. In addition, he’s still yet to catch his first touchdown of the 2019 season. He has a favorable matchup against the Tennessee Titans in Week 8 but he’s not worth starting until Bruce Arians gets him involved in the offense.
Titans’ Delanie Walker (vs. Buccaneers): On the other side of Howard, Delanie Walker saw his usage disappear in Week 7. The veteran pass-catcher didn’t see any targets in Tennessee’s victory over the Chargers this past Sunday.
With Walker watching from the sideline, Jonnu Smith (his backup) caught three passes for 64 yards. The Titans seem to be giving Smith more snaps in the offense; which makes Walker a risky play in fantasy moving forward.
Raiders’ Foster Moreau (vs. Texans): When taking a look at the waiver wire, you may be intrigued by Foster Moreau of the Oakland Raiders. Over the past three games, he’s combined for 31 fantasy points and two touchdowns. However, don’t fall for the recency bias when it comes to the rookie tight end.
Moreau is the backup to Darren Waller in Oakland and is heavily reliant on scoring a touchdown. It also doesn’t help that he faces a Houston Texans defense who has surrendered 9.7 fantasy points per game to TEs (12th in the NFL).