Fantasy Player Projections

Tight Ends
1cowboysJason Witten

Jason Witten

7 rec, 79 yards, rec TD

Witten was a non-factor in the first meeting but will play an integral role if Dallas is competitive in this contest. He has been targeted 47 times in the five games since that Week 1 matchup.

2chargersAntonio Gates

Antonio Gates

6 rec, 65 yards, rec TD

Gates had his best game of the season just before the bye, and now he comes back to face the Browns in Week 8. You drafted him as a TE1, and unless you also drafted Tony Gonzalez, you should start Gates every week.

3patriotsRob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

7 rec, 65 yards, rec TD

Gronk led the Patriots with six catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns against the Jets in Week 7. That moved Gronk back among the scoring leaders at tight end. Only a couple tight ends are outdoing him on a per-game basis.

4jaguarsMarcedes Lewis

Marcedes Lewis

5 rec, 62 yards, rec TD

The Packers have surrendered touchdown passes to three tight ends this year, two of whom (Dwayne Allen and Kellen Davis) aren't as talented as Lewis. He is the Jaguars' best pass catcher, by default.

5falconsTony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez

6 rec, 57 yards, rec TD

Roddy White is the NFL's reigning king of targets, and 2012 was supposed to be Julio Jones' year to shine. Yet through six games Gonzalez has been thrown to just as many times (54) as Jones, and one more time than White.

6giantsMartellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett

5 rec, 56 yards, rec TD

Bennett's return to Big D will be filled with boos from the Dallas faithful. But Bennett will get a laugh in, too. He found open space in the first meeting with the Cowboys and could be an Eli Manning favorite in a game in which the short passing game will be critical.

7vikingsKyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph

5 rec, 55 yards, rec TD

Don't be too alarmed by Rudolph's goose egg against the Cardinals. The Vikings leaned heavily on the running game, and Rudolph only got four targets -- his lowest amount of the season. He'll do much better against a weak Bucs secondary in Week 8.

8coltsCoby Fleener

Coby Fleener

3 rec, 48 yards, rec TD

The Titans are terrible at keeping opposing tight ends out of the end zone. Fleener has yet to find the end zone. Something has to give. We think it'll be the Titans' defense.

9titansJared Cook

Jared Cook

4 rec, 46 yards, rec TD

Cook isn't the most exciting option, but in his last game against Indianapolis he recorded a career-best nine catches for 103 yards. He could prove to be Matt Hasselbeck's favorite target again this week.

10steelersHeath Miller

Heath Miller

5 rec, 43 yards, rec TD

Miller has scored five times in six games this season. His career high for touchdown catches is seven in 2007, so this is somewhat unchartered territory for the veteran tight end, who turned 30 this week. Miller is on pace to catch 83 passes, which would also be a career best.

11broncosJoel Dreessen

Joel Dreessen

4 rec, 40 yards, rec TD

Dreessen has 14 catches for 131 yards and three touchdowns in his past four games. That makes him an intriguing start in Week 8 against the porous Saints.

12saintsJimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

5 rec, 60 yards

Graham was unable to play in Week 7 because of a sore ankle, but the team is expecting him to suit up against Denver in Week 8. When he's active, he's a must-start tight end.

13jetsDustin Keller

Dustin Keller

5 rec, 55 yards

Keller caught seven passes for 93 yards and a touchdown at the Patriots in Week 7. Fantasy owners likely had him on their bench, but it's great to see him finally show some fantasy life again. The Dolphins give up a lot of passing yards, so Keller could be in for a big Week 8.

1449ersVernon Davis

Vernon Davis

5 rec, 50 yards

The Seahawks clamped down on Davis, keeping him from making a catch for just the fourth time in his career. While Davis hasn't caught a touchdown pass since Week 3, he remains a top-notch fantasy option.

15packersJermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley

3 rec, 41 yards

O' where art thou, Jermichael Finley? The tight end was thrown to just twice in Week 7, and his rift with Aaron Rodgers appears to be taking a toll on his fantasy production. Finley began the year as an every-week starter, but he's not anymore.

16lionsBrandon Pettigrew

Brandon Pettigrew

3 rec, 40 yards

Pettigrew's first career touchdown came against Seattle in 2009, but that was a much different defense. Last week the Seahawks didn’t allow Vernon Davis to catch a single pass.

17cardinalsRob Housler

Rob Housler

4 rec, 38 yards

Housler caught five passes for 54 yards at Minnesota in Week 7 in one of his biggest games of the season. But with six teams coming off byes, fantasy owners should find better options elsewhere in Week 8.

18redskinsLogan Paulsen

Logan Paulsen

3 rec, 37 yards

Forget the talk about Chris Cooley's return; Paulsen will be the top tight end for Washington going forward. That was apparent in last week's loss to New York, in which Paulsen led the Redskins in receiving. He is no Fred Davis, but he could see a lot of balls as Robert Griffin III's new security blanket.

19eaglesBrent Celek

Brent Celek

3 rec, 36 yards

Celek has not reached 50 yards receiving in any of his four career games against Atlanta, and over his last four games of 2012 he has averaged just 33.7 yards with one touchdown catch. Celek has fallen back to mediocrity after jumping out to a fast start.

20ramsLance Kendricks

Lance Kendricks

3 rec, 35 yards

Kendricks checked in with just two catches for five yards in Week 7 against the Packers. Look elsewhere for fantasy help at the tight end position.

21dolphinsAnthony Fasano

Anthony Fasano

3 rec, 35 yards

Fasano has 22 catches for 176 yards through six games for Miami, and he's third on the team in catches and yards despite leading the team in touchdown receptions (two). Even so, he's more of a bye-week replacement option in Week 8 at the Jets.

22raidersBrandon Myers

Brandon Myers

4 rec, 35 yards

Myers caught seven passes for 44 yards against Jacksonville in Week 7. He doesn't log a lot of yardage, and he still doesn't have a touchdown, but he's not a bad bye-week replacement in PPR leagues against Kansas City.

23broncosJacob Tamme

Jacob Tamme

4 rec, 35 yards

Tamme has 23 catches for 202 yards in six games this season. Unfortunately, he has just one touchdown catch, and fantasy owners need more production from their tight ends. Consider him a bye-week replacement in Week 8 against a bad Saints defense.

24panthersGreg Olsen

Greg Olsen

3 rec, 29 yards

Opposing tight ends have struggled against Chicago. Only Jason Witten registered more than 40 yards receiving, and only Witten found the end zone (we're excluding Tom Crabtree's touchdown on a fake field goal). Olsen's homecoming could be a bitter pill to swallow.

25brownsBenjamin Watson

Benjamin Watson

3 rec, 25 yards

Watson caught three passes for 36 yards against the Colts, which is about what fantasy owners should expect from him each week.

26chiefsTony Moeaki

Tony Moeaki

3 rec, 25 yards

Moeaki has just 10 catches this season for 94 yards in six games, and he hasn't scored a touchdown yet. There are plenty of other options at the tight end position. Moeaki hasn't recaptured his abilities from his rookie season.

27seahawksZach Miller

Zach Miller

2 rec, 24 yards

The Seahawks make little use of the tight end position, as evidenced by Miller's 18 targets this season and no touchdowns. The Lions' defense is one we'd generally recommend starting a tight end against, but not Miller.

28bearsKellen Davis

Kellen Davis

2 rec, 22 yards

A week ago, Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice hinted Davis' role in the offense would grow, but in the Monday night win over Detroit Davis was thrown to just twice, catching one ball for three yards. Even if Tice is sincere, Davis may not have it in him.

29buccaneersDallas Clark

Dallas Clark

2 rec, 20 yards

The Bucs went to Clark a lot in Week 7 as the second option through the air against New Orleans. He caught five passes for 51 yards and a touchdown, but he's still a risky start in fantasy play because the Bucs don't use tight ends in the passing game regularly.

30patriotsAaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez

0 rec, 0 yards

Hernandez did not make the trip to London with the team and is likely to miss the game with an ankle injury that has hampered him most of the season. Expect, Welker and Gronkowski to pick-up the slack

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