Saturday, October 27, 2018

Week 8 Fantasy Football: Tight Ends Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, David Njoku is listed below as a "start" for Week 8. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 8 with him as my starting tight end.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Travis Kelce and Njoku, you should start Kelce -- and in turn, bench Njoku.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

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Week 8 Fantasy Football TE Start'em

TE - David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (at PIT)

Not only has Njoku scored in back-to-back games, but the second-year tight end has exceeded 50 receiving yards in four consecutive weeks. In those four games, he has averaged nine targets per game and has a total of 22 catches for 228 yards and two touchdowns. Even though he had just 3/13 against them in Week 1, the Steelers have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.

TE - Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. CLE)

Still available in under 50-percent of Yahoo! leagues as of Friday, the other tight end in this game could be a plug-and-play option for those in need of a bye-week replacement. McDonald has exceeded 60 receiving yards in three of four games and he has at least five targets in four of his past five. Going into Week 8, only four tight ends -- Travis Kelce (five), Zach Ertz (four), O.J. Howard (four) and George Kittle (four) -- have more 60-yard games than McDonald (three), who missed Week 1 and has already had his bye.

TE - Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders (vs. IND)

Historically (and this season too), Cook has been inconsistent. While he has 9/180 (Week 1) and 8/110/2 (Week 4) games, he is also coming off a disappointing performance (two catches for 10 yards). That said, the Raiders have just traded Amari Cooper and I'd expect Cook to be heavily targeted by Derek Carr against the Colts, who have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to the position.

Week 8 Fantasy Football TE Sit'em

TE - Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers (vs. BAL)

The good news is that Olsen scored a touchdown last week, but the veteran tight end finished with just two catches for five yards last week. The week before that, Olsen had four catches for 48 yards. In a tough matchup against the Ravens, who have allowed the 13th-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends, Olsen is more of a high-end TE2 than a must-start TE1 this week.

TE - Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (vs. NO)

Scoring a pair of touchdowns in his first three games, Rudolph has a four-game scoreless drought. Not only has he failed to reach 50 receiving yards in any of his past three games, he has only four targets in back-to-back games. The Saints have limited opposing tight ends to the fourth-fewest fantasy points and Rudolph simply isn't getting the volume. As my 13th-ranked tight end for the week, he's a TD-dependent play.

TE - Evan Engram, New York Giants (vs. WAS)

Returning from a multi-game absence, Engram had two receptions for 16 yards and a 10-yard rush. Like the others on the "sit" of this list, Engram is just outside my top-12 as Rudolph, Olsen and Engram sit 13th, 14th and 15th, respectively, in my rankings. Allowing the 11th-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends, Washington has yet to allow a tight end reach 50 receiving yards in a game this season.

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