Week Eight TE rankings

Posted Oct. 30, 2011 @ 3:37 p.m.
Posted By Pat Fitzmaurice

Updated Oct. 30, 2011 @ 3:37 p.m. ET

Byes: Falcons, Bears, Packers, Jets, Raiders, Buccaneers

Here are our fantasy rankings for tight ends:

  1. Jimmy Graham, Saints at Rams
  2. Antonio Gates, Chargers at Chiefs
  3. Jason Witten, Cowboys at Eagles
  4. Aaron Hernandez, Patriots at Steelers
  5. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots at Steelers
  6. Vernon Davis, 49ers vs. Browns
  7. Owen Daniels, Texans vs. Jaguars
  8. Fred Davis, Redskins at Bills
  9. Brandon Pettigrew, Lions at Broncos
  10. Greg Olsen, Panthers vs. Vikings
  11. Jermaine Gresham, Bengals at Seahawks
  12. Jeremy Shockey, Panthers vs. Vikings
  13. Jared Cook, Titans vs. Colts
  14. Heath Miller, Steelers vs. Patriots
  15. Jake Ballard, Giants vs. Dolphins
  16. Evan Moore, Browns at 49ers
  17. Visanthe Shiancoe, Vikings at Panthers
  18. Delanie Walker, 49ers vs. Browns
  19. Ed Dickson, Ravens vs. Cardinals
  20. Dallas Clark, Colts at Titans
  21. Anthony Fasano, Dolphins at Giants
  22. Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars at Texans
  23. Zach Miller, Seahawks vs. Bengals — UP
  24. Ben Watson, Browns at 49ers — INJ, UP (ACTIVE)
  25. Daniel Fells, Broncos vs. Lions
  26. Brent Celek, Eagles vs. Cowboys
  27. Joel Dreessen, Texans vs. Jaguars
  28. Julius Thomas, Broncos vs. Lions — UP
  29. James Casey, Texans vs. Jaguars — UP
  30. Michael Hoomanawanui, Rams vs. Saints
  31. Scott Chandler, Bills vs. Redskins
  32. Randy McMichael, Chargers at Chiefs
  33. Dennis Pitta, Ravens vs. Cardinals
  34. Tony Scheffler, Lions at Broncos
  35. Clay Harbor, Eagles vs. Cowboys
  36. Lance Kendricks, Rams vs. Saints
  37. Leonard Pope, Chiefs vs. Chargers
  38. Cameron Morrah, Seahawks vs. Bengals
  39. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings at Panthers
  40. Todd Heap, Cardinals at Ravens — INJ (INACTIVE)
  41. David Thomas, Saints at Rams — INJ, DOWN (INACTIVE)

Not listed: Chris Cooley, Redskins (I.R.)


The above player rankings are based on expectations for this week only, not for the entire season, taking into account this week's specific matchups and injuries. The initial rankings are compiled before the release of the NFL's early injury report and are updated Thursday to reflect the status of each player.

We base our rankings on the following scoring system: For skill-position players, one point for every 10 rushing/receiving yards, one point for every 30 passing yards, six points for a TD run or catch, four points for a TD pass, two points for a two-point conversion run or catch, two points for a two-point conversion pass. For kickers, three points for FGs of 18-39 yards, four points for FGs of 40-49 yards, and five points for FGs of 50-plus yards. Defensive rankings are based primarily on points allowed, yardage allowed and sack potential.

Glossary of notations

INJ — player has an injury that may affect productivity or availability.
ILL — player has an illness that may affect productivity or availability.
UP — player was moved up on draft board after original posting.
DOWN — player was moved down on draft board after original posting.
Not listed — player is temporarily sidelined due to injury or suspension but otherwise would be ranked.
ACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated active (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).
INACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated inactive (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).

Players and/or notations added after the original posting are shown in boldface.

Note: Remember to check back for late-week and weekend updates, as well as game inactives (when available) in the 90 minutes preceding the 1 p.m. Sunday kickoffs. You'll also find regular updates in our live fantasy injury reports on Sundays.