This has been one of the strongest fantasy seasons for tight ends in recent memory, and Week Eight might be the banner week at the position.
The bye week hits for owners of Pittsburgh's Heath Miller, and would have for Washington's Chris Cooley if he hadn't broken his foot on Monday night. The injury presents a headache for Cooley owners because Fred Davis would be the logical drop/add, but the Redskins are off this week.
With the exception of Miller and Cooley/Davis owners, the matchups present lots of potential gold at the tight end position this week.
Week 8 – TE Start of the Week – Dallas Clark, IND
|Clark has been a top notch TE all year, and with Houston's Owen Daniels down it appears Clark is jumping to the top of the heap in TE rankings. He'll go against Daniels' Texans this weekend, who have been vulnerable to the pass and could give up big numbers to Clark if they focus too much on Reggie Wayne or Pierre Garcon.|
A Few More Fantasy Studs To Play In Week 9
|Vernon Davis, SF vs WAS||Davis continues to be the top red zone target in San Francisco, and Tennessee has had all sorts of issues against the pass. He could get another multiple-touchdown performance this weekend.|
|Tony Gonzalez, ATL vs. WAS||The issues the Redkins have been dealing with this season haven't helped them play ball, and Gonzalez had a big week again in Week Eight. He's a top red zone target and has become Matt Ryan's best friend on third downs.|
|Jason Witten, DAL @ PHI||This is the prime time game, and when the lights are bright history shows that Tony Romo likes to look for Witten. Asante Samuel could lock down Miles Austin, so Witten might become the Boys' number one target this week.|
|Antonio Gates, SD @ NYG||They're still searching for offense, and Gates will see increased attention with Chris Chambers no longer being with the Chargers. The Giants haven't been very good defending receivers, so their rush will have to take Gates out of the mix.|
|Greg Olsen, CHI vs ARI||The Bears pass protection is miserable, so Olsen might be asked to play a bigger role as Jay Cutler continues to get less time to get rid of the ball. Arizona's defense has struggled as well, so this might become a shoot out. Also of note, Devin Hester has missed practice this week, increasing the potential for Olsen.|
Week 9 – TE Sleeper of the Week - Jeremy Shockey, NO
|The Saints host the Panthers, who haven't scared many opponents this year. He's become the TE that earned top draft status in New York again, and this renaissance has helped him earn the favor of Drew Brees as well. Watch for him to become a red zone target this week.|
Week 8 – TE Sit of the Week - Owen Daniels, HOU
|In case you didn't hear, he's done for the season. Make sure you make your waiver adjustments accordingly.|
Some Fantasy Question Marks for Week 9
|Brent Celek, PHI vs DAL||Dallas will try to contain DeSean Jackson, but he's clearly become the man in Philly. Celek got off to a hot start, but he's cooled lately. Not a terrible play still, but might not get as many yards as you might hope.|
|Marcedes Lewis, JAX vs. KC||Kansas City is really bad, but David Garrard hasn't been very good this year either. Maurice Jones Drew keeps busting out for big games, which has limited the number of third downs on which Garrard would look for Lewis|
|Kevin Boss, NYG vs. SD||Eli Manning continues looking for Boss, but the emergence of their young receivers has limited his yards. He might be a good bet for a touchdown this week, though.|
|Kellen Winslow, TB vs GB||The Packers defense has struggled against the pass, and might be without a couple guys in their secondary this week. Coming off the bye, with a rookie starting at quarterback, Winslow could be Tampa's best receiver. Or he could disappear.|
|Heath Miller, PIT @ DEN||Denver's defense has been so good this year (until Week Eight), but Miller is a big target for Big Ben in the red zone. If Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins get caught up watching Mike Wallace or Santonio Holmes, Miller might get some nice points.|
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