Here are all the tight end relevant performances in Week 8 fantasy football.
Tony Moeaki: 3 catches for 45 yards. Moeaki has had a very nice rookie season and he surely has the pass catching ability to succeed and be an asset in fantasy football. The problem is the offense however as the Chiefs are built to run which cuts down the opportunities here. Until that changes, Moeaki is nothing more than bench depth.
Vernon Davis: 1 catch for 12 yards. This is a major issue here as Troy Smith hardly looked at Davis during the game. With Davis fan Alex Smith injured and possibly out for a few more weeks, this is not good for his owners. Davis has tremendous natural ability but the QB issue is a problem now. It really is not time to panic yet but you might want to grab insurance in case Smith is out longer than originally thought.
Chris Cooley: 4 catches for 48 yards. Cooley has been incredibly consistent all season as I thought he would be which means he has been a nice value asset for his owners. Keep an eye on the QB situation as Donovan McNabb seems to be on the outs with Mike Shanahan but no matter who plays under center, Cooley should remain a top target with this offense.
Brandon Pettigrew: 2 catches for 8 yards with 1 TD. Pettigrew has had an eye-opening start to his year but that was with Shaun Hill throwing him the rock. Now Matthew Stafford is back and I wrote about being concerned over the fact he didnt look much in the TE directions when he went back to throw. The TD was nice but this game confirmed those fears. Dont drop Pettigrew but you might have to worry a bit about his value the next few weeks now.
Dustin Keller: 2 catches for 45 yards. Keller has cooled off dramatically after that insane start and I guess we should have seen this coming due to the fact that QB Mark Sanchez is still raw and the Jets are a run first attack. He is still is a big weapon in the passing offense however so the opportunities will still be there so dont jump ship yet. Just know that the winds are starting to kick up in the New York area so the passing game might not produce like it did earlier in the year.
Brian Hartline: 5 catches for 53 yards. Hartline has done a nice job this season as he has been more of a safety valve for QB Chad Henne instead of Anthony Fasano. Despite the decent games, Hartline is not a fantasy football option right now.
Jermaine Gresham: 3 catches for 17 yards. Gresham has cooled off after a hot start and his yardage has been terrible lately. I have seen him start getting dropped and I wouldnt argue right now despite the fact the offense has been very pass happy for Cincy.
Marcedes Lewis: 2 catches for 51 yards with 2 TD’s. Talk about making the most of limited opportunities. Lewis has been a huge TD threat since he came into the league but not much more than that. You could do a lot worse in TD heavy leagues but dont bother in PPR leagues.
Jason Witten: 10 catches for 97 yards with 1 TD. I have ecstatic with Witten this season as I am an owner. The three TD’s have been gravy on the usual boatload of catches. If anyone stood to benefit from QB Tony Romo going out, it was Witten as Kitna has been a big TE passer in his career. Look for that to continue and for Witten to be a huge asset the rest of the season.
Antonio Gates: 5 catches for 123 yards with 1 TD. Gates is just silly good. If you needed one player in all of fantasy football to get you a TD in any given game, Gates would be the guy to pick. He should start paying rent in the end zone he is there so much. He easily has been the best at this position this year.
Kellen Winslow: 1 catch for 5 yards. Amazing that the Buc’s scored so many points but Winslow didnt factor into it. If you were an owner of Winslow and you saw the score, you would have bet your car that he woould have caught at least 5 passes here. Despite the dud, Winslow is still solid.
Vishante Shiancoe: 4 catches for 38 yards. Shiancoe has been pretty terrible lately and he still wasnt great here but its better than what he has shown recently. After the great start, Shiancoe has dropped to waiver wire status.
Aaron Hernandez: 2 catches for 33 yards. Bad game for Hernandez and so far he has not taken the next step up after Randy Moss got traded. The entire Patriots passing game has looked ragged since the move so lets hope this gets turned around soon.
John Carlson: 3 catches for 47 yards. Carlson has been pretty invisible for much of the year and his status remains a waiver guy. The Seahawks passing game is a joke right now so dont get involved here.
Zach Miller: 1 catch for 8 yards. If only this guy could get out of Oakland. Miller has a great deal of talent to be one of the best pass catching tight ends in the game but its clear that wont happen with this organization.