Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends in Standard-Scoring Leagues

Jay Clemons@ATL_JayClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterOctober 24, 2012

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (35 catches, 434 yards, 5 TD) has notched double-digit fantasy points four times this season.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (35 catches, 434 yards, 5 TD) has notched double-digit fantasy points four times this season.Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

Here are my top 25 tight ends for Week 8 (standard-scoring leagues).

This countdown identifies the weekend's best bets for catches, total yards, touchdowns and targets—a stat that must always factor into lineup strategies with receivers and tight ends. 

NOTE: The Texans, Bills, Ravens and Bengals are all on byes. 

Week 8: Top 25 Tight Ends

1. Rob Gronkowski vs. St. Louis (London)
2. Tony Gonzalez at Philadelphia
3. Heath Miller vs. Washington
4. Jason Witten vs. N.Y. Giants
5. Jimmy Graham at Denver
6. Vernon Davis at Arizona
7. Antonio Gates at Cleveland
8. Kyle Rudolph vs. Tampa Bay
9. Brandon Pettigrew vs. Seattle
10. Martellus Bennett at Dallas
11. Dustin Keller vs. Miami
12. Greg Olsen at Carolina
13. Brent Celek vs. Atlanta
14. Marcedes Lewis at Green Bay
15. Jared Cook vs. Indianapolis
16. Jacob Tamme vs. New Orleans
17. Brandon Myers at Kansas City
18. Jermichael Finley vs. Jacksonville
19. Coby Fleener at Tennessee
20. Benjamin Watson vs. San Diego
21. Dallas Clark at Minnesota
22. Robert Housler vs. San Francisco
23. Logan Paulsen at Pittsburgh
24. Dwayne Allen at Tennessee
25. Anthony Fasano at N.Y. Jets
25a. Lance Kendricks vs. New England (London) 

Quick Hitters

1. From this point forward, I expect Rob Gronkowski (35 catches, 434 yards, five TD) to average 11 fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues. In the last four weeks, Gronk has had per-game tallies of 5.25 catches, 70 yards and 0.75 TDs. And in his case, that's just a ho-hum sample size.

2. Through six games, Tony Gonzalez has reached the PPR-elite threshold (among tight ends) of five catches, 75 yards and/or one touchdown five times. Of equal importance, he's the only one of his positional brethren to draw double-digit targets in three games.

3. Which brings us to Brandon Pettigrew. Yes, the Lions tight end has been off the mark of late, catching only eight balls for 75 mundane yards in the last two weeks. But in his last four home games (dating back to last year), Pettigrew has robust averages of seven catches, 70 yards and 0.5 touchdowns.

4. The second time around, "revenge" games are always hard to predict. Last year, Greg Olsen caught five balls for 50 yards and one touchdown against Chicago—a game the former Bear undoubtedly had circled on his calendar for months.

But will he be similarly motivated for rock-solid numbers in his second encounter with the Bears?

To be honest, I have no clue. But that's what makes the fantasy life so fascinating. 

Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.