Week 8 Fantasy Football: Top 25 Tight Ends in Points-Per-Reception Leagues

Jay Clemons@ATL_JayClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterOctober 24, 2012

Steelers tight end Heath Miller (31 catches, 290 yards, 5 TD) already has more touchdowns this year than the 2010 and '11 seasons combined.
Steelers tight end Heath Miller (31 catches, 290 yards, 5 TD) already has more touchdowns this year than the 2010 and '11 seasons combined.Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Here are my top 25 tight ends for Week 8 (points-per-reception leagues).

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

NOTE: The Bills, Texans, Ravens and Bengals all have bye weeks.

To view my weekly top 25 tight ends in standard-scoring leagues, click here.

1. Rob Gronkowski vs. St. Louis (London)
2. Tony Gonzalez at Philadelphia
3. Jimmy Graham at Denver
4. Jason Witten vs. N.Y. Giants
5. Heath Miller vs. Washington
6. Martellus Bennett at Dallas
7. Brandon Pettigrew vs. Seattle
8. Vernon Davis at Arizona
9. Dustin Keller vs. Miami
10. Antonio Gates at Cleveland
11. Brent Celek vs. Atlanta
12. Kyle Rudolph vs. Tampa Bay
13. Greg Olsen at Carolina
14. Jacob Tamme vs. New Orleans
15. Marcedes Lewis at Green Bay
16. Jared Cook vs. Indianapolis
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. The hysteria from Heath Miller's incredible start (four touchdowns for Weeks 1-3) has died down a bit, but that's no reason to doubt the tight end moving forward. For Weeks 6 and 7, Miller collected 12 catches, 17 targets, 120 yards and one touchdown. And this Sunday, he draws the NFL's worst pass defense (Washington).

2. Fantasy owners have a 50-50 chance of guessing when Vernon Davis will score against Arizona—Week 8 (Oct. 29) or Week 17 (Dec. 30). From 2008-11, Davis tallied a touchdown in one of two annual games against the Cardinals...but never both.

3. It would be nice for Martellus Bennett (25 catches, 305 yards, three TD) to end his five-game touchdown drought this week. I'd even settle for a repeat of his Week 1 effort against the Cowboys (40 yards/1 TD), his former team.

4. The Eagles and the Falcons meet for a fifth consecutive season on Sunday. Let's hope that familiarity finally yields big fantasy numbers for Brent Celek.

Within that four-pack of games (2008-11), Celek hasn't posted totals above four catches or 46 yards.

Jay Clemons
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