Fantasy Football TE Season Rankings at Week 8: Zach Miller Up, Brent Celek Down

Nick CaronAnalyst IOctober 29, 2010

DENVER - OCTOBER 24:  Tight end Zach Miller #80 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates a touchdown reception in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on October 24, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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It hasn’t been very flashy, but the Raiders’ tight end Zach Miller has become what many experts suggested he might this season by finally breaking into the top echelon of fantasy tight ends this season. With four touchdowns in his past five games, Miller is now second among tight ends in fantasy scoring.

Whether it’s Bruce Gradkowski or Jason Campbell behind center, they both look to Miller’s way regularly. Aside from the remaining “big two” (Antonio Gates and Vernon Davis) has to be considered one of the premier players at his position going forward.

Brent Celek has been one of the league’s biggest flops this season. It’s surprising, too, considering his personal relationship with Kevin Kolb and Mike Vick’s history of making tight ends his favorite receivers.

But at this point, Celek is surviving on fantasy rosters purely on his name. He has scored just two touchdowns this season, hasn’t cracked even 50 yards receiving, and failed to even reach 10 yards last week. He still has the talent and potential to break out, but the more he fails to produce, the further he’s going to slide down the list. Don’t consider him a “buy low” candidate just yet.

Todd Heap has made a surprising rise back up the fantasy boards, up to 12th among tight ends. His three touchdowns over the past two weeks have been a welcome change from his usual three to five point outputs, but at least it shows that he’s being targeted in the red zone.

Tight ends aren’t often going to do much in the yardage department, so we need to go after the guys who get thrown to near the stripe as often as possible. Heap isn’t in the top tier of tight ends anymore, but don’t forget about him when you’re replacing guys like Dallas Clark or trying to find a bye week fill-in.

Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends

1 Antonio Gates SD 1 0
2 Vernon Davis SF 3 1
3 Zach Miller OAK 7 4
4 Dustin Keller NYJ 4 0
5 Aaron Hernandez NE 8 3
6 Chris Cooley WAS 5 -1
7 Tony Gonzalez ATL 9 2
8 Jason Witten DAL 11 3
9 Brent Celek PHI 6 -3
10 Kellen Winslow TB 10 0
11 John Carlson SEA 12 1
12 Todd Heap BAL 19 7
13 Brandon Pettigrew DET 13 0
14 Visanthe Shiancoe MIN 14 0
15 Tony Moeaki KC 15 0
16 Marcedes Lewis JAC 16 0
17 Andrew Quarless GB NR -
18 Jermaine Gresham CIN 17 -1
19 Heath Miller PIT 18 -1
20 Benjamin Watson CLE 20 0
21 Jeremy Shockey NO 21 0
22 Greg Olsen CHI 23 1
23 Rob Gronkowski NE 24 1
24 Tony Scheffler DET 25 1
25 Anthony Fasano MIA 26 1
26 Bo Scaife TEN 27 1
27 Kevin Boss NYG 28 1