2011 NFL Fantasy Football Week 8: Tight Ends (TE) Rankings/Projections

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIIOctober 24, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Tight end Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers carries the ball against the Minnesota Vikings at Qualcomm Stadium on September 11, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Antonio Gates at Kansas City Chiefs 

Gates returned to the field after the Chargers' bye week to post five receptions for 54 yards and a score against the Jets defense. While this was an encouraging performance, it was also a positive that Gates came out of the game with no ill-effects to his foot and will hopefully practice later in the week.

While the Chiefs defense did a great job against the Raiders last week with six interceptions, expect Philip Rivers to target Gates and Vincent Jackson for big days, as this secondary can be gashed.

Besides, it’s not like Kyle Boller and Carson Palmer in his current situation were going to look good against any defense last week.

Jason Witten vs. Philadelphia Eagles

The veteran tight end only posted 35 yards against the Rams, but he did find the end zone once again. Witten’s lack of yardage had more to do with the Cowboys building up an early lead, and the record-setting day by rookie running back DeMarco Murray.

Expect Witten to post more yardage against an Eagles defense that gave Redskins tight end Fred Davis plenty of space to worth within their last game.

More Week 8 Rankings – QB | RB | WR | TE | Flex | K/D | Waivers | Start/Sit |

1 Jimmy Graham at Rams
2 Jason Witten Eagles
3 Brandon Pettigrew at Broncos
4 Rob Gronkowski at Steelers
5 Fred Davis at Bills
6 Vernon Davis Browns
7 Aaron Hernandez at Steelers
8 Antonio Gates (I) at Chiefs
9 Jake Ballard Dolphins
10 Owen Daniels Jaguars
11 Jermaine Gresham at Seahawks
12 Ed Dickson Cardinals
13 Dallas Clark at Titans
14 Jared Cook Colts
15 Marcedes Lewis at Texans