Down the Seam: Top 5 TE’s for Week 8
Here’s the top five Tight Ends to start as we enter week eight!
5. Antonio Gates
This one is simple. The Chargers need to get things going and coming out of the bye they face the Browns. Cleveland has had a hard time defending the Tight End position as it is, and Rivers needs to get back on track. His security blanket is Gates, and they’ll use him often.
4. Heath Miller
I have to be honest, Miller should have made this list a long time ago. My colleague Jim Racalto will be happy to see him here. Miller has been outstanding this season, as Ben Roethlisberger said that his goal was to get him in the Pro-Bowl (I think the Pro-Bowl is a joke, but nonetheless, he wants Miller to have a great year) So far he has. The Steelers are the best team in the league in converting third downs, and Miller has been Ben’s go-to-guy in clutch situations. I see Miller tearing the weakened Washington secondary apart on his way to a great day.
3. Aaron Hernandez
The Rams defense is improved, but the Patriots offense has as well. The two Tight End set will continue to be successful as the Patriots face the Rams. Hernandez is a week healthier and will continue to be a match-up nightmare.
2. Tony Gonzalez
Gonzo needs one touchdown to reach the century mark in touchdown receptions. He didn’t get a chance to do that against the Raiders defense he faced before the Falcons entered the bye week. The Falcons will face off against the Eagles, who are under the direction of a new defensive coordinator after the firing of Juan Castillo. It will be a good matchup, but Matt Ryan wants to send the Tight End out with a bang this season into retirement, and it starts again this weekend.
1. Rob Gronkowski
For the many reasons he’s been the top guy in this list week after week. The Pats will see the Rams defense this week who will have a tough time defending two elite Tight Ends. Gronk is by far the best at the position in the league, and in many Patriots plays is the first read on pass plays.
Sleeper: Kyle Rudolph (Vikings) Rudolph has had quite the season under the radar. The Vikings face the underachieving Bucs this week and they haven’t been too successful against the Tight End position. Christian Ponder looks to get back on track this week and Rudolph has made some pretty special catches this season. He’s a favorite target of Ponder, so it’d be smart to start him here.