The NFL wrapped up Week 7 last night, and it’s time to start getting your rosters sorted out for Week 8. Tight end remains a difficult position to figure out in fantasy football, but there are always a few options worth taking a look at. And injuries could offer more options as the week progresses.
We look at what players are available in a majority of ESPN fantasy football leagues. We’ve got some injury replacements, some veterans showing signs of life, and young players looking to break out. Here are four players worth targeting who are still available in the majority of leagues.
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (17.9 percent)
It’s been a while since Rudolph was fantasy relevant, but a key injury might open the door for him — for at least this week. Rudolph caught five passes for 58 yards and one touchdown in a Week 7 win over Detroit. The Vikings host Washington on Thursday Night Football in Week 8, and Adam Thielen’s hamstring injury might mean more opportunities for Rudolph. He’s a decent start if Mark Andrews’ bye week is creating a problem.
Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (21.4 percent)
Zach Ertz remains the No. 1 guy in Philly by a long shot, but Goedert showed he deserves a look or two. He led the team with four receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown. He’s going to be hit or miss, but if the Eagles go with more two tight end sets, he could build some value outside of keeper and dynasty leagues.
Josh Hill, New Orleans Saints (1.2 percent)
Jared Cook was inactive with an ankle injury, and his status for Week 8 is still TBD. Hill caught three passes for 43 yards and a touchdown. He’s not an option once Cook is active, but like Rudolph, he’s an intriguing option for Week 8 if Cook remains out. Monitor Cook’s status.
Chris Herndon, New York Jets (19.9 percent)
We’re going to keep banging this drum. Herndon did not play last night due to a hamstring injury that had him listed as doubtful heading into the game. He remains a worthwhile pickup once he’s healthy because the tight end position is slim pickings otherwise.