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Tight end target and touch leaders without a TD for Week 8

Which fantasy tight ends saw a strong workload, but couldn’t find the end-zone this week?

Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Minnesota Vikings free safety Anthony Harris breaks up a pass intended for Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan on fourth and nine in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. A flag was thrown but no penalty was called on the play and the Packers turned over the ball on downs. Appleton Post-Crescent-USA TODAY NETWORK via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Fantasy football is a game of ebbs and flows from week-to-week and we try to ride those waves of production while missing out on those setbacks. Often that production is based on touchdowns, which are extremely tough to predict from week to week, but one thing that is easier to predict are opportunities. If a player is seeing touches and targets, he is likely going to continue to see those opportunities until an injury or demotion or a player ahead of him on the depth chart returns from an injury.

So, when looking for players to add or make sure you don’t drop, you want to keep close tabs on those opportunities. For this post, we are going to look at tight ends who weren’t able to supplement their fantasy production with a touchdown, but still saw elevated opportunities.

TEs with 4+ looks

PLAYER REC YDS TGT
PLAYER REC YDS TGT
T.J. Hockenson 7 65 10
Noah Fant 7 47 9
Gerald Everett 5 32 9
Robert Tonyan 5 79 7
Hayden Hurst 5 54 7
Jimmy Graham 2 13 7
Mark Andrews 3 32 6
Darren Waller 5 28 6
Trey Burton 3 9 4
Jace Sternberger 3 46 4
George Kittle 2 39 4
Mo Alie-Cox 3 37 4
Hunter Henry 4 33 4
Tyler Higbee 2 14 4
Greg Olsen 0 0 4

Robert Tonyan, Packers

The Packers still have just one receiving target that Aaron Rodgers has confidence in and that is Davante Adams. But, Tonyan is gaining that trust. If he hadn’t have gotten injured, fantasy players would probably still be riding the hype of his three touchdown game, but the injury and lack of touchdowns have cooled things down enough to make a trade offer. Tonyan’s seven targets ranked second on the team in Week 8 and his 79 yards led the team in a bad weather matchup.

Next up — @SF, JAX, @IND, CHI, PHI

Noah Fant, Broncos

Fant was out three weeks with an ankle injury and didn’t look 100 percent when he returned in Week 7, but he appears to be back to full strength now. Fant also was second on the team in targets, as he caught 7-of-9 for 47 yards. Those yards are anemic, but still a good sign, especially when you consider he has a good schedule coming up. Fant is poised for a good stretch and is someone I’d be looking to acquire in a trade.

Next up — @ATL, @LV, MIA, NO, @KC

T.J. Hockenson, Lions

Hockenson has quietly been one of the better fantasy tight ends in the league, but his target numbers have kept him from being a tight end you can count on week in and week out. This week he saw his highest targets, as he caught 7-of-10 for 65 yards, but stopped his touchdown streak at three games. Those 65 yards were his highest of the season and it’s due mainly to Kenny Golladay being forced from the game with a hip injury. If Golladay misses time, Hockenson is going to get much more consistent.

Next up — @MIN, WSH, @CAR, HOU, @CHI