The tight end position is a pretty tricky one. Outside of a few elite producers at the top of the position, there just aren't that many proven assets. The position can also be extremely matchup-dependent, making streaming the position (or picking up a new tight end off the waiver wire) a pretty effective strategy.
Here are our top tight end streaming picks, rostered in fewer than 50% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues, to target in Week 8.
3. Harrison Bryant, Cleveland Browns (1% Rostered)
Harrison Bryant showed out last week, turning 5 targets into 4 catches for 56 yards and 2 touchdowns. The rookie from FAU flourished while starting in place of Austin Hooper, who was ruled out due to an emergency appendectomy. He also started over David Njoku, ultimately playing 40 snaps to Njoku's 31. With Hooper's status for Week 8 still up in the air, Bryant could be in for another big game. The 2019 John Mackey award winner draws a matchup with a very beatable Las Vegas Raiders' secondary in this one. Jon Gruden's defense ranks No. 29 against the pass in Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics, and Las Vegas is also surrendering a whopping 32.8 points per game (No. 31). If you're desperate at TE or play in a deeper format, it's not crazy to think about starting Bryant even if Hooper does suit up, especially given how often Cleveland works out of 12 personnel (No. 4).
2. Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts (21% Rostered)
Though Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox have generated buzz at times this season, Trey Burton has firmly established himself as the Indianapolis Colts' TE1. Since his team debut in Week 4, Burton has drawn 16 targets (seeing at least 5 in each game). That's good for the third-most on the team during that span, but it puts him well ahead of Doyle (7) and Alie Cox (3). Burton's 11 receptions are the team high in that time. Getting Burton the ball has clearly become a point of emphasis for Indianapolis, with Burton even scoring a rushing TD in Week 6. Facing a beatable Detroit Lions' defense this week, fantasy's TE10 on a per-game basis should have little trouble keeping his momentum going. As a bonus, Burton has low-end TE1 upside the rest of the way if you're in need of a serviceable every-week starter.
1. Richard Rodgers, Philadelphia Eagles (9% Rostered)
This is probably Richard Rodgers' last week of fantasy relevancy, but it looks like he'll be going out with a boom. Making his first start with both Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert on the shelf, Rodgers broke out in a big way in Week 6, turning 8 targets into 6 receptions for 85 yards. You won't find many waiver wire TEs seeing that kind of volume, as those 8 looks were the second most on the team. That workload gives him legitimate blowup potential against the Dallas Cowboys this week. Anyone with a pulse is fantasy relevant against this defense, though. Dallas is surrendering 34.7 PPG, which would be good for the worst such average we've seen since the winless 2008 Detroit Lions allowed 32.3 PPG. With Goedert and Ertz both still sidelined, Rodgers looks poised for a truly dominant showing here.
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