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What to do with Hayden Hurst in Week 8 fantasy football

We go over Hayden Hurst’s fantasy football outlook ahead of the Falcons Week 8 matchup against the Panthers on TNF.

Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst (81) is brought down by Green Bay Packers safety Raven Greene (24), Vernon Scott (36) and Ty Summers (44) during their football game Monday, October 5, 2020, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis via Imagn Content Services, LLC

While Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley and Todd Gurley get a lot of the ink, praise and spotlight, Hayden Hurst has quietly been a useful option more often than not at tight end. This week, he’ll look to make up one of his two duds so far this year; he caught just two passes for 8 yards against the Carolina Panthers in Week 5.

Fantasy Football analysis: Falcons TE Hayden Hurst

The third-year tight end is just six catches and 55 receiving yards away from setting new career-highs. Yes, he was basically invisible in games against the Panthers and the Bears, but in Atlanta’s five other games, Hurst has averaged 3.4 catches and 57.2 receiving yards per along with two touchdowns. Not outstanding, sure, but useful. Last Sunday versus the Lions, Hurst caught six of seven targets for 68 yards. Keep in mind that the Lions had allowed a total of 10 catches and 96 yards to tight ends through their first five games. The Panthers don’t look like a good matchup on paper either — they have given up the 10th-fewest fantasy points per game to the TE position — but Hurst has become a fairly dependable option in Atlanta’s aerial attack. He has accrued at least 12 fantasy points in each of his last two outings.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Hurst is a borderline top-10 option against the Panthers. Despite his recent production, his DraftKings price has been cut by $400, down to a season-low $4,000.