Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Tight End Streamers (Week 14)
The tight end position matters greatly in fantasy football. They are not as flashy as their blazing-fast, route-running counterparts at wide receiver. As a result, they do not get the same volume of touches as fantasy-relevant running backs. That can sometimes lead to them being overlooked or treated as an afterthought. Do not make that mistake.
Tight end is the shallowest position of them all. Finding production there on a weekly basis can be incredibly challenging, especially for those that did not draft or since manage to land one of the top handful of options.
Success can be found at the position by carefully playing the waiver wire week-to-week. The goal here is to help fantasy managers do just that by finding low-rostered (under 75%) tight ends sitting in the best situations for the particular week.
Tight End Waiver Wire Options (Week 14)
Noah Fant (SEA) vs. Carolina Panthers
Fant has become a regular contributor in the Seahawks’ passing game here in the second half of the season. He has at least three grabs in each of his last four games, averaging better than 50 yards per game while coming up with 15 of 18 targets during that span.
In this past Sunday’s win over the Rams, Fant hauled in four of his five targets for 42 yards and scored his second touchdown of the campaign. Geno Smith continues to utilize both of his top-two TEs in Fant and Will Dissly, but the former clearly has the upper hand right now.
The Panthers are coming into this one fresh off a bye week. They stifled Broncos’ TE Greg Dulcich back in Week 12, but in their prior eight games, the Panthers’ unit gave up right around five receptions for 50 yards per week to the position. That is a fair projection for Fant in this matchup.
Hunter Henry (NE) at Arizona Cardinals
Henry has been as difficult to project as just about any player in the league on a weekly basis this season. He caught three passes for 63 yards and a score at Minnesota in Week 12, and things were looking up. Henry then followed that up with just two receptions for 13 yards this past Sunday against the Bills.
That performance opposite the Bills’ defense is certainly excusable, as the unit ranks comfortably inside the top 10 in fantasy points allowed to TEs. However, the matchup for Henry this week is much more attractive for fantasy purposes.
The Cardinals have been getting roasted by opposing tight ends all season long. Over 12 games, they are allowing more than seven receptions for 80 yards per game to the position. The Cards’ defense has also given up a league-high nine touchdowns to TEs.
Henry has produced four games this season with at least three grabs and 50 yards. There’s a good chance he turns in another such effort this week.
Chigoziem Okonkwo (TEN) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Even though Okonkwo is behind veteran Austin Hooper — a deeper-league streaming option in his own right — in the TE pecking order in Tennessee, he could deliver a nice return with his big-play ability. The rookie has seen five targets in each of the last two games, coming up with seven of those 10 targets for 103 yards.
Okonkwo set new season highs with four receptions and 68 yards in Philadelphia this past Sunday. His highlight on the day was a 41-yard play in the second quarter. It was Okonkwo’s third reception of at least 40 yards in the past five weeks.
That big-play potential could show up once again against the Jaguars, who have given up three touchdowns to opposing tight ends over their last three games. Okonkwo has yet to score his first NFL TD. However, he may do so very soon.
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