Multiple tight ends had surprisingly positive performances in week nine. Zach Ertz had a bounce-back game during his week nine matchup against the Chicago Bears, after failing to reach 10+ points in three consecutive weeks. Broncos tight end, Noah Fant also had a surprise outing in which he finally broke the 100-yard receiving mark during his contest against the Browns. Unfortunately, other tight ends had disappointing outings, with some extending their cold streaks at an alarming rate. You can find all our NFL Waiver Wire pickups and adds in one place each week.
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Ertz was finally able to break his cold streak against a tough Chicago Bears defense. Week nine marked the second time this season that Ertz had 10+ targets, as well as the second time that he reached paydirt. It was great to see the former Stanford product to break his cold streak before his bye in week ten.
For the first time this season, Noah Fant scored more than 15 points. Fantasy owners who were waiting for the first-round pick to have a breakout game saw the benefits last Sunday. Most of his success was due to his remarkable 75-yard touchdown in which he shredded through multiple Browns defenders before reaching the end zone. Despite having his best game of the season, fantasy owners should note that Fant only had four targets in week nine, and is only averaging four targets on the year. Therefore, his outlier game is not an indication that Fant is finally a reliable TE.
After a phenomenal performance against the Arizona Cardinals, George Kittle has cemented himself as an elite tight end for the rest of the 2019-20 season. Kittle is currently fourth in total receiving yards and fantasy points for a tight end this season. The third-year Hawkeye product enjoys nearly a third of the entire 49ers’ target share and has proven to be Jimmy G’s favorite tight end. Kittle’s next three opponents all rank in the top ten in terms of surrendering the ten-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Therefore, fantasy owners should expect huge gains from George for the entire month of November.
Jacob Hollister might be a fantasy gem, especially for owners in deep leagues. With Seahawks extremely thin at the tight end position, Hollister was able to assert himself as a red zone threat against the Bucs, hauling in two scores. With Ed Dickson looking to return next week, Hollister’s success might be short-lived. Nevertheless, Hollister’s knack for finding the endzone is worth keeping on your bench just in case he continues his productivity.
Mike Gesicki had his best game of the season, finishing with six catches for 95 yards. This was the first game in which Gesicki accumulated more than ten fantasy points. Fantasy owners should still avoid starting the former Penn State product, given his inability to find the end zone or get double-digit targets. Although, Gesicki might be an intriguing option for owners in very deep leagues when he goes against a Colts defense that is generous to opposing tight ends.
For the second straight week, Darren Waller was unable to accumulate more than ten fantasy points. It also marks the third time in four weeks that Waller failed to reach the 10+ point benchmark. After a piping-hot start to the season, Waller might be coming back down to Earth, given the emergence of rookie Hunter Renfrow. Even so, Waller is currently fourth amongst all tight ends in terms of total targets, and third amongst tight ends in terms of targets per game. Therefore, he’s still a reliable fantasy option for the foreseeable future.
Mark Andrews had an unproductive day, finishing with two receptions for 21 yards and no touchdowns. Andrews’ lack of production makes sense, given that he went against a Patriots defense that is allowing the third-fewest fantasy points to tight ends. Nonetheless, Andrews’ schedule only gets more daunting. Five of Andrews’ next six opponents will be defenses that rank in the top ten in terms of restricting tight ends’ fantasy points. If you have Andrews on your roster, you will want to scour the waiver wire for another tight end to pair with him.
Time to abandon ship?
Despite failing to score 10+ points in six of his nine games this year, Jimmy Graham is still owned in 70% of fantasy leagues this year. Even without the presence of Davante Adams for most of the year, Graham has failed to record 100+ yards this year. To make matters worse, Graham is currently behind Marques Valdes-Scantling in terms of target share and has been unable to gain 5+ catches in all but one of his contests so far. If you are in one of the deeper leagues, it makes sense to stash Graham on your bench or start him sparingly. Although, if that is not the case, it is imperative that you look to add/trade for another tight end.
Two weeks after being a tight end sleeper pick, Eric Ebron has regressed to being avoidable in fantasy. Ebron has failed to edge out teammates Jack Doyle in terms of target share for Colts tight end in total and in the red zone. At this point, Ebron is simply a touchdown or bust option, and fantasy owners would be wise to choose Doyle over him.
Fantasy owners looking for Greg Olsen to be an elite fantasy option should realize it is time to stash Olsen on your bench or abandon ship. Despite being owned in 80%+ of fantasy leagues, Olsen has scored less than 10 points in all but two of his games. The seasoned veteran is way below both Curtis Samuel and D.J. Moore on the Panthers target share list and has failed to find the end zone in all but one of his games this year. Only the most desperate fantasy owners should roster Olsen this year, and he is a low-end TE2 at best, even in favorable matchups.
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