Injuries have hit the tight end position hard of late. Jared Cook, Vance McDonald, and Greg Olsen are both questionable with concussions heading into Week 15. Evan Engram, Mark Andrews, and Gerald Everett continue to battle leg injuries as well. We then have several names on the IR. With the fantasy playoffs in play, we have plenty of waiver wire options to get. To list the top tight ends in scoring, it has been the usual names with Kelce, Ertz, and Kittle in three of the top four. Darren Waller, Mark Andrews, Austin Hooper, and Hunter Henry round out the rest. After a slow start, Cook is now TE9 on the season. To win those fantasy football leagues, you are going to have to win the waiver wire as well. You can find the top tight ends to pick up by rank for this upcoming week.
Week 15 TE Waiver Wire Pickups
|Player||Team||Week 14 Opponent||Ownership %||FAAB|
|Jack Doyle||Indianapolis Colts||@TB||50%||$10|
|Mike Gesicki||Miami Dolphins||@NYJ||14%||$4|
|David Njoku||Cleveland Browns||CIN||22%||$1|
|Dallas Goedert||Philadelphia Eagles||NYG||43%||$4|
|Ryan Griffin||New York Jets||MIA||26%||$2|
|Tyler Higbee||Los Angeles Rams||SEA||4%||$2|
Jacob Hollister – Seattle Seahawks
Jacob Hollister has been used quite a bit over the last five games since really coming into the offense due to injuries. He has seen 6, 8, 4, 10, and 6 targets over the last five games. He has three double-digit PPR point games in those five, and two of those went for 20 fantasy points. Hollister will also enjoy the schedule heading into the playoffs, with Arizona on the schedule in Week 16. Given the volume he has seen, Hollister is worth a start if you are filling in for injuries.
Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles
It was Zach Ertz who had the monster game on Monday Night, but Dallas Goedert still saw six targets and had a 3-41-0 line. He will get Washington, Dallas, and New York again over the next three weeks. I expect Philadelphia to bring in a wide receiver or two, but this offense should continue to run a lot of two tight end looks, giving Goedert plenty of chances to see 6-8 targets a game over the next few weeks.
David Njoku – Cleveland Browns
David Njoku came back and saw 21 snaps and three targets in his return from injury. I expect to see a slight tick up, and when he is on the field, Njoku is going to be running plenty of routes. He gets Arizona this week, which is the main reason why he is worth a pickup. They have allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends this season, and it isn’t even close. Njoku, when healthy, has been a strong tight end in the Browns system.
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Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins
It was a down week for Mike Gesicki after back to back weeks with touchdowns. I still like him moving forward against the Giants and Bengals, and he saw five targets again. He has been around the 6-7 target range since Week 9, and this is his first week below six targets since Week 8. The fantasy points are going to vary week to week, but we can still look at Gesicki with strong volume and a favorable remaining schedule. Gesicki is currently seventh in air yards among all tight ends throughout the season.
Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams
Tyler Higbee has seen 19 targets over the past two weeks, and has been filling in for the injured Gerald Everett. He has back to back games over 100 yards and seven receptions in each game. Higbee is one of the top pickups this week, and will see Dallas, who have allowed the 11th most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends this season. If you are playing into Week 17 and Everett is still out, Higbee will see Arizona again, who he destroyed a week ago. In the last two weeks, Higbee leads all tight ends in air yards (188).
O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
O.J. Howard has back to back games with 11 fantasy points in PPR formats, and 11 targets over the past two games. There is some potential for more production and targets with Mike Evans likely done for the year. He gets Detroit and Houston this week, who have been easy matchups for opposing tight ends this season. Howard had big potential coming into the year and is labeled one of the bigger busts from draft season, but he has a chance to redeem himself off the waiver wire for those in playoff weeks.
Ian Thomas – Carolina Panthers
Ian Thomas is going to rely on Greg Olsen being out again. I am hoping Olsen sits out one more week given the concussion for one, but also that means Thomas gets a prime matchup against Seattle, who have allowed the third most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. Thomas saw ten targets last week, and posted a 5-57-1 line. If indeed Olsen is shut down or they look at Thomas for the future, he will get the Colts and Saints over the next two weeks.
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