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Six teams are on bye this week, but it doesn’t have much of an effect on the position. Zach Ertz is the only major fantasy tight end on bye this week, and maybe Darren Fells who has been serviceable over the last few weeks. George Kittle avoided a knee injury and will be ready to go against Seattle. Evan Engram is dealing with a knee injury, so that is something to keep an eye on. If you are in some deep leagues with more than 12 teams, Dawson Knox, Kyle Rudolph, Blake Jarwin, and Noah Fant are all worthy of pickups. At the moment, Hooper, Kelce, Andrews, Waller, and Kittle are the top fantasy tight ends on the season. However there has been a drop off in scoring compared to last year at the position. 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 11 TE Waiver Wire Pickups
|Player||Team||Week 11 Opponent||Ownership %||FAAB|
|Tyler Eifert||Cincinnati Bengals||@OAK||10%||$3|
|Eric Ebron||Indianapolis Colts||JAX||50%||$4|
|Mike Gesicki||Miami Dolphins||BUF||12%||$3|
|Jack Doyle||Indianapolis Colts||JAX||51%||$2|
|Vance McDonald||Pittsburgh Steelers||@CLE||44%||$3|
Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts
Eric Ebron is coming off of a season high target game (12), but posted a 5-56-0 line. Whether this is because of him voicing his displeasure of his role in the offense, or because of Brian Hoyer we won’t know. The Colts also were without T.Y. Hilton and have been lacking playmakers in the offense of late. Both Colts tight ends are worth a pick up, but Ebron’s 12 targets put him higher on the list in terms of guys we have to chase. Ebron is 13th in targets among tight ends, and has 13% of the Colts share. Unfortunately the Colts have a very spread out offense, but at with Parris Campbell and T.Y. Hilton banged up, and Deon Cain cut, there are more to go around than usual. We will also need to watch for Devin Funchess’ return. The positive for Ebron is he has ten red zone targets this season. He is getting more down the field work as well, with 143 air yards among tight ends in the last two games.
Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals
After seeing Tyler Eifert play 60 snaps and record nine targets in Week 8, I was curious to see how things would go after the bye week. The targets went back down to four, but the snaps went down almost half. A bit disappointing, but Eifert posted a 2-20-1 line, which was noteworthy for tight end scoring. With limited options, Eifert is still someone to grab in deeper leagues. Auden Tate has dominated red zone targets in Cincinnati, but Eifert is second with eight. Eifert is sitting behind the wide receivers in targets, but has the best completion rate among them. While the Week 10 snaps and targets were a bit disappointing following season highs before the bye week. Eifert has a strong Week 11 matchup against the Raiders, who have allowed 15.4 PPR points per game to opposing tight ends this season. That is the 4th most in the league.
Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins
Mike Gesicki popped up on our radar after the Jets game, were he had a 6-95-0 line on six targets, and Preston Williams also had to undergo surgery that ended his season. His follow up week against the Colts was a little bit lackluster posting just 3.8 PPR points, but he had six targets. Gesicki has weekly upside given Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t afraid to air it out, and Gesicki is a viable downfield threat. With Williams out, that means 21% of the team’s targets and 30% of the air yards are up for grabs. Gesicki has 342 air yards this season, and an aDOT of 9.2. His target share should be on the rise with no real run game to speak of and Williams giving up a fair amount to be filled in. Over the last two weeks, Gesicki ranks sixth in air yards among tight ends.
Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts
Jack Doyle didn’t see the same targets Eric Ebron would, and I wouldn’t expect him to. However he has been efficient, and has posted three straight double-digit PPR point games. Of course he is going to be touchdown dependent like most tight ends out there, but given the banged up offense and lack of red zone threats, Doyle is worth a flyer. Until everyone returns healthy, the Colts are going to have limited options to grab in the passing game. In PPR leagues, Doyle ranks as TE15 and Ebron is right behind as TE16. With Evan Engram, George Kittle, and Austin Hooper dealing with injuries, we are going to have to drop into this tier. Out of the two Colts tight ends, I like Ebron a bit more because of the weekly upside, as Doyle could have easily been a dud minus the touchdowns the last few weeks.
Vance McDonald – Pittsburgh Steelers
Vance McDonald couldn’t follow up his Week 9 performance with a solid game, but he has 17 targets over the last three weeks and has a favorable schedule over the next four games. If McDonald can get this volume against Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Arizona over the next four weeks, we could see some solid fantasy production. The Cardinals are allowing the most fantasy points per game, the Browns the 9th most, and the Bengals the 13th most. With the remaining schedule, I don’t mind hanging onto McDonald for another few weeks, even if he struggles against Cleveland on Thursday. McDonald has had 24% of the red zone targets, and has the most red zone touchdowns among the rest of the Steelers.
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