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In what has been a tough season for tight ends, Week 12 is looking like it takes the cake. Travis Kelce, Hunter Henry, and Kyle Rudolph are all on bye. George Kittle, Evan Engram, and Austin Hooper are also questionable this week. 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 13 TE Waiver Wire Pickups
|Week 13 Opponent
|New York Jets
Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts
Eric Ebron hit the IR this week, which leaves Jack Doyle in line for a few extra targets per game moving forward. Doyle is still better suited in PPR formats, where he can chip away for 4-5 catches a game. He isn’t a down field threat, but that works well in his favor given Jacoby Brissett isn’t someone to air it out either. In that 2017 season where Andrew Luck missed time, and Doyle was the lone tight end, he had 108 targets in 15 games, with an 80-690-4 line. He averaged 5.3 receptions per game and 46 yards per game. In deeper leagues, Doyle is likely long gone given the injuries of late, but shallow leagues he is worth a grab. Doyle has a favorable schedule moving forward with Tennessee, Tampa Bay, and New Orleans. All are in the bottom half in receptions allowed to tight ends.
Noah Fant – Denver Broncos
It was a tough week for Noah Fant and the rest of the Denver offense, as they headed into Buffalo. In the coming weeks, Fant will have favorable matchups. The Chargers this week is a tough one, but after they will face Houston, who are allowing the 9th most fantasy points per game to tight ends in the last five weeks. Fant will see Kansas City, who have allowed 72 receptions to tight ends in 11 games, and then both Detroit and Oakland who rank in the bottom half in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends. Over the past five games, Fant has 33 targets, and a 16-222-1 line.
Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings
After doing nothing the first six weeks of the season, and only having 11 targets in those first six games, Kyle Rudolph has four double-digit PPR point games in the last five. These have mainly been driven by touchdowns, with five in that span, but targets have generally been around five per game as well. Rudolph has an interesting rest of season schedule against teams who have struggled against tight ends. Adam Thielen is returning, which could knock him back down to irrelevance, but the schedule has me intrigued. He gets Seattle this week, who have allowed the 5th most fantasy points to tight ends, Detroit has allowed the 12th most, Chicago the 6th most, and Green Bay the third most. The Chargers are the only negative matchup for him.
Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins
After a down week, Mike Gesicki bounced back against the Browns, putting up a 3-28-1 line. He saw seven targets, and has seen six or more in each of the last four games. It is a tough matchup against Philadelphia this week, but the Jets, Giants, and Bengals following in the three weeks after that are all positive matchups for him. The volume has been consistent, and that is the biggest plus so far. Like most of these tight ends, the single digit floor around 4-5 fantasy points is the downside, but that comes with the position right now.
David Njoku – Cleveland Browns
If you can stash David Njoku until after this week, he should be ready to go by then. His health is trending upwards, and he will help out this Browns offense. Targets will be up and down, but he has some plus matchups against Cincinnati and Arizona coming up that can make him a decent flyer. Njoku found good chemistry with Baker Mayfield last season, posting a 56-639-4 line over 16 games. This was of course without Odell Beckham. Njoku is an extremely talented tight end, and deserves a look over the remaining few weeks.
Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles
With the receiving core in the state that it is, Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz are going to soak up a ton of targets. That was the case last week where he had eight targets, catching seven of them for 32 yards. He has posted 9, 12, 7, 11, 14, and 10 PPR point games over the last six, and will have a favorable schedule coming up. Goedert will take on Miami, New York, Washington, Dallas, and New York again. Don’t be fooled by the Giants lack of fantasy production allowed to tight ends, they have not seen any viable fantasy tight ends this season. Goedert’s volume makes him an attractive pick up, which should remain the case due to the injuries in Philly.
Ryan Griffin – New York Jets
I really like the Jets passing offense the next two weeks, facing the 31st and 32nd ranked pass defense. They are on the road against Cincinnati, and then return home against Miami. They also have Pittsburgh in Week 16 which isn’t a good passing matchup, but Pittsburgh has allowed the 10th most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. Griffin has flashed some upside, and has four touchdowns over the last five weeks. Given the matchups the next two weeks, he can continue to be a streaming option.
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