If you are in the thick of your fantasy playoffs and are scrambling for a tight end in a good spot to use this week, the waiver wire article has turned into more options to stream this week. There are two tight ends in good spots this week that are out there in about 40-50% of leagues and then two deeper options for those in a bigger need of help. Overall the position has been poor this season, as Travis Kelce and Darren Waller were the top-heavy options. Consistency was not there for a lot of tight ends this season and that casts a cloud over the entire position. Unless you have one of those top names you might want to keep an eye on the names below the next two weeks.
Week 15 TE Waiver Wire Pickups
|Player||Team||Week 15 Opponent||Rostered %||FAAB%|
|Logan Thomas||Washington Football Team||SEA||58%||1%|
|Jared Cook||New Orleans Saints||KC||51%||1%|
|Cole Kmet||Chicago Bears||@MIN||10%||1%|
|Irv Smith Jr||Minnesota Vikings||CHI||3%||1%|
Logan Thomas – Washington Football Team
Logan Thomas followed up his big game against Pittsburgh with a 10.3 PPR point outing. He now has four double-digit fantasy point games in the last five and we saw the rostered percentage jump up after that Pittsburgh game. However, he is still out there in 40% of leagues. Washington controls their own destiny as they face Seattle and Carolina over the next two weeks. Thomas has seen 24.5% of the red zone targets this season for Washington and 16% of the overall targets. Over the last five weeks, the Panthers have allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to tight ends and the Seahawks the 7th most. These teams have struggled against tight ends all year long and Thomas should continue his strong run.
Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints
Jared Cook has been sneaky good of late, despite the Saints offense hitting a bit of a snag with Taysom Hill under center. Cook gets the Chiefs in Week 15, who have allowed the 7th most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends this season. Cook is certainly a touchdown-dependent option but in a high scoring game projected against the Chiefs, I like the odds. Cook is second on the team in red-zone targets and is coming off back-to-back games with a touchdown and double-digit fantasy points. Cook is out there in about 50% of leagues and is a nice streaming option for this week.
Cole Kmet – Chicago Bears
Cole Kmet has now played 50+ snaps in three straight games this season. He has averaged 33 all year long and has finally grown into a starting tight end for the Bears after they trotted out Jimmy Graham all year long. Kmet has 14 targets over the last two weeks and has produced 22 fantasy points in that span. Kmet will face the Vikings this week, who have been middle of the road against tight ends. Chicago then faces Jacksonville, who have allowed a 52-663-10 line to tight ends this season. Not a bad stretch for Kmet these next few weeks, and he can be used as a bench option or if you are struggling with the position weekly, Kmet isn’t a bad PPR start.
Irv Smith Jr. – Minnesota Vikings
Every time Irv Smith Jr. has one of these games, Minnesota buries him the next week. Like many teams, we should see younger players start to get more reps. Smith is certainly a strong future tight end but doesn’t have a consistent value just yet. Over the next few weeks, Minnesota has to face the Bears and Saints. Chicago is a great matchup as they have allowed the 4th most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends this season. Minnesota still uses Thielen, Jefferson, and Cook as the premium options but if Smtih can keep these snaps, he should have a chance for a big play or two.
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