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It was been a somewhat quiet start to the year for tight ends, unless you are Mark Andrews. He currently leads all tight ends in scoring. Travis Kelce and Evan Engram aren’t too far behind. Given it has been just two weeks, and it is a volatile position, we can look at guys who are getting the opportunity early. TJ Hockenson and Darren Waller were the big pickups last week, and they are long gone. You might have some quick trigger fantasy owners drop them after poor Week 2 performances, so keep an eye out. Injuries are piling up, and 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 3 WR Waiver Wire Pickups
|Player||Team||Week 3 Opponent||Ownership %||FAAB|
|Greg Olsen||Carolina Panthers||@ARI||58%||$2|
|Trey Burton||Chicago Bears||@WAS||50%||$2|
|Eric Ebron||Indianapolis Colts||ATL||47%||$1|
|Tyler Eifert||Cincinnati Bengals||@BUF||13%||$1|
|Noah Fant||Denver Broncos||@GB||11%||$2|
Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers
Greg Olsen is still out there in about 40% of leagues for reason. He has seen 18 targets over the first two weeks, and lit up the Buccaneers defense for a 6-110-0 line in Week 2. He gets Arizona, who have been crushed by Mark Andrews and TJ Hockenson already. The concern is Cam Newton’s health, who is questionable for Week 2. It doesn’t hurt Olsen enough to have me avoid him. The Panthers get Arizona, Houston, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, and San Francisco over the next five weeks. These are favorable matchups for Olsen. Overall he is third in tight end targets, fourth in yards, and second in air yards. If Olsen is out there, go and grab him.
Trey Burton – Chicago Bears
Trey Burton is more of a stash play as his workload gets going again. Burton saw 76 targets last season in Chicago, and had 54 receptions for 569 yards and 6 touchdowns. Even with Mitch Trubisky under center, Trey Burton finished as TE6 in PPR last season. He saw three targets on 26 snaps last week, and this should continue to grow. While the Bears are not a notable passing team, Burton is a touchdown dependent starter when healthy. Expect growing snaps over the next two weeks and he will be closer to a full on workload.
Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts
After playing just 25 snaps in Week 1, Eric Ebron played 34 in Week 2. This wasn’t a surprise with Devin Funchess out for several weeks. The Colts offense has faced two tough defenses and have failed to get much going other than Marlon Mack and T.Y. Hilton. This is still an offense with a rotating wheel of options, so Ebron’s volatility is still there. It was going to be regardless. We are starting to get picky down here among tight ends, and as bye weeks come into play, these names will have to be thrown in more.
Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals
Tyler Eifert has more targets than Jared Cook, David Njoku, Jimmy Graham, and O.J. Howard so far this season. Health has always been the downside to Eifert, and when healthy he has been a beast. Cincinnati is likely going to use him sporadically given his durability, but targets have been there (11). Most of the waiver wire pickups from here on out will be touchdown dependent options. Eifert will be used in the red zone and when on the field is going to be there to run routes and not block. The Bengals offense is also going to be behind quite a bit this season. Overall they have been a viable passing offense for fantasy so far.
Noah Fant – Denver Broncos
Denver’s passing offense has a few fantasy viable options, and Noah Fant is going overlooked at the moment. He has played over 50 snaps in each week so far, which is a big plus for him. Fant has nine targets over the first two weeks, catching six of them. I still expect Fant to be more of a fantasy viable option moving forward. Weirdly, Denver is 8th in passing attempts per game so far this season. Fant is a bottom of the barrel option right now, but deeper leagues should keep an eye out.
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