Week 4 TE Waiver Pickups & Adds: Dalton Schultz Seeing Targets In Strong Cowboys Offense

The list of viable tight ends continues to dwindle if you need some help at the position. However, the injury report is fairly calm at the position with only a few names to talk about. Jared Cook left the game against the Packers with a leg injury, and it is likely that he will miss some time. Dallas Goedert is the other one, and the Eagles passing options continue to go down. While they still have Ertz, there isn’t much of a replacement option for the Eagles. George Kittle remains questionable for this week, but he was close to playing. I’d expect him to suit up. There are likely not going to be many appealing tight end options to emerge as the backup quality isn’t just something that plugs in and produces. If you are in a more shallow league and see Mike Gesicki or Jonnu Smith you can go for them first.

Week 4 TE Waiver Wire Pickups

PlayerTeamWeek 4 OpponentRostered %FAAB%
Jimmy GrahamChicago BearsIND16%7%
Mo Alie-CoxIndianapolis Colts@CHI135%
Jordan AkinsHouston TexansMIN6%4%
Dalton SchultzDallas CowboysCLE35%7%
Logan ThomasWashington Football YeamBAL275%

Jimmy Graham – Chicago Bears

While many laughed at the Bears picking up multiple tight ends over the offseason, including Jimmy Graham, he has actually been targeted quite a bit in the offense. He has 18 targets through three weeks, which is more than quite a few names like Tyler Higbee, Hayden Hurst, T.J. Hockenson, and Mark Andrews. Tight end scoring is not how we pictured it through three weeks, as Graham has the 6th most PPR points. Most of Graham’s targets are coming in the red zone as he has seven red-zone targets so far this season which is second amongst tight ends.

Graham has somewhat of a mixed schedule coming up with plus matchups against the Vikings, Panthers, and Titans, but also faces the Saints and Buccaneers. However, with the red zone usage way up and him doing it with Mitch Trubisky under center, I’d still be looking his way most weeks. The change to Nick Foles should be an improvement for the Bears passing game.

Mo Alie-Cox – Indianapolis Colts

Jack Doyle was healthy last week, yete Mo Alie-Cox still had the big game with a 3-50-1 line. This is coming off a 5-111-0 line. Philip Rivers has always had a great connection with tight ends, and there is quite the link-up so far between these two. While Doyle still looms, it will be interesting to watch this situation over the next few weeks. Through three weeks and with most of the damage over the last two weeks, Alie-Cox has the fourth-most receiving yards among tight ends and the 7th most fantasy points.

Now you are not spending a ton of FAAB money and there are other priorities I am sure on the waiver wire. Given the Colts offense is a weird one for fantasy, the injuries to the wide receivers are going to open up more for Alie-Cox. Even if Doyle gets back his snaps and targets, I expect a lot of two tight-end sets, and Alie-Cox is the more athletic tight end.

Jordan Akins – Houston Texans

The targets have been a bit scattered, but Houston’s offense has had three tough matchups in a row. Things get a bit easier moving forward, which bodes well for Jordan Akins who has 12 targets in three games, which is far more than Darren Fells who was the better fantasy tight end in Houston last season. Akins will likely fluctuate week-to-week but he does rank 18th in PPR scoring at least being worthy of a bench spot if you can afford one. As mentioned the matchups were extremely tough and you might be wondering what is going on with this Houston offense.

That should change with the matchup against the Vikings. Following this week against Minnesota, the Texans will face the Jaguars, Titans, Packers, and Browns. Cleveland ranks 29th in fantasy points allowed so far, while the Titans rank 26th, and the Jaguars rank 30th. This sets up for a pretty solid schedule over the next few weeks.

Dalton Schultz – Dallas Cowboys

Since the Blake Jarwin injury, Dalton Schultz has 20 targets, averaging 6.7 per game this season. Schultz is catching 70% of his targets as he is involved in a high flying Cowboys offense. Schultz is tied with Travis Kelce for targets to put things in perspective for how often he is being looked at. Schultz has as many fantasy points as Zach Ertz. It just shows how volatile this position is week-to-week right now. With Schultz involved in this offense, he has seen four red-zone targets already, catching two of them for a touchdown. This Dallas offense is going to move the ball and while there are a lot of mouths to feed, the volume of the passing attack will keep these guys in play.

The matchups over the next few weeks couldn’t get much better. Dallas will play Cleveland, New York Giants, Arizona, Washington, and Philadelphia over the next five weeks. Four of the five teams here struggled against tight ends all of last season and are teams I will be attacking again in 2020. Philadelphia’s defense has been iffy through 2020.

Logan Thomas – Washington Football Team

The fantasy points continue to fall short but the tight end is short with players to pick up if needed. Logan Thomas remains a name because the volume is so high. He is averaging eight targets per game and has 24 overall. The downside is that he is only catching 50% of them, but this isn’t necessarily his fault as Dwayne Haskins has not made every target catchable. Thomas has been seeing a lot of red-zone targets, which is a plus given Washington isn’t getting to the red zone that often. They do not have a ton of reliable red-zone targets, which is where Thomas has filled in with the fourth-most at the position.

Thomas will have a tough draw over the next two weeks against Baltimore and Los Angeles, but the Giants twice, Dallas twice, Detroit and Cincinnati are all on the map for Thomas to have some friendly matchups against. While the fantasy points are the only frustrating aspect of Thomas’ season so far, everything else has been there.

Jason has been playing fantasy football for 20 years, starting back when Marshall Faulk was the top fantasy pick. He is well versed in various fantasy formats, from dynasty to super-flex. Jason not only enjoys playing, but helping others further their game.

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