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The waiver wire for tight ends has dried up real quick. If you missed out on the TJ Hockensons and Darren Wallers, you are in for a rough ride the rest of the season. We will take a deeper dive on some tight ends returning, and also in prime spots for Week 5. 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 5 WR Waiver Wire Pickups
|Week 4 Opponent
|New York Jets
|Los Angeles Chargers
|Green Bay Packers
Chris Herndon – New York Jets
Week 5 is a return for a few suspended players, and one of them is Chris Herndon. The Jets tight end is an athletic receiving tight end, who had a strong connection with Sam Darnold down the stretch. He finished with a 39-509-4 line in 2018, and had 56 targets. New York is desperate for another playmaker, and I expect Herndon to pick up where he left off last year. He is under 15% owned, and should be the first tight end you grab as he can be a guy for the long haul unlike most of the names here.
Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals
Tyler Eifert had a frustrating drop that would have had him a touchdown against Pittsburgh. Tyler Eifert isn’t necessarily a pickup long term, but he is a plug and play waiver wire grab against Arizona this week. Taking tight ends has been a successful strategy against the Cardinals. The Cardinals have allowed a 32-431-6 line against tight ends this season, allowing an average of 19.8 fantasy points per game.
Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts
Both Colts tight ends are in play moving forward, but Eric Ebron’s ceiling is a bit higher. He is worth a look even this week as a starter against the Chiefs, who have allowed 32 receptions to tight ends this season. He would get a bump with T.Y. Hilton out, but overall the Colts should be trailing this one pretty good and the Colts offense should be in comeback mode. With the defense getting hit by the injury bug, I would expect more games like last week.
Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers
Hunter Henry was expected to be out 4-6 weeks, and now we have our eye on him as a stash play until he returns. Henry was projected to be a top six tight end this season, and was drafted as such. If you have a deeper bench, or can just afford to stash him for a bit, he is out there. The ownership numbers will grow by the weeks as he gets closer to a return.
Jimmy Graham – Green Bay Packers
Coming off his best game in a long time, Jimmy Graham saw nine targets in the Week 4 loss to Philadelphia. Graham would see a bump if Davante Adams misses some time, but overall he is worth a look as a plug and play most weeks. The Cowboys are an average team against TEs coming up for Week 5, and he gets a decent schedule over the next few weeks.
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