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We will need to watch out for some injuries this week, as Delanie Walker and Jared Cook are questionable. Both have enticing matchups, which would be disappointing if they sit out. However, Walker has a backup I will talk about below. Mark Andrews and Jason Witten are on bye this week, and a majority of the top tight ends are in somewhat tough spots. We will look at some tight ends to grab in shallower leagues, and at least some dart throws for those in need of a tight end in deeper leagues. It has been a down year for the position, and it keeps getting tougher. 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 8 WR Waiver Wire Pickups
|Player||Team||Week 8 Opponent||Ownership %||FAAB|
|TJ Hockenson||Detroit Lions||NYG||55%||$1|
|Gerald Everett||Los Angeles Rams||CIN||59%||$1|
|Chris Herndon||New York Jets||@JAX||18%||$2|
|Jonnu Smith||Tennessee Titans||TB||2%||$1|
|Jacob Hollister||Seattle Seahawks||@ATL||1%||$0|
TJ Hockenson – Detroit Lions
TJ Hockenson is still out there in 40% of leagues, and that will be dropping if he continues to produce at this rate. However, on the waiver wire right now there are not a lot of names dominating. Hockenson is still a five-six target a week guy when healthy, and he will have a favorable schedule moving forward against New York, Oakland, Chicago, and Dallas. They are not the worst defenses, well the last two aren’t, but they have struggled with tight ends. Hockenson still remains a threat in the Detroit offense which is throwing the ball more than expected.
Gerald Everett – Los Angeles Rams
It was another big week for Gerald Everett who posted 15 PPR points. This is the third time in the last four weeks he has posted 15+ PPR points. His targets over that span have been 8, 11, 5, and 10. The Rams offense will continue to roll at a high volume, which is a plus for Everett, as there might be some concern of how many mouths there are to feed. The plus side for Everett the rest of the year is he gets Arizona twice, but Seattle and Pittsburgh are also bottom five in fantasy points allowed to tight ends. There are a lot of great matchups.
Chris Herndon – New York Jets
Chris Herndon is still a name I am keeping an eye on because of his connection late last year with Chris Herndon. This is not a good offense by any means, but Herndon is going to he a weapon in need once he returns. There are better plug and plays for the upcoming few weeks, but long term he is a grab. Herndon and the rest of the Jets have an extremely soft schedule over the rest of the season. Herndon finished as TE16 over last season, where most of his production came in the second half.
Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans
Jonnu Smith is another young tight end who is waiting for a dinosaur to get out of the way before he can start to shine. Delanie Walker was banged up heading into last week, and left early. He caught all three of his targets for 64 yards last week, and overall has showed the ability to breakout the long passes. With Ryan Tannehill under center, Smith would get a bump too. Smith is at least a name to watch with Walker out, given that is where he was value.
Jacob Hollister – Seattle Seahawks
Jacob Hollister saw six targets in his first start since Will Dissly was ruled out for the season. He caught three of them for 20 yards. Hollister is a deep league threat where you can stash and hope the targets continue. Hollister is actually a pretty athletic tight end who was mainly in New England. He is 26 years old, and sports some pretty good speed.
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