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It is a tough week for byes across all positions, and tight end is no different. Austin Hooper, Gerald Everett, Jared Cook, and the Bengals tight ends are all out. We are also dealing with injuries to Delanie Walker, and the ghost of OJ Howard. The one positive at the position this week is that Evan Engram and George Kittle both should crush in their opposing matchups. 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 9 WR Waiver Wire Pickups
|Player||Team||Week 9 Opponent||Ownership %||FAAB|
|Jonnu Smith||Tennessee Titans||@CAR||2%||$3|
|Darren Fells||Houston Texans||@JAX||12%||$3|
|Dallas Goedert||Philadelphia Eagles||CHI||32%||$2|
|Tyler Eifert||Cincinnati Bengals||BYE||12%||$2|
Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans
Jonnu Smith is in the waitings for when Delanie Walker hangs it up, which seemingly is going to be never. We are seeing what he brings to the table in Walker’s current injury absence, and it is tough to not start him. He has produced nearly 30 fantasy points over the last two weeks, and has ten targets. I also like these targets more with Ryan Tannehill under center. That certainly says a lot about Marcus Mariota. As long as Walker is out, Smith is a weekly start. Most of the tight ends you pick up will be expendable the rest of the year, so don’t worry about picking them up for a game or two and then having to drop them.
Darren Fells – Houston Texans
Darren Fells had a big Week 8, and has had some strong games overall this season. He has four double-digit PPR games over the last six weeks, but has had a floor of sub-five PPR points as well. However, most of the names here do, and this is just something we have to deal with for this position. Fells is worth a look in an offense that is putting up strong offensive numbers, and of course having Deshaun Watson helps. Fells is first in red zone targets on the team, and has competed seven of his eight red zone targets for five touchdowns. Fells is a longer term target here given he has a clear role in snaps and doesn’t depend on anyone being out. Although Will Fuller out might throw him an extra target or two.
Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles
Despite seeing just 29 targets to Zach Ertz’s 67 this season, the two are posting similar fantasy value over the last few weeks. Ertz has really struggled to provide much value on a consistent basis, and Dallas Goedert has been a part of that. He has posted three straight double-digit fantasy scores in PPR leagues, and has 17 targets over the last three weeks. The Eagles have spread the ball around quite a bit this season, as there are six names with over 20 targets, and only one person over an 18% target share.
Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals
Tyler Eifert played a season high 60 snaps this week, and he had yet to top 40 all year. This is an interesting trend to see if that continues after the bye week. In addition to the highest snaps played all year, he had his highest PPR outcome (13.4) and the highest amount of targets (9). Eifert is basically a shot in the dark that his volume of targets and snaps continue in this direction. Not that I would expect nine every week, but 5+ on a consistent basis would be a great start.
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