Week 9 TE Waiver Pickups & Adds: Jordan Reed Is The Next Man Up In San Francisco

The tight end position has not been one for consistency this season, and a top name is going to miss the rest of the year. George Kittle has been ruled out for eight weeks, which leaves really just Travis Kelce as a true tier-one tight end. Mark Andrews has not been as reliable week-to-week. We at least have gotten solid production from some of the second-year players like Noah Fant and TJ Hockenson. Jonnu Smith, Hunter Henry, and Rob Gronkowski have put up decent numbers. After that, it gets a bit thin, but the return of Dallas Goedert could help out, and Austin Hooper was getting involved in the offense before missing the past two weeks. Cleveland, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and the Los Angeles Rams are on bye this week. It is a chance to pick up Dallas Goedert if somebody dropped him for the bye. I wouldn’t let last week discourage you, he is a solid tight end and is available in 30-40% of leagues.

Week 9 TE Waiver Wire Pickups

PlayerTeamWeek 9 OpponentRostered %FAAB%
Jordan ReedSan Francisco 49ersGB3%10%
Robert TonyanGreen Bay Packers@SF56%7%
Austin HooperCleveland BrownsBYE52%10%
Trey BurtonIndianapolis ColtsBAL15%3%
Dalton SchultzDallas CowboysPIT28%3%
Albert OkwuegbunamDenver Broncos@LV1%1%

Jordan Reed – San Francisco 49ers

Jordan Reed is coming back from injury and likely will return for the Packers game, which is a nightmare due to the injuries and positive tests that popped up this week. In the two weeks George Kittle missed earlier this season, Jordan Reed had 14 targets and posted a 24 fantasy point game and a 4 fantasy point game. This seems to be the range of outcomes for so many at the tight end position this season. Reed will have some decent matchups the rest of the way, especially with New Orleans next week. Week 11 will be the 49ers bye and then they will take on Washington, Dallas, and Arizona in the fantasy football playoff weeks. The 49ers are going with a quarterback change due to the Jimmy Garoppolo injury, although it has to be more about his play at this point. Nick Mullens will take over and he has generally thrown to tight ends when starting. With the lack of passing options now in San Francisco, Reed should see a steady dose of targets.

Robert Tonyan – Green Bay Packers

The Houston and Tampa Bay games were disappointing for Robert Tonyan, but the Buccaneers game was a disaster as a whole and they didn’t need to throw much against Houston given they controlled the game and ran all over them. Minnesota was a better day for Tonyan, but also a better game script with the Packers trailing. While this offense will still focus on the running backs and Davante Adams, Tonyan will have some games where he can produce double-digit PPR points. The schedule moving forward is pretty average for Tonyan, but the Packers offense has been above average this season and still can put up some points.

Austin Hooper – Cleveland Browns

Austin Hooper had to undergo an emergency appendectomy and the bye week will get him back up to full speed. This bodes well for Hooper as he gets the Texans, Jaguars, and Titans defenses in three of the next four weeks. I also expect Hooper to pick up a lot of targets with Odell Beckham Jr out and Hooper to be used in the red zone. Before he missed some time he had seen 7, 9, and 6 targets. These numbers should remain consistent moving forward. The Browns secondary remains week, which is why the pass offense should still see a fair amount of volume. With the missed two games and the bye week, Hooper was dropped in quite a bit of leagues. He is one of the top options to grab over the second half of the season.

Trey Burton – Indianapolis Colts

The Colts offense continues to be dreadful for fantasy because they essentially have a committee at every skill position. The one thing with the tight ends is that they continue to use a lot of two tight end sets. With Doyle and Allie-Cox back and cutting into snaps, the three are all going to be touchdown-dependent. Allie-Cox is the most athletic of the group but we just haven’t seen enough out of him when all three are healthy. He had also been injured over the last few weeks with a knee issue. The Colts have a tough matchup this week against the Ravens, but things open up with both Houston and Tennessee twice and a matchup against the Raiders. I’d expect the Colts offense to put up numbers in these matchups.

Dalton Schultz – Dallas Cowboys

Dalton Schultz and this passing offense certainly took a hit with the Dak Prescott injury but in combination with the offensive line this Dallas offense has tanked. With Andy Dalton returning it should get a bit better and the defense being so bad is going to at least keep the pressure on the offense to throw the ball. Schultz is coming off an eight target game against Philadelphia where he caught six passes for 53 yards. The Cowboys are going to have some matchups that funnel targets down to tight ends, and the quick-release routes will be there for Schultz due to how bad this offensive line really is. The plus side is you can get Schultz for cheap and likely free in FAAB leagues. I wouldn’t waste a waiver pickup on him either as when he turns into a free agent you can just scoop him up.

– Denver Broncos

In deeper leagues, Albert Okwuegbunam is worth a look after scoring 26 fantasy points over his last three games. With matchups against the Falcons, Raiders, Dolphins, and Saints over the next four weeks, the Denver passing attack should put up some decent numbers. Noah Fant is still the top tight end on the team but Okwuegbunam has seen a rise in snaps and has been looked at in the red zone. He had the potential for two touchdowns this past week. Given the depth at this position for fantasy, if you have the space to take some dart throws or are in deep leagues with deep starting rosters, he makes some sense. 

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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