After what feels like an eternity, NFL football is finally back. Months and months of devoted research, analysis, and data crunching has once again proven useless by the cruel hand of the fantasy football gods. Now, if you’re looking to find a tight end stream, you’ll need to check the waiver wire for guys like Dallas Goedert, Dalton Schultz, and others.
Note that in order to be eligible for this list, the player needed to be available in at least 50% of ESPN leagues. Obviously, there is variation from league to league, so there is a chance that a better player is currently available on your league’s waiver wire.
Dallas Goedert, Dalton Schultz Highlight Fantasy Football Week 2 Tight End Waiver Wire Streams
Dallas Goedert is one of the most talented receiving tight ends in the league, but he’s never had the chance to be the featured guy. Zach Ertz is also in town, and he’s always been the top tight end on the depth chart. However, that might not be the case anymore. The former second-round pick finished Week 1 with a team-high eight receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown on nine targets.
Goedert is as talented as anyone in the league, and he may have surpassed Ertz on the depth chart. Even if this was just a one-week mirage, he could earn a bigger role as the season progresses. Ertz is openly upset with his contract, and the Eagles could trade him if they feel Goedert could adequately fill Ertz’ shoes. If that happens, Goedert is a top-five tight end for the rest of the season.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin suffered a non-contact knee injury, leaving a massive opening at the top spot of the depth chart. As mentioned in the offseason, Jarwin was one of my favorite breakout candidates for 2020. Early reports indicate that Jarwin suffered a torn ACL. While this report isn’t officially confirmed as of this posting, it’s safe to assume we won’t be seeing Jarwin for a while.
With Jarwin sidelined, Dalton Schultz becomes the top tight end on the depth chart. Shultz isn’t an elite talent by any stretch of the imagination, and he won’t be anything more than the fourth or fifth option in the offense. However, there are still enough targets for Schultz to be a decent streaming option. The corpse of Jason Witten earned 83 targets last year, and Mike McCarthy’s offense will have more passing volume than Jason Garrett’s. He won’t set the world on fire, but you can throw Schultz in your starting lineup and probably get a decent performance.
Streaming the tight end position is one of the hardest things to do in fantasy football. There aren’t many good options at the position, and most of the players on this list are glorified dart throws. That said, Logan Thomas has a decent shot of turning into a reliable option for the rest of the season.
Outside of Terry McLaurin, the Washington Football Team doesn’t have much in terms of established targets. This makes Thomas interesting, as he recorded four receptions for 37 yards and one touchdown on a team-high eight targets. He’s anything from a guarantee to pay off, but the high target share makes him a worthwhile claim.
Were we all one year too early on the O.J. Howard hype train? Probably not, but you can’t overlook six targets from Tom Brady. Howard saw more targets than Rob Gronkowski and could be well on his way to being the top tight end in this offense.
Gronkowski looked like a shell of his former self, which was to be expected seeing as he hasn’t been an elite tight end since 2017. Howard won’t surpass Chris Godwin or Mike Evans in targets, but he could be the third option in a high-volume passing attack. That alone makes him worthy of a waiver claim if you’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel.
If you are truly, truly desperate, you can take a shot on Houston Texans tight end Jordan Akins. Atkins didn’t do much from a workload perspective, recording just two receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. However, there is reason to believe that his role could increase as the season progresses.
The Houston Texans are still trying to figure out who they are without DeAndre Hopkins. Will Fuller had a 51% air yard market share in Week 1, and that probably won’t continue throughout the season. Somebody else will need to step up, and that somebody could be Atkins. Just going off the eye test, Atkins is a fantastic receiver that can make plays in the red zone and make guys miss in space. Admittedly, he probably won’t turn into anything this year, but the talent and opportunity are there.
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