Yet another week of fantasy football action is in the books, as owners everywhere look to the waiver wire the best available tight end pickups. Looking around the league shows that players like Mo Alie-Cox and Tyler Kroft offer the best chance of positive performance moving forward.
Note that in order to be eligible for this list, the player needs to be available in at least 50% of ESPN leagues. Obviously, there is some variation from league to league, so make sure to peruse all available players before making your claims. There could be better players available in your specific league that didn’t qualify for this list.
Mo Alie-Cox, Tyler Kroft Highlight Fantasy Football Week 4 Tight End Waiver Wire Pickups
Indianapolis Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox makes this list for the second straight week. Once again, Jack Doyle missed the week with injury and, once again, Mo Alie-Cox went off for a huge game. This week, Cox recorded three receptions for 50 yards and a score and looked great while doing it.
Even if Doyle comes back to the field, Alie-Cox’ high level of play ensures that he will be a featured part of this offense. Philip Rivers loves tight ends, and Cox should see more targets in Week 4. The Colts gained control of this one early, and that probably won’t be the case next week when Indianapolis faces off against the Chicago Bears.
It’s not a good week for tight ends. You probably won’t want to start Tyler Kroft, and there probably is someone better out there on waivers. However, if you’re playing in a deep league, you could certainly do worse. John Brown suffered an injury in Week 3, and Josh Allen is playing out of his mind. If Brown misses Week 4, Kroft could be a high-upside shot in the dark at tight end.
Last week, Allen connected with Kroft to the tune of four receptions for 24 yards and two touchdowns. Kroft isn’t going to rack up yardage, but streaming the tight end position is all about finding a guy with a decent shot of winding up in the endzone. The Bills should have plenty of scoring opportunities against a questionable Raiders defense, and Allen seems to like looking at Kroft.
After two silent weeks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski finally showed some signs of life. The one-time great had what was easily his best game of the season, finishing the night with six receptions for 48 yards on seven targets and coming inches away from a big touchdown grab. The stats are encouraging, and the tape implies that this success could continue. Gronkowski looked slow and stiff during the first two weeks, but he finally showed some of his old burst and tackle-breaking ability against the Denver Broncos.
Nobody is suggesting that Gronkowski is a safe bet to recapture his 2011-2017 form. However, even league-average play could carry plenty of value in this offense. Tampa Bay’s passing attack is getting better and better by the week, and there should be plenty of touchdowns to go around. If Gronkowski can even be the third or fourth option in this passing attack, then he should be a decent streaming option more often than not.
Logan Thomas is all about process over results. Washington’s tight end hasn’t done much for fantasy to date, but the opportunity is there. Last week, Thomas only had four receptions for 31 yards. However, he received an encouraging seven targets. This wasn’t a one-week outlier, as Thomas averaged 8.5 targets per game in the first two games of the season. Eventually, he and Dwayne Haskins will figure out this connection and Thomas should be a viable start. If you have an extra bench spot, he’s not a bad stash.