We feel like we say the same thing every week, but who will be the player who surprisingly steps up this week? We all know who the elite options are, but it’s identifying the next set of names who are often available on the waiver wire that could make or break you (especially if you aren’t lucky enough to own one of the best options). Who are the names to target this week? Let’s take a look:
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Houston
- Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – at Arizona
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Minnesota
- Will Dissly – Seattle Seahawks – at Cleveland
- George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – at Los Angeles Rams
- Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
- Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Denver
- Vance McDonald – Pittsburgh Steelers – at. Los Angeles Chargers
- Chris Herndon – New York Jets – vs. Dallas
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at New York Jets
- Gerald Everett – Los Angeles Rams – vs. San Francisco
- Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – at Jacksonville
- Jimmy Graham – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
- T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – at Green Bay
- Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – vs. Tennessee
- Jeremy Sprinkle – Washington Redskins – at Miami
- O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Carolina
- Jordan Akins – Houston Texans – at Kansas City
- Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
- Surprised to see Austin Hooper pushing for the top spot in the rankings this week? He’s actually been among the most productive tight ends in the game, with 34 receptions, 363 yards and 2 TD, and draws an Arizona defense that’s allowed the most points per week to opposing tight ends (461 yards and 6 TD). Don’t be surprised if he keeps the good times rolling and posts another big day.
- After a few weeks of being a TD dependent short yardage option Dissly showed more in Week 5, turning 4 catches into 81 yards (20.3 yards/reception) including a 38 yard catch. Suddenly he’s pushing into the talk of the top options, with 22 catches, 250 yards and 4 TD over the past four games. Taking on a Cleveland defense that’s allowed TD in back-to-back games (and 4 TD overall), he’s a Top 5 option.
- Greg Olsen has been miserable over the past two weeks, including 0 catches in Week 5 and 2 catches for 5 yards in Week 4. While that keeps him out of the Top 5, the matchup against Tampa Bay, who he has already burned for 6 catches and 110 yards this season, keeps him as a must use option. Don’t make the mistake of writing him off due to a dry spell, because a bounce back is coming.
- Chris Herndon is set to make his 2019 debut, after missing the first four games due to suspension, and figures to assume a prime spot in the offense almost immediately. Given the state of the position that makes him a worthwhile low-end TE1, though one who carries significant risk (especially with it being unknown just how much Sam Darnold will be able to do in his return to the lineup).
- Looking for a deep league sleeper? Put the Redskins’ Jeremy Sprinkle on your list, as he should play a primary role given the injuries and draws a Miami defense that’s allowed 314 receiving yards to opposing tight ends (seventh most in the league). It’s a stretch, but if you are desperate he’s well worth rolling the dice on.
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