Monday, September 28, 2020

Fantasy Football Waiver-Wire Pickups: TE Options Heading into NFL Week 4

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).

With that said, here are some tight end waiver-wire options to consider heading into Week 4 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers (27 percent)

The recipient of a team-high seven targets in Week 3, Ebron finished the game with five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. Over the next four weeks, Ebron has a favorable matchup every week as all four opponents rank among the eight most generous fantasy defenses to opposing tight ends.

2. Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team (33 percent)

Four catches for 31 scoreless yards is far from a week-winning performance, but Thomas had seven targets in the team's loss to the Browns in Week 3. In fact, that was a season low in targets as he now has 24 targets through three games. While the Chiefs (Travis Kelce) and Ravens (Mark Andrews) are yet to play this week, there is only one tight end (Darren Waller, 28) that has more targets than Thomas, who is tied for second with Philadelphia's Zach Ertz.

3. Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys (31 percent)

Schultz had four catches for 48 yards on six targets in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. The week before that, he finished with nine catches for 88 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets. Based on his five opponents before their Week 10 bye, Schultz has three matchups against teams that have allowed the eighth-most (or better) fantasy points to the position.

4. Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears (9 percent)

It's possible, perhaps likely, that Graham had his best performance of the season in Week 3. The veteran tight end had six receptions for 60 yards and two scores on 10 targets. While they certainly haven't faced a murderous row of opposing tight ends (JAX, MIN and NYJ), the Colts (Chicago's Week 4 opponent) have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends so far this season.

5. Mo Alie-Cox, Indianapolis Colts (9 percent)

Even though Jack Doyle returned in Week 3, Alie-Cox had three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. Doyle wasn't targeted. In Week 2, Alie-Cox had five catches for 111 yards. If he continues to get the opportunities in the passing game, he has the athletic profile to continue to string together strong performances going forward.

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