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 3 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):
[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]
The Week 2 performance (4/26) may have disappointed, but Thomas had another high-volume day in terms of his targets. After being targeted eight times (26.67% share) in Week 1, Thomas saw nine targets (27.27% share) in Week 2. Through Sunday's games, only Travis Kelce (20) and Dallas Goedert (17) have as many targets as Thomas (17) among tight ends.
In addition, Thomas gets a favorable matchup in Week 3. No team has allowed more fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends (half-PPR scoring) than the Browns through Sunday.
With George Kittle sidelined, Reed blew up for seven catches, 50 yards and two scores on eight targets. Reed has had plenty of success with Kyle Shanahan in the past and as long as he's healthy (a big if), he has plenty of upside when Kittle is out. That said, the early optimism is that Kittle will be able to return in Week 3.
Trey Burton is on IR, which keeps him out for at least one more week, and it's unclear if Doyle will be able to return in Week 3. Alie-Cox capitalized on his expanded opportunity in Week 2 with five catches for 111 yards on six targets. Double-digit favorites over the Jets in Week 3, the Colts are projected to score 26.75 points based on implied totals from Week 3 Vegas odds, the sixth-most for the week.
The team expected Blake Jarwin to be a major contributor in the passing game after letting Jason Witten walk, but now it's the season-ending injury to Jarwin that has created an opportunity for Schultz. In his first start, Schultz had the best game of his young career as the Cowboys threw it 49 times to overcome a 20-0 first quarter deficit. Both Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb exceeded the 100-yard mark, but it was Schultz that led the team in targets (10) and finished with nine catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. Schultz should be viewed as a TD-dependent TE2 going forward.
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