Monday, October 26, 2020

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Ranking Week 8 TE Options

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 8 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):

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

1. Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts (21%)

Coming off his team's Week 7 bye, Burton had five-plus targets in each of his past three games. In those three games, Burton has a total of 11 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown on 16 targets and a one-yard rushing touchdown as well. Meanwhile, Jack Doyle has only six targets during that same stretch. Going forward, Burton is on the TE1/TE2 fringe as a streaming option in fantasy leagues.

2. Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers (46%)

Playing alongside a talented receiving corps may cap Ebron's weekly upside. That said, Ebron had six receptions on eight targets, both of which were season highs, for 50 yards on Sunday. Ebron has a minimum of four targets in five consecutive games and at least 43 yards in four of those five contests.

3. Harrison Bryant, Cleveland Browns (1%)

Although David Njoku also scored a touchdown, it was Bryant -- not Njoku -- that got the start and the larger target market share with Austin Hooper (appendicitis) sidelined. The rookie tight end scored twice on his four catches for 56 yards on Sunday. If Hooper were to miss another game, Bryant would be a top-15 tight end for Week 8. Either way, the season-ending ACL injury to Odell Beckham could lead to an expanded share of targets to the (tight end) position overall.

4. Richard Rodgers, Philadelphia Eagles (9%)

Rodgers turned his eight targets against the Giants on Thursday night into six catches for 85 yards, both of which were team highs. Only Travis Fulgham (11) was targeted more. The veteran tight end hasn't had as many receptions since 2016 or yards since 2015, back during his Green Bay days.

With Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert sidelined, Rodgers may not duplicate his Week 7 production, but he's in the streaming mix against a Cowboys defense that has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends this season.

5. Drew Sample, Cincinnati Bengals (2%)

If the 2019 second-round pick played the Browns every week, he might be higher on this list. In his second matchup against the Browns, Sample had five catches on six targets for 52 yards. (He had 7/45 on nine targets Week 2 in Cleveland.) On a positive note, Sample has a favorable matchup against the Titans (seventh-most fantasy points per game allowed) this week.

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