Monday, December 7, 2020

Week 14 Fantasy Football TE Waiver Wire Rankings

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 14 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):

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

1. Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team (40%)

Thomas will play later today and has a difficult matchup both this week and next week. Against the Dallas Cowboys last week, Thomas did a little bit of everything -- 28-yard completion, three-yard carry and four receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown.

The former Virginia Tech quarterback has finished as a top-10 fantasy tight end four of his past six games.

In 11 games this season, Thomas has a minimum of four targets in all 11 games. While four targets may be an arbitrary threhold, only three other tight ends have that many in at least 11 games this season -- T.J. Hockenson, Darren Waller and Travis Kelce.

2. Anthony Firkser, Tennessee Titans (9%)

After a goose egg (no targets) while on the field for 54 snaps (75%) in Week 12, Jonnu Smith (knee) was inactive in Week 13. Even though most of Firkser's Week 13 production (5/51 on seven targets) came during garbage time, he has averaged 5.29 targets per game when he's played at least 35% of the offensive snaps this season. It's unclear if Smith will be able to return in Week 14, but if he's unable to go, Firkser will be a potential streamer in a matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

3. Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears (1%)

Entering Week 13, Kmet had a streak of three one-catch games, but that fails to highlight his expanded role in the offense BEFORE career highs in targets (seven) and receptions (five) against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. With a 5/37/1 line in Week 13, the second-round rookie from Notre Dame has the sixth-most fantasy points heading into Monday's games.

Per snap counts from Pro Football Reference, Kmet has played at least 70% of the team's offensive snaps in three consecutive games. Meanwhile, Jimmy Graham has played his three lowest snap counts/percentages in those same weeks.

4. Tyler Eifert, Jacksonville Jaguars (6%)

Eifert had a season-high six catches for 45 yards on seven targets against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 13. Eifert has at least four targets in five consecutive games with an average of 3.4/31.2 per game over that stretch. While those numbers are far from elite, Eifert gets a favorable matchup against the Titans (seventh-most fantasy points allowed) in Week 14 and he had 3/36/1 on six targets against them in Week 2.

5. Drew Sample, Cincinnati Bengals (1%)

The Bengals lost Joe Burrow (ACL/MCL) for the season in Week 11. As terrible as that was for the team on all counts, the one thing that has seemed to benefit is Sample's target share despite the small (pun intended) sample size.

In the two games since Burrow's injury, Sample has four catches for 40 yards on five targets and seven catches for 49 yards in Weeks 12 and 13, respectively. Sample's 18.52% and 26.92% target shares were his two highest this season.

Sample gets a plus matchup in Week 14 against the Cowboys.

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