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).
Surprisingly, there are 19 tight ends rostered in more than 50% of leagues.
Thomas had six catches for 43 yards on seven targets against the San Francisco 49ers, one of the most difficult matchups for the position. The matchups -- Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers -- get much more favorable going forward for Thomas. On the year, Thomas has 49 catches for 469 yards and five touchdowns on 77 targets and only six tight ends have scored more fantasy points than Thomas (half-PPR scoring).
Now rostered in 57% of leagues, he would top the list, if eligible.
With that said, here are some other tight end waiver-wire options to consider heading into Week 15 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):
[Note: Players listed below are sorted by our preference to add.]
If Kyle Rudolph (foot) misses another game, I'd prefer Smith over Cole Kmet. If Rudolph plays in Week 15, I'd swap these tight ends on my list. Smith had four catches for 63 yards and a touchdown on four targets against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14. The Vikings will face the Bears this week and only three teams have allowed more fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.
2. Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears (6%)
Jimmy Graham scored a touchdown in Week 14, but Kmet played a season-high 85% of the team's offensive snaps. The Notre Dame rookie has now played at least 70% of the offensive snaps in four games in a row. Meanwhile, Graham has played less than 50% of the team's snaps in three consecutive games.
Kmet finished the game with four catches for 41 yards on seven targets and now has seven targets in back-to-back games. Kmet has 21.21% of the team's targets over the past two weeks.
Arnold has yet to exceed four targets in any game this season and he's exceeded two receptions only twice this year. With that out of the way, the good news is that Arnold has scored four touchdowns in his past four games. Of course, it would be unrealistic to expect him to maintain that absurd two-thirds ratio of (six) catches going for (four) touchdowns over that span. The true definition of a TD-dependent tight end given the lack of volume, Arnold is at least worth consideration in deep leagues.
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