Monday, September 20, 2021

Fantasy Football Week 3 TE Waiver Wire

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 rostered 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 our preference to add.]

1. Jared Cook, Los Angeles Chargers (43%)

There are 16 tight ends that are rostered in more than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues. In other words, it is slim pickings when were are discussing tight ends that fall into the TE17+ category.

While Cook has yet to score a touchdown (and most TEs in this range are TD-dependent), the 34-year-old veteran has seen at least five targets in each of his first two games as a Charger. In fact, he is one of seven tight ends to average at least 6.5 targets per game through Sunday Night Football. (That list includes Detroit's T.J. Hockenson, who had 10 targets in Week 1 and plays on MNF.)

Facing Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City's high-powered offense in Week 3, the Chargers could be forced to throw often. Only three teams have allowed more points through Sunday night than the Chiefs.

2. Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns (48%)

The good news is that Hooper led the Browns in targets in Week 2. The bad news is the team high was only five targets, which Hooper converted into 5/40.

Hooper could have some Week 3 value if Odell Beckham misses his third consecutive game to start the season. In addition to another potential absence by OBJ, Jarvis Landry has a sprained MCL.

Earlier this offseason, coach Kevin Stefanski talked about increasing Hooper's role in the offense and this week could require it.

3. Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers (7%)

A deeper-league add, Freiermuth caught all four of his targets for 36 yards in Week 2. In contrast, Eric Ebron had a two-target catchless outing. Drawing some comps to former Steeler Heath Miller, Freiermuth could continue to emerge as the team's primary pass-catching tight end.

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