Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Fantasy Football TE Waiver Wire Week 2

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 2 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):

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

1. Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears (34%)

In Week 1, Kmet had five catches for 42 yards on seven targets. Going back to last season, Kmet has a minimum of six targets in five of his last six games. The second-year tight end has averaged only 7.64 Y/R during that six-game stretch (25/191/1 on 37 targets), but there is a lot to like about that consistent volume.

If he maintains a similar per-game target average (6.17/G), he would finish the year with 105 targets. Only five tight ends -- Travis Kelce (145), Darren Waller (134), Logan Thomas (110), Evan Engram (109) and T.J. Hockenson (101) -- exceeded 100 targets last season. While there is one extra game this season, only one other -- Eric Ebron (91) -- exceeded 90 targets.

2. Juwan Johnson, New Orleans Saints (11%)

Adam Trautman (six) doubled up his targets, but Johnson (three targets) made the most of his opportunities as converted his three catches into two touchdowns and 21 yards. Given the buzz that Johnson generated this offseason, he appeared on our preseason list of fantasy football sleepers and he's at least worth monitoring in standard-sized leagues. Johnson should be rostered in deep leagues and/or TE-premium formats.

3. Jared Cook, Los Angeles Chargers (26%)

Cook began his age-34 season with five catches for 56 yards on eight targets. The veteran tight end has 16 touchdowns in 29 games over the previous two seasons and should be heavily involved in the red zone for the Bolts. Beyond the top seven options, there are plenty of tight ends that are in the mix for back-end TE1 production and Cook is in that mix.

4. Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys (1%)

Michael Gallup's multi-week injury will certainly lead to a significant bump in snaps for Cedrick Wilson, but he's unlikely to absorb all of the targets that would have gone Gallup's way. It's possible that the Cowboys utilize a few more two-TE sets along with Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb.

Both Schultz (six targets) and Blake Jarwin (four) were plenty involed in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While Jarwin offers more athletic upside, Schultz was productive last season as he racked up 63/615/4 on 89 targets (TE12 in half-PPR) and more involved than Jarwin, who made his return from last year's torn ACL, in Week 1.

Fantasy Football Waiver-Wire Advice Heading Into Week 2

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