Monday, November 1, 2021

Fantasy Football TE Waiver-Wire Rankings Heading into Week 9

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 9 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):

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

1. Dan Arnold, Jacksonville Jaguars (4%)

Arnold led the Jaguars in receiving on Sunday with eight catches for 68 yards on 10 targets (19.61%). It was the second time in the past three games that Arnold has had a target share of at least 19%.

The matchup next week against the Bills isn't great, but it's possible that Arnold will once again lead the team in target share. At a minimum, his expected target share in a game where the Jaguars will be massive underdogs should at least put him in the streamer mix.

Over his past three games, Arnold has a total of 16 catches for 159 yards on 23 targets (7.67/G). Marvin Jones Jr. (160 yards) is the only Jag with more receiving yards during that stretch. Heading into Monday Night Football, Arnold ranks fifth among tight ends in targets per game from Weeks 5 to 8.

2. Evan Engram, New York Giants (32%)

Since making his season debut in Week 3, Engram has a minimum of four targets in every game and he is averaging 5.8 per contest. While he has yet to score, Engram is averaging 4.0/34.2 per game and has finished as a top-15 tight end in two of his past three games.

Engram has a favorable Monday Night Football matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. The matchup in Week 9 is nearly as favorable, as the Las Vegas Raiders had allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends heading into Week 8.

3. Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers (10%)

For a second game in a row, Freiermuth had seven targets. Scoring his second touchdown of the season, the second-round rookie out of Penn State finished Sunday's game with four catches for 44 yards and a score.

Over the past two weeks, Freiermuth has combined for 11 catches for 102 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets. He has finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end in both weeks and now has done so in three of his past five games played.

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