3 Fantasy Football Tight End Streaming Options for Week 14
We made it. Well, hopefully you made it. It's time for the fantasy football playoffs after all.
Week 13 was mostly #bad for tight end streamers. Regardless, I will put on a brave face. It's time to give the people what they want, nay, crave -- tight end streamers. The good ones.
Throughout the season, this column should/will/must be your go-to resource for identifying tight ends to stream when you're in a pinch. Based on monitoring 12-team Yahoo! roster percentages, everyone listed will be rostered in fewer than 60% of Yahoo! leagues.
Outside of Mark Andrews staying on the COVID-19 list, it was thankfully a clean slate for tight end injuries in Week 13. There's a lot to shake out still, but Andrews has plenty of time to recover and test negative ahead of the Baltimore Ravens' next game.
Based on the incredible reputation of this column (surely it's famous by now), Week 13 was a bad week. The process still feels right on Kyle Rudolph, Trey Burton and Jordan Akins. All of their teams put up at least 20 points and 285 passing yards, but the tight ends just didn't get there. Jordan Reed, meanwhile, got a late touchdown to salvage his day.
We are, thankfully, done with bye weeks. Of course, we'll need to monitor any potential COVID-induced byes or missed games. Otherwise, we are staring at a clean slate.
It usually takes a good six weeks before positional points allowed data is somewhat reliable. Now that we're well past that mark, I'll lean a bit heavier on points allowed to the position in this process where applicable. In the end, though, we're chasing opportunity.
We're not exactly shooting fish in the barrel with tight end streamers, but we'll aim for more successful plays in Week 14.
Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team
Roster Percentage: 40%
One of the tight end streaming heroes of this season, Logan Thomas has been a weekly staple of this column. So why stop now? Thomas was instrumental in Washington's upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He torched Pittsburgh's previously staunch tight end defense for nine catches, 98 yards and a touchdown (catching all nine of his targets).
We simply can't turn away from his 19.6% target share when looking for streaming options at tight end. While San Francisco is a tough matchup on paper, it's also a defense that has faced a very light tight end schedule this year. Dates against the Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Rams (twice), New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks heavily influence the Niners' tight end points allowed number.
With Antonio Gibson potentially out (he left early in Week 13 with a toe injury and did not return), it's likely Washington will again struggle to run the ball, potentially opening up more short passes to J.D. McKissic and Thomas as an extension of the run game. He's at worst a top 15 option this week and his roster percentage should jump after his Monday outburst.
Anthony Firkser, TE, Tennessee Titans
Roster Percentage: 9%
It's early in the week, so we have no real way of knowing if Jonnu Smith will play this week. But let's follow the breadcrumbs: Jonnu didn't so much as practice last week and was ruled out as early as Friday. This is conjecture, but he's likely starting the week on the wrong side of questionable.
Enter Anthony Firkser. As noted in this week's waiver column, Firkser was in the slot or out wide on 29 of his snaps and had a solid 15.5% target share, per Adam Levitan. Usage doesn't get much better than that for tight end streamers.
And Firkser gets to face the Jacksonville Jaguars. That didn't work out for Kyle Rudolph, who is dead to me, but it's worth pointing out the Jaguars allow the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends on the year. The Tennessee Titans enter the week with an immense 30.00-point implied total in a game with a 53.0-point over/under. Firkser is an excellent play if Jonnu sits.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Roster Percentage: 6%
I considered Dalton Schultz and Cole Kmet for this third spot, as both are younger and more exciting than Tyler Eifert. But Eifert is in the best spot. As mentioned above, the Titans-Jags game has a 53.0-point total, and Jacksonville's 23.00-point implied total is pretty solid for an underdog. Surprisingly, the Jacksonville has put up 25 and 24 points across Mike Glennon's two starts.
Glennon has shown an affinity for tight ends, targeting the position on 26% of his throws over his two starts. Eifert has totaled nine catches for 61 yards and a touchdown in those two games. Tennessee, meanwhile, has been a matchup we've attacked with streamers all year long as they are permitting the eighth-most fantasy points per game to the position.
With an end zone role, good matchup and high game total, Eifert has a legitimate claim as a touchdown-or-bust streamer this week.