Fantasy Football Week 15: Waiver-Wire TE OptionsEvery 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).
With that said, here are some tight end waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 15 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):
[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]
1. Ian Thomas, Carolina Panthers (7 percent)
Leading the Panthers in both receptions (nine) and targets (11), Thomas had 77 yards against the Browns in Week 14. The rookie tight end now has five-plus catches in back-to-back games and should remain a key cog in Carolina's passing attack down the stretch with Greg Olsen on IR.
Unfortunately, he won't get any easy matchups over the rest of the fantasy playoffs. The Panthers face the Saints and Falcons in Weeks 15 and 16, respectively. The Saints have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.
2. Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins (5 percent)
Assuming that Jordan Reed (foot) sits out Week 15 (and perhaps longer), Davis could become a streaming option down the stretch. The veteran tight end had four catches for 31 yards and a two-point conversion on Sunday. Although the Jaguars have been middle of the road against tight ends this season, they have been more generous of late with six top-12 fantasy performances allowed to tight ends since Week 8.
3. Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams (21 percent)
The Bears defense shut down Jared Goff, Todd Gurley and the high-powered Rams offense on Sunday Night Football as Everett finished with just 29 yards. That said, he set season highs in both receptions (four) and targets (seven). Before this week, he finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end in three of his previous four games. Everett remains a high-upside TE2 the rest of the way.
4. Chris Herndon, New York Jets (15 percent)
Herndon had just one catch for 14 yards on two targets in Week 14. Despite the disappointing outing, the rookie from The U. has 24 catches for 312 yards and three touchdowns over the past eight games. Herndon and the Jets face the Texans, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.
5. C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals (29 percent)
Given the injuries to Tyler Eifert and A.J. Green, Uzomah could have been more productive this season. Instead he's been solidly mediocre. Uzomah has 33 to 41 yards in four consecutive games and a minimum of three receptions in five consecutive games. The good news is that the Bengals face the Raiders in Week 15 and no team has allowed more fantasy points to the position this season.
6. Blake Jarwin, Dallas Cowboys (0 percent)
There was some optimism and deep sleeper appeal about Jarwin going into the season with Jason Witten retiring and the team releasing Dez Bryant in the offseason. Before this past week, however, Jarwin has failed to exceed 25 receiving yards in any game. Against the Eagles in Week 14, however, Jarwin caught all seven of his targets for 56 yards.
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