Specs on Streaming - Tight End Week 14
Over the last few weeks, the tight end scenery has been back to its usual self. Some players have been breaking out while others are putting up miserable numbers. It is hard to foretell which tight end is going to have that tremendous game each week. Even though it has been dicey, there have been loads of players stepping up.
Below, I am outlining three specific tight ends with ownership of 50% or less in both ESPN and Yahoo fantasy leagues. These tight ends should be great streaming options for week 14.
Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins
ESPN Ownership: 15%
Yahoo Ownership: 19%
One of the most solid tight end grabs for this week would have to be Mike Gesicki of the Miami Dolphins. He has had a rather nice stretch over the latest few games, going for a touchdown in two competitions in a row. On top of that, Gesicki has also found himself as a top-five fantasy play over the last two games.
Now that Ryan Fitzpatrick is back to his FitzMagic ways, watch for Gesicki to profit enormously. Fitzpatrick knows how to get the ball out of his hands and into the paws of the athletic Gesicki. The dynamic tight end has been acknowledged as an exceptional pass catcher and is as speedy as they come. The former second-round draft pick has had six or more targets in the previous five contests of the season. He should remain peppered with balls this week.
The Miami organization takes on the New York Jets this time around, a team with a banged-up defense. The Dolphins have an appalling run game, and losing Kalen Ballage to an Achilles injury is not going to benefit or harm the team (he was only averaging 1.8 yards a carry). Miami is going to have to rely on recently obtained Zach Zenner at the running back position. The Jets defense is much better facing the run than they are against the pass, so Fitzgerald will be throwing the ball even more than usual. Gesicki is going to be someone who benefits from the injuries and bad running back play.
Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams
ESPN Ownership: 5%
Yahoo Ownership: 11%
Gerald Everett had been the big tight end on campus for the Los Angeles Rams until weeks 12 and 13 hit. Everett has been dealing with injuries to both his knee and his wrist, so in stepped Tyler Higbee. In the week 13 contest, Higbee accomplished gaining 107 yards on seven receptions. He additionally was the best tight end in points for that week. Yes, he was facing an Arizona Cardinals defense that is feeble against tight ends, but he still went out and balled (ending the game with 23.7 fantasy points).
This week, his match up becomes a little more difficult when he meets the Seattle Seahawks. Although the Seahawks are a better opponent on defense, they are still giving up the third-most catches to the position of tight end. To make the match up look more favorable, the Seahawks have been conceding the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends as well.
In his game against Arizona, Higbee succeeded in setting a career-high when it came to receiving yards, and that was just in the first half of the contest. For now, Everett is day to day, so this is a situation worth monitoring. Higbee is a solid play if Everett is still benched. If quarterback Jared Goff can be the good Goff and not the bad Goff, Higbee will be a beneficiary.
Kaden Smith, New York Giants
ESPN Ownership: 4%
Yahoo Ownership: 1%
Here’s a hail mary when it comes to streaming tight ends. Kaden Smith is a player that makes you go “huh?”, but he had a wonderful week last game. Tight end Evan Engram has not participated in a game or practiced since he exited week nine with an injury. His backup, Rhett Ellison, has been dealing with a concussion concern. Smith was the next man up, and he produced on Sunday.
This week, Smith plays at Philadelphia, taking on an Eagles team that just fell to the Miami Dolphins. If Engram and Ellison are out for this match, Smith will be a nice replacement. When performing against Green Bay in week 13, the 22-year-old rookie led his team in receiving yards while grabbing six of the eight targets fired in his direction. Over weeks 12 and 13, Smith tallied 87 yards and a score. He has the big-play ability, breaking off for a 32-yarder in week 13’s game. Besides all of those stats, Smith was on the field for an appetizing 98% of snaps on offense while facing the Packers. He will remain on the field if injuries continue to plague the Giants.
Smith plays on Monday night, so keep an eye on the status of the other Giants tight ends. If they are out, he is a fine plug and play. If Engram is in, that will take away from Smith’s value. In that case, Dallas Goedert (tight end for the Philidelphia Eagles) is a fabulous pick up for Monday night if possible. Again, monitor this situation, but Smith will be an incredible get if he is the starter.
A few other tight ends that could be available and would be decent options are Jack Doyle (IND), Jacob Hollister (SEA), Jaeden Graham (ATL), and Dallas Goedert (PHI). Some of these players have ownership just a smidge over the 50% cutoff, so that is why I did not do a full write on them. Jack Doyle would be my clear cut number one if he is still out there on waivers.
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