Fantasy football waiver wire: 4 tight ends to target for Week 16
It’s championship week in most fantasy leagues, and we’re here to figure out which tight ends will be the least disappointing.
Week 16 is the moment of truth for many fantasy leagues with the championship round coming up. The tight end position, as usual, is mostly a crapshoot. If you made it this far and don’t have Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham, you’re probably grasping at straws.
That said, there are a few options on the wire. You’re looking for decent upside with a safe floor, which is what the four guys listed below can offer. They are owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins (46 percent) — Clay has settled in as a steady TE2 — he’ll never fill the stat sheet, but he won’t completely burn you either. He continued his workmanlike output with six catches for 59 yards against the New England Patriots. The Dolphins face the Minnesota Vikings this week and Clay should keep up his boring but decent production.
Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens (38 percent) — Like most tight ends in 2014, Daniels has been hot-and-cold. He had one of his hot weeks last Sunday, catching four passes for 62 yards and a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s hard to predict when his next hot game will come, but Daniels knows Gary Kubiak’s offense and Joe Flacco likes him as a safety blanket. He should remain a TE2 against the Houston Texans, his former team.
Mychal Rivera, Oakland Raiders (26 percent) — Rivera is another tight end who is hard to predict, but he’s getting lots of targets from Derek Carr, so that counts for something. Rivers had seven catches for 39 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs. Look for him to keep getting targets as long as the Raiders keep playing catch-up. Rivera and the Raiders have a brutal matchup with the Buffalo Bills, though.
Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills (eight percent) — Here’s another guy who seems to always be on the cusp of TE1 production but never quite gets there. Chandler had a big game by his standards in Week 14, grabbing eight catches for 81 yards. He followed that up with a 2-22-0 line against the Green Bay Packers. Chandler might be the least attractive fantasy option on this list, but in a year of lowered standards for tight ends, he’s worth a start against the Raiders.