Fantasy football waiver wire, Week 16: Owen Daniels wakes up
The tight end found the end zone for the first time in two months. We break down the fantasy implications.
After a month-plus of subpar production, Baltimore Ravens tight end Owen Daniels finally put up some good numbers Sunday. Daniels scored a touchdown for the first time since October in the team’s 20-12 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
Daniels caught four balls on a season-high-tying nine targets for 62 yards and a touchdown Sunday. His touchdown came midway through the third quarter, giving the Ravens a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The touchdown was Daniels’ fourth of the year, and only his second since Week 2. With the Ravens’ top two wide receivers — Steve Smith Sr. and Torrey Smith — both ailing for this game, Daniels was the next-best choice the team had, and he had the second most yards for the Ravens, behind wide receiver Marlon Brown, who had 66.
Fantasy impact: After getting a reasonable number of looks and targets when starting tight end Dennis Pitta hit injured reserve, Daniels’ looks had fallen off considerably in recent weeks, with only two catches in each of his last four games before Sunday. It took Daniels from a reasonable low-end starting tight end to a guy you could barely justify rostering.
You’d have to assume the Smiths will both be in better shape for Week 16, which could limit Daniels’ looks, but still, as bad as the tight end position is, Daniels will make for a mid-range TE2 and fine desperation play.