Though Week 9 of the fantasy football season might have been a hot mess for many, just wait until you start looking over the waiver-wire player pool. The only major injury we witnessed was Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who suffered a sprained MCL. That puts Brian Hoyer in play for Week 10. Hooray.
This is a crucial time for those on the playoff bubble, and with another three bye weeks ahead, where are you getting the help you need? Sadly, the answer can be found at the tight end position, normally reserved for that dumpster fire GIF people are always posting on Twitter.
And believe it or not, it isn’t just for your tight end slot, but also for your Flex position. More often than not, fantasy owners use that extra running back or wide receiver for their Flex, but this season has provided us with a look at more fantasy teams going with a two-tight end lineup.
Just look at all the Travis Kelce owners who drafted Darren Waller late and are using them both. Or how about the Zach Ertz owner who also picked up Hunter Henry off waivers? If a tight end is seeing looks inside the red zone, you need to take advantage of it, especially when the selection of running backs and wideouts becomes more about throwing darts than actual belief in a player.
This week you have two strong commodities at the tight end position. Did you see Noah Fant’s 71-yard touchdown catch-and-run Sunday? It was a thing of beauty. Though you won’t see plays like that regularly, you will see Fant get extra targets thrown his way with Jeff Heuerman out, Emmanuel Sanders in San Francisco and an inexperienced Brandon Allen under center. Inexperienced quarterbacks tend to lean on the short-passing game, and that means more tight end targets. There is a reason the Broncos drafted Fant in the first round.
You can also look to former Patriots backup Jacob Hollister who, thanks to yet another injury to a Seahawks tight end, is now the starter. He caught two touchdowns this week, including the overtime game-winner, and his target share will continue. Just look at how productive the position has been regardless of who sits atop the depth chart, and understand Seattle’s playbook has a number of red-zone plays that feature the tight end.
The position is far from glamorous, but you need every point you can get if you want to make the playoffs. Stop wasting FAAB on dart throws and use it on someone who may actually produce.
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