Before we get to the top tight end options for Week 14, let’s take a quick look back at the Week 13 TE streamers and try to remind ourselves that Ladarius Green had five receptions on the season before last week:
Sure, Green outscored all three streamers combined two weeks removed from putting up a bagel when he was actually on this list. I am definitely not mad about that.
It kind of pains me to admit defeat on Will Tye after finally getting our wish of Larry Donnell’s removal, but I’m afraid it’s just not in the cards this year. It started out well with 15 targets and nine receptions in his first two starts, but he has only twelve targets and six receptions in three games since. It was nice to get excited about the prospect of a repeat of last year where Tye was basically what C.J. Fiedorowicz has been to this season — a TE consistently putting up TE1 numbers seemingly without anybody realizing it — but it just has not happened this year. Back to the waiver wire he goes.
Week 14 Streamers:
Yahoo Ownership: 40%
Another week, another ten points for Fiedorowicz. Some things really never do change.
Earlier this season, Fiedorowicz had one of his best games of the season against the Colts with a 6-85-1 line. He continues to be Brock Osweiler’s steadiest target while continuing to be on one too many waiver wires. Removing the first 3 games where he was largely a reserve player, Fiedorowicz has averaged 11.96 PPR PPG since Week 4, good for TE8 on the season. Consider that Rob Gronkowski is still owned in 30 percent more leagues than Fiedorowicz while on injured reserve. I am sure I sound like a broken record by Week 14, but Fiedorowicz is the top streamer of the week. Go get him already.
Yahoo Ownership: 23%
Yes, I am placing Green second on this week’s list after last week’s 6-110-1 outburst. What gives?!?!
While I suppose that’s a potential recipe for suicide, I am not feeling this matchup against the Bills. They have allowed just six receptions to TEs the past three weeks. They are also at home, and we know what the book says on Ben Roethlisberger: Superman at home, Clark Kent on the road.
While Green’s 11 targets last week were nothing short of amazing, we are still talking about a guy who played only 48 percent of the snaps.
The potential to slip off a big play is enough to keep Green in consideration (that and a lack of better options on waiver wires this late in the season). However, those expecting a messiah for the playoffs may be in for a rude awakening. Even after this week where he’s surely going to be a waiver priority in every league, there is another road game in Week 15 followed by a home matchup in Week 16 against the stingy Ravens defense. I am not telling you it’s not worth adding Green if you are currently rostering Vance McDonald or Tye, but I am proceeding with caution.
Yahoo Ownership: 21%
Week 13 was the darkest timeline for all of the people who finally trusted San Francisco in fantasy. After weeks of hearing about Colin Kaepernick and McDonald lighting it up while sitting on benches or being low-owned in DFS, Week 13 saw the entire team complete five passes total against the Bears and Kaepernick get benched for Blaine Gabbert. Ouch.
If I could pull a silver lining from this, it is that at least McDonald’s four targets were good for an Antonio Brown-esque 33 percent market share! He had been the only beacon of light from these pass catchers. Prior to last week, he had at least six targets and nine PPR points in four straight. He also finds himself in a good rebound spot against the New York Jets, who gave up three touchdowns to Dwayne Allen in primetime last week.
We do need to monitor the QB situation this week. The Jets have a slower back seven that could struggle against the speedy Kaepernick, which could give more opportunities for McDonald, but Chip Kelly could opt for continuity from the end of last week with Blaine Gabbert (Gabbert did complete four of those five passes last week, after all). If Gabbert starts, then I might look to move to Lance Kendricks as a streamer instead.