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Week 5 Tight End Streamers

With Week 5 comes the beginning of the accursed bye weeks and a time when streaming can become somewhat tricky. It is fortunate for you then, dear reader, that our suggestions are coming in after a hot Week 4.

In Cameron Brate, Charles Clay, and Evan Engram – last week’s streaming options – we had the TE2, TE4, and TE7 in PPR scoring. All three outscored their GLSP projections too, so it was clearly their production that propelled them to the heights and not the general ineptitude of others at that position. With the likes of Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis and Austin Hooper all sitting down this week alongside the crocked Greg Olsen and Tyler Eifert, who do we have to offer?

As usual, we are looking at players who are available in at least 50 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues. It is for this reason that we say goodbye to Clay (now on a roster in over 75 percent of leagues) and must ignore Jared Cook (64.4). This is somewhat annoying given Cook’s matchup against the profligate Ravens, but with Derek Carr likely to be a multi-week absentee, it is doubtful I would advise even my worst enemy to have any part of an E.J. Manuel-led offense — although Manuel has shown some chemistry with TEs in the past.

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Antonio Gates (available in 84.7 percent of ESPN leagues)

The days of Philip Rivers peppering Antonio Gates with targets are long since past. Gates has earned no more than 14 percent of total team targets in any single game so far this season. He has remained close to the heart of Rivers in the red zone, however, seeing 20 percent of total team targets inside the 20 and scoring one touchdown. He is therefore highly TD dependent, but that may not be a bad thing this week as he takes on the New York Giants.

The fewest catches allowed to TEs by the Giants so far this season is six, with the least amount of yardage 45. They have surrendered five TDs in four games and were ripped apart last week by Brate and O.J. Howard to the tune of six grabs, 143 yards, and two TDs.1

Despite clearly behind the younger Hunter Henry in terms of playing time, the GLSP app gives Gates a ceiling of 15.7 PPR points this week, a tally that was bettered by just five players last week.

STD 1/2PPR PPR 1 1/2 PPR
Low 4.2 6 7.9 9.8
Median 7 8.6 10.7 13
High 10.6 12.7 15.7 18.8

 

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (91.7)

A Jets skill player not named Bilal Powell? Are we quite sure about this? Well, yes actually, we are. Since returning to the lineup two weeks ago, Austin Seferian-Jenkins has enjoyed target shares of 27 percent and 13 percent in two Jets victories. He’s reeled in 90 percent of his targets with nine catches for 77 yards. Not terribly impressive, nor is the fact that he is still playing for the Jets. However, much like New York’s co-tenants at MetLife Stadium,2 the Cleveland Browns are ideologically opposed to the notion of stopping TEs. In four games this season, Browns are allowing an average of 7.5 catches and 67.5 yards to TEs. They’ve also allowed Jesse James and Tyler Kroft to both catch two TDs.

The GLSP offers a wide range of possible outcomes for Seferian-Jenkins, from an abject bust to solid TE2.

STD 1/2PPR PPR 1 1/2 PPR
Low 0.8 1.3 1.8 2.3
Median 2 3 3.8 4.8
High 5.3 7.3 8.9 10

 

Jesse James (71.9 percent)

After his electric start to the season, Jesse James has cooled off somewhat. He has just 12 targets in his last three outings after eight in Week 1, and his nine receptions since have included zero scores. Since his 22 percent share of the targets in Week 1, James has earned 14, 10 and 10 percent. He’s also only seen one red zone target in this time.

So now that I have positively whet your appetites, why should you consider plugging him into your lineups? Well, the Steelers are facing the Jaguars with cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye likely to make it their mission to annoy and frustrate Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. This should open up some opportunities in the middle of the field for James and also Le’Veon Bell. The Jaguars have allowed 77.8 percent of passes thrown to TEs to be completed this season and have allowed two receiving scores (and a rushing touchdown) to the position. Again, James is a low-floor, low-ceiling play, but if he could just revisit the end zone, he may be able to help your team get over this week.

STD 1/2PPR PPR 1 1/2 PPR
Low 0.6 1.2 1.7 2.2
Median 2.1 3.1 4.2 5.2
High 4.2 6.1 7.8 9.3

  1. I must take this moment to apologize to my family, my neighbors and my guinea pig for my behavior during Howard’s touchdown run. I have been informed that screaming “NOT THAT F****** TIGHT END!!!” at that time of night is totally unacceptable. Luckily Brate got in on the act later on.  (back)
  2. the Giants  (back)
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