I’ll admit, I was not overly hopeful about the streaming options going into Week 3. On the whole, I was not disappointed about not being disappointed. Jason Witten finished as the TE18 with an underwhelming 8.4 PPR points. Tyler Eifert averaged a whopping 18 yards per reception … but only had one reception. The saving grace was Will Dissly, who finished as the TE6 on the back of 6/62/1 line, giving him 18.2 PPR points.
Let’s take a look at the choices for the week ahead. As always, we’ll be focusing on players available in at least 50% of ESPN leagues at the time of writing.
ERIC EBRON (AVAILABLE IN 54.3% OF ESPN LEAGUES) vs. OAKLAND RAIDERS
Given his ADP during the height of the fantasy draft season, it may surprise many to see Eric Ebron featuring here. However, a slowish start to the season has seen his ownership drop below 50%, so he’s ours for the taking.
And take him we will.
Ebron has had a mixed start to his season, as the image below can attest to.
As a result, his seasonal ranks are not exactly impressive.
However, the Colts look like they’ll be without T.Y Hilton for their clash with the Raiders. This should mean more opportunities for the other players in the offense, and it’s not a terrible looking matchup.
After shutting down the Broncos TEs in Week 1,1 the Raiders were taken behind the tool shed by Travis Kelce in Week 2. Then last week, they allowed the Vikings duo of Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith to reel in all four of their targets for 71 yards.
The last five regular-season games, stretching back to last season, have seen the Raiders allow an average of 10.7 PPR points to the TE spot. There is a risk that Jack Doyle and Ebron could split the work against them, given how similar their usage has been this season. But Ebron has ever so slightly edged Doyle in terms of efficiency, and I’d back him to be the one that Jacoby Brissett looks to on Sunday.
WILL DISSLY (72.5%) vs. ARIZONA CARDINALS
You start TEs against the Cardinals. This is a fact.
Will Dissly came through for us in Week 3, and for that we are grateful. But it is not mere gratitude that makes us return to him for the coming week. The Cardinals are a defense that TEs have, and will, flourish against in 2019.
Dissly is currently commanding 14% of the Seahawks targets and has scored three touchdowns among his 12 receptions. You could not ask for a better spot for him to smash again. I don’t think much more needs to be said.
DAWSON KNOX (99.7%) vs. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
This is a bit of a reach, I acknowledge. But hear me out.
Dawson Knox has commanded a 13% share of the Bills targets in the last two weeks. Now, granted, that only amounts to eight targets. But he has caught four of them for 85 yards and a touchdown. That’s an impressive 17.2 yards per grab. He’s coming off a career-high game against the Bengals, posting a 3/67/1 line from a 62.5% snap share. It’s early days, but there are signs of a real connection developing between Knox and Josh Allen.
The Patriots are on a historic tear with regards shutting down opposing offenses in 2019. They don’t appear to have any glaring weaknesses on that side of the ball. Going back to last season, they have not allowed more than 41 yards to TEs in any of their last four regular-season games.
If you want a real positive, then you could point out that the last time a team’s TEs eclipsed 50 yards against the Patriots, that team WAS the Bills. And you could certainly argue that Knox is something of an upgrade on the Bills TEs that day.
The Patriots famously try to take away what they feel is the opposing teams’ most dangerous offensive weapon (or weapons). They may look to shut down the Bills ground game and take John Brown out of the mix. If they do this, then they may not be so alert to the potential damage Knox could inflict on them.
As I said, Knox is something of a dart throw. Out of the three options this week, Dissly would be the priority add.
Image Credit: Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Eric Ebron.
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