OK, last week was not great for the streamers. But if you managed to advance despite their poor showings, congratulations. But don’t rest on those laurels yet, there is another game week closing in. This week, given the importance, I’ll look to four players, giving you the pick of the best options out there on the waiver wires of the world.
As always, these players are available in at least 50% of ESPN leagues at the time of writing.
IAN THOMAS (AVAILABLE IN 99.4% OF ESPN LEAGUES) vs. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Ian Thomas stepped in for the missing Greg Olsen in Week 14 and was one of the few highlights in a disappointing week for the Panthers. Thomas corralled five of his ten targets for 57 yards and a touchdown. Thomas flashed last season when given an extended run during another Olsen injury absence, showing that he is more than a mere one-week phenom.
Thomas and the Panthers take on the Seattle Seahawks in Week 15, a team that has allowed the second-most receptions to TEs all season with 84. This is only one behind the Kansas City Chiefs.
DALLAS GOEDERT (56.7%) vs. WASHINGTON
Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Eagles are heavily injured at the wide receiver position. Alshon Jeffery and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside both picked up injuries on Monday night. With Nelson Agholor and of course DeSean Jackson on the shelf already, the Eagles WR corps at present would not look out of place in the CFL. This should mean more targets for Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert this week. Goedert managed only 7.6 PPR points against the Giants, but they’ve been no pushover to the TE spot in 2019. Goedert’s form since Week 6 has been encouraging.
Teams have enjoyed some success targeting their TEs against Washington of late, and these are teams that actually have WRs that they can use. The Eagles do not, and should look to their deadly duo early and often on Sunday.
NOAH FANT (70.3%) vs. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Drew Lock was not the only Broncos rookie who went off against the Texans last week. Noah Fant posted his second 100-yard game of the season, pulling in all four of his targets for 113 yards and a score. Fant’s usage has come down since Lock became the starter, but he has still averaged 20% of the looks since Week 6.
Fant did pick up a knock against the Texans, but if he is healthy to play this week then he could hardly ask for a better matchup. The Chiefs have allowed the most receptions to TEs this season, and teams have been falling over themselves to use their TEs against them in recent weeks. Well, everyone except the Patriots.
DAVID NJOKU (77%) vs. ARIZONA CARDINALS
This is something of a shot in the dark, based on little more than the matchup. The Arizona Cardinals have of course been absolutely brutal against TEs in 2019, with so few players failing to take advantage of their generosity. Vance McDonald was one such player, as he saw only one target against them last week. David Njoku made his return from injury last week and had an up-and-down match for the Browns. He caught only one of his three targets, but did lead all Browns TEs in targets and was second in snaps played. The lack of chemistry between Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham pales against the efficiency of the Mayfield-Njoku alliance, and this coupled with the glory of the matchup makes Njoku an interesting dart throw.