Streaming Tight Ends Week 7


Week six was interesting for the tight end position. Oh yes, that’s right… every week is interesting for the tight end position. It’s the position we love to hate, and lucky us as there are even more guys out there that felt like flashing this week. Still, I’m not in love with streaming this position this week, but that’s basically an every week type of thing.

For week seven, I’m going to give you some streaming options to plug and play. There are actually numerous tight ends who had big games in week six, but it’s still a toss-up whether or not they’ll be able to continue that production. Here are the tight ends I would consider the safest bets this week, along with a few guys you could take a flyer on and hope for a big game.

Just so everyone knows, my favorite guy that’s still available in some leagues is David Njoku. He’s owned in 72% of ESPN leagues and 77% of Yahoo leagues, so if you see him on your waivers, this is the man to pick up this week. Greg Olsen is also out there because some people didn’t feel like waiting for him to become healthy, so if you see him, that’s another guy worth grabbing. He’s owned in 84% of ESPN leagues and 78% of Yahoo leagues, but there is a chance he’s still out there for you.

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
ESPN Ownership: 37%
Yahoo Ownership: 54%

Injury was a major concern going into week six, but it looks like the bye week gave Howard the time he needed to recover from that MCL sprain. Week six was a solid game for Howard where he managed to have four catches for 62 yards and a touchdown.  Cameron Brate is there as well, another decent tight end option that Jameis Winston loves, so he may take away some targets from Howard. I still feel like he is going to get enough looks from Winston to be a viable streaming option this week.

In three of his last four games, he has happened to put up at least 13 fantasy points in PPR settings. He was very successful in Atlanta last week and looks to bring this momentum into the week seven contest versus the Browns. Remember that the Buccaneers have a poor defense which means Winston could be slinging the ball a lot on offense.

C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals
ESPN Ownership: 15%
Yahoo Ownership: 33%

Uzomah now has the top tight end job in the Bengals’ offense. This week he gets to take on the Kansas City Chiefs defense, and it is looking like a juicy matchup. The Chiefs are giving up the third most fantasy points per contest to the tight end position, and Uzomah loves to catch the ball. On average, Kansas City is letting tight ends score almost 18 fantasy points a contest.

Last week, Uzomah was targeted seven times and hauled in six of those. This was a season-high for the Bengals’ tight end, and he is going to want to repeat that success this week. Tyler Kroft is dealing with a foot injury and Tyler Eifert is out for the season, so Uzomah will look for those tight end-one targets.

Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals
ESPN Ownership: 16%
Yahoo Ownership: 21%

This week, Seals-Jones finds himself up against a Broncos defense that gives up the fourth most points to fantasy tight ends this year. On the season, Seals-Jones only has 15 receptions for 192 yards and a touchdown but strives to improve on this with Josh Rosen throwing the ball his way more often. Right now, Seals-Jones is tied for the second most targets on his team, so look for the ball to be tossed in more in his direction.

The Cardinals play on Thursday night, so you’ll want to grab Seals-Jones right away if you plan on playing him. The Broncos defense has been very wishy-washy this season, and this could bleed into week seven. That defense has been pretty generous to pass catchers in the past, so this is a good sign for Seals-Jones in the fantasy points department. They have given up the fourth most yardage to tight ends this year, and a big game for Seals-Jones is not out of the question.

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
ESPN Ownership: 40%
Yahoo Ownership: 56%

I already talked about one Tampa Bay tight end, but there is another man Jameis Winston likes tossing the ball to. Brate is the tight end everyone was gushing about because of his connection with Winston. Howard has been heavily targeted in that offense, but Brate has still been putting up solid fantasy numbers.

Last season, Brate was a top-four fantasy tight end in seven contests he started. His connection with Winston was immense last season, and he looks for that to continue now that Winston is back off suspension. The Howard factor does hinder it some, but he should still put up decent productivity. In the contest against Atlanta last week, Brate had his third score of the season. This was the third touchdown for Brate in three straight games. He is touchdown dependent, but luckily Winston throws his way.

Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams
ESPN Ownership: 1%
Yahoo Ownership: 1%

This one is a big dart throw. Always have to have one of those a week. Cooper Kupp was injured in week six and is expected to be out with an MCL sprain in the upcoming contest. This should provide more opportunity for Everett to get the ball. He currently has seven targets in two games, but that could improve with Kupp being out. The Rams’ offense is full of weapons, so the ball gets spread around. Still, Everett is worth a look.

He had a season-high when it came to targets during Sunday’s game. He brought in two of his four targets for 24-yards, and if he gets more chances, he could do big things with them. Jared Goff just needs to get the ball in his direction, and Everett could be a sneaky play. Fingers crossed he has the chance to shine.

Other tight ends who might be worth a start include Austin Hooper, James O’Shaughnessy, and Vernon Davis (although tight end streaming is so fickle, you could either get boom or bust games from these guys).

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