We’re at the fantasy football regular season home stretch, with 12 weeks in the books and week 13 upon us. If you’re still alive, congratulations! If you’re not, these may be some options for you in daily fantasy sports. This week we are without the Browns and the Titans, which means no Delanie Walker and no Gary Barnidge. This week’s sleepers article looks at three streamable tight ends who are owned in 50% or more of fantasy leagues, with one available in 90% of leagues (figures are based on Yahoo! ownership percentages).
If you’re a desperate Rob Gronkowski owner, this one’s also for you.
C.J. Fiedorowicz at Green Bay (40% owned)
“The Polish Hat” has become one of Brock Osweiler’s favorite targets, getting no fewer than five targets since week three. He’s turned this into an average of 50 yards per game, and the scores are the only thing keeping him from fantasy glory.
This week he takes on a Packers squad that has given up the seventh-most fantasy points to tight ends this year. They haven’t given up many TE1 weeks because the points are distributed throughout multiple TEs. However, given Osweiler’s proclivity for passing to Fiedorowicz, the points should be funneled his way.
McDonald is the apple of Colin Kaepernick’s eye, and as the quarterback has surged up the fantasy football rankings. Over the last four games, McDonald is the #5 tight end by points per game, and of the four tight ends ahead of him, two (Jordan Reed and Delanie Walker) aren’t playing this week.
Chicago is a bad matchup on paper, but they’ve been a much better opponent for getting your tight ends fantasy points (they’ve given up a score to tight ends three straight weeks). If you need more on McDonald this week, check out his start/sit piece for this week.
Will Tye at Pittsburgh (3% owned)
Despite Eli Manning calling him a “significant weapon,” Tye has not posted much in the last couple of weeks, but he is a preferred red zone option for Manning. The Steelers are not a good match-up on paper, as they are outside the top-ten in terms of fantasy points allowed to tight ends.
They are still in the top half, however, and their ranking is mostly based on the fact that they’ve played a lot of bad TEs this year (Tyler Kroft, Brent Celek, MarQueis Gray and Darren Waller, to name a few). There aren’t a lot of great deep dive tight end options this week, but Tye is the best of the bunch.