If you’ve made it this far in your fantasy football playoffs, it means a win gets you to the championship. It’s literally do-or-die for your fantasy squad this week. With that in mind, you likely have a good idea about what your roster is at this point and if you need a hail mary out of a position. If you have the guts to still be streaming tight ends, congrats. If you’re doing it out of necessity, condolences. Just like the rest of the year, here are three tight ends available in more than 50% of leagues, with one available in fewer than 10% to try to help you out this weekend.
Vernon Davis versus Carolina (24% owned)
Jordan Reed likely isn’t playing this Monday, which means that Kirk Cousins will be looking towards Vernon Davis in Reed’s place. This year, Davis has filled in admirably when called upon to take Reed’s targets. He gets the Panthers on Monday, who allow the most fantasy points to tight ends on the season. Washington will look to stomp out the reigning NFC Champions who have little to play for at this point. Davis will get in on the act and is a good play. The only fear is a last-second Jordan Reed activation.
Hunter Henry versus Oakland (19% owned)
The big fear with Henry, and the big issue, is that you don’t know when it will be an Antonio Gates game. That is the ever-present fear with Henry, but if you need some punch from the tight end position, Henry produces when he’s targeted. He has scored at least seven fantasy points in three-of-four games, and the one game where he didn’t produce that amount, it was two weeks ago when he received just one target. The Raiders are just a smidge outside the top-ten at fantasy points to tight ends this season, which makes it a good matchup for Henry.
Jermaine Gresham versus New Orleans (9% owned)
Gresham has had 23 targets in his last three games, and has gotten at least five catches in each of those three games. A lack of scores has kept him out of the top-twelve in the last two weeks, but the loss of Michael Floyd and the continued absence of John Brown have created opportunities in the Arizona offense. This week they play the Saints, who do a decent job of slowing down the tight end, but at sub-10% ownership, you’re looking at a bit of a mess. A bet on Gresham is a bet on continued opportunity.