The fantasy football playoffs are in full swing, and if your team is still alive, you are likely just a couple of wins from a title.
You are now officially in “win now or go home” mode. If you happened to receive a bye in the first round, you likely got a breather from the actual matchups last week, but now you are still in the same boat as everyone else with regard to waiver-wire work.
The quarterback position continues to be derailed by injuries, and both the running backs and wide receivers have been picked clean. However, with so many people attempting to stream tight ends, there just might be a few hidden gems to grab for your championship run.
Though most people will only speak of the Jakobi Meyers ill-advised lateral regarding Sunday’s Patriots-Raiders game, the savvy fantasy manager took more notice of the return of Raiders tight end Darren Waller.
Las Vegas was unsure if he was going to be active this past week, so there is a decent chance he could still be on waiver wires this week. Even in an unfavorable matchup, Waller caught all three of his targets for 48 yards and scored his first touchdown since Week 2.
Mack Hollins has emerged as a strong No. 2 receiving target, and Hunter Renfrow was also recently activated from IR, but Waller should remain a major factor in the passing game. With matchups against the Steelers and 49ers over the next two weeks, Las Vegas will have an all-hands-on-deck mentality.
If Waller is not an option, take a look at players like Juwan Johnson and Dawson Knox. Both players have seen a recent uptick in snaps and targets and should remain active components in their respective teams’ passing attack. Their weekly matchups seem tougher on paper, but increased target shares mean increased opportunities and fantasy points.
Of course, if none of the aforementioned names are available, you could simply look to stream tight ends who are facing the teams who give up the most points to the position. Arizona, Detroit, Tennessee, and Miami give up the most fantasy points per game to the tight end, and the Giants, Jaguars, and Seahawks all linger at the bottom of the league in DVOA coverage. Players like Cade Otton, MyCole Pruitt, and Kyle Granson may not be household names, but they could be the missing puzzle piece to your fantasy football championship.
Howard Bender is the VP of operations and head of content at FantasyAlarm.com. Follow him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy and catch him on the award-winning “Fantasy Alarm Radio Show” on the SiriusXM fantasy sports channel weekdays from 6-8 p.m. Go to FantasyAlarm.com for all your fantasy sports advice, player projections, injury updates, and more.
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