Tight ends can be the difference in success and failure in fantasy football since some owners get solid, reliable production and others can’t seem to get the right fit. Here are the top 5 options that are still on the waiver wire in over half of ESPN leagues that can give your team a boost for week 11:
1. Delanie Walker-Tennesee Titans (12.5%)
Walker himself turned in a solid effort against the Jaguars this week finding the end zone on one of his four catches for 62 yards. He tied his season high by being targeted eight times and has two touchdowns in his last three games. Going forward, the Titans have a quick turnaround as they face the Colts Thursday night as both teams will be looking to bounce back from bad losses. Ryan Fitzpatrick will be under center for Tennessee, but he’s shown a solid rapport with Walker so the change at quarterback shouldn’t affect Walker too much.
2. John Carlson-Minnesota Vikings (0.1%)
Carlson stepped in for Kyle Rudolph and played very well last Thursday leading the team in targets, catches, and yards. He finished with 98 yards on seven catches and also managed a receiving TD. He hasn’t historically been this active, so proceed with caution. He does have some upside, though, as he showed in this one and the Vikings are badly in need of playmakers in the passing game.
3. Marcedes Lewis-Jacksonville Jaguars (0.3%)
Even though he only had three catches for 39 yards, Lewis led the team with six targets and is in a great matchup this week against the Cardinals who give up more fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends than any other team in the league.
4. Brandon Pettigrew-Detroit Lions (28.1%)
Pettigrew had his best game of the season with 70 yards on five catches against the Bears last week. He should get 4-7 targets pre game going forward and may find a bit more space with the return of Nate Burleson. Pettigrew isn’t a TE1 since he doesn’t get used enough, but he can fill in if you need in a pinch.
5. Chris Gragg-Buffalo Bills (0.0%)
The Bills unheralded TE had the only touchdown of the day from E.J. Manuel while converting four of his six targets for 25 yards. He hadn’t had a pass thrown his way this season but did play a season-high 16 of the 67 offensive snaps for the Bills. He’s still a long-shot, but keep an eye on his usage going forward.