The tight end position doesn’t ooze depth. Instead, it’s still top-heavy. So, those of you who have kicked the can on the street rather than invest in an elite tight end could try your hand at streamer waters. Some of you came out of drafts with the intention of streaming.
Regardless of the path to this point, those who need help identifying common tight ends to help their fantasy team each week have come to the right place. This is your weekly home for streaming options. Here are three choices for this week.
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Evan Engram, Jacksonville Jaguars
Yahoo! Roster Percentage: 25%
Evan Engram’s line of four receptions on four goals for 28 goalless yards didn’t bounce off the side. Nonetheless, it was a promising start to his debut for the Jacksonville Jaguars. First, the Jaguars attempted 42 passes and ran the ball just 16 times. Second, according to Pro Football Reference, Engram played 71% of Jacksonville’s offensive snaps while Dan Arnold only had 16% snap share.
Additionally, according to Pro Football Focus (PFF), Engram ran 35 routes and Arnold only ran four routes. Thus, Engram was clearly the team’s best pass-catching tight end. He also has a potentially excellent week 2 matchup.
The Indianapolis Colts burned tight ends in week 1. Namely OJ Howardthat the Buffalo Bills intersectcaught both goals for 38 yards and two touchdowns despite his limited time with the Houston Texans‘ Offense. Brevin Jordan and Pharaoh Brown Also chipped in two receptions on three targets for 22 yards.
Obviously it is unwise to put too much stock in a one-week sample. Still, the Colts conceded the third most receptions (102), the seventh most receiving yards (1,027), and the sixth most touchdowns received (eight) according to the Pro Football Reference in 2021. So last week might not be a spot on the radar.
Engram is an excellent week 2 streamer.
Hayden Hurst, Cincinnati Bengals
Yahoo! Roster Percentage: 10%
Again, a week-long trial is tiny. Despite this, Hayden Hurst ran the most routes (51) among the tight ends in Week 1. He also ran 10 wide, 18 slotted, and 30 inline.
Yes, Tea Higgins had to leave early after landing in concussion log, but Hurst’s versatile use of alignment and massive overall route was more than his most ardent supporters could hope for. Additionally, a surprisingly negative game script for most of Sunday’s upset losses for the Cincinnati Bengals was an integral part of Hurst’s use.
Regardless, Hurst’s 8 goals, 5 receptions and 46 goalless yards weren’t too shabby.
Looking ahead to this week, he could get a pace pick-me-up. According to Football Outsiders, the Dallas Cowboys were the NFL’s fastest-paced team in neutral situations last season. Finally, Hurst has touchdown potential in a rebound spot for the Bengals.
According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Bengals are -6.5-point favorites and the game’s total is 43.5 points, leaving them with an implied total of 25.0 points.
Juwan Johnson, New Orleans Saints
Yahoo! Roster Percentage: 0%
Anyone with zero percent on Yahoo! Schedules are exciting. However, Juwan Johnson is truly fascinating. The Taysom Hill Wildcat touchdown run has garnered the most attention from the New Orleans Saints for eligible tight end playersbut Johnson’s underlying numbers were striking.
According to the PFF, Johnson’s 32 routes with 34 passing snaps ranked eighth among tight ends in Week 1. He also ran just one route less than Michael Thomas and Chris Olave, tied for third-highest with the Saints with Jarvis Landry. So that’s an excellent starting point, and there were more encouraging numbers on his profile.
It was also used vertically and had an average depth of aim (aDoT) of 12.4 yards per PFF. He was also well ahead of Adam Trautman‘s 4 routes on 10 passing snaps.
Additionally, Johnson’s five goals were the third most for the Saints, behind the identical eight goals for Thomas and Landry. So he had more goals than Olave (three) and Alvin Kamara (four). He’s unlikely to retain his place in the goals pecking order, but it’s been an encouraging start to 2022.
Additionally, Johnson has the athleticism to make the most of his vertical use and clipped targets on a crowded pass attack.
His team dons the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which it is 2.5 point favorite. They could certainly impose a high pace on the Saints after finishing second in 2021 and fourth in 2020 at situation-neutral pace.
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