The tight end position doesn’t ooze depth. Instead, it’s still top-heavy. So, those of you who’ve 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.
Gerald EverettLos Angeles Chargers
Yahoo! Roster Percentage: 57%
Gerald Everett is a great fit for the Los Angeles Chargers. According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), Everett ranks third in routes (58), goals (13), receptions (9) and first in reception yards (125) with the Chargers. He also scored a touchdown in Week 2. Additionally, Everett has earned PFF’s second-highest receiving score among targeted tight ends at least five times this year.
Unfortunately, Justin Herbert has a fractured rib cartilage, which puts him at some risk that he won’t be as effective while playing through the pain. Still, it should be good to be involved in a Herbert-led crime. Also, it’s unclear if Keenan Allen will miss more time due to his hamstring injury. Everett’s torso and floor rise while Allen is out.
Finally, his week 3 betting info is nice. According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Chargers are seven-point favorites against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars, and the game total is 47.5 points, giving the hosts an implied total of 27.25 points. The Chargers’ high implied total is optimal for touchdown potential for all of LA’s veteran players, including Everett.
Logan Thomas, Washington Commanders
Yahoo! Roster percentage: 14%
The Washington Commanders have been a fun fantasy squad so far this year. Washington’s receivers have made headlines, but their lousy defense has allowed the entire offense to shine. Also Carson Wentz played competently. In two weeks, Washington has allowed 55 points and 58. Basically, they encouraged a dreamy fantasy situation.
Calm down, Logan Thomas was a useful piece of offense. Thomas’ use has been encouraging after he underwent knee surgery last December for a cruciate ligament, MCL and meniscus tear. The pass-catching tight end had exactly three receptions in consecutive games on 11 goals, piling up 82 yards and a touchdown.
Fortunately, the underlying data is good too. Thomas’ 56 routes are the fourth most traveled on the team, significantly more than John Bates29 routes. Thomas was also moved in the formation. Per PFF, Thomas played seven wide-aligned passing snaps, 21 inline and 44 in the slot.
There is significant target competition on Washington’s offense. Still, a tide raises all ships, and Thomas is a tad better than a touchdown-or-bust tight end. This puts him in the streamer mix.
Juwan Johnson, New Orleans Saints
Yahoo! Roster Percentage: 0%
Hooray! Juwan Johnson hasn’t turned into a pumpkin after an intriguing debut this year.
Instead, Johnson finished fourth with the New Orleans Saints in routes (33), third in goals (7), reception yards (40), and third in receptions (4) in Week 2. Also, Johnson was again moved around the formation and deployed vertically. Per PFF, Johnson played 10 wide passing snaps, 11 inline, 17 in the slot and averaged 10.0 yards in Week 2 aiming depth.
Johnson has 65 routes for the season compared to just 15 for Adam Trautman and six for Taysom Hill. Thus, Johnson is the undisputed top passing game tight end. Additionally, Johnson’s effort matches a remodeled wideout with a striking athletic profile.
Additionally, there could be a continued surge in passing opportunities for all of New Orleans’ pass-catching options. Alvin Kamara was inactive in week 2 with a rib injury. The Saints’ backfield options without a camera are ugly. Additionally, the Saints could limit Kamara’s touches in Week 3 even if he returns, especially if he’s ineffective.
In Week 2, the Saints attempted 40 passes and their skill position players only had 19 rush attempts. Maybe that’s partly because we played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, it could be how they will play in the meantime.
It is important to note that the game was within a score for most of the competition. So the Saints didn’t play from behind all day. Johnson is an intriguing player that gamers should consider streaming. He might stick to fantasy squads.
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