Streaming Tight Ends: Week 14 Targets

Streaming Tight Ends: Week 14 Targets

By TJ Hernandez (Associate Editor), last update Dec 8, 2015

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In case you are new to tight end streaming, the idea is to identify a waiver wire tight end with a favorable matchup that is likely to post TE1 caliber fantasy points. The foundation for the matchup research is 4for4’s Schedule-Adjusted Fantasy Points Allowed (aFPA) metric. As the season progresses and more data is available, aFPA gets more and more reliable, using rolling 10-week data. Volume and efficiency metrics are also considered when searching the waivers for tight end streamers. 

Week 13 saw the top streaming candidate, Scott Chandler, put up top five PPR numbers, while Kyle Rudolph fell victim to an overall dominant performance by the Seahawks. Once Austin Seferian-Jenkins was announced active, Cameron Brate became an irrelevant fantasy option.

After 13 games, streaming picks are averaging 8.8 PPR fantasy points per game, while optimal plays have posted an average of 13.8 PPR points per week, which equates to the TE8 on the season.

Streaming candidates must be available in at least 40% of Yahoo leagues, in order to ensure that the picks are readily available in most leagues. As always, be sure to consider 4for4’s weekly rankings in case a highly ranked player is still available in your league.

Here are the top streaming options for Week 14:


Richard Rodgers vs. Dallas

Recent perception may be that the Packers offense has been struggling, but Green Bay still ranks fifth in passing touchdowns on the season. Their pass heavy approach has especially benefited Richard Rodgers whose 11 red zone targets are second most on the team and eighth most among all tight ends this season.

Though the matchup is not particularly intriguing, attaching yourself to a main target in an Aaron Rodgers led offense is usually going to be a winning proposition, especially when that player is coming off of the best game of his career. Richard Rodgers is available in 57% of Yahoo leagues.

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