Streaming Tight Ends: Week 6 Targets

Streaming Tight Ends: Week 6 Targets

By TJ Hernandez (Associate Editor), last update Oct 13, 2015

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For those new to tight end streaming, the idea is to identify a waiver wire tight end with a favorable matchup who 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. Volume and efficiency metrics are also considered when searching the waivers for tight end streamers.

Week 5 failed to live up to the lofty tight end streaming expectations set by Week 4. Facing the worst defense against tight ends up to that point, Owen Daniels failed to catch a ball from a struggling Peyton Manning. Maxx Williams was also a non-factor, but Larry Donnell’s late game heroics salvaged an otherwise forgettable week.

Through five weeks, 4for4 streaming candidates are averaging 9.4 PPR fantasy points per game and optimal picks are producing 14.2 PPR fantasy points on average, numbers equivalent to the TE19 and TE4 on the season among players that have played at least three games.

Streaming candidates must be available in at least 40% of Yahoo leagues, in order to ensure 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 tight end streaming picks for Week 6:


Richard Rodgers (GB) vs San Diego

As the season has progressed, Richard Rodgers’ role in the Green Bay offense has steadily increased, with his snaps and targets going up in every single game. In Week 5, Rodgers played 94% of the Packers offensive snaps and led the team in targets with eight. Now Rodgers gets to face a Chargers defense that ranks 19th in aFPA to tight ends, allowing 11.6 PPR fantasy point per game to the position.

Despite being mediocre against tight ends, though, San Diego ranks first in aFPA to wide receivers, so Aaron Rodgers could funnel his passes to the tight end once again. Green Bay has a projected point total of 30 points, and the Packers have scored 87% of their red zone touchdowns via the pass. Richard Rodgers is available in 64% of Yahoo leagues.

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