In the best western TV miniseries of all time, Lonesome Dove, former 1870’s Texas Rangers, Gus and Call, are about to hang their friend and also former Ranger Jake Spoon for riding with some murderous outlaws. Gus tells Jake, “You know how it works Jake, you ride with an outlaw, you die with an outlaw. I’m sorry you crossed the line.” And Jake responds, “I didn’t see no line, Gus. I was just trying to get through the territory without getting scalped, that’s all.” If you are playing in the fantasy football championship game this week, congrats! You made it through the treacherous territory of the COVID-19 season without getting scalped. But did you get here without riding Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, George Kittle, or one of the other top 5-6 tight ends? The tight end position, as usual, is a dumpster fire, and making the right decision this week could be the difference between life and death for your fantasy hopes and dreams. Today the Bullrush will cover some streaming tight ends for your championship game.
The streaming tight ends suggested are less than 50% owned in ESPN leagues. Furthermore, the process for uncovering these streaming tight ends is the same as I used in my article on how to stream quarterbacks. Check it out. Let’s get to it.
Streaming Tight Ends for the Championship Game
Gerald Everett, Seahawks, 17.4% rostered v. Lions, 30th against tight ends over the last 4 weeks
Everett’s targets over the last 5 games are 9, 6, 2, 4, and 5. That puts him at TE10. His fantasy points during this time slot him as TE8. So, I like his trend. And more importantly, Russell Wilson likes him. This week Everett gets the Lions at home who are horrendous against the tight end, giving up over 19 points a game to the position over the last 4 and 14 points a game on the season. Another stat I like to look at for pass catchers is yards after catch (YAC) which indicates what the player can do once the ball is in his hands. Everett comes in at 5.1 yac, compared to Kelce at 6.5 and Andrews at 4.2, so Everett hangs with good company.
Foster Moreau, Raiders, 21.8% rostered v. Colts, 25th against tights over the last 4 weeks
Moreau only lands in the streaming tight ends category if Waller is out, of course, but in Waller’s 4 game absence since week 13, Moreau has been targeted 22 times for 15 receptions. His fantasy points production is TE12 during this stretch and that has come without the benefit of any touchdowns. At 8-7 and 3rd in the AFC West. the Raiders are on the playoff bubble. They will need to score points against the Colts and the tight end position is a great place to do it. On the season, the Colts are 30th against tight ends, surrendering almost 17 points a game, and over the last 4 weeks, that number has only dipped to 16.3.
Tyler Conklin, Vikings, 42.8% rostered v. Packers, 29th against tights over the last 4 weeks
The Vikings, at 7-8, are also on the playoff bubble and draw an unfortunate matchup against the 12-3 Packers who have won their last 4 games. During this 4 game spree, the Packers have scored 36, 45, 31, and 24 points. Ironically, the last game the Packers lost was week 11 against the Vikings, a game in which Rodgers threw 4 touchdowns. Rodgers is a man who holds a grudge and with this being his last regular-season game in Lambeau, I expect him to do everything to torch the Vikings. And the Vikings will need to throw the kitchen sink at the Packers to stay alive in the playoffs. This game is projected for 47.5 points and the Vikings games have gone over the point total nine times while the Packers have gone over the point total 6 times. This game can be an absolute shootout against 2 division rivals who don’t like each other. All this about the Packers/Vikings and I haven’t said anything about Conklin. Conklin is a talented pass-catching tight end. He’s had 19 targets over the last 4 games and catches almost everything thrown his way. His catch rate on the year is 73% on 74 targets – higher than Kelce’s catch rate of 68%.
Mo Alie-Cox, Colts, 2.5% rostered v. Raiders, 30th against tight ends on the season
If you’re in a real tight spot at tight end, let me introduce you to Mo Alie-Cox. He’s not a household tight end name, but he is a beast of a man at 6’5, 267lbs who played basketball, yes basketball, not football in college. He’s a big man who knows how to go up and get jump balls. The main reason Mo makes my list is that today the Colts put quarterback Carson Wentz on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Wentz is unvaccinated and per the new CDC guidelines, he could still play Sunday. However, if he doesn’t, Alie-Cox is a huge target and security blanket for whoever does start at QB – rookie Sam Ehlinger or practice squad QB Brett Hundley. Give me some Mo Alie-Cox in the red zone who double-dipped for a 2 TD game against the Dolphins in week 4.
If your fantasy football team isn’t in the championship game this week or you don’t have the stomach to start any of my streaming tight ends, consider them for a Fanduel tournament. They are likely to be low-owned tournament plays. But either way, good luck this week, and I hope you get through the territory with your scalp intact.
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