Welcome to week thirteen! The fear of the number thirteen is called triskaidekaphobia, the fear of spiders is known as arachnophobia. The fear of taking a tight end too early and having him tank your fantasy football season is called jordanreedabustaphobia. Never fear, if you took a tight end who hasn’t produced for you this year, or if you live your fantasy football tight end life a week at a time, we are here to help. As the season’s waned on, it’s admittedly become more difficult to find streamers. Still, we have three guys out there in at least 70% of Yahoo! leagues who should help you out. For your desperation Hail Mary in deep leagues, there’s one guy out there in at least 90% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues.
Julius Thomas versus Denver (28% owned)
The tight end formerly known as Orange Julius has had a rough go of it since leaving Denver. This week he gets a revenge game of sorts, but this isn’t about that. Thomas has at least five targets in three-of-four games and has at least fifty yards or a score in all three games. Denver allows the second-most fantasy points to tight ends this year, and have stormed up the ranks since their week five Bye. Since then, they’ve given up seventy yards or a score to seven different tight ends.
Ricky Seals-Jones versus LA Rams (27% owned)
This is not a tacit admission that I’m buying into the hype. This is because of a complete lack of options at tight end this week. RSJ has three touchdowns in his last two games and is becoming a preferred target of Blaine Gabbert. Lemme tell you something about Blaine Gabbert and his first read: there might as well not be a second read. With Gabbert looking for RSJ, the likelihood of his touchdown streak hitting three games is high. Don’t expect a huge game from RSJ though, as the Rams allow the sixth-fewest fantasy points to tight ends.
Marcedes Lewis versus Indianapolis (4% owned)
Call me the Marcedes Whisperer. I can suss out when he can score his touchdown that will save you your week. I called it a couple weeks ago against Cleveland (though who couldn’t), and when he faced Indianapolis back in week seven. I’m going back to the Indy well and calling a touchdown for Lewis. The Ravens offense looks anemic so it’ll likely be short plays in the red zone to get the scores. Indy gives up the ninth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season, including touchdowns to the position in two straight games.