Fantasy Football Position Streaming
Written By: Josh Crocker – Follow Josh on Twitter @jccrocker
We’ve suffered some serious losses in the TE streaming pool in the last two weeks. Kyle Rudolph is 72% owned, Pitta is around 64%, Miller is back up to 57%, Even Jacob Tamme is over the threshold. So, if you’re tuning in this is either sentimental, which I appreciate, or you’ve got a guy on a Bye. There are still options, and at least one of them is pretty exciting.
1. Hunter Henry
Dynasty owners of this kid couldn’t be happier with the way this is unfolding. Before the season if you would’ve told me that Gates would play out this season, and possibly most of the next I wouldn’t have raised a serious objection. To be honest I wouldn’t have batted an eye. But here we are, Hunter Henry is getting a big opportunity in his rookie year with a good QB and an offense that is accustomed to the presence of a Hall Of Fame level TE. Gates has kept the seat warm. Watching his college highlights, Henry is not the second coming of Gronk. Even in college he wasn’t outrunning defensive backs. He’s a tough, middle of the field pass catcher who will hold on to the ball, take a hit, and might be able to stay on his feet. This may seem like tepid praise, but he’s not auditioning for Keenan Allen’s role. He just needs to be the guy in the middle of the field for a QB who is good enough to work through his reads and will find him when he’s open.
Even if you’re not crazy about taking a chance on a rookie TE, which besides QB might be the toughest position to transition to when entering the NFL, this week is the week to do it. San Diego is facing Oakland, cue the fireworks now. Oakland’s defense is ranked 28th by Football Outsiders. The haven’t been getting killed by TE’s, probably because they can’t force anyone to check down, but we’ll have to wait and see how the Raiders choose to scheme against this Chargers offense. It is not unreasonable to think Henry could just be that guy, in the middle of the field. Last week he was targeted 7 times including a 20yd touchdown from Rivers. This week with an over under at 51 and a team total around 28, the Chargers should be in that red part of the field enough for Henry to get a chance.
2. Cameron Brate
To put it plainly, Brate is at #2 on this list because he is one of very few, possibly the only, who is getting enough of the target share in his offense to not be completely TD dependent. Last week, for example Brate was targeted 8 times, which he turned into 6 catches for 67 yards. That line may not have you racing to the waivers but the other options at this level of ownership are largely TD or bust. Brate is on the field for 78% of snaps, which is a big part of why he’s able to get 8-10 targets a game since ASJ left the building. And, he will need to continue to get that load of the targets to maintain value because the chances of him tearing down the field with his 4.82 second 40 speed are pretty much zero.
Brate and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers are facing off against the Panthers in Carolina. On it’s face, its not a great situation, but it may be time to reevaluate our perception of this Carolina defense. The Panthers have allowed a touchdown to a TD for 3 weeks in a row. The Falcons showed us t
at this defense can be had. While the line for this game isn’t terribly favorable, the target count trumps it for me.
3. Jesse James
If you’re going to depend on a touchdown, depending on a Steelers touchdown isn’t so bad. At this level, that’s the game we are playing. James has caught two TD’s now and both have been against teams with above average pass defenses. The Jets, ladies and gentlemen, are not that. However, I find it hard to make the other side of that argument really sound convincing. The Jets pass defense is so bad that they’ll never throw the ball to Jess James, sounds silly. And, when you consider the alternatives, the best of which is probably Clive Walford, I’m still rolling the dice with James. For one thing James is on the field for a lot more snaps at 81% through four games. For another James is getting more red zone targets with 4 so far. If the TE is dependent on his offense, give me the Steelers offense at home. And if I’m placing touchdown bets, and I can’t get Le’Veon Bell from the waiver wire, I guess I want to place my redzone bets on the guy that’s 6’7”.
Written By: Josh Crocker – Josh can be found on Twitter @jccrocker