Well ladies and gentlemen, this is about all there is to it. Everything that needs to be said has been aired out. Go out there and kick some butt this week and take home your trophy. Don’t overthink it, trust your guys, but look to the waiver wire if you need some last minute fixes.
Preface: If a member in your league dropped George Kittle and he is expected to suit up this week, he takes priority of these players.
Austin Hooper, CLE
Baker Mayfield is the rising tide that lifts all boats in Cleveland. The waiver wire is often scant for tight ends at this point in the season. What is encouraging about this week’s outlook is the fact that Hooper matched his pre-injury average target count (6) and draw the best matchup possible against the Jets. Hooper could be a streaming winner if he finds the end zone as other tight ends have done 13 times this season against New York.
Jordan Akins, HOU
Often reliable for producing in the ballpark of 40 yards, Akins has broken away and become the top tight end in Houston. His six targets in the last two games and 3 out of the last five have shown Deshaun Watson’s comfortability throwing to him. The Bengals have let up 7 touchdowns on the year, or 50% of the time. It’s this coin flip that could make Akins a solid play this week.
Tyler Higbee, LAR
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Higbee has followed a frustrating, puzzling path this season, indeed. 10 catches, 2 touchdowns, and 125 yards in the past three games is far from incredible, but it might be the best you can get against a Seahawks defense that was, quite frankly, torn apart by Logan Thomas. The loss of Cam Akers may also lend itself to a more pass-heavy attack.