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Best available TEs on Week 12 waiver wire

We’re finally into our last bye week! Be sure to check out our waiver wire TEs for Week 12 to guide you forward to the fantasy playoffs

Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant carries the ball after making a catch against the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium.  Ben Ludeman-USA TODAY Sports

Week 11 of the NFL is napping in the backseat while we’re speeding ahead to find the best quarterback pickups for Week 12 and on down the highway toward the fantasy football playoffs. This week we have four teams on bye and will be without the services of Travis Kelce, Hunter Henry, Kyle Rudolph, and Irv Smith Jr. Kelce and Hunter are, of course, the significant losses there, and when you add in Austin Hooper’s and George Kittle’s injuries, there are some real questions at tight end.

We’ll take a look at players who are available in the majority of ESPN fantasy football leagues. There aren’t any high FAAB adds this week, but there’s a chance you’ll need a bye replacement, so make sure you have your ducks in a row before waivers run.

Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (28.3 percent)

Goedert found the end zone once again, and it came against a tough Patriots defense. He also had a couple of drops, but his usage should stay consistent with the Eagles receivers hurting and not playing well. He has 28 targets over his last five games, which puts him over five per game. And when you add in his three touchdowns in those five games, he has been a fantasy asset.

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos (14.2 percent)

Over his first seven games, Fant had 23 targets, and over his last three games, he’s also had 23 targets. Those last three games came after Emmanuel Sanders was shipped away to San Francisco, so there is a good reason to believe he’ll continue to see good targets. He hasn’t put up big numbers on those targets, but it sure doesn’t look like anyone is going to take them away anytime soon.

Ryan Griffin, New York Jets (1.1 percent)

Griffin isn’t going to blow you away with his stats, but he has been finding the end zone with consistency, and in Week 11, he topped 100 yards to go along with his touchdown. His usage is the problem, but now he’s caught four touchdowns in his last six games and topped six receptions or 66 yards in three of his previous four.

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1.4 percent)

Trying to decipher what Bruce Arians will do with his tight ends is nearly impossible. Still, O.J. Howard’s fumble/interception pushed him to the bench against the Saints and ended up giving Brate a considerable workload. He ended up seeing 14 targets, which he caught ten of for 73 yards. Those stats will get the job done in PPR leagues, but we can’t bank on those targets weekly. He’s worth an add if you’re hurting at tight end, though.