Outside of the top names, the tight end landscape remains a barren wasteland of fantasy football production. Well, that was probably an exaggeration, but it’s still crazy to see some of these names towards the top of Week 12 scoring among TEs. Let’s take a look at some of the top options off the waiver wire who can help in your push for the playoffs — or push to avoid coming in last place.
Ryan Griffin, New York Jets (22.1 percent owned on ESPN)
It sort of surprises me that Griffin is still under-owned in most ESPN standard leagues. It’s not like there are a ton of consistently productive TEs this season. Griffin is becoming one of Sam Darnold’s favorite targets and the Jets’ offense is starting to mesh nicely to end the campaign. What I love about Griffin is he has a high floor and ceiling; this week vs. the Raiders he was quiet, but caught a TD pass to eclipse double-digit fantasy points. Last week, we saw more of a ceiling game with five catches for 109 yards and a TD. Griffin is legit and gets to face the Bengals and Dolphins the next two weeks.
Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (35.9 percent)
Goedert is on a decent amount of teams, but is still available in most leagues if my math checks out — 64.1%. We saw Zach Ertz go off this week vs. the Seahawks, but Goedert was still respectable in terms of fantasy output. He caught 7-of-8 targets for just 32 yards but in PPR, that’s money. Goedert is 0.1 points in Week 9 vs. the Bears away from having at least 8.0 fantasy points in six straight games. Again, at the tight end position, that’s all we can really ask for. The Eagles’ receiving core is severely banged up, so as long as Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor are out, Ertz and Goedert will see plenty of targets.
Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins (8.7 percent)
If you aren’t following the Dolphins too closely — of course I have been all season, duh — you probably wouldn’t know Gesicki is actually having a decent year. He caught his first TD of the season vs. the Browns on Sunday, and has double-digit fantasy points in two of the past four games. The Phins wrap up the season vs. PHI, @ NYJ, @ NYG, vs. CIN and @ NE. Those first four games are soft matchups and the Patriots will most likely be resting their entire team in Week 17. Chances are your league will be done before Week 17, but if not, Gesicki would be in line for good matchups the rest of the way. He’s also not a bad keeper target in deeper formats in which you can keep more than a few players.