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Best available TEs on Week 17 fantasy football waiver wire

The tight end position is a difficult one to find fantasy football talent much of the season. We break down the best options on your waiver wire in Week 17.

Tyler Higbee of the Rams during the Los Angeles Rams NFC West game versus the Seattle Seahawks on December 8, 2019, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Kevin Reece/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Tight end can be a difficult position to find many quality fantasy options at on the waiver wire. However, there are multiple tight ends with under 50 percent ownership on mainstream fantasy sites that are solid options for fantasy owners in need of a tight end heading into the last week of the NFL regular season.

Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams (46 percent)

Despite Rams TE Gerald Everett making his return from injury in Week 16, Higbee continued to see excellent target volume. Higbee saw 11 targets in Week 16, his third straight game with double digit targets, and caught nine passes for 104 yards, his fourth straight game with over 100 receiving yards. Higbee’s fantasy value has exploded recently, and there is no reason for him to be available in any fantasy leagues heading into Week 17, especially in an explosive matchup against a Cardinals team that has been the worst team at defending tight ends. The Cardinals have allowed the most DraftKings fantasy points to TE by a comfortable margin, making Higbee a must-start in most fantasy settings.

Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (43 percent)

The Eagles are extremely thin at WR due to injuries to Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor, and with Zach Ertz also getting banged up in Week 16, Goedert saw his best target volume of the season. Goedert caught 9-of-12 targets for 91 yards and a TD, giving him 24.10 DraftKings fantasy points, third best among Week 16 tight ends. Goedert draws a soft matchup against a below average Giants pass defense in Week 17, and Goedert could be forced into even more volume if Ertz’s rib injury ends up limiting him.

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins (25 percent)

Gesicki saw a season-high 12 targets in Week 16, tied for sixth most among all players in Week 16. Gesicki turned that excellent target volume into big fantasy production, recording 82 receiving yards and two TDs. His 26.20 DraftKings fantasy points ranked second best among all tight ends in Week 16. Gesicki has a tough matchup against the Patriots in Week 17, but is generally available in fantasy leagues, and his recent uptick in role makes him an option for fantasy owners in need of a TE.

Kaden Smith, New York Giants (11 percent)

Evan Engram’s injury has opened up room for Smith to take on an expanded role. Smith had his best fantasy performance of the season in Week 16, catching 6-of-8 targets and getting into the end zone twice. Smith is widely available for a Week 17 matchup against an Eagles defense that has allowed more passing yards than average.