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Robert Tonyan waiver wire wonder

Packers TE breaks out in Week 5. We break down if he should be a high priority waiver pickup.

 Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan (85) spikes the ball after catching a touchdown pass in the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

Big Bob Tonyan, steward of the wild north woods. He chops down trees with one lazy swipe and flings them like toothpicks while wrasslin’ a moose and drinking a gallon of rot-gut with one swig. Is that enough to get you to pick up the tight end that just caught three touchdowns on Monday Night Football and now has five in his last three games? No? Well, did you know he spent the last two summers working out with George Kittle?

Ok, so only the touchdowns probably piqued your interest and rightly so. Tonyan has been running as the starting tight end all season, despite Jace Sternberger’s draft stock likely giving him an edge. But Tonyan beat him out for the job. Becoming the starting tight end wasn;t the key to production though, as he didn’t see a single target in Week 1, then had just three in Week two and moved up to five in Week 3. Fortunately he has been efficient with those targets, scoring a touchdown in Week 2 and 3 and then blowing up in Week 4 on Monday Night Football.

The only dilemma in picking Tonyan off the waiver wire this week is that Davante Adams will more than likely return in Week 5. Of course, they play different positions, but Tonyan’s breakout game came with Adams on the shelf. Would he have had three touchdowns if Adams was playing? Probably not. But, the good news is that Tonyan has proven that he doesn’t need big targets to score with Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball and he’s probably won more looks after this three-game stretch. Add in that Allen Lazard is out for an extended period of time and that nobody else has really stepped up at receiver, and we have a player I want on my fantasy teams.