3 Fantasy Football Tight End Streaming Options for Week 6
The story of the tight end position is a tale similar to every sports offseason. There's annual optimism in advance of the season. Yet, optimism turns into reality without fail, and every team isn't playing for a championship. Or, in the case of tight ends, the many mid- and late-round breakout candidates fail to materialize into weekly contributors.
Some gamers understand this reality and pounce on an early-round stud. Others recognize it and intend on streaming out of the chute. Still, others arrive in the streaming group unwittingly after their middle-tier or late-round dart throw flops.
Regardless of how you got here, this is your weekly home for streaming options. Below you'll find three widely available options for Week 6.
Hunter Henry, New England Patriots
Yahoo! Roster Percentage: 46%
By nearly every meaningful measure, Hunter Henry ranks in the top 10 at tight end. The integral categories he checks off as a top-10 tight end include targets (26), receptions (20), receiving yards (216), and touchdowns (two). Also, according to Pro Football, he ranks just outside the top 10 in routes, ranking 11th with 135.
Unfortunately, the New England Patriots have a second stellar tight end, Jonnu Smith, who can siphon red-zone looks from Henry. Nevertheless, Henry has pulled clear from Smith for top honors at the position. Further, he's an integral part of New England's passing attack. As a result, he ranks third on the team in targets and second for receptions and receiving yards.
This week, the Patriots host the efficient and up-tempo offense of the Dallas Cowboys. Therefore, I think the Patriots are positioned to run more plays and lean heavily on their passing attack to attempt to keep up with Dallas. Further, the Cowboys are giving to tight ends, yielding seventh-most receiving yards (330) to the position, per Pro Football Reference.
I view Henry as a top-12 tight end this week.
Dan Arnold, Jacksonville Jaguars
Yahoo! Roster Percentage: 4%
The Jacksonville Jaguars acquired Dan Arnold via trade on a Monday in Week 4, and he played for them in the Thursday Night Football contest that week. So, that should have been an indication of the team's desperate desire for help at the position. In Week 5 with more time to acclimate to the playbook, Arnold emerged as a key cog in the offense.
First, Arnold's 30 routes trailed only Marvin Jones's 33 routes in Week 5 for Jacksonville. Fortunately, he wasn't merely receiving cardio work running up and down the field, as he was arguably the featured piece in the passing game. In fact, he tied for the team lead in targets (eight) and receptions (six), leading the team with 64 receiving yards. Unfortunately, fellow tight end, Jacob Hollister, vultured a one-yard touchdown reception. Otherwise, Arnold's performance would have jumped off the page.
Still, the Jaguars lean on tight ends heavily this year. Thankfully, it appears Arnold is consolidating most of the work for himself. In addition, I love that he ran 17 routes from the slot, 11 inline, and 6 wide. Thus, Arnold's being used as a big wideout, enhancing his fantasy outlook.
Arnold is on far too few rosters, and he's my favorite featured tight end in this space.
Ricky Seals-Jones, Washington Football Team
Yahoo! Roster Percentage: 2%
Ricky Seals-Jones stepped up admirably for the Washington Football Team. The team is without top pass-catching tight end, Logan Thomas, who is on the injured list. Thankfully, Seals-Jones assuaged concerns about Thomas's absence.
Washington didn't waste time keeping him in to block often. As a result, he finished in the top five at the position with 42 routes. Further, Seals-Jones parlayed his prominent usage into production, ranking fourth on the team in receiving yards (41), tied for second in targets (eight), and second in receptions (five). Beyond the intriguing production, Seals-Jones has interesting speed as a converted college receiver.
This week, it will be all hands on deck for Washington's offense, squaring off with the high-powered offense of the Kansas City Chiefs. Thankfully, Kansas City's defense is at the opposite end of the spectrum, struggling mightily. Obviously, Washington's defense can relate, ranking among the league's worst, as well.
Thus, there's an enticing, fantasy-friendly layout for Washington's offense this week, thrusting Seals-Jones into fringe fantasy starter territory in leagues as shallow as 12-team formats.
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