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3 Fantasy Football Tight End Streaming Options for Week 13

Foster Moreau had a phenomenal performance filling in for the now-injured Darren Waller. Can we go back to Moreau in Week 13, and what other options are out there?

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 11.

Tyler Conklin, Minnesota Vikings

Yahoo! Roster Percentage: 33%

Tyler Conklin is a mainstay in this space. Unfortunately, he had a floor game in Week 12, catching two of three targets for 25 scoreless yards. Nevertheless, he's caught multiple passes in every game this year. The last two weeks just demonstrate the dangers of using Conklin in the Minnesota Vikings' top-heavy offense, with only five receptions for 60 scoreless yards.

Further, Conklin checks some integral boxes compared to other tight ends. According to Pro Football Focus, he's 10th at the position in routes (298) and inside the top-12 since Week 9. As a result, per Pro Football Reference, averaging 3.6 receptions and 37.5 receiving yards per game, scoring three touchdowns. Are those marks exciting? No, they're not. However, they're fringe-starter-worthy at tight end. Finally, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, Conklin's attached to a fantasy-friendly implied total of 26.75 points in Week 13.

Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears

Yahoo! Roster Percentage: 24%

I was leery of using Cole Kmet last week. As a result, I was wrong.

Andy Dalton started for an injured Justin Fields, and Kmet led in targets (11), receptions (eight), and was second in receiving yards (65). He thrived, suffice to say. Dalton has thrown 113 passes this year, and Kmet has ranked second in targets (19) and receptions (14), third in receiving yards (117), and fourth in air yards (104) on Dalton's passes. Meanwhile, Fields has attempted 198 passes, and the second-year tight end has been third in targets (23), receptions (38), receiving yards (242), and air yards (387). As a result, I'm not concerned about who starts for the Chicago Bears this week.

Further, the sophomore tight end came out of the blocks slowly, but he's been at his best since Week 6. In six games since Week 6, Kmet has per-game averages of 6.33 targets, 4.5 receptions, and 46.67 receiving yards. Yes, Kmet hasn't scored a touchdown this year, so that's a fly in the ointment. Still, he's second on the Bears in routes (180), targets (38), receptions (27), and receiving yards (280) since Week 6.

Unfortunately, he has a challenging matchup against the Arizona Cardinals this week. Arizona is allowing the fewest FanDuel points per game to tight ends. Regardless, volume rules the roost, so I'm banking on Kmet's integral role in Chicago's offense, pushing him into fringe starter territory. He's my favorite streamer at the position this week.

Foster Moreau, Las Vegas Raiders

Yahoo! Roster Percentage: 1%

The Las Vegas Raiders won a Thanksgiving shootout against the Dallas Cowboys. However, everything didn't come up roses. Unfortunately, Darren Waller exited with an injury. He appears to be week to week.

Foster Moreau is the next man up in Waller's absence. The third-year tight end filled in admirably for Waller in Week 7, hauling in all six of his targets for 60 yards and a touchdown. He's reeled in a touchdown in two other games this year, too.

Interestingly, Moreau isn't a plodding tradition tight end. Instead, he's a top-shelf athlete. According to Player Profiler, Moreau's workout metrics amount to an 82nd-percentile 40-yard dash score, 83rd-percentile speed score, 83rd-percentile burst score, 84th-percentile agility score, 90th-percentile catch radius, and 93rd-percentile SPARQ-X score. Thus, he's built for an 80-percent-Waller role.

Moreau's chances have been few and far between in his young career. Still, he's flashed and has the athletic profile that makes me moderately comfortable projecting him as a fringe starter at tight end in leagues as shallow as 12-team formats.



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