3 Fantasy Football Tight End Streamer Options for Week 3
The tight end position isn't overflowing with depth. Instead, it's still top-heavy. So, those of you who kicked the can down the road at the position instead of investing in an elite tight end might dabble in the streamer waters. Some of you came out of drafts with the intention of streaming.
No matter the path to this point, those who need help identifying widely available tight ends to help their fantasy squad each week have found the correct spot. This is your weekly home for streaming options. Here are three choices for this week.
Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Chargers
Yahoo! Roster Percentage: 57%
Gerald Everett has been an excellent fit with the Los Angeles Chargers. According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), Everett is third on the Chargers in routes (58), targets (13), receptions (9), and first in receiving yards (125). He also scored a touchdown in Week 2. In addition, Everett has earned PFF's second-highest receiving grade among tight ends targeted at least five times this year.
Sadly, Justin Herbert has a rib cartilage fracture, creating some risk he won't be as effective while playing through the pain. Still, being attached to a Herbert-led offense should be good. Moreover, it's unclear if Keenan Allen will miss more time with his hamstring injury. Everett's upside and floor are elevated while Allen is out.
Finally, his Week 3 betting info is nice. According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Chargers are seven-point favorites against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars, and the game's total is 47.5 points, leaving the hosts with an implied total of 27.25 points. The Chargers' high implied total is optimal for touchdown potential for all of LA's skill players, including Everett.
Logan Thomas, Washington Commanders
Yahoo! Roster Percentage: 14%
The Washington Commanders have been a fun fantasy squad so far this year. Washington's receivers have grabbed the headlines, but their lousy defense has allowed the entire offense to shine. Further, Carson Wentz has played competently. Through two weeks, Washington has 55 points and allowed 58. Basically, they've fostered a dreamy fantasy situation.
Quietly, Logan Thomas has been a useful piece of the offense. Thomas's usage has been encouraging after he underwent knee surgery for a torn ACL, MCL, and meniscus last December. The pass-catching tight end has had precisely three receptions in back-to-back games on 11 targets, amassing 82 yards and a touchdown.
Fortunately, the underlying data is good, too. Thomas's 56 routes are the fourth-most on the team, markedly more than John Bates's 29 routes. Thomas has also been moved around the formation. Per PFF, Thomas has played seven passing snaps aligned wide, 21 inline, and 44 in the slot.
There is significant target competition in Washington's offense. Still, a high tide raises all ships, and Thomas is a tick better than a touchdown-or-bust tight end. As a result, he's in the streamer mix.
Juwan Johnson, New Orleans Saints
Yahoo! Roster Percentage: 0%
Hooray! Juwan Johnson didn't turn into a pumpkin after an intriguing debut this year.
Instead, Johnson was fourth on the New Orleans Saints in routes (33), third in targets (7), receiving yards (40), and tied for third in receptions (4) in Week 2. Further, Johnson was once again moved around the formation and used vertically. Per PFF, Johnson played 10 passing snaps aligned wide, 11 inline, 17 in the slot, and had a 10.0-yard average depth of target in Week 2.
Johnson has 65 routes for the season compared to only 15 for Adam Trautman and six for Taysom Hill. Thus, Johnson is the unquestioned top passing-game tight end. Further, Johnson's deployment is fitting for a converted wideout with an eye-catching athletic profile.
Additionally, there might be a sustained uptick in passing-game opportunities for all of New Orleans' pass-catching options. Alvin Kamara was inactive in Week 2 with a rib injury. The Saints' backfield options without Kamara are ugly. Further, the Saints might limit Kamara's touches in Week 3 even if he returns, especially if he's ineffective.
In Week 2, the Saints attempted 40 passes, and their skill-position players had just 19 rush attempts. Maybe that's partially attributable to playing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, it might be how they'll play in the interim.
It's important to note the game was within one score for most of the contest. So, the Saints weren't playing from behind all day. Johnson's an intriguing player who gamers should consider streaming. He might stick on fantasy squads.
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