Waiver Wire TE – Need of the Week

This has been one heck of a stretch for TEs. Not only did Finley go down last week but now we have lost Dallas Clark and Antonio Gates. Clark’s situation is beyond complicated. All I know is that he has a wrist injury and that depending on what surgery he has done he could be out from 3 weeks to the rest of the year.  If you own Clark immediately pickup Jacob Tamme  off waivers. I don’t know much about Tamme other then he can catch the ball. With Austin Collie being out with surgery and Clark out Jacob Tamme  immediately has value once the Colts come off their bye. The news on Gates is much better. Worst case scenario he is out for this week. He will be a full blown game time decision and lets not forget he is getting Favrelike since he has played in 70 straight games. My Gut? Gates won’t play and if because of keeping some pointless record he does play he will be ineffective.

Before I get into breaking down all the waiver TEs I want to give a heart felt thanks to the reader that bought me those  beers. Beer helps to keep me inspired to write for you all daily. I make literally peanuts off this site and those couple beers go a long way. If anyone else wants to buy me a brewski hit up the link on the right hand side of the page bout halfway down. Also, someone tell someone to friend this site on facebook. I’m tired of looking at only 15 friends.

So back to football. If Gates  doesn’t go the backup TE Randy McMichael  holds no value. Two passes were thrown his way after Gates went out and he failed to catch both. I know ya’all are going to argue that McMichael may be a better play then the Buster Davis as a flex play. I disagree. Dare I say the colossal “1st round draft pick” bust Buster Davis has value at WR? I said it. Only because NE has rookie corners and they have given up a TD to a WR each week. Crayton  is obviously the safe play but Davis is a desperation play….Alas, I digress back to TEs off waivers.

Heath Miller  is most likely gone in your leagues but in case your fellow owners are asleep at the wheel he is a solid play. With Big Ben back Miller produced 2 catches for 50 yards and a TD- 13 fantasy points in a traditional PPR league. I’m leery of Michael Hoomanawanui  but with a name like that I had to mention him. Don’t go playing him this week but pay attention to him. By the fantasy playoffs he may be worth a pickup. Especially if the WRs in STL keep dropping like flies. Heck, our boy Danario Alexander  is already complaining of knee soreness. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him blow out his knee by the end of this season. I hope not because I am a week away from inserting him into my lineup.

This one is hard for me to believe but Ben Watson has more points then Tony Gonzalez  (you can thank AC one of our readers for this tidbit). Ben Watson has 73 points while Tony Gonzalez has 72 points. So if Ben Watson is out there he is also worth a pickup. Watson had 21 points last week and is the safest LARGEST receiver that Colt McCoy can find. As long as McCoy is behind center Ben Watson suddenly becomes fantasy relevant. I actually consider Ben Watson the waiver wire TE play of the week.  A close second goes to Fred Davis. Now Davis is only of value if Chris Cooley doesn’t play. It looks like Cooley might be cleared to play so if that occurs Davis falls back to obscurity. So because of Davis’s status in doubt I’ll give you a third play as a tiebreak- Marcedes Lewis. He had a rough week last week but with the QB situation up in the air Lewis is a stable target over the middle. Lewis has turned into the second option on this team especially in the end zone. MSW has basically disappeared after a brief resurgence and Mike Thomas is just too small to throw to in the redzone. This is an advantage for Lewis.

A quick scan of one of my redraft leagues shows these TEs as available: Daniel Graham, Tony Scheffler (on bye), Greg Olsen, Rob Gronkowski, and Fred Davis. What is the moral of this story? Don’t make the MORONIC trade that someone in one of my leagues did:

“Jedi Knights trade Braylon Edwards and Zach Miller to Eli
Manly for Cedric Benson and Jahvid Best”

I’m sure you can all see how lopsided this trade is. Eli Manly made this move because he was panicked that his “stud” TE Dallas Clark was done for the season. Don’t panic people. If you don’t have one of the best thats ok. Just play the waiver wire week to week. I’m sure that Fred Davis (if he plays), Mercedes Lewis, and/or Ben Watson will put up adequate numbers this week. In fact, I’d bet my entire fantasy fortune on it. Don’t believe the hype and make a cataclysmic mistake like this poor soul Eli Manly. Don’t give Benson and Best away for crackerjacks. TE is not a position to mortgage your fantasy future for. Trust me I know I have won without a legit TE. OF ALL the positions TE is the one you can gamble with on the waivers and be successful.

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2 Responses to “Waiver Wire TE – Need of the Week”

  1. AC Slater says:

    What do think about Donald Lee when he comes back for the Packers?

  2. The Fantasy Flukie says:

    I think he will be a legit option. He was successful before Finley and will be successful after. That being said I would pass on Lee there are better options out there on waivers…

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