Week 8 Tight End Waiver Wire Pickups
Jack Doyle (TE, IND) – 45% Owned
Doyle stepped up in a major way in Week 7, as he capitalized on Dwayne Allen’s injury by catching nine of his 10 targets for 78 yards and a TD. With Allen banged up, Doyle will easily be one of Andrew Luck’s top targets moving forward. The Colts will square off with the Chiefs in Week 8, with KC being league-average (16th) in DVOA against TEs before Week 7.
Cameron Brate (TE, TB) – 37% Owned
Brate has unfortunately only seen three targets in each of Tampa Bay’s last two games, but had garnered 18 of them across the previous two games. Bucs QB Jameis Winston needs Brate’s size and reliable hands over the middle and in the red zone, but he is more TD-dependent than it appeared a few weeks ago. The kicker here is that Week 8 brings a lovely matchup for Brate and Tampa Bay against the Raiders (26th in DVOA against TEs entering Week 7), so view him as a low-end TE1.
Vernon Davis (TE, WAS) – 20% Owned
Davis caught all six of his Week 7 targets against the Lions for 79 yards, and has now topped 10 points in 0.5 PPR leagues in each of the last two weeks with Jordan Reed sidelined. It has been reported that Reed is to be held out through Washington’s Week 9 bye, meaning Davis should have at least one more week of TE1-viability against a Bengals defense that entered Week 7 as the 28th-best defense against TEs according to DVOA. Not a bad look.
C.J. Fiedorowicz (TE, HOU) – 19% Owned
While it’s unlikely that Fiedorowicz dazzles in Houston’s Week 7 MNF contest against Denver’s defense, he has still tallied 20 targets and two TDs over his last three games. The usage is a fantastic trend to see, and his offensive coordinator said this week that C.J.’s role is becoming more defined. Fiedorowicz will face Detroit in Week 8 before Houston’s bye, and then he gets to pick on Jacksonville, Oakland and San Diego in the following three weeks.
Lance Kendricks (TE, LA) – 8% Owned
Kendricks hits his Week 8 bye with at least eight targets in each of LA’s last two games, and will come out of the bye to face a Panthers defense that ranks 29th in DVOA against the tight end. Sensing a trend here? Kendricks and the Rams may also have a new QB in Jared Goff coming out of their bye, as hope springs eternal. Let’s be clear: this is a longshot, but deep leaguers need love too.Back to top