Columnist Jon Sousa breaks down the stats for three tight ends you can pick up to replace Gronk with
Tight Ends on the Wavier Wire for Week 15 by Jonathan Sousa
Many fantasy owners may have taken a huge hit to their fantasy title hopes on Sunday after New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski went down with season ending ACL and MCL injuries. With the fantasy playoffs in full swing, let’s take a look at some of the options that you may have on the wavier wire if you’re looking to replace Gronk for your playoff run.
Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens (Owned in 5% of ESPN Standard Leagues)
Pitta leads off my list here because of his tremendous upside. It is incredible that he is even playing the game this year after suffering a hip injury that caused him to miss every game up to last week of this season. In his time in Baltimore, Pitta has proven to be one of Joe Flacco’s favorite targets, being reliable in short yardage and red zone opportunities. Last week in his season debut against the Vikings, Pitta caught six passes on 11 targets for 48 yards and a red zone score. Although he faces a tough matchup this week against the Lions (the Lions give up the 3rd least fantasy points to opposing tight ends), I believe that Pitta could be in line for a touchdown or two, which would lead to a nice fantasy day.
Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (Owned in 19% of ESPN Standard Leagues)
Walker missed the Titans game last week due to a concussion that he sustained a week prior. However, he has a stellar matchup against a Cardinals defense that has allowed an astonishing 14 touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season. Walker has looked better since quarterback Jake Locker went down with an injury in late October, and new starter Ryan Fitzpatrick seems to favor him in the passing game. Walker is a pretty decent option going forward this year.
Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins (Owned in 59% of ESPN Standard Leagues)
Clay had a fantastic game against the Steelers last weekend, leading the Dolphins in targets (10), receptions (seven), and reception yards (97) along with two touchdowns. The second of the two was a fantastic play in which Clay broke out of the clutches of two Steelers defenders and spun his way into the end zone. On top of all of this, Clay plays at home in Miami instead of in the snow in Pittsburgh. His Week 15 opponent New England just gave up 121 yards and a score to Cleveland tight end Jordan Cameron, so they are vulnerable to athletic tight ends in the passing game. If Clay is still available in your league, pick him up and start him.
Are you going to add any of the tight ends above, or will you be looking elsewhere? Let us know!
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