Waiver Wire - Tight End Edition
The deepest position on the waiver wire after the first week of the NFL season was tight end. Several tight ends stepped up to be the #1 or #2 options on their respective teams. Tight end was a difficult position to figure out during the draft because it appeared very top heavy and shallow, but after week 1, tight end now has the appearance of a very deep position. Here is a list of the top 5 tight end choices on the waiver wire after the first week of the season.
1. Julius Thomas - Thomas came out of nowhere and lit up the Ravens in the first half of the first game of the season. Peyton Manning went to Thomas very early as the Ravens did not expect such a dominant performance from the former basketball player. Thomas has tremendous upside playing for such a high powered offense, and he could easily finish the season as a top 10 or even top 5 scoring tight end. The only problem with Thomas is the sheer amount of talent on the Broncos’ offense. Since there are so many weapons in Denver, Thomas could have several weeks where he does not produce much on the stat sheets. Thomas has immense upside, but he does not appear to be in the situation to have the most consistent production.
2. Jordan Cameron - Cameron was hyped as a sleeper over the preseason and he lived up to that hype during the Browns' first game. Cameron was a favorite target of Weeden on Sunday, and he made some very tough catches which should give Weeden even more confidence in him. Cameron looked like the top receiving option in Cleveland, and he could be in line to see a lot of targets if he continues to produce. The only real concern for Cameron is will he lose targets when Josh Gordon returns to action, and the answer is probably no. Gordon and Cameron should complement each other more than they should compete against each other for targets. Cameron is a big red zone target and he did very well making grabs over the middle of the field. Cameron is not on an explosive offense like Julius Thomas with the Broncos, but Cameron showed great skills and he should produce on a very consistent level as one of Weeden's favorite targets.
3. Brent Celek - Celek is a former fantasy star and he has had two seasons with over 800 yards receiving. The Eagles explosive offense and Celek's track record as a solid player have set the stage for Celek to have a bounceback fantasy season. A concern around Celek was the fact he only had two receptions Monday night against the Redskins, but one of them was a great catch for a touchdown. This concern about his low number of targets on Monday night should be diminished given the terrible start by the Redskins in that game. The Eagles did not need to air it out, and therfore, they could concentrate on getting their running game going. (Which they did very well!) Celek may have some down weeks when the Eagles concentrate on running the ball, but he should also have some big games when they need to air it out to keep the chains moving. Celek should see plenty of targets over the course of the season and he should perform pretty well week in and week out.
4. Dallas Clark - Clark was a late pick up by the Ravens as they needed to find a replacement for their injured tight ends, Pitta and Dickson. Since the Ravens lost Boldin and Pitta, Flacco has been trying to find a "security blanket" receiver he can trust to move the chains. Torrey Smith is the Ravens best receiver, but he has not been able to fill the role of being the chain mover. So in the first game of the season, Flacco turned to Dallas Clark and Clark did very well, except for his big drop that should have been a touchdown. Flacco and Clark appeared to have a decent chemistry that can only improve as the season moves along. Clark has shown he can produce in the past, and the Ravens are desperate for a possession receiver that can pick up a first down on 3rd and 6. Clark showed that he can fill the void left by Pitta and Boldin, and the number of targets he sees should increase as Flacco becomes more comfortable throwing to him. If you are looking to upgrade your tight end but you don't want to put in a waiver claim, Clark makes for great value as a free agent pickup.
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