You get a tight end. You get a tight end. Everyone gets a tight end! This whole update could be about this week’s emergence of the league’s tight ends. There are several tight ends who will be favored on waiver wires this week but try not to reach too much. The highest scoring tight ends might just be flash in the pan or due to injury. Someone like C.J. Uzomah and Maxx Williams could very likely be one-hit wonders this season. The Bengals and Cardinals, respectively, are deep with pass catchers. Trusting Uzomah or Williams will be very difficult week to week. Let’s examine the fantasy fallout from week four and which players to target on your waiver wire.
Dalton Schultz, Tight End, Dallas Cowboys
Rostered percentage: ESPN(22%), Yahoo(34%)
There is a reason that Dalton Schultz is on this week’s list and Uzomah is not. Schultz has been thriving in this offense without Michael Gallup, who is likely to miss a couple more games for the Cowboys. Uzomah was heavily targeted by Joe Burrow in week four but this was without Tee Higgins. Higgins is supposed to return to action in week five, which will immediately downgrade Uzomah. Meanwhile, Schultz has turned into Dak Prescott’s safety valve lately. Even with Gallup returns, Schultz will still see the field enough to warrant a pickup. Just like with every tight end though, there will be boom and bust weeks.
Zach Ertz, Tight End, Philadelphia Eagles
Rostered percentage: ESPN(16%), Yahoo(26%)
How the mighty have re-emerged. Ertz was one of the best tight ends in the league up until recently. It does seem that the Eagles offense has started incorporating Ertz back into relevance. Ertz was on the field for the Eagles almost 60% of the time in week four. This led to Ertz running 29 routes while Dallas Geodert ran 36. This Eagles team looks to be a taking a pass-first philosophy into each game, so there should be room enough for both tight ends to thrive in the coming weeks.
Brandon Bolden, Running Back, New England Patriots
Rostered percentage: ESPN(2%), Yahoo(2%)
When James White went down to injury, one of the Patriots many running backs had to fill in the snaps. White was the main pass catcher for the Patriots due to his experience and pass blocking skillset. With White now set to miss the rest of the season due to a hip injury, Brandon Bolden looks to be the one set to emerge in this backfield. Damien Harris will still be the primary running back but Bolden will get enough touches to warrant pickup, especially in full points-per-reception leagues. It does not look as if any of the other running backs on this team are trusted enough by Bill Belichick to take over on passing downs. This is currently Bolden’s job to lose.
Damien Williams, Running Back, Chicago Bears
Rostered percentage: ESPN(10%), Yahoo(9%)
This pickup could change as week five approaches. The Bears primary running back David Montgomery suffered an injury this week. Montgomery is not expected to miss significant time but it is likely that his knee hyperextension could sideline him multiple weeks. Damien Williams is a very capable backup to Williams; however, Williams also suffered an injury in week four. Williams’ injury is much less significant than Montgomery’s but this is a situation to monitor. If Williams’ injury is worse than expected, rookie Khalil Herbert would be in line to get the majority of the carries for the Bears.
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