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2021 Fantasy Football: Week 5 Waiver Wire Tight End Pickups

Matt Brandon Oct 5th 12:30 PM EDT.

It's that time of the week to comb through the waiver wire to search for the top options to add at the thinnest position in fantasy football: tight end.

I hope you are still undefeated after using FantasySP’s Predictive analytics. To access this tool, log into your account, and utilize the Fantasy Assistant. From there, you can see the predictive analytics for adds, drops, trades, and FAAB. 

We’re almost a quarter of the way to the fantasy playoffs, so it’s time to start making some big waiver wire and FAAB moves if you started the season with a less than stellar record. Anybody 1-3 (or worse)? It’s not time to panic though. Do not swing for the fences if you’re sitting at 2-2 or better, but there are always some roster improvements out there.

While we were THIS close to a huge FAAB splurge this week (and might still be), there are some injury updates we’ll have to pay attention to throughout the day. And we have the perfect place to do so with our news feed here at FantasySP. Catch up on all the latest injury news and dominate your league’s waiver wire.

Predictive analytics in a nutshell is a game-changer for fantasy players. No one else in the industry offers these types of insights. You will now be able to analyze the most important fantasy metrics of the current week BEFORE waivers are processed.

Find out the Expected Waiver Interest (EWI) of each player, as well as how much of your FAAB budget it would take to get “your guy” in the average league. You will now have unique insights into which players fantasy owners are giving up on and which players fantasy owners are fighting for in the current week.

Tight Ends

C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals

Uzomah had a monster game on Thursday Night Football against the Jacksonville Jaguars, catching five of six targets for 95 yards and two touchdowns. The problem with Uzomah is that he is not reliable. Still, at the thinnest position in fantasy football, it’s impossible to not recommending at least trying to spend a small portion of your FAAB budget on the big tight end. It also doesn’t help that Tee Higgins is expected to return in Week 5. Bid on Uzomah but don’t overpay. It’s impossible for him to produce at the level he did in Week 4 on a consistent basis.

Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys

I think Schultz can be a really solid play at the tight end position for the remainder of the season. Over the past two weeks, Schultz has seen a whopping 15 targets and has found the end zone three times! He’s not going to continue at this pace, however, Schultz is a must-add as the fourth-highest scoring player at his position in 2021. Don’t worry about Blake Jarwin. Schultz is the main in Dallas.

Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills

Knox has looked like a man possessed through the first quarter of the season. I honestly am shocked that he is owned in so few leagues. He is the fourth option in the Bills passing attack, but he is getting consistent solid looks in the red zone and has made the most of them. Knox has seen 13 targets over his last two games and has been the sixth-best tight end in all of fantasy football. Whether you are in a PPR, Standard or any other type of format, do not hesitate to add Knox. 

Maxx Williams, Arizona Cardinals

Williams had a terrific game against the Rams last week but that's mainly because the Rams are awful against opposing tight ends. Still, that means back-to-back strong performances. He’s worth a look.

Anthony Firkser, Tennessee Titans

Firkser was identified as a potential deep sleeper prior to the season. In Firkser's first game back from an injury, he had five targets against the Jets. He is a trusted receiver for Ryan Tannehill, and I do like his upside. He's probably a very sneaky stash at this point.

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