2021 Fantasy Football: Week 7 Waiver Wire Tight End Pickups
Since tight end is the thinnest position in fantasy football, it is important to identify solid waiver wire additions. With six teams on a bye in Week 7 (BUF, LAC, DAL, JAC, PIT, and MIN), you may need a replacement for your starting lineup. Solid options such as Dawson Knox, Jared Cook, and Dalton Schultz will be unavailable this week. So who are the top tight ends on the waiver wire heading into your Week 7 matchup? Let’s dive in.
Zach Ertz, Arizona Cardinals
Ertz should not be available in any leagues, yet somehow he is on the waiver wire in about 50% of all fantasy leagues. All fantasy football experts knew that Ertz would get traded at some point, it was just a question of who would pull the trigger. Ertz scored a touchdown in his final games as a member of the Eagles, and now he heads to Arizona to slot in as their starting tight end. With Kyler Murray under center, Ertz has a chance to rekindle his career. Arizona has a ton of top-notch receiving options who demand Murray’s attention, but don’t forget that head coach Kliff Kingsbury found ways to get the unskilled Max Williams involved in this offense. If Williams can have minimal value, imagine what Ertz can do in this offense. The Cardinals have one of the most potent aerial attacks in the entire NFL. Ertz is going to dominate in certain weeks. Even if you don’t need a tight end this week, don’t pass up on the chance to add Ertz to your team.
Ricky Seals-Jones, Washington Football Team
With Logan Thomas on Injured Reserve, Ricky Seals-Jones has stepped up for Washington. In Week 5, Taylor Heinicke targeted Seals-Jones nine times, which led to five receptions for 41 yards. Yesterday against the Chiefs, RSJ accumulated four receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown. As long as Thomas is sidelined, Seals-Jones will remain an integral part of this offense. Plus, Curtis Samuel is still out and Terry McLaurin is not 100% healthy. Considering Washington plays Green Bay in Week 7, it’s reasonable to expect that Washington will fall behind early and will need to air it out to get back into the contest. Seals-Jones should be peppered with targets.
Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers
After back-to-back poor outings, the rookie tight end produced a season-high seven receptions for 58 yards in Pittsburgh’s Sunday night victory over the Seattle Seahawks. He would have had an even better day had he caught the short touchdown that Eric Ebron vultured. We all know that Friermuth is going to be a good player in the NFL, however, rookie tight ends usually struggle. Still, this kid may get it going just in time for the fantasy postseason. He’s a speculative addition with solid upside.
C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals
The tight end position is not very deep at all, which is why I’m forced to recommend Uzomah as a potential waiver wire addition. In Week 4, Uzomah had a coming out party, catching five passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns. He put up a stinker in Week 5, but he compiled three catches for 15 yards and a touchdown yesterday. Is he the most trustworthy option? Absolutely not. Would I start him if I had to? Yes.