Tight Spot To Replace Tight End
The time has finally arrived. The most important time of the year for every man. Bigger than your anniversary. Bigger than Christmas morning with your children. It is fantasy football playoff time. I was fortunate enough to make the playoffs in two of my four leagues. The best part is both are money leagues so I still have a chance to prove to my wife I haven’t thrown more of our money out the window. So why am I so down? I’ll give you two reasons why…Julius Thomas and Jordan Reed.
I picked up Thomas with the first waiver pick of the season and he has served me very well. I picked up Reed after week 6. He has served me just as well, not just with his play but it also allowed me to trade Jimmy Graham for Marshawn Lynch. The last two weeks however have been a nightmare at the tight end spot for me and all other Thomas/Reed owners. Thomas suffered a knee strain week 11 against the Chiefs and hasn’t played since. Reed suffered a concussion the same week against the Eagles and hasn’t played since. Four games combined for the two ends since and a combined zero points. I have come to the conclusion I can not hang my championship hopes on either player. I need to turn to the waiver wire again for help. Other Thomas and Reed owners are probably in the same boat. Below I have put four possible and very available replacements.
Heath Miller (Pittsburgh Steelers)–> Miller is owned in only 23.7% of NFL.com leagues. Heath is an intricate part of the Steelers offense. Over the last three games Miller has been targeted by quarterback Ben Roesthlisberger 8.3 times a game. He makes the most of those targets with an average of 7 catches and 65 yards a game over that three game span. For the season Heath is averaging 10.2 yards per catch. He is a very dependable replacement going forward except for his red zone production. Miller hasn’t scored since back in week 7 against the Ravens.
Zach Miller (Seattle Seahawks)–>Zach is owned in 8.2% of NFL.com leagues. Miller is coming off of a very impressive game against a much improved New Orleans Saints defense. In the game Zach has 5 catches for 86 yards and scored. This big game after he had 4 catches for 69 yards. Miller has seen 13 balls thrown his way the last two game which means quarterback Russell Wilson has been looking his way a little more consistently.
Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles)–> Ertz is owned in 3.1% of NFL.com leagues. Even being part of a two tight end system with Brent Celek has not stopped Zach from producing the last few weeks. If touchdowns is your thing then he’s your man as he’s scored in three times in the last four games. Now granted, Ertz had a terrible game week 10 in Green Bay as he was held without a catch. Take that game out of the picture though and Zach has averaged 47 yards and 14.3 fantasy points in three of the last four games. Gronowski and Hernandez worked in a two tight end system up in New England so it shows the system can work. Ertz should succeed even with Celek in the picture.
Ladarius Green (San Diego Chargers)–> Green is owned in 2.5% of NFL.com leagues. Ladarius has scored a touchdown in back-to-back games. Over his last three games Green has averaged 69 yards and 14 fantasy points a game. Antonio Gates has been nursing a hamstring injury the last few weeks and even though he played last week it has resulted in increased playing time and production for Green. The Chargers host the Giants this week and that could mean big production for Ladarius as New York is notoriously bad defending against tight ends.