Fantasy Football Matchups to Exploit: Tyler Eifert Value is Huge against Arizona

San Francisco 49ers v Cincinnati Bengals
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The start to the season for the veteran tight end Tyler Eifert has been a slow one. Playing a limited role to preserve his health, his numbers do not jump off the page. However, if you look a bit deeper, there are some numbers to be optimistic about.

His Week 5 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals also puts him in an outstanding spot, and it could be just what he needs to make some noise this fantasy football season.

While Eifert's snaps have been dialed back all season long, he has been active in passing situations. He has seen at least five targets in three of his four games and has a 15.7 percent target share on the season. This target share could be much greater in Week 5, as the Cincinnati Bengals are up against a Cardinals team that has been completely incapable of stopping TEs.

In half-point per reception scoring, striking a balance between standard and PPR scoring, the Cardinals have given up an average of 23.8 fantasy points to opposing tight ends. That is 7.9 points per game more than Tampa Bay, who is second-worst.

Take a look at the performances of the top tight end on the opposing teams this season: T.J. Hockenson (22.1 fantasy points, TE2), Mark Andrews (21.2 fantasy points, TE1), Greg Olsen (22.5 fantasy points, TE1) and Will Dissly (15.2 fantasy points, TE3). Eifert may still be a long shot to finish in the top three at the position, but he still makes for a terrific fantasy play, coming in 12th at the position in our Week 5 fantasy football rankings.

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