The tight end position looks to be really strong at the top this season, but once we get beyond the elite fantasy producers, there's a ton of variance.
With such inconsistency, there aren't many players that you can consider locks as weekly starters. Instead, fantasy football owners can find an edge by combing the waiver wire for the TEs with the best matchups to get into your starting lineup each week.
Now that Austin Hooper has been ruled out, you might need to find a replacement on the waiver wire. These three tight ends, all owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues, are the top streaming options for Week 11.
3. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (43% Owned)
Kyle Rudolph was looking like a total fantasy bust early in the season, but he's really rounded into form over the last four games. He's notched at least five targets in three of those four, caught at least three passes in all four, and has found the end zone four times during that stretch. His volume is still nothing to write home about (4.8 targets per game over the last four), but his seven red zone targets are tied for third in the NFL over those four weeks, giving him plenty of TD upside.
2. Noah Fant, Denver Broncos (22% Owned)
Noah Fant's two games since the Denver Broncos traded Emmanuel Sanders have pointed to some serious fantasy upside. He played his two highest snap shares (82 percent and 86 percent) of the season in those games, and in Week 8 he set a season-high in targets (nine) and in Week 9 set a season-high in fantasy points (17.5, with 20.5 in PPR). He returns from a bye with a tough matchup against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11, but this newly expanded role leaves him offering some serious potential.
1. O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (42% Owned)
We shouldn't always expect O.J. Howard to have as much success as he did in a dreamy Week 10 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, but there's still plenty of reason to like his value this week. He played 99 percent of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offensive snaps in Week 10, while he hadn't played more than 88 percent since Week 2. Cameron Brate played just 18 percent, and with snap shares below 20 percent in each of the last two games he appears to be a complete non-factor now. The Bucs are 5-point underdogs in a game with a 50-point over/under on FanDuel Sportsbook in this week's matchup with the New Orleans Saints, giving Howard some nice upside in a potential shootout. The tight end position is thin this week, and Howard sits at TE11 in our Week 11 PPR fantasy football rankings.
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