Week 1 of the NFL season came with a number of tight ends balling out in their first games of the year. Veteran Rob Gronkowski looked like he went through a time machine back to his prime and Travis Kelce put on yet another All-Pro performance.
However, it wasn't all positive as others like Mike Gesicki and Kyle Pitts failed to live up to the hype. If you're thinking about making a switch at TE for Week 2, here are our top three streaming tight end picks, rostered in fewer than 50% of Yahoo! leagues, to target on the waiver wire.
1. Juwan Johnson, New Orleans Saints (33% Rostered)
Tight end Juwan Johnson was a popular waiver wire pickup this week and for good reason. The second-year pro caught all three of his targets for 21 yards and 2 touchdowns in Week 1. While he was out-targeted by Adam Trautman, Johnson was quarterback Jameis Winston's go-to target in the red zone. The chemistry between the two players was obvious. Keep in mind that the Carolina Panthers gave up the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends last season. Johnson should be able to keep his success going in Week 2.
2. Jared Cook, Los Angeles Chargers (32% Rostered)
One of the most surprising tight end performances in Week 1 came from Los Angeles. Charger's tight end Jared Cook saw 8 targets and turned them into 5 receptions for 56 yards. The veteran acted as a security blanket for second-year quarterback Justin Herbert and draws a great matchup in Week 2. Dallas' defense is coming off a performance in which they could not stop the passing attack in any way. In fact, tight end Rob Gronkowski torched the Cowboys for 90 yards and 2 touchdowns. Expect Cook to see a similar workload on Sunday, leading to more solid production.
3. Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears (37% Rostered)
The Chicago Bears offense did not look pretty in Week 1, but Cole Kmet proved that he is going to see a lot of work this season. The second-year tight end ranked second on the teams with 7 targets and posted 42 yards on 5 receptions. He was able to produce despite facing a Rams' defense that held the Bears to just 216 passing yards on the night. Kmet now gets to go up against a Bengals' squad that gave up the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing TEs last season. He should have no trouble racking up yards in that matchup.
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