A thin position gets thinner in Week 9 as several teams head on bye, leaving fantasy managers searching for a tight end replacement.
If you're in need of TE help, here are our top three streaming tight end picks (rostered in fewer than 50% of Yahoo! leagues) to target on the waiver wire.
Streaming TE Fantasy Football Week 9
1. Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers (@ DET)
Tight end Robert Tonyan has quietly been one of quarterback Aaron Rodgers' favorite options in the passing attack this season. He ranks second on the team in targets (42) and has logged at least 4 receptions in half of his games played this season. Tonyan has lacked a role in the red zone, but that could change this week. Detroit has allowed 4 touchdowns to opposing TEs, which is tied for the fourth-highest mark in the NFL. The Lions are also giving up the sixth-most PPR fantasy points to the position. Tonyan played in a season-high 74% of the offensive snaps last week, so start him while his role is still prominent.
2. Evan Engram, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs LV)
The Jaguars signed Evan Engram in free agency last offseason with a hope that he could become a reliable target for quarterback Trevor Lawrence. It's taken some time, but that hope is becoming a reality. Engram has seen 29 targets over the last four weeks and turned them into 19 receptions for 231 yards as well as 1 touchdown. He ranks as the No. 5 fantasy TE during that span. The 28-year-old's increasing volume should lead to a good day against a Las Vegas defense that is allowing the third-most PPR fantasy points to opposing TEs. The Raiders have also given up 6 touchdowns to the position, so start Engram with confidence on Sunday.
3. Noah Fant, Seattle Seahawks (@ ARI)
Starting a tight end facing the Cardinals has worked out well for fantasy managers so far this season. Arizona is giving up the second-most PPR fantasy points to the position and has allowed an opposing TE to get into the end zone seven times. When the Seahawks took on the Cardinals in Week 6, it was Noah Fant that saw 7 targets and hauled in 6 of them for 45 yards. Meanwhile, Will Dissly posted just 12 yards on 1 reception (1 target). That's why he is the better option on a Seattle offense that runs a ton of two-TE sets. Banking on Fant's upside in Week 9 is a great strategy for anyone dealing with a starter on a bye week.
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