Fantsay Football Waiver Wire: Tight Ends Who Can Help Your Team Win

Jeff Bell@@JrayBellCorrespondent INovember 13, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 11:  Greg Olsen #88 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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With ESPN leagues incorporating the all-important flex and WR/TE positions into fantasy football, having several good tight ends can often mean the difference between winning and losing each weekend.

At this point in the season, most if not all of the top tight ends are taken. You aren't going to stumble upon Tony Gonzalez, Jimmy Graham, or Rob Gronkowski.

Fortunately for you, there are 32 teams, and some guys are making a strong case to be added to your team.

Here are several tight ends that you might want to take a look at as the fantasy football season hits the home stretch.


Greg Olsen, Carolina

You see a skill position guy on the Panthers and probably look in another direction, which is understandable. Not a single player on the team has performed up to expectations, especially in the cases of quarterback Cam Newton and wide receiver Steve Smith.

But Greg Olsen is somebody to keep an eye on. However, after last week's 22-point breakout performance, waiting to snatch him up may not be an option much longer.

He's still available in over half of ESPN fantasy leagues, so checking the waiver wire should be a top priority.

He's only accounted for 62 points this season, but he remains one of Newton's top targets. And with the undersized Smith on the outside, there isn't a better passing target in the red zone.

Sure, the Panthers are a team that likes to run the ball, but they haven't been able to do that lately. And really, they haven't been able to do much of anything.

But with Olsen coming off a nice game against Denver, I expect him to have a similar performance against Tampa Bay.

Olsen won't be the breadwinner on your team, but you can expect 10+ points each week from here on out.

Lance Kendricks, St. Louis

Kendricks was a stud tight end in college but has yet to produce much at the NFL level. He's available in nearly all of ESPN's fantasy leagues, but he may not be for long.

The second year man out of Wisconsin has the build of a large wide receiver but runs like a deer. He's coming off a 4-point performance against the San Francisco 49ers, but he may have an easier time getting open against the New York Jets this weekend.

He was targeted six times, and the Rams offense should gain some confidence back after putting up 24 points on the Niners.

The Rams also have games against Buffalo, Arizona, and Minnesota down the stretch, so the points are there to be had.

With Danny Amendola likely to receive the lion's share of attention over the next few weeks after running wild against San Francisco, Kendricks could get more looks each week.

And with the amount of talent he has, it's about time to find out whether he can be a long-term option at tight end. If the answer to that question is yes, you'll want him on your team for the second half of the season.


Tony Moeaki, Kansas City

The Chiefs are another team failing to produce quality players in fantasy football, aside from the occasional outburst by Jamaal Charles.

But after grabbing three passes for 68 yards against the Steelers last night, Tony Moeaki could be a decent option at tight end if you aren't sure where else to look.

He obviously won't be putting up a ton of points on a team that hasn't thrown the ball very well. But games like the one he had against Pittsburgh often lead to more targets the following week.

The Chiefs have dates with Cincinnati, Cleveland, Oakland, and Carolina over the next five weeks.

Moeaki won't turn heads on the field, but he's a reliable option in the passing attack. And he's still listed atop the depth chart in Kansas City.

Waiting to see how he performs over the next couple weekends may be a decent option. But at least keep an eye on Moeaki, who seems to be developing some chemistry with Matt Cassel after Dwayne Bowe dropped several passes.