On Wednesday we learned Evan Engram has a mid-foot sprain and his Fantasy managers need to make other plans for Week 10, and maybe the foreseeable future. This is a huge blow to those teams because Engram has been far more valuable than a replacement-level tight end this season. He was one of just eight tight ends averaging double-digits in PPR points. You're not going to replace him, but we have options for you to help soften the blow.
Mike Gesicki is top option available on the waiver wire even if he's behind Jonnu Smith in the projections. I'm projecting Delanie Walker to play, but he seems very questionable. That uncertainty makes Gesicki a safer play who also has upside.
Gesicki has at least eight PPR Fantasy points in three of his past four games. That's not Evan Engram, but it's acceptable for a low-end tight end. He also has upside with Preston Williams out as shown by his 95-yard game in Week 9.
I have more waiver options below if you can't get Gesicki, but need to mention two guys who didn't make the cut.
Rhett Ellison doesn't make the top-five streamers, but he's not far off and he's far more available. In deeper leagues, he's not a bad streaming option at all.
Week 10 TE Preview
The following players are not being projected to play Week 10 at this time. Here's what it means:
Numbers to Know
- 10.71 - Yards per target for Jonnu Smith, tops among tight ends.
- 12 - Targets for Jack Doyle in two games without T.Y. Hilton. Doyle has scored in both games.
- 75 - Air yards for Mike Gesicki in Week 9. That was the third-most at the position.
- 24 - Mark Andrews only played 24 snaps in Week 9. I'm still starting him in Week 10, but it's a trend I'm keeping an eye on.
Matchups that matter
Waiver Wire Targets
Mike Gesicki TE
NE New England • #88
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
I believe in Gesicki's talent, and it looks like he's finally starting to figure out how to play in the NFL. Fitzpatrick trusted him downfield in Week 9, and Gesicki came through so I'd expect more shot plays in Week 10, especially without Preston Williams.
Jason Witten TE
LV Las Vegas • #82
Age: 41 • Experience: 17 yrs.
There's nothing exciting about starting Witten, but he's a top 12 tight end who has consistently produced 7-10 Fantasy points per week.
Smith's Week 9 production was disappointing, but I'm going right back to him as long as Delanie Walker is still out. He still caught three of five targets, and I expect the Titans will have to throw more against the Chiefs.
PIT Pittsburgh • #89
Age: 33 • Experience: 8 yrs.
The Rams could lock down the Steelers' receivers, but they've been susceptible to tight ends in the passing game. McDonald caught five of seven targets and scored in Week 9. He also had a two-touchdown game in Week 2 with Mason Rudolph.
Travis Kelce TE
KC Kansas City • #87
Age: 34 • Experience: 11 year
With Mahomes back, Kelce vaults back to the top of the tight end options. I have him projected for three points more than everyone but Austin Hooper.
Smith's price dropped more than it should and his disappointing Week 9 should keep his ownership down.