Fantasy Football: Three FA Tight Ends That You Should Pick Up Last-Minute

Chris FaigCorrespondent INovember 10, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 23:  Tight end Scott Chandler #84 of the Buffalo Bills makes a catch in front of T.J. Ward #43 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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This fantasy football season, more than any other, the waiver wire and free agency have been extremely important due to the inconsistencies and injuries among star players.  Choosing productive and consistent free agents is another difficult task added to deciding which players to start.

Tight end is a position that has been very difficult to select a starter for unless you have one of the few premier players. Only one tight end has contributed an impressive number of fantasy points, and that player is Rob Gronkowski, currently with 98.00 Yahoo! fantasy points.

At this point in the season you may think adding players from free agency or the waiver wire is a waste of time.  However, there are quite a few talented players available that are highly capable of producing high fantasy numbers.  Also, in some leagues you may be able to pick up a player that someone dropped because they were injured for a few weeks, like Aaron Hernandez.

Free agency is crucial to the success of your team, and the playoffs are right around the corner.  The following three tight ends will have productive games in Week 10 and should be consistent throughout the remainder of the season.


Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings56 percent Owned by Yahoo! Fantasy Teams

Although Kyle Rudolph has been quiet the past three weeks, you can expect him to have a breakout performance this Sunday.  Against the Detroit Lions Rudolph will be a handful, earning at least one touchdown.  The Lions have given up the 10th-most Yahoo! fantasy points to tight ends.  

Rudolph is not a hugely popular player throughout fantasy leagues; however, he has the eighth-most Yahoo! fantasy points by tight ends this season.  Already owned by over 50 percent of fantasy owners, if you are lucky enough to add Kyle Rudolph, grab him quickly.


Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills33 percent Owned by Yahoo! Fantasy Teams

Scott Chandler is one of the largest targets in the NFL at 6'7'' and 260 pounds.  In Week 10 the Buffalo Bills go to New England to face the Patriots, whom Chandler dominated earlier in the season.  Not only did he make four receptions for 62 yards, but Chandler also scored two touchdowns.

Chandler has always proven to be a possible fantasy threat, being targeted an average of five times per game this season.  Chandler is also bigger and stronger than most defensive opponents.  As long as quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throws in his vicinity, the 27-year-old Iowa product will rarely drop the football.

Chandler scored four touchdowns in the first four games this season but has since failed to reach the end zone.  You can expect that to change this weekend with at least one touchdown.


Joel Dreessen, Denver Broncos26 percent Owned by Yahoo! Fantasy Teams

Whenever you have a receiver or tight end that plays with Peyton Manning, there is always a chance that he will be a serious fantasy threat.  Joel Dreessen is coming off of a solid performance in Week 9, making four receptions out of four targets for 38 yards and one touchdown.  

Dreessen has scored a touchdown in three of the last five games and has recorded over 5.50 fantasy points in three of the last four games.  This week Dreessen and the Broncos go up against the Carolina Panthers, who have given up the 12th-most fantasy points to tight ends this season.

Dreessen has a good chance to score a touchdown because the Carolina defense gives up quite a few points from time to time.  The Panthers have allowed an average of 22.5 points per game this season.

Owned by less than 30 percent of fantasy teams, Dreessen is one of the best tight end options available.  After scoring 9.80 Yahoo! fantasy points last week against the Cincinnati Bengals, all it will take is a spectacular Week 10 performance for Dreessen to be noticed by your opposition.

Get him while you still can.