Did you just find out George Kittle has been declared out for Sunday’s game?
While there is no “replacing” George Kittle, here are five options to pick up off of waivers:
T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions:
Hockenson is still available in 25% of leagues on ESPN. If he is available in your league, pick him up! He is not only a good substitute this week, but a top breakout candidate this season at the TE position. He is playing against Green Bay this week and his team is without its top WR. This is as much of a no brainer as there is.
Logan Thomas – Washington Football Team:
He is currently rostered in less than 10% of leagues on ESPN. He has been mostly irrelevant in his short career, but in week 1 he had a TD and led the team in targets. The Cardinals defense is improved this year but last season they were the worst defense against TEs. The WFT will most likely be playing from behind this Sunday and so Thomas should see a good number of targets.
Jordan Reed – San Francisco 49ers:
Kittle’s backup is a seasoned veteran who has a history of putting up big fantasy numbers. Reed is a player who is injury prone, but the talent is unquestionable. You don’t need him to be healthy all season, just this Sunday. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo relies on his TE’s so should Reed have a nice day in Kittle’s absence this week.
OJ Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Among a strong TE group in Tampa, Howard led the way in targets, catches, and yards in week 1. The Carolina defense is young and vulnerable so the only question here is if Gronk emerges as the top TE for Tom Brady. Howard is talented and can put up numbers, he is definitely worth consideration.
Greg Olson – Seattle Seahawks:
Once a top-tier fantasy tight end, the 35-year-old showed last week that he still has good hands, catching all four of his targets, including a TD. He is no longer a vertical threat, but he is on a high-octane offense. The Patriots matchup isn’t a great one, but Russell Wilson loves players with sure hands in the Red Zone.
Losing a player like Kittle is a huge loss, but any of these players should help you salvage a win this week. Did I miss anyone? Let me know your thoughts!