The TE position remains the weakest in fantasy football. That makes trading for tight ends exceedingly difficult. Unraveling all that we saw in Week 12 and translating it into Week 13 TE trade targets is where fantasy managers can differentiate themselves.
To help you get your head around it all, here are our thoughts on some tight ends to buy low or sell high entering Week 13.
Which TEs Should You Trade For in Fantasy Football?
Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints
The cat is out of the bag with the Saints pass catchers, but that doesn’t make Taysom Hill any less of a buy. This team is out of receivers. Michael Thomas is on IR. Chris Olave is in the concussion protocol. Rashid Shaheed looks like he suffered a very serious injury. Who are the Saints going to trust more? Rookies and practice squad guys? Or Taysom Hill?
We should see a heavy dose of Hill next week. Plus, he carries higher-than-normal touchdown upside. Hill is a top-five-ish tight end for the foreseeable future.
Which TEs Should You Trade Away in Fantasy Football?
Dalton Schultz, Houston Texans
Last week, I warned that Dalton Schultz was about to take a serious downturn, largely due to a difficult schedule for tight ends. His touchdown against the Cardinals likely bought fantasy managers one more week to sell. Can you still sell him now after he saw just two targets, catching one for two yards against the Jaguars? I doubt it. But you should try.
Schultz now has a mere five targets over his last two games. It’s not an accident. The Texans are facing teams that erase tight ends.
Next week, the Texans face the worst team in the league against tight ends, the Broncos. But you can’t wait until after that game because trade deadlines are looming. Over the final four weeks, the Texans have the single-toughest schedule for tight ends remaining. If you don’t sell Schultz now, you won’t be able to, and you will be stuck with an un-startable tight end.
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Should You Trade Dalton Schultz for Dallas Goedert?
Dallas Goedert has now missed three weeks (bye included) since fracturing his forearm. I fully expected him to be out until the last few games of the season. However, it does appear as if there is a chance he plays this week. If not, next week seems likely. That changes things.
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Fantasy managers obviously need players who are playing football. It doesn’t matter how much better Goedert is than Schultz if Goedert is not on the field.
With the news that Goedert’s return is imminent, this one is a slam dunk. Schultz just isn’t good enough to justify passing on a chance to acquire Goedert, even if Goedert ends up sitting one more week.
Should You Trade Evan Engram for Taysom Hill?
The peripherals on Evan Engram remain excellent. He’s averaging 7.4 targets per game, and he has at least four receptions in every game this season. The problem is Engram just can’t find the end zone — 64 catches, 524 yards, no touchdowns.
Eventually, Engram is going to score. But “eventually” doesn’t help fantasy managers. Hill scores. It’s what he does. And more recently, he’s displayed a high floor even when he doesn’t.
The Saints are dealing with injuries to no fewer than four of their pass catchers. Hill suddenly looks like the most reliable guy. He has long-term sustainability and is about to experience a short-term bump in value.
With that said, I still can’t bring myself to sell Engram for Hill. Engram is a more traditional tight end with a more secure role. Even though Hill has displayed the higher ceiling, I believe in Engram and would stick with him going forward.
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