The tight end position remains a wasteland across the board. Travis Kelce is still doing his thing, and rookie Sam LaPorta looks like a gem, but aside from those two — and T.J. Hockenson — it’s been a whole lot of disappointment. The continued frustration with TEs has fantasy football managers anxious to make changes.
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Which TEs Should You Trade for in Fantasy Football?
Darren Waller, New York Giants
To be perfectly candid, I’m not sure any tight end is worth “buying.” They are equally unhelpful in fantasy football, but if one fits the bill, it’s Darren Waller.
This is purely based on Waller’s talent and proven upside, but there’s no guarantee it will work out. Still, there are managers out there ready to drop Waller — mostly because fantasy managers get aggravated with the underperforming players they have and just want someone different.
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The Giants have faced a brutal schedule to start the season. Sure, the Cardinals were a soft matchup, but their other two games were against the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers, who are arguably the two best defenses in the NFL.
The schedule opens up over the next few weeks. Better days are likely ahead for Waller, so if you can get him cheap, he’s worth a stab.
Which TEs Should You Trade Away in Fantasy Football?
Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons
Is Kyle Pitts really a sell high? Probably not. But he did just have his best game of the season, catching five of nine targets for 41 yards.
It’s not exactly impressive, but the bar has been set extremely low for him. If anyone who believes in Pitts remains willing to pay any legitimate price, I would sell.
Pitts is not going to happen, especially as long as Desmond Ridder is at quarterback and Arthur Smith is at head coach. You probably can’t get anything of value for Pitts, but if you can, he’s no better than any other random TE streamer.
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Should You Trade Pat Freiermuth for Kyle Pitts?
Here we have two underperforming tight ends. Pat Freiermuth is someone who scored a touchdown in two games, yet only reached double-digit fantasy points once. Of course, that’s better than Pitts, who has yet to reach double-digits in a single game.
Freiermuth remains a relative afterthought on the Steelers’ offense and has seen just nine targets through three games.
Pitts, on the other hand, does matter in the Falcons’ offense. They just don’t throw the ball.
Last week, Pitts saw as many targets in one game as Freiermuth has on the season. If given the choice between these two right now, I would take Pitts.
With that said, there’s nothing exciting about either of these two guys. Neither of them is moving the needle for your fantasy team. It doesn’t really matter which one you roster — your team is not getting any better or any worse.
Should You Trade George Kittle for Sam LaPorta?
This is a very interesting battle between two Iowa tight ends. I still have George Kittle ahead of Sam LaPorta in my rest-of-season rankings, but I would be lying if I said it was with any strong degree of confidence.
Kittle had his smash game last Thursday night, but he does this a couple of times a year. It was notable that Brandon Aiyuk was absent, but he’s likely to return this week.
Kittle saw as many targets against the Giants as he had in the first two games combined. But was that the Aiyuk effect? Probably.
Meanwhile, LaPorta led all tight ends in target share in Week 3 and is averaging 14.2 points per game through three weeks. It’s difficult to deny him and his role in his offense.
I don’t think anyone would argue Kittle is the better player. However, he has to contend with Deebo Samuel, Christian McCaffrey, and Aiyuk for targets. There’s no one on the Lions who will definitively command targets over LaPorta other than Amon-Ra St. Brown.
We know rookie tight ends almost never produce, but I’m willing to make an exception for LaPorta. For now, I would stick with Kittle, but it’s not a high-conviction take. If you wanted to move Kittle for a package that included LaPorta plus another piece, I would have no objection.
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