Dawson Knox and Darren Waller Are the Fantasy TEs To Buy Low On Before the Trade Deadline
Getty Images. Pictured: Raiders TE Darren Waller, Bills TE Dawson Knox
With the relative lack of premium depth at the position, tight ends can offer an edge in fantasy football — the type of edge that could make a difference in the playoffs. That’s why, with the first trade deadlines scheduled for Week 11, our experts highlight tight ends worth targeting below.
Find out why they think it’s worth making offers for Darren Waller and Dawson Knox ahead of fantasy trade deadlines.
TEs To Buy Low In Fantasy Trades
Darren Waller, Raiders
Samantha Previte: Waller has been a frustrating case for fantasy this year. After a blazing hot start in Week 1 in which he saw 19 targets, Waller has crested the double-digit fantasy mark only twice.
He is seeing an impressive target share and has at least seven targets in all but one game all year, but he just isn’t producing at the elite level. He should have feasted on the Chiefs defense in Week 10, but caught just four of seven targets for 24 yards.
He has, by far, the softest schedule down the stretch. I think the production will come in time, so buying him now at his absolute nadir makes sense.
Darren Waller, Raiders
Chris Raybon: After erupting for 10 catches, 105 yards and a TD on a whopping 19 targets in Week 1, Waller has been disappointing, averaging a 4.9/55.6/ 0.14 line since Week 2.
Waller hasn’t found the end zone since Week 4 and has topped 65 yards just once in his last seven games. To which I respond … So? Despite his recent struggles, Waller is still a top-five player at fantasy’s most-difficult-to-fill position, and his rest-of-season schedule ranks 16th, not posing any prohibitive matchups for which you would consider benching him.
Waller has still been a high-floor commodity, catching at least four passes in every game and cracking the 50-yard mark in seven of nine so far. Pluck him from a manager who is frustrated that their second-round pick hasn’t had more ceiling games — yet.
Dawson Knox, Bills
Sean Koerner: Knox struggled in Week 10, posting a 1/17/0 stat line after returning from a broken hand that kept him out for two games. However, it was encouraging to see him return to his full-time role as he logged a 74% routes run per drop back rate.
He should be able to replicate his Week 2-6 production in due time, making him a great buy-low candidate now.