2016 Fantasy Football TE Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 12

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some tight end waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 12 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Jared Cook, Green Bay Packers (12 percent)

Returning from a multi-month absence, Cook had six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 11 targets on Sunday Night Football. It was clearly his best performance as a Packer, but hopefully it's a sign of what may be to come.

In his first three games with the Packers, however, Cook had just 53 total yards on six catches and 11 targets. And the Packers have a Week 12 matchup against the Eagles, who have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.

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2. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans (21 percent)

Barely used as a receiver in the team's first three games, Fiedorowicz has become much more involved in the passing offense since then. The third-year tight end now has five targets in seven consecutive games.

Over that seven-game span, Fiedorowicz has averaged 7.0 targets per game and has posted a 33/380/3 line during that stretch including 6/82 on 10 targets on Monday Night Football in Mexico City. Fiedorowicz now has at least 24-percent target share in two of his past three games.

3. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens (38 percent)

Once. Week 2.

That's how often (and when) Pitta has finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end this season. In Week 2 against the Browns, Pitta had nine catches for 102 yards on 12 targets.

Since then, he has a minimum of five targets in all but one game and averaged 6.88 targets over that eight-game stretch.

Once again, however, Pitta gets a favorable matchup in Week 12 as the Bengals have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to the position. Can he exploit the matchup? We'll see ...

4. Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers (17 percent)

Bad news first: Henry has 16 yards or less and a total of five catches in his past three games played. That said, he has four touchdowns in his past six games and he had a four-game streak of 60-plus yards before his recent three-game cold streak.

Clearly, Antonio Gates is the team's tight end to trust with 20-percent target share in five consecutive games, but it wouldn't surprise me if Henry (knee) becomes more involved again as he approaches full health.

In addition, if Gates were to miss time at all, Henry would immediately become a top-10 option with a great schedule in the fantasy playoffs -- Panthers, Raiders and Browns in Weeks 14, 15 and 16, respectively. All three of those teams rank in the top-eight in terms of most fantasy points allowed to tight ends.

5. Vance McDonald, San Francisco 49ers (eight percent)

With 20-percent target share in back-to-back games, McDonald now has six targets in four consecutive games. McDonald has 204 yards and two touchdowns in those four games and has averaged 8.1 fantasy points per game during that stretch. He's still TD-dependent -- TE3/TE4 in the two weeks he scored, TE20/TE22 in the two weeks he didn't, but he has become a viable streamer in plus matchups down the stretch.

6. Will Tye, New York Giants (two percent)

For the third consecutive week following the team's Week 8 bye, Tye had five-plus targets and now has a total of 20 targets in his past three games. It's disappointing that he turned his five targets into only two catches for 12 yards last week, but he did score his first touchdown of the season.

In addition, Tye has some exploitable matchups on the horizon with the Browns in Week 12 first up. Only the Lions -- his Week 15 opponent -- have allowed more fantasy points to tight ends this season than the Browns.

7. Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills (13 percent)

The last time that Clay scored three or more fantasy points was Week 6 against the 49ers. In his past four games, however, he has had just 29, six, nine and 23 yards, respectively.

On a positive note for Clay (and potentially his fantasy owners), the team has had numerous injuries at wide receiver although Sammy Watkins is eligible to return this week. That said, it's far from a sure thing that he returns and it now appears that Robert Woods, the team's No. 2 wide receiver (after Watkins), will miss time with a knee injury.

8. Lance Kendricks, Los Angeles Rams (12 percent)

Kendricks followed up a disappointing one-catch, zero-yard performance in Week 10 with four catches for 38 yards on Sunday. Those numbers are not great, but Kendricks had seven targets and now has seven-plus targets in four of his past five games. The upcoming schedule is positive for Kendricks with the Saints, Patriots and Falcons up over the next three weeks.

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