RIP Tyler Eifert, Snag Vance McDonald as a Tight End Streamer for Week 5

Cameron Brate Fantasy Hard Knocks
photo by Mike Carlson/Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 3 Streaming Results

Tyler Eifert – 13.8 points
Dallas Goedart – 3.3 points
Mike Gesicki – 1.9 points

We hit pay dirt with Eifert again, but unfortunately Eifert suffered a gruesome ankle injury and will be out for the year.

Vance McDonald

After his monster game in week 3 he honestly should be owned in more leagues but is still under 40% in Yahoo and 30% in ESPN leagues. I’m all for targeting this Falcons defense all year given their holes at positions which would be matched up against the tight end position. McDonald is overtaking Jesse James in snaps and routes since coming back from injury and is the superior pass catcher.

Hayden Hurst

Hurst was one of my deep sleepers in my takeaways from the draft back in April. He should be back this week after suffering a stress fracture injury in training camp.

As I mentioned in that article, Joe Flacco and company utilize their tight ends a lot. Over the last 6 years the tight end targets for the Ravens have been: 145, 128, 115, 118, 152, 134. This year there have already been 29 targets to tight ends, good for 22% of the attempts through 3 games. Those have been spread out among 3 tight ends, none of which can match Hurst’s talent. If he’s active he’ll be running routes and taking those targets.

Cameron Brate (Stash for week 6 and 7)

I mentioned Brate in my add/drop column yesterday. He’s going to be the biggest beneficiary of Jameis Winston returning to the lineup. We’ll have to see how O.J. Howard progresses with the knee injury he sustained but regardless Brate has been solid with Winston at the helm scoring 14 touchdowns the last 2 years and averaging 3 catches and 40 yards a game over that span. He gets the Falcons and Browns when he returns from his week 5 bye and is worth a stash if you have the space.

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