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Fantasy football waiver wire: 5 tight ends to target for Week 16

It was a good week for tight ends in Week 15. Can fantasy owners expect the same for Week 16?

If your tight end didn't get you double-double points in PPR league back in Week 15, you probably were not happy. A total of 17 tight ends put up at least 10 points in PPR formats There were 10 tight ends targeted at least seven times and seven of those 10 caught a TD. You'll find four of those seven here as a pickup with a fifth heading into Week 16 with a fantastic matchup.

Delanie Walker (owned in 43 percent of leagues)

Walker took on the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15 and he torched them for eight catches, 53 yards and one score on 11 targets. That's nothing new on either front for both Walker and the Cardinals defense. The Cardinals allow the most fantasy points to tight ends due to their blitz-happy linebackers. On the bright side, at least he didn't squander the opportunity like St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook did in Week 14.

As for Walker, he was coming in on a bit of roll before his concussion. He missed Week 14 and left Week 13's game early, but in his three previous week he averaged 6.3 receptions, 66.3 yards and 0.7 scores.

He'll head into Week 16 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. They took on those Jags back in Week 12 and Walker posted four catches, 62 yards and one score on eight targets. That was also the game in which Jake Locker was hurt, so he didn't have much of a chance to get on the same page with Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Walker should be viewed as a top-six play this week.

Zach Ertz (owned in five percent of leagues)

The Philadelphia Eagles and Nick Foles were up to their usual tricks on Sunday against the horrific pass defense of the Minnesota Vikings. Foles put up 428 passing yards and 57 of those were to tight end Zach Ertz. The tight end had a great touchdown catch, but it wasn't enough in the loss.

Ertz was targeted nine times, which ranked second behind DeSean Jackson. He put up a goose egg in Week 14, but Week 13 was solid with five catches for 68 yards and two scores.

The Eagles get another great matchup against the Bears on Sunday. They been in some shootouts lately, so it could be another nice game for the rookie. He's more of a high-end TE2 in most formats.

Zach Miller (owned in 15 percent of leagues)

This one is all about the matchup. As mentioned with Walker, the Cardinals can give up some big games and the aforementioned 56-yard, two-score game from Zach Ertz also came against those Cardinals. It will be Miller's turn on Sunday at home.

Based on the past two weeks, it's not going to be easy to trust Miller. He combined for just 21 yards on two catches. The Seahawks have been able to move the ball and they're going to be at home in a divisional matchup. If receiver Percy Harvin doesn't go, Miller is an interesting play. He's a TE2 with a lot of risk.

Timothy Wright (owned in 15 percent of leagues)

The Buccaneers offense has cooled off a little after they were starting to heat up. Of course, a game against the San Francisco 49ers will do that. Tight end Timothy Wright was really the only bright spot for the Bucs, totaling seven catches, 82 yards and one score on nine targets all of those were team highs and Vincent Jackson was the only one to score.

Wright would be a little higher as a pickup, but the matchup is actually terrible. He'll take on the St. Louis Rams fresh off shutting down All-Pro Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints. In fact, the Rams are actually the toughest matchup for tight ends based on fantasy points allowed. If your opponent this week is weak at tight end, it might not be a bad idea to just add him in case he goes off. He's certainly capable of doing so.

Marcedes Lewis (owned in one percent of leagues)

Don't look now, but Marcedes Lewis has scores in each of his last three games. As great as that sounds, there is still one big problem: Lewis plays for the Jaguars. Although, for whatever reason they've had success moving the ball lately and have scored at least 20 points in each of their last three games.

Lewis led the team in targets with seven and in receiving yards at 54. The Jaguars might be without Cecil Shorts, so that could mean more targets are on the way for Lewis. It could also be a favorable matchup vs. the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans have been vulnerable to tight ends and have been the 22nd-easiest matchup on the season. They've had a lot of injuries to their linebackers and their safeties are a little undersized to stop the over-the-middle passes.

Lewis is hot, but you'd have to be very desperate to start him.

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