Fantasy Football Waiver Wire MVP: Tight End
In the fourth of a five-part series, I’m going to go over the tight end who could have been found in your league’s waiver wire that saved desperate fantasy owners this season.
Charles Clay, TE Miami Dolphins
Through 16 weeks, Clay is sixth among tight ends with 65 catches, ninth with 716 receiving yards and eighth with six touchdowns. Clay is the seventh-highest scoring tight end in fantasy football, and he’s racked up more fantasy points this year than Greg Olsen, Martellus Bennett, Antonio Gates, Kyle Rudolph and Rob Gronkowski.
Clay has scored in the top-20 among tight ends in 13 out of 15 games so far this season, he’s been in the top-10 in seven of those games and the top-five in three games, including Week 14 where he was the no. 1 scoring tight end. Clay has offered a level of consistency and upside for fantasy owners that wasn’t matched by any other free agent tight end in 2013.
Had we known what Clay was going to do this season, he would have likely cost prospective fantasy owners a middle-round draft pick. Instead, he was free for needy owners to pick up throughout the season.
Tight end was one of, if not the most volatile positions in fantasy football in 2013, and Clay provided a boost for many fantasy owners who were forced to look to free agency for a viable option. Chances are if you were an owner of Gronkowski, Rudolph, Owen Daniels, Gates, Jermichael Finley, Brandon Myers or Jared Cook in 2013, you turned to Clay at some point this season. If you did, it probably worked out for the best.