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Gerald Everett: Waiver Wire Cure For Your Fantasy TE Blues

Tight end has always been the thinnest fantasy position. Even though 2019 presents more reliable options than most years, many owners are still shuffling through the Waiver Wire dumpster in hopes of finding anything reliable. Thankfully, Rams TE Gerald Everett might just be the answer to your fantasy prayers. 

In back-to-back weeks, Everett has played a major role in the offense, and been a fantasy beast. First, he snared 5 catches (8 tgts), 44 yards, and 1 TD against the Bucs (12.9 FPs). Even better, on TNF versus the Seahawks, Everett’s 11 targets trailed only Cooper Kupp; he turned these into 7 rec and 136 yards (17.1 FPs).

Though Everett had been an afterthought in Sean McVay‘s brilliant attack, the athletic seam-stretcher seems to have finally carved out a meaningful role. McVay suggested this would be the case this preseason, noting:

“He provides a skillset that’s hard because he can do some different things specific to lining up all over the formation… He just matured as a player. But his skill set, you see why we drafted him as high as we did because of some of the things he can do when you see the plays.. say, ‘This guy’s got some special ability.’”

More like an oversized WR, Everett’s made of special athleticism. Though his 4.62 forty was meh, Everett crushed the other combine categories. Scouts raved about his “acceleration into routes” “immediate separation” and seamless change of direction without losing speed. He’s been flashing excellent after-the-catch speed all season, and is running wide open with defenses focused on all the weapons around him.

Now that these abilities are being used, Everett’s ceiling is genuinely limitless in this offense. Sure, he could disappear as quickly as he’s flashed. But if this usage is genuine, Everett could become a weekly option at fantasy’s trickiest position. He’ll never draw top coverage and find seams wide-open with the talent around him. Plus, his big frame and catch radius could create legit 8-10 TD upside on a time that resides in the Red Zone.

At minimum, expect this meaningful volume to continue for the short-term with Brandin Cooks now in concussion protocol. As such, Everett’s a priority Waiver Wire add for Week 6. I’d drop $25+ if I was needy at TE, and would add him in nearly any league just to block my opponents from this potential difference-maker.

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