It seems like every season fantasy managers are looking for a savior at the tight end position if they missed out on the top-tier players on draft day. Last season it was Robert Tonyan and the season before guys like Austin Hooper and Tyler Higbee exceeded expectations. This season going into the final stretch of the year, the answer is Dan Arnold.
The fourth-year pro out of Division III Wisconsin Platteville was traded earlier this year and has implemented himself as one of Trevor Lawerence’s top targets (not saying much). Arnold has seen 39 targets since his Week 3 debut against the Bengals, where he only played 36% of the snaps.
Arnold has an explosive burst ranking in the 98th percentile by player profiler at his position and has posted 3 TE1 weeks in his last six games. The Jaguars have one of the easiest strengths of schedule for the remainder of the season at the tight end position.
Head coach Urban Meyer wanted Dan Arnold in free agency this summer and since acquiring him, he has featured him in the offense, which has led to a high target-share — including three red zone targets.
“We’ve been searching for a matchup advantage [at tight end] and he can really run,” Meyer said of Arnold when he acquired him. “You saw glimpses of it [Thursday]. He’s a hard-working person. Trevor [Lawrence] is excited about it, too.”
The Jaguars don’t have a high-powered offense, they aren’t going to wow you with explosive plays, but they are going to continue to feed Dan Arnold, and he’s going to continue to feed your team fantasy points. If he’s available in your league and you’re a tight end-needy squad like most, make the addition and lock him into your lineups.
Dan Arnold currently sits at 13 on The Wolf’s Week 11 Fantasy Rankings, and is a fringe TE1 rest of season.