Did you have a rough week one in fantasy football? Are you looking to claim someone off waivers this week to try and improve your squad? Well, thanks to a key injury in last night’s game there is at least one player, that should be available on almost every waiver wire out there, and that player is Dallas Cowboys tight end, Gavin Escobar.
If you have Dez Bryant on your fantasy team you probably felt physically ill when you saw him limp off the field last night. But then just a few minutes later a relatively unknown fantasy option presented himself, when Gavin Escobar scored a touchdown. Bryant injured his foot, and is now expected to miss four-six weeks. And, at this moment, the prime beneficiary seems to be Escobar.
The Cowboys are still a run first team, but with Bryant out Escobar moves up into a contributory position, alongside Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams. Beasley and Williams’ fantasy value also definitely improves with the loss of Bryant, but Escobar stands to gain the most out of the three of them. When Bryant is healthy Escobar hardly sees the field at all. But with an injured Bryant two tight end sets featuring Witten and Escobar together definitely seems more likely to occur.
Now that Escobar is going to get to see the field for more snaps he is in a prime position to really put up some decent fantasy numbers. Especially considering that Escobar is geared up to be the forgotten man in Dallas’ offensive assault. Defenses will worry about stopping the run first, then they will worry about stopping Witten (who had a monster game last night) then they will worry about Williams and Beasley, leaving a nice opening for Escobar to do work.
I wouldn’t expect Escobar to be a great PPR asset, but I would expect him to be a Scott Chandler or Larry Donnell like red zone threat for Tony Romo. With the way Dallas is able to move the ball I fully expect Escobar to average a touchdown a week in the absence of Bryant.
If those kind of numbers are something that might intrigue you as a tight end option then I’d say you should definitely claim Escobar off of waivers. And even if you have a player on your bench you are really not happy with after week one, I’d say it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to go after Escobar.
What do you guys think of Escobar as a fantasy option? Would you be willing to try him out, or are you waiting to see a better body of work from him fist? Let us know in the comments!