Rob Gronkowski owners who celebrated as he went off last week will go back to pre-Gronk days this week with the Patriots on a bye. With Jordan Cameron also on a bye, there will be plenty of owners looking for tight ends on the waiver wire. Thankfully, there are some nice available options on most leagues waiver wires. Here are the five best who are available in more than half of ESPN leagues going into week 10:
1. Timothy Wright-Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0.9%)
Wright is virtually unowned, but Mike Glennon is making him a fantasy-worthy option in his first year out of Rutgers. In the last two games he’s caught five and four passes for 48 and 58 yards while finding the end zone in each game. This week Wright is matched up against the Dolphins on Monday Night Football. Miami has allowed the third-most points per game to opposing tight ends making Wright a really nice one-week plug and play.
2. Colby Fleener-Indianapolis Colts (25.3%)
Fleener went for 64 yards on three catches against the Texans and should continue to see a bigger role in the Indianapolis offense with Reggie Wayne out. Fleener didn’t find the end zone this week, but has three scores this season. This week, he takes on the Rams who have been excellent (2nd best in the league) at limiting opposing TE which is why he’s clearly below Wright for this week even though he has more long-term upside.
3. Zach Ertz-Philadelphia Eagles (0.9%)
When Nick Foles has played QB, Ertz has shown some fantasy value since Foles has targeted him five times or more in each start. He had the best game of his rookie season on Sunday catching five passes for 42 yards and a touchdown against Oakland. This week he takes on the Packers who allow the seventh-most points to opposing TE’s.
4. Heath Miller-Pittsburgh Steelers (19.6%)
Miller will get looks from Big Ben as the Steelers take on the Bills this week. He has been targeted at least four times in every game he’s played this season. The Bills are actually pretty tough against opposing tight ends, but Miller is still a long-shot play with upside if you’re rummaging through the bargain bin.
5. Andrew Quarless-Green Bay Packers (3.0%)
Quarless may be the only Packer whose value goes up with Seneca Wallace under center. Quarless had been targeted 10 times through the first seven games but was targeted seven times in the one game with Wallace in the game. He finished with five catches for 34 yards. He isn’t going to blow the doors off the Eagles, but he’s a decent last resort especially in PPR leagues.
This list of TE’s is part of my weekly waiver wire focus. If you need further help constructing your team, check out my top ten waiver wire picks of the week as well as my top waiver targets at each of the following positions: QB, RB, WR, D/ST.
Editor’s Note: FanSided partner FanDuel is hosting a one-week $250 Fantasy Football league for Week 10. It’s free to join and first prize is $50. Starts Sunday at 1pm ET.