We are one week into the football season and you are already finding yourself staring into the abyss that is the tight end waiver wire. What’s a man to do? Unfortunately, I am not a miracle worker and the pickings are always going to be slim when it comes to tight end. So let’s take a look at the best candidates available on the waiver wire.
Jesse James – Owned in 8% of leagues – Jesse James broke out this week with 6 catches for 41 yards and 2 touchdowns. Don’t let those numbers fool you. Last year, Cleveland gave up the most fantasy points to the tight end position by a significant margin. In his previous season, Jesse James only had 39 catches for 338 yards and 3 touchdowns. Everything points to him regressing to his career average, so let someone else waste their waiver wire on him.
Charles Clay – Owned in 11% of leagues – Last year, the Jets gave up the 10th most points to fantasy football tight ends. Then they spent the offseason gutting their roster. So it should come as no surprise that Charles Clay had 4 receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown in week one against the Jets. It also shouldn’t surprise you if Charles Clay goes back to being Charles Clay. (Aka, a bad fantasy football tight end.) Don’t burn a waiver wire spot on him.
Zach Miller – Owned in 5% of leagues – I cannot in good conscious recommend spending a waiver wire pick on Zach Miller. His stat line of 4 catches for 39 yards was pretty unimpressive. What I will say is that you should definitely put him on your watch list. Last season, before he got hurt, he was on pace to finish the season as a top ten tight end. This season, the Bears just lost their starting two wide receivers. Zach Miller might be the only person left on the Bears who can catch a pass. So definitely take a wait and see approach to him.
Other notable tight ends to monitor
Jared Cook – Owned in 19% of leagues
Even Engram – Owned in 24% of leagues