The fantasy world got a huge double whammy in Week 6. Jimmy Graham, the No. 1 tight end of 2013, was not only held catchless but left the game with a foot injury. He's getting an MRI on the foot Monday. Fortunately for Graham owners, the Saints have a bye this week, so there's an outside chance he will be back in Week 8.
Still, fantasy owners need to be thinking about a Plan B, and that usually involves hitting the waiver wire. As usual, the tight end position is the thinnest in all of fantasy, so there are slim pickings on the wire, but we managed to find five players worth your attention. These players are all owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues and could help ease the pain if Graham is out multiple weeks.
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers (owned in 49 percent of leagues)
It's somewhat inexplicable that Miller is still available in this many leagues. He's well over his knee surgery and made a seamless transition back into the offense, getting 15 catches for 189 yards in three games. Miller should be back on the TE1 radar with the Steelers facing the Ravens, Raiders and Patriots over the next three weeks.
Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills (owned in 12 percent of leagues)
Chandler's upside is limited, but he gets his fair share of targets and is usually a safe bet for around 40-50 yards a game. That's enough to put him on the TE2 map if you're in a deep league or facing a bye-week crunch. His upside is limited by a constant quarterback carousel in Buffalo.
Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (owned in 9 percent of leagues)
Now healthy from a quad injury, Reed came off the bye and finished second in targets behind only Pierre Garcon, finishing with four catches and 58 yards against the Cowboys. He's been outplaying Fred Davis for several weeks now and the Redskins are rewarding him with more snaps. Tough matchups await with the Bears and Broncos, but Reed has high-end TE2 upside with Robert Griffin III starting to look like his old self.
Joseph Fauria, Detroit Lions (owned in 3 percent of leagues)
If touchdown dances counted for fantasy points, Fauria would be a Top 3 tight end, but we have to work with what we've got here. He's the ultimate boom-or-bust play so far. Fauria has only seven catches on the season, but five of them have gone for touchdowns. With Tony Scheffler out indefinitely, Fauria should continue getting red zone targets, but he's by far the riskiest fantasy play on this list. Unless the Lions get him more involved in the passing game, you're looking at either a touchdown or a goose egg on his weekly statlines.
Tim Wright, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (owned in less than 1 percent of leagues)
If you're willing to go way off the beaten path, here's a name to watch. An undrafted rookie out of Rutgers, Wright was a non-factor until starting tight end Tom Crabtree was injured and Mike Glennon became the new quarterback. Since then, Wright has clicked with Glennon, grabbing 12 catches for 132 yards in the past two games. The Bucs have matchups against the Falcons, Panthers and Seahawks coming up, and while Wright is unlikely to sustain those numbers, he's an intriguing talent. Keep an eye on him.