Fantasy football waiver wire: 4 tight ends to target for Week 17

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The last week of the season is upon us. If your fantasy league is still playing in Week 17, here are some waiver wire tight ends that could help you out, including a handful of potential 2014 sleepers.

Week 16 was the championship week for many fantasy players, but there are still a few leagues that play on in Week 17. For Dynasty owners, this is also the time to start scouring for potential sleepers in the 2014 season. With that in mind, here are four tight ends on the waiver wire that could either produce in the regular season finale or are due for bigger roles next season.

Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens (owned in 41 percent of leagues)

Pitta was hoping to save fantasy owners during the playoff run, but that hasn't materialized yet. He has just 12 catches for 106 yards and a touchdown in three games since returning from a dislocated hip. The Ravens need to get him more involved as they head into a must-win game with the Bengals. It's been a lost season for Pitta, but he has a chance to end things on a high note. Look for him to make a big bounce-back in 2014.

Tim Wright, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (owned in 18 percent of leagues)

The undrafted rookie was a pleasant surprise for most of the season, hauling in 49 catches for 513 yards and four touchdowns so far. He emerged as one of Mike Glennon's favorite safety valves and has breakout potential next season if the Bucs stick with Glennon as the starter. Tampa finishes the year in New Orleans, making this a tough matchup. Wright will be more of a TE2 for Week 17.

Joseph Fauria, Detroit Lions (owned in seven percent of leagues)

Fauria got more playing time than usual with Brandon Pettigrew out, but managed only three catches for 43 yards as the Lions were eliminated from playoff contention. Pettigrew could be shut down for Week 17 and is a pending free agent, so Fauria has a shot to earn a bigger role in 2014 with a strong finish. The Lions play the Vikings in what could be the final game of the Jim Schwartz era.

Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles (owned in six percent of leagues)

Another rookie who's shown flashes but hasn't always been consistent. Ertz showed true game-breaking skills in a big performance in Week 15, but was held to just one catch last week. With the Eagles needing a win over the Cowboys to make the playoffs, Ertz could be a bigger part of the gameplan. He has TE1 upside against Dallas' paper-thin defense.

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