Fantasy football waiver wire: 5 tight ends to target for Week 4

Thearon W. Henderson

It wasn't a banner week for pickups in the world of tight ends. We offer up some pickups for those that will be without the services of Greg Olsen or Jermichael Finley.

Consistency is a valuable commodity and it's not something that's associated with tight ends. Some weeks guys can go off, the next week they won't score more than two points. Many owners thought they were going to have the next big thing with Jared Cook after his monster Week 1, but he cooled off. It's going to happen for a lot of tight ends and even Jordan Cameron could be next.

The bottom line is fantasy owners shouldn't panic. If you spent a high pick on a tight end, whether you have seen some dividends yet, chances are the tight end you own is better than any on the wire. In fact, only two of these guys have top-10 potential.

Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts (owned in 31 percent of leagues)

The Colts couldn't get their passing game off the ground in Week 3 at San Francisco, but the 49ers are going to shut down a lot of passing attacks. Andrew Luck had just 164 yards and Fleener was quiet with only 13 yards on two catches in the noteworthy win.

Dwayne Allen is going to be out for the season and Fleener will take over and see most of the targets at tight end. No other tight ends saw targets from Luck, so those that picked up the Stanford tight end shouldn't waver on their move. Jacksonville is coming to town and the team should have much more success this week. He's a top-10 option.

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers (owned in 26 percent of leagues)

Heinz Field was full of "Heeeaaaaattttthhhh" chants on Sunday Night Football. Forgive the misspelling, Steeler fans. Miller caught three of his four targets for 35 yards in the loss to the Bears. It was his first game back and he didn't quite look to be back to 100 percent.

The Steelers had a tough time moving the ball in the first half. Ben Roethlisberger dealt with pressure thanks to several A- and B-gap blitzes and teams are likely targeting the middle of Pittsburgh's O-line with Maurkice Pouncey out for the year. Miller is going to be Ben's hot read on a lot of plays, so he could be on the way up the ranks. The Steelers get a great matchup against the Vikings in Week 4.

Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (owned in 1 percent of leagues)

The Titans are looking much better on offense and Jake Locker impressed on his game-winning drive over the Chargers on Sunday. Walker was targeted eight times vs. San Diego, catching five of those balls for 49 yards. Walker has scored at least seven points in PPR leagues for each of his three games. Plus, Week 3 was the first game in which he was targeted more than four times.

If Jake Locker can keep on the right track, Walker could be a nice option in the slot. Although, he does have a foot injury and could miss time. He's probably not worth a waiver claim, but keep an eye out for injury updates.

Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills (owned in 5 percent of leagues)

The Jets had a major pass rush for E.J. Manuel in Sunday's win over the Bills. Manuel also has a knack for not going for the kill and they're running more of a West Coast scheme to go with his out-of-the-pocket skills. Chandler caught five of his six targets for 79 yards and a score in the loss, and he's been targeted at least six times in all three games.

The 6'7 tight end is the team's best option in the red zone and he's scored six times in each of the previous two seasons. The Bills take on Baltimore in Week 4 and they could face some up-the-middle pressure, so look for Chandler to be a part of the team's plans to keep Manuel upright. He's more of a stopgap play for owners with Greg Olsen.

Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins (owned in 29 percent of leagues)

He's seen 19 targets from Ryan Tannehill this year and also has a 1-yard TD on his game log from Week 2. Clay's been productive, turning those 19 targets into 14 catches and 204 yards for the 3-0 Phins.

The Dolphins get one of the best matchups against the Saints on Monday. There could be a lot of points and Clay has a shot for five catches with a score and some nice yardage.

Andrew Quarless, Green Bay Packers (owned in 0 percent of leagues)

Jermichael Finley exited Sunday's game with what appeared to be a concussion and he did not return. Quarless stepped in and reeled in three balls for 21 yards. The Packers didn't have a game plan for AQ and with the bye week coming up, they have two weeks to integrate him into the system. This is a desperate pickup for owners in deep, two-TE leagues.

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