Six more teams are on bye in Week 10, and some of them include big names at the tight end position. The, , Minnesota Vikings, , and Washington all get the week off. That means fantasy owners need to find replacements for studs like and , while waiting at least one more week for to get healthy. Even competent streaming options like and won't be available.
With the tight end position such a top-heavy wasteland this season, expectations have to be adjusted somewhat. Here are five guys owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues who might help you out, if not help you win your matchup this week.
, (43 percent) -- Clay found the end zone for just the second time all season in Week 9, but it was also his second touchdown in the past three games. With Ryan Tannehill settling into a groove, Clay is back on the low-end TE1 radar after a sluggish start to the season. He'll be more of a TE2 against the ' imposing defense next week.
, (28 percent) -- The Vikings are on bye this week, but Rudolph is fully expected to return in Week 11, so now's the time to grab him if you haven't already. Big things were expected from Rudolph in Norv Turner's TE-friendly offense, but he missed most of the year with hernia surgery. Rudolph could end up being a big factor in the fantasy playoffs if he clicks with rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
, (29 percent) -- Daniels made a quicker-than-expected return from a knee scope, grabbing six catches for 53 yards in Baltimore's loss to the on Sunday. He also led the team with nine targets and played 53 of 71 offensive snaps, suggesting that the knee is no longer a concern. Daniels is clearly past his prime and no longer an every-week starter, but you could do much worse as a streaming option during the lean bye weeks.
, (14 percent) -- This is the most speculative add on my list. Eifert is eligible to be activated from the injured reserve/designated to return list this week, but the Bengals have given no indication that he'll be ready to play yet. He could be back as soon as Week 11, but we'll obviously have to see him get some practices first. Either way, Eifert showed promise in Hue Jackson's offense before dislocating his elbow, and should have little trouble winning the starting job from an unimpressive Jermaine Gresham. He's worth the roster stash in deeper leagues.
, (1 percent) -- Rivera is on a little hot streak after doing nothing of note for most of the season. Over the past two games, he has 15 catches for 121 yards and scored two touchdowns against the on Sunday. Rivera isn't an impressive talent on paper, but his increased targets suggest that is getting comfortable with him as a safety valve. The 0-8 Raiders take on the next Sunday and Carr will need all the safety valves he can get. With most of the intriguing tight ends on bye, Rivera is worth a gamble in 14- and 16-team leagues.
Honorable mentions:(8 percent), (4 percent), (4 percent), (3 percent), (2 percent)