Editor's note: If you are unable to land any of these players, check out our trade advice for Week 3, including some buy low and sell high candidates.
The second week of the 2016 regular season is just about coming to a close, with only the Monday Night Football game remaining. Most fantasy football leagues will run their waiver wire late Tuesday or early Wednesday, but we are here to help you get a jump on the best options to consider.
We will be ranking the top five players likely to be available in your league at each of the four major positions. Some weeks there might not be five good options available, but we’ll scour for the best we can find. Additionally, throughout the week, we will update each of these articles as ownership percentages change (via Yahoo!), and news arrives.
Editor's update: Eagles tight end Trey Burton (0 percent ownership) took on more work with Zach Ertz out with an injury. Burton finished the game with five receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown. Keep an eye on Ertz's status, as a longer absence could continue to benefit Burton.
Waiver wire tight end rankings, Week 3
1. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (30 percent owned) - UPDATE: 32 percent
Rudolph maintained his targets despite the change in quarterback in Week 2. He caught three of eight passes for 31 yards and a touchdown against the Packers, and looked to be a safety valve for Sam Bradford. He should continue to receive a steady diet of targets as the season continues, and should continue to carry the receiving load alongside Stefon Diggs.
2. Jesse James, Pittsburgh Steelers (25 percent owned) - UPDATE: 27 percent
James was out of the game during a first quarter drive for what would’ve been an additional score, however, he still provided owners with value by scoring a touchdown and securing three of five targets for 29 yards. He will continue to provide the Steelers with short passing options, as well as a consistent red zone threat. As long as the Steelers are able to maintain their level of offensive sharpness, James will be a viable tight end option as his opportunities in the passing game will continue.
3. Jordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins (16 percent owned) - UPDATE: 18 percent
Year after year many analysts predict that Cameron will have a breakout year based on his physical attributes and talent as a pass catcher. However, that has yet to materialize fully. In Week 2, Cameron showed flashes of this hype and caught five of seven targets for 49 yards and a touchdown. Cameron has an excellent opportunity to shine once more in Week 3 against a weak Browns defense that he should be able to exploit.
4. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens (10 percent owned) - UPDATE: 32 percent
Pitta was able to overcome a thumb injury to play in Week 1, and it appears that he has reclaimed the starting tight end spot in Baltimore. He was able to secure nine of 12 targets for 102 yards, and looked to have excellent chemistry with Joe Flacco. The number of targets Pitta received was a team high, and amounted to double the targets given to Mike Wallace and Steve Smith Sr. He has a good matchup in Week 3 against the Jaguars, and should be able to provide for fantasy owners.
5. Jacob Tamme, Atlanta Falcons (6 percent owned) - UPDATE: 24 percent
Tamme continued to shine in Week 2, as he continues to be owned in a very small minority of leagues. He was able to catch five of eight targets for 75 yards and one touchdown in Week 2, and with Julio Jones playing on an injured ankle, Tamme looks to benefit beyond his most recent performance. Furthermore, Tamme will play against the Saints next week, which usually bodes well for receivers and their fantasy production as New Orleans tends to struggle against the pass.