Bye weeks are usually bad news for tight ends in fantasy football, because the top-level names getting a week off means owners have to look for a quick replacement option. This means not only diving deep into the waiver wire for a passable option, but it also means keeping two tight ends on your roster, which is rarely a good idea in 10- or 12-team leagues.
This week, the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys are on bye, so Greg Olsen and Jason Witten won't be available to use. Olsen owners must take that waiver plunge, then, so here are four recommended players owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! standard leagues.
Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers (35 percent)
It looks like Henry is here to stay after all. There was legitimate concern that he'd take a backseat with Antonio Gates back, but the rookie continues to play a big role in the offense, going off for six catches, 83 yards, and a touchdown against the Denver Broncos. He's now scored in three straight games and quickly earned the trust of Philip Rivers, who badly needed someone to step up after Keenan Allen went down in Week 1. Henry has a great matchup with an Atlanta Falcons team that couldn't stop Jimmy Graham last week.
Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills (24 percent)
Clay has five catches in three straight games, recording yardage of, 47, 73, and 52 yards. There's not much upside here, but in a tight end position that's become notorious for streaky fantasy production, owners will gladly take Clay's robotic consistency. He has a plus matchup with the Miami Dolphins this week.
Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19 percent)
Brate doesn't have a lot of inspiring talent on paper, but Jameis Winston is throwing to him and that's usually enough to keep him on the TE2 radar. It'd be nice if he found the end zone some more -- he hasn't scored outside of a two-touchdown burst in Week 3 -- but the San Francisco 49ers are an inviting matchup for Brate and he's a good streaming option this week.
Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (11 percent)
Doyle disappeared from fantasy relevance once Andrew Luck started targeting Dwayne Allen more often, but Allen left Sunday night's game with an ankle injury and Doyle responded with four catches, 53 yards, and his first touchdown since Week 1. He's nearly impossible to trust on a week-to-week basis, but if Allen has to sit out a game then Doyle is worth streaming consideration against the Tennessee Titans.