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Fantasy football waiver wire: 4 tight ends to target for Week 8

The bye weeks mean that fantasy owners have to go dumpster-diving at tight end on the waiver wire.

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Buckle up, because the tight end position in fantasy football is about to become an even bigger wasteland over the next few weeks. There are six teams on bye in Week 8, thinning out the talent pool at a position that's been impossible to predict.

This week's bye teams are the New York Giants, Los Angeles Rams, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, and San Francisco 49ers. None of those teams have a high-profile fantasy star at tight end, although owners might miss Dennis Pitta's somewhat consistent production. And with Rob Gronkowski back at full health and Tyler Eifert making his return, owners who held onto them are about to be rewarded for their patience.

But for everyone else? It's a dang tire fire, especially on the waiver wire. You're essentially flipping a coin and hoping the guy you picked finds the end zone. We'll try to make our guesses, with the best ("best" is a relative term here) tight end options owned in 50 percent or less of Yahoo! standard leagues.

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (31 percent)

Doyle has now scored a touchdown in two straight games and has a decent role in the offense with Dwayne Allen on the shelf with a high-ankle sprain. Fantasy owners can keep trotting him out as a TE2 against the Kansas City Chiefs this week.

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (31 percent)

It's getting harder and harder to justify using Brate, but Jameis Winston doesn't have a lot of checkdown options left with Doug Martin and Charles Sims out. If he's going to find the end zone again, he has a decent shot against the Oakland Raiders this week.

Jacob Tamme, Atlanta Falcons (27 percent)

Tamme will either score a touchdown or put up a dud stat line in your lineup. That's the risk you assume when taking him -- he's not a high-volume player even with Matt Ryan playing at an MVP level. Tamme is a desperate dart throw candidate.

Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills (26 percent)

Five catches for 50 yards is probably the best you can hope for out of Clay in any given week. He has a tough matchup with the New England Patriots, and LeSean McCoy will probably be out this week. Clay isn't exciting, but he has an established floor.