It's been a horrendous year for tight ends in fantasy football, and we're reaching the part of the season that owners truly dread -- the bye weeks are here, thinning out the talent pool even further when top players take their weeks off.
This week is a particularly brutal one for tight ends. The Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, and Jacksonville Jaguars are all on bye, which means no Jimmy Graham and no Travis Kelce. Even more risky plays like Coby Fleener and Julius Thomas are off the table.
Fantasy owners will be forced to dive deep into the waiver wire to find replacements in Week 5, and we're here to help. Here are five reasonable tight end options, owned in 50 percent or less of Yahoo! standard leagues.
Jacob Tamme, Atlanta Falcons (45 percent)
Tamme doesn't see many targets, which is slightly surprising with Matt Ryan playing the best football of his life right now. Regardless, he's still a favored option in the red zone and caught his second touchdown of the season in Week 4. Even with the Falcons' offense humming, Tamme is a boom-or-bust TE2 most weeks. He'll have a tough matchup with the Denver Broncos next week.
Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers (30 percent)
Rookie mistakes aside, Henry has done a good job filling in for Antonio Gates, recording nine catches for 133 yards and a touchdown the past two games. With Gates' hamstring injury possibly keeping him out another week, Henry can be fired up again when the Chargers face the Oakland Raiders' defense on Sunday.
Jesse James, Pittsburgh Steelers (21 percent)
James is still prone to fantasy duds if he doesn't find the end zone. Fortunately, the Steelers' offense is hitting its stride and should be in the red zone plenty of times this year, giving James a chance to score and salvage his stat line. James is a risk-reward TE2 gamble against a New York Jets defense that got shredded by Jimmy Graham last week.
Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (18 percent)
Doyle had a disappointing box score in London, but it wasn't for lack of trying. He had two catches called back by penalty, including a long, nearly 40-yard run down the sidelines on a busted play. It helps Doyle's cause that Dwayne Allen was dismal yet again, so Andrew Luck should continue looking his way. Doyle remains a risky play even against the Chicago Bears this week.
Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10 percent)
Brate might be a thing after all. Winning the starting job after Austin Seferian-Jenkins' release, he has 10 catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns in the past two games, including a respectable effort against the Broncos' meatgrinder defense. With Jameis Winston devolving into a panicky mess, Brate has stepped up nicely as a safety valve on checkdowns. He should have a stable floor against the Carolina Panthers next week.