Tight end, the never-ending merry-go-round of fantasy football, had another topsy-turvy weekend. Rob Gronkowski missed another game with his hamstring injury, so owners who drafted him in the first round continue to be let down. Gary Barnidge looked like he'll be a thing again, but Josh McCown destroyed his shoulder so he's probably droppable now. Jordan Reed somehow shared targets with the corpse of Vernon Davis. It's a wacky time.
So with Week 3 on the horizon, it's time to make some decisions at your tight end position. Unless you drafted one of the reliable starters like Reed, Greg Olsen or Travis Kelce (or are waiting on Gronk or Tyler Eifert coming back) you'll likely be churning through streaming options, especially with the bye weeks fast approaching. With that in mind, let's look at four options worth picking up on waivers in Week 3. All players are owned in 50 percent or less of Yahoo! standard leagues.
Jesse James, Pittsburgh Steelers (25 percent)
With Ladarius Green still on the shelf, James has stepped up as the Steelers' starting tight end in the wake of Heath Miller's retirement. He found the end zone against the Cincinnati Bengals and will be a weekly threat to score touchdowns, which is about all you can ask from your tight end position. James is firmly on the TE2 radar heading into next week's game with the Kansas City Chiefs
Vance McDonald, San Francisco 49ers (21 percent)
It's hard to recommend McDonald as an every-week starter because the 49ers' offense is just putrid under Blaine Gabbert. But McDonald is good for a fluke play every now and then, taking his only catch 75 yards for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers last week. Things won't be any easier against the Seattle Seahawks this week, so only use McDonald if you're out of better options in 14-team leagues.
Clive Walford, Oakland Raiders (17 percent)
Sometimes we end up being a week late on breakout predictions. Walford got a lot of buzz heading into his second season in an ascendant Raiders offense, but he was held in check by the New Orleans Saints in Week 1. Despite that disappointing showing, Walford rewarded patient fantasy owners with a much better effort in Week 2, catching six passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. With Derek Carr continuing to improve, Walford looks like he'll be a real asset in 12-team leagues. Keep him in starting lineups when the Raiders face the Tennessee Titans this week.
Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens (10 percent)
Pitta's comeback from two broken hips has been nothing short of remarkable and he had his best game in years last week, reeling in nine catches for 102 yards. He has the starting job locked down once again and clearly has good chemistry with Joe Flacco. Barring another injury concern, Pitta looks to be a solid TE1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3.