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Fantasy football waiver wire: 5 tight ends to look at for Week 4

With the bye weeks upon us, it's time to start taking the waiver wire seriously.

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The tight end position in fantasy football has been one giant shrug emoji this season, and things aren't getting any better with the bye weeks coming up. You thought the position was a crapshoot now? Wait until owners have to sit Jordan Reed or Greg Olsen and go dumpster diving on the waiver wire.

Thankfully, the teams on bye this week (Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles) don't have any fantasy implications for tight ends. Jared Cook and Zach Ertz are injured anyway, and none of their backups were compelling fill-in options. But for people still trying to find a decent tight end to start, it's another week of taking your best, informed guess. Here are our top five guesses, with players owned in 50 percent or less of standard Yahoo! leagues.

Zach Miller, Chicago Bears (42 percent)

Perhaps we wrote him off too soon? After a nondescript two weeks to start the year, Miller emerged as Brian Hoyer's safety valve, hauling in eight catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns. The multiple scores are an obvious fluke, but if Jay Cutler is forced to miss another week Miller is worth a streaming look against the Detroit Lions.

Jesse James, Pittsburgh Steelers (30 percent)

The Steelers had a "burn the tape" kind of performance against the Eagles, and James suffered with just 10 yards on two catches. He still doesn't have much of a ceiling in fantasy, but with Ladarius Green out indefinitely James is a decent lottery ticket to find the end zone. Look for him and the Steelers to try to get back on track against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (10 percent)

It sure looks like Doyle is going to be a real thing this year, supplanting Dwayne Allen as Andrew Luck's preferred target at tight end. He had six catches for 65 yards Sunday, suggesting that his Week 1 performance might not be such a fluke after all. There are targets to go around with Donte Moncrief out, so Doyle will be on the TE2 map against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London.

Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers (six percent)

Despite a back-breaking fumble that ended the Chargers' final comeback drive, Henry had a solid day filling in for Antonio Gates, catching all five of his targets for 76 yards. Gates could end up missing another game with his hamstring injury. Henry is shaping up as a great streaming play against the New Orleans Saints' porous defense. He looks like the real deal even with that bad fumble.

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (two percent)

The Bucs finally moved on from Austin Seferian-Jenkins after his DUI arrest, leaving Brate alone at the top of the depth chart. He took advantage of the opportunity with two touchdowns and 46 yards on five catches. Brate is not an exciting talent by any means, but if Jameis Winston keeps feeding him targets (he had 10 on Sunday) that could be enough to give him a decent floor. He's in a tough spot against the Denver Broncos, but Brate looks like he'll be semi-useful in fantasy this year.