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Fantasy football waiver wire: Best tight ends available in Week 10

With the bye weeks nearly over, the fantasy football season is approaching the stretch run. Waiver rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE

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We’re entering Week 10 of the fantasy football season and the bye weeks are almost over as the playoff races heat up. Fantasy owners who survived this part of the season can think about plugging in their star players and riding them into the stretch run.

Once again, the tight end position is the thinnest in fantasy football, with good waiver options few and far between. Things get even more dire when you factor in the bye weeks, which leave out some irreplaceable talent at tight end.

This week's teams off are the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, and Philadelphia Eagles. That means Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, Jared Cook, and Benjamin Watson won't be available in Week 10. It’s going to be hard times if you own any of those players.

Let's dive right in and check out the best waiver wire wide receivers, owned in 50 percent or less of Yahoo! standard leagues.

Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers (50 percent)

For obvious reasons, only pick up Olsen if you have an IR spot to spare, because he’s not eligible to come back until at least Week 12. The good news is that he might return to practice this week and has the Panthers’ Week 11 bye for an extra cushion. Olsen can’t come back soon enough for the Panthers, who have seemingly given up on Ed Dickson (zero catches on two targets in Week 9).

Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals (41 percent)

Kroft continues to acquit himself well in the absence of Tyler Eifert, turning two catches into 79 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has 25 catches for 287 yards and three touchdowns in eight games, which are all already career highs. Kroft could see even more targets if A.J. Green gets suspended for Week 10.

Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions (31 percent)

The Lions didn’t trade Ebron, after all, though it scarcely matters at this point. Last Sunday night he had two catches for 58 yards, which is somehow his highest total of the season. A colossal bust, Ebron hasn’t found the end zone since Week 2. He’s only on this list because tight end is particularly barren this week. Ebron at least gets a good matchup with the Cleveland Browns next.

Julius Thomas, Miami Dolphins (15 percent)

Week 9 was by far Thomas’ biggest game of the season, when he hauled in six catches for 84 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers are probably unsustainable and fantasy owners should avoid chasing stats in general. But if you’re in a huge bind this week, why not take a stab at Thomas? He gets the Carolina Panthers next.

Top waiver wire targets for Week 10