For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).
With that said, here are some tight end waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 9 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):
[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]
1. Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (25 percent)
In his first game back from injury, Doyle made his presence felt as he hauled in six receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. Interestingly enough, Andrew Luck threw all three of his touchdowns to different tight ends as Eric Ebron and Mo Alie-Cox both scored as well. The Colts have a Week 9 bye, but coming out of their bye, Doyle (and Ebron) will be top-12 fantasy tight ends the rest of the way.
2. Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers (48 percent)
McDonald had three catches for 47 yards in Week 8, but he exceeded the 60-yard mark in three of his four games prior to Pittsburgh's bye. Although he has scored only one touchdown this season, McDonald has at least three catches in all but one game this season. At a position where volume and production is typically inconsistent, he provides fantasy owners with a solid floor on a weekly basis.
3. Chris Herndon, New York Jets (6 percent)
The volume is a concern to sustain the production, but Herndon continues to make his opportunities count. Extending his scoring streak to three games, the fourth-round rookie from The U. had just one catch for 16 yards and a touchdown. It was the second time in the past three games that Herndon had just two targets. Herndon will look to extend his touchdown streak to four games against the Dolphins, who allowed another rookie tight end (Jordan Thomas) to score (twice) in Week 8.
4. Hayden Hurst, Baltimore Ravens (3 percent)
The rookie had a pair of goose eggs in the previous two weeks, but he finished with two catches for 29 yards and a touchdown in Week 8. Before this game, the Ravens talked about geting Hurst more involved going forward so perhaps this is a sign of good things to come.
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