There are only two teams on a bye this week, the Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints. However, this means that the best tight end in fantasy football, Jimmy Graham, will have to be on the bench this Sunday. So to help you find a bye week plugin for Graham, here are some of the best waiver wire replacements in Week 7 of the fantasy football season.
TE Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (86.5%) – After an amazing 2012 season (9 TDs), Rudolph was naturally a high fantasy pick this summer. However, the Pro Bowler has been anything but reliable in the early part of the season. His most recent performance was very promising, though, as the tight end caught a career-high nine balls for 97 yards and a touchdown. He could still be sitting on the wire in your league, so double check if you need a bye week replacement this weekend.
TE Chris Clay, Miami Dolphins (31.12%) – Clay has been quietly producing for fantasy owners in recent weeks, as he has gone over 10 fantasy points in three of his last four games. Even better, Miami had a bye week last weekend; so many owners may have been forced to drop Clay to free up a roster spot. This is your chance to scoop him up.
TE Jeff Cumberland, New York Jets (2.5%) – The four-game suspension of TE Kellen Winslow has opened the door for Cumberland to get much more playing time. Before his suspension, Winslow was leading the entire team with 17 receptions, so the starting tight end obviously has a big role in the offense. Cumberland hauled in five balls for 59 yards in Winslow’s absence this past weekend and the free agent has now caught a touchdown in two of the last three games.
TE Joseph Fauria, Detroit Lions (0.1%) – After a three-touchdown outburst, Fauria will likely be a popular pickup this week. Granted, he won’t get the same attention from QB Matthew Stafford that he did last weekend, but the tight end can still be worth taking a shot on this week if you need a replacement for Graham.