Week 9 Waiver Wire: Brent Celek and Top 5 Tight Ends Available

Kyle ZALLContributor IIINovember 1, 2011

Week 9 Waiver Wire: Brent Celek and Top 5 Tight Ends Available

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    We are entering Week 9 of the season and injuries along with bye weeks are probably getting the best of you. If you are in trouble looking for some better tight end play than what you already have don't fret, there are a few quality options for you out there.

    What follows is a list of the five best waiver wire options at tight end for Week 9.

    These are all players who are owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues.

Brent Celek

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    Well it looks like Brent Celek is back from the dead.

    Having been MIA for much of the year, Celek has been very productive in the last two weeks with 11 catches for over 130 yards and two touchdowns. He was the fantasy casualty of the Eagles poor offensive line play earlier this year which caused him to have to stay in and block more than he usually does.

    It is hard to say whether or not his play of late is a legit trend for Celek moving forward or if these past couple games are just a byproduct of specific game planning by Andy Reid. Either way the Eagles square off against the Bears on Monday night and this could be a dream matchup for Celek.

    So far this season, the Bears give up the most fantasy points in the league to tight ends.

    Your first priority if looking to pick up a tight end on the waiver wire should be Brent Celek.

Heath Miller

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    With the Steelers' offensive line getting healthier, Heath Miller will become a bigger piece of their passing game as the season moves along.

    The sure handed tight end has been steadily improving his fantasy output as the season has progressed. Last week against the Patriots he brought in seven catches for 85 yards.

    This week the Steelers welcome the Ravens into town in what may look like an unideal match-up on paper. The Ravens have looked vulnerable to some degree in the last few weeks. If the upward trend of Miller's play continues he could be a steal moving forward in the season.

Jake Ballard

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    Ballard is another player making some noise of late at the tight end position. In three of the past four weeks he has posted double-digit points in PPR leagues. He is a big athletic guy who patrols the middle of the field for Eli Manning, who is having a great year thus far.

    The Patriots have been good against tight ends so far this season, but don't think Tom Coughlin isn't looking at the tape of Heath Miller from last week.

    He is only owned in 30 percent of leagues, so most likely you will be able to snag him on waivers this week.

Ben Watson

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    Watson is only owned in 20 percent of leagues as of this week. He is currently the 17th ranked tight end in PPR formats, and it is clear that he is one of Colt McCoy's favorite targets.

    His matchup against the Texans this week is less than ideal, but McCoy has to throw the ball to someone right?

Scott Chandler

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    When dealing with Chandler it is a "buyer beware" situation. This guy has shown to be a feast of famine type of guy this year. After starting the season off on fire with four touchdowns in his first three games he seemingly fell of the face of the earth.

    But good news for those who stuck with him is that last week he made his return to relevancy and caught two touchdowns against the Redskins.

    If you are looking to catch fire with a backup tight end this week Chandler has perhaps the highest upside of anyone on this list. But as I said before, buyer beware.