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The 4 best TEs to claim off the Week 1 waiver wire

The fantasy football waiver wire is a valuable tool throughout the season, but if your drafted roster has already taken a hit, there is value to be had heading into Week 1. We break down the best tight ends to consider.

Rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson of the Detroit Lions runs with the football in front of cornerback Levi Wallace of the Buffalo Bills following a catch during the 1st half of an NFL preseason game at Ford Field on August 23, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images

You’ve held your fantasy draft, and with just days remaining before Week 1 kicks off, you’re not exactly feeling your roster. That fourth WR and third RB weren’t what you hoping for when the draft began. Well, there’s no time like the present to fix your mistakes. Let’s look at the top tight ends still available in more than 30 percent of leagues, based on season-long ownership in CBS Sports leagues as of Sunday, Sept. 1.

T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions (69 percent owned)

Hockenson is already on a lot of radars (and teams) as a potential breakout performer at a thin tight end position. He looked sharp as a pass-catcher in the preseason for the Lions and could surprise as a favorite target of Matt Stafford. He might be best suited for dynasty leagues, but a contribution right away is not out of the question.

Darren Waller, Oakland Raiders (40 pct)

With Jared Cook now in New Orleans, Jon Gruden is handing the pass-catching duties at tight end to Waller, who at 6-foot-6 at 255 pounds is the kind of big, athletic player who can excel in the role. With Antonio Brown stretching defenses, Waller should be able to find plenty of room to roam over the middle.

Chris Herndon, New York Jets (22 pct)

You’re going to have to wait a while for this selection to pay dividends, but when Herndon returns from suspension in Week 6, he should immediately step into an impact role in the Jets’ offense. Herndon was targeted 30 times over his final six games last season, so he’s obviously a favorite of quarterback Sam Darnold.

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (20 pct)

If Doyle shows he can stay on the field, and Ebron has any kind of regression, the door is open for Doyle to make a significant impact. He had 80 catches for 680 yards and four touchdowns in 2017, with Jacoby Brissett under center for the Colts.