What a boost the tight ends position has received in recent weeks, with the return of both Antonio Gates and Julius Thomas.
Consider that even with Rob Gronkowski’s big season, his 72.50 Fantasy points would check in fifth in 2013 and second in 2014.
The depth at the position has taken a shot, too. In 2013 and 2014, there were an average of 7.5 tight ends with 50 points after Week 6, and 11 tight ends with at least 40 points.
But in 2015, with the arrival of Gates and Thomas delayed, along with the move of Jimmy Graham to Seattle, there have been just five 50-point tight ends, and nine 40-pointers.
Don’t forget to also use Doug Anderson’s “Fantasy Points Allowed by Position,” where he breaks down the ability of defenses going up against each Fantasy position. The best part is – it breaks it down according to the individual scoring rules on several DFS sites, including FanDuel, DraftKings, FantasyAces, Draftster and FanThrowdown.
3 Value Plays at Tight Ends on FanDuel
We handpicked three tight ends for your Daily Fantasy Football pleasure! These three guys are good plays considering their prices and their matchups in Week 7. Remember that this is the first week with bye weeks, so no Rob Gronkowski or Delanie Walker.
Travis Kelce, Kansas City vs. Pittsburgh ($6,000): Six grand for a tight end not named Gronk or Olsen!?! Kelce is still a beast and he’s going up against a Steelers defense that’s allowing an average of one touchdown catch per game to tight ends this season.
Travis Kelce: 29 receptions (40 targets), 416 yards (258 YAC), 2 TD Rob Gronkowski: 23 receptions (37 targets), 425 yards (198 YAC), 5 TD
— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) October 19, 2015
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Oakland ($5,800): The Raiders have allowed more than one touchdown catch per game to a tight end this season – worst in the NFL. Gates still has some knee issues, but he caught nine passes for over 90 yards in both games so far this season. He’ll go for a touchdown and 100 yards this week.
Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis vs. New Orleans ($5,000): This is for GPP tournaments mostly, as Allen has been dealing with a knee injury and hasn’t seen a lot of targets recently. But the Saints are allowing the most receiving yards to tight ends this season (81.0).
3 Tight Ends to Avoid on FanDuel
This trio of tight ends are players you should stay away from for the upcoming weekend of NFL action. Some of these players might be worth a contrarian play in a GPP tournament, but for the most part, they’re players to avoid. I discuss how to pick contrarian players for tournaments here on FanDuel Insider.
Greg Olsen, Carolina vs. Philadelphia ($6,400): It’s tough to go against Olsen, but it’s easier because of this price and the defense he’s facing. The Eagles defense has allowed just one touchdown catch to tight ends this season.
Crockett Gillmore, Baltimore at Arizona ($5,000): Allowing just three Fantasy points per game to tight ends this season, the Cardinals defense is the last team you want your DFS tight end to face. No tight end has scored on them yet in 2015.
And the Cardinals D becomes even more scary with the signing of Dwight Freeney. Easily the #1 defense in fantasy right now.
— DraftSmarts (@DraftSmarts) October 12, 2015
Jared Cook, St. Louis vs. Cleveland ($5,200): The Browns are allowing less than four catches per game to tight ends, and the only ones to have Fantasy success against them this season are Delanie Walker and Gates.
Hopefully, these Week 7 Value Plays among tight ends on FanDuel will help you in both your 50/50 games and your GPP tournaments, or whichever Daily Fantasy Football site you play on!
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