As we share our Week 9 value plays at tight ends on FanDuel, it’s important to note just how the position looks this week with only 26 NFL teams playing. With six NFL teams on byes, you can bet your bottom dollar that the tight ends position will be a little thinner than usual. As a matter of fact, the tight ends position is one of the positions hit the hardest with this set of bye weeks.
We’ll lose quality Fantasy tight ends like Jimmy Graham, Travis Kelce, Crockett Gillmore and Eric Ebron, along with the turds on Arizona and Houston. (Darren Fells, Jermaine Gresham and C.J. Fedorowicz all rank outside the top 25 tight ends in FanDuel points since Week 1.)
Luckily, we’ve had a few surprises arise this season at the position, like Gary Barnidge and Jacob Tamme, and now we’re witnessing a resurrection of sorts with Benjamin Watson in New Orleans. Did you realize Watson has more Fantasy points than any tight end since Week 6?
One thing I like to point readers to is the “Fantasy Points Allowed by Position” over at CBSSports.com. They do a great job of breaking down not just how many points are scored, but how they are scored. For instance, they’ll show for running backs, which defenses allow a lot more Fantasy points to RBs because of receptions or rushes.
Since we’re dealing with a shortage of tight ends, I’m only picking a pair of tight ends to use and a pair to avoid.
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 9.
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh vs. Oakland ($5,800): The Raiders have allowed an average of more than one touchdown catch to a tight end this season. Even the Jets tight end, Kellen Davis, scored against them last week! Miller is a beast once again, now that Ben Roethlisberger (knee) is back from injury!
TEs facing the Raiders this year have finished: TE4 TE1 TE2 TE1 n/a (stupid Owen Daniels) TE4 TE13 In other words, Heath Miller time in Wk9
— Alex Gelhar (@AlexGelhar) November 2, 2015
Charles Clay, Buffalo vs. Miami ($5,700): These two tight ends are a little more expensive than I like to share, but they’re both good plays. Clay caught five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown the last time he played against his former team, and now he gets back quarterback Tyrod Taylor from injury.
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.
Benjamin Watson, New Orleans vs. Tennessee ($5,700): While it’s great to see Watson return to our Fantasy consciousness, his salary has climbed up to be among the seven most expensive tight ends on FanDuel. The Titans defense has kept tight ends under 7.0 FanDuel points in four games this season.
Ben Watson target share per week: 10.4%, 10.5%, 10.5%, 7.3%, 11.6%, 30.8%, 11.1%, 20.0%. Good luck here.
— Rich Hribar (@LordReebs) November 3, 2015
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Chicago ($6,000): While the Bears defense is certainly atrocious, offenses have come at them on the outside with wide receivers. The Bears have allowed just two touchdown catches to tight ends this season, and while Gates is back from injury, this matchup doesn’t look great from a cash games perspective.
Hopefully, these Week 9 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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