If you’re a DFS player, you know that a successful lineup has to have a solid combination of big-name star power players that are known commodities with a few high-upside players that provide a little more bang for your buck.
If you pay up for a big name in your daily fantasy lineup, you definitely cannot afford for that player to put up a dud of a game in your lineup.
So here are the tight ends that will likely provide some of the best and worst value for Week 5. (Values from DraftKings).
BEST: Austin Hooper (ATL) - $4,500
Despite a trio of excellent wide receivers in Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu, Hooper has still averaged almost eight targets per game and 75 receiving yards per game. This week, the Atlanta Falcons are up against the Houston Texans, the second-best team at guarding opposing tight ends. Even still, the Atlanta Falcons are going to be under a lot of pressure to put up points after a pedestrian showing in the red zone in Week 4. If the Falcons get to the red zone multiple times in Week 5, look for Matt Ryan to target his new-found security blanket.
WORST: Zach Ertz (PHI) - $6,000
Ertz is the most expensive tight end in daily fantasy this week, which is concerning considering he’s up against the third-best defensive stopping opposing tight ends in the New York Jets. Ertz is only averaging 55 yards per game in 2019 and has yet to score a touchdown through the season’s first four games. Compare Ertz’s average yards per game and lack of scores to Hooper’s average receiving yards and two touchdowns, and you can see why it’s not worth paying the extra $1,500 for the more-talented Ertz.
BEST: Mark Andrews (BAL) - $4,800
The Baltimore Ravens offense has been stellar in 2019, and Andrews has been a big part of it. Andrews has had back-to-back weeks with over 100 receiving yards and a score, Facing the third-worst team in defending opposing tight ends in the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Andrews is hoping to make it three weeks in a row with monster games.
WORST: Delanie Walker (TEN) - $5,000
One reception for twelve yards. That’s what the Chicago Bears defense was able to do to Kyle Rudolph of the Minnesota Vikings. The Bears D has been as-advertised in 2019, and despite a solid game from Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans offense in Week 4 against a struggling Falcons defense, look for the Titans to have a few hiccups in Week 5. Considering Walker is the third-most expensive tight end available in daily fantasy, it’s probably wise to stay away from Walker - and the entire Titans offense - this week.
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