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What Week 7 performances tells us about Week 8 TE daily fantasy salaries

The tight end position was a snoozer in Week 7. Steve Buchanan dives into matchups for Eric Ebron and Evan Engram ahead of Week 8 as daily fantasy salaries arrive.

Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron is introduced during player introductions before the game against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The tight end position didn’t offer much differentiation in Week 7. Darren Waller was the only player to score over 20 DKFP, landing at a massive 34.6. After that, it was 17 DKFP or below. This position continues to be one where we feel comfortable paying down for and essentially, hope for the best. Let’s take a look at what Week 8 has to offer. Salaries via DraftKings.

Eric Ebron ($3,400) vs. Broncos

Ebron is going to look like an enticing option in Week 8 because of his 17 DKFP performance and receiving a $500 discount from his $3,900 salary in Week 7. However, I think we have plenty of reasons to not be excited about using Ebron in this matchup.

First and foremost, the Broncos have essentially shut down anything that goes through the air this season. Against opposing tight ends, they’ve allowed an average of 10.4 DKFP, which ranks 12th in the league. It’s not as if they haven’t faced teams who use the tight end position either. They’ve seen Darren Waller, Delanie Walker and Travis Kelce. No team has seen their tight end go over 90 yards and one has scored, which came in Week 4 against the Jaguars. All this despite tight ends averaging 7.5 targets per game.

As for Ebron, he’s only averaging 4.1 targets per game and has essentially touchdown reliant at this point. In the three games where he didn’t reach the end zone, Ebron is averaging 3.7 DKFP. Jack Doyle is seeing the majority of the snaps, averaging 51 per game compared to the 29 per game for Ebron. I think it’s safe to keep Ebron on the board in Week 8.

Evan Engram ($5,300) vs. Detroit Lions

Engram was one of the biggest disappointments of the week in what was supposed to be a smash spot against the Cardinals. Any tight end against the Cardinals is highly looked upon seeing as they allowed the most fantasy points in the league by a long shot. After Week 7, they’ve given up 169.8, which is 55.1 more than the Buccaneers, who are in second. So to see Engram only score 1.6 DKF by making one catch on five targets was devastating, especially when you consider he was $6,500.

Fast forward to Week 8 and Engram sees a huge $1,200 salary reduction ahead of the Giants’ matchup against the Lions. They currently are around league average when it comes to fantasy points allowed to tight ends, checking in at 12.8 on the season. The yardage is amongst the highest at 406 but they’ve only managed one touchdown.

At such a reduced salary, this is a spot where we can potentially get Engram at lower than normal salary. Waller is going to generate plenty of interest at $5,900 and if Jared Cook ($4,000) is active, he’ll be going up against the Cardinals defense we love to target against. I love this spot for Engram and expect all will be right again when the Giants take the field for this game.

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