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 8 (Values from DraftKings).
BEST: George Kittle (SF) - $7,000
Kittle hasn’t really performed up to his 2018 standards so far in 2019, as he’s gone over 100 receiving yards just once this year and has only scored one touchdown. But it could be a perform storm for Kittle this week, as he and the San Francisco 49ers are set to face off against the division rival Arizona Cardinals, who have been notoriously terrible at guarding opposing tight ends. The 49ers likely won’t need to air it out much this week, but if or when they do, they will likely look Kittle’s way.
WORST: Travis Kelce (KC) - $6,900
Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs don’t have nearly as favorable a matchup this week, as the Chiefs are set to host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The Vikings have been about league-average (18th) against defending opposing tight ends, but the question mark for the Chief’s isn’t Kelce necessarily, but his quarterback. This will likely be another week Patrick Mahomes recovers from an injured knee, and Matt Moore will be under city for Kansas City. Against a talented linebacking corps in Minnesota and with a backup starting quarterback, it might be worth passing on Kelce this week.
BEST: Evan Engram (NYG) - $5,100
The Dallas Cowboys haven’t been quite as bad against opposing tight ends this year as the Arizona Cardinals, but they’re still third-worst in the NFL in 2019. There are few tight ends as physically dominating a route runner as Evan Engram of the New York Giants. Tight ends and pass-catching running backs are typically the best friends of rookie quarterbacks who are forced to check the ball down, so look for Daniel Jones to lean on Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram frequently in the passing attack this week.
WORST: Mark Andrews (BAL) - $4,900
I hear the critics who claim they haven’t played any legitimate NFL offense this season, but I’m a believer in the New England Patriots defense until proven otherwise. Regardless of how promising Mark Andrews and the Baltimore Ravens offense looks with Lamar Jackson, there’s just no reason to plug any Ravens into your DFS lineup this week as they are set to take on the NFL’s best defense in terms of points-allowed and takeaways. Maybe the NFL world will be singing a different tune after the Ravens expose the Patriots defense, but it’s also possible it’s just another week of singing the praises of Bill Belichick and the Patriots defense.
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