Let me start this article with story: last week I built one of the best DraftKings lineups I’ve had in a long time thanks to big showings from Todd Gurley, Robert Woods and a little magic from Mike Evans (basically I unknowingly went all in on Rams v Bucs). Despite every other position getting me double digit points, I didn’t win anything because I decided to start O.J. Howard who got me zip.
Moral of the story: even if you have a great lineup, a poorly picked tight end can be its downfall.
I’m here to make sure that doesn’t happen to you with three tight ends who should not be in any of your daily fantasy lineups this week.
Draft wisely my friends. (Salaries via DraftKings.)
Zach Ertz (vs Jets) - $6,000
Ertz is the second most expensive tight end this week playing a Jets defense that’s allowed only five catches to opposing tight ends. Sure they had a Week 4 bye in there, but that’s a very impressive start to the season. Now, I’m not expecting Ertz to get shutout this weekend—he leads the Eagles in targets by a wide margin—but I don’t think he’s going to live up to his high price tag. I’d much rather save on tight end and still get a guy with a better matchup and higher upside (can I interest you in Eric Ebron?).
Austin Hooper (@ Texans) - $4,500
Hooper is coming off back-to-back great games where he caught a total of 15 balls for 196 yards and two touchdowns. I don’t see the streak of good games continuing for him though has he faces off against a Texans defense that’s allowed only 95 yards to tight ends, fifth best in the league. While the Texans have been strong against tight ends, they’ve been far less good at shutting down opposing wide receivers. Don’t be surprised if Matt Ryan relies on Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu to move the football Sunday, rather than Hooper.
Delanie Walker (vs Bills) - $3,900
We know how good this Bills defense is and personally, I don’t want to hope and pray that a player I have in my lineup will magically do well against them. I’d much rather spend either $100 more on Ebron or Greg Olsen than pay for Walker and risk him getting shutout. So far the Bills are allowing under five points per game to the position. I’m not expecting a strong passing game from the Titans this week, so I’m steering far clear of anyone involved in it.
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