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What Week 5 TE production tells us about Week 6 DFS salaries

The tight end position was quiet in Week 5 but that doesn’t stop Steve Buchanan from examining matchups for Week 6, including Will Dissly and Gerald Everett

Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly catches a touchdown pass as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy defends during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

While every other fantasy position was blowing up during Week 5 the tight end position was.....quiet? On the main slate, Zach Ertz came away with the highest fantasy production with 16.7 DKFP, which in comparison to every other position is laughable. Nonetheless, we’ll examine two players ahead of their matchup in Week 6 and how their DraftKings salary changes shake out.

Will Dissly ($4,900) vs. Cleveland Browns

Dissly has become a tight end darling for fantasy owners in the early going of the season. It’s easy to see why, as the Seahawks newfound weapon as quickly racked up 262 receiving yards on 23 receptions and four touchdowns, good for an average of 14.8 DKFP. After scoring in three straight games, we finally saw a game without hitting pay dirt and he still came away with 12.8 DKFP, grabbing all four of his targets for 81 yards. While it’s nothing huge, it keeps Dissly in a consistent flow at a position that quite frankly, lacks that consistency we need. With that in mind, he only sees a $100 bump in salary from Week 5.

Week 6 will bring a matchup against the Browns who on paper, have really silenced this position. As I usually mention, it’s worth checking out the prior opponents to really get a grasp of who they’ve faced and if these numbers actually mean something or not. They’ve faced the Titans, Jets, Rams and Ravens. If we’re being honest, the Jets and Rams don’t use their tight ends much so we can really focus on the Titans and Ravens matchups. In those games, they allowed a combined 141 yards on 13 receptions. While they haven’t been scored upon, the 10.8 Y/REC is encouraging. Until we see otherwise, keep rolling Dissly out while his salary remains reasonable. I have a feeling he’s one more touchdown away from seeing a significant jump in salary.

Gerald Everett ($3,600) vs. San Francisco 49ers

While a bump up to $3,600 may not seem significant, it’s a $700 difference from the Week 5 salary of $2,900. In case you missed it, Everett completely went off against the Seahawks, grabbing seven of his 11 targets for 136 yards and 23.6 DKFP. While this game seems surprising on the surface, Everett has quietly been more and more involved in the passing game, seeing targets of five, two, eight and 11 over the past four weeks. With his new “expensive” salary, can he sustain in Week 6?

The jury is still out on the 49ers secondary. On paper, they look great but have only played three games ahead of their Monday night matchup against the Browns. From what we know thus far, they’ve given up essentially nothing to opposing tight ends. 87 total yards to the Buccaneers, Bengals and Steelers. To be fair, I wouldn’t say these are teams that are heavily involved with using their tight ends either. If Everett gets the type of looks he has been, this could be the first real test for the Niners. If Everett is seeing coverage from S Tarvarius Moore, this is someone who was targeted against 25 times last season, allowing 16 receptions for 172 yards and three touchdowns. At $3,600, I like his chances here.

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