It’s all about finding value when playing NFL slates on DraftKings, especially if it’s low-owned value. It’s also about not throwing a lot of salary into a player who underperforms. Each week, because of injury, personnel moves and that occasional hidden gem that no one sees coming, there are player with low salaries and even lower ownership that help break a slate wide open. Then there are those who are covered in red flags. Here are our picks for the best and worst value tight ends on DraftKings entering Week 6:
Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals, $5,000
He seems to be flying a bit under the radar as the Falcons are struggling and he doesn’t have the big name like Kelce, Ertz and Kittle. But make no mistake, Hooper is killing it on the field, with DK point totals of 24, 25 and 13 in the past three weeks and another 16-point performance in Week 1. The Cardinals’ defense is among the worst in the league against the position. He is easily the best option in the high-4K and above range.
Chris Herndon, New York Jets vs. Dallas Cowboys, $3,500
It will be interesting to see how many DFS and season-long players remember that Herndon is now available after serving a four-game suspension to start the year. Herndon was a favorite target of Sam Darnold in 2018 and should be highly active as a check-down option for either Darnold or Luke Falk this week against the struggling Cowboys.
Darren Fells, Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs, $3,100
The Chiefs defense is hardly a shut-down group and tight ends have had their success against them this season. The only issue here is which tight end will be the pass catcher between Fells and Jordan Akins. But Fells does have three touchdowns already this season and would be the odds-on favorite to be the more productive tight end this week.
Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans, $7,000
The reality so far in 2019 is that Kelce is still a dominant force, but the actual fantasy production is not there for someone priced up at 7K. Kelce has topped 16 DK points just once through five games and has been held below 12 points twice. He has exactly one touchdown on the season. And now there’s an injury situation with Patrick Mahomes that could limit his ability to move around in the pocket, making him decidedly less effective. Throw in a Texans defense that has been among the stingiest in the league against tight ends, and spending 7K on Kelce seems like a real misallocation of funds in Week 6.
Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals, $4,800
The matchup against the Bengals is not a good one – for all of Cincinnati’s problems, defending the tight end has not been one of them – but the main issue here is Andrews’ health. He was a game-time decision going into Week 5, barely played 50 percent of the team’s snaps and had to leave the game at one point. He is going to be playing hurt for a while and his production is certain to suffer because of it.
Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers, $3,600
Everett looks like an attractive salary-saver in Week 6 after putting up a solid game against the Seahawks last Thursday. But the matchup against the 49ers is much more difficult, and we started to see the re-emergence of Tyler Higbee in the Seahawks game, which could limit Everett’s targets going forward.
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