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What Kyle Rudolph, Jason Witten stats tell us about Week 11 TE DFS salaries

The tight end position continues to be one that struggles to make its mark on a weekly basis. Steve Buchanan looks at two potential outcomes for Week 11.

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph catches a touchdown pass against Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Sean Lee in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Ho-hum. Another week where the tight end position really fils to separate from the rest of the field. Only two players scored over 20 DKFP, being Mark Andrews and Travis Kelce. Can we expect more of the same in Week 11? Most likely, but I’ll at least try to make it sound exciting, Salaries via DraftKings.

Kyle Rudolph ($3,600) vs. Denver Broncos

It’s been a quiet season overall for Rudolph, who prior to last night had only scored double-digit fantasy points twice this season. He reached that mark for the third time in Week 10 while reaching the end zone twice, doubling his touchdown total in one fell swoop. Making four catches against the Cowboys, Rudolph totaled just 14 yards but hitting pay dirt twice was all that mattered. He now has three over his last two games and will likely be a popular option with such a cheap salary.

The problem with that is he has a very tough matchup against the Broncos. Against opposing tight end, the Broncos defense has allowed an average of 10.8 DKFP, 50 receiving yards and only one touchdown scored. The lack of yardage for Rudolph is also concerning as he really needs to score to pay off his salary. Granted, his 29% target share in the red zone is helpful but in gams where he hasn’t scored, Rudolph is averaging just 2.9 DKFP. While his salary and recent production will be enticing, he’s best left on the board in a tough matchup.

Jason Witten ($3,700) vs. Detroit Lions

Someone who’ll be in the same price range and in a much better matchup than Rudolph is Witten. Sure, he’s not someone you actively go out of your way to play but Dak Prescott continues to give him targets on a weekly basis. He’s currently averaging five per game and is averaging 9 DKFP through nine games. He was quiet in the Week 10 loss to the Vikings, making just two catches for 17 yards for 3.7 DKFP.

I think Witten is in a good bounce-back spot against the Lions, who have been one of the more generous teams to opposing tight ends. Allowing an average of 8.7 DKFP per game, the Lions have seen a tight end score on them in four straight games, dating back to Week 7. Like Rudolph, Witten is active in the red zone when the Cowboys aren’t rushing the ball, drawing a 20% target share. On a week where he have a lot of expensive options to pay up for like Christian McCaffrey ($10,500), Michael Thomas ($9,900) and Lamar Jackson ($7,700), Witten is a nice compliment to your lineup that’ll be desperate to save some salary in Week 11.