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Top fantasy football tight end plays under $4000 in Week 9

The best tight ends you can get for your fantasy lineup on a budget.

T.J. Hockenson of the Detroit Lions can’t complete the pass in the end zone in the second quarter against Adrian Amos of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 14, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images

The tight end position is a barren wasteland in daily fantasy, but sometimes, just sometimes, you can find a bargain player who gets you massive numbers but saves you massive dollars. It’s time to salute those men and celebrate the role a cheap, productive tight end can have on your DFS squad.

Here are three tight ends, all under $4,000 salary, who are worth adding to your lineup this week. (Salaries via DraftKings.)

T.J. Hockenson (at Raiders) - $3,700

There have been some serious lows to Hockenson’s rookie year so far, but there have been the occasional highs. He’s scored double-digit fantasy points twice this year and has seen 12 targets the past three weeks. That’s at least a positive step in the right direction. The Raiders have been terrible against tight ends this season, giving up the third-most points and the second-most touchdowns to the position. It’s risky to put your faith back in Hockenson, but he has the talent to take advantage of the matchup and I like the Lions’ passing game to continue to roll.

Greg Olsen (vs. Titans) - $3,500

Olsen is coming off a rough game against the 49ers, but I’d like to point out that really everyone has a rough game against the 49ers (except for the Cardinals, I guess). He gets a much better matchup agains the Titans, who are giving up the fourth-most touchdowns to the position this year. Olsen has shown that he can still rise to the occasion when the matchup allows it, as we saw with his two 20-plus point performances against the Buccaneers and the Cardinals. The quarterback situation is shaking in Carolina, but I trust Olsen to still get his.

Cameron Brate (at Seahawks) - $3,100

Filling in for an injured O.J. Howard last week — if you can call playing in place of someone who doesn’t do anything in the offense “filling in” — Brate saw the second-most targets on the team with six, catching three for 32 yards. Not a great outing, but if Brate sees that same target load in a game that promises to have a lot of passing and two high-flying offenses, he can put together a solid performance for your fantasy squad. Added bonus: the Seahawks are tied in third for most touchdowns surrendered to tight ends the last four weeks. It should be noted that Brate (ribs) is officially questionable for Sunday’s game.

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