The Sunday kickoffs for Week 13 are almost here, and it’s time to start plotting out your Week 13 DFS lineups. In Week 12, a lot of the usual suspects dominated, but we had some under-the-radar names step up in a big way to key folks to victory.
If you find good value elsewhere in your DFS lineup, that affords you the luxury of ponying up for a premium player at a different position. If you’re able to spend a little more money on a player, who not make it the tight end position?
So here are three best tight end plays over $4,000 that could provide the best value for Week 13. Values from DraftKings.
Travis Kelce (KC) - $7,200
He’s the most expensive tight end available in your Week 13 DFS lineup, but he’s also without question the best and most consistent tight end in 2019. Coming into the season, we expected their to be a top tier of Kelce, George Kittle, and Zach Ertz. In reality, it’s been Kelce, and then a gap, and then everyone else. The Chiefs have a favorable matchup this week against the Oakland Raiders and the NFL’s 24th-ranked defense against opposing tight ends, so look for MVP Patrick Mahomes to look Kelce’s ways early and often on Sunday afternoon.
Darren Waller (OAK) - $5,500
Sticking with that same game, the Chiefs are even worse against opposing tight ends, ranked 26th in the NFL in 2019. After the Raiders lost Hunter Renfrow for the year, they’re going to need both Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller to step up in Renfrow’s absence. Waller hasn’t scored since Week 8, but he’s likely going to need to find the end zone at least once against the Chiefs if the Raiders want to give themselves a chance to win. The Raiders defense struggles as a unit, so this game will be won and lost by each offense.
Ryan Griffin (NYJ) - $4,300
Throw out the one dud performance against the New York Giants when fellow tight end Chris Herndon was expected to lead the charge before going down to injury, and Griffin has been surprisingly solid of late. Griffin and the New York Jets are set to square off against the lowly Cincinnati Bengals this week, and considering the Bengals have struggled in every facet of the game in 2019, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they’re ranked 23rd against opposing tight ends. Griffin has scored a touchdown in back-to-back weeks against the Raiders and Washington, so Griffin could be in store for a three-peat against Cincinnati for what is still a relatively modest DFS cost.
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