We finally got some separation in terms of fantasy production out of the tight end position in Week 9. After weeks of what felt like it didn’t really matter who you took as everyone scored around the same, Zach Ertz and Noah Fant came away with over 23 DKFP to distance themselves from the field. Let’s take a look at Week 10 and what this could bring at the tight end position. All salaries via DraftKings.
Mike Gesicki ($3,100) vs. Indianapolis Colts
While all the attention went to Ertz and Fant, Gesicki quietly scored 15.5 DKFP of his own, catching all six of his targets for 95 yards. While he didn’t reach the end zone he was yet another cheap tight end that completely came out of left field to score a very good fantasy afternoon. He hadn’t even sniffed this type of production prior to Week 9, averaging just 3.5 targets and 21 receiving yards in seven games prior. With only a $300 increase in his salary in Week 10, is he set up for another good matchup?
He couldn’t have drawn a better matchup to follow up his outburst, as the Colts have been a team that’s struggled against tight ends. Sure, they aren’t on the level of teams like the Cardinals and Buccaneers but they’re allowing an average of 14.4 DKFP, 55.6 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Ryan Fitzpatrick has shown a liking to going to Gesicki and Sunday showed just that. With Fitzpatrick under center, Gesicki is averaging 4.2 targets per game, which is a good enough share for someone who is priced as cheap as Gesicki is. I think we can very much go back to the well in this spot and continue to pay down at the tight end position, which seems to be the way to go as of late.
Mark Andrews ($5,200) vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The number one target for Lamar Jackson was a forgotten commodity against the Patriots Sunday night. With two catches 21 yards showing for 4.1 DKFP, it was Nick Boyle who soaked up the majority of targets to this position, catching all five of his for 27 yards, a touchdown and 13.7 DKFP. Andrews has cooled off dramatically as of late and has been held to an average of 8.3 DKFP over the Ravens’ last three games.
Now comes a matchup against the Bengals, who Andrews did score 14.9 DKFP against, catching six of his eight targets for 99 yards. However, the Bengals have been one of the tougher teams against opposing tight ends, allowing an average of 8.5 DKFP and 44 receiving yards. While Andrews did find success here already, it’s looking more like a position that Lamar Jackson is spreading the ball around more with. The Ravens are also big favorites in this matchup and not one I would think they’ll need to throw the ball around much. With all these factors considered, I think Andrews is an easy fade in Week 10 that will instead be headlined by name like Evan Engram ($5,700) against the Jets or paying down for someone like Gesicki against the Colts.