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Top fantasy football tight end plays under $4,000 in Week 15 DFS

Steve Buchanan goes over three options to consider if you’re looking to pay down at the tight end position in Week 15.

Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee dives after making a catch in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re looking to save some salary, the tight end position is usually the place to look. While it may not be the best or more exciting options, it helps make some of the more expensive options fit into your roster. Let’s take a look at three options you can consider to clear some cap space in Week 15. Salaries via DraftKings.

Tyler Higbee (LAR) - $3,900

If you’re looking to pay down, Higbee has to be one of your first options. Rams coach Sean McVay said on Wednesday that Gerald Everett ($4,000) is still day-to-day with a knee injury and hasn’t taken the field since Week 12. In the two weeks, he’s been absent, Higbee has made 14 receptions on 19 targets for 223 yards and a touchdown with a total of 48.3 DKFP.

With those two huge performances behind him, Higbee would draw ANOTHER favorable matchup against the Cowboys in Week 15. Against opposing tight ends, the ‘Boys have given up an average of 13.2 DKFP, 53 receiving yards and five touchdowns. While these numbers don’t blow you away, consider the fact that this includes three weeks against teams that hardly use their tight ends with the Lions, Patriots and Bills, giving up an average of 2.6 DKFP. Last week, against a team that uses the tight end position offensively, the Bears combined for 16.2 DKFP and 92 receiving yards.

Jimmy Graham (GB) - $3,600

Graham doesn’t bring much upside on a week-to-week basis. He’s scored only three touchdowns on the season and hasn’t reached double-digit fantasy points since Week 7, where he posted 16.5 DKFP against the Raiders. However, at his price point, he sees enough targets to consider using him in Week 16 in a good matchup against the Bears.

The saving grace for Graham, which prevents him from being shot into fantasy irrelevancy, is he does get looks in the red zone. On the year, he’s seen a total of 19, which gives him a 15% share on the team. The Bears have allowed four touchdowns to tight ends this season, which by the way, one of them was scored by Graham in Week 1. This is far from a slam dunk play or one you should be expecting double-digit fantasy points from but he’s cheap enough with touchdown potential to consider. When you’re getting this low in salary, you can’t be expecting a whole lot.

Jesse James (DET) - $2,500

If you really want to get wild at tight end this week, you can drop all the way down to $2,500 and take a flier on James. T.J. Hockenson was placed on injured reserve due to an ankle injury, paving the way for James to be the TE1 on this Lions team. Week 14 didn’t exactly turn any heads when he caught just one pass on two targets for 23 yards and 3.3 DKFP but his Week 15 matchup certainly grabs my attention.

The Cardinals are renowned as the worst team against tight ends and it would be hard to dispute that. However, the Buccaneers are right up there with them, allowing an average of 9.6 DKFP, 64 receiving yards and seven touchdowns scored. James is more of a tournament play than a cash play as he provides almost no floor. However, with the matchup what it is and his salary, it’s hard to overlook the value he could potentially bring. The Lions are also down another a receiver after placing Marvin Jones Jr on injured reserve, potentially opening up more opportunities for James to get involved.