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 most exciting option, 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 16. Salaries via DraftKings.
Mike Gesicki (MIA) - $3,600
Gesicki is far and away the best option under $4,000 this week. After the Dolphins lost Preston Williams in Week 9, Gesicki has been the second most-targeted player on the team. He has a 17% target share over that time-frame, and only four tight ends have more targets than Gesicki in that span. He has also been consistent, registering at least six targets in six of his past seven games.
The Bengals are the 27th-ranked pass defense according to Football Outsiders DVOA, and this should be a fairly competitive game between two bad teams. As of now, it is expected to be windy in Miami on Sunday, which could force some more targets Gesicki’s way given his average depth of target under 10 yards.
Noah Fant (DEN) - $3,700
Fant has a couple of question marks worth monitering in advance of Sunday. For starters, he is currently listed on the injury report as questionable with a shoulder injury. He also has dealt with plenty of competition from fellow tight end Jeff Heuerman. Fant has seen about 1.5 less targets per game in contests Heuerman has appeared in.
With that said, Fant has as much upside as anyone in this range. He is just two weeks removed from going over 100 yards with a touchdown, and his speed gives him a chance to make a long play each week. Fant ran a 4.50 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
Kaden Smith (NYG) - $3,200
Smith has played at least 90% of the snaps in four straight games due to injuries at the position. Evan Engram has been placed on injured reserve, and Rhett Ellison has been ruled out again in Week 16 due to a concussion. In these past four games, Smith has averaged 5.5 targets, and is third on the team in that category in that time frame.
The Redskins are bottom-five in fantasy points allowed to tight ends, and the Giants are due to have Daniel Jones back in the fold for Week 16. Jones has targeted his tight ends on 24.1% of the time, a 2.4% increase over Eli Manning.