Pour one out for the end of the NFL regular season, everybody ... It’s a sad time for anybody playing DFS on DraftKings, as this the last large slate of the 2019 season. But we’ll go out with a nice 15-gamer this Sunday with plenty of teams still fighting for playoff position. There are also teams playing for very little, so we’ll have to monitor the news carefully to see who is going to play and who will rest. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the best and worst tight end values on DraftKings’ main slate.
BEST: Tyler Higbee (LAR) — $5,600
You’d think a guy on a tear like Higbee, heading into the best matchup for tight ends in the NFL would be priced higher than $6,000. But nope, here we are, staring down Higbee at $5,600 against the Arizona Cardinals. Sure, the Los Angeles Rams’ season is basically over, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to go out flat against the Cardinals. Higbee has at least 100 yards and seven catches in four straight weeks.
WORST: Darren Waller (OAK) — $5,400
Waller’s breakout season will come to a close against the Denver Broncos. Unfortunately if you owned Waller in season-long fantasy football, he didn’t do much for you in your championship game in Week 16. I’m not crazy about Waller at this price against the Broncos in Week 17. It’s not really anything against Waller, it’s just look at who he’s sandwiched between. Higbee and Cook are better options in better matchups and similarly priced. There are a lot of good TE options, so it’s hard to weed guys out. I think you have to look at it as guys are just more appealing than others at this point.
BEST: Jared Cook (NO) — $5,200
Cook is very much feast or famine, but I think he’ll be more feast this week against the Carolina Panthers. The New Orleans Saints are still fighting to try and secure the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC, and avoid falling into the Wild Card round. That’s how tight the conference is right now. Cook hasn’t seen a lot of volume — 10 targets over the past three games — but he’s caught four TDs in that same span. QB Drew Brees has looked his way in big spots and he’s a big-play threat who will get looks in the red zone. I think this price is appealing given the matchup and Cook’s consistency this season.
WORST: O.J. Howard (TB) — $4,300
What has Howard done to suggest he should be anything higher than basement pricing on DK? Nothing really, and even with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers nursing a ton of injuries in the receiving corps with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin out. Jameis Winston is banged up, the Atlanta Falcons were once a great matchup but they’ve at least improved defensively late in the season. I don’t know how much I trust the Bucs offense with how erratic Winston has been and Howard’s not cheap enough to consider. His floor isn’t too bad, but there’s basically no ceiling here.