Tight end is a barren position this wild card weekend, as there are two strong plays in Dallas Goedert and Jared Cook and then a lot of worrisome plays after them. So, those two will be chalk as long as Zach Ertz is out and after that, we’re looking for some plays to fade that chalk. Jacob Hollister is up there, but gets a tough Eagles defense against tight ends and I don’t really consider him a value play at his price. Below are my two favorite tournament tight ends for value. Don’t forget the overvalued tight ends as well.
Joshua Perkins, Philadelphia Eagles ($2,900)
Zach Ertz reportedly has a lacerated kidney. I’m no doctor, but if someone told me my kidney was lacerated, I’d ask to be put in a coma and sleep it off. If Ertz is out, Perkins steps into the No. 2 tight end spot on a team desperately in need of receivers. With Ertz out last week, Perkins caught 4-of-6 passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. We can’t count on those numbers this week, but Seattle has given up the second-most fantasy points to tight ends this season and the Eagles injury woes don’t look to be getting much better.
Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans ($3,800)
Smith didn’t have one target last week against the Texans, which is worrisome for his usage to say the least. But before that he had eight receptions for 123 yards in his previous two games with an added 57 yard run to those numbers. Last week he did get a carry that went for seven yards, showing that the team wants to get him the ball. The Patriots are tough against tight ends but did allow a touchdown to Mike Gesicki last week and if I’m getting risky at tight end, Smith is a player I want to risk due to his overall physicality and speed.
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