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3 worst DFS tight end plays in Week 2

Tight ends are nothing close to sure-bets. The position’s production is volatile, so you better minimize the risks. Avoid these names in their tough Week 2 DFS matchups.

Tight end Evan Engram of the New York Giants looks at his helmet at AT&T Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Even for a position at which salaries are not over the roof, there are some guys not worth the risk on DraftKings’ Week 2 main slate. You can always throw a dart at a low-valued tight end and score bit time points every week. Such is the volatility, and that’s why you should definitely fade these three players this Sunday.

Evan Engram, NYG (vs BUF) - $5,200

If there is anything clear, it is that Engram will see the volume needed to put up good numbers. The problem for him this week is the fact that Buffalo’s defense will feature all of its playmakers in action, and they’re solid at containing tight ends. The Bills were the only team to allow fewer than eight fantasy points per game to tight ends (they finished at 7.8) in 2018, and ranked first in receiving yards allowed to the position — reducing the catch percentage of their opposing tight ends to a ridiculously low 55.7 percent. Engram has the fourth-highest salary in the slate, which doesn’t make rostering him a good play given how bad things look on paper.

Eric Ebron, IND (at TEN) - $3,800

Just looking at the defense Indianapolis will face in Week 2 should be reason enough to fade 2018 superman Ebron. Tennessee allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points and receiving yards to tight ends in 2018. Not only that, Ebron’s start of the season wasn’t mind blowing at all and he was overtaken from both sides by a barrage of tight ends in DKFP all around the league. He was lucky to finish with one reception for eight yards. Oh, yes, he was targeted in the end zone — only to step out of bounds and deny his team a touchdown. Cold world. Add a potential share of snaps/targets with Jack Doyle as the other Colts tight end and you’re in for a nightmarish play in Ebron.

Trey Burton, CHI (at DEN) - $3,700

No matter what, Burton will step into the field banged up and carrying a groin injury he has sustained for the last few days and which kept him out of the season-opener against Green Bay. While Denver might pose a good matchup for the tight end, the health issues should be enough to fade him. Just take a look at Eric Ebron and his salary. It is only $100 higher than Burton’s. He’s completely healthy, comes from a superb season, but I’m still fading him. Do you think I’d play Burton at that price and with lingering injury concerns? No sir. Chicago will be pressed to put him on the field as Adam Shaheen was atrocious last week finishing with 1.6 DKFP. They can’t do much worse than with Shaheen, but playing someone still to debut this season and carrying groin problems doesn’t look great to me.

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