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What Week 2 tells us about TEs and Week 3 DFS salaries

Tight ends are gaining in value and it’s offering some intriguing options moving forward. We break down what it means as Week 3 DFS salaries arrive at DraftKings.

Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews spikes the ball after scoring a first quarter touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals at M&T Bank Stadium. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The tight end position was full of value in Week 2, as four players scored over 20 DKFP with salaries no higher than $3,900. While that usually isn’t normal on a week-to-week basis, we do have a couple of players to look toward as Week 3 salaries have been released.

T.J. Hockenson ($3,500) vs. Eagles

For many, the massive performance we saw from Hockenson in Week 1 was mostly viewed from the sidelines. In season-long leagues, he was likely on your bench. On DraftKings, he likely didn’t even sniff your lineups. So, when Week 2 rolled around, FOMO was real and people flocked to the still very cheap Lions tight end with a salary of just $3,000. What we got was, well, a tight end that’s priced as $3,000 production. Hockenson saw only three targets, catching one for seven yards and 1.7 DKFP. I mean if that’s the production we were getting, we may as well have rostered Logan Thomas for $500 cheaper, as he scored 1.7 DKFP of his own for the Lions.

The sentiment is that rookie tight ends barely make an impact in their first year in the NFL. It’s normally true so maybe we all got a bit excited for the former Hawkeye. Now, in Week 3, he sees a $500 bump up in salary in a matchup against the Eagles. Thus far against tight ends, the Eagles have allowed 105 receiving yards and a touchdown to Washington and the Falcons. While Hockenson is still very affordable, our expectations should be held in check here.

Mark Andrews ($4,600) vs. Chiefs

Andrews continues to creep up in salary each week, as he’s now seen a $800 bump from his Week 2 salary against the Cardinals. Now he’s in a matchup against the Chiefs, which should be high scoring and full of players to target. Andrews is coming off another massive performance in which he scored 28.2 DKFP with eight receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown. It’s his second straight game with a touchdown and over 100 receiving yards. It’s truly amazing when you realize Andrews never topped more than 83 receiving yards in a game last season and scored three total touchdowns. With this type of production and a tasty matchup ahead, how can you not love him in Week 3?

The Chiefs have allowed the fifth-most receiving yards to opposing tight ends thus far at 145 while also allowing an average of 15.8 DKFP per game. Lamar Jackson continues to spread the ball around and doing so with accuracy, completing 64 percent of his 37 pass attempts in Week 2. While it’s unsustainable for Andrews to continue this type of fantasy output, it feels unlikely it would stop here in Week 3. Even last season, the Chiefs were one of the worst defenses against opposing tight ends, allowing an average of 16.2 DKFP 66 receiving yards per game. Andrews is going to be very popular this week and rightfully so.

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