It’s all about finding value when playing NFL slates on DraftKings, especially if it’s low-owned value. It’s also about not throwing a lot of salary into a player who underperforms. Each week, because of injury, personnel moves and that occasional hidden gem that no one sees coming, there are player with low salaries and even lower ownership that help break a slate wide open. Then there are those who are covered in red flags. Here are our picks for the best and worst value tight ends on DraftKings entering Week 4:
Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons, $4,800
As we’ll see, both tight ends in this game are in terrific spots to post big games and both come in fifth and sixth in DK salary this week. Walker remains Marcus Mariota’s favorite target, tied for the team lead with 21, and has two double-digit scoring games out of three this season. The Falcons allowed solid games to Hunter Henry, Zack Ertz and Eric Ebron/Jack Doyle this season, so there are no concerns of a letdown here.
Austin Hooper, Falcons vs. Titans, $4,300
The same game offers a bit of a salary discount, but not much of a drop-off in production. Hooper has been sensational for the Falcons through three games and had his best performance of the season last week against the Colts, finding the end zone twice in a 24-point afternoon. The Titans have allowed a touchdown to opposing tight ends in each of their three games.
Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals, $3,600
Garbage time counts, and Dissly came through for his owners with a literal last-play touchdown reception last week in Seattle’s loss to New Orleans. Dissly’s salary barely moved, despite averaging 20 Draftkings points over the past two weeks. And now he get an Arizona team ranked dead last in points fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends. Dissly is a steal this week and will probably be the highest-owned tight end on the board.
Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs at Detroit Lions, $7,200
It was hard to judge the Lions statistical efficiency against the tight end position after two weeks, having faced the Cardinals and the Hunter Henry-less Chargers. But they held Zack Ertz to a pedestrian 10.4 DraftKings points in Week 3, so there may be something to it. No knock on Kelce at all, but we’re talking about value, and at $7,200, that’s a lot of salary to test the theory that the Lions’ strength against the position is a fluke.
Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals, $4,200
Like Kelce, this is a matchup against a team with terrific numbers against tight ends on paper, but hasn’t really been tested against the position, facing Jacksonville and the Chargers the past two weeks. But Olsen’s huge Week 3 output did come against Arizona, the most forgiving of tight end opponents. So, the truth is probably somewhere in between, but leaning toward a letdown for the oft-injured tight end. It’s not a terrible play at $4,200, but with Hooper just $100 more and Dissly $600 less, there are better plays.
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