UPDATE: Zach Ertz is active.
With Zach Ertz (ribs/back) currently listed as questionable to play in Sunday’s Wild Card matchup between Philadelphia and Seattle, the two highest-priced tight ends on the four-game slate are Dallas Goedert ($5,200) and Jared Cook ($4,900). Don’t think for a second that the pair’s salaries are a reflection of a shallow player pool, either. In fact, dating back to the beginning of Week 12, both Goedert and Cook rank inside the Top-8 at their position in terms of overall PPR points, with the latter’s output of 99.0 FPTS sitting behind only Tyler Higbee and George Kittle.
Still, while you could technically squeeze both into a single build this weekend, it’s worth figuring out which is truly the better option.
Fantasy Football Analysis: Eagles TE Dallas Goedert vs. Saints TE Jared Cook
I think the first thing that it’s important to realize is that Cook’s recent run of success has almost been entirely derived from his ability to get into the end zone. Take Cook’s past four starts as the most obvious example. The veteran tight end has been an amazing DFS asset within this span of time, yet his touchdown rate is wholly unsustainable. Sure, if there was ever a team to be an outlier on, it would be a squad with Drew Brees at the helm; however, an insane five of Cook’s relatively modest 11 receptions in this stretch have been in the end zone. It’s also not as if Cook isn’t in a time share at the position. Josh Hill has actually logged more offensive snaps for the Saints than Cook in 2019 and his 12 red zone targets are second on the squad to only Michael Thomas’ 22. That’s not even mentioning pseudo TE Taysom Hill, who tends to see his fair share of high-leverage touches, too.
Conversely, Goedert’s role is almost unaffected by whether or not Ertz plays. Sure, the sophomore playing 100% of the Eagles’ offensive snaps in Week 17 was a direct result of Ertz’s absence, but, at the same time, Goedert’s logged at least a 75.0% snap share in seven of Philadelphia’s past nine contests overall. Simply put, with so many injuries to the team’s receiving corps, the Eagles have had to primarily configure their offense out of 12 personnel and that’s greatly benefitted Goedert. Sunday’s matchup helps his case, as well. The Seahawks have been picked apart by opposing tight ends all throughout 2019, surrendering the second-most targets to the position (140) and the third-most DKFP per game. You could make the case that Goedert’s ceiling isn’t quite as high as someone like Cook’s, but his floor is extremely enticing.
Start Dallas Goedert over Jared Cook on DraftKings.