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Best daily fantasy football tight end plays over $5000 in Week 1

Sure, George Kittle and Mark Andrews will cost you, but it’s worth it.

Mark Andrews #89 of the Baltimore Ravens gestures for a first down during the first half against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 11, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The first week of the 2020 NFL season is underway. Despite one game already in the books, you still have plenty of time to do a little homework and take your best shot at a DFS lineup for Sunday’s game.

Thursday night’s opener featured the top tight end in fantasy football, Travis Kelce of the Chiefs, posting 50 yards and a touchdown, numbers that might have you thinking about spending big at the position this week, especially if you’ve been able to nab a few bargains throughout the rest of your lineup.

With that in mind, here are the best tight end plays over the $5,000 threshold at DraftKings who could really give your lineup a boost this week.

George Kittle (SF) - $7,200

An obvious one. Kittle is arguably every bit as good as Kelce when it comes to fantasy production, especially if he can stay healthy for all 16 games this season. The Niners have what should be an easy matchup against the Cardinals to open their season. Kittle only played one game against Arizona last season, but with six catches for 79 yards and a touchdown, he made it count. What’s also working in his favor this week from a fantasy perspective is the fact that receivers Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk are both dealing with injuries. Kittle is the most expensive tight end available this week, but with the potential for No. 1 receiver-like production, it’s a good investment.

Mark Andrews (BAL) - $6,000

With 64 catches with 852 yards and 10 touchdowns, it’s hard to believe that Mark Andrews could have a better season in 2020. Well, believe it. With Hayden Hurst now out of the picture, there’s nobody else for him to share snaps with, and he’s got an easy shot to start the season with a bang against the Browns, who he torched for 123 yards and three touchdowns last season.

Zach Ertz (PHI) - $5,800

With the Eagles hurting at wide receiver, Ertz should be getting plenty of looks this week from quarterback Carson Wentz. Of course, he always does, as one of Wentz’s favorite targets. He had 111 yards and a touchdown against Washington last season, making it 833 career yards against that team. Even as the fourth-most expensive tight end this week, Ertz is a value at that price.