Two weeks of the 2019 season are gone. Believe it or not, you read that right. Before you realize it you’ll be submitting your Week 3 lineup. Did every tight end make the most out of their targets? Definitely not. Was there a correlation between price and production during the first two weeks of the season? Only to a certain extent.
As always, the best values came from under-the-radar players going off the charts in this short span, and that is what we’re into here. With another weekend approaching, here are three tight ends on their way to provide the best value for Week 3. Pick them and win the day!
Will Dissly (SEA) - $3,400
It was a shame to watch Dissly get injured by Week 4 of last year. He was looking great as a rookie but his season was cut way too short. So far in his second year as a pro things are looking as good as they did twelve months ago. Dissly has already been targeted seven times and has caught six passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns, and is part of Seattle’s offensive plays on a greater percentage than last year (he’s been on the field on 56% of the Seahawks plays, and run a route 82% of the time instead of performing blocking duties.)
While his Week 1 performance was a little upsetting, last weekend against Pittsburgh he completed a massive game to finish the day with 22.0 DKFP and a line of 5/50/2. He was the fourth-best TE of the week and the 28th-best player overall. Even with that, he comes at a ridiculous price for Week 3, being only the 17th-most expensive tight end of those available for Sunday’s 13-game slate. New Orleans’ defense is no cupcake, but at such salary, picking up Dissly is well worth it.
Greg Olsen (CAR) - $3,700
In the year of the over-performing veteran tight ends (Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker,...), there has been none better than Olsen. Through two weeks, Olsen has been targeted by Cam Newton 18 times, third among all TE. Although he has only caught 10 of those 18 passes, Olsen has put up 146 yards. If he regresses to his career average of 61.5 percent catch rate and scores a few touchdowns down the line, we’d be talking about a potential TE1 in Olsen.
Newton hasn’t looked very good in the first two games of the season, but Olsen has been his most-targeted option other than D.J. Moore and has the highest yards per target on the team at 8.1. This week Carolina goes against a Cardinals team that has allowed 68.30 DKFP to tight ends. That is 22.5 more points allowed than second-worst Miami this season. Put Olsen in your lineup. Right now.
Mark Andrews (BAL) - $4,600
Lamar Jackson is as legit as Baltimore’s offense. A lot was said about the potential of the team during the preseason, and the Ravens are accomplishing what was expected from them and then some. One key piece to their success? Second-year TE Mark Andrews. He has 16 receptions on 17 targets, 220 receiving yards, and two touchdowns. He’s almost halfway through the marks he posted last season (in 16 games) and we’re only entering Week 3.
Andrews’ 94.1 percent catch rate is the best among tight ends, and his production is not a fluke given he’s heavily covered and kept at a short distance from defenders. No problem for him. Andrew’s price will skyrocket no later than Week 4 or Week 5 at most, so you better use him now. This week can’t look better for him facing a Kansas City team that doesn’t have any idea how to stop tight ends (they have allowed almost 50 and 100 receiving yards to the position in the first two weeks.)
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