Week 5 NFL DFS Cheat Sheet – Tight Ends (TE) – FanDuel & DraftKings Expert Lineup Picks & Analysis.
Welcome to the Tight End Cheat Sheet.
In this post we sharing our top options and plays at the TE position for each DFS week of the 2016-2017 NFL season.
We will break them down into four tiers and give you our top plays in each tier, we will also be highlighting players for a specific site when the pricing or scoring of that site calls for it.
The tiers are as follows:
- Top Tier
- Mid Tier
- Value Tier
- GPP Tier
Here we go…
On a week without a whole lot of high end TE’s that I love, Gronkowski takes the cake. With Brady back, I expect Gronk to be leaned on heavily in the passing attack – though keep in mind that he has yet to show he is near 100% with respect to his injured hamstring. He is the best TE in the league when healthy, and if you feel that Brady will be targeting him early and often, and have the cash to splash at the TE position, Gronk is a strong option. All this said, there are a lot of great value TE’s in play this week – so there is some risk here, especially with the lingering Questionable tag that he still has.
Top Play – Delanie Walker ($6,400 FD; $4,700 DK)
Assuming that the Dolphins/Titans game takes place on Sunday, Walker is a strong option at the TE position. He has gotten off to a slow start compared to the standard that he set a year ago, but it is only a matter of time before he starts to produce, and the Dolphins do not worry me as an opponent. Walker has 19 targets in his three games this year, and he is a strong option at a tough position to navigate.
Top Play – Zach Ertz ($5,600 FD; $3,500 DK)
Other than RB’s, two people get looks from QB Carson Wentz: WR Jordan Matthews, and the receiving TE. Ertz is back in the fold for the Eagles this week – and against the Lions who have struggled mightily to defend the position, he is in a great spot. He won’t be used by many casual players, but I can assure you that many sharps will be on him this week in a great match-up. I expect him to get 7+ targets and to hit value easily this week – he is a fantastic play on both sites.
Top Play – Kyle Rudolph ($5,500 FD; $3,600 DK)
With WR Stefon Diggs doubtful this week, Rudolph is in a great spot to see double digit targets. He has shined early on in the season – and the consistency he has brought to the table so far this year has been remarkable. He has seen 8-8-10-7 targets through the first four games, reaching double digit points in 3 of the 4. He is a rock solid play, and will likely be low owned due to a match-up against the Texans defence. Even with the match-up, with the volume he will likely see at his price tag, he is a great play.
FanDuel Only – Zach Miller ($5,400)
Miller is relatively cheaper on FanDuel, but that said – assuming his ribs are good to go on Sunday – he is a strong play. He has shown terrific rapport with QB Brian Hoyer, who is set to start again on Sunday in Week 5. I expect this game to be high scoring, and for Miller to keep being a focal point of the Bears offence in the redzone. He has scored 3 times in the past two weeks, and I would be surprised if he doesn’t add to that total this week.
Top Play – Richard Rodgers ($5,000 FD; $2,900 DK)
With Jared Cook out, Richard Rodgers is thrown into the mix as the starting TE for the packers. In a game against the Giants where the Packers are projected to score 28 points, he has a great match-up against a team that has not defended TE’s well at all. If you are looking for a punt option that will likely to be low owned, Rodgers is a fantastic choice this week.
Top Play – Jesse James ($4,500 FD; $2,900 DK)
Big Ben continues to keep looking James’ way in the end zone as the second year player found pay dirt again last week. While the targets aren’t high, and this is more of a GPP play – if you believe Pittsburgh approaches 28 points as Vegas is projecting, there’s a good chance James scores again if they are able to do so. He isn’t my favourite play on the board – but he is a suitable punt with upside on either site.
Top Play – Jordan Reed ($7,800 FD; $6,600 DK)
The Ravens have done a fantastic job of defending the TE position in the young 2016 season, but they haven’t faced anyone like Reed yet. This isn’t a safe pick at all with the high spend, and I don’t recommend sniffing around Reed for cash games – but there are few at the position with the ceiling that he has. He scored twice last week – and will continue to see 7+ targets minimum, as he has each of the first four games this year. There’s a good chance you can get him this week with sub 5% ownership, and that is awfully intriguing.