Welcome to Week 3 of the Daily Fantasy season. With one week in the books, prices are starting to make corrections, but not quickly enough to prevent us from finding some nice values on FanDuel. This article looks at some of the projected lesser-owned plays at tight end who could provide huge boosts to your tournament lineups, as well as some trap plays to avoid.
Dennis Pitta $5,000 (Baltimore Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars)
Dennis Pitta is back, and he’s back big. Joe Flacco has always loved throwing to his big tight end, and last week was no different, with Pitta hauling in 9 of 12 targets for 102 yards. As long as the running game sputters and the passing game lacks consistent outside threats, Flacco will look Pitta’s way early and often. Antonio Gates caught a touchdown against the Jags last week, so tight end can be a source of production against them.
Trey Burton $4,500 (Philadelphia Eagles vs. Pittsburgh Steelers)
Zach Ertz has already been ruled out against the Steelers, leaving Burton as the main pass-catching tight end for the second straight week. FanDuel released this week’s salaries before Burton torched the Bears for 49 yards and a touchdown on five catches. He was targeted seven times, and that was in a game the Eagles controlled throughout. If Philadelphia falls behind, Burton might be even more active in the passing game. If you missed out last week, jump on the Burton train and enjoy.
Dwayne Allen $6,100 (Indianapolis Colts vs. San Diego Chargers)
Donte Moncrief is out and T.Y. Hilton is questionable with a knee injury. Phillip Dorsett has talent, but is largely untested. What is Andrew Luck to do? Perhaps he will throw the ball to his reliable tight end? Sounds like it could be the plan. The last time Allen faced a suspect defense in Week 1, he caught four passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. That was with both Moncrief and Hilton in the lineup. With some of those targets heading his way, Allen makes for a solid choice.
Jason Witten $6,000 (Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears)
As noted, a totally inexperienced Trey Burton had a big game against the Bears on the road last Monday. Now imagine what a savvy veteran like Witten might to against a defense playing on a short week and missing linebacker Lamarr Houston. Dak Prescott could be leaning on Witten more than ever in this one.
Hunter Henry $4,500 (Chargers at Colts)
This pick is totally dependent on Antonio Gates’ availability. If it is determined before the 1 p.m. ET lock that Gates (listed as doubtful) is not playing, then Hunter is a bargain-basement option who should be active against the weak Colts defense. The Chargers have been high on Henry since the preseason and he will be almost completely un-owned. At $4,500 and no ownership, he won’t have to do much to pay off his salary, and if he has a game like Burton had against the Bears, he could win you a large-field tournament.
Delanie Walker $6,900 (Tennessee Titans vs. Oakland Raiders)
This is an early game Sunday, so you’ll know his status before lock, but Walker missed practice on Friday with a hamstring injury and is listed as questionable to play against the Raiders. Considering his high price, you might not want to have a hobbled Walker in your lineup when there are massively cheaper options on the docket.
Gary Barnidge $5,800 (Cleveland Browns at Miami Dolphins)
Barnidge showed signs of life last week against the Ravens, but with Cody Kessler taking over at quarterback on the road against an 0-2 team that’s performed better than their record, it is really hard to know what kind of production you’re going to get from Barnidge. He’s a fade candidate until we see what kind of chemistry he has with his new QB.