Welcome to Week 6 of the Daily Fantasy season. Pricing has stabilized as trends have emerged, but there are still bargains to be found and even some higher-priced options that will go under-owned and can make a difference in your lineups. This article looks at some of the projected lesser-owned plays at tight end that could provide huge boosts to your tournament lineups, as well as some trap plays to avoid.
Delanie Walker $6,700 (Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns)
Walker has easily become Marcus Mariota’s favorite target in the passing game, and if ever there was a week to exploit that relationship, it’s against the Browns and their terrible defense against tight ends. Two weeks ago, Jordan Reed caught a pair of touchdowns against the Browns. Last week, Martellus Bennett went for the hat trick. With Mariota pretty much locked in on Walker to begin with, the potential for a monster game is there to be had. He is expensive, and might be highly owned. No matter. Get him in your lineups.
Travis Kelce $6,400 (Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders)
The Raiders aren’t as bad against tight ends, per se, they’re just bad against all pass catchers. The Chiefs are back off a bye and Kelce, who was the lone bright spot in an ugly Sunday night loss to Pittsburgh two weeks ago, should be in prime position for a big game at a relative discount on FanDuel. His targets have been stable all season and he has touchdowns in his past two games. Fire him up with confidence.
Zach Ertz $5,600 (Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins)
Ertz returned to the lineup last Sunday after missing three weeks with a rib injury. It was a modest comeback, with just three catches (on three targets) for 37 yards in the disappointing loss to the Lions. Ertz and the Eagles will be looking for a bounce-back effort this week against Washington and it stands to reason Ertz will be a larger part of the offense with a week of play under his belt. At $5,600, if the old Ertz returns, he could be the steal of the week.
Coby Fleener $5,400 (New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers)
Ertz could be the steal of the week, except for the fact that Fleener is priced at $5,400. How quickly they forget! Three weeks ago, in his last game at the Superdome, Fleener went nuts against the Falcons with a 7-109-1 line. As has been noted many times, the Superdome is the Coors Field of NFL DFS, where stats are always inflated. The ball will be flying all over the place in this anticipated shootout between two desperate teams. While many owners will gravitate to the other tight end in this game, Fleener is a bargain-basement boom waiting to happen.
Jesse James $5,400 (Pittsburgh Steelers at Miami Dolphins)
Remember when Ben Roethlisberger loved throwing to Heath Miller? It wasn’t all that long ago. Miller may be gone, but there’s a new sheriff in town, even if he’s named for an outlaw. Jesse James has touchdowns in three of his past four games and was a big part of the party last week against the Jets with six catches on eight targets. Big Ben knows what he has with James, but DFS hasn’t caught on yet. He is worth a look before he gets popular and expensive.
Jordan Reed $7,500 (Redskins at Eagles)
This is probably the only time you’ll see Reed listed here, but Reed, who has had concussion issues in the past, is in concussion protocol this week and is iffy to play against the Eagles. Check his status, but look elsewhere with so many bargains available.
Martellus Bennett $6,600 (New England Patriots vs. Cincinnati Bengals)
After a three-touchdown game last week, DFSers will be chasing the points this time around. Don’t be a point-chaser unless Gronk doesn’t play. Then, by all means, forget I said anything.