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DFS NFL Tight End Picks for Week 5 – 2021

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 02: San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) in game action during the Super Bowl LIV game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers on February 2, 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium, in Miami Gardens, FL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)

It’s Week 5 and once again Travis Kelce is not playing during the Sunday day slate, which means we have to find some value out there. So, let’s take a look at the tight ends. We have some high-end picks, best values, and some buyer beware picks.

Darren Waller – ($7,300 DK, $7,400 FD) – With Kelce not in the day slate, Waller becomes our most expensive tight end. There’s a much bigger difference between him and Kittle (2nd) on DraftKing’s ($1,700) than FanDuel ($900). Waller is a stud and he is so massively targeted that it’s hard to not pay up for him. However, the Raiders play the Bears who are ranked sixth in the fewest points given up to tight ends. So, I might pass on Waller this week and use the money saved elsewhere.

George Kittle – BEWARE –  ($5,600 DK, $6,500 FD) – Kittle is the second most expensive and really hasn’t been anywhere near the stud tight end that we expected. Trey Lance may be the 49ers quarterback again this week and that didn’t bode well for Kittle last week when he only had three catches. With Lance possibly getting the start again this week and the 49ers play the Cardinals who rank third in the fewest points given up to the tight end, I would not spend the money on Kittle this week.

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Best Value – TE – Mike Gesicki – ($4,400 DK, $6,200 FD) – Zach Ertz would be another great choice again this week, but I thought I’d focus on a tight end who has regained his consistency since Jacoby Brissett took over at quarterback. Mike Gesicki has caught 15 passes for 143 yards and one touchdown in the past two games. This week, Brissett is still the quarterback and the Dolphins play the Bucs who rank 29th in fantasy points given up to tight ends. A perfect combination. Get him into your lineup!

Best Mid-Value – TE – Dalton Schultz – ($4,400 DK, $6,200 FD) – Shultz has quietly scored the fourth-most fantasy points so far this season and has a 75% consistency rating. This week, he gets the Giants in what should be a shoot-out as both teams have poor pass defenses. The Giants rank 28th in total fantasy points given up to tight ends. I like Schultz as much as Gesicki this week, so if you can fit his salary in, definitely get him into your lineup.

Overall, this week we are seeing some potentially huge values but a few people to stay away from that we normally give a full endorsement. 

Bob Lung is a professional fantasy football writer who runs the fantasy football expo in Canton, Ohio every summer. He writes his Consistency Articles and also contributes to Dr. Roto’s new DFS site.

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