When we talk about tight ends, upside doesn’t often come to mind. A large part of their value is dependent upon reaching the end zone but they don’t have upside in the way a wide receiver has. Seeing a tight end go for 100-plus yards just isn’t something that will happen often unless you are dealing in the truly elite territory. Fifty yards and a touchdown is a perfectly reasonable expectation from your tight end, and that means your budget should be allocated accordingly. Just make sure you are paying for the production you are getting.
This doesn’t mean you should never look towards the higher end options if the situation dictates or the salary cap allows, but tread carefully here. There is a fine line to walk between risk and reward as you can’t afford to take a zero from a lineup spot. At the same time, you don’t want to spend any more than necessary at the risk of other positions.
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Jared Cook ($4,600 DK, $5,900 FD) is one of the best choices this week. The Bears gave up the second-most points to tight ends during the regular season, and Cook was third amongst Saints in targets this year. I look for the Saints to expose this weakness of the Bears and Cook to have a nice game. In their previous meeting, Cook had five receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers will play well this week.
Eric Ebron ($3,700 DK, $5,500 FD) gets a nice matchup against the Browns this week. The Browns give up the third-most points to tight ends on DK, and second-most on FD. I look for Ebron to be more of a focal point this week for the Steelers as the Browns defence concentrates on their three receivers and that should open up opportunities for Ebron.
Mark Andrews ($5,200 DK, $7,000 FD) is consistently a player you should consider in cash games. The Ravens don’t throw often, but Andrews does consistently get 50 or more yards week in and week out. His ceiling is somewhat capped because of how much the Ravens run the ball, but if you’re getting 50 yards and the opportunity for a touchdown or two, then that is a player worth considering, even if you’re paying a little higher cost to ensure you’re not going to take a zero at tight end.
If there is a position that the Bills defence gives up points to, it’s tight ends. Jack Doyle ($2,900 DK, $4,500 FD) has been the primary TE receiving option for the Colts the last few weeks. Doyle is always a threat in the red zone, and that won’t change this week. He is a solid GPP play because of his ceiling, but I would likely avoid using him in cash games, as he could easily end up getting you almost nothing.
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