I saw the situation with Jimmy Graham ($6,000) described as a “work in progress”. I think that’s a perfect assessment of how Graham fits into the Seahawks offense. He is blocking more than he ever has, but should still continue to see targets nearing double digits. There will be a large range of outputs for Graham this season, so he’s too risky for me in cash games, but makes for a great GPP play. It’s certainly a week-by-week scenario, and this is a good week. Detroit has surrendered the 5th most points to opposing TEs.
We finally saw the Greg Olsen ($5,400) breakout game! While I don’t expect him to score 36 points every week, he’s going to be a key player in the Panthers passing game. He is still dominating the Panthers passing targets in general and in the redzone. There should be plenty of great games ahead for Olsen. There’s no Gronkowski this week with the Patriots on a BYE, so Olsen could very easily be the top tight end.
I don’t think we’ve talked about Martellus Bennett ($4,500) in a few weeks. The situation in Chicago is really ugly. It looks like Alshon Jeffery is going to return from injury in Week 4 but Jimmy Clausen will still be the starting QB. On the bright side, Clausen and Bennett are in a great matchup at home against the Raiders. The Raiders have been MISERABLE defending the TE. They have surrendered 28.5 DraftKings points per game to opposing TEs which is by far the most in the league. It’s almost a full 9 points worse than the second worst team! And it’s not like they’ve faced a gauntlet of TEs. They’ve given up those points to Tyler Eifert, Crockett Gilmore and Gary Barnidge.
The price on Jordan Reed ($4,500) is climbing, but it’s still not high enough. Reed is clearly one of QB Kirk Cousins’ favorite targets as the big TE has 27 targets in the first three weeks. Reed has not returned his owners less than 4x value this season despite only catching one TD. He is also tied for the team lead in redzone targets so I certainly expect that TD number to increase significantly.
For some real deep value, take a look at Charles Clay ($3,300). Clay is an impressive physical specimen. When he was with the Dolphins last year, they lined him up all over the field including in the backfield and he can hold his own in any of those positions. He’s had a bit of an emergence with the Bills this season, averaging 12.8 DraftKings points per game. Clay is second on the Bills in targets with 17 and has found the endzone in two straight games. The Giants have surrendered the third most DraftKings points to TEs and if Sammy Watkins misses this game, there should be a handful more targets up for grabs.
The Tight End Preview is based on DraftKings strategy and scoring.