The Gronk ($7,500) is back! Don’t worry about the matchup with Dallas who has only surrendered the 8th least DraftKings points per game versus Tight Ends. Gronk is matchup proof. He plays for the team who runs the most plays, throws the most passes, is in the highest scoring game of the week and sees a ton of targets. Don’t overthink this one.
Don’t forget that Antonio Gates ($4,200) is back this week. Many of your opponents will. Ladarius Green did nothing to steal any playing time from Gates who will step in as the TE1 on this team. Don’t forget that Gates had 10 games of 10+ points last season and is one of Philip Rivers favorite targets. This game could easily turn into a shootout with Pittsburgh and the Steelers are the third worst at defending the TE this season.
Charles Clay ($4,100) will continue to be a great play as long Sammy Watkins is out (and maybe even when Watkins is back). Clay is now the team’s leading receiver with 24 catches on 31 targets. He has improved his DraftKings output every game this season and is earning the trust of QB Tyrod Taylor. His Week 4, 23.1 pt performance, could have been even bigger as he had a 32 yard TD called back on a pretty lame chop block call.
I am not sure this is the week to roster Gary Barnidge ($3,800) but he needs to be on your radar moving forward. Two straight weeks of six catches is proving that QB Josh McCown trusts his big TE. Barnidge has tacked on 180 yards and two TDs in the L2. Unfortunately, the Ravens are the stingiest defense in the league against TEs.
Who’s playing the Raiders?? This week, the honor goes to Owen Daniels ($2,700). To say the Raiders have been bad against TEs is a compliment. They’ve been HORRIFIC. They are surrendering 27.75 DraftKings points per game and have been either the worst or second worst team each week. The second worst team overall (NYG) has “only” surrendered 19.1 a week, a full 8 points behind Oakland! Daniels is certainly no target monster, but if this trend continues, he could be one of the best value plays on the board. Confidence in the redzone is also something to note for Daniels as he has tacked on a TD in each of the last two games.
As with most weeks, it’s Gronkowski and the rest of the Tight Ends. That’s no different this week. Commentary based on DraftKings strategy and scoring.