If you’re not rostering Rob Gronkowski this week, Greg Olsen ($5,500) should be a popular replacement. Olsen continues to be BY FAR the leading target for QB Cam Newton, especially in the redzone. A matchup with the Seahawks might scare away the public, but the Seahawks have allowed the 4th most points to opposing TEs, and an extra week to prepare should benefit the Panthers.
You may not realize this, but the league’s TE leader in targets is actually Martellus Bennett ($4,800). Bennett hasn’t converted on a ton of those 43 targets with only 29 grabs, but it’s still a great sign none the less. His value will rise a touch more assuming that Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal miss this week’s game. Keep a close eye on the Bears injury report before deciding how much exposure to have to Bennett.
Well Gary Barnidge ($4,400) passed a massive test against BAL last week with a massive eight catch, 139 yard and one TD performance against the league’s best defense versus Tight Ends. He is clearly a favorite target for QB McCown as Barnidge has caught 20 balls in the L3 games. This is a game that I expect the Browns to have to throw a ton, so Barnidge is absolutely in play.
Jordan Cameron ($3,000) is a real enigma this season. He has been heavily targeted by QB Ryan Tannehill, with 29 looks, good for second on the team. The problem is, he’s only caught 50% of his targets which is the worst catch rate of any TE with more than 20 targets. The numbers are even worse in the redzone where he’s been targeted 7 times (also second on the team), with only one catch. I want to believe that better days are ahead since the volume is there. Cameron’s price is so low that I am willing to take a flier on him this week. I could argue that a BYE week for Miami was much needed and a coaching change could get this team back on track. The matchup with TEN is another plus for Cameron as the Titans have surrendered the 9th most points to opposing TEs.
The tight end position continues to be one of the hardest positions to handicap, leading to a ton of volatility. Commentary based on DraftKings strategy and scoring.