Fading Rob Gronkowski ($8,000) is getting harder every week. His price is ridiculous and he would be the 5th highest priced WR but he’s significantly better than every other TE available. He’s on pace to break the Tight End receiving yard record, which he already owns. Luckily, you don’t have to make the “start or sit” decision if you’re playing the Sunday slate. Expect him to be heavily owned in Thursday contests and for good reason.
Tyler Eifert ($5,300) has as much upside as any TE in the league. He’s coming off two solid games of 29 and 13 DraftKings points and is now averaging 16.9 on the season. I like his prospects coming off a BYE week as Cincy should be prepared and clicking on all cylinders against division rival Pittsburgh this week. The Steelers have been miserable against TEs, allowing the third most points to the position.
Dollar for dollar, I love Jason Witten ($5,200). Witten is having a solid season and hauled in 6 catches for 73 yards in his first game with QB Matt Cassel. He led the team in receptions, targets and yards in that game and has plenty of upside left in him as he hasn’t caught a TD since Week 1. I would downgrade his value just a tick if WR Dez Bryant suits up, but Bryant is going to face one of the toughest matchups in the league while Witten should be able to take advantage of SEA. Only the Raiders have allowed more fantasy points to opposing TEs than the Seahawks.
Keep an eye on the status of Antonio Gates ($4,800) this week. If he doesn’t play, Ladarius Green ($3,000) may emerge as a top value play at the position. Green is only $3,000 and is averaging 14.1 DraftKings points per game. He’s caught exactly four or five balls in all but one game this season, including a TD in three of his last four. He has been a lock to score double digits this season, which would provide plenty of value for his measly price tag.
The constant battle of trying to choose a tight end is even harder this week without Gronk playing on Sunday. Commentary based on DraftKings strategy and scoring.