2014 Fantasy Football Daily Fix: Week 2 Tight Ends
It is on to week 2 of Daily Fantasy Football at DraftKings. Now that we have one week’s worth of data, we can overreact to it all and start making some rash decisions. I’m here to help you make those decisions for Week 2.
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DraftKings Tight End Recommendations
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Finally, a gentle reminder on the scoring for Tight Ends – this is a PPR site so remember that when selecting players. The full for scoring for Tight Ends is at the end of this column.
Tight Ends can also be used in the flex position at DraftKings. However, with the entire world of RBs and WRs at your disposal, it would be unlikely you’d have to head to the TEs to pick up a flex play. Jimmy Graham is always in play as a flex option.
Let’s take a look at a couple of options at each price point. For those who are new to the column, I’ll generally look at a couple of options in each pricing tier broken out based on the socioeconomic status of 1970s sitcom families. And I’ll always cover Jimmy Graham.
I’ll mention Football Outsiders a lot over the season – the passes per game and yards per game stats I use are from Football Outsiders. Here is the link to Football Outsiders’ 2013 stats. FO will update stats for 2014 here once Week 1 is in the books. The defense versus types of receivers won’t be updated until after Week 2 and those are the numbers I really like to use.
The Graham Tier
Jimmy Graham ($7,000) heads on the road to Cleveland for Week 2. He’s not the highest priced TE this week, but he’s up there (of course). The Browns defense is going to be good this year and they were middle of the pack against TEs last season (and even better down the stretch in 2013). As with last week, there are better options than Graham this week.
You’ll find that I like to go with the cheaper options at TE early as it takes some time for salaries to adjust on them.
Julius Thomas | Broncos | $7,100 – If you want to spend money on a TE, I’d go with Thomas this week. Yes, the Chiefs have a solid defense and yes they were great against TEs last season. However, they lost two starting LBs last week and their replacements are nearly up to snuff. Thomas won’t score three TDs again this week, but
Rob Gronkowski | Patriots | $6,000 – A great matchup for Gronk this week, but his health is still a bit of a concern. He only played 38 of 86 snaps last week, but his was targeted a whopping 11 times on those 38 snaps. He’ll get looks from Tom Brady all day so he’s going to have the chance to score big points – it’s whether you believe they will connect more this week than last.
All in the Family
There is just nothing in the middle tier that gets me too excited. I’d rather you spend the money on a top tier, or “punt” with the guys in the Good Times section below.
I’ll reiterate this is where you will find value early in the season as prices won’t have adjusted to offseason moves, returns to health or changes in responsibility. I’d be happy with just about any of these guys here this week, though I’m going to likely lean to Rudolph or Walker for my cash game plays. In GPPs, I’ll probably look at Paul or Donnell.
Kyle Rudolph | Vikings | $3,900 – Rudolph was a draft day favorite, but didn’t put up big numbers in Week 1. However, let’s not forget why we fawned over Rudolph to begin with – Norv Turner is the offensive coordinator in Minnesota and he loves TEs. The Vikings got up big last week so they ran the ball extensively. That likely won’t be the case this week against the Pats who struggled against TEs last year.
Delanie Walker | Titans | $3,700 – The Titans face Dallas this week and it’s not clear if the Cowboys have any LBs on their squad. Walker (and Titans’ QB Jake Locker) should be able to exploit the ‘boys secondary. The Cowboys gave up four catches and two TDs to the 49ers Vernon Davis last week.
Niles Paul | Washington | $3,100 – Paul is a converted WR who is likely going to slide into the Jordan Reed role in the offense while Reed nurses yet another injury. Paul picked up four catches (on four targets) for 84 yards last week. The matchup is sweet for Paul as Jacksonville wasn’t good against TEs last year and seems primed to keep that up this year. They gave up six catches for 92 yards and TD last week to the Eagles’ two-headed TE monster.
Larry Donnell | Giants | $3,000 – It wasn’t clear if the Giants were going to have a TE worth using in fantasy. It just seems they might as Larry Donnell led the Giants receivers in catches and yards last week (second was Rashad Jennings). The Giants face the Cardinals this week who were the worst team against TEs last year and haven’t showing any improvement in that area. Moreover, the Giants don’t seem to have a grasp on the new offense and Eli looks to be Captain Checkdown at the moment.
Good luck in Week 2!
10 Receiving Yards = +1PT (+0.1PT per yard is awarded)
Reception = +1PT
Receiving TD = +6PTs
100+ Yard Receiving Game = +3PTs
Fumble Lost = -1PT
2 Point Conversion (Pass, Run, or Catch) = +2PTs
Offensive Fumble Recovery TD = +6PTs
The full DraftKings scoring system is here.