2014 Fantasy Football Daily Fix: Week 17 Tight Ends
It is on to week 17 of Daily Fantasy Football at DraftKings. Hopefully your league doesn’t have anything of importance going on in Week 17. And most of you don’t either so this is the perfect time to focus all of your energy on DFS football or give it a try if you haven’t previously.
Read on to see what we should do for Week 17. All games are on Sunday this week (no Thursday or Monday night games). The key to Week 17 is figuring out who is going to play. And for that, I leave you with this article about who has done what and who needs to do what for Week 17. If a team doesn’t have anything to play for, it’s likely that you’ll see their stars rested or play quite sparingly.
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DraftKings Tight End Recommendations
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Also, 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 Rob Gronkowski is always in play as a flex option. Jimmy Graham has disappointed us too many times. He is no longer our #1 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 Rob Gronkowski.
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 stats for 2014 are here and I like to use the defense versus types of receivers to fill out my rosters.
Teams on bye: None
The Gronk Tier
Rob Gronkowski | Patriots | $7,400 – Avoid. The Patriots have clinched the division and home field throughout the playoffs. I can’t see Belichick risking Gronk’s health for a meaningless game.
Jimmy Graham | Saints | $6,300 – Graham posted another double digit week last week and could have scored over 20 points if he’d held onto a ball in the end zone. It looks like he might be back to usable as he’s picked up 17 targets in the last two weeks. He’s a bit too rich for my blood, but I can understand the desire to flee to the relative safety of Graham. His matchup is pretty solid against the Bucs, and he should be involved for a Saints team that’s not playing for anything but 2015.
All in the Family
Delanie Walker | Titans | $4,400 – Walker should be on the field as the Titans don’t’ really have anyone else they want to evaluate at TE. He’ll get Charlie Whitehurst back at QB. He’s a safe play and should be good for double digit points.
Larry Donnell | Giants | $3,500 – Donnell’s matchup doesn’t look great on paper, but remember this is an Eagles’ team that gave up seven catches, 90 yards and a TD to Jason Witten two weeks ago. They can be exploited.
Mychal Rivera | Raiders | $3,300 – Rivera is going to be in most of my lineups this week. He’s got one of the most attractive matchups of the week (the Broncos gave up nine catches, 62 yards and a TD to Jermaine Gresham last week), and he should be on the field for the entire game. His down week last week should be a distant memory by the end of Week 17.
Jermaine Gresham | Bengals | $3,200 – Gresham comes off a big game, his price drops and he’s got another great matchup. The Steelers defensive secondary is in shambles and can be exploited by TEs.
With the odd playing time circumstances in Week 17, there are a lot of other options at the bottom of the barrel. With Gronk out, we could see Timothy Wright ($3,000) burst back onto the scene.
Also, with Dallas likely sitting a lot of their starters, I could see Gavin Escobar ($3,000) hitting the ten point mark. Chase Ford ($3,000) will probably fill in for Kyle Rudolph with the Vikings and he’s got a cherry matchup though he might split snaps with Rhett Ellison ($3,000).
And if you want a zombie option, Vernon Davis ($3,000) has a perfect matchup against the Cardinals., though there is still no evidence Davis is actually alive.
No Thursday game this week.
Good luck in Week 17!
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.