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2015 Daily Fantasy Football Strategy: Week 7 Tight Ends

It is on to Week 7 of the NFL and Daily Fantasy Football at DraftKings. I’m back to provide recommendations for Tight Ends for your weekly lineup. This week is the perfect week to take a dip into the Daily Fantasy pool as you can win $1,200,000! Daily Fantasy can help you with lineup decision for your season-long league and give you another team to root on during the weekend.

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DraftKings Tight End Recommendations

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We have another four teams on bye again this week. But, we have the Raiders back so perhaps we will test the Raiders theory again.

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 Rob Gronkowski is probably the only TE you’d consider as a flex option. TEs still make a viable option at the flex spot as long as the pricing continues to be soft.

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 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. And we now have 2015 stats located here – now with receiver types!

Teams on bye: Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, and Green Bay Packers

So, we lose Martellus Bennett, Tyler Eifert and Richard Rodgers.

Over/Under

We’ve added a new feature this year highlighting the top totals (over/under) in Vegas for the week.

The top over/under totals for Week 6 (according to Vegas Insider consensus):

New Orleans Saints at Indianapolis Colts (52 points)
New York Jets at New England Patriots (48 points)
Atlanta Falcons at Tennessee Titans (48 points)
Baltimore Ravens at Arizona Cardinals (48 points) – Monday night

The Gronk Tier

Rob Gronkowski | Patriots | $8,100 – I’m going to keep on saying it’s not worth paying…for Gronk. He’s averaged 13.9 DK points over his last three weeks and has just one TD. Now, he gets the second stingiest DK defense to TEs.

The Jeffersons

Greg Olsen | Panthers | $6,100 – Olsen’s salary keeps creeping up and he’s really the only reliable option in the Panthers’ passing game. The matchup isn’t great as the Eagles have given up only one TD to TEs this year. He leads the position in red zone targets (tied with Tyler Eifert) so he’ll get his chances.

Antonio Gates | $5,000 | Chargers – Gates has eased right back into a lead role with the Chargers (and TEs in general). He’s been targeted on 28.1% of his routes run so far this year, which is the highest rate of any TE. With the backfield a bit of a mess and a matchup that’s the best you could hope for, Gates is a cash game lock.

All in the Family

Gary Barnidge | Browns | $4,900 – Barnidge has a bit of an ankle injury so watch the injury reports this week. He’s averaged 23.7 DraftKings points over his last four games. The matchup against the Rams is tough on paper, but if you dig a bit deeper you see that the Rams have given up opportunities to better TEs. They allowed eight targets to Jimmy Graham and Richard Rodgers and six targets to Jordan Reed. So, the chances will be there for Barnidge

Travis Kelce | Chiefs | $4,900 – Kelce is healthy which is saying a lot for the Chiefs’ offense right now. No Jamaal Charles. Perhaps no Jeremy Maclin. Kelce is really the only viable passing game option. The Steelers have struggled against TEs this year – in week 5 they gave up 14 catches on 16 targets to the combo of Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green.

Jason Witten | Cowboys | $4,600 – Witten will likely be the healthiest he will be the rest of the year as he’s had a bye week to rest up. He also gets Matt Cassel at QB which has to be an upgrade over Brandon Weeden. In Week 1 (with Tony Romo at QB), Witten caught eight balls for 60 yards and two TDs.

Julius Thomas | Jaguars | $4,500 – Looks like Thomas is fully integrated into the Jags’ offense (seven catches, 78 yards and a TD last week). As the Jags head to their second home in London, they are dealing with some injuries to their wideouts. Thomas’s matchup looks good against a Bills team that has given up three TDs to TEs in six games. But, the Bills numbers are skewed a bit by the huge game Gronk had in Week 2 (seven catches, 113 yards and a TD).

Charles Clay | Bills | $4,300 – Clay’s targets should increase without Percy Harvin and Sammy Watkins in the lineup. But, we don’t know who is going to QB the team in London, but it may not matter as Clay was productive last week even with E.J. Manuel at QB. The Jags have faced some pretty poor TEs, which makes their numbers look better than they should be. The Jags can give up numbers to TE so Clay shouldn’t be ignored.

Jordan Reed | Washington | $4,200 – He’s supposed to be back from his concussion this week. I’ll pass – he’s just an injury waiting to happen.

Good Times

Delanie Walker | Titans | $3,900 – With the mess at QB, it’s tough to recommend Walker. He did have one big game with Zach Mettenberger at QB, but didn’t show much outside of it. And the Titans lost their starting center for the season last week so Walker could be asked to block a bit more than normal.

Benjamin Watson | Saints | $3,300 – Where did that come from? Is Watson trustworthy? He does have TDs in back to back games so his floor is relatively high.

Jordan Cameron | Dolphins | $3,300 – Cameron is another high floor TE with a solid matchup.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins | Buccaneers | $3,200 – Check the injury reports on ASJ. There was hope he was back this week, but he didn’t practice Wednesday so he could be a week away.

Sanford and Son

As we strive to give you more and more each week, we’ve added a new tier. The Sanford & Son tier. If you want to go dumpster diving hoping to find that gem, let Sanford & Son be your guide. You hear that Elizabeth? I’m coming to join ya!

Jacob Tamme | Falcons | $2,900 – He disappointed last week, but he’s got a tasty matchup.

Crockett Gillmore | Ravens | $2,500 – Sure, the Ravens offense is in shambles. Sure, the Cardinals are the toughest defense on TEs in the DraftKings world. But, it’s a starting TE for the minimum. You could (and probably will) do a lot worse this week.

Good luck in Week 7!

DraftKings Tight End Scoring

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.

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