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2014 Fantasy Football Daily Fix: Week 15 Tight Ends

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It is on to week 15 of Daily Fantasy Football at DraftKings. I’m back again this week to offer my picks for the Tight End position at DraftKings. I hope you enjoyed the new direction of the column this week. I wanted to go in another new direction this week, but I’m not sure that my editors would accept that short a column. So, we soldier on this week.

Read on to see what we should do for Week 15. I’ve also added a quick look at the Thursday game options at the end of the column.

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DraftKings Tight End Recommendations

If you’ve never played on DraftKings before, you can get a deposit bonus by signing up. And there are different options to pick from at DraftKings for any skill level.

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 | $7,600 – Gronkowski gets the toughest defense against TEs in the DraftKings world in the Miami Dolphins. He picked up his fourth 20+ point game of the season last week against the Chargers. His price drops $400 this week based on the matchup. I’d pass again this week – the matchup is a concern and there are better bargains below.

The Jeffersons

Jimmy Graham | Saints | $6,300 – He lives! Graham had 11 targets last week, but only hauled in three of them for a disappointing 5.5 points. He gets the hapless Bears who have given up eight TDs to TEs since Week 8. I think a lot of folks will be off of him this week because of this struggles recently, but he’s got Gronk’s upside at $1,700 less. I can see him as a GPP play this week, but don’t tell anyone I said it.

Greg Olsen | Panthers | $5,400 – Olsen has a nagging knee injury so check his status this weekend. He’ll have Derek Anderson throwing him the ball, and in Week 1 those two hooked up for eight catches, 83 yards and a TD. Look for Anderson to lean on Olsen again against a middling Bucs’ defense who could be without Lavonte David (again, check the Sunday injury reports).

Julius Thomas | Broncos | $5,100 – Another high risk, GPP option this week is Thomas whose matchup doesn’t look great until you remember that Gronk shredded this Charger defense just last week. Thomas was active last week but played as many snaps as you or I did last week.

All in the Family

Delanie Walker | Titans | $4,400 – Walker offers solid value here in the middle tier. He also has a new (old) QB under center with Jake Locker manning the position. However, Walker had two of his better games with Locker throwing the pigskin. Walker has been down the last couple of weeks, but his matchup with the Jets and having Locker under center makes him a solid play in all formats.

Good Times

Larry Donnell | Giants | $3,800 – This was going to be my column. Play the TE who plays Washington. Washington can’t guard you or me in the defensive backfield. Enjoy this video of Jared Cook’s second TD against Washington last week. Please note how well covered the receivers are by the referee, but not so much by Washington DBs or LBs. Start Donnell with impunity – everywhere, anywhere – in GPPs or cash games. Even if Cooper Manning was QB’ing the Giants, I would still start Donnell.

I could see Zach Ertz ($3,200) picking up a TD again this week and could be a punt play or GPP start. His matchup is good and he’s had seven or more points in three of his last four games. Charles Clay ($3,200) also has a good matchup and could fit into your lineup nicely. If Clay’s nagging injuries keep him off the field, Dion Sims ($3,000) has shown he can do a reasonable impression of Mr. Clay and would also work well this week.

Thursday Game – Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams

The Cardinals don’t have a TE to speak of on their roster so there isn’t anything to see here. And perhaps for that reason the Cardinals can’t defend TEs. Jared Cook ($4,000) had a wonderful game against Washington last week. The matchup gets only slightly more difficult this week for Cook and the Rams and he’s still cheap enough to be a reasonable play in most leagues. I could even see Lance Kendricks ($3,000) as a punt play – the Cardinals are that awful.

Good luck in Week 15!

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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