Week 1 NFL DFS Tight Ends (TE) Targets For DraftKings & FanDuel

Welcome to the FC Insights Tight End Targets Article. In this post, we will be breaking down our top options and plays at the TE position for each DFS week of the 2021-2022 NFL DFS season.

Top Plays

Travis Kelce (DK- $8,300, FD- $8,500)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game To TEs
CLE 30.25 15.61

The number one tight end in yards from last season in his position (1,416) starts off the season in a great spot against the team that allowed the third most fantasy points to TE’s per game last season. In addition, Kelce is also treated as WR on his team too (35.7% DVOA which is the value per play – third at his position) which makes him an even more efficient play. However, the price is on the higher end, as it should be with the second highest advantage in defense versus position of this group of TE’s. The price is steep, but arguably the safest play of the bunch.

Kyle Pitts (DK- $4,400, FD- $6000)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game To TEs
PHI 25.50 14.22

Pitts is arguably the rookie with the most pressure entering the season, but being placed in a great spot to do great with Julio Jones leaving ATL which means more volume to be spread throughout the team. Although, Calvin Ridley is the clear number-one pass option on the team, Pitts’ athleticism can potentially have him placed in opportunities WR’s would have. In addition, PHI was also 8th in allowing fantasy points to TEs last season and more than likely will trend that same direction in a matchup between where both teams can potentially give up a lot of points to their opposition. All in all, the volume should be there for Pitts and could be a steal, especially at his DK price.

Dawson Knox (DK- $3,400, FD- $5,000)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game To TEs
PIT 27.25 9.41

Although Dawson Knox has the lowest advantage in defense versus position (4th) out of this group of tight ends, he does potentially face a defense (mainly the linebackers) that had the least number of passes defended against TEs (last season) which could be a slight edge for Knox. In addition, Knox completed 57% of his receptions with 8.5 yards per reception in the previous matchup against PIT, so there is a chance for success here if the targets are given which could happen if PIT tries to take Diggs out of the passing game equation. Regardless, this may be the riskiest play of this TE group, but could pay off if given the targets.

Tyler Conklin (DK- $2,900, FD- $4400)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game To TEs
@ CIN 25.25 14.41

Two players at the TE position that took up 6.4 targets per game won’t be playing (Kyle Rudolph- new team, Irv. Smith Jr.- potential season-ending injury) gives Tyler Conklin a potential workload increase. CIN finished last season giving up the fourth most fantasy points per game (14.41) which can bode well for Conklin this season. In addition, those past two TEs from the last season combined were receiving close to the amount as their top wideout (7.8) per game which may not all go to Conklin, but there shouldn’t be a surprise if he receives most of it especially with the most experience out of the TE group. There is also speculation that Conklin will be receiving a larger role this season based on Coach Mike Zimmer’s comments as well, but take that for it’s worth.

Value Play(s) for DK/FD

DK/FD- C.J Uzomah (DK-$3,000, FD- $4,800)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game To TEs
MIN 22.25 11.78

With the possibility of crowded wide receiver sets for CIN, C.J. Uzomah may slip under the radar against a team in MIN who had the third least passes defended at that position (mainly by linebackers). However, Uzomah is coming off an Achilles injury, but was said to be healthy to start this season. Before injury, Uzomah was averaging 8 targets per game (which probably won’t be that high this season), but the fact he was targeted that much to start the season definitely shows a connection (80%, 66.7% reception rate in both games) he had with his quarterback which could benefit him going into the new season. At the bare minimum on DK, and the possibility of high volume in the passing game Uzomah could be worth a darth throw for salary desperation.

 

 

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