Which Tight Ends Offer the Highest ROI in Week 10?

In terms of Point Per Dollar (PP$) value this season, the tight end position has the potential to either be a gold mine or a land mine. Which tight ends should you invest in heavily, and which ones should you avoid in week 10. 

BJ VanderWoude: In terms of Point Per Dolllar (PP$) value this season, the tight end position has the potential to either be a gold mine or a land mine. Many GPP's have been decided by the owners who are able to uncover the best value at tight end, and that trend looks to continue in week 10. Who are your top PP$ plays at the tight end position this week? Do you see any potential land mines that owners should avoid in GPP's?

James Brimacombe: You have to like Rob Gronkowski this week against the Broncos defense who allows the second most fantasy points to the position with 6/78/0.6 on average. Gronkowski is coming off a bye week and should be fresh and healthy and ready to roll after his 5/57/1 performance against the Chargers in Week 8. The problem with Gronkowski is that the price is always so high so you have to sacrifice elsewhere to make him fit into your lineup. The name that I like on a cost-effective price this week is Kyle Rudolph against Washington. Washington is the fourth worst team against the tight end giving up 6/80/0.5 line and Rudolph has 9,9,7, and 7 targets the past four weeks. It looks like another great spot for him to see 8 targets with 6 receptions and plenty of touchdown upside.

Justin Bonnema: There are a bunch of great options at tight end this week, but Gronkowski is the answer. I think you pay up for him in all formats and look for bargains at other positions. Evan Engram is the other one that jumps to the top of the list. He’s the only consistent option for the Giants, and even though the 49ers have been decent against tight ends, that’s more of a reflection of how bad they are against every other position. Engram should have no trouble finding the end zone, so long as Eli Manning shows up. 

I also like Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Rudolph (as James mentioned), and Cameron Brate. Volume and touchdown upside is there for all of them. For GPPs, Hunter Henry is in an interesting spot against a tough Jaguars’ defense. The Chargers are going to struggle moving the ball with their outside receivers, so it makes sense for them to attack the middle of the field. I’ll keep my shares in check, but Henry should have low ownership and he’s a nice salary-saver if you need one, especially on DraftKings at $3,900. 
Phil Alexander: Good answers by the crew so far. Gronkowski (if you're playing on a site that includes Sunday Night Football on the main slate), Henry, Rudolph, and Seferian-Jenkins are all on my short list. Allow me to throw Delanie Walker's hat into the ring. Walker played through what seemed like a severe ankle injury last week to no ill-effects. He led the team with 71 receiving yards and didn't re-aggravate the injury.

The Bengals aren't typically thought of as a favorable tight end matchup, but should they be? Last season, they allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to the position and Cincinnati's performance against tight ends for most of 2017 has been suspect at best. In Week 3, they allowed a combined 5-64-1 receiving line to Lance Kendricks and Martellus Bennett. Since then, they've allowed a combined 7-85-0 to Nick O'Leary and Charles Clay, 3-49-0 to Vance McDonald and Xavier Grimble, a 12-121-1 explosion to Jack Doyle, and 3-49-0 against the previously invisible Mercedes Lewis. 

The Titans are 4.5-point home favorites, which are favorable conditions for tight end touchdown equity. And while the matchup doesn't jump off the page, it's probably due more to strength of opponent more than anything else. Walker will probably go overlooked as the TE4 (DraftKings), making him a top GPP option.
John Mamula: For DraftKings main slate, the Tight End position may be difficult this week with Rob Gronkowski not available (Sunday Night game), Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, and Jared Cook on their bye week. Evan Engram ($6,200) and Jack Doyle ($5,200) are the two highest-priced tight end options but salary will make it difficult to pay up for Engram. One tight end that stands out is Kyle Rudolph ($4,600) against the Redskins, who funnel production to the inside of the field. 

Rudolph should provide a reasonable floor for cash games but for GPP tournaments I prefer to pay all the way down at the position to help open up salary at running back and wide receiver. With a low priced tight end all you really need is a touchdown and they are close to returning value. Trey Burton was a perfect example this past weekend. For GPP tournaments, some low priced tight ends that have my eye are Eric Ebron and Austin Hooper. Cleveland has allowed the second most passing touchdowns (6) to tight ends. Hooper should benefit from the highest projected game total (50.5) on the slate. 

Chris Feery:  I’m also on board with Rob Gronkowski as the top tight end selection for the week. He’s going to cost you an arm and a leg, but I’m more inclined to pay up at the position when there’s no outstanding values to be found for the week. That said, there are some intriguing options if you go value shopping this week, but they don’t offer the safety that Gronkowski seemingly brings to the table this week against the Broncos. Names on my short list include Evan Engram, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jason Witten, and Kyle Rudolph. For slates that don’t include the Sunday Night game, Engram is my top choice due to the amount of volume he’s seeing. Seferian-Jenkins is next up for a little contrarian flavor, as the Jets offense is in a good spot to produce against the Buccaneers. 

Jason Wood: I honestly hate the tight end position this week. In situations where there aren't any players I adore, I spread the wealth and try to diversify more than usual. As others have noted Rob Gronkowski is always worth considering, but I don't like the way my lineups shape up slotting Gronkowski's hefty salary into the mix. I'll have exposure to Tyler Kroft, who is one of only two legitimate targets in Cincinnati. I'll have exposure to Jason Witten given Dez Bryant and Terrence Williams injuries. I'll probably own more Austin Sefarian-Jenkins than most, because I love the matchup against the lowly Buccaneers. In tournaments, I'll own some Garrett Celek shares and possibly some Hunter Henry exposure since most will fade him due to the Jaguars matchup.

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