Well, Taysom Hill and his shenanigans certainly blew up the slate - crazy the TE1 on the week wouldn’t have a single target but that is the world we live in. That said, we still had a couple of trusty options including Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert (who was TE2 on the slate) as well as hitting 4.12X return on the dart throw Cade Otton while Cameron Brate was out. So there was money to be made. And there is money to be made once again this week - so let’s get to it! 


As a reminder, we like to give you guys at each price point so that you can build the lineup you want at any level.

Top Tier:  the safest and most expensive guys available if you want to pay up

Mid Tier: affordable players that offer the best bang for your buck

Value Tier: the bargain bin players that are risky by nature but can have the huge upside in terms of value created

Fades: The guys we feel are the worst value proposition that you should actively avoid

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NFL DFS TE Top Plays for Week 6

Top Tier

Mark Andrews, BAL

Travis Kelce is never a bad option. I mean, even on only 25 yards last week he scored four touchdowns. And, if you have the extra budget, maybe you pay up a little bit for him. But the matchup for him isn’t necessarily a slam dunk as the Bills defense and Matt Milano are top-five vs. the tight end so far and, without Tyreek Hill to take the top off, they are certainly going to be keying on Travis Kelce. If you want to just stack up players from the Bills and Chiefs game like every single other person then Kelce is the play of course but I like the idea of separating yourself from the crowd with a different play if you are fading that game. Andrews is essentially operating as the top WR for the Ravens - he’s running routes on 94% of dropbacks and 87% of those have been lined up at WR. He hasn’t been asked to pass block one time. He should be able to carve up the Giants pretty good here. He’s roughly 14% of your budget on either DraftKings or Yahoo so pick your poison.

George Kittle, SF

This is a make or break it game for Kittle moving forward but there are a lot of reasons to believe that he could have a big game this week. First off, his usage isn’t as bad as folks suggest it is. In 2019 he blocked on 15.9% of his pass plays and still finished as a top five tight end whereas this year he’s yet to block on more than four pass plays in a game. The team just hasn’t been throwing all that much. This week he gets to face off against the Falcons who have quietly been playing a lot of high-scoring, competitive games (every game has been decided by 6 or less points and three out of five saw over 50 points scored). The Falcons are also the third worst team vs. the tight end so far. Kittle is usually priced a lot closer to Kelce and Andrews so I’m willing to take the $2,000 discount this week. He’s similarly priced on most sites so no advantage there.


Mid Tier

Zach Ertz, ARI

This is the last game we will get of Zach Ertz with no DeAndre Hopkins so we need to cherish it while we can. And, as luck would have it, he gets the Seattle Seahawks who are not only dead last vs. the tight end, but this game has one of the highest over/under point totals of the week at 50.5 points. Ertz has been near the top of the tight ends in routes per dropback (84.9%), routes run from a WR spot (72.6%), pass block % (2.3%), and target share (19.9%) so there is a lot to love about him this week. He’s actually more expensive than Kittle on Yahoo but a bit cheaper on DraftKings so, if you are going to use Ertz, use him on DK.

Tyler Higbee, LAR

This isn’t the sexiest play in the world but it’s arguably the safest. The two major categories Higbee is killing at are the most important - targets and receptions. He’s running routes on ~85% of the drop backs and his 25.4% target share is second only to Mark Andrews. Some of his other behind-the-scenes stats are where there is a lack of excitement - his 3.8 yard aDot is crazy low, he’s blocking on 10% of his pass plays, he’s not particularly fast, he lines up at WR for less than 50% of his snaps, and he’s yet to score a touchdown. So he’s great for smaller leagues or head-to-head matchups but he might not necessarily be amazing for big tournaments. 


Value Tier

Evan Engram, JAX

Engram started out the season with a couple solid target games but the hype was pretty quickly derailed as he was shut down hard by safety Derwin James in Week 3. Then in Week 4 they played a tough Eagles defense in hurricane aftermath conditions where no one on the Jaguars (besides Jamaal Agnew) could really get a handle on the ball. I mean, Trevor Lawrence is now the only player this century to lose four fumbles in a game. But then in Week 5 Engram bounced back with a 10-target game. He gets a great matchup this week with the Indianapolis Colts who are 28th against tight ends so far this year so it’s another good spot for a player who is fairly cheap - 7% of your budget on DraftKings and 6.5% on Yahoo so roughly half the price of the elite guys. 

Hunter Henry, NE

Henry hasn’t lived up to expectations but conditions have also changed a bit from early in the season. For starters, they have a new quarterback who last week targeted Henry five times for a season-high 54 yards. Jonnu Smith is also dealing with an ankle injury which is part of the reason Henry played 59 of 60 snaps. The only real problem here is the matchup as the Browns have been pretty decent vs. the tight end but you are never going to get a perfect option when you pay down to this level. At $3,100 on DraftKings and $11 on Yahoo, I’ll take that kind of snap share over some of these other options. 


Bonus Dart Throw

Harrison Bryant, CLE

Some folks will be going with Quintin Morris in this neck of the woods which isn’t a crazy idea if Dawson Knox is out. But Harrison Bryant is the dart throw I like at $2,700 on DraftKings and the bare minimum $10 on Yahoo. Starter David Njoku is likely going to see a lot of Kyle Dugger which could lead to them drawing up some options for the second tight end - especially in the red area. He did nothing in Week 3 and in Week 5 he was dealing with an illness all week but in the other games he saw 4, 4, and 6 targets. In this price range, pretty much no one is ever seeing 4 targets, let alone 6. Give him a spin somewhere.



Kyle Pitts, ATL

I know it’s a fun idea to consider a contrarian bounce back upside play here with Pitts. But he’s really not even that cheap and there is so much going against him. First off, he hasn’t been producing. Second, this is a bad matchup with San Francisco. Third, he’s dealing with a hamstring issue. And fourth, the team isn’t throwing. Joe Flacco currently has more pass attempts on the season than Marcus Mariota. Joe Flacco was benched two games ago.

David Njoku, CLE

We mentioned briefly above in the Harrison Bryant section why we don’t really love Njoku and that boils down to one man - Kyle Dugger. In Week 1, Durham Smythe and Mike Gesicki did nothing vs. the Pats. In Week 2, Pat Freiermuth didn’t catch a pass with Dugger on him but Dugger left with injury - Freiermuth scored a TD on Adrian Philips. In Week 3 Dugger missed the game completely and Mark Andrews scored two touchdowns. In Week 4 Tonyan caught 2 passes, one of which happened to be a 20 yard TD vs zone, in an overtime game. And, in Week 5 after a monster game with 176 yards and 2 touchdowns, TJ Hockenson caught 1 pass for 6 yards. The Patriots defense looks worse than it is against tight ends but Kyle Dugger is fully healthy and he’s a problem. 


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