Welcome to NFL DFS Pick One, a series in which, each week, I’ll pick a price range and position that might end up tilting the contest in your behavior and ultimately making a decision on who you should start. This week we’re talking tight ends. Getting a big number from the tight end slot in your DFS lineups can be a huge advantage. At the same time, the TE spot can be filled at a discount, allowing you to squeeze in one more stud at another position. Our three candidates: Mark Andrews vs Chargers ($5,200 on DraftKings), T.J. Hockenson vs Bengals ($5,000) or Dalton Schultz vs Patriots ($4,900).
Related: Tight End Rankings for Week 6
3rd Place: T.J. Hockenson vs Bengals
Hockenson was drafted pretty early in our season-long fantasy drafts, and he started off the year with a bang, posting 25.7 and 20.6 points in the first 2 games. Since then, Hockenson has averaged just over five points per contest as the Lions and Jared Goff have gone away from targeting their budding super-star TE.
This week the Lions face the Cincinnati Bengals who’ve only given up 1just one touchdown to the tight end, and surrendered the fifth-fewest PPR points to the position. While I don’t see how you can get away from Hockenson in your season-long leagues, he comes in at No. 3 on this list for this week.
2nd Place: Dalton Schultz vs Patriots
Schultz was a bit of a question mark coming into the year. We knew Dak Prescott liked to throw to the tight end, and we knew Kellen Moore’s offense left plenty of room for a tight end to excel. The questions were whether or not Schultz or teammate Blake Jarwin would get the bulk of the work, and would there be enough work for that to even matter for fantasy?
So far Schultz has dominated the tight end room in every category, and he’s only failed to give you 10 or more points in Week 2.
With all of the offensive talent the Cowboys have, defenses don’t have the luxury of focusing on shutting down the tight end. At the same time, with all the weapons, it can be hard to predict who will get the glory on any given week. This makes Schultz my middle-of-the-road option this week, especially against a good Patriots’ secondary.
1st Place: Mark Andrews vs Chargers
Andrews is coming off of a huge game on Monday Night Football. Lamar Jackson was absolutely dealing in the comeback win, and as many of us expected, Andrews was a key part of the Ravens passing game… finally.
The Week 6 matchup for the Ravens pits them against a Chargers side that has given up more PPR points to the TE than any team not named the Texans. If the Chargers continue to drop their safeties deep and force teams to take the underneath throws, Andrews should have another huge game. Without having to pay the ultimate premium like we’d have to Kelce or Waller, Andrews gives us the best shot at getting a studly performance, but at a slight discount, making him my No. 1 pick this list.