Zach Ertz TE, Philadelphia Eagles (DraftKings $6,500 FanDuel $7,500)
Zach Ertz currently sits atop all tight ends with a ridiculous 47 targets on the year. To put it in perspective only Juju Smith-Schuster, Antonio Brown and Adam Thielen have more targets this year than Ertz. Volume is critical for a tight ends success and Ertz certainly gets his fair share. The Vikings aren’t a great match up on paper but their ranking is bolstered by two contests with teams that don’t really utilize the position (The Bills and the Rams) When faced with pass catching tight ends this season, the Vikings gave up 12 receptions and 189 yards over two contests. With this sort of volume and Carson Wentz shaking the rust off, Ertz might do that in one game this week.
Eric Ebron TE, Indianapolis Colts (DraftKings $4,600 FanDuel $5,700)
With tight end the targets are so critical and I expect Ebron to have a lot of them as the Colts try to keep up with the Patriots Thursday night. T.Y. Hilton has already been ruled out and Ebron is currently second on the team behind Hilton in targets with 30. Jack Doyle was also ruled out today leaving Ryan Grant as Ebron’s closest competition for looks. Coming in expected to lose by 10 with few others to throw to, look for Ebron to have Andrew Luck’s attention throughout this entire contest.
Austin Hooper TE, Atlanta Falcons (DraftKings $3,000 FanDuel $5,000)
I’m already all over this game at Pittsburgh and Hooper makes the cut here too. Pittsburgh has given up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this year averaging 20.5 points per game allowed. He only owns 10% of the target market share among all Falcon’s pass catchers and backs but he owns nearly 79% of the targets owned by tight ends. I get why he is only $3,000 but that also makes him a nice play this week given he upside.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (DraftKings $2,900 FanDuel $4,600)
ASJ could be another nice spend down option this week if you really cant spare the extra $100 to grab Austin Hooper. The Chiefs have given up the 4th most fantasy points to enemy tight ends and they didn’t exactly face the all star team. The Chargers, Steelers, 49ers and Broncos have some talented players but nobody that really strikes too much fear in the tight end department. ASJ has carved out a sneaky little role in this offense with 18 targets on the season and should be able to add to that this week as the Jaguars try to keep pace with the Chiefs. The game has a high over/under at 48.5 and Leonard Fournette is likely out once again this week. There should be ample opportunity for ASJ to catch a few passes. If one of the happens to be in the end zone he should easily hit 4x value or more for the price.