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Rob Gronkowski got things started out right on Thursday night, with three touchdowns and 95 receiving yards, for nearly 30 Fantasy points on FanDuel. But since you’re reading this article on Friday, I’m assuming you didn’t play him Thursday, and you need some good value plays at Tight End for Week 1 Daily Fantasy Football!

We can do that!

Tight ends are a actually a pretty tricky position because you have the ultra-elite (read: expensive) and you have a huge second tied of players that are mostly interchangeable.

What that means to you is that you can pay big for cash games and make up the difference elsewhere (third wide receiver, kicker, defense), or you can go for some value plays at tight end, and spend that saved money elsewhere.

In other words, I’d rather go big (Gronk) or go small (guys like Kyle Rudolph, Vernon Davis, etc.), but I’d prefer to stay away from mid-priced guys like Owen Daniels and Jordan Cameron.

Week 1 Daily Fantasy Football: Value Plays at Tight End

Some links for you to check out to further help your Daily Fantasy Football lineups:

Doug Anderson created an awesome table that he’s going to post each week that breaks down the “Fantasy Points Allowed by Position.” The best part is – it breaks it down according to the individual scoring rules on several DFS sites, including FanDuel, DraftKings, FantasyAces, Drafster and FanThrowdown.

Last month, I wrote a piece on FanDuel Insider discussing the average benchmarks you have to hit to win different contests on FanDuel, but I expect those numbers to rise (at least) by 10 percent for this Week 1 set of games.

3 DFS Value Plays at Tight End

We handpicked a threesome for your Daily Fantasy Football pleasure! These tight ends are good plays considering their prices and their matchups.

Larry Donnell, N.Y. Giants at Dallas ($5,300): I’m not in love with this one, but considering the Cowboys defense was the worst in the NFL against tight ends last year, allowing 98 catches to the position (more than any other team), it makes sense. Plus, this game is going to be a barnburner, and he caught nine passes for 90 yards in Dallas last year. Victor Cruz is still out, so Eli Manning will need help elsewhere, between Donnell, Rueben Randle and Shane Vereen.

Josh Hill, New Orleans at Arizona ($5,200): This is a tricky one, which also makes it one of my favorite GPP tournament plays. Hill and Ben Watson look to split up the pass-catching duties Jimmy Graham once held in the Crescent City. For now, Watson appears to have the edge for most targets, but Hill has proven to be an excellent red-zone threat. The Cardinals defense allowed the most receiving yards to tight ends last year (1,076). You could even go another route, choosing Watson ($4,600), who barely costs more than the minimum, but could be Brees’ go-to tight end between the 20s.

Brent Celek, Philadelphia at Atlanta ($4,500): He’s a bargain basement guy right now, but if Zach Ertz (groin) remains limited, as he was most of the preseason and in practice on Thursday, then Celek makes for a great GPP play. The thing that makes him an even better GPP play on FanDuel is that since the site doesn’t allow for late-swap, and this game is on Monday night, many people are probably going to steer clear from both Ertz and Celek Sunday morning.

3 Tight Ends to Avoid on FanDuel

This trio of tight ends are players you should stay away from for the upcoming weekend of NFL action. Some of these players might be worth a contrarian play in a GPP tournament, but for the most part, they’re players to avoid. Travis Kelce, Kansas City ($6,000): He’s the third-most expensive tight end on FanDuel for Sunday’s games, but the only team to allow fewer yards per game than the Texans defense (33.4), was the Chiefs defense (29.2). Also, I expect the Chiefs to work Jeremy Maclin in considerably, along with Jamaal Charles out of the backfield.

Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis at Buffalo ($5,400): Not only were the Bills tough on tight ends last year, but Allen suddenly has a host of other targets to contend with in Andrew Luck’s huddle, including Andre Johnson, Phillip Dorsett and Frank Gore. Rex Ryan’s Jets defense was soft on tight ends last year, but I still don’t like Luck-to-Allen this week.

Jordan Reed, Washington vs. Miami ($5,000): While Reed is healthy-ish, and an ESPN reporter marks him as a player to watch against the Dolphins this week, I’m keeping away because the Dolphins defense is treacherous against the tight end position. Last year, tight ends averaged just 2.88 catches per game against them, which was the lowest number in the NFL.

Also, here are our “Value Plays” articles for the other positions:

Check back each week as we post new Value Plays on FanDuel for each position!

Hopefully, these Week 1 Value Plays at Tight End will help you in both your 50/50 games and your GPP tournaments on FanDuel, or whichever Daily Fantasy Football site you play on!

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