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Navigating the Murky Tight End Waters for DFS Week 11 Contests

The DFS main slate in Week 11 leaves a lot to be desired for the tight end position but these playmakers could help fantasy players in a big way.

Mark Andrews is the highest-salaried tight end option this week, with Travis Kelce and George Kittle off the main slate. Unfortunately, he doesn’t look 100 percent healthy coming out of the bye week based on his limited practices on Wednesday and Thursday. When adding in the injury of Dallas Goedert, finding a productive tight end on Sunday looks like a tall task. Cole Kmet (45.40 fantasy points) was the best tight end over the past two weeks, followed by Travis Kelce (40.70 fantasy points).

Week 11 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Teams on bye: Jacksonville, Miami, Seattle, Tampa Bay

Here’s a look at the top tight end options in Week 11:

T.J. Hockenson, Minnesota Vikings (DraftKings – $5,300/FanDuel – $6,500)

Over his first two games with the Vikings, Hockenson caught 16 of his 19 targets for 115 yards. He is on pace to catch 79 passes for 963 yards and six touchdowns. His only impact game (8/179/2) came in Week 4 against the Seahawks while playing for Detroit. Hockenson hasn’t scored over the past five weeks.

Dallas ranks eighth defending tight ends (44/326/1 on 459 targets), with the Lions’ tight ends (8/105) having the most success. In that game, Hockenson had four catches for 48 yards. The Cowboys will rush the quarterback and try to slow down Justin Jefferson with CB Trevon Diggs. Hockenson should be active in this matchup, but the Vikings may ask him to help in pass protection on more plays. His salary and opportunity point to success as long as Hockenson scores.

Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears (DraftKings – $4,100/FanDuel – $5,700)

Over the last two games at home, the Bears completed only 29 passes. Kmet finished with nine catches for 124 yards and four touchdowns on 13 targets, putting him on the winning daily tickets in back-to-back games. He has a touchdown in three straight contests (five total). He missed some practice this week with a thigh issue, but Chicago expects him to play on Sunday.

The Falcons are 25th in tight end defense (59/588/1), with five teams having at least seven catches (7/71, 9/105/1, 9/91, 8/83, and 8/62). Justin Fields has been electric over the past two weeks, and the Bears’ offense has been very good for a month. Kmet appears to be touchdown-dependent for success, but he does have a higher ceiling if Chicago attempts more passes.

Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills (DraftKings – $3,200/FanDuel – $5,100)

Last week, Knox finished with a season high in receiving yards (57). He has yet to see more than six targets, and his touchdown production (2) remains well below his breakout success in 2021 (49/587/9). His catch rate (72.7 percent) is a career-best.

Cleveland ranks fourth against tight ends (28/398/1 on 50 targets), with one poor showing (NE – 6/122/1). Knox doesn’t have a great matchup and Buffalo won’t feature him in their passing game. His draw is his low salary paired with playing with Josh Allen. With a touchdown and a 3/30 outcome, Knox would fill his salary bucket.