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Tight Ends for DFS in Week 3: Hidden Gems and Bounce Back Studs

There are a few different strategies when it comes to rostering tight ends in Daily Fantasy Sports and we run the gamut for Week 3.

For anyone fading the tight end position, their decision has been magnified by the success of Travis Kelce (13/172/1) and Mark Andrews (14/156/1). Multiple players considered top- 12 options have delivered goose eggs or short stats. Here’s a look at the current rankings of some disappointing tight ends:

· Dalton Schultz (15th and injured)

· Irv Smith (18th with one zero)

· T.J. Hockenson (20th)

· Dawson Knox (25th)

· Kyle Pitts (35th)

· Hunter Henry (50th with only four fantasy points)

· Cole Kmet (70th with no catches)

Week 3 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons (DraftKings – $4,800/FanDuel – $5,600)

Based on his fading salary, it will be hard to get away from Pitts in the daily games this week. He only has four catches for 38 yards on 10 targets in his first two matchups. Atlanta had him on the field for 88 percent of their plays. In 2021, his ticket came in on three matchups (9/119/1, 7/163, and 6/102). His lack of touchdowns (1) in his early career over 19 games does lower his ceiling. Tight ends scored 15.50 and 10.80 fantasy points in PPR leagues over the first two weeks against Seattle. Some of the damage came from Andrew Beck (2/52), who lines up at times at fullback for the Broncos. The Seahawks did play the 49ers without George Kittle. I expect Pitts to shine in this game as Seattle now has to contend with Drake London.

Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Chargers (DraftKings – $4,400/FanDuel – $5,800)

After two games, Everett ranks fourth in tight end scoring (27.50 fantasy points), thanks to steady production (3/54/1 and 6/71). He played well last week, but his route-running and lack of endurance did lead to the game-losing touchdown. The Chargers ran plays for him and Everett looks good in his improved role. He has been on the field for about two-thirds of their plays. The Jaguars rank 13th against tight ends (7/91 on 13 targets) while playing two teams (Washington and Indianapolis) with weakness at the position. Everett falls more into the steady category while needing to score to pay off.

Related: Week 3 Start/Sit Fantasy Advice for QB/TE/DST

Isaiah Likely, Baltimore Ravens (DraftKings – $2,800/FanDuel – $4,500)

Likely is a pure cheat at the tight end position with the idea of getting better overall talent into your daily lineup. He had no chances in Week 1, but Baltimore looked his way five times (4/43) vs. the Dolphins. However, the Ravens had him on the field for only 36 percent of their plays as their third tight end. New England will undoubtedly game plan to slow down Mark Andrews and WR2 (Devin Duvernay) may miss this week’s game due to a concussion issue. Likely turned in a limited practice on Wednesday with a groin issue, so he needs to be cleared of his questionable tag by Sunday to roster in the daily games.