3 Tight Ends For Your OwnersBox Lineup
There are many ways you can attack the tight end position when building your lineup on OwnersBox. You can spend up on the big guys like Kelce and Waller or you can spend your money elsewhere and go with a cheap option. We’ve seen people walk away with the grand prize with either strategy. In this article I’m going to give you 3 tight ends that you can start this week in your season long leagues or put in your lineup on OwnersBox for week 7.
Tyler Higbee ($4800) vs Detroit Lions
Rams tight end Tyler Higbee is overdue for a big game this season and the Lions give him a great opportunity. The Lions have by far the worst coverage grade in the NFL at 29.6 per PFF. With the total set at 50.5 bookmakers are expecting plenty of points in this matchup.
Higbee’s route participation is reaching an elite number, last week he was up to 86% and on the season he is at 79%. He is currently 11th in total routes run at the position, ahead of Dalton Schultz, Hunter Henry and Dallas Goedert. Higbee’s target share is relatively low, at 13%, but he has a 29% share of his teams end zone targets. I’m taking the shot on Higbee breaking out this week with 9 tight ends at a higher price.
Cole Kmet ($3800) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bears are in Tampa Bay this week after finding a lot of success with their rushing attack the last few weeks. The gameplan is going to need a major change going against the Buccaneers run defense. They’re giving up just 54.8 rushing yards per game this season. The question is whether or not Matt Nagy is smart enough to make this adjustment for their opponent. But regardless, I see this team trailing and needing to throw the ball.
Last season Jimmy Graham was stealing routes and targets away from Kmet far too often. This season it’s been all Kmet, Graham has just 2 targets through 6 games. The former Notre Dame tight end is now up to 71% route participation and a 16% target share. The issue this season has been the passing volume for this offense. I expect that to spike with a matchup against the Bucs.
Anthony Firkser ($3900) vs Kansas City Chiefs
I’m not a fan of how Ryan Tannehill has been playing this season, but the Chiefs have been terrible against opposing tight ends this season. They’re giving up 88.5 yards per game to the position, the worst in the NFL. This has been good enough for 10.5 fantasy points per game allowed.
Firkser is averaging 3.5 targets per game this season, running about 23 routes per game. With the status of Julio Jones up in the air we should expect to see Firkser’s usage expand. Last season against the Chiefs Firkser found the end zone and recorded 12.6 PPR fantasy points. This game has the highest total on the season at 57.5 and Firkser should take advantage in the play action passing game.