Bottom of the Barrel 2023 NFL DFS Week 13 TE

by Chris Robin
Bottom of the Barrel 2023 NFL DFS Week 14 TE

Welcome to the Bottom of the Barrel 2023 NFL DFS Week 13 TE Edition!

Tight-ends this week remind me of that uncle, we all have, who shows up a little late to the Christmas Eve party, but he brings a ton of beer, a frozen shrimp ring, and a cool card for you with cash inside of it.

That uncle is always the coolest! He is also the most hardworking and respected man around. Not to mention the most interesting. The same could be said for this week’s crop of Bottom of the Barrel tight ends.

There are a few high-end options worth a look at in Week 13. Yet, I assume, if you are here then some desperation has set in, and you need a different plan of attack. Which is fine be me! I am glad you are here! Let’s get into this week’s tight-end edition of Bottom of the Barrel!

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Bottom of the Barrel 2023 NFL DFS Week 13 TE

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George Kittle 49ers @ Eagles(28th)


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This game is right up Kittle’s alley. One of those knockdown down drag out fight kind of contests. The only little difference here will be a touch of finesse. Most games have finesse as they say football is poetry in motion. While George Kittle is just a punch in the face!

While the 49ers won’t need any sort of tricky to compete with the Eagles their best plan of action would be playing them straight-up. Face to face your guys versus my guys. Philadelphia lacks linebackers who are good coverage and their safety coverages are still a work in progress.

Rarely do I spend up at the tight end position but once in a while there comes a time to set that all aside. This week is one of those times! Look for Kittle to see 6-7 targets, 4-5 receptions, 75-80 yards, and a touchdown!

Hunter Henry Patriots vs. Chargers(23rd)


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Anytime Hunter Henry has made it into Bottom of the Barrel I have said the same thing. Patriots love that tight formation with two tight ends inside the red zone. Well, things have changed in New England over the last couple of months. Being 2-9 this late in the season is an unfamiliar set of circumstances for Bill Belichick and his staff.

Hunter has seen, at minimum, two targets a week throughout the entire season. Last week, however, he had none! The change at QB to Bailey Zappe could be helpful to a guy like Hunter Henry in general.

Nothing too crazy but 4-5 targets, 3-4 catches, for 30 yards, and a touchdown will do!

Jonnu Smith Falcons at Jets(22nd)


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Most of the folks who come to Bottom of the Barrel are in desperate need of help. In many ways, I might add but let’s keep it to football. Jonnu was an outstanding option in Weeks 2 through nine. Now it has been crickets. Kyle Pitts has also been ignored in the position in a slightly similar fashion.

So why would we bother with Jonnu Smith? I look at it as a sink-or-swim type of scenario. Falcons QB Desmond Ridder is going to find out very fast how good this Jets defense is. In my mind, the Jets lock down all the Falcons wide receivers leaving it to Bijan and Allgeier to carry the load. If Ridder has any smarts whatsoever, he will learn quickly to target his tight ends.

Putting out hopes and dreams at tight end in the hands of Desmond Ridder is a scary proposition. I have built DFS entries on less. Let us expect around 3-4 targets, 2-3 catches, and 30-35 yards.

Tyler Conklin Jets vs. Falcons(30th)


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Jets starting QB Tim Boyle targeted Tyler five times last week and should be heavily involved this week against Atlanta. Against opposing wide receivers, the Jets are first overall, but they lack the coverage skills to keep up with tight ends. We have found our sweet spot!

The New York Jets have surrendered the sixth-most fantasy points a game to tight ends. This bodes well for Tyler on Sunday. Could even make a case for second-year guy Jeremy Ruckert in this one too. Ruckert(FD-$4,400)(DK-$3,000)(Y!-$10) could be an ever-sneakier pivot.

We should expect 4-5 targets, 3-4 catches, and around 40 yards and a touchdown for Tyler Conklin. In what must be a low-scoring affair.

Juwan Johnson Saints vs. Lions(18th)


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How fast would you expect a defense to get their act together? The Detroit Lions aren’t exactly the Steel Curtain Pittsburgh used to be in the 1970s. Detroit is giving up the fourth-most points per game to opposing tight ends.

With most of the Saints wide-outs banged up or flat-out inactive on Sunday Juwan has a shot to step in a big way! The Lions let Tucker Kraft. a 23-year-old rookie, snag a touchdown pass on them last week. Johnson could have a field day at home on Sunday!

Overly ambitious, or not, I have Juwan Johnson to see 5-6 targets, 4-5 catches, 55-60 yards, and a touchdown in Week 13. One of my favorite plays on Sunday!

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