Things happen how they are supposed to. I am a firm believer in that. Also, when we take on more than we can handle certain things can fall through the cracks. It’s inevitable but not all is lost.
We have a chance to end our week on the right foot seeing how there are plenty of great tight ends to choose from in Week 2. With that comes an opportunity for some major strategic thinking, my favorite!
Over the years I have found there are two types of DFS players when it comes to the tight end position. The folks who pay up every week for their guy. Or the tight-end punters. We have all coexisted for years and you’d never know who is but today I ask for that to change!
Stand up and tell us which kind of tight-end DFS player you are! How about I start first? Hi, my name is Chris, and I am a DFS tight-end punter. See? It’s that easy!
Bottom of the Barrel 2023 NFL DFS Week 2 TE
Travis Kelce, Chiefs @ Jaguars(16th)
The King of the tight ends is listed as questionable but let's be honest, he will play. This is good news for Kansas City after that Thursday Night loss to the Lions. A few questions were raised after that loss but nothing that took hold. Nothing that made the front page of the KC Daily News. It was only one game but that is how fast things move in the NFL!
KC heads to Jacksonville to tussle with the Jaguars. This isn't that same old pushover expansion Jags team of the early 90s. The Chiefs have their work cut out for them. Getting Travis back is a massive step in the right direction. All Hail King Kelce.
Dalton Kincaid, Bills vs. Raiders(20th)
Dalton caught all four targets in his first game as a professional. The Bills also lost, in overtime, to the Jets on Monday Night. Strange occurrence given that the Chiefs did too. What was thought to be the cream of the AFC crop is a collective 0-2 heading into Week 2.
Buffalo looked stagnant and lame while their franchise QB, Josh Allen touchdown to interception ratio was unacceptable. We should expect a more fast-paced and high-flying approach in Week 2. Instead of three interceptions this week I am expecting three touchdown passes. One of which will be caught by Kincaid.
Cole Kmet, Bears at Buccaneers(22nd)
Cole Kmet asserted himself as a reliable target for then-rookie QB Justin Fields last season. In Week 1 not much changed as Kmet was targeted seven times! If the Chicago Bears fall to 0-2 and lose to the Baker Mayfield-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers we will never hear the end of it on social media.
Tampa Bay is a lot like Chicago in the sense that they are still trying to find their footing and identity as a squad. A Justin Fields to Cole Kmet constant connection would go a long way to the Bears finding their way. Let's lock Kmet in at 5-6 targets, 3-4 receptions, 45-50 yards, and a touchdown.
Sam LaPorta, Lions vs. Seahawks(19th)
If we sit back and just listen rather than always sharing our opinions we could learn a thing or two. Stop me if you've heard this one. Rookie tight-ends can't be relied on as fantasy assets based on a learning curve harder than most other positions. While history certainty tells that story why can't there be an anomaly?
Sam's target share in Week 1 alone is worth a second look. Not to mention the schemes and blocking he was able to accomplish. All that is not on the box score stuff. I'm not saying LaPorta is that one special case. I'm not even saying he's a must-start TE right now. None of that matters though in daily fantasy sports. That is the beauty of it. We are able to pick and choose our spots. I'm telling you right now, choose Sam LaPorta in Week 2.
Luke Musgrave, Packers vs. Falcons(26th)
Luke Musgrave caught three of the four tossed his way for 50 yards in his debut. If Jordan Love is truly the next star quarterback of the Packers then that means a stud tight end is not far behind. It's just the way the Green Bay Packers organization has run for the last 104 years. So realistically there is nothing I can say in this blurb to combat the historic run of the Packers.
Will Luke see the same volume he did in Week 1? From everything I have read, it seems not but I disagree! If Christian Watson is inactive again this week why can't Luke duplicate, or best, his 50 yards from Week 1?
Jake Ferguson, Cowboys vs. Jets(7th)
I am serious when I need to be. I am also a fun guy when the time calls for it. Which Chris would you prefer for this blurb? If you want serious Chris then skip ahead to point A. If you'd like goofy fun guy Chris skip ahead to point B. This is fun, right? Like a choose your own adventure!
A. Jake Ferguson's involvement in this current Dallas Cowboys offense is still up in the air to me personally. Dak and the offense just needed to hit cruise control as their defense and special teams ran wild on the Giants. The Jets will certainly be a more formidable challenge meaning, we shall see exactly how important Jake is to this offense. I am willing to take the risk with him given his price tag across the board.
B. every time I see Jake Ferguson's name I think of the late Norm McDonald playing Bert Reynolds on Saturday Night Live changing his name to "Turd Ferguson" on the board and driving everybody crazy.
Chigoziem Okonkwo, Titans vs. Chargers(12th)
Thankfully we didn't use Chig in Week 1. He did nothing. Not for nothing but the entire Tennessee Titans offense did nothing as well. Hate to sound like a broken record but this is why DFS is so popular. Do you know why? At this point you should know me well enough by now so say it with me! We are able to pick and choose which players we roster on a week-to-week basis.
Let's choose Chig in Week 2 as I expect the Titans to show some spirit, at home, against the Chargers. Pencil Chig in for 5-6 targets, 4-5 receptions, and 45-50 yards.
Adam Trautman, Broncos vs. Commanders(17th)
Almost against my own policy of not mentioning chalky plays in Bottom of the Barrel. Yet, here we are. Adam is so underpriced in a game where his own coaching staff has literally told us they plan on getting him more involved. If Jerry Jeudy is unable to play again this week that only further affirms my love for Trautman.
In a shocking turn of events Bottom of the Barrel is once again going against the grain in regards to everyone's opinion about Adam. His 3.6 air yards are awful. He doesn't deserve to be ahead of Greg Dulcich in the Broncos offensive pecking order. The Commanders are damn good on defense including their linebackers and everyone else responsible for covering the field where Adam will roam. Realistically all we need is 3-4 catches for 40 yards for Trautman to return value. The cherry on top will be when he scores a touchdown on Sunday!
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