Bottom of the Barrel 2023 NFL DFS Week 6 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 6 TE Edition!

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It is Friday the 13th, 2023, and quite fitting given how grim the tight-end position is for this week. Let’s get to digging, shall we?

Bottom of the Barrel 2023 NFL DFS Week 6 TE!

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Sam Laporta Lions at Buccaneers(13th)


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The most expensive tight end on FanDuel is Sam. The most expensive tight end on DraftKings is T.J. Hockenson. So why not briefly cover both of these co-top dogs? When talking about Sam it's pretty clear he's hotter than fish grease. Two touchdowns last week against the Panthers and 31 targets through five games. Coach Dan Campbell said that LaPorta (calf) took part in Friday's walk-through practice and that his status for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers is uncertain, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Given the matchup and the makeup of this team, I would expect to see LaPorta on the field Sunday. While Tampa Bay is not a Divisional foe they are a Conference foe. So why bother with weird tiebreaking issues later on down the road? Just win outright and move on. The Lions have found a gem with Sam and are still figuring out better ways in which to use him!

So, if Sam LaPorta is active on Sunday against the Buccaneers then he should be considered for your DFS entries. I have him around 5-6 targets, 4-5 receptions, 55-60 yards, and another touchdown. Lock and load Sammy Boy!

T.J. Hockenson Vikings at Bears(25th)


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The most expensive tight end on DraftKings is T.J. Hockenson. The most expensive tight end on FanDuel is Sam. Hockenson caught 5-of-8 targets for 51 yards in the Vikings' Week 5 loss to the Chiefs. The other big loss was that of star WR Justin Jefferson. While we never wish any ill will on another human being we still have to charge ahead and make plans.

Sure, some of these Minnesota waiver wire darling WRs Brandon Powell, rookie Jordan Addison, and K.J. Osborn are also in play but seeing how I covered that portion of the offense in my last article this one is devoted to to T.J. Given the current state of the Vikings offense it would be hard to imagine that TJ Hock isn't the direct complement to Kirk Cousins. Another team with a clear offensive pecking order makes it a tad easier on us shlubs to rank and project.

I see no way around 8-9 targets, 6-7 catches, 65-70 yards, and a touchdown for Hockenson in Week 6 against a nasty bitter old Divisional foe like the Bears.

Zach Ertz Cardinals at Rams(27th)


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When punting the tight end position not too many rules to apply. I'm not even sure how many punting TE rules I have made. Regardless, I know one of them! The most important one! A combo rule Player A vs. DvP. So if we use that formula here Player A is Zach Ertz at the Rams defense against opposing TE's gives up the fifth-most fantasy points per game to the position. With just that last sentence I am sold! But, wait! There is more!

Ertz looks good and healthy now after that knee surgery from last season. How good? Well, for the past two games, Ertz has recorded more snaps than fellow tight ends Trey McBride and Geoff Swaim combined! Again, in my opinion just no way around Zach Ertz at the TE spot this week!

Since it's Friday the 13th let's get weird and give Ertz 7-8 targets, 5-6 catches, and one touchdown reception!

Noah Fant Seahawks at Bengals(28th)


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Flat out and as real as I can be Fant has 10 catches for 160 yards without a single touchdown in the first four games this season. When the bow breaks the cradle will fall. Down will come baby and No-ah Fant will score. He should find the endzone in Week 6. I'm flabbergasted he hasn't already! A Noah Fant anytime TD bet on the FanDuel Sportsbook is +600. So $10 down would get you $60. I have already placed mine!

This game should be competitive from the first kick. The over/under sits at 45 and I think these two teams smash that! When we check back in with Fant this week I think 3-4 targets, 2-3 catches, 40-45 yards, and a touchdown! Book it!

Cade Otton Buccaneers vs. Lions(29th)


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In daily fantasy sports formats Cade Otton, to me, is always on my radar. Never a ton of dough plus you know this team loves to throw the ball. The only drawback is the fact Chris Godwin and Mike Evans come first. Rightfully so, but as it stands now Mike Evans (hamstring) is questionable this week against Detroit. If Evans is ultimately inactive then Cade Otton shoots up my DFS TE board right below Noah Fant!

Cade caught three passes for 13 yards and caught his first touchdown of the season in Week 4. Tampa was on BYE in Week 5 so now they welcome in a hot Lions team. Again, keep an eye on Mike Evans but either way, Otton should get a look at our entries this week. He should be good for 4-5 targets, 3-4 receptions, and about 30-35 yards. It's the touchdown that will help our lineups pop! Mike Evans though, be on the lookout!

Hayden Hurst Panthers at Dolphins(22nd)


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I have always been open and honest with you when it comes to almost everything I do in my life, including DFS ideas. How can I put this or say this gently to any Carolina fans? In my game projections and predictions, I have the Dolphins to score 50+ points this week against the Panthers. So, logically the Panthers would have to throw and try to keep pace. Not that they will but that trying part is what I am after when it comes to Hayden!

Last week stunk for Hayden as he saw Tommy Tremle and Adam Thielen both score 1-yard touchdowns! Thats ok! What do I always say? That was then and this is now! As I said Miami is going to score 50+ points, which isn't all bad, seeing how Bryce Young will then be able to run this Panthers offense in a fast-paced way. Same thing they did last week in Detroit. Carolina lost but they did score three touchdowns. Why can't the same thing happen this week? While it's Hurst on the receiving end of two 1-yard touchdowns?

Tyler Conklin Jets vs. Eagles(24th)


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Tyler Conklin has been fantastic! Last week he caught four of five targets for 67 yards. Tyler has averaged four receptions for 50 yards over the past four games. Shockingly, that still isn't quite TE1 type of stuff but it has created a generous floor that all of us DFSers can trust! Week 6 should be more of the same.

In all honesty, I don't expect the Jets to win here but that is ok. That has never really mattered much in DFS. We are just about the points for and even points against. Another classic case of one team being down and trying to keep pace with the other. Even in a loss, if Zach Wilson can retain his composure and put out good footballs for his guys then it's another big step in the right for him.

Let's get back to Conkin and finish this one up strong. I see no reason why he doesn't keep up with what he's done in the last four games. At least four catches and 50 yards. I think he does a tad better here! Five catches, 60 yards, and a touchdown!

Drew Ogletree Colts at Jaguars(25th)


I am just as shocked as you reading this. Drew did score a touchdown in Week 4 and I think he's in a prime position to do it again here in Week 6. There is nothing left to say. The game over/under is at 44.5 and I think both teams smash that. Given how bad the Jags are against opposing TEs why not punt it and find out?

Kylen Granson Colts at Jaguars(25th)


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Same as Drew above with a little more action.  There were some worrisome signs, as Drew Ogletree got the starting nod at tight end and played more snaps (40) than Granson (26). However, the Colts still divide their passing game production between too many tight ends for any of them to have viable fantasy value in most formats. per the Sleeper app.

Would be flat-out ridiculous to put Granson in your TE spot and then Ogletree in your flex spot, right? Exactly, that's why I am going to do that in at least one entry. Fortune favors the bold! Or does it favor the stupid? Either way, I am doing it. So feel free to call me bold or stupid moving along.

Granson should see around 4-5 targets, 3-4 receptions, and 35-40 yards. Can you imagine if both Granson and Ogletree scored in Week 6? Oh baby would that make me a popular man!

Tommy Tremble Panthers at Dolphins(22nd)


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This kid looked strong last week in Detroit! The same rules apply this week in Miami. Down early and often which, in a weird way, loosens up the offense and their play calling. Tommy has only been targeted twice through five games. This tells us, clear as a bell, his rare usage in the passing game. So what?

This is the Bottom of the Bottle. Not some hip get-ahead-of-the-curve waiver wire article. Tommy is exactly why I built this article from the ground up. A kid as cheap as can be who will score a touchdown.

Irv Smith Jr. Bengals vs. Seahawks(6th)


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Per ESPN, " Even if Higgins is out again, Smith isn't worth the risk of putting him into a fantasy lineup." I strongly disagree. Granted they are speaking from a seasonal perspective and I'm talking from a cheaply based DFS entry. If Joe Burrow truly is getting back close to his final form then anybody on this Bengals offense is in play. Including Irv Smith Jr.

I have him for 4-5 targets, 3-4 catches, and 30-35 yards. Given his price tag that's perfect!

Trey McBride Cardinals at Rams(27th)


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Oh, Trey McBride! We both know Ertz is the TE1 in this offense but there is some appeal to Trey this week given the DvP. I think this is a week where we can run a double Arizona TE stack in our entries. So far this season McBride has logged 114 offensive snaps. Trey has managed to catch eight of 10 targets for 79 yards. I know he has it in him.

He's 23 and Ertz is 32. Only a matter of time. Until that time comes we pick weeks like this to use them both!


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