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Bottom of the Barrel 2023 NFL DFS Week 4 TE
T.J Hockenson Vikings @ Panthers(13th)
T.J. Hockenson caught eight of a season-high 11 targets last week. All those catches added up to 78 receiving yards. Also, if you were wondering Travis Kelce plays on Sunday Night Football so he is not eligible for the Main slate. That leaves T.J. with the highest tag at the tight-end spot in Week 4.
When we look at this game by all means it is gross. It is nasty. The Vikings are 0-3 and so are the Carolina Panthers. This means both teams have been backed into a corner. You could also say both teams should come out firing based on the "nothing to lose" mentality. Pretty wild thing to say given the fact it's only Week 4. No, it is not wild. If your favorite team starts the season 0-4 then there is not much left to do in terms of a playoff run.
Let's say the Vikings do lose and fall to 0-4 how restless will fans get? How angry will the players become? God forbid Justin Jefferson starts to speak to the media and then trash his coaches or other teammates. You would have a full-blown meltdown in Minnesota.
I am sorry. This was supposed to be a quick blurb on Hockenson being the most expensive TE this week thus helping you see my choices and how much salary we can save. I tried!
Pat Freiermuth Steelers @ Texans(31st)
Pat Freiermuth caught 3-of-4 targets for 41 yards and a touchdown last week! This week the Steelers head to Houston and the Texans have struggled in coverage. This means that there is a big-time upside for Pat here to find the endzone again! Maybe twice to be honest!
I have Pat around 4-5 targets, 3-4 receptions, 35-40 yards, and one touchdown. Could we make a case where Pat scores twice? Absolutely but sometimes I like to leave a little to your imagination.
David Njoku Browns vs. Ravens(2nd)
Wow. I use a lot of different ways to bring you the best possible stats, ideas, and a winning thought process. The Browns host Baltimore on Sunday and I have uncovered some good stuff. This "good stuff" is nothing but big-name websites being contradictory. In one article I've read, "Njoku will look to break out against the Baltimore Ravens at home in Week 4." Alright then! Now we're talking! In the same blurb in continues to say, "Njoku can be an explosive playmaker at the tight-end position but this is a tough week to trust him. I know it's not as black & white as one would've hoped but make a decision.
Will he or won't he? I have David at 5-6 targets, 3-4 catches, 40-45 yards, and one touchdown reception!
Dawson Knox Bills vs. Dolphins(25th)
Knox has led the Bills tight ends in snaps each of the first three games. Knox's volume is interesting, but what does all this mean ahead of Week 4? I'm thinking 4-5 targets, 3-4 receptions, 35-40 yards, and a touchdown!
Cole Kmet Bears vs. Broncos(15th)
About Cole Kmet here it's uh, not great. The entire landscape of this position isn't great if we're being honest. The Chicago Bears' offense last week, in general, struggled to move the ball at all through the air. The Bear's offense failed to make it to 100 total passing yards last week. In this new look NFL that is very bad news. It's astounding actually.
Cole has been targeted 15 times so far this year. That's about 5 targets a game. In all honesty that is a solid target share on a per-game basis. Justin Fields has just been unable to step up and take that next step we all thought he would this season. Is it all on the coaching staff? Is it Justin Fields himself? A mixture of the two? I cannot answer that! I'm just the DFS guy!
I have mentioned this game all week on social media, in my Bottom of the Barrel articles, and on the radio. So all that doom and gloom aside I see something here with these two teams. I also have a specific list of players who I think benefit most in this game. Cole Kmet is one of those! I have Kmet around 4-5 targets, 3-4 receptions, and around 40-45 yards. Given his price tags across the other sites, he would be an outstanding value if, and only if, he could find the endzone.
Donald Parham Jr. Chargers vs. Raiders(26th)
Parham has six catches so far this season and three of them have been touchdowns! Talk about a sick reception-to-touchdown ratio! If my math is correct Parham Jr. is scoring a TD on 50% of his receptions. Plus, thanks to my friend Michael Reedy, I just learned Donald leads all other tight ends in touchdowns!
Right now, in my personal opinion, we are seeing the emergence of Justin Herbert as a top-3 overall quarterback in the NFL. That statement alone is enough for me to take a shot on rostering Donald Parham Jr. this week against a weak Vegas secondary. I'm thinking 2-3 targets, 2-3 catches, 20-25 yards, and another touchdown. I feel so strongly about Parham Jr. scoring a TD this week I am going to place a $25 dollar bet on it!
Dalton Kincaid Bills vs. Dolphins(25th)
After averaging five targets per game over the first two weeks of the season, Dalton only saw two targets in Week 3. What gives? What gives is the fact Buffalo blew out Washinton 37-3! Josh Allen scored a TD on the ground. Latavius Murray scored on the ground and Gabe Davis caught a 35-yard TD. While defensive end A.J. Epenesa picked off a pass which he ran back for a score. After all that was said and done the Bills just went into auto-pilot mode. Eat the clock mode with James Cook.
Better days are ahead for the rookie TE and it could start this week against a Dolphins team who can score, score, score, and when they are done scoring then score again. Should be a very competitive game. This means Josh Allen should attempt close to 40 passes. The odds of Kincaid seeing 5-6 targets is extremely high. I think he catches 3 or 4 passes for 35-40 yards.
Juwan Johnson Saints vs. Buccaneers(18th)
Does anyone remember the end of Dodge Ball with Ben Stiller? As he's laying in bed as this massive 600lb man eating junk and fried chicken wings he looks up from the TV and says, "F*cking Chuck Norris." Well, I'd like to think that was Juwan Johnson last week only he looks up at the scoreboard and shouts, "F*cking Jimmy Graham!" Rightfully so Juwan. I felt that.
If I have said it once I have said it a million times. The tight-end spot is so doom and gloom. It's just awful hence the reason why I created Bottom of the Barrel! For exact spots as this one! Let's count on 4-5 targets, 2-3 catches, 30-35 yards, and a touchdown.
Kylen Granson Colts vs. Rams(5th)
Netting nine yards on 32 routes last week provides evidence Kylen isn't worth rostering in seasonal formats. Welp, good thing this is DFS and we can pick and choose who we roster on a week-to-week basis. Granson looks like the top dog among all the other Colts tight ends. So let's run with that! I've hung my hate and placed bets on less info!
How about I project Kylen at 4-5 targets, 3-4 catches, 30-35 yards. A touchdown catch, in this spot, is something I cannot 100% get behind. Hopefully, he proves me wrong and he does score! If he does it could be fireworks for your DFS entries if, and only if, you've built your entry the right way!
Chig Okonkwo Titans vs. Bengals(27th)
Let's get the bad news out of the way first. Chig finished tied for the third on the team in targets, though he ultimately failed to reach double-digit receiving yards for the second time in three games to begin the season. Dammit, not good. Again, that was last week and this is now!
The Bengal's defense looked good last week on Monday Night. Awesome! Outstanding! Every single blurb I have read about any Titan players ends the same, good Bengals defense. I'd hardly say one good game then makes Cincy this outstanding defense. I mean no disrespect you any of you Bengals fans but it is only Week 4. Let's cool our jets and still move around with our entries as we see fit.
I have Chig around 4-5 targets, 3-4 receptions, and 40-45 yards. I am not scared of the Bengals defense. Nor should you.
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