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DFS deep dive: TEs in Wild Card week

Dec 3, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker (82) carries Houston Texans cornerback Kevin Johnson (30) into the end zone for a touchdown during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

All season I’ve been writing this column for RotoGrinders.com looking at the top DFS plays at each position. This week, we’re back on PFF and behind the paywall for the Wild Card Round of the playoffs. We’ll be looking at each positional grouping for each team, and examining their DFS value and upside on both DraftKings and FanDuel. Below is the look at the quarterbacks.

(Click for quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers)

Before digging too deep into the specific players on this slate, I did want to mention two important notes this week:

  • On a typical full-game slate, I want to feel comfortable with every player I’m rostering. Ideally, even my punt-plays are tremendous values with high-upside. On a shorter slate like this (four games, eight teams) it’s okay to roster a relatively “gross” name if you feel they give you a stronger lineup overall – allowing you to pay up elsewhere.
  • I can’t stress enough the importance of late-swap on these smaller slates. If you have any tournament lineups that, after a bad game or two, seem unlikely to cash, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by adding exposure to some “riskier” lower-owned players. This was the case for me last season in the playoffs when I shifted exposure to Randall Cobb on a number of presumably dead lineups. Cobb was not an on-paper good play up against the Giants' Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the slot, but Rodgers-Cromartie suffered an injury within the first few snaps of the game and Cobb exploded for 116 yards and three scores. I profited by thousands of dollars that week, despite making some poor decisions elsewhere.

Notes: All numbers in parentheses refer to a player’s salary rank on each site.

Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans

(DK: TE3, FD: TE3)

Walker remains a strong value on DraftKings, where he’s been underpriced all year. Walker ranks top-six at the position in expected and actual fantasy points per game, while also leading all tight ends (and ranking 15th among all receivers) in expected fantasy points since Week 10. He's clearly his team's top receiving option, leading the team in targets per game (by 0.5) and expected fantasy points per game (by 1.5). He also ranks fifth among all receivers in receiving expected touchdown market share, suggesting if Marcus Mariota is throwing for touchdowns Walker is the most-likely recipient.

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