For everyone not lucky enough to have a man named Rob Gronkowski on their team, the tight end slot can be one of the most difficult to fill. Finding the right fit is never easy, especially in one-day leagues. So with you Draft Kings in mind, here’s a little help picking a cheap tight end for Week 9:
Benjamin Watson, New Orleans Saints: Watson has been an absolute beast in the absence of Jimmy Graham, especially over the past four game. Over that span, Watson has three touchdowns and twice been tackled at the one-yard line. Brees has also thrown his way more than ten times twice at home over that stretch.
This week, Watson and the Saints are in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome against the weak Tennessee Titans—the same Titans who gave up double-digit points to Dion Sims, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and Cameron Jordan. So basically, any tight end can do really well against Miami.
Based on Watson’s current hot streak, he’s worth a start in each and every league you’re participating in.
Vernon Davis, Denver Broncos: I am going out on a limb here, but Vernon Davis may be worth a shot. I don’t know to be perfectly honest. Jordan Reed, Heath Miller, and Charles Clay are all safer bets, but Davis does have a very high ceiling.
Davis hasn’t been doing much of anything this season. In fact, through six games with the San Francisco 49ers this season, Davis only managed 194 yards on 18 receptions. No touchdowns. Playing with Colin Kaepernick is the definition of the struggle.
Now he has Peyton Manning, and after Peyton shut everyone up last week, he’ll most likely come out firing on Sunday against his former team, the Indianapolis Colts.
Tight end Julius Thomas did absolutely fantastic under Manning with 24 touchdowns over the past two seasons, so provided head coach Gary Kubiak allows Davis to see the field for more than one or two downs, a touchdown isn’t completely out of the question.
That’s a big if. I honestly couldn’t tell you how much the Broncos will utilize Davis this week. After all, they just got him. Up to you, big guy. Should be pretty cheap in Draft King Leagues if you like to consider yourself a risk taker.