DFS Advice – Tight Ends to Start
Austin Hooper (ATL) vs. LAR
Hooper is emerging as one of the top tight ends of the league in 2019. In a thin tight end class, it’s comforting to know that there is someone like Hooper to add some much-needed depth. He’s currently TE1 averaging 18.3 fantasy points per game in full PPR formats. Hooper currently ranks first in receptions (7.0/gm), second in receiving yards (80.0/gm), and third in yards after the catch (200). The Rams have also allowed the eleventh-most receiving yards to opposing tight ends this year. While the Falcons as a whole have been struggling to find themselves in the win column this season, Hooper has typically been able to finish within the top-ten among active tight ends in the league every week. Only once has he found himself outside the top-ten which was Week 2 against Philadelphia. Expect another high-end performance from the emerging tight end in Atlanta.
Jimmy Graham (GB) vs. OAK
While Graham isn’t anywhere near what he once was during his heyday in New Orleans, he still can put up some big games here and there every so often. With star receiver Davante Adams’ status for Week 7 cloudy and Geronimo Allison still dealing with a chest injury and concussion, Graham could be the next man up in the Packers’ thin receiving corps. He’s got a huge frame at six-foot-six inches and can box out pretty much any defensive player that challenges him in the end zone. At the moment, he’s seventh in red zone receptions and his role could very well increase in this game against an Oakland Raiders defense that has allowed 61.8 yards per game to opposing tight ends. If all goes well, Graham could have a bit of a vintage moment from the early 2010s when he was up there with Gronkowski as the best tight end in football.