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What Jack Doyle, Ian Thomas performances tell us about Week 14 DFS TE salaries

The tight end position has been showing up on the leaderboards over the last two weeks! Steve Buchanan gets into some strategy for this position ahead of Week 14.

Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The tight end position has actually been exciting as of late! A position that’s mostly been a throw away for the majority of the season, it’s nice to finally see some production as of late, which was highlighted by Tyler Higbee in the classic matchup against the Cardinals, who continue to be decimated by this position. Let’s take a look at how this position shakes out in Week 14.

Jack Doyle ($4,600) vs. Buccaneers

If you thought Doyle was chalky in Week 13, wait until you see what he comes in at this week. In an injury-depleted Colts offense, that also lost WR Chester Rogers in the first quarter, Doyle caught six of his 11 targets for 73 yards and a touchdown, good for 19.3 DKFP. Not only did that make him the third-highest scoring tight end on the slate but it was also at a salary of just $3,300, which was essentially robbery when you think about it. This type of production will likely continue as well with Eric Ebron out of the season. With the status of T.Y. Hilton ($6,800) unknown once again, this could be another monster week for Doyle.

We all know that the Cardinals are by far the worst team against opposing tight ends. Week 13 was a classic example, as Higbee, who is essentially the TE2 on the Rams, went off for 26.7 DKFP by catching seven of his eight targets for 107 yards and a touchdown. However, the Bucs are right in that realm as well, allowing an average of 16 DKFP, 66 yards and seven touchdowns scored. When Ebron isn’t on the field, Doyle has seen a massive 19.7% jump in his overall target share and an 11.2% increase in his red zone targets. Sure, his salary went up a massive $1,300 but he’s still way too cheap for one of the best matchups of the week. Expect his ownership to be sky-high but so will his usage.

Ian Thomas ($2,500) vs Falcons

Greg Olsen took a vicious hit to the head, knocking him out of Week 13 against the Redskins. The Panthers announced that Olsen was in the concussion protocol and will now have the task of working his way back in time for their matchup against the Falcons. If he’s unable to go, which seems to be the likely scenario, Thomas would be next up at this position. With Olsen out, he’d catch all four of his targets for 24 yards and 6.4 DKFP. Certainly nothing special but he was immediately a factor in a short amount of time.

While Thomas is not someone we usually look toward to roster, his minimum salary in a potential starting role makes him a consideration. The Falcons just gave up three catches and 85 yards to Jared Cook last week and five catches for 57 yards to Olsen in Week 11. It’s nothing special but of Thomas scores around 10 DKFP, he would smash his value at such a low salary. On a week where we have so many expensive options to consider in good matchups like Dalvin Cook ($9,500) against the Lions, Nick Chubb ($8,000) facing the Bengal or Leonard Fournette ($7,800) taking on the Chargers, Thomas helps us jam two of those guys in.