Fantasy Football: Tight ends scoring at will vs. Cowboys’ defense

Jimmy Graham


Thus far the Dallas Cowboys have proven to be a better team than many expected, especially on the defensive side of the ball. However the first four weeks of the NFL season have proven to fantasy owners that they must start their tight ends against the Cowboys. The Dallas Cowboys have been torched this season by the opponents’ tight ends, scoring on average 13.75 points per game in standard scoring. Tight ends are averaging 7 catches and 86 yards per game. Those tight ends have also found the end zone four times.

While some of the tight ends that have put up numbers on the Cowboys, have been widely owned players like Jimmy Graham and Vernon Davis, lesser owned tight ends have done damage as well. Delanie Walker had the greatest output of all four tight ends. Owners in PPR formats have found this match up even more advantageous, gaining an average of seven extra points.

Week Opponent Tight End Catches Yards Touchdowns Fantasy Points
1 49ers Vernon Davis 4 44 2 16
2 Titans Delanie Walker 10 142 1 20
3 Rams Jared Cook 7 75 0 7
4 Saints Jimmy Graham 8 86 1 12

Going forward fantasy owners must factor in this match up when making decisions not only in who to start but when using the waiver wire.  If Larry Donnell, Niles Paul and Zach Ertz are still available in your league, a waiver claim should be made. All three still have two match ups against the Cowboys. They will likely be at or close to 100% owned by the time waivers clear in your league. If you cant add these players via free agency, a trade might be smart route to go. The Julius Thomas owner in your league may have made a claim in an effort to fill a bye week. Donnell will likely cost you the most in a trade after his three touchdown performance but it will likely be worth what you have to give up to solidify that spot in your line up.

Delaine Walker

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If you play Daily Fantasy Sports, you will want to target tight ends playing against the Cowboys. You likely will find players on a cheaper salary with tremendous upside.

Garrett Graham or Luke Willson aren’t names coveted by fantasy owners, they could be sneaky plays the next two weeks if you are affected by bye weeks or injuries. For example, Week 6 will be a bye week for both Jimmy Graham and Travis Kelce. Owners who are unable to snag another tight end for the bye will want to consider the Seahawks’ Luke Willson.


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