So this NFL season is playing out exactly how we thought. Buffalo and Houston are 2-0, New Orleans and Indianapolis are 0-2, Seattle and San Francisco have already lost. Niles Paul and Larry Donnell have both outscored Rob Gronkowski. Jordan Cameron and Jordan Reed are both hurt already, Drew Brees has not been a top-10 fantasy quarterback, and Tom Brady has not been a top-25 QB. Yeah, that is exactly what we were expecting this season. Good thing we play daily fantasy where each week is a new season. Here is a look at your tight end options for this week’s season:

PlayerTeamPriceOpponentRank vs Position
Jimmy GrahamNew Orleans8000Minnesota17th
Julius ThomasDenver6600Seattle26th
Antonio GatesSan Diego6100Buffalo22nd
Rob GronkowskiNew England5900Oakland4th
Niles PaulWashington5800Philadelphia11th

Jimmy Graham, New Orleans, $8,000 – Graham’s banishment from the top of the tight end pricing lasted all of one week, it is amazing what a 10 reception, 118 yards game with two touchdowns will do for a player’s price. This week Graham will be at home against Minnesota. Rob Gronkowski did not do much against the Vikings in week two, but to be fair, when you rush for over 200 yards, your team will not be passing much. In other words, do not be fooled into thinking the Vikings are a good defense against TE, they will not be able to stop Graham.

Julius Thomas, Denver, $6,600 – Thomas is clearly trending down. He went from seven to four receptions from week one to week two and from three to one touchdown. Do not look for the trend to continue. Yes, Thomas is facing Seattle. You know, the Seahawks D that just allowed Antonio Gates to catch three touchdowns. Thomas is not a sure thing, but I would not be afraid to use him this week.

Antonio Gates, San Diego, $6,100 – So much for Ladarius Green replacing Gates; the reports of Gates’ demise have been greatly exaggerated. Gates saw a huge price increase this week; sort of what you expect when a player has a monster game against Seattle. Gates already has 13 receptions this season. His opponent this week, Buffalo, has a good defense, but struggles against tight ends.

Rob Gronkowski, New England, $5,900 – I liked Gronkowski given his price the first two weeks, not so much week three. No doubt Oakland is bad and Gronkowski could easily have a monster game this week. But, Oakland held Houston tight ends to only one reception last week, and Tom Brady has not looked good this year. I would not buy Gronkowski at this price – which pretty much guarantees a monster game.

Niles Paul, Washington, $5,800 – I really want to complain about Paul’s pricing this week. Thing is, he does have 12 receptions for 185 yards and a touchdown already this season – for comparison, Gronkowski has eight receptions for 72 yards. However, while the price is justifiable, I think there is also a good deal of risk with Paul. Philadelphia has been tough against TE, and Kirk Cousins has been less than impressive in games he has actually started.

PlayerTeamPriceOpponentRank vs Position
Delaine WalkerTennessee5700Cincinnati20th
Greg OlsenCarolina5600Pittsburgh25th
Martellus BennettChicago5200New York Jets2nd
Dennis PittaBaltimore4400Cleveland29th
Jason WittenDallas3900St. Louis9th

Delaine Walker, Tennessee, $5,700 – Walker caught ten of his 14 targets from Jake Locker last week in route to a 142 yards and one touch down game. He also nearly had a second TD reception. Walker has been a very good TE while Locker has been healthy. Cincinnati shut down the Falcons tight ends in week two – though that is hardy an accomplishment considering said TE have a whole 5 receptions for 32 yards all season. In other words, look at what Pitta did week one and ignore week two when considering how good the Bengals D is against tight ends. Walker is a very nice value this week.

Greg Olsen, Carolina, $5,600 – It was a little shocking that Olsen had a lesser game with Cam Newton back than he did week one with Newton out. Olsen did still manage eight receptions for 72 yards. Olsen should have another good game this week. He has a nice match up and he has more time working with Newton than any of the Panthers other receiving options.

Martellus Bennett, Chicago, $5,200 – So far this season, Oakland has allowed opposing tight ends to catch seven passes for 65 yards. Bennett has had a nice start to his season, but the match-up is not ideal. I think Bennett is priced as he should be, thus I would look elsewhere for my tight end this week.

Dennis Pitta, Baltimore, $4,400 – Pitta’s four targets in week two were a major let down after the 15 he saw in week one. The good news is, Pitta is playing a ton of snaps and it is unlikely that Owen Daniels will be featured again this week. Cleveland has issues against TE – Jimmmy Graham just had three TD against them – making Pitta a nice value play this week.

Jason Witten, Dallas, $3,900 – I see that name and that price and I cannot help but think Witten is a must-play this week. I thought that last week too; that did not work out very well. As good as Witten is, Dallas is running almost at will right now which limits how much they have to throw the ball. There is potential profit with Witten for sure, but I think there are better values with higher upside this week.

PlayerTeamPriceOpponentRank vs Position
Travis KelceKansas City3700Miami12th
Charles ClayMiami3500Kansas City23rd
Jared CookSt. Louis3400Dallas32nd
Mychal RiveraOakland3200New England13th
Zach MillerSeattle3000Denver28th

Travis Kelce, Kansas City, $3,700 – I am starting to wonder if I have a “thing” for Kelce. He has been on my bargain list all three weeks this season. What can I say? Once again, I think he is a very nice value. The Miami defense is nothing special and Kelce was good for 12 fantasy points against Denver. I could easily see Kelce providing triple value this week.

Charles Clay, Miami, $3,500 – So far this season the Kansas City defense has allowed opposing tight ends to score three times, catch 11 passes and rack up 129 yards. Clay has not had any great games, but did manage seven receptions on eight targets last week. Clay is a good PPR TE, but unlikely to rack up a ton of yardage, he also has not scored a touchdown since week 14 of 2013 so while he is a value play, his upside is limited.

Jared Cook, Dallas, $3,400 – Somehow, the Dallas defense is even worse against opposing tight ends this season than it was last. The Cowboys have already allowed 14 receptions, three touchdowns and 186 yards to opposing tight ends in 2014. Like Clay, Cook is not likely to have a monster game, yet he has had over eight fantasy points in both games this season and has the tasty match up this week.

Mychal Rivera, Oakland, $3,200 – Let’s face it, when you get down into this salary strata, you are highly unlikely to find a stud. If you are buying in this price range at tight end, you are spending money at other positions and just looking for someone who will get you some points, perhaps provide double value – anything more is a nice bonus. Rivera has not been anything special, in fact he had 31 yards in both weeks one and two. Those yards came with eight receptions though. Is Rivera a home run pick? No, but he is a safe bet to give you double value.

Zach Miller, Seattle, $3,000 – It is very risky recommending a guy coming of a one reception for 22 yards game which is what Miller did in week two. The reason he is on this list is because he is facing the Denver defense. Denver has allowed the most yards to opposing tight ends this season – 215 yards in two games. As with most of the guys on the bargain bin list, Miller is far from a sure thing, yet also provides the potential for profit this week given his match up.

Once again, the tight end position provides plenty of choices. There are viable options at all price points this week. If you are looking to follow someone on Twitter who rarely posts, you can find me @STCDub. Good luck in all your contest this week!