FanDuel NFL Pricing Day 2015: Tight Ends

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By MATT HEVIA
FanDuel

We talk a lot about how close football is, and, more specifically, about how close fantasy football is, but today is a day that will truly bring you a step closer to setting your first FanDuel NFL lineup of the season. Why? Because we're giving out some Week 1 FanDuel NFL pricing, position-by-position, so that you can start plotting the moves you'll make to roster a ballin' team while staying within the confines of the cap.

The tight end position was one whose components were shuffled quite a bit this offseason. Julius Thomas is a Jaguar, Jimmy Graham will be catching passes from Russell Wilson—it's a brave new world.

With that in mind, here are some players to look out for during Week 1, and of course, their prices on FanDuel.

TOP OF THE HEAP

Rob Gronkowski- NE $8,100

Gronk won't come cheap, but if you've ever played fantasy football or watched a Pats game, you probably understand why. New England's star TE is reportedly completely healthy for the first time in years, and playing against a Pittsburgh Steelers squad in Week 1 that was 11th-worst in the league when it came to stopping tight ends in 2014. Like all prices on FanDuel, Gronk's will fluctuate, but barring an injury, I'd expect him to stay toward the top of the list.

Jimmy Graham- SEA $6,900

New Seattle Seahawk Jimmy Graham is next, and will spend Week 1 trying to work things out with Russell Wilson against the St. Louis Rams defense. Not an enviable situation for the new QB-TE pairing, but we'll see what happens. Seattle stopped tight ends routinely in 2014, but Jimmy has something to prove after a down year in New Orleans. He'll set you back $6,900, and, at the very least, should wind up a consistent target of Wilson's once Seattle hits the red zone.

Martellus Bennett- CHI $6,200

Martellus had 90 receptions, 916 yards and six touchdowns in 2014. A season that, objectively, was nice. And of the 916 receiving yards, 179 (roughly 20%) came against Chicago's Week 1 opponent this season, the Green Bay Packers. Sure, Chicago lost Brandon Marshall, giving teams one less proven entity to worry about, but they replaced him with a high-upside rookie in Kevin White, and still have top-tier talent in Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte. Basically, Martellus will still get his this season.

Travis Kelce- KAN $6,000

In 2014, Travis Kelce piled up 862 yards and five touchdowns, but never saw his single-game targets reach double-digits. I'd expect that to change this year for the dynamic 25-year-old, though, maybe not in Week 1. The Chiefs play a Texans team heading into 2015 with a beefed up defense, and was second-best in the NFL at containing tight ends last season.

TIER 2

Greg Olsen- CAR $5,900

Olsen rolls into 2015 priced fifth-highest on FanDuel, but finished last season averaging more fantasy points than both Kelce and Bennett. It'll be a ferocious cat battle in Week 1, as the Panthers take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sure, Carolina added another receiving threat in Devin Funchess this offseason, but Olsen is a tight end whose hands are trusted, and more importantly, a security blanket for Cam Newton.

Jason Witten- DAL $5,800

Witten checks in at six on our list, because he also functions as a security blanket for his quarterback, Tony Romo, and also because you never know what's going to happen when the Cowboy and G-Men get together, which is exactly what's happening during the NFL's opening week.

Ladarius Green- SD $5,700

Unleash the Ladarius! With Antonio Gates suspended for the first four games of the season, that's what the Chargers will be attempting to do early on. The hype has been there for a couple of years, and now LG, who only caught 19 passes last season, should finally get his chance to shine.

Julius Thomas- JAC $5,600

No more Peyton to Julius—it's now Bortles to Julius. Thomas certainly has the talent to make it work, and we'll see if he can begin to do so in Week 1, against the Carolina Panthers.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Jordan Cameron- MIA $5,500 vs. WAS

Owen Daniels- DEN $5,500 vs. BAL

Larry Donnell- NYG $5,300 vs. DAL

Dwayne Allen- IND $5,400 vs. BUF

Coby Fleener- IND $5,100 vs. BUF

Editor's Note: We're hosting a one-day $50,000 fantasy baseball league on FanDuel tonight. It's only $2 to join and first place wins $5,000. Enter by 7:05pm ET (today, July 21st). Here's the link.

*All current prices are subject to change between now and the official launch of FanDuel NFL contests.

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