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Which lesser tight end looks best?

Dallas, Pittsburgh have reliable options

ASK THE EXPERTS appears weekly from training camp through the Super Bowl with answers to a new question being posted Thursday morning. How the guest experts responded when we asked them: After the elite options, which lesser tight end would you most like to have the rest of the season?

MICHAEL NAZAREK

I've found two other TEs to help my high-stakes teams out immensely in 2021. First, Dalton Schultz has emerged as a solid PPR target for Dak Prescott. While he hasn't scored too much, Schultz has drawn a solid target share and is very consistent when Dak plays. The other is Dawson Knox, who couldn't be stopped until a broken hand sidelined him a few weeks back. Knox doesn't draw the targets that Schultz gets, but he seems to be a more effective red-zone target, as well as big playmaker. It looks like Knox likely returns from his injury this coming week.

Nazarek is the CEO of Fantasy Football Mastermind Inc, celebrating 25 years online! His company offers a preseason draft guide, customizable cheat sheets, a multi-use fantasy drafting program including auction values, weekly in-season newsletters, injury reports and free NFL news (updated daily) at its web site, www.ffmastermind.com. He has been playing fantasy football since 1988 and is a four-peat champion of the SI.com Experts Fantasy League, a nationally published writer in several fantasy magazines and a former columnist for SI.com. He's also won nearly $30K in recent seasons of the FFPC High Stakes Main Event. Nazarek can be reached via email at miken@ffmastermind.com.

DAVID DOREY

I'd have to lean towards Dan Arnold on this one. Since he was traded to the Jaguars, he's already had three games with 60+ yards and the offense doesn't have any strongly preferred receivers. He's offering underneath stuff to Trevor Lawrence and the Jags' remaining schedule is one of the lightest in the league. It may not end up with a lot of wins, but it can help Arnold continue to post above-average stats.

Dorey co-founded The Huddle.com in 1997. He's ranked every player and projected every game for the last 23 years and is the author of Fantasy Football: The Next Level. David has appeared on numerous radio, television, newspaper and magazines over the last two decades.

IAN ALLAN

A couple of young ones have been coming on, and they were both on display on Monday night. With Justin Fields getting more comfortable, I think Cole Kmet is starting to look like a viable tight end. He’s caught 16 passes in his last four games. And Pat Freiermuth has carved out a role for the Steelers, particularly in the red zone. He’s caught 16 passes and 3 TDs in his last three games. Including the preseason, Ben Roethlisberger has thrown 12 TDs this year, and Freiermuth has caught half of them.

Allan co-founded Fantasy Football Index in 1987. He and fellow journalism student Bruce Taylor launched the first newsstand fantasy football magazine as a class project at the University of Washington. For more than three decades, Allan has written and edited most of the content published in the magazines, newsletters and at www.fantasyindex.com. An exhaustive researcher, he may be the only person in the country who has watched at least some of every preseason football game played since the early 1990s. Allan is a member of the FSTA Fantasy Sports Hall of Fame and the Fantasy Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame.

SCOTT SACHS

Pat Freiermuth has 3 TDs in the last 2 games for Pittsburgh. Big Ben hasn't been throwing deep, so shorter tight end routes certainly fit his current capabilities. The Steelers don't seem to be going away, so Freiermuth might be a decent option going forward.

Sachs runs Perfect Season Fantasy Football, offering LIVE Talk & Text consulting. He has multiple league championships including 2 perfect seasons. Scott is a past winner of the Fantasy Index Experts Poll and a 2-time winner of the Experts Auction League.

ANDY RICHARDSON

I will cast a vote for Dallas Goedert. I'm not sure he's actually that good -- watching him play I frequently see him either dropping a pass or turning the wrong way on balls thrown his way. But I think he's being underestimated because his numbers haven't actually taken a big jump since the team traded Zach Ertz, which I think is due to the team passing less in general for a stretch of games. That's not going to continue; upcoming run defenses aren't as soft as what they've faced recently. Eagles will need to pass more, and Goedert is going to be one of the top 2 options for Jalen Hurts.

Richardson has been a contributing writer and editor to the Fantasy Football Index magazine and www.fantasyindex.com since 2002. His responsibilities include team defense and IDP projections and various site features, and he has run the magazine's annual experts draft and auction leagues since their inception. He previews all the NFL games on Saturdays and writes a wrap-up column on Mondays during the NFL season.

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