I am hoping that Big Ben suits up this week so I can fire up Antonio Brown ($7,800). AB had dismal results with Mike Vick under center, but his upside is as high as any WR. He’s received a significant discount over his Week 4 price ($9,200), meaning you can get one of the league’s best WRs priced as WR7.
It looks like Calvin Johnson ($7,900) is starting to hit his stride with 31.6 and 19.6 DraftKings points in the last two games and finding the endzone in both. We’ve talked before that there should be plenty of opportunity for Calvin as only two teams throw the ball more than the Lions. Finally, you can’t ask for a better matchup with KC who ranks dead last in points allowed to opposing WRs and it’s not particularly close.
Speaking of great matchup, Keenan Allen ($7,700) has been the biggest beneficiary of Philip Rivers’ magical season. Allen is averaging 22.4 DraftKings points per game this season, which would make him WR3. He has been targeted 10+ times in five of seven games this season. The matchup with BAL is excellent as they have allowed the second most DraftKings points to opposing WRs.
Mike Evans ($6,800) had a massive 8-164-1 game out of the BYE last week and he could be in live for another massive game this week. He’s counterpart, Vincent Jackson, is dealing with a knee injury that has him doubtful in this contest. If V-Jax misses this game, that should provide an influx of targets for Evans. It’s clear that the relationship between QB Jameis Winston and Evans is getting stronger every week and there is good gamescript in-line this week as well. The Bucs are 7 point underdogs in a game with a high O/U. There should be plenty of passing opportunities for Tampa Bay.
Rishard Matthews ($4,300) continues to fly under the radar. We talked in the QB preview that the Dolphins should have to throw the ball a ton to stay in the Thursday Night game versus New England. Matthews has been a sneaky good option for Miami this season, averaging 16.6 DraftKings points per game and racking up at least 75 receiving yards in four of his last five games. The NE secondary has surrendered the 7th most DraftKings points allowed. That’s not a clear indictment on their skill level, just the fact that opponents have to throw the ball so often and WRs are able to rack up garbage time fantasy points. That’s the same gamescript I expect this week.
The high-middle tier of WRs is absolutely loaded. I will probably find two or three receivers from that range to roster. Commentary based on DraftKings strategy and scoring.