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The Wide Receiver position is absolutely stacked this week. A ton of studs and all in really great matchups. I could make a case for rostering any of the top 15 WRs and I’d love to do it. Let’s try to narrow it down just a bit. Commentary based on DraftKings strategy and scoring.
Demaryius Thomas ($7,500) jumps off the page. He’s priced nearly $2,000 lower than Julio Jones and DT has just as much upside as any WR in the league. He’s a target monster and has returned 24.1 and 27.8 DraftKings points in the last two games, despite not finding the endzone. In fact, DT only has one TD this season. He could be in for a big second half if the touchdowns start falling his way. Another excellent matchup, indoors versus the porous IND defense.
Amari Cooper ($6,700) was a resident of “Revis Island” last week, but still found a way to catch five balls for 46 yards. If you read the Quarterback Preview, you’ll know that I like Derek Carr this week and Cooper is Carr’s favorite target. The Steelers do not have a CB who can lock down Cooper and this game has a massive O/U. Should be plenty of opportunity for Cooper and the Raiders.
Jarvis Landry ($6,300) is always an interesting player. He’s scored double digit points in every game this season and has averaged 17.9 DraftKings points per game. He provides a nice floor in PPR formats and his role as the punt returner boosts his value a tick if he can break off a return. The Bills have the long week to prepare for the Bills, who have allowed the 7th most DraftKings points to opposing WRs.
We talk about him a ton, but Eric Decker ($5,300) is constantly under-owned. He’s been one of the most consistent WRs in the league this season. Here are his weekly outputs: 11.7, 23.7, 14.6, 14.9, 15.4, and 18. He’s not throwing up gaudy numbers, but it’s hard to find a guy who’s very likely to return you 3x value on a weekly basis. He’s also caught a TD in all but one week this season. He’s even more intriguing this week as teammate Brandon Marshall is banged up. He’s listed as questionable for this weekend, but if he’s out or limited in any way, that would increase Decker’s value significantly.
The popular value play is going to be Malcom Floyd ($3,900). Keenan Allen is out for the year, which will open up a ton of targets for Floyd as he steps into the WR1 role for the Chargers. Allen saw 92 targets this season to Floyd’s 39. That’s a ton of looks that Philip Rivers will have to replace. The Chargers aren’t going to stop throwing the ball, so expect an influx of opportunity for Floyd.