The top-value wide receivers in Week 4 were Josh Reynolds (7/81/1) and Jamal Agnew (4/50/2). Both players were rewarded with more targets due to injuries to Amon-Ra St. Brown and Zay Jones. However, Agnew was more of a gimmick play for the Jaguars, as they only had him on the field for 38 percent of their snaps. A value receiver usually comes from a talented player who earns more playing time and looks.
Here are the top value options in DFS contests for Week 5.
Elijah Moore, New York Jets (DraftKings – $5,000/FanDuel – $5,300)
Over the first four weeks, Moore has been the third fiddle at wide receiver for the Jets despite leading the team in snaps (90 percent) and routes run (181). Unfortunately, he turned in four short games (5/49, 3/41, 4/49, and 3/53) while averaging 6.25 targets. In his only career matchup vs. the Dolphins, Moore had his best career game (8/156/1). Miami slipped to 28th vs. wideouts (50/766/4 on 78 targets), with regression in each contest (9/133, 8/171/2, 20/210/1, and 13/252/1). CB Xavien Howard left last week’s game with a groin issue. He has yet to practice this week, pointing to a scratch on Sunday. Moore has the talent and playing time to deliver an impact game, but he needs his number called more often.
Russell Gage, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DraftKings – $4,900/FanDuel – $6,200)
Two weeks ago, Gage led the Bucs in receiving (12/87/1 on 13 targets) with Mike Evans suspended. Tom Brady barely looked his way in his other three matchups (2/13, 5/28, and 2/24 with 12 combined targets). Tampa had him on the field for about 70 percent of their plays over the past three weeks. Gage takes on his former team, so Brady may try to get him a touchdown. In addition, he has had plenty of practice against the secondary. This season, the Falcons struggled against two slot receivers (Jarvis Landry – 7/114 and Tyler Lockett – 9/76). If Julio Jones suits up, Gage may lose some snaps and chances, so follow the Bucs’ injury report over the weekend.
Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers (DraftKings – $4,900/FanDuel – $5,700)
Over the past two games, Doubs had starting snaps for the Packers, leading to productive games (8/73/1 and 5/47/1) for his salary. His catch rate (79.1) commands more chances, but Green Bay has struggled to get him in space (9.7 yards per catch). The Giants have the second-best defense in the league against wide receivers (38/506/1 on 69 targets). Part of their success has been facing teams (TEN, CAR, DAL, and CHI) with below-par quarterback play and wide receivers. New York has risk against the run (5.2 yards per carry), and this game should be played with a fast-moving clock. Doubs will be a top-two scoring option at the goal line in the passing game and Aaron Rodgers should give him a few more chances downfield in this matchup.