When reviewing the top 10 wide receivers from Week 7, seven of the players (Tyler Boyd, Mecole Hardman, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Parris Campbell, Marquise Goodwin, DeAndre Hopkins, and D.J. Moore) ranked outside the top 20 at the position coming into the week. This trend was also similar to Week 6 when the third through 10th wideouts were mostly filled with lower-ranked options.
The trick when finding value wide receivers is identifying impact stud running backs. If the backs don’t come in, the pot of gold of value wideouts can’t reach a high enough ceiling to lead fantasy rosters to big paydays in the daily games. Developing a winning lineup is about balance, but all pieces must fire on Sunday.
Teams on bye: Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers
Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans (DraftKings – $5,900/FanDuel – $6,100)
Six games into the season, Cooks ranks 39th in wide receiver scoring (10.35 FPPG), with only two midteen showings in fantasy points (7/82 and 7/57/1). In 2020 and 2021, he finished 17th (81/1,150/6) and 20th (90/1,037/6) at wideout with six impact games (8/161/1, 7/141/1, 11/166/2, 9/112, 8/101, and 7/102/2). Cooks had seven catches or more in 16 starts last season while struggling in both matchups against Tennessee (2/18 and 3/26). The previous year, he played well in both games (9/68/1 and 11/166/2) vs. the Titans. His shortfall over the past month has been short targets (7, 7, 6, and 5). Tennessee allows the second-most fantasy points (43.80 per game) to wide receivers (87/1,201/9 on 126 targets), with three players (Stefon Diggs – 12/148/3, Mack Hollins – 8/158/1, and Dyami Brown – 2/105/2) gaining over 100 yards. The Titans haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown since Week 1, suggesting Houston will need to score via the pass in this matchup. Cooks has a long enough resume to support his current salary in this matchup.
Garrett Wilson, New York Jets (DraftKings – $4,200/FanDuel – $5,400)
After a dominating game in Week 2 (8/102/2), Wilson drifted off the fantasy map over his last four contests (2/41, 3/27, 1/8, and 4/24) on 19 combined targets. He led the Jets in wide receivers snaps (73 percent) in Week 7 with Elijah Moore inactive. Corey Davis left his last game with an ankle injury, and he has already been ruled out for Sunday. Wilson’s demise in production is directly tied to Zach Wilson taking over as quarterback for New York. The Jets have won four straight games, but Wilson passed for only 693 yards (173 per start) with one touchdown and two interceptions. The loss of Breece Hall forces the Jets to rely on another playmaker in their offense. The Patriots are 10th in the NFL defending wide receivers (79/1,012/4), with one player (Allen Lazard – 6/116) gaining more than 100 yards. The attraction to Wilson this week is his fading salary paired with his potential explosiveness.
Robbie Anderson, Arizona Cardinals (DraftKings – $4,000/FanDuel – $5,300)
Anderson earned his low salary by fading over his last five games with the Panthers (3/32, 1/14, 3/26, 1/32, and 0/0) while ultimately whining his way off their roster midway through Week 6. He teased in Week 1 (5/102/1) while only playing 11 snaps in his first matchup with the Cardinals. Anderson should be more involved in Arizona’s game plan against the Vikings with a whole week of practice. Last year Minnesota held him to three catches for 11 yards and one touchdown on 11 targets. The Vikings rank 21st vs. the wide receiver position (79/1,128/2 on 120 targets), but three offenses have gained over 200 yards with their wideouts (PHI – 16/232/1, DET – 16/219, and MIA – 19/312). With Marquise Brown sidelined, Anderson will work as the Cardinals’ deep threat while pushing to their WR2 over the next couple of games. A 4/60/1 game isn’t out of the question, which fits his bottom-tier salary.