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Justin Jefferson, Ja'Marr Chase Remain Elite DFS Options for DraftKings and FanDuel in Week 2

Stud receivers make big plays and produce high-end fantasy points, expect the same from this elite group of pass catchers in Week 2.

In the preseason, the NFL wanted to stop defenders from holding wide receivers off the snap to help create more open space for plays. Their plan led to the top seven wideouts shining in Week 1. Many of the league's elite receivers went off in Week 1 and led to major fantasy points in DFS contests. Here's how the top tier of receivers did in week 1:

Justin Jefferson – 9/184/2

 Cooper Kupp – 13/128/1

Davante Adams – 10/141/1

Ja’Marr Chase – 10/129/1

Michael Pittman – 9/121/1

Stefon Diggs – 8/122/1

A.J. Brown – 10/155

Week 2 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings (DK – $9,100/FD – $9,200)
The Packers’ coaching staff had an embarrassing approach to defend Jefferson in Week 1. He had many winning matchups against linebackers, leading to big plays in space (five catches of 20 yards or more). The Rams’ connection with their new offensive coordinator gave Jefferson almost a Cooper Kupp path to success. CB Darius Slay played well in Week 1 and he will get plenty of chances to see Jefferson in coverage. Philadelphia gave up 13 catches for 144 yards and two touchdowns on 23 targets to the Lions’ wide receivers. Jefferson ranks highly in Week 2, but his salary is now much higher. To be in play, he must score at least 36.00 fantasy points to pay off.

Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals (DK – $8,000/FD – $8,700)
Chase lived up to his top billing in Week 1. He caught 10 of his 16 targets for 129 yards and one touchdown while just missing on three other scores. The Bengals’ offensive line was a disaster, giving Joe Burrow almost no passing window on many plays. As a result, Chase saw most of his chances close to the line of scrimmage. Tee Higgins left the game early, helping to funnel the balls thrown toward Cincinnati’s top wideout. Dallas will undoubtedly try to defend him with CB Trevon Diggs, who brings a risk/reward factor in coverage. Tampa Bay’s wideouts gained 188 yards with one touchdown and 13 catches on 21 targets in Week 1 while playing from the lead. Chase will win his share of one-on-one matchups, but he needs Dallas to push the envelope on the scoreboard to post another impact score.

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Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers (DK – $7,800/FD – $8,000)
The 49ers struggled to pass the ball in Week 1 due to a rain game in Chicago. Samuel held value in the season-long contests due to his role in the run game (8/52/1). With the ball in his hands, he remains a beast and San Francisco must give him more chances to make plays. In his only game vs. the Seahawks in 2021, Samuel caught eight of his 13 targets for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Seattle finished 12th in Week 1 defending wideouts (31.40 fantasy points). I expect Samuel to score, but Trey Lance needs to throw the ball much better to raise his playable floor in the daily space. Samuel has the tools to shine and the Seahawks' defense will have their hands full defending him.