Finding inexpensive wide receivers that outperform their salary range is critical to success in DFS contests on FanDuel and DraftKings. Three players paid off in this range last week: Amon-Ra St. Brown – 9/184/2, Tyreek Hill – 11/190/2, and Jaylen Waddle – 11/171/2.
Hill and Waddle fell into the contrarian range but a high-scoring game led to massive fantasy points in the fourth quarter. Their success shows why going against the grain with elite wideouts can pay off handsomely if they come in. The best results come from teams that are forced to throw after falling behind by a couple of scores.
Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals (DraftKings – $6,900/FanDuel – $8,500)
Chase still isn’t considered among the elite class of wide receivers at DraftKings. He ranked fourth in wide receiver scoring (28.90) in Week 1 in PPR formats. The Bengals struggled to get him the ball against Dallas (5/58 on nine targets) last Sunday. Cincinnati must solve its offensive line issues before Joe Burrow and Chase become the household hook-up in the NFL. The Jets’ defense allowed a big game to Amari Cooper (9/101/1) in Week 2 and Baltimore exposed their flaws in wide receiver coverage (8/132/3 on 14 targets). In both matchups, New York only faced 57 combined passes. Chase should hit on his first long touchdown this week with plenty of supporting targets.
Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers (DraftKings – $7,800/FanDuel – $8,400)
Samuel already has 12 rushes for 105 yards and a touchdown, while averaging 8.8 yards per carry this season. On the downside, he only has seven catches for 58 yards. His first game was played in heavy rain, while San Francisco played from the lead and only tallied 23 passing attempts last Sunday. The injury to Trey Lance points to many more passes being thrown by the 49ers after making the switch to Jimmy Garoppolo. Denver’s top cornerback Pat Surtain II left last week’s game with a shoulder issue, putting his playing time at risk this week. Wide receivers have 23 catches for 212 yards and zero touchdowns on 38 targets versus the Broncos. Samuel is the 49ers’ best running back and wideout. I’m not too fond of his receiving matchup, but he still has the talent to hit on a big play or supplement his value as a runner.
Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers (DraftKings – $6,700/FanDuel – $7,000)
After a dud Week 1 game (2/10 on four targets), the Chargers had to feature Williams against the Chiefs with Keenan Allen injured. He responded with an excellent showing (8/113/1 on 10 targets). Justin Herbert is progressing from his rib issue, and Allen has a chance to play Sunday. Jacksonville played the Colts without their top wideout, leading to just eight catches for 126 yards on 18 targets. Washington’s wide receivers beat the Jaguars for 13 catches for 153 yards and four touchdowns. Williams brings big-play and scoring ability but needs a competitive battle on the scoreboard to reach impact targets.