After three weeks, 29 wide receivers are scoring more than 14 fantasy points per game. The 18th wideout in 2021 finished with 14.04 fantasy points per game. The 29th-ranked player averaged 11.04 fantasy points. Based on this, passing stats appear to be higher this season. In comparison, only 14 running backs are averaging 14-plus fantasy points after three games.
Here’s a look at the top mid-tier wide receivers in Week 4:
Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts (DraftKings – $7,200/FanDuel – $7,500)
Matt Ryan looked for Pittman 22 times in his two healthy contests, leading to a high floor in each matchup (9/121/1 and 8/72). After missing Week 2 with a quad issue, in Week 3 he was on the field for 94 percent of the team’s plays. In 2021 at home vs. the Titans, Pittman had 10 catches for 86 yards and two scores on 15 targets. The Colts looked his way 12 times in his game in Tennessee (6/73). Wide receivers have 41 catches for 614 yards and six touchdowns on 61 targets against the Titans. Stefon Diggs (12/148/3) and Mack Hollins (8/158/1) had impact games. Pittman is a high-volume player with minimal competition for targets at wide receiver. He will be well with his salary investment with more than 100 yards receiving and a score.
Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers (DraftKings – $7,000/FanDuel – $7,200)
Three games into 2022, Williams has had a boom-or-bust feel. He dominated the Chiefs in Week 2 (8/113/1) with Keenan Allen out. Defenses took him away from Justin Herbert in his other two matchups (2/10 and 1/15/1 on 10 combined targets). Last season, Williams had five playable games (8/82/1, 7/91/1, 7/122/1, 8/165/1, and 9/119/1). Houston ranks 11th in wide receiver defense (32/475/1), with most of the failures coming vs. the Colts (17/240/1). The Bears (4/54) and Broncos (11/181) failed to attack with the passing game in their other two matchups. With Allen expected back this week, Williams should find more running room in the Texans’ secondary. His scoring and big-play ability bode well in this matchup.