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DFS Sleeper Wide Receivers in Week 6 Contests

Under-the-radar and inexpensive wide receivers like Romeo Doubs could net DFS players some big payouts in Week 6.

Finding a sleeper or cheap wide receiver on DraftKings and FanDuel can either be a fool’s errand or the difference between a winning lineup.

Josh Reynolds has been the top low-value wide receiver over the past three weeks (6/96, 7/81/1, and 6/92 on 28 targets). Injuries to DJ Chark and Amon-Ra Brown helped his success.

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Here are the top five wide receivers this season who have unperformed expectations after five weeks:

· Michael Pittman Jr. (29th – one missed game)

· Diontae Johnson (32nd)

· Jerry Jeudy (43rd)

· D.J. Moore (49th)

· Elijah Moore (64th)

This week, many fantasy managers will sit these wideouts due to lost faith in their play or opportunity:

· JuJu Smith-Schuster

· Chase Claypool

· Allen Robinson

· Mecole Hardman

The Bills/Chiefs game has the highest over/under of the week, so there is a chance that one of their wideouts will surprise. George Pickens looks to have passed Claypool in targets and the Rams can’t figure out how to get Robinson the ball.

Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers (DraftKings – $4,800/FanDuel – $5,500)

After two productive games (8/73/1 and 5/47/1) on 16 combined targets, Doubs came up short against the Giants (3/29 on five targets). Green Bay gave him WR2 snaps over the past three weeks. His catch rate (75.9) commands more chances, but Doubs needs to make more significant plays (9.7 yards per catch). The Jets are 13th vs. wide receivers (54/674/6 on 79 targets), with the most struggles against the Bengals’ wideouts (15/227/2). Their higher ranking is helped by playing four low-ranking teams (BAL, CLE, PIT, and MIA) in passing yards. Three players (Amari Cooper – 9/101/1, Tyler Boyd – 4/105/1, and George Pickens – 6/102) posted more than 100 yards receiving against New York. At some point, an Aaron Rodgers stack is going to pay off.

George Pickens, Pittsburgh Steelers (DraftKings – $4,600/FanDuel – $5,800)

Over the past two weeks, there have been signals of a much better passing attack in Pittsburgh. Pickens played well in back-to-back matchups (6/102 and 6/83 on 16 targets). Kenny Pickett dinked and dunked his way to 327 yards against the Bills in a chaser game while failing to toss a touchdown. Both players should continue to improve and a battle at home should lead to an uptick in touchdowns. The Buccaneers sit 14th against the wide receiver position (62/740/4 on 111 targets) while allowing fewer than 15 points in four of their five matchups. Tampa has yet to face a true WR1 in 2022. Pickens looks poised to get his first touchdown while working a low-value hookup for Pickett.

Alec Pierce, Indianapolis Colts (DraftKings – $4,300/FanDuel – $5,900)

Matt Ryan relied more on Pierce over the past three games (3/61, 4/80, and 8/81 on 20 targets), but the Colts continue to use him as their WR3. Over his best three seasons in college, he only had 106 catches for 1,851 yards and 13 touchdowns on 173 targets, highlighted by his success in 2021 (52/884/8). He averaged 17.5 yards per catch, showcasing his ability to make big plays. Pierce proved his worth last week when the Broncos focused on defending Michael Pittman Jr. His salary makes sense if the Colts can get him six catches for 60 yards and a score. Having Jonathan Taylor back in the lineup would also help his ability to make a long-scoring play.