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Week 7 DFS: Sleeper and Low-Owned Wide Receivers

These pass catchers have a low ownership projection and won't break the bank when finalizing your DFS roster.

Last week, a lineup with Matt Ryan (34.45), Michael Pittman Jr. (29.40), Parris Campbell (18.70), and Alec Pierce (13.90) combined for 96.15 fantasy points at DraftKings with a combined salary of $19,900. The goal each week is to find players who have a chance to score more than four times their salary. The Colts’ passing foundation was the key to winning in Week 6. Deon Jackson ($5,100) finished with a winning outcome as well (28.10 fantasy points – highest-scoring running back). Reviewing the Colts’ success last week shows the importance of low-value hookups in stacked teams in GPP formats. Surprisingly, no player from the Jaguars’ side of the equation came in.

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Here’s a look at top-value wide receivers in Week 7:

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Kansas City Chiefs (DraftKings – $5,600/FanDuel – $6,700)

Five games into his career with the Chiefs, Smith-Schuster has 22 catches on 35 targets for 257 yards with no scores. After three dull showings (3/10, 5/46, and 3/33) in four starts, he looked like an easy bench vs. the Buffalo Bills despite the game expecting to be high scoring. Smith-Schuster gained more than 40 yards on two catches, setting up his best day of the season (5/113/1). Even with success, he finished with only five targets. Smith-Schuster is now on a pace to catch 77 passes for 1,048 yards and three touchdowns. The 49ers have the fifth-best defense against wide receivers (67/838/2 on 103 targets). They haven’t allowed a score to a wideout since Week 1. Their high ranking in coverage has been helped by a favorable pass schedule (CHI, SEA, DEN, CAR, and ATL). I expect Patrick Mahomes to throw the ball well over 40 times, giving Smith-Schuster a chance at double-digit targets and a productive game for his salary.

Alec Pierce, Indianapolis Colts (DraftKings – $4,600/FanDuel – $6,100)

The Colts and fantasy managers have to be happy with the stats produced by Pierce after his first four NFL games (18/271/1). His catch rate (62.0) should improve with better chemistry with Matt Ryan. Over his past three matchups, Pierce scored a minimum of 12.00 fantasy points (4/80, 8/81, and 3/49/1) in PPR formats. Pierce is still the Colts’ WR3, with 16 targets over the last two weeks. The Titans start two young cornerbacks with second-round pedigrees (2020 and 2022). Tennessee would love to control the clock with their run game, but their pass defense points to the Colts throwing the ball well in Week 7.

Zay Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars (DraftKings – $4,400/FanDuel – $5,700)

Last week Jones led the Jaguars in wide receiver snaps, but he finished with only five catches for 42 yards. After his best game (10/85/1 on 11 targets), Jones missed a contest while having one other short showing in Week 5 (3/12). His yards per catch (8.4) has a running back feel. In 2021, he gained more than 20 yards on eight of his 27 catches, leading to better production in yards per catch (11.6). The Giants have the top defense in the league vs. wideouts (58/715/2 on 107 targets). CeeDee Lamb has the best game (8/87/1) against New York, and no receiver has more than 100 yards receiving. Jones only needs a 5/60/1 game to fill his salary bucket. His chain-mover role should work well in this matchup.