Last week Michael Pittman Jr. was the best mid-tier wide receiver play. He finished with 13 catches for 134 yards on 16 targets. After Ja’Marr Chase, Stefon Diggs, and Tyreek Hill, the rest of the top 10 wide receivers came from the value category.
· Brandon Aiyuk (8/83/2)
· Chase Claypool (7/104/1)
· JuJu Smith-Schuster (5/113/1)
· Tyquan Thornton (4/53/2)
· Parris Campbell (7/57/1)
· Dante Pettis (4/84/1)
Here’s a look at the best midtier wide receivers in Week 7:
Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers (DraftKings – $7,200/FanDuel – $7,800)
In some games, the Chargers can’t figure out how to get the ball to Williams, leading to frustrating results (2/20, 1/15/1, and 2/17). When he had a winning matchup in 2022, Justin Hebert looked his way 34 times over three starts with excellent success (8/113/1, 7/120, and 10/134). Williams ranks 18th in wide receiver scoring (82.90 fantasy points). The Seahawks are seventh against wideouts (61/789/4 on 101 targets) despite their pass defense allowing 8.4 yards per pass attempt. Their success has been helped by quarterbacks averaging 31.2 passes per game. Rookie CB Tariq Woolen continues to impress in coverage, highlighted by his four INTs, five defended passes, and one score. If Keenan Allen plays this week, Williams should see a drop in targets, but he will see more open space in Seattle’s secondary. I have rated him as the top wideout in Week 7.
Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins (DraftKings – $6,500/Fanduel – $7,500)
Miami has two wide receivers in the top eight in scoring at the position while struggling to keep their best quarterbacks on the field over the last three weeks. Waddle played well in four starts (4/69/1, 11/171/2, 4/102, and 6/129). However, the Dolphins struggled to get him the ball in Week 5 (2/39) and Week 6 (3/23), and he has short targets in four matchups (5, 6, 5, and 4). Waddle comes into this game with a slight shoulder issue, but he should start vs. the Steelers. In 2022, Waddle saw his yards per catch rise from 9.8 to 17.8. The Steelers have risk at cornerback, and their attention has to be on Tyreek Hill in this matchup, giving Waddle an excellent opportunity to shine.
Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers (DraftKings – $7,600/FanDuel – $7,700)
Samuel is still looking for his first impact game in 2022. I rode him in all my daily lineups in Week 6, only to see Brandon Aiyuk steal the scoring show (8/83/2). Samuel had a season-high 10 targets vs. the Falcons. However, defenses have held him in check in the run game over the past four weeks (5/6, 2/2, 2/12, and 2/11). His overall production (11th-ranked wideout – 15.35 FPPG) doesn’t support his salary, but he still brings explosiveness to the table. Kansas City continues to rank (28th) poorly in defending wide receivers (85/1,069/9 on 128 targets). Four stud wide receivers posted impact games against the Chiefs (Mike Williams – 8/113/1, Mike Evans – 8/103/2, Davante Adams – 3/124/2, and Stefon Diggs – 10/148/1). I’m running Samuel back this week as a higher-scoring game bodes well for his opportunity.