Checking back on the wide receivers who came up big for daily fantasy (DFS) players in Week 5, 11 wideouts scored more than 20.00 fantasy points in PPR formats. Amari Cooper shined in three (9/101/1, 7/011/1, and 7/76/1) of his past four matchups while averaging 11 targets in those games. The surprising rise of the Seahawks’ passing game over the past three weeks led to DK Metcalf (5/64/1, 7/149, and 5/88/1) and Tyler Lockett (9/76, 6/91, and 5/104/2) delivering multiple playable midtier salary games.
Here are the top mid-priced wide receivers to use in DFS lineups for Week 6
Marquise Brown, Arizona Cardinals (DraftKings – $7,200/FanDuel – $8,200)
Kyler Murray looked for Brown 49 times over the past four weeks, leading to 34 catches for 374 yards and two touchdowns. His yards per catch (11.0) remains lower than expected while being on pace to set career highs in catches (129), receiving yards (1,418), and touchdowns (10). Seattle ranks much higher than expected against wide receivers (4th – 48/665/4 on 78 targets), considering their pass defense allows 9.0 yards per catch. Over the past four games, the Seahawks’ defense has allowed 17 touchdowns and 138 points. At the very least, some part of the Cardinals’ offense should come in this week in the daily games.
DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks (DraftKings – $6,800/FanDuel – $7,400)
Last year Metcalf came up short in his two games (4/31 and 5/58) against the Cardinals. His success over the past three weeks (17/301/2 on 30 targets) gives him WR1 status while averaging 17.7 yards per catch. Over the first two games, Seattle scored 24 points against Denver and San Francisco. Their offense dominated in the run game (54/386/3 – 7.1 yards per rush) and passing the ball (588/5 – 10.7 yards per pass attempt) against the Lions and Saints, leading to 80 points and 10 touchdowns. Arizona sits 12th defending wide receivers (66/680/2 on 102 targets), with excellent success against Davante Adams (2/12/1), Cooper Kupp (4/64/1), and A.J. Brown (3/32). Based on his matchup, Metcalf has the feel of an against-the-grain play, but the Cardinals may force Seattle to chase on the scoreboard, creating more targets. The question is whether the Seahawks’ improved offense is fact or fiction.
Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts (DraftKings – $6,900/FanDuel – $6,700)
There hasn’t been a Pittman sighting on a winning ticket in the daily contests since Week 1 (9/121/1). Over the past three weeks, he caught only 16 passes for 162 yards on 23 targets. The Colts had him on the field for 99 percent of their plays in Week 4. Last year Pittman didn’t have an impact showing in two starts (5/71 and 6/64/1) against the Jaguars. Jacksonville played poorly vs. wideouts in Week 1 (WAS – 13/153/4), but has allowed only one touchdown to wide receivers over the past four matchups (36/532/1 on 65 targets). The Jaguars’ defenses played surprisingly well in three of their five matchups (shut out the Colts, 10 points vs. the Chargers, and 13 points to Houston). Pittman and Indy have a lot to prove offensively, pointing to him being on a low number of rosters in Week 6.