Bargain shopping for wide receivers to use in DraftKings and FanDuel contests can be quite a burdensome task. Not only do DFS managers have to find a player with a reasonably low price, but that player must outperform their salary range. That process is why we only suggest using one or two low-valued players on DFS rosters.
Garrett Wilson was the best value wide receiver (8/102/2) in Week 2 despite ranking third on the Jets’ depth chart. Amari Cooper (9/101/1) also played well after having empty stats in Week 1 (3/17). Drake London (8/86/1) proved to be viable as well. The latter two were on the value wide receiver report last week.
Here’s a look at my top three options in Week 3:
DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks (DraftKings – $6,100/FanDuel – $6,700)
The Seahawks struggled to get Metcalf in space over the first two weeks, leading to just 71 yards on 11 catches. Receivers typically average between 11-15 yards per catch. Metcalf’s 6.5 yards per reception falls more in line with what to expect from a mediocre running back. On the positive side, Metcalf has a high catch rate (84.6). Atlanta has the second-worst defense versus wide receivers (34/399/5 on 44 targets), with Cooper Kupp (11/108/2), Michael Thomas (5/57/2), and Jarvis Landry (7/114) having the most success. Metcalf has a high upside but he can’t post a winning score without better quarterback play.
Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears (DraftKings $5,300/FanDuel $6,300)
After two productive seasons (61/631/4 and 81/1,055/4), the Bears struggled to get the ball to Mooney over the first two games. He only has two catches for four yards on five targets. Chicago had him on the field for 90 percent of their plays in both weeks. With Fields assuming the starting quarterback job last season, Mooney had two games (5/125 and 5/121/1) with more than 100 receiving yards. His play was much better at home (44/580/3) than on the road (20/323/1) last year. He had a floor of five catches in all eight games in Chicago. The Texans sit 23rd against wide receivers (28/421/1 on 46 targets) with Michael Pittman Jr. (9/121/1) and Courtland Sutton (7/122) both gaining more than 100 yards. Despite his lack of success, Mooney should be played in all formats this week as a WR3. He should pay off in the daily games if he hits on a long score.
Russell Gage, Tampa Bay Bucs (DraftKings $4,700/FanDuel $5,700)
Heading into Friday, we already know that Mike Evans will miss Sunday's game against the Packers because of suspension and Julio Jones and Chris Godwin are both questionable due to injury. Gage also is listed on the injury report with a hamstring issue after being on the field for 66 percent of the team snaps in Week 2 (42 percent in Week 1). His possession skill set should play well in this matchup while not drawing Green Bay’s top cornerback on many plays. The Packers had no answer for Justin Jefferson (9/184/2), while being unchallenged by Chicago’s wideouts (3/39 on six targets).