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Wide Receiver Targets for Week 1 DFS: Mid-Priced Options

Daily fantasy players on DraftKings and FanDuel will need some of these reasonably priced options on their roster.

In Week 1 of the NFL season, there will be many pricing flaws in the DFS market due to the early release of salaries and the unknown roles of many players. A softer look at the lineup options should allow daily gamers a better opportunity to build more potent teams. The wide receiver pool is full of undervalued players, but it does not guarantee success on opening day.

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Here’s a look at my best three choices with a mid-level salary:

Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers (DraftKings–$6,600/ FanDuel – $6,600)

Despite the same salary at both top DFS sites, Williams should be a better start at FanDuel. Last year the Chargers gave him the best opportunity (129 targets) of his career by a wide margin. He responded to set career highs in catches (76), receiving yards (1,146), and touchdowns (9). Williams averages 16.1 yards per catch in his career and he finished last season with nine receptions that gained 40 yards or more. In Week 18 in 2021, Williams posted an impact game (9/119/1), but the Raiders shut him down at home (1/9). Las Vegas defended wide receivers well last season (5th – 209/2,334/12 on 309 targets). Their two projected starting cornerbacks (Nate Hobbs and Rock Ya-Sin) don’t fall into the shutdown category. Williams plays in a high-volume passing offense with the foundation skill to make chunk plays and score touchdowns.

A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles (DraftKings – $6,400/ FanDuel – $7,100)

I didn’t fight for Brown in the season-long games this year due to his price point while playing for a team that will run the ball a lot in 2022. The summer camps were positive about his chemistry with Jalen Hurts, and his matchup should bring sneaky upside in scoring in Week 1. Brown fits in the big-play/high-scoring category at wide receiver, but he still needs more targets to match the top receivers in the game in fantasy points. The Lions finished last season 20th at defending wideouts (209/2,746/17 on 327 targets). They allowed more than 45.00 fantasy points in PPR leagues to wideouts in eight matchups. CB Jeff Okudah missed almost all of last year with an Achilles injury. Brown should be a fun ride on Sunday if this game goes as expected. Both offenses have depth in receiving options, creating a high-scoring environment.

Marquise Brown, Arizona Cardinals (DraftKings – $6,200/ FanDuel – $6,900)

Entering Week 1, the Cardinals will be without DeAndre Hopkins (suspension) and the outlook for tight end Zach Ertz to play is mediocre at best. Brown signed with Arizona to play with his former college quarterback (Kyler Murray) after coming off a career season (91/1,008/9). His skill set points to a deep threat, but the Ravens kept him close to the line of scrimmage in 2021 (11.1 yards per catch). SI Sportsbook lists his matchup with the Chiefs with the highest over/under (53.5) of the week. Kansas City fell to 19th (4th in 2020) in the NFL defending wide receivers (209/2,694/19 on 338 targets). They added CB Trent McDuffie in the first round (21st overall pick) of the 2022 NFL Draft to hopefully improve this pass defense. In this matchup, targets should be plentiful for Brown, but he still needs Kansas City to play offensively well.