Welcome to the weekly wide receiver/cornerback breakdown for fantasy football Week 3! We will review each of the outside matchups, as well as my 10 favorite matchups in the slot. Then, below the charts in this article, I break down my five absolute favorite matchups to use for DFS purposes. We have one week in the books, so it is incredibly small sample size when trying to fill your fantasy football lineups, but we have all visited the waiver wire and put forth the best roster that we can.  This article is also critical for fantasy football DFS players, as this will help you gain a competitive advantage when setting your lineups. Follow me on Twitter (@fightingchance) as well!

WR CB Matchup Report
Left WR vs Right CB
Wide ReceiverTeamDK / FD $CornerbackOppMatchup
Marquise BrownARI$6000 / $7000Jalen RamseyLARModerate
All right we are down to four more weeks until DeAndre Hopkins comes back and Brown's target share is going to take a hit. He had a great 11 targets last week and caught six of them for 68 yards. Unfortunately, this week he did not find the end zone, but the Raiders secondary has a couple good playmakers in it. Ramsey was much more himself last week, allowing just 40 percent of passes against him to be caught, but he did surrender another touchdown. That is three scores in two weeks for perhaps the best corner in football. That makes me comfortable playing Brown in seasonal leagues, especially with how many looks he has been getting, but there are going to be better options in DFS games with the Cardinals offense being a little inconsistent. His value gets a little more of a bump if James Conner misses the game as the Cardinals might throw a bit more.
Drake LondonATL$5800 / $6200Coby BryantSEASafe
This guy has to have gotten your attention by now! He has 19 targets and 13 catches with a touchdown through two weeks and we are seeing why the Falcons made him the first receiver off the board in last year's draft right now. He is even doing this with two tough matchups to start his career in Marshon Lattimore and Jalen Ramsey. I don't know about you, but I can't ignore this anymore and his DFS salary remains very reasonable. Bryant is a rookie fourth rounder who impressed Seattle a great deal, but did have four of five passes his way caught last week against the 49ers. I am all aboard the London train and I think he is a great start in both season long and all kinds of DFS contests.
Rashod BatemanBAL$5700 / $6800Jonathan JonesNEModerate
The preseason hype for Bateman appears to be warranted as he has already put himself on top of the heap when it comes to Ravens receivers. He is not racking up a huge number of receptions (six in two weeks) but he has great big play ability and is proving to be quite valuable. His salary has still not caught up to his production in my opinion, the only thing that scares me this week is the opponent. The Patriots offense might not be good, but their secondary has been strong through two weeks. I might be playing it a little conservatively yet, but I'm not quite ready to trust Bateman in DFS games.
Stefon DiggsBUF$7700 / $8300Xavien HowardMIASafe
What a start this guy is having! Diggs went bonkers on Monday night to the tune of three touchdown catches and has been blistering out of the gate this season. You'd think that Gabe Davis would be back after missing last week, but I really don't think it matters right now. He has a ridiculous 20 catches for 270 yards and four touchdowns on 23 targets through two weeks. Xavien Howard is a high-quality corner, but like Jalen Ramsey he has not been at his best so far this year. He has allowed a touchdown in each of the first two weeks, including the long one to Ravens receiver Rashod Bateman last week. I would go so far as to say that Diggs is an absolute must start in season long and his salary is begging you to use him in DFS contests.
DJ MooreCAR$5600 / $6400Marshon LattimoreNORisky
It has been a fine start for Moore through two weeks, but no one is jumping for joy just yet. The crazy part is that he has the exact same stat line in each of his first two games. Moore has three catches for 43 yards on six targets against the Browns and the Giants. There are two concerning things for me so far for Moore. The first is that they haven't played a high quality defense yet and his numbers are below average. Sure, the Browns secondary is better than the Giants, but offensive coordinators aren't losing sleep when they see Cleveland on the schedule. The other is that Baker Mayfield has been as crappy as we expected. Moore gets a tough matchup with the Saints and Lattimore who is still one of the best even if he was walloped in Week 1. I'm still starting Mooore in season long leagues but he's way off my radar for DFS contests.
Darnell MooneyCHI$5300 / $6300Steven NelsonHOURisky
Five targets. Two catches. Four yards. That is Mooney's stat line through TWO WEEKS! If you were in a standard league he cost you points! Justin Fields looks worse this year, and the passing game is atrocious. The Texans secondary has played better than expected so far and right now I think you have to sit Mooney in season long contests until we see some sort of improvement.
Ja'Marr ChaseCIN$8100 / $8500Sauce GardnerNYJSafe
He was held in check as much as Chase can be last week with just five catches for 54 yards against the Cowboys and a four yard run. I guess he should have shut his mouth about Trevon Diggs or shown up better than he did. Chase gets a much easier matchup this week against a Jets secondary that made Jacoby Brissett look fairly decent last week and allowed three touchdown passes to Lamar Jackson in Week 1. The fourth overall pick in Gardner has been stingy with the yardage, but did allow 80 percent of passes to be caught last week. I'm all in on Chase in all formats of fantasy for Week 3.
Amari CooperCLE$14100 / $12500Akhello WitherspoonPITModerate
That was quite a swing of two weeks for Cooper. He had just three catches for 17 yards in Week 1 and then nine catches for 101 yards and a score against the Jets. So, what the hell do we do with this? The Steelers have allowed three passing touchdowns in three weeks, although the yardage has been high. Witherspoon has allowed a touchdown in each of the first two weeks, but I expect this game to be low scoring. Given the level of his salary I think you can find a better value for your dollar on the Thursday Showdown slate.
CeeDee LambDAL Adoree JacksonNYGModerate
He has 11 targets in each of the first two weeks, and the better news is that he was actually more efficient last week with Cooper Rush at quarterback. I don't want to say that I am now not worried about the Cowboys offense until Dak Prescott comes back, but that sure did alleviate a little anxiety. The Giants secondary hasn't allowed a lot of points yet but they have also played two atrocious offenses. I won't call the Cowboys offense a juggernaut, but it should be tougher than the previous two. Lamb is a decent option at wide receiver for the Monday night showdown slate since no one from the Giants is worth a damn.
Courtland SuttonDEN Charvarious WardSFModerate
The stat line of seven catches for 122 yards last week against Houston looks good, but it could have been so much more as he had a touchdown overturned and another near touchdown later in the game. Even if Jerry Jeudy isn't out, he will absolutely be limited in this one, which should open up more opportunities for Sutton. The only bad news is the matchup against a very strong 49ers secondary and their prized free agent signing in Ward. I still won't back away from Sutton in season long leagues, and in a Sunday night showdown slate, Sutton is likely the best option for the Broncos whether or not Jeudy takes the field.
DJ Chark Jr.DET$5100 / $5500Patrick PetersonMINModerate
Wow this was not the outcome we were hoping for. A week after having four catches and a touchdown, Chark laid the old goose egg on four targets against a weak Washington secondary. Mama said there'd be days like this for Chark as this offense is clearly running through Amon-Ra St. Brown. I still expect Chark to be better than he was last week (which shouldn't be hard since he had no catches), but he is going to be inconsistent. Dantzler has allowed 70 percent of passes to be caught, so this could be a good week for Chark after DeVonta Smith had a much better game for the Eagles Monday night against the Vikings
Allen LazardGB$6000 / $6000Carlton DavisTBModerate
He was able to get back on the field last week, but Lazard was still limited with his injury. He was able to notch two catches and a touchdown. I sitll think that he will end up being the most targeted receiver on this team as no one has stepped up and differentiated themselves. Sure, Sammy Watkins had a decent game if you look at the boxscore, but if you watched the game the majority of his production was on one catch and the defense kind of lost him. The Bucs secondary has been fairly shutdown so far so I would avoid Lazard in DFS contests for one more week, but I am going back to the well with him in season long leagues.
Brandin CooksHOU$5800 / $6600Jaylon JohnsonCHISafe
He hasn't had that big expolsive day yet, but Cooks is getting the volume and better days are ahead. He has 22 targets through two weeks, and although it has only been good for 11 catches, he has played two tough secondaries in the Colts and Broncos. He will see a bit of a softer matchup this week with the Bears who haven't been bad, but sure allowed a bunch of yards last week. I think Davis Mills and the Texans offense gets rolling this week, and Cooks DFS salary has been dropping. I am not saying focus on him in all of your lineups, but he certainly can find his way into a GPP or two as his usage rate is probably trending down.
Michael Pittman Jr.IND$6900 / $7400Rashad FentonKCSafe
Man does this team need him! With Pittman out in Week 2 the Colts were embarrassed by the Jaguars and failed to score a single point. The reports are that Pittman is certainly trending towards playing in Week 3. However, even against Fenton who has allowed 78% of passes at him to be caught through two weeks, there is enough uncertainty over Pittman's condition to stay away from him in DFS contests. At the same time, the chance of him being the top receiver on this team is an absolute given and you still should take the chance in your season long leagues.
Marvin Jones Jr.JAC$4100 / $5300Michael DavisLACRisky
The 11 targets in two weeks isn't bad, but Jones has been wholly underwhelming so far this season with just seven catches and 71 yards without a touchdown. While the Jaguars offense is much improved from last season, I am still not sure if it is good enough to have two receivers be fantasy relevant. I also think that if there is going to be another fantasy relevant wide receiver, it is going to be Zay Jones. Marvin Jones is nothing more than injury and bye week insurance on your bench and perhaps someone to dump if a hot waiver wire claim comes your way
Marquez Valdes-ScantlingKC$4700 / $5600Stephon GilmoreINDRisky
If I knew how to spell a fart noise, I would insert it here. Valdes-Scantling was a massive turd against the Chargers last Thursday with just two catches on seven targets for 13 yards. He is going to pop off and have two or three big games, but good luck figuring out when they are. He has been inefficiant as well with just six catches on 11 targets on the year. The Colts have played two bad games, but their secondary is still really good and Gilmore has the talent to be one of the best in the league. I'm not touching MVS with a ten foot pole in any fantasy format for Week 3.
Allen Robinson IILAR$5700 / $6000Marco WilsonARIModerate
After a completely disappointing first week, we finally saw signs of life from Robinson as he caught four of five passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. The five targets were a nice uptick from the two on opening night, but still not what we are looking for if we are being confident with Robinson. The Cardinals secondary has been pretty awful through two weeks and Wilson has allowed two-thirds of passes at him to be caught so far. I am still not seeing enough volume here to use him in DFS games unless you were really feeling lucky in a GPP given his salary, but I am on board with keeping Robinson in our season long lineups and hoping he was just getting acclimated to a new team early in the year.
Mike WilliamsLAC$6700 / $7000Shaquill GriffinJACSafe
He had a huge bounceback in Week 2 with eight catches for 113 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs and definitely looked like the Mike Williams we expect. There are a couple of question marks coming into this week and one is way bigger than the other. The first is will Keenan Allen come back? That doesn't have a huge impact on Williams as they are both able to do a lot. The second is the health of Justin Herbert. We all saw how much pain he was in last week, but still gutted it out and threw some darts. I'm going to start Williams in season long leagues no matter the quarterback if I don't have a great backup option. But if you drafted a bunch of good wide receivers and Chase Daniel is under center, it might be best to look in another direction.
Davante AdamsLV$8400 / $8700Kristian FultonTENSafe
Man, Grandma Adams had to be horribly disappointed! Playing in his first game in front of Granny, Adams had just two catches for 12 yards, but at least had a score. He still did have seven targets, but this was a far cry from his opening week boom performance. This week is going to be very different though as they play the Titans who played without Fulton last week and were absolutely destroyed by the Bills on Monday night. Whether Fulton plays or not is irrelevant. Adams is going to have a massive bounceback game and easily go over 100 yards with a touchdown. He is one of my favorite DFS plays of the week and is never someone to even think about sitting in season long.
Jaylen WaddleMIA$6800 / $7500Christian BenfordBUFSafe
Wow, what a start to the season for the Dolphins passing game. After a strong first week, Miami exploded and Waddle had 11 catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns! Now, every game won't be like this, but the Bills secondary took a couple of major hits last week against the Titans. Waddle isn't going to see targets like that every week, but you have to figure that Tagovailoa is going to be slinging it around again against a Bills secondary that is probably down to their fourth or fifth corner. Waddle is definitely in consideration for cash games as well as some GPPs and is a must start in season long leagues probably from here on out.
Justin JeffersonMIN$9300 / $9500Amani OruwariyeDETSafe
It was a rough night against the Eagles on Monday night, but don't let that make you shy away from using Jefferson. The Lions secondary has been atrocious to begin the year and we should see a huge bounceback from Jefferson. His usage across DFS might be down a little after last week, but don't fall into that trap, this kid is obviously awesome.
Jakobi MeyersNE$5000 / $6200Marlon HumphreyBALModerate
This offense isn't going to score a lot of points, but Meyers appears to be the WR1 at least through two weeks. He had a solid game with nine catches on 13 targets for 95 yards against the Steelers. I am not sure what to make of this team yet, but the Ravens secondary has been absolutely decimated so far. I am not trusting the Patriots enough for any DFS consideration, but Meyers looks to have played his way to a flex role for this week against Baltimore.
Michael ThomasNO$5900 / $7300C.J. HendersonCARSafe
The yardage hasn't been fantastic, but Thomas has 17 targets through two weeks and has scored three times for the Saints. He has 11 catches and has done it against two fairly decent secondaries. The Panthers corners have not been very good through two weeks and I see Thomas being able to continue his success. His DFS salary is fairly enticing on DraftKings to work into a couple lineups there and he is becoming an easy weekly start for season long games.
Sterling ShepardNYG Trevon DiggsDALRisky
He plays a lot out of the slot, but has been about half and half as an outside receiver as well. His yardage total was pedestrian with 34 but he did have six catches on ten targets, so if you are in a PPR league he does have a little bit of value. Shepard is a guy notorious for getting injured so you always have to be careful if he finishes a game. I hope you have better options for him for seasonal games as it is only Week 3, but if you have to use him be sure you are in a PPR league. The Cowboys secondary is solid, but if you are looking for someone from the Giants, Shepard might be the best bet for the Monday Night showdown slate.
Elijah MooreNYJ$5000 / $5500Chidobe AwuzieCINRisky
He has taken a huge step back in terms of production even though he is still playing the vast majority of snaps. He has just eight catches for 90 yards combined in two weeks, and many expected him to be far and away the top producer in this offense, but I think the biggest surprise is that Joe Flacco actually had a good game last week. I am not buying that performance and the Bengals secondary is decent. I would still give Moore another start in season long leagues, but my expectations have totally changed and he is a no go for DFS games.
A.J. BrownPHI$7300 / $8000Kendall FullerWASSafe
It was a bit of a letdown for Brown with just five catches for 69 yards, but he still led the team in targets, and the Eagles offense just lost steam in the second half. Brown was still a monster and looked impossible to cover at times. The Commanders secondary has been a total disaster and Brown is another one of my favorite DFS plays this week. Jalen Hurts really looks like he has taken a step forward this season and that could mean huge numbers for Brown. Fire him up in all fantasy formats!
Diontae JohnsonPIT$13800 / $12000Denzel WardCLEModerate
The volume is still there as he is averaging 11 targets a game, but Johnson hasn't found the end zone yet, and the yardage is disappointing. The Steelers haven't played against elite defenses, but they haven't played doormats either. Even in PPR leagues I am going to need more than 56 yards a game for Johnson to be worthwhile. I am going to give him a go in the Thursday showdown slate as there really isn't another receiver viable for the Steelers, and even with the low yardage I would still start him in season long leagues.
DK MetcalfSEA$6100 / $6700A.J. TerrellATLModerate
Oooooof! This has been worst case scenario for Metcalf so far as he has just 11 catches for 71 yards without a touchdown through two weeks. This was why some were passing on Metcalf as the offense isn't going to score a lot of points, and if Geno Smith passes 200 passing yards that will be a good game. It hasn't helped that they have played two very good secondaries in Denver and San Francisco, but this has been really low production. Metcalf is way off of DFS radar, but I am still going to use him in season long league and cross my fingers although Terrell is a strong corner.
Deebo SamuelSF Ronald DarbyDENSafe
It hasn't been a massive start of the year for Deebo as he has just 58 receiving yards and 105 rushing yards and just one touchdown so far. The offense gets a reset now with Jimmy Garoppolo back under center for the rest of the year, and that is good news for Samuel. They will now be more of a traditional offense and we saw how Samuel was used last season. The Broncos defense is strong, but I am all about Deebo this week, especially if George Kittle is still out. However, regardless he is going to be a great play this week and a captain potential for the Week 3 Sunday night showdown slate.
Russell GageTB$4700 / $5700Jaire AlexanderGBSafe
With Mike Evans suspended for Week 3, the Tampa Bay receiving corps is certainly far from full strength again. That is bad news, especially against Jaire Alexander. Gage did have five catches last week, but they were only good for 28 yards. Tampa's offense has been surprisingly quiet to start the seaosn, and I don't really expect any fireworks this week either. Hopefully, Mike Evans and company can get it going in Week 4 when he returns from suspension but I am not playing Gage this week.
Robert WoodsTEN$5000 / $5700Rock Ya-SinLVRisky
He at least showed up on Monday night after a near disappearance in Week 1. Woods had four catches on five targets for 39 yards without a touchdown against the Bills. That was a tough matchup for him, but the Titans offense is just really bad right now. This one is more about Tennessee than the opponent, and while I still might give Woods another start in season long leagues hoping that his usage continues to trend in the right direction, he couldn't be farther off my radar for DFS contests.
Terry McLaurinWAS$6400 / $6900Darius SlayPHIModerate
It has been the Curtis Samuel show for the first two weeks, which I guess makes sense get as much out of him as you can before he gets hurt. The Commanders offense has been pretty good through two weeks, but McLaurin still has just six catches for 133 yards and they haven't exactly played tough defenses. That changes this week as we saw what the Eagles secondary was capable of when they basically shut down the Vikings high-powered pass game. I am still not going to sit McLaurin in season long leagues, but I am absolutely looking in another direction when it comes to DFS contests, especially with Slay who looked elite on Monday.
Right WR vs Left CB
Wide ReceiverTeamDraftKings/FanDuelCornerbackOppMatchup
A.J. GreenARI$4100 / $5300David LongLARRisky
His target share was still healthy as the ball was thrown to him seven times, but Green laid another egg with just three catches and 16 yards. The Cards passing game is Brown, Ertz, and shockingly Greg Dortch right now and there's no room at the inn for Green to be relevant. He shouldn't even be on fantasy rosters, nevermind near a starting lineup
Olamide ZaccheausATL$4300 / $5100Tariq WoolenSEARisky
He did score a touchdown last week, but Zaccheaus had just two catches on two targets and 21 yards. The Falcons offense really isn't significant enough for multiple people to be fantasy relevant, and if there was going to be someone after Drake London and Cordarrelle Patterson, it would be Kyle Pitts and not this guy. Keep him on the waiver wire where he belongs.
Devin DuvernayBAL$4000 / $5700Jalen MillsNEModerate
He had another touchdown in Week 2, although this one was the kick return variety, but Duvernay also didn't finish the game because of a concussion. He has been making a big impact without much usage, so this is definitely a sell-high opportunity if he is able to play this week. With only six touches in two weeks, you can't expect him to keep up this kind of production. The Patriots have been holding opposing offenses down and Duvernay should not be in your lineups if he is able to play, nor should Demarcus Robinson if Duvernay is out
Gabe DavisBUF$6300 / $7200Kader KohouMIASafe
He was injured on Saturday and wasn't able to get on the field Monday, but it would appear that Davis is set to play this week. He had a very strong game against the Rams, and now goes against a Dolphins secondary that allowed a lot last week. The Bills offense is firing on all cylinders through two games and right now looks like the best in the league. Even if he only practices on a limited basis this week it would be really hard to not consider Davis for DFS purposes and he is a set and forget for season long leagues.
Robbie AndersonCAR$5000 / $5700Bradley RobyNORisky
It appears if Anderson doesn't have a 75-yard touchdown catch each week, he might be inconsistent (insert sarcastic font here). He had just three catches on five targets for 32 yards in Week 2 against the Giants and we were once again reminded that this Panthers passing game isn't going to be very good. It is a tougher matchup even this week against the Saints, and I have a hard time starting Anderson in a season long league outside of a flex play if you have been bitten by the injury bug already.
Equanimeous St. BrownCHI$3900 / $5500Daryl StingleyHOURisky
The Bears passing game is awful and I have already noted in this article how I am watching Justin Fields regressing and he wasn't very good last season. The fact that St. Brown was leading the team in receiving yards is a sin. This guy isn't very good, and I don't expect this tiny bit of production to grow at all.
Tee HigginsCIN$6100 / $7300D.J. ReedNYJSafe
The Bengals offense has gotten off to a real sluggish start against the Steelers and Cowboys. Higgins actually had a decent game despite the concussion suffered the week before with six catches on ten targets for 71 yards. You have to figure that the Bengals get it in sync before long, and a game against the Jets defense certainly makes it enticing to think of this week. It might be a tough play considering how they have looked through two weeks, but I have no problem with Higgins in a season long or DFS lineups in Week 3.
Donovan Peoples-JonesCLE$8100 / $8500Levi WallacePITModerate
We are seeing early on that several offenses aren't going to be good, and you can tack the Browns on to that list. Yes, I know they scored 30 last week, but we can thank Nick Chubb for that. A week after Peoples-Jones had 11 targets, he was unable to catch his lone target in Week 2 against a weak Jets secondary. Jacoby Brissett is not a good quarterback, and the Browns pass game was never going to be potent with him under center. Peoples-Jones might have a few decent games and isn't an awful choice for a Thursday night showdown slate, but he is going to be wildly inconsistent, and even the good games won't be that big.
Noah BrownDAL Aaron RobinsonNYGModerate
Sometimes with a change at quarterback comes a change in target share and Noah Brown has been really good since Cooper Rush came in. After four catches late in Week 1, Brown had five catches for 91 yards and a touchdown last week. Can this production actually continue? it feels like it might be getting too cute to put Brown into a season long lineup, but for Monday night's showdown slate he seems like a really good value and perhaps a better choice over CeeDee Lamb given the salary difference
KJ HamlerDEN Emmanuel MoseleySFRisky
With Jerry Jeudy very much in doubt, Hamler looks to get back on the field this week after sitting out last week in sort of a maintenance move as he is coming back from an ACL. He had just one target in Week 1 against the Seahawks, and even if Jeudy does miss the game, I wouldn't expect Hamler to put up a fantasy relevant day. The Broncos pass game has been pedestrian through two games and the San Francisco secondary has been veery good. Hamler belongs on the waiver wire, why don't you leave him there?
Josh ReynoldsDET$4500 / $5300Cameron DantzlerMINRisky
He did score in Week 2 and have a few more catches, but Reynolds has just four grabs through two weeks for 66 yards. Many thought that D.J. Chark would hurt Amon-Ra St. Brown's value, but it is really killing any chance of Reynolds being fantasy relevant. He shouldn't even be on rosters right now so leave him on the wire where he belongs
Sammy WatkinsGB$4400 / $5400Jamel DeanTBRisky
Week 1 Watkins actually had a better game in Week 2 as he caught three of four targets for 93 yards. The Packers offense is going to be more revolved around the running backs than the wide receivers (likely outside of Allen Lazard) and most of Watkins production came on one catch. Hopefully at one point someone differentiates themselves as the top receiver on the team so we can get some clarity for fantasy purposes, but I would probably sit every Packers receiver not named Allen Lazard against a tough Bucs secondary.
Nico CollinsHOU$4000 / $5400Kindle VildorCHIRisky
The second week was better than the first, but we are still not getting what we hoped for out of Collns. The nine targets was very nice to see in Week 2, but he still ended up with four catches for 58 yards and has yet to find the end zone yet. We are hoping for a better outcome this week against a Bears secondary that hasn't been great through two weeks. However, with it being Week 3, I sure hope you have a better option at wide receiver than Collins or you would just be forced to play him. The salary is also nice, but I need to see more before I consider him for DFS purposes.
Ashton DulinIND$3900 / $5600Jaylen WatsonKCRisky
The only way that he become a viable option at all is if Michael Pittman misses another game, which I am not expecting. Dulin filled in nicely as the number one target with five catches on seven targets for79 yards against the Jags. Watson made a couple of big plays last week for the Chiefs and has allowed just 40 percent of passes at him to be caught this week. Even if Pittman does miss another week, I really don't think Dulin is a viable choice in season long games or DFS lineups.
Zay JonesJAC$4000 / $5400Asante SamuelLACRisky
After a fairly productive Week 1, the bottom dropped out some for Jones last week against the Colts as he had just three catches for 23 yards on four targets. The Jags offense is going to be up and down and they did play a tough Colts defense. And when I would say more often than not, it won't be good enough to warrant two receivers to be fantasy relevant. It is another tough matchup this week against a stingy Chargers secondary that has had ten days to get ready for this one and I think Jones is best left on benches, on waiver wires, and out of DFS lineups.
Mecole HardmanKC$4600 / $5800Brandon FacysonINDRisky
It was another meh day for Hardman as he finished with just three catches on just four targets for 49 yards in a tough matchup against the Chargers. It is another tough one against the Colts this week who haven't played bad as a team, but are allowing just 224 yards per game through the air. Hardman continues to be someone to plant at the end of your bench or leave him on the waiver wire.
Ben SkowronekLAR$3400 / $4900Trayvon MullenARIRisky
There is just not enough meat on the bone for another receiver to be fantasy relevant after Cooper Kupp takes up most of the looks and then Allen Robinson and Tyler Higbee continue to have solid roles. Skowronek has just six catches for 41 yards in two weeks and unless there is another injury will not be fantasy relevant.
Joshua PalmerLAC$4800 / $5600Tyson CampbellJACRisky
He did score a touchdown and had eight targets, but I was not inspired by his four catch, 30 yard effort on Thursday with Keenan Allen out. The Jaguars secondary has played surprisingly well through two weeks, and if Justin Herbert is forced to miss the game Palmer becomes a no go for fantasy purposes. Hell, even if Herbert does play he might not be a great option.
Mack HollinsLV$3300 / $5300Caleb FarleyTENRisky
He somehow had five catches on eight targets for 66 yards and outpaced Davante Adams for the team. Don't expect that to ever happen again and even though it is a cupcake matchup against the Titans I would not chase last week's points. Adams will be the boss again with Waller and Renfrow right behind.
Trent SherfieldMIA$3000 / $4700Kaiir ElamBUFRisky
The Dolphins pass game can hold up both Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill's fantasy value, but there sure isn't room for another receiver. Sherfield with his two catches for 19 will need an injury and perhaps two on top of the Cedrick Wilson one to find his way to the fantasy radar. Leave him on that waiver wire as long as the Dolphins receivers are healthy
Adam ThielenMIN$5900 / $6000Jeff OkudahDETSafe
Most of his production came in garbage time, but those points count the same as any other time of day. However, the concerning thing is that he wasn't even targeted in the first half when the game was close. The only way to spin it positively is that the Eagles secondary is really good, and he gets a much easier matchup this week against the Lions who are allowing nearly 275 yards passing per game. Okudah has allowed 70% of passes his way to be caught so far, and this should be the best game of the year for Thielen. I still think he is not a DFS play, but should be a solid WR3 in season long leagues.
Nelson AgholorNE$4100 / $5900Brandon StephensBALModerate
He had a big game with six catches for 110 yards and a touchdown, but this comes one week after Agholor had just three catches for 28 yards against the Dolphins. So which Agholor is the real deal. Well, I'm here to tell you that it was the Week 1 guy. However, the Ravens secondary has been crushed by injuires and they just allowed Tua Tagovailoa to have a career day. At the same time, Mac Jones is not that good, and the Pats offense isn't that dynamic. If you want to start Agholor as your flex and hope he can repeat last week, be my guest. But just don't be overly butthurt if he has a tough game.
Chris OlaveNO$4500 / $5500Jaycee HornCARModerate
It was a much better Week 2 for the rookie as he was targeted 13 times, but still had just five catches although they were good for 80 yards. He did also have a fumble in the game on his long catch. The Saints offense is still tough to figure out, but they get somewhat of a cupcake matchup this week against the Panthers who ade Daniel Jones look like a fairly competent quarterback. Personally, I am not ready to trust Olave as I think that Jarvis Landry will bounce back in Week 3, but if you want to put him in your flex in a season long league you can have worse options.
Richie JamesNYG Anthony BrownDALModerate
Kenny Golladay continues to suck and Kadarius Toney isn't getting on the field enough. Meanwhile, James has five catches on six targets in each of the last two weeks. The former 49er isn't a horrible receiver, but I don't know how long we can expect this kind of production to continue. The coaching staff seems committed to playing the guys who are producing regardless of draft position or contract, however, I am not sure I can continue to trust this team. The Cowboys secondary has been good through two weeks, and I would only trust James in the Monday night showdown slate and not for season long matchups for Week 3.
Corey DavisNYJ$4900 / $5800Eli AppleCINModerate
The final box score says he had two catches for 83 yards, but he was targeted just four times and 66 of those yards came on a long touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. I would say the ten targets in Week 1 are an abberation and I completely expect Elijah Moore to overtake Davis in terms of targets and production in the coming weeks. Davis is the very definition of an average receiver and against Apple and the Bengals secondary he is a guy that I would completely expect to keep on my bench in season long leagues.
DeVonta SmithPHI$5200 / $6000William Jackson IIIWASSafe
I said on the Fantasy Alarm Postgame show that I expected a better outcome for Smith in Week 2 after a catchless opener and he delivered! Smith caught all seven targets for 80 yards, although he failed to catch a touchdown. The Eagles passing game appears to be firing on all cylinders and Jalen Hurts appears to really have taken the next step as an NFL quarterback. Assuming the Eagles continue to throw as much as they have, Smith should continue to put up strong numbers. Jackson has allowed nine of ten targets at him to be caught after two weeks and I am looking for another strong game for Smith in both season long and DFS contests
Chase ClaypoolPIT$9300 / $10000Martin EmersonCLERisky
A week after the team gave him six rushing attempts, Claypool didn't have a single carry and he totalled just four catches and 26 yards on six targets. That is now 44 receiving yards through two weeks, and the way this Steelers offense runs probably won't leave much to do for an explosive, deep down the field threat like Claypool. I'm certainly not trusting him in season long leagues, and even on the Thursday night showdown slate for DFS it feels like there are better options for you to hope for.
Brandon AiyukSF Patrick SurtainDENModerate
It was a much better second game for Aiyuk, which I guess isn't a huge surprise considering that Week 1 was in a borderline monsoon. I do think that the injury to Trey Lance will lead to more passes and more targets to go around and Aiyuk can expect more games like the five catch, and 63 yard contest against the Seahawks. The matchup gets much tougher this week against the Broncos. I am still starting Aiyuk in any season long league, and he should be a nice option in the Sunday night showdown slate, especially if George Kittle is forced to miss the game again.
Marquise GoodwinSEA$3400 / $4700Casey HaywardATLRisky
It really doesn't matter who the third receiver is for the Seahawks, they aren't going to be fantasy relevant. Goodwin didn't catch his one target and D'Wayne Eskridge only had one catch. The Falcons secondary is actually strong and there's no chance that you should trust any other Seahawks receiver.
Julio JonesTB$5600 / $5800Eric StokesGBModerate
He was called a game-time decision last week before finally being ruled out which was great news for me since I said on Twitter that I would literally eat poop if he actually played 17 games. Jones will likely be back this week and with the Bucs struggling with injuries he has a decent chance of making an impact. The Packers secondary has been decent so far to begin the year, and Tampa Bay hasn't been lighting up the scoreboard just yet. I can see putting Jones in a season long lineup, but even that is sketchy with him struggling with injuries already.
Treylon BurksTEN$4900 / $5900Amik RobertsonLVModerate
The rookie looks good, but man it is hard to get a lot of production in this anemic offense. The Titans are just not putting up yards or points and it is holding Burks back. He did have four catches for 47 yards last week against a tough Bills secondary and the matchup does get easier this week against the Raiders. However, no Titan is really worth DFS consideration right now and Burks is even borderline for season long leagues right now
Jahan DotsonWAS$4600 / $6000James BradberryPHIRisky
The rookie found the end zone again in Week 2 in his four catches and 59 yards against the Lions. The Commanders offense is off to a solid start, but they have also played two pretty easy defenses. Things change this week against the Eagles who bounced back in a big way on Monday night against the Vikings, and that is the true defense I think they are. I like the start for Dotson but still think he is behind Curtis Samuel and Terry McLaurin in this offense and even has to battle Logan Thomas for targets. I would not start him this week against a real good defense.

Now, here are my 10 favorite matchups in the slot in Week 3.

Slot WR vs Slot CB
Wide ReceiverTeamDraftKings/FanDuelCornerbackOppMatchup
Cooper KuppLAR$9900 / $9800Byron MurphyARISafe
Yawn! Another double digit catch day with over 100 yards and a touchdown for Kupp in Week 2 against the Falcons seems like just another day at the office. The Cardinals have already allowed seven passing touchdowns in two weeks, tied for worst in the league. Gee, I wonder what is going to happen this week. Kupp is an absolute no brainer in season long and DFS contests.
Amon-Ra St. BrownDET$7200 / $7800Chandon SullivanMINSafe
If you don't believe he is the man for this Lions team at this point, I don't know what will convince you. St. Brown has 17 catches on 24 targets through just two weeks for 180 yards and three touchdowns. No one else on this team is going to compete with him for targets or production, and he is safe to employ on a weekly basis. The Eagles decimated the Vikings secondary last week, and I don't know that I could be more excited for St. Brown again this week. Fire him up in seasonal and daily for Week 3 for sure
Tyreek HillMIA$7600 / $8400TAron JohnsonBUFSafe
It has been an awesome start for Hill in Miami as he had a huge blowup day in Week 2 with 11 catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns against the Ravens. That is now 19 catches in two weeks. Tua Tagovailoa looks like he is the real deal, and this passing offense is explosive. The Bills have a great secondary, but they are dealing with several injuries to their corners. TAron Johnson isn't one of them, but he might not be able to just stay in the slot. Hill is an absolute stud and he is a no brainer for season long leagues and I really like him in DFS games too with the injuries in Buffalo.
Christian KirkJAC$6200 / $7100Bryce CallahanLACSafe
The volume went down, but the production continued as Kirk had another strong game in Week 2. He caught all six of his targets for 78 yards and two touchdowns against the Colts who actually have a good secondary. Jacksonville might not be an elite offense, but they have definitely taken a step forward in Trevor Lawrence year two. Kirk is clearly going to be the focal point of the passing game, and that should make for a good fantasy game most of the time. The Chargers have one of the better secondaries in football, but it is more their outside guys than Callahan in the slot. Kirk has become an every week starter for me in season long leagues and I'm going to ride the hot hand again in DFS contests.
Garrett WilsonNYJ$5400 / $6100Mike HiltonCINModerate
He is playing more snaps each week, and Wilson has become the top receiver on the Jets. He has 22 targets in those two weeks and has turned them into 12 catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns. We still have a hard time believing that Joe Flacco is going to continue to throw so successfully, but right now that is what is happening. Mike Hilton is a decent slot corner, but has allowed a few big plays already this year. I am having a hard time suggesting Wilson for DFS, but his salary at the level that it sits make it hard to ignore for at least a few lineups. However, you have to ride the hot streak for as long as it lasts in season long leagues.
Curtis SamuelWAS$5100 / $6300Avonte MaddoxPHISafe
He had just one carry in Week 2, but Samuel continued to be the focal point of the Commanders passing game as he collected seven catches on nine targets for 78 yards and a touchdown. He has now found the end zone in both games in 2022. Can this really last? I think it will come down to health for Samuel. He has had success at other points in his career, but he also has had trouble staying healthy. I think the production was also helped by the weak defenses that Washington has played, but you have to love the volume that Samuel is getting. The Eagles secondary is very strong, but Maddox has allowed 83% of passes to be caught so far with 10.3 yards per catch. Samuel's DFS salary remains VERY attractive and I think he is a cash game gem and he remains a guy you have to get in your lineups in season long leagues.
Hunter RenfrowLV$5500 / $5800Ugo AmadiTENModerate
His usage went up well in Week 2 as he had seven catches on ten targets, but Renfrow only had 59 yards and still hasn't found the end zone. The worst part is he committed two turnovers, including the fumble that lost the game. Now, I am not worried that Renfrow will be taken off the field because of that, but he could see fewer targets, and I still expect Davante Adams to bounce back. The Raiders should have a great time throwing the ball around on the Titans though so while he isn't a DFS target, Renfrow still gets a start from me in season long leagues with this cupcake matchup.
Tyler LockettSEA$5800 / $6600Erik HarrisATLModerate
It was one of the big games that Lockett has three or four times a year as he had nine catches on 11 targets for 107 yards against a tough 49ers secondary. He seems to play well against San Francisco a lot. Seattle's passing game is going to be limited each week as Geno Smith only has so much talent. However, Lockett gets the best matchup here as Erik Harris allowed all four targets at him last week to be caught and the Falcons outside corners are very good. I have a hard time trusting the Seahawks offense in DFS games, but he still belongs in your season long lineups.
Jarvis LandryNO$4800 / $5900Myles HartsfieldCARModerate
After a big game in Week 1, Landry came crashing back to Earth with just four catches for 25 yards against the Buccaneers. I think the norm to expect for Landry is somewhere between the two games. However, he is going to be inconsistent, and Jameis Winston is going to be inconsistent not to mention he is far from 100 percent. However, this is an awesome matchup against a pretty piss poor Panthers secondary (say that three times fast) and while I still don't like the Saints offense or Landry enough to consider him for any DFS lineups.
JuJu Smith-SchusterKC$5500 / $6100Kenny MooreINDModerate
Like Landry, Smith-Schuster also laid an egg in Week 2 with just three catches for 10 yards. However, I will give him some leeway as the Chargers secondary is very good. The Colts defensive backfield is also supposed to be very good, but they haven't played like it so far. Kenny Moore has allowed nine of 11 targets at him to be caught for 11.7 yards per catch and has allowed a touchdown in each game. I still believe that Smith-Schuster is the top dog as far as wide receivers go in Kansas City and think he is a solid play in season long games, and could also be a sneaky differentiation in GPPs as well.


Cooper Kupp vs. Byron Murphy

Again, I hate to be chalky, but even though he is the highest salaried receiver, he continues to be worth the asking price and more. The Cardinals have been a joke trying to stop the pass through two weeks and Matthew Stafford should pick them apart for most of Sunday afternoon. And we know who Stafford loves to throw to. Look for close to another double-digit reception game with over 100 yards and another touchdown. 

Davante Adams vs. Kristian Fulton

I know he was a let down last week, but he still scored a touchdown and no way that he is held in check two weeks in a row. The Titans secondary has been AWFUL through two weeks as Josh Allen destroyed them last week and Daniel Jones had two touchdown passes in Week 1. Daniel Jones! What do you think the Raiders are going to do? Kristian Fulton missed last week and could miss again which would make this matchup all the more juicy…..and juicy is good! Adams is gonna go bananas this week. 


Tee Higgins vs. D.J. Reed

I want to have a Bengal in there as I feel the Jets corners are beatable, particularly Reed. Not to mention that Higgins is $2,000 cheaper than Ja’Marr Chase on DraftKings. He looked no worse for the wear last week after the concussion and had a solid game. The Bengals pass game gets back on track this week and Higgins has north of five catches, 75 yards, and his first score of the season. 

Drake London vs. Coby Bryant

The Seahawks secondary is littered with rookies and London has been dusting strong, elite veterans of the NFL. The Falcons passing game isn’t exciting at all, but everyone thought it would go through Kyle Pitts but it has been London getting all the glory. Seattle is in the bottom ten of passing yards allowed and I expect another big game from Atlanta’s rookie. 

Bargain Bin

DeVonta Smith vs. William Jackson

He certainly got back on track last game after the Week 1 shutout, and Smith showed what he is capable of against the Vikings. With A.J. Brown taking up the bulk of the defense’s attention, Smith should continue to see single coverage. The Commanders have already allowed five touchdowns in two weeks, and Jackson hasn’t been good. The veteran has allowed nine of ten passes his way to be caught this year for 137 yards and a whopping 15.2 yards per catch. I love Smith here to pick up where he left off last week. 

*Information gathered from research done at Pro Football Focus.


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