Welcome to the weekly wide receiver/cornerback breakdown for fantasy football Week 9! Here, we analyze each of the outside matchups one by one, as well as 10 of my favorite matchups in the slot. Especially with the bye weeks in full swing, it is important to dig deep and find the best matchups to gain a competitive advantage, optimize your starting lineups, and crush your opponents. This article is also critical for fantasy football DFS players, as this will help you find the right matchups to target when setting your lineups. You can follow me on Twitter, @FantasyCoachJB, and reach out with all your fantasy football questions as well.

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Fantasy Football WR/CB Matchup Report Week 9

Left WR vs Right CB
Wide ReceiverTeamDK / FD $CornerbackOppMatchup
Marquise BrownARI$5400 / $6700Martin Emerson Jr.CLEModerate
The Cleveland secondary as a whole has been underwhelming, but Emerson has played well, only allowing a 39.4% reception percentage. While volume is pretty steady for Brown, its a tougher matchup and it looks like he will have rookie QB Clayton Tune throwing him the ball so he is not a safe play this week.
Drake LondonATL$5500 / $6500Akayleb EvansMINModerate
We have seen a steady target volume for London with at least 7 targets in 6 of his last 7 weeks. Taylor Heinicke shoud be an upgradeover Desmond Ridder, but London is dealing with a groin injury which could limit his ability to make moves to get open. Even with the steady volume and a plus matchup against Evans who has allowed 3 touchdowns in his coverage, London gets knocked down a notch with the injury concern.
Odell Beckham.BAL$3800 / $5200Tariq WoolenSEAModerate
After getting shut out of the box score last week, Odell was visably frustrated. He did draw some big penalties but that doesnt matetr for us in fantasy. He didnt catch a pass, but is still getting a 15% snap share and might get the "squeeky wheel" treatment this week. Lamar could look to get him going against Woolen who has allowed 2 touchdowns in his coverage. I like the value on him in DFS this week in a game I expect to see the offense focus more on him.
Stefon DiggsBUF$9000 / $8700Cam Taylor-BrittCINSafe
This game has shootout potential and Diggs will match up with Taylor-Britt who is the top corner in Cincinnati, but has allowed over 360 receiving yards in his coverage so far this year. Diggs should continue to see a high target volume and rack up over 100 yards this week.
DJ Chark Jr.CAR$3700 / $5500Jaylon JonesINDRisky
The change in playcaller in Carolina continued what we saw - Carolina is trying to get Mingo more involved in the offense. Last week Mingo finally overtook Chark in target share and I think thats how they want it to be. Chark will be out there running routes, but will be a risky start.
DJ MooreCHI$5900 / $7600Marshon LattimoreNOModerate
Last week was a rough one for backup quarterback Tyson Bagent. Moore still saw 6 targets and led all receivers in target percentage, but with Bagent at quarterback the upside is limited and he is not safe. He also gets Lattimore matched up with him and he is still a solid cover corner. You may have to still play Moore in season long, but I'm looking elsewhere in DFS.
Ja'Marr ChaseCIN$8300 / $9000Christian BenfordBUFSafe
Chase picked up where he left off coming out of the bye and had 10 catches on 12 targets for 100 yards and a touchdown last week. He saw a 37.5% target share last week and is at 33.5% on the season. In a game that has shootout written all over it, Chase will continue to see the volume. Benford has been playing well, but he has allowed 12.5 yards per catch and will have his hands full with Chase.
Amari CooperCLE$6100 / $6800Marco WilsonARISafe
Arizona has the second lowest team coverage grade according to PFF and Wilson is graded the bottom 10 of the 116 corners with individual coverage grades. Regardless of who is at quarterback for Cleveland, Cooper is seeing the targets and has at least 8 targets in each of the past 3 games. With a plus matchup and a 25.3% target share on the season, Cooper is a safe play this week.
Michael GallupDAL$3600 / $5300James BradberryPHIRisky
Another team that has seen a pendulum swing at WR is Dallas, where Gallup had his shot to be the #2, but seems to have lost it to Cooks. Gallup only played a 50% snap percentage last week and was out targeted and outproduced by Cooks. Add to that the fact that he faces the solid outside corners in Philladelphis this week and Gallup is a risky start.
Courtland SuttonDEN#N/ABye#N/ABye
Jameson WilliamsDET#N/ABye#N/ABye
Romeo DoubsGB$5100 / $6600Derion KendrickLARSafe
Doubs once again outproduced Watson and led the team in targets while scoring the only receiving touchdown. It is a true 1A/1B situation in Green Bay and Im not entirely sure that Doubs is the B. He gets a plus matchup this week as well against Kendrick who allows 13.2 yards perreceptionand has gven up 2 touchdowns in his coverage this season. At a fair, mid-range pricepoint in DFS, I like using Doubs this week.
Nico CollinsHOU$5800 / $6800Jamel DeanTBSafe
Last week was sloppy for Houston, but Collins still led the team in targets and receptions. He will get a better macthup against the Tampa secondary this week and will see plenty of Dean who has allowed a 71.4% reception percentage and 2 touchdowns in his coverage this year. This should be a nice bounceback spot for Collins and the Houston offense.
Alec PierceIND$3300 / $5200Donte JacksonCARRisky
Pierce continues to have a high snap percentage but a lower target share. Josh Downs has leapfrogged Pierce in the target pecking order, and Pierce is only a complimentary piece. With a matchup against a solid corner in Jackson and a decrease in target volume, Pierce is a risky start.
Calvin RidleyJAC#N/ABye#N/ABye
Marquez Valdes-ScantlingKC$3200 / $5400Jalen RamseyMIARisky
The addition of Mecole Hardman further complicated the Kansas City wide receiver room and its rotation. MVS suffered from it last week and saw his snap percentage drop to 58.3%. There are 5 receivers seeing 35-60% of the snaps which makes playing any outside receiver in this rotation a risky start, especially against a now healthy Jalen Ramsey.
Davante AdamsLV$8100 / $8000Deonte BanksNYGModerate
Adams and Meyers each only caught 1 pass last week and Las Vegas just fired Josh McDaniels so we will see what the coaching change will do to help the offense. Adams is understandably frustrated and hopefully the change in coaching reinvigorates the offense. Its a plus matchup against Banks who has allowed 316 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns in his coverage, so we can start Adams in season long but might want to wait a week to see how the offense looks before paying up in DFS.
Joshua PalmerLAC$5100 / $6000D.J.ReedNYJRisky
Palmer had a down game last week andhis snap percentage dropped significantly as we saw almost an even split between him and Quentin Johnston. Palmer will bounce back, but I wouldnt bet on a big game this week against the Jets secondary that has a top 3 coverage grade on PFF and has some bonafide studs on the outside.
Tutu AtwellLAR$4200 / $5200Carrington ValentineGBModerate
The Rasul Douglas trade makes Carrington Valentine a full time starter and the rookie 7th rounder is #notgood. While filling in for Jaire Alexander, he allowed an average of 17.8 yards per reception in his coverage. Unfortunately there hasnt been much volume for Atwell since Kupp came back, but he can be used as a DFS dart throw in a plus matchup with his playmaking ability.
Jaylen WaddleMIA$7800 / $7400Jaylen WatsonKCSafe
Waddle found the endzone again last week in a nice game where he saw 12 targets and caught 7 for 121 and the touchdown. He'll get a plus matchup here while Sneed shadows Hill and Waddle sees Watson. Watson has allowed a 70% catch rate and FIVE touchdowns in his coverage so far this season. Lets make it 6!
K.J. OsbornMIN$4600 / $6300AJ TerrellATLRisky
We loved the volume we saw for Osborn last week as he caught 8 of 10 taregts for 99 yards but also lost his starting quarterback. Minnesota will be starting rookie quarterback Jaren Hall and they face an Atlanta secondary that has played pretty well. With a backup quarterback and a tough corner in Terrell lined up across from him, Osborne goes back to risky this week.
DeVante ParkerNE$3200 / $5000Kendall FullerWASRisky
The loss of Kendrick Bourne opens up a lot of targets in the Patriots offense, but it is a tough matchup for Parker to take advantage of that this week. He faces Fuller who is graded as the 2nd best cover corner in the league according to PFF grades so Mac Jones will likely have to look elsewhere for production.
Michael ThomasNO$4700 / $5900Tyrique StevensonCHISafe
Once again Thomas got the targets last week and he has seen at least 6 targets every game this season. The rookie Stevenson played really well last week but he is still getting his NFL feet under him and gets a tough test against the veteran Thomas this week. Thomas is still underpriced in DFS and with the plus matchup and heavy target volume, Thomas is a great start this week for me.
Jalin HyattNYG$3000 / $4700Amik RobertsonLVSafe
Robertson is one of my favorite cornerbacks to target and PFF agrees grading him 105 of the 116 cornerbacks they grade in coverage. Throwing last week out the window where the Giants used a 3rd string quarterback who apparently couldnt pass, Hyatt has been the wide receiver emerging with the increase in snap percentage and target share. With Jones likely returning and a great matchup, I like Hyatt a lot at his bargain basement DFS price.
Garrett WilsonNYJ$6500 / $7400Asante Samuel Jr.LACSafe
This will be a great battle between two young superstars who are some of the best at their position. Samuel has only allowed 1 touchdown in his coverage, but becasue he usually faces the opponents top target, he has allowed 534 receiving yards. This is good news for Wilson and his 33.5% targets share. He may not hit his ceiling this week in a tough matchup, but he is in play with his solid target volume and Samuels off coverage that allows a near 70% catch rate.
A.J. BrownPHI$8600 / $9000DaRon BlandDALSafe
Bland has been great since stepping in for Diggs, but Brown has been one of the best receivers in football this season. Its a tough matchup, but at this point we have to start to consider Brown matchup proof with the way he has been playing and clicking with Jalen Hurts.
George PickensPIT$5400 / $7300Kristian FultonTENSafe
Pickens was quiet most of the game last week and only ended up catching 1 pass, but it was a touchdown. He is still seeing a 92.5% snap percentage so I think the down game last week was just a blip. Fulton has allowed a 69% reception percentage (noice) and over 300 receiving yards in his coverage. In a plus matchup, I look for Pickens to bounce back as a safe play this week.
Brandon AiyukSF#N/ABye#N/ABye
DK MetcalfSEA$6900 / $7200Brandon StephensBALModerate
Coming back from injury, Metcalf played a 77.2% snap percentage and had a whopping 38.9% target share. Unfortunately he only caught 5 of his 14 targets and didnt score so his fantasy production was minimal. This game could be a back and forth contest , but Baltimore's secondary has played really well this season and they are the highest graded team in PFF coverage grades. Metcalf is a stud, but the matchup downgrades him from safe this week.
Mike EvansTB$7300 / $7400Steven NelsonHOUModerate
Evans is averaging about 8 targets per game and has 5 touchdowns in 7 games on the season. The Houston secondary is good in coverage, and Nelson has only allowed a single touchdown this year. This could be a fairly ugly game and in a tough matchup, this one may be one to stay off Evans in DFS but you can use him in season long and hope for the volume to continue.
DeAndre HopkinsTEN$6000 / $7400Patrick PetersonPITSafe
Will Levis was a great shot in the arm last week, especially for Hopkins. He scored 3 touchdowns and put up nearly 35 fantasy points in ppr leagues. Peterson has allowed over 300 yards and 4 touchdowns in his coverage this season so Levis and Hopkis will look to keep the good times rollin in this one. The matchup is good and the targets are there so we can make Hopkins a safe play once again with Levis slinging the rock his way.
Terry McLaurinWAS$5600 / $7200J.C. JacksonNESafe
McLaurin gets a great matchup this week against Jackson who is graded as the 113th corner out of 116 graded on PFF. Terry saw a 23.5% target share last week and scored a touchdown. With a 22% target share on the season and a p;olus matchup, McLaurin is a safe play this week at a fair mid-range price in DFS.
Right WR vs Left CB
Wide ReceiverTeamDraftKings/FanDuelCornerbackOppMatchup
Michael WilsonARI$3500 / $5300Denzel WardCLERisky
Wilson has been second in the receiver room in targets lately, but this week has some concerns. He is dealing with a shoulder injury, Trey McBride is a threat to his targets, he has a rookie quarterback making his first start, AND he is matched up against Denzel Ward who is one of the top corners in the league. As much as I like Wilson, all of these things stacked up makes him a risky start.
Van JeffersonATL$3600 / $5200Byron Murphy Jr.MINModerate
Lets take a ride down narrative street - Jefferson gets traded to Atlanta and needs to pick up the offense so wasnt a starter right away and likely practiced with the second team while he gor up to speed. There he worked with backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke and the rest of the backups while he grew his role and took over the #2 receiver role last week with his 70.6 snap percentage and 15.2% target share. Heinicke is now the starter and he has had extra practice reps with Jefferson to build some chemistry. Between the narrative and the plus matchup against Murphy who has allowed 4 touchdowns in his coverage, I like Jefferson as a sneaky low cost DFS dart throw this week.
Zay FlowersBAL$5700 / $6100Devon WitherspoonSEASafe
The Baltimore passing game didnt do much last week with the damage being done on the ground. Flowers still led the receivers with a 75.4% snap share and a 26.9% target share. The volume will continue to be there for FLowers, making him a safe PPR floor play every week, but I have a feeling they will be looking to get Odell in the box this week to get him going. Witherspoon has also played wll and is only allowing a 42.9% reception percentage in his coverage. Ill still use Flowers in my PPR leagues, but will look other places in DFS this week.
Gabe DavisBUF$5800 / $7000DJ Turner IICINModerate
So Im starting to think weve figured out Gabe Davis. Against a zone defense, he goes off as a smart zone beater. Against a bad corner he could also be productive in man coverage. Against a good corner in man coverage he struggles. DJ Turner is a decent corner who has only allowed 7 catches for 59 yards in his coverage so far this season. The Bengals have played more man than zone against Buffalo in the past so this will be a game where I downgrade Davis a bit and let others chase last week's points in DFS.
Jonathan MingoCAR$3400 / $5100Tony BrownINDSafe
I said it before, Carolina is trying to get Mingo more involved and he was second on the team with a 16% target share last week. He led the team with a 98.5% snap percenage. He also gets a plus matchup this week against a backup corner and has a super cheap DFS salary. Mingo is a guy I am using everywhere I can this week and is my discount play of the week!
Tyler ScottCHI$3000 / $5100Paulson AdeboNORisky
Scott has worked himself into a larger role in the Chicago offense playing a 57.6% snap share last week and 56.3% the week before. Unfortunately, Tyson Bagent struggled last week and they get a tough matchup this week against a strond New Orleans secondary so Scott is a risky play.
Tee HigginsCIN$6100 / $6400Rasul DouglasBUFModerate
Douglas was just traded to Buffalo this week so Higgins should still get some Dane Jackson on the outside. Buffalo grades as the 7th best team in coverage on PFF and the addition of Douglas makes them even better. The game should be a shootout so there should be plenty of volume for Higgins along side Chase, but the tougher matchup brings him down from safe to moderate.
Marquise GoodwinCLE$3000 / $4400Antonio Hamilton Sr.ARIRisky
With the trade of Donovan Peoples-Jones this week, Goodwin steps in as the other outside receiver across from Amari Cooper. Even with a plus matchup against the Arizona secondary, Goodwin is notihing more than a GPP dart throw until we see more of him in this new role.
Brandin CooksDAL$4400 / $5600Darius SlayPHIModerate
I said in last week's article that I had a feeling that coming out of the bye, the Cowboys would be looking to get Cooks more involved to help take some pressure off CeeDee Lamb. He was second among wide receivers in snap percentage, route percentage and target share and also scored a touchdown. He should continue to see the opportunities, but gets a tough matchup this week against Slay and the Eagles defense so I cant call him a safe play this week.
Marvin MimsDEN#N/ABye#N/ABye
Josh ReynoldsDET#N/ABye#N/ABye
Christian WatsonGB$4900 / $6000Ahkello WitherspoonLARSafe
It has been a dissapointing first half of the season for Watson who missed time with the injury and hasnt done much since returning either. Last week he saw 8 targets but only had 3 catches for 33 yards. The matchup this week against Witherspoon who has allowed 285 yards and 2 touchdowns is a good spot for him to get back on track. As long as Love gives him some on target passes, I like a bounceback game from Watson this week.
Tank DellHOU$5300 / $5800Carlton Davis IIITBModerate
C.J. Stroud and the Texans hope to get back on track this week after a rough loss last week against Carolina. Carlton Davis is a good corner, but he plays off coverage and has allowed 309 yards at an average of 14 yards per reception in his coverage this season. Stroud should look to get the ball in Dell's hands on short and intermediate routes and let him make some plays against this beatable Tampa Bay secondary.
Michael PittmanIND$6600 / $7300CJ HendersonCARSafe
Henderson grades as the 106th corner out of the 116 with coverage grades on PFF. He has allowed over a 78% reception percentage in his coverage so I love this matchup for PIttman who has a 28.7% target percentage on the season.
Christian KirkJAC#N/ABye#N/ABye
Justin WatsonKC$3000 / $5000Eli AppleMIARisky
This spot is a rotation of players and none of them are trustworthy enough to not call risky. Whether its Watson, Skyy Moore, Kadarius Toney or Mecole Hardman its a risky start with their 35-56% snap percentages.
Jakobi MeyersLV$6400 / $7000Adoree' JacksonNYGSafe
With Banks likely to shadow Adams, Meyers will get a great matchup against Jackson who has allowed a 75% reception percentage and 390 receiving yards in his coverage this season. The changes in vegas this week with the new head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterback leave a lot of uncertainty, but there should be enough volume for Meyers to be a safe play, especially in a plus matchup against Jackson.
Quentin JohnstonLAC$3400 / $5600Sauce GardnerNYJRisky
We saw an increase in snap and target percentage for the rookie last week, but he faces his toughest test yet this week. He will have his hands full with Sauce Gardner and Herbert will likely be relying on Keenan Allen in the slot and Austin Ekeler out of the backfield more this week to avoid the solid outside corners of the Jets.
Puka NacuaLAR$7400 / $7500Jaire AlexanderGBSafe
Puka is dealing with a knee injury that is limiting him at practice but as long as he is good to go he is a solid WR2 in season long leagues. He does get a tough matchup against Jaire Alexander, but Alexander is still recovering from his own injury and didnt look himself last week while he was getting beat left and right by Jordan Addison. I like the matchup for Kupp much better this week, so Id likely pay up a little to him in DFS this week instead of Puka.
Tyreek HillMIA$9400 / $10000L'Jarius SneedKCSafe
I said before that AJ Brown was looking matchup proof and we can certainly say the same about Tyreek Hill. Even with Sneed likely to shadow him this week, Hill is always a must start, especiall in a game with the highest expected point total of the week that should be a shootout.
Jordan AddisonMIN$6000 / $7100Jeff OkudahATLModerate
Addison has looked great the past few weeks but took a big hit to his value when he lost Kirk Cousins last week. With a rookie backup quarterback this week, temper expectations for Addison. Hopefully it will get better with Joshua Dobbs when he takes the reins, but this week with Hall at quarterback and a matchup against a solid corner in Okudah, I cant call Addison safe even with the volume he is seeing.
Jalen ReagorNE$3000 / $4200Benjamin St-JusteWASModerate
Kendrick Bourne was playing very well but tore his ACL last week. Reagor steps into that role and gets a good matchup against St-Juste on the opposite side of Fuller. He should see a decent amount of targets, but is a risky play and should only be considered a contrarian GPP dart throw option in DFS tournaments.
Rashid ShaheedNO$4500 / $6200Jaylon JohnsonCHIRisky
Fresh off a big game last week, Shaheed was a popular waiver add this week. He is still the 3rd receiver and at best, 4th target in New Orleans, which makes him a risky boom/bust player. He also draws Chicago's best corner this week so Id be looking at his teammates who get more consistent target volume and better matchups this week and let others chase the points with Shaheed.
Darius SlaytonNYG$3200 / $5400Marcus PetersLVRisky
Slayton is playing a 98% snap percentage but doenst have much to show for it. The matchup against Vegas is good, but he doesnt get enough target volume to not call him a risky play.
Allen LazardNYJ$3500 / $5500Michael DavisLACRisky
Lazard has only caught 17 passes on the season as the #2 receiver on the Jets. He is playing an 86.3% snap percentage and gets a matchup against Davis who has allowed 381 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns in his coverage. In a plus matchup, Lazard could be a sneaky DFS play at a low salary, but I cant trust him enough to play with much confidence.
Devonta SmithPHI$7100 / $7000Stephon GIlmoreDALModerate
Finally we got a productve game from Smith last week who caught 7 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. It is clear that there is a larger separation from Brown to Smith this year than we have seen in years past, and the matchup this week is a tough one. Gilmore has only allowed a 50% reception percentage in his coverage so with the tougher matchup and Browns shadow, Ill downgrade Smith this week from safe to moderate.
Diontae JohnsonPIT$5100 / $6700Sean Murphy-BuntngTENSafe
Last week Johnson dominated the targets with a 35% target share which he turned into 8 catches for 85 yards. Murphy-Bunting has improved this year, but he is still a mediocre corner who has given up 12.1 yards per reception in his coverage. With Johnson's ability to get open and the heavy target volume, Johnson is a good play in season long as well as at his DFS salary that I think is too low.
Deebo SamuelSF#N/ABye#N/ABye
Tyler LockettSEA$6200 / $6900Marlon HumphreyBALSafe
Lockett had a nice game last week and put up over 22 fantasy points in a PPR. He had 8 catches for 81 yards and a touchdown and will square off this week against Humphrey who has allowed a 72.7% reception percentage in his coverage. This game has sneaky shootout potential so there should be enough volume to be able to play Lockett safely and even to use in DFS in the price range he falls in to.
Chris GodwinTB$7000 / $6700Shaquill GriffinHOUSafe
This is the matchup I expect the Buccaneers to target this week. Griffin has allowed a near 70% reception percentage in his coverage and Godwin is starting to develop some good chemistry with Baker Mayfield. With Evans having the tougher matchup this week, I believe Godwin will lead the team in targets and will produce for us with that volume coming his way.
Treylon BurksTEN$3600 / $5300Joey PorterJr..PITRisky
Burks returned from injust last week and eased back in with a 51.5% snap percentage. The matchup this week is a tough one for Burks as Porter has been playing lights out in his rookie season and is yet to allow a touchdown. I like Burks' opportunity for the rest of the season, but I dont like him this week in a bad matchup with him still getting his traction.
Jahan DotsonWAS$5000 / $5900Jonathan JonesNESafe
For only the second time this season, Dotson got in the endzone and put up double digit fantasy points last week. He will look to build of fhis 8 catch, 108 yard game in a plus matchup against the New England secondary that is the 5th lowest graded in PFF coverage grade. Still priced down in DFS, Dotson is a good play this week in a plus matchup.

Top matchups in the slot for Week 9

Slot WR vs Slot CB
Wide ReceiverTeamDraftKings/FanDuelCornerbackOppMatchup
Cooper KuppLAR$8500 / $8700Keisean NixonGBSafe
This is one of my favorite matchups of the week. Even though Kupp only caught 4 passes last week, he still saw a 31.3% target share and this week he gets to match up against Nixon who has allowed a 79.4% reception percentage and 226 yards in his coverage. The only scary part is we dont know if Matthew Stafford will play but it is still a great matchup for Kupp nonetheless.
CeeDee LambDAL$8200 / $8800Sydney BrownPHISafe
I loved Lamb last week coming off the bye and he had a monster game putting up nearly 40 fantasy points in a PPR. This week he will once again see a ton of targets playing the slot against the Eagles who have solid outside corners but are playing a rookie safety at slot corner. We could see Bradberry move inside but Slay almost never does and Bradberry didnt look comfortable there when he played there earlier this year. Its a good matchup for a great receiver.
Keenan AllenLAC$8700 / $8500Michael Carter IINYJSafe
This is another instance where the opposing defense has strong outside corners who dont move inside so its an upgrade for the slot receiver. Allen has a 30% target share and should continue to get peppered with targets in a game that the Chargers need to win against a strong defense.
Chris OlaveNO$6300 / $6900Kyler GordonCHISafe
Gordon has allowed over an 85% reception percentage in his coverage this season. The matchup is a favorable one for Olave who is 2nd in the league in air yards and has a DFS salary that is lower than it should be. Take the disocunt and the plus matchup and lock him in to your lineups. Olave scores this week and I wouldnt be surprised to see him eclipse 20 fantasy points .
Adam ThielenCAR$7500 / $8300Kenny MooreINDSafe
Rookie Bryce Young has really enjoyed having the reliable veteran in Thielen on his team. In his last 6 games, Thielen has seen at least 8 targets and has 4 games with at least 11. As much as I love Mingo this week, the volume that Thielen has been seeing and the matchup against Moore who allows a 77.5% reception percentage makes Thielen a safe play once again.
Josh DownsIND$5200 / $6400Troy HillCARSafe
Downs continues to be a favorite target of Gardner Minshew and he had a 23.7% target share once again last week. Carolina is still banged up in the secondary and is playing backup slot corner Troy Hill. With the solid target volume, backup corner andfavorable price, I like using Downs in season long and DFS this week.
Rashee RiceKC$5200 / $5800Kader KohouMIASafe
We saw Rice lead Kansas City receivers in targets, sanp percentage and receiving yards last week and looks to be establishing himself as the real number 1 receiver in Kansas City. He is a playmaker who can take one to the house at any given time and the game against Miami this week gives hi a grat opportunity. This should be a high scoring game and he matches up with Kohou who has allowed an 83.3% reception percentage and 3 touchdowns in his coverage,
Demario DouglasNE$4000 / $5400Danny JohnsonWASModerate
After losing Kendrick Bourne last week, New England needs someone to step up in the receiver room and it should be Douglas. He saw a 25% target share last week and played a 77.4% snap percentage. New England will likely be playing from behind and have to throw so they will look to Douglas to make plays against Johnson who is a backup slot corner and should be the guy to target with good outside corners on Washington.
Jayden ReedGB$3600 / $5700Cobie DurantLARModerate
Even though Reed is the 3rd target in the Green Bay receiver room, this is a matchup I like against Durant. We just saw CeeDee Lamb torch the Rams out of the slot and while Reed is not Lamb, he should be able to take advantage of a solid matchup against a team struggling to cover the slot.
Jaxon Smith-NjigbaSea$4300 / $5500Arthur MauletBALModerate
We have now seen JSN score touchdowns in back to back weeks and his role in the offense has grown after the bye week. He faces the veteran Maulet this week who has allowed 11.2 yards per reception in his coverage in a game that could be higher scoring. The volume wont be huge with Metcalf and Lockett still being focal points, but we have seen that JSN has a nose for the endzone so that makes him a good enough play at his still value price point in DFS.

*Information gathered from research done at Pro Football Focus and from Kevin Tompkins' Target Report