The Week 2 DFS WR Coach was quite good to us, headlined by big days from Amon-Ra St. Brown, Keenan Allen, and Nico Collins. Anyways, onto Week 3 NFL DFS action, and identifying those wide receivers to boost your DFS lineups this weekend. By taking a look at projected game and team totals, as well as our NFL DFS Week 3 player projections, we’ll get a good look at how we can best optimize the wide receiver position in our NFL DFS lineups. From superstar receivers to top DFS stacks, the NFL DFS WR Coach will have multiple plays at various pricing tiers to help construct your lineups. Without further ado, let’s dive into this week’s DFS WR Coach, highlighting the top plays, values, and fades at the wide receiver position to help build your NFL DFS lineups for the main slate on DraftKings and FanDuel.
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NFL DFS WR Top Tier Picks
This is by no means a hot take, but Jefferson is probably my favorite receiver on the slate. Not only have the Chargers allowed the most fantasy points per game to wide receivers, but they have been unable to stop slot receivers whatsoever. In Week 1, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle combined to catch seven of eight targets for 152 yards out of the slot. Now, here come the Vikings with Justin Jefferson, who is averaging over 20 yards per reception out of the slot with a whopping 4.95 yard per route run number, per Pro Football Focus (PFF). Last year, Jefferson had the third-most receiving yards out of the slot and a 3.51 yard per route run mark. This game has the makings of a shootout, as both teams play pretty fast, each defense is vulnerable to what the other offense does well, and this is the only game on the slate with a 50+ point total.
Game script could be a bit of an issue here, but Dallas is scoring points at will, and Lamb is coming off a monster performance against the Jets. He’s been incredibly efficient, catching all but two targets this year,and he has a great matchup out of the slot. He also should crush Arizona’s zone coverage, and his 3.85 yard per route run against zone coverage is encouraging, per PFF. He’s dominating the targets and there’s no one in the Arizona secondary that will slow him down.
Is it fair to say that Olave has one of the most reliable floors in terms of volume? I think so! He’s received 10+ targets in both games to begin the year, and Carr loves to look Olave’s way, regardless of the defensive coverage. In slot coverage this year, Keisean Nixon has allowed eight grabs on nine targets for 69 yards and a touchdown. Oh, and a 135.6 passer rating when targeted, per PFF. Olave will be an unstoppable force in this matchup when lined up inside, and with the injuries that New Orleans has sustained at the running back position, it’ll be imperative that Derek Carr leads this offense down the field via the pass.
NFL DFS WR Mid-Tier Picks
I won’t fault anyone for playing Keenan Allen, but Mike Williams will be my guy this week. He was heavily utilized last week, and that should continue in a game where there should be a ton of points scored. Minnesota’s secondary is not good, and Williams can win at all levels. While he occupied more of a possession role last week against the Titans, Kellen Moore should be scheming up some looks for Williams downfield in this one, seeing as Minnesota’s pass rush is subpar,
Due to injuries on the offensive line, Houston is throwing the ball a ton, and Collins is breaking out here in his third professional season. He’s averaging 10 targets per game, and he has at least six receptions and 80 yards in each game this season. He has an obvious rapport with rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud, and Collins is operating as the WR1 in this offense. Collins has been lethal in the middle of the field, and the Houston offense has moved the ball best when they let Stroud throw it around the field, and Collins has been the biggest beneficiary of that. Houston is playing relatively fast this year, and this game feels like there will be more points scored than what some people think.
With the Cleveland offense at this point, the only sure thing in the passing attack is Amari Cooper. The rest of the receivers will fight for the scraps, but Cooper is the tried and true WR1, and this is a great matchup against a Tennessee secondary that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. The Titans’ secondary is hot garbage and we’ve picked on them the first two weeks of the season, and we’ll do it again. The unfortunate injury to Nick Chubb and a stout Tennessee run defense should force Cleveland to air it out, and the Titans are a familiar foe for Watson. In six career games against the Titans, Watson has a 17:5 TD/INT ratio and he’s had multiple passing touchdowns in every game he’s played against the Titans.
NFL DFS WR Value Picks
The Colts’ secondary stinks. They just made C.J. Stroud look exceptional, and if only we had a precedent set against this defense that a shifty, smaller receiver can beat this Colts defense… Oh, we do! Tank Dell just cooked this Indy secondary, and Flowers has quickly become Lamar Jackson’s favorite receiver. Flowers has at least 60 receiving yards in each game this season, and Baltimore has schemed up plays (screens) specifically for Flowers, so getting the ball into his hands is a priority for Todd Monken and Co. At the end of the day, Flowers has too much talent to ignore, especially when facing a Colts team that has allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers,the fourth-most receiving yards, and tied for the most receiving scores allowed to the position.
Kadarius Toney gets quite a few opportunities despite seeing the field less than some other receivers. However, in this matchup, Watson has a chance to break off a big play, and maybe even find the end zone. Jordan Love threw for 245 yards and three scores against Chicago in Week 1, and last week, Baker Mayfield threw for 317 yards and one score against the Bears. What do you think Patrick Mahomes is going to do to this defense!? Watson has been running a lot of routes downfield (21.4 yards per reception), and the Bears have allowed over 16 yards per reception to wideouts this season. I think Toney is going to get more ownership, so Watson may be the Kansas City receiver to look at to differentiate yourself from the pack.
Indianapolis has opened as pretty big dogs against the Ravens, so the game script should benefit Downs in terms of overall passing volume. Baltimore has struggled a bit with receivers out of the slot this year, and Downs is playing a lot here in his rookie season. He’s averaging six targets per game, and the Ravens have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season. In a game where Indy has to throw, Downs is the receiver that figures to have the best matchup on the field.
With all of the injuries to the offensive line, Houston cannot run the football right now. So, they’ve asked C.J. Stroud to sling it early and often. At just $3,600 on DraftKings, Tank Dell is way too cheap, and while playing 79 percent of the snaps last week, he hauled in seven of 10 targets for 72 yards and his first touchdown. Houston is playing at a pretty fast pace, and they are throwing it a ton. Jacksonville has been relatively friendly to wide receivers this season, so this could be a game that sees more points than people will think, which stands to benefit Dell.
NFL DFS WR Fades
There’s just not enough upside for Brown in this matchup. He’s averaging 7.5 targets per game, which is a solid workload, but he has just nine grabs for 82 yards and now faces his toughest defense yet. The Cowboys have harassed opposing quarterbacks this season, and they have enough talent at corner to slow down some of the game’s best. Brown did find the end zone last week, but I don’t see him being as fortunate this week, and without the touchdown, there’s just not enough here to give us the ROI our lineups need.,