UPDATED 10/1 @ 11:08am EST
I’ll be honest ladies and gentlemen. When it comes to wide receivers for our daily fantasy football lineups, I have a champagne taste on a beer budget. There are many elite receivers with great options, and it’s going to be hard to construct a reasonable lineup with multiple elite options. Fortunately, the slate isn’t devoid of value, so we can get quality production at multiple different price points.
By taking a look at projected game and team totals, as well as our NFL DFS Week 4 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 game could see a lot of points scored, and if that’s the case, Buffalo’s WR1 stands to benefit greatly. The Dolphins have allowed the 12th-most yards to receivers this season, and Diggs has been rock solid, notching at least seven receptions in each contest, and 100+ yards in two of three. The star wideout averaged 10 targets per game against the Dolphins last season, and if paying up at wide receiver, Diggs seems like a smart option, given that he’s the top dog in a potent passing attack with a game total in the low-to-mid 50s.
The injury to Mike Williams cements Allen as a high-volume receiver every week, as if there was any doubt about that. Allen will move around the field, but his reps in the slot should prove to be quite profitable, as Nate Hobbs has been ruled out, and this secondary just isn't all that great. Also, the Raiders are one of just five teams in the NFL to have allowed five receiving touchdowns to wideouts. Also, one of those five teams just so happens to be…
Yes, the Chargers! The Chargers have allowed a league-high six scores to wideouts this season, as well as the most fantasy points per game to the position! Adams is at the top of the totem pole for a concentrated passing attack, and Adams has at least eight targets in each game this season. He’s coming off a monster game against the Steelers, where he had 13 receptions on 20 targets for 172 yards and two touchdowns. The passing attack flows through him, and in a game where Las Vegas will need to score, he should get plenty of work in this contest.
UPDATE 9/29: Jimmy Garoppolo's chances of playing seem to be dwindling by the day. If Garoppolo is OUT, we are not paying up for Adams.
UPDATE 10/1: With Garoppolo out, Adams is a GPP only play for me where you making multiple lineups. I cannot trust him in cash with other top-tier options at a similar price in better situations.
I don’t think too much analysis is needed here. This is the game with the highest projected point total on the slate, and not only is Hill averaging 137.3 receiving yards per game this season, but he’s found the end zone in each contest. Buffalo has yet to be tested by a high-powered offense, seeing as they faced the Jets (Zach Wilson), Raiders (Jimmy Garoppolo), and the Commanders (Sam Howell) through the first three weeks. Don’t overthink it, and get yourself some Tyreek Hill shares this week.
Chase is going to have every opportunity to go nuclear this week, even with a banged-up Burrow under center. On a bum calf, he logged 49 pass attempts against the Rams and now gets to face a Titans squad that has allowed the fourth-most receiving yards to wideouts, and the fourth-most fantasy points per game to the position this season. FIRE UP CHASE AND DON’T LOOK BACK!
The Bengals found the blueprint, and it’s to move Chase all around the formation, and schematically, get him into advantageous spots. Chase has caught all 13 targets out of the slot this year, and in Week 3 alone, he had six catches, just one less than he did the first two weeks combined!
Cincinnati will get creative with him, and there aren’t many better matchups for wideouts than the Titans. We are three games into the season, and the Titans have allowed not one (WHAD!?), not two (WHAD!?), not three (WHAD!?), not four (WHAD!?), but five receivers to record 80+ receiving yards against them this year.
NFL DFS WR Mid-Tier Picks
We haven’t seen it yet, but this is the week. In past seasons, the biggest mark Evans has made on a game against the Saints is being ejected for his genuine disdain for Marshon Lattimore. It’s time for a monster Godwin game, and we are going to get it this week. Alontae Taylor has been one of the worst slot corners in the league this year, allowing 157 yards in slot coverage and he’s been targeted a whopping 27 times.
Listen, teams know where to go against this Saints defense through the air. Godwin will operate out of the slot for the Tampa Bay offense and it won’t take long for Baker Mayfield to notice where the best matchup on the field is. I said it once and I’ll say it again, but this is a Chris Godwin week.
Against the Commanders last season, Smith was the biggest producer between him and AJ Brown. In the two matchups against Washington, Smith went for 169 yards and a score, and 39 yards and a score, averaging seven receptions per game. Smith has crushed zone coverage this year, to the tune of catching 85.7 percent of his targets, 14.9 yards per reception and 2.59 yards per route run, per PFF. The team definitely favors Brown against man coverage, but Smith has been the more efficient guy against zone. When Washington does go zone, expect Smith to be the primary read for Hurts, and put up productive numbers against a Commanders team that has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points per game to wideouts.
I know Howard Bender likes Tutu Atwell this week, and this isn’t to say that I do not, because that’s not the case. If I have my choice when setting lineups, I’m going to lean toward Nacua. Atwell gets about half of his receiving work from the slot, and this year, Indy has been more vulnerable to outside receivers. Per PFF, here are the leading receivers from the slot each week against Indy through the first three weeks:
Each week this season, Nacua has taken more snaps out wide than in the slot, and now he gets a juicy matchup against a Colts team that has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. There’s enough room for Nacua and Atwell to produce in this matchup, so it will come down to your lineup construction and available funding.
It’s been the Courtland Sutton show of late, but this feels like a better spot for Jeudy. Chicago’s slot corners have struggled this year, and just last week, Greg Stroman Jr. and Josh Blackwell combined to allow eight receptions on nine targets for 117 yards last week! Jeudy has a 14.6 yards per reception mark out of the slot this year, per PFF, and he’ll operate out of that position for most of the afternoon, which should give him one of the better matchups on the field for this Denver offense. This is not to say that I don’t like Courtland Sutton this week, as he’ll get some slot snaps, too, but ultimately, it depends on what site you play on. On DraftKings, Sutton is the far superior value, coming in at $1,300 cheaper than Jeudy. However, on FanDuel, Jeudy is actually $500 cheaper than Sutton.
NFL DFS WR Value Picks
Downs has come to Indy and commanded a role right away, and his 16 targets out of the slot are the fourth-most in the NFL, per PFF. He’s played at least 75 percent of the snaps in each game, and during his Week 3 performance where he caught eight of 12 passes for 57 yards, he played a season-high 80 percent of the snaps. The Rams are vulnerable out of the slot, and just this past week, Joe Burrow directed 15 targets to guys out of the slot. Oh, I guess I should mention that 12 of those passes were caught. Downs may not carry the big-time ceiling we need, but he’s nearly free on DraftKings, and the PPR scoring there fits him very well.
There are a lot of high-end options at receiver this week, so if you are running low on funds, take a look at Jakobi Meyers. For all the reasons we like Davante Adams, we need to like Meyers. As mentioned, the Chargers have allowed the most fantasy points per game to wideouts this year, and in the two games Meyers has played this year, he’s averaging eight receptions on 11 targets per game! In a PPR setup, $5,500 on DraftKings is way too cheap for Meyers, and his $6,900 price tag on FanDuel (11.5% of budget) is more than affordable.
UPDATE 9/29: Jimmy Garoppolo's chances of playing seem to be dwindling by the day. If Garoppolo is OUT, we are not paying up for Meyers.
UPDATE 10/1: With Garoppolo out, Meyers is a GPP only play for me where you making multiple lineups. Like Adams, I cannot trust him in cash with similarly priced players in far better situations.
His price in DFS is starting to catch up a bit, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! He’s played at least 60 percent of the snaps each of the last two weeks, posting 12 receptions on 17 targets for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Over the last two weeks, Dell is the WR8 in PPR formats, and his 217 yards is sixth-best! All of the numbers of late are great for Dell, he has the most juice on the Houston offense and how gets to face a Steelers secondary that allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts this season.
I think a lot of people are going to look at the rookie Quentin Johnston here, but remember, Palmer is the one who has actually gotten it done in the NFL before. Palmer can play inside or out wide, and albeit a small sample size, he has a very healthy 13.1 aDOT this year, as mentioned when talking about Keenan Allen, the Raiders are one of just a handful of teams that have allowed at least five touchdowns to wideouts this season. On FanDuel, Palmer is $900 more expensive than Johnston, but on DraftKings, Palmer is just $300 more expensive.
NFL DFS WR Fades
I liked him last week, but I’m fading this week. The Patriots have a reputation for taking out your best weapon or two, and forcing the secondary pieces to beat them. This week, the Patriots will turn their attention to Lamb, and don’t be surprised if they send rookie sensation Christian Gonzalez to follow him around the field more often than not. Michael Gallup and Brandin Cooks can handle the bulk of the work through the air, and I’d be more inclined to use either of them in DFS than Lamb this week.