UPDATED 9/17 at 10:15am EST
Cooper Kupp. Davante Adams. A.J. Brown. Ja’Marr Chase. The wide receiver position is absolutely loaded with talent, and it’s almost unfair. When it comes to setting your NFL DFS lineups, getting the wide receivers right is imperative, because as you saw in Week 1, you can get a ton of points from the stars and value plays at wide receiver. There aren’t many games on the main slate with a point total above 50, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of wide receivers for us to use this weekend. Be sure to check out all of our other great positional coaches, as well as our game previews for Week 2. Here are my favorite DFS options at wide receiver for your Week 2 NFL DFS lineups, including my top plays, top value plays, and receiver to fade.
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NFL DFS WR Top Plays
Davante Adams, Raiders
When you get 46 percent of the targets the week before, you’re going to grab the attention of many. Adams has quickly emerged as Derek Carr’s “guy” in the offense, and how could he not? Adams catches everything in sight and is an incredibly smooth and savvy route runner. He’ll get to feast on an Arizona defense that just got torched by Patrick Mahomes, and with the Raiders having one of the higher implied team totals on the slate, Adams is a no-brainer for me.
Deebo Samuel, 49ers
This game won’t be played in a monsoon, so that’s an upgrade right away. Seattle was amped up for the return of Russell Wilson on Monday night, and while they won, there could be a bit of a “hangover” of sorts for that team. There’s no Jamal Adams due to a quad injury, and Samuel had eight carries and eight targets in the opener. Sure, those eight targets resulted in just two catches for 14 yards, but the opportunities were there for Samuel, and he’ll capitalize on them in this matchup. We’ve seen Samuel’s usage in the run game increase when Elijah Mitchell has been out of the lineup, and while these games weren’t with Trey Lance, it’s worth noting that Samuel has 100+ receiving yards in all three games against Seattle for his career. While it may not be 100 receiving yards on Sunday, he should have plenty of chances to get over 100 total yards.
Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals
He’ll move all along the offense, so he’ll see some Trevon Diggs, but on his snaps against Anthony Brown, it’s going to be a fantasy bonanza. Brown allowed 75 percent of his targets to be caught in Week 1, and depending on what Tee Higgins’ status is, Chase could dominate the passing workload more than he already does! He’s expensive, and the game script could get ugly with Cooper Rush under center for Dallas, but there’s no denying that no one in this secondary can stop Chase. Trevon Diggs may have the name, but he’s not one that we avoid entirely by any means.
Cooper Kupp, Rams
ADDED 9/17: It's hard on FanDuel and DraftKings to pay nearly $1,000 more for Kupp compared to Adams, but if you have the money, go for it. Atlanta boasts talented corners, but they didn't play up to par in Week 1, and the Matthew Stafford to Cooper Kupp connection is unparalleled in the league. If you have the money to afford Kupp, go for it, because his floor, and ceiling really, are as high as they come on any given week.
NFL DFS WR Mid-Price Plays
Michael Thomas, Saints
It’s still tough to run on Tampa Bay, so let Jameis sling it around the yard! Thomas had five grabs on eight targets for 57 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener, so if New Orleans is going to move the ball, it’s going to come through the air. Jarvis Landry will be a popular play on DraftKings, given the $800 savings from Thomas and PPR setup. On FanDuel, I’d rather just pay up for Thomas if wanting a piece of the New Orleans pass attack.
Marquise Brown, Cardinals
After Week 1, the Raiders rank 31st in the National Football League in DVOA against the opposition’s WR1, per Football Outsiders. Do we think that Greg Dortch is going to steal nine targets away again? Brown is going to get plenty of work in this game, and let me remind you that this game has a 50+ point total, and with the Raiders being favored, the game script should be in Brown’s favor. He got the touchdown last week to help the numbers, but with the Raiders ranking 25th in DVOA against the deep ball, I’m betting on Brown to get behind the Las Vegas secondary on at least one occasion on Sunday.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, Lions
ADDED 9/17: The more I looked at this, the more I become all in on St. Brown in Week 2. He caught eight passes and found the end zone in Week 1, and he gets another juicy matchup against a Washington defense that was torched by Christian Kirk out of the slot last week. Benjamin St-Juste will have his hands full again this week, and as long as he's in the slot for Washington, we'll continue to pick on him.
NFL DFS WR Value Plays
Jerry Jeudy, Broncos
No cornerback allowed more receiving yards in slot coverage last week than Houston’s Desmond King, per PFF, and there’s no doubt that the Broncos are going to want to stick it to Houston after an embarrassing loss to Seattle, where they played like dog s%$&. Houston had a ton of missed tackles in Week 1, and Jeudy is a beast with the ball in his hands. Yes, Jeudy’s numbers were played up by a long touchdown on Monday night, but shifty receivers with great route running skills typically fare well against Houston.
Nico Collins, Texans
On Monday night, we saw Patrick Surtain shadow DK Metcalf until he went in the slot. Houston moves Brandin Cooks around a good bit, but when Cooks does line up out wide, Collins’ big frame should come in handy against this Denver secondary. Denver is going to put up some points on Houston, so the game script should be in his favor. I’m not ready to give up on the preseason hype from Collins, and the team must get him involved to help the offense move. If you are going to stack the Broncos, you could look to bring Collins back on the other side, but the one that worries me is quarterback Davis Mills’ massive home/road splits from 2021.
Hunter Renfrow, Raiders
The Las Vegas passing attack is going to be popular this week, and while Renfrow may have had a quiet Week 1, this is a great matchup in Week 2. The Cardinals allowed a touchdown to the slot last week, and the Cardinals ranked in the bottom seven in DVOA against the team’s secondary and tertiary receiver. Buy into a Renfrow bounce-back in a potential Week 2 shootout.
NFL DFS WR Dart Throw
Parris Campbell, Colts
ADDED 9/17: Listen, the Colts are banged up, especially at the receiver position. Is hell freezing over!? We are talking about the Indy receivers and Parris Campbell of all people is the healthy one! Alec Pierce is out, and Michael Pittman is going to be limited at best, so if Campbell serves as the team's de facto WR1, he's in a great spot against a Jacksonville defense that allowed four touchdowns to wide receivers in Week 1. If you give him six to eight targets against the Jaguars defense, he'll easily provide a return on investment of no less than 3x.
NFL DFS WR Fades
CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys
Listen, I’m not overthinking it. Is Lamb talented enough to overcome the loss of Dak Prescott for fantasy football managers? I’d bet on it, sure, in the seasonal game. When I have my pick of the entire football slate, I just can’t justify Lamb’s price tag with Cooper Rush under center, when there are going to be superior options available at a similar and/or lower price tag. This is not a knock on Lamb, but more so the unfortunate situation.