Wide receiver is going to be a fun one in Week 8, as we have studs galore. DeAndre Hopkins, Justin Jefferson, Cooper Kupp, Davante Adams, and Tyreek Hill all find themselves squarely in play this week for your cash and GPP lineups, so ultimately, which do you choose for your daily fantasy football lineups? From a value perspective, Brandin Cooks, a popular name leading up to the NFL trade deadline, is in a great spot against Tennessee, and waiver wire darling Wan’Dale Robinson should be given every opportunity to thrive against Seattle. From studs, to value plays, to mid-tier players, I got it all for you in this week’s DFS WR Coach. There’s some injury news to monitor, so check back later this week for updates to this article as more information becomes available. Here are my favorite DFS options at wide receiver for your Week 8 NFL DFS lineups, including my top receivers, best value plays, and receiver to fade.
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Week 7 NFL DFS WR Top Plays
DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals
With no Marquise Brown, Hopkins was peppered with targets in his season debut, and there should be no reason that that trend doesn’t continue this week. The Vikings have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing receivers over the last four weeks, and for the 2022 season as a whole, they are one of the worst against the opposition’s WR1. Both Arizona and Minnesota play at a fast pace, so there should be plenty of opportunity, and hopefully points, in this contest. Because of this, Justin Jefferson is also squarely in play as well on the other side of this game.
Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
Could the Rams have figured things out a bit over their bye week? Perhaps, but they do have some pretty glaring issues. Hopefully Matthew Stafford’s elbow is a bit rested, because let’s be honest, it’s going to be tough to fix that putrid offensive line overnight. All struggles aside, it’s hard to ignore Kupp this week, given that he has torched San Francisco over the last two seasons. Dating back to 2021, here are Kupp’s numbers in four games against San Fran:
- 11/15/2021: 11 receptions on 13 targets for 122 yards
- 1/09/2022: Seven receptions seven targets for 118 yards and one touchdown
- 1/30/2022: 11 receptions on 14 targets for 142 yards and two touchdowns
- 10/03/2022: 14 receptions on 19 targets for 122 yards
Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders
Adams just continues to get it done. He now has 95 or more yards in three straight games, and he has five touchdowns in six games this season. Adams now gets to face a New Orleans Saints team that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers over the last four weeks. Beyond that, the Saints rank 20th in DVOA against the pass, 24th in DVOA against the opposition’s WR1, and if the team’s secondary doesn’t get healthy, Adams will feast on a Marshon Lattimore-less secondary that will rely on Bradley Roby, Alontae Taylor, and others to try to slow down one of the league’s best receivers.
Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins
Detroit is great to pick against, because they play fast, and they stink defensively, so the fantasy output on the offensive side has immense upside. Depending on where your money comes in this week, I like both Hill and Waddle, and if you get frisky, you could go all out with Hill, Waddle, and their southpaw quarterback! Detroit hasn’t allowed a ton of scores to receivers this season, but they rank 31st in DVOA against the pass, and 30th against both the opposition’s WR1 and WR2. Both Hill and Waddle are in great spots this week, and can be deployed comfortably in your DFS lineups.
Week 7 NFL DFS WR Mid-Price Plays
CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys
Lamb will play outside and square off against Chicago’s better corners at times, sure, but he plays in the slot a bunch, and he’ll thrive there. Kyler Gordon’s struggles in coverage are well-documented, and Lamb is getting the target share we all hoped that he would. Game script might be an issue here, but Dallas should let Dak Prescott sling it, and there’s a very real chance that this game could be Lamb’s biggest fantasy output to date, as he’ll roast Gordon inside.
DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers
Putting faith into PJ Walker may not let you sleep easy at night, but over the last couple of weeks, Moore has been a target hog, and he finally had a good game last week against Tampa Bay. Moore gets a much easier matchup against Atlanta, a team that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to receivers over the last four weeks and they rank dead last in DVOA against the pass. Pace of play could be an issue here, as Atlanta is perfectly content with running the ball every play to keep things moving, but Moore could pop against this atrocious pass defense, especially if Atlanta remains banged up in the secondary.
DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles
The Steelers rank 22nd in DVOA against the WR2 position, and they have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game over the last four weeks to receivers. Coming off a bye, this is the perfect spot for Smith, who had 44 yards and a touchdown in the team’s Week 6 win over Dallas. If Pittsburgh does everything they can to slow down A.J. Brown, Smith will benefit. The Steelers have been tough on tight ends, so if Goedert is neutralized, everything points to a big day for Smith. He hasn’t been the most consistent option, but he does have at least 80 yards or a touchdown in four of six games this season. At the same price on FanDuel, you can pivot to Chris Olave if you choose.
Week 7 NFL DFS WR Value Plays
Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans
Cooks hasn’t set the world on fire this year, but we know that Davis Mills plays best at home, and Cooks’ numbers follow suit.
Targets per Game
Receptions per Game
Yards per Game
|Home (2 games)
|Away (4 games)
With Nico Collins out, Cooks becomes even more important to this offense, and going up against a Titans team that was picked apart by Mills last season, this is the perfect get-right game for Cooks. The Titans have allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to receivers this season, and Cooks has averaged just under six grabs and 70 yards per game against Tennessee for his career.
Wan’Dale Robinson, New York Giants
He’s a PPR dream, or at least he should be this week. He’s dynamic with the ball in his hands, and the Giants are loving short, comfortable passes for Daniel Jones, and Robinson can make big things happen even if only given a little space. He posted season-highs across the board last week with six receptions, eight targets, and 50 receiving yards, and I wouldn’t be surprised for an encore performance this week against Seattle.
Week 7 NFL DFS WR Dart Throws
Chris Moore, Houston Texans
You want a real dart throw? How about Chris Moore coming off a game where he saw four targets and found the end zone. Nico Collins left last week’s game early, and we’ve seen that Moore can make plays for this offense when given an opportunity. Davis Mills plays his best football at home, and he had a great game against Tennessee last year, throwing for 301 yards and three touchdowns. In that game, Moore had three receptions and a score! If Collins is out, Moore could see more opportunities, which bodes well against a Tennessee defense that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing receivers for the season. Moore’s upside is capped, sure, but if you pay up elsewhere and want to differentiate from the pack, Moore is your perfect chance to zig when others zag. Philip Dorsett is in play, too.
Elijah Moore, New York Jets
After a player requested a trade, if they know they aren’t going to trade him, it may not be a bad idea to force feed him a bit, right? If Corey Davis misses this game, Moore’s presence becomes even more paramount, and the unfortunate injury to Breece Hall may force the Jets to have to move the ball through the air. The Patriots have been fine defensively through the air, but the narrative game could bode well for Moore. This is not for the faint of heart, but if the Pats choose to lock up Garrett Wilson, Moore could be the team’s best option for success through the air.
Week 7 NFL DFS WR Fades
Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers
I almost put all Pittsburgh receivers here, but I’ll just go with Johnson since he’s the highest priced guy. You don’t beat the Eagles with your receivers, and their corners are absolute menaces. They don’t give up many fantasy points to opposing receivers, and they rank second in DVOA against the pass. They are amongst the best in the league at covering the WR1 and WR2 of the opposition, and while volume has been there for Johnson, he hasn’t reached double-digit points on FanDuel since September 22!