Volume is king in daily fantasy football, and when looking at my top plays of the week at the wide receiver position, you will find absolute target hogs, headlined by DeAndre Hopkins and Justin Jefferson. Of course, you’ll need some value options, and perhaps a young receiver out of Carolina can give you that salary relief. 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 9 NFL DFS lineups, including my top receivers, best value plays, and receiver to fade.
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NFL DFS WR Top Plays
DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals
Volume is king in fantasy football and daily fantasy football and Hopkins surely gets that. Since returning, Hopkins has commanded 27 targets, and Murray has attempted 51 passes in that stretch, commanding a 53 percent target share! FIFTY THREE PERCENT PEOPLE! In two games this season, Hopkins is averaging 11 receptions on 13.5 targets for 131 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. His floor is insane right now, and he gets to face a Seattle squad that ranks 26th in DVOA against the opposing WR1, which is undoubtedly Mr. Hopkins.
Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings
Jefferson might go nuclear this week if we are being honest. Jefferson has at least six receptions and 98 yards in four straight games, and I don’t expect Washington to be the team that slows down one of the game’s best wide receivers. Washington’s outside corners aren’t anything to be afraid of, and don’t be surprised if Jefferson schemes up Jefferson to see quite a few snaps against our old friend Benjamin St-Juste. The star wideout has one of the highest floors and upside on any given week, so how is he not in consideration for DFS purposes, especially against Washington?
Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins
It’s hard to ignore the volume that Hill is getting, and he has 100+ yards in three of his last five games. Kyler Gordon, albeit a talented rookie, has had plenty of rookie struggles, and when he lines up with Tyreek Hill in the slot, the advantage sways heavily to the speedy receiver. Tua Tagovailoa has a 108.5 passer rating when targeting Hill in the slot this season, per Pro Football Focus (PFF), and Miami is going to air it out. This game might stay closer than people expect, which would bode well for the entire Miami passing attack.
NFL DFS WR Mid-Price Plays
Terry McLaurin, Washington Commanders
Is McLaurin back? I think so! He has 73 or more yards in three of his last four games, and he gets to face off against a Minnesota team that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing receivers over the last four weeks. Minnesota ranks 32nd in DVOA against opposing WR1’s, and Taylor Heinecke clearly has a preference for his top receiver.
Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots
There’s a lot of questions on the New England offense, but one thing is for sure, and it’s that Meyers is the team’s WR1. Regardless of who is under center, they look to Meyers, and have great success doing so. Meyers is a PPR dream, and outside of down weeks in Week 6 and 7, Meyers has at least six targets in every game this season. Meyers has at least 60 yards in three of his last four, and now gets to face an Indy defense that ranks 19th in DVOA against the pass and 29th against the opposition’s WR1.
DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks
Despite a bad knee injury, Metcalf didn’t miss a game, nor a beat, as he hauled in six of 10 targets for 55 yards and a score against the Giants in Week 8. Metcalf has a dream matchup against Marco Wilson, who is PFF’s 107th out of 111 qualifying cornerbacks this season. The line on this game should stay in the low-50s, and Arizona has allowed the 10th-most fantasy points per game to receivers over the last four weeks.
NFL DFS WR Value Plays
Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers
Did you see the catch he made on Sunday Night Football? That surely has to earn him some targets moving forward, right? Right? Allen Lazard may be back in the mix this week, and his role on the team is safe, but you can save a couple of hundred bucks on FanDuel by looking towards Doubs. His seven targets on Sunday Night were his highest mark since Week 6, and his 62 yards and a touchdown were the first time he posted those numbers since the first quarter of the season. The Lions rank 32nd in DVOA against the pass, 27th against WR1’s, and 32nd against WR2’s.
Alec Pierce, Indianapolis Colts
I will say that Pierce fared better with Sam Ehlinger under center than I thought he would. Did he set the world on fire? Not necessarily, but he nearly posted double-digit fantasy points on DraftKings. Michael Pittman Jr. led the way with nine targets, but Pierce was second on the team with five targets, and he even had the longest reception of the day (47 yards). Pierce gets downfield for this offense, but he can win in the short and intermediate game if they give him a chance. While New England likely focuses on shutting down Pittman Jr., look to Pierce to have the best day of the Indy receivers.
NFL DFS WR Dart Throw
Terrace Marshall Jr., Carolina Panthers
Given the price point and the workload last week, it’s hard not to consider Marshall Jr. He played a season-high 92 percent of the snaps in Week 8 against the Falcons, hauling in four of his nine targets for 87 yards. The Bengals rank 19th in DVOA against the WR2, and this is the type of upside we all wanted to see from Marshall since entering the league. D.J. Moore will continue to command plenty of attention, but Marshall Jr. is a guy that this offense desperately needs to produce as a complement to Moore.
NFL DFS WR Fades
Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts
Will Pittman Jr. get his targets? Of course. How productive will he be with those targets is the bigger question. New England will certainly look to contain him, and ensure that he, Indy’s top receiver, doesn’t beat them. The Patriots rank fifth in DVOA against the opposition’s WR1, and I expect a quiet day for Pittman, who in one career game against New England, has one catch on five targets for seven yards.