Sometimes you want to be stingy with your daily fantasy budget, finding cheap players who’ll out perform their salary. Other times you might just want to get crazy and decide that your entire budget should be spent on wide receivers and every other position can just deal with it. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend either strategy, but rather somewhere between the two extremes.
The most successful DFS lineup needs to have a balance between expensive salaries and cheap deals that players will outperform. With that in mind, here are three wide receivers who are all under $5,500 but have potential to be top fantasy guys this week. (Salaries via DraftKings.)
James Washington (@ Bengals) - $5,000
You might not think it, but the Bengals actually have been pretty good against wide receivers this season, allowing the 11th fewest points this season. However, lucky for Washington, they’ve been struggling recently, giving up the 11th most in the last four weeks. It’s hard to buy any part of the Steelers offense after their performance against the Browns, and given that much of their team is injured, but someone has to catch footballs from Mason Rudolph when he occasionally throws them on target. I trust the Oklahoma State connection between Rudolph and Washington to shine Sunday as the young quarterback looks to get back on track this week.
Hunter Renfrow (@ Jets) - $4,500
I really like this matchup for the Raiders’ passing game (as evidence by the fact that I put Tyrell Williams on my wide receivers over $5,500 to play article) and I expect Renfrow to continue his blossoming rookie year against a Jets secondary that has struggled to do much of anything against the pass. In the last four weeks, the Jets are allowing the fourth most fantasy points to wide receivers, while in that same time Renfrow has posted three double digit DK performances. I’d fully expect him to post another solid performance Sunday.
Taylor Gabriel (vs Giants) - $4,200
Personally, I’m always hesitant to put Gabriel in my DFS lineups because I feel like he’s pretty boom-or-bust and it comes down to how much do I trust him to boom. However, he’s been a lot less streaky recently, posting back-to-back 12+ point performances and averaging 11.25 points over his last four games. And given his speed, Gabriel still has big time BOOM ability, especially this week as the Giants have given up the fourth most receiving yards to wide receivers this season and are allowing 14.3 yards per catch. This is a matchup Gabriel can certainly take advantage of.
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