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Best wide receiver plays under $5,500 in Week 15 DFS

Best value plays for DraftKings daily fantasy football at the wide receiver position.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Greg Ward catches a pass against New York Giants outside linebacker Alec Ogletree at Lincoln Financial Field. Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Sunday kickoffs for Week 15 are almost here, and it’s time to start plotting out your Week 15 DFS lineups. In Week 14, the popular plays crushed at just about every salary level, and there were a lot of great options in the $5,000 range.

If you splurge elsewhere in your DFS lineup, you might need to scrap the bottom of the barrel to fill out the rest of your lineup. If you’re able to save a little more money on a player, why not make it the wide receiver position?

So here are three best wide receiver plays under $5,500 that could provide the best value for Week 15. Values from DraftKings.

Greg Ward (PHI) - $3,000

We’re going to start out at the stone minimum this week. Due to the amount of significant injuries we saw last week, we’re going to have access to cheap plays that should see high usage. Queue Greg Ward. Alshon Jeffery (foot) has been ruled out for the season after his Monday night injury, and the Eagles receiving corps remains banged up. The main targets will obviously be the tight ends, so watch for Zach Ertz ($6,000) and Dallas Goedert ($4,300) to be highly only. But Ward will be involved enough to justify picking him, especially with his dirt cheap salary. Over the past three weeks, he’s averaged just over six targets per game. The biggest downside is that this could turn into a blowout against a lowly Washington opponent.

Russell Gage (ATL) - $5,000

This week, the Falcons head to San Francisco to take on the Niners. There’s no question that this is an uneven matchup. And there’s no question that the 49ers have one of the best defenses in the league (allowing the fewest passing yards per game). But if there’s a blowout in the Bay, Atlanta will likely put the ball in Matt Ryan’s ($5,900) hands to let the ball fly. Julio Jones ($7,000) and Austin Hooper ($5,000) are the first targets to consider, but considering the pressure this Niners D brings to the QB, Ryan may have to look to the slot for quick passes. With Calvin Ridley on IR, Russell Gage should see an uptick in usage, and he could find himself in the slot for most of this game. He’s had three games this season scoring 12.8 DKFP or higher, so the potential is there.

Mike Williams (LAC) - $4,600

Here’s the only highlighted player that is not benefitting from a teammate’s injury. Williams remains the WR2 in Los Angeles behind Keenan Allen ($6,300), and last week he FINALLY reached the endzone for the first time this season. After destroying the Jaguars, the Chargers will host the Vikings who have one of the highest scoring offenses in the league. In four of Minnesota’s last five games, it has allowed at least 23 points to opponents. With that said, it’s certainly possible that this turns into a shootout. Mike Williams leads the league with 21 yards per reception, and while there are at least four other offensive weapons ahead of him on the Chargers, he is always a touchdown threat due to his size. Don’t sleep on Mike.

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