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Best daily fantasy football wide receiver plays under $5,500 in Week 16

Steve Buchanan examines three ways you can save some salary at the receiver position ahead of the Week 16 slate.

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams makes a touchdown catch. Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Finding value on any given slate is crucial in your roster construction. In this piece, I’ll examine three players who could do just that for you in Week 16 with a salary under $5,500. Let’s take a look!

Mike Williams (LAC) - $5,000

I talked about Keenan Allen ($6,300) being a great play against this Raiders secondary in my piece about receivers to use that are over $5,500. So, naturally, Williams should fit the mold as well. The biggest knock on Williams was that he failed to reach the end zone despite the number of yards he was racking up on a week-to-week basis. Well, he’s scored in two straight weeks now, giving him six catches for 134 yards in that span. Now he’ll face a Raiders secondary that is no stranger to struggling against deep shots, allowing an average of 15.6 YPR. In coverage, Williams will draw CB Nevin Lawson, who is allowing a 73.3% catch rate, 12.3 YPR and two touchdowns. Even with the lack of touchdowns under his belt, Williams still owns an 18% red zone target share for the Chargers, so hopefully, we start to see more touchdowns falling into his hands moving forward to wrap up the year. If he were going to continue this stretch of scoring, Week 16 certainly brings a big opportunity.

Golden Tate (NYG) - $4,800

It’s looking as if QB Daniel Jones ($5,900) will be back under center for the Giants this week after practicing in full on Thursday. No one is probably happier than Tate, who simply could not make a connection with Eli Manning in his two games back. Tate, who a $1,100 discount from last week, only made two catches for 62 yards with Manning but did manage to score. However, it’s clear that Tate operates much more efficiently with Jones in the mix. This week, Tate will see a Washington secondary that has given up 26 touchdowns to opposing receivers, which is tied for the sixth-most in the league. In coverage, Tate will see CB Jimmy Moreland, who is allowing a putrid 82.5% catch rate on 40 targets for an average of 10.3 YPR and a touchdown. Getting this huge discount on Tate, with the likelihood of Jones back at quarterback, is simply too much to ignore.

Tim Patrick (DEN) - $3,600

If you’re looking to go way down and save some salary, Patrick is a very interesting way to do so. After missing a good chunk of the season with a hand injury, Patrick has now played in five games since, averaging 4.6 targets. While his production hasn’t blown anyone away, he draws one of his best matchups this season against a Lions secondary that was just torched by the Buccaneers for 303 yards on 16 receptions and four touchdowns. Granted, I’m not expecting THAT type of game from the Broncos but Patrick should be showcased in this game. He’ll draw CB Rashaan Melvin in coverage, who is allowing a 63.2% catch rate for an average of 15.1 YPR and four touchdowns scored. With fellow receiver DaeSean Hamilton struggling as of late, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Broncos get Patricks more looks with the season winding down.

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