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Top daily fantasy football wide receiver plays over $5,500 in Week 17

The wide receiver position can offer a huge return for even the most expensive options. We break down some of the pricier pass catchers to consider in Week 17 DFS.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams carries the ball during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Week 17 slate is loaded at the wide receiver with options to pay up for and ways to pay down. This piece will cover options to pay up for and the reasons why you should do so. Let’s get into it!

Davante Adams ($8,000), Packers at Lions

Week 17 in the NFL is always a sticky wicket. Some teams need to win to make the playoffs or improve their positioning, while other teams either don’t care or benefit more from losing. The best approach for DFS managers is usually to target the teams with predictable incentives, especially when looking at high-dollar players.

Adams is the best WR in a situation with predictable incentives. If the Packers win, they get a first-round bye. If the Packers lose in Week 17, they still have a chance at a bye, but it requires a tricky parlay of multiple underdogs. We can feel confident that the Packers are going to play this game straight. And when the Packers play to win, Adams gets fed. He’s seen double-digit targets in six of his last seven games, averaging 11.1 targets and 7.3 receptions per game. Both of those numbers rank third in that stretch, behind only Michael Thomas and Christian McCaffrey – who cost an additional $1,900 and $2,000 in Week 17, respectively. Overall, he’ll face a good matchup, even though he’ll probably see a fair amount of Darius Slay. The Lions’ are 29th in pass defense DVOA, and they’ve given up at least 20 DKFP to a WR six times in the last six games. While Courtland Sutton struggled against the Lions in Week 16, the opposing No. 1 WR scored at least 15 DKFP in Weeks 13, 14, and 15.

A.J. Brown ($7,000), Titans at Texans

Keeping with the theme of targeting players on teams with real Week 17 stakes, the Titans need to win in Week 17 to keep their playoff hopes alive (technically, as with the Packers, the Titans could still back into the playoffs with a loss, but that path is too complicated to attempt to fit in here). The Texans, on the other hand, have already won the division and have no path to a first-round bye – they’re playing at home on Wild Card Weekend no matter what happens. The Texans have been a favorable WR matchup all year, giving up eight 20-plus DKFP games, three of which came in the last four weeks. They’re also something of a pass funnel defense, with a much better rush defense than pass defense. Sure, it would be nice if Brown’s salary was a little lower, but it’s still pretty fair and bordering on a discount. His salary is the same as it was in Week 16 against a much tougher Saints’ secondary, and he’s scored at least 26 DKFP in three of his last five. I’m not worried about his low Week 16 target count – if I coached the Titans, I’d tell Ryan Tannehill not to throw the ball at Marshon Lattimore, too. The Texans don’t have anyone remotely near as capable as Lattimore.

Courtland Sutton ($6,400), Broncos vs. Raiders

I’m not thrilled about the prospect of starting someone on a team with nothing on the line in Week 17, but the combination of the talent, the matchup, and the salary is tough to ignore. And though the Broncos gain nothing by winning, they do have the opportunity to close the narrowly-open door the Raiders are trying to slip through into the postseason. Furthermore, rookie second-round pick Drew Lock has looked good through his first four starts, and the best thing the Broncos can do for their future is get Lock and his top receiving prospect as much real-game experience as possible.

Sutton has seen at least 17% of Lock’s passes each week, and he’s seen 10 targets in each of the last two games. Every WR to see at least nine targets against the Raiders has scored double-digit DKFP, and the majority has scored more than 24 DKFP. Given the favorability of the matchup, it’s surprising that Sutton’s salary does not set a new personal high.

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