The NFL regular season is under way, and with the NFL season comes the season for daily fantasy football lineups. If you’re a daily fantasy player, you know that a successful lineup has to have a solid combination of big-name star power players that are known commodities with a few high-upside players that provide a little more bang for your buck.
If you pay up for a big name in your daily fantasy lineup, you definitely cannot afford for that player to put up a dud of a game in your lineup.
So here are three wide receivers that will likely provide some of the worst value for Week 3. (Values from DraftKings.)
Michael Thomas (NO) - $7,400
Make no mistake about it — the injury to Drew Brees is going to hurt the fantasy production of the New Orleans Saints offense. Add in the fact that they will be playing on the road against the 12th Man in Seattle, and there’s no way to justify “Can’t Guard Mike” as the fourth-most expensive wide receiver on this week’s slate. Maybe Teddy Bridgewater can make Thomas still produce as an elite WR1, but let’s wait until it’s proven first.
JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT) - $6,900
Speaking of injuries to quarterbacks, Ben Roethlisberger is now going to miss the rest of 2019 due to an elbow injury. Enter Mason Rudolph as his replacement, and there will clearly be a downgrade in production from what a future Hall of Fame quarterback can produce and what Mason Rudolph can carry this offense to. Like with Thomas above, avoid JuJu until we see more from Rudolph.
Mike Evans (TB) - $6,600
At a certain point, the fact that Evans keeps underwhelming and thus dropping his daily fantasy cost will create incredible value. We’re just not there yet. Even against a struggling New York Giants secondary, Jameis Winston has yet to instill any confidence in his ability as an on-target passer, so avoid Evans (and teammates Chris Godwin and OJ Howard) until Winston is able to find success in the new Tampa Bay offense.
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