I hope you are coming to this after a prosperous Week 2, where all your lineups paid out and you have the greatest weekend of football imaginable. If this isn’t you, hopefully we can help make that dream a reality.
For those looking to make the perfect daily lineup, here are the top four wide receivers in daily fantasy this weekend. These are the wideouts who offer the best bang for their buck or are such a surefire pick, you just can’t say no to them despite their cost.
Draft wisely. (Salaries courtesy of DraftKings.)
Amari Cooper (vs Dolphins) - $7,500
Cooper is expensive but let me promise you he will be worth it. We know how good this Cowboys offense is this season and that’s not going to end anytime soon. Certainly not against the tanking Dolphins who just traded away their second best defender. I’m buying everyone in the Cowboys offense this week but you pay up for Cooper here. He’s the number one guy and Dak Prescott will look to him early and often come Sunday.
Mike Evans (vs Giants) - $6,600
I’m betting on this being the cure-all game for the ailing Buccaneers offense. At least I’m really hoping it is. The Giants defense has been a hot mess to start the season, allowing the third most fantasy points to opposing receivers. Yes Chris Godwin has so far shown himself to be the “number one receiver” in Tampa but you don’t honestly think that he’s better than Evans do you? Plus he’s $300 more, so if you need to trim costs, Evans is the man for the job. We’re going to come away from this week feeling silly that we—we being the fantasy football community—ever questioned Mike Evans’ greatness.
Marquise Brown (@ Chiefs) - $5,900
The two best offenses in the NFL going up against each other in what’s sure to be this year’s Chiefs vs Rams game? How could it be any better!? (Well, it could be better if the NFL made this a primetime game but whatever, your loss NFL.) By this point you know what Marquise Hollywood Brown has done so far this season and I don’t expect a suspect Chiefs’ secondary—even if they do go get Jalen Ramsey—to slow him down. There’s a real possibility this game goes over 100 total points and I’m paying for any piece of the game I can.
Allen Robinson (@ Washington) - $5,600
No team is giving up more fantasy points to start the season than Washington and no one on the Bears has more receptions or targets than Robinson. And somehow he’s the cheapest wide receiver on this list. I know people love to rag on Mitchell Trubisky, but he’s shown himself to be at least decent enough to give Robinson the ball 12 times a game. Against this secondary, Robinson will turn that into 150 yards and two touchdowns. It wouldn’t shock me if he finishes a top 5 receiver this week.
Bonus pick: John Ross (@ Bills) - $5,100
John Ross leads all wide receivers on DraftKings with 31.0 points per game. THIRTY ONE POINTS PER GAME IS HIS AVERAGE. I understand the Bills defense is strong and that it’s a tough matchup for him but you’re not paying for a top receiver here. He’s like the 27th most expensive receiver and has proven to be the BEST receiver to start the season. Even if it’s a down week for him, you really haven’t wasted any money to start him.
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