In NFL DFS, if you’re going to spend up, you must be sure you’ll be getting bang for your buck. For example, a player worth $6,000 who scores 24 points has quadrupled, or 4Xed, their salary, which can send you zooming up the standings. Those are the guys we want throughout the lineup. At the same time, you don’t want to invest big on a player only for them to underwhelm at the expense of a significant portion of your DFS budget. Here are our best and worst wide receiver plays at DraftKings for Week 7.
BEST: Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions ($6,700)
The Detroit Lions are set to face off against the NFL’s third-worst defense against opposing wide receivers in the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. This could be a high-scoring game where both teams trade points all game, or maybe the Atlanta Falcons jump out to an early lead and force the Lions to play catch-up. Either way, Matthew Staffford will likely have to look Golladay’s way early and often, and with Galladay hoping for a new contract, he’ll want to have a big game this week.
WORST: Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys ($6,900)
We can just say what the issue for Cooper is for the remainder of the season: Andy Dalton is no Dak Prescott. If the Dallas Cowboys want to try to win the abysmal NFC East, it will likely take a change in philosophy from trying to air the ball out and win a slugfest, and shift to winning behind the legs of Ezekiel Elliott, assuming he can hold onto the ball. A poor quarterback, a game script that will involve emphasizing the run game, and one of the NFL’s better pass defenses? That’s Amari.
BEST: Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals ($5,300)
On the flip-side of the scenario like Amari Cooper, Tee Higgins is in a situation where his quarterback, rookie Joe Burrow, likes finding him the ball, his star running back, Joe Mixon, might miss the game, and he’s facing one of the NFL’s worst defenses in containing opposing wide receivers in 2020. The Cleveland Browns have the NFL’s 5th-worst defense against opposing wide receivers, and Tee Higgins continues to lead the Bengals in targets, so start Higgins with confidence this week in what could be another high-scoring game.
WORST: Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans ($5,200)
Brandin Cooks might very well have been able to turn a corner after the Texans fired Bill O’Brien, but it’s probably best to wait this week before seeing if Cooks is able to maintain his momentum. The Texans are set to face off against the Green Bay Packers, the NFL’s second-best defense against opposing wide receivers, but the 3rd-worst defense against opposing running backs, so instead of Cooks, it might be running back David Johnson who has the strong game this week.