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Intermediate NFL DFS: Wide receiver/tight end opportunities

We continue our breakdown of NFL DFS. In this section, we look at wide receiver/tight end opportunities, with definitions and some basic strategy.

Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons warms up during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

In daily fantasy football, like in most things, getting the fundamentals down is integral toward laying a foundation of knowledge to build from as you progress as a player. For DFS, that means understanding how running back opportunities plays into your DFS strategy.

Wide receiver/tight end opportunities

Definition

Wide receiver/tight end opportunities includes receptions, targets, and targets in scoring position.

Strategy

Targets

Targets are one of the best indicators of production you will find in NFL DFS and even more so in full PPR scoring like DraftKings. Where a target is on the field helps narrow down scoring opportunity, but with full PPR, targets are a huge piece of the DFS puzzle for wide receivers.

ADOT

ADOT is a statistic used by Pro Football Focus that shows average depth of target. This will be higher for deep threats like DeSean Jackson and lower for possession receivers like Danny Amendola. A low ADOT is fine, especially if the receiver sees a ton of targets like Michael Thomas, but a high ADOT can lead us to volatile but high upside receivers that can be used in tournaments. If a player is getting deep targets but hasn’t connected much, his price will be low while his upside remains high.

Red-zone targets

Where targets happen is a big part of deciding who to roster. The higher the percentage of a receivers targets in the red zone, the better his odds are of scoring. It’s common sense, but a useful part of research. There are multiple sites that give red zone data. You’ll need to explore, but one that I use, that also happens to be free, is Lineups.com.