As important as it is to focus on finding the right value plays in your DFS lineup, the most important thing a DFS player must do, MUST DO, is avoid putting any dead weight into your teams, especially a high-priced player who busts. Here is a look at the trap plays at wide receiver in Week 1. Tread lightly here, my friends!
BIG TICKET BUST
Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns vs. Tennessee Titans, $8,100: Admittedly, after news of his full participation in practice on Friday, I’m less concerned about Beckham as I was after his comments Thursday about his hip, saying, ”It’s something that hinders me from fully sprinting as fast as I can.” That really doesn’t sound good, and considering he’s the highest-priced wide receiver on the board, it’s enough to give one pause about making that big an investment pretty much sight unseen this preseason. He’s as capable as anyone of popping off a huge game, but I’d rather wait a week before buying in.
Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings vs. Atlanta Falcons, $6,700: Diggs is officially listed as questionable with a hamstring issue and head coach Mike Zimmer said Friday he wasn’t even sure Diggs would play, which has to be a huge red flag even if Diggs winds up on the field on Sunday. No one wants to pay $6,700 for a decoy. Conversely, Adam Thielen is only $100 more than his teammate and would be expected to soak up a bunch of Diggs’ targets, making him a fine option.
RIGHT GUY, WRONG GAME
Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Indianapolis Colts, $5,300: Williams has been a darling of season-long drafts this year as the designated deep shot for Philip Rivers in what is increasingly looking like a pass-first offense without Melvin Gordon. The only problem this week is that the Colts, for all their issues on offense, have a pretty stingy secondary, especially against deep threats like Williams. A trendy pick that figures to underwhelm is exactly who we don’t want to play in DFS.
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