Week 1 Wide Receivers You Can’t Sleep on in Order to Win at Daily Fantasy Football
One of the best things about Week 1 for daily fantasy football is that so many of the players are mispriced. This is usually due to guys last year being injured, switching teams in the offseason, their supporting cast changes or rookies who will make a bigger impact than their salary warrants.
Plus, DraftKings and Fan Duel released their salaries with their Week 1 tournaments in the beginning of August. This is significantly earlier than any other week, and preseason wasn’t factored in. There are several wide receivers who fall under this category. With most of the top-level running backs involved in great matchups, it’s best to use your money there and find great value we wide receiver.
Here’s who you should consider to give yourself the best chance at scoring big money this weekend (all salaries via FanDuel):
Cecil Shorts $5,900 – The Jaguars are +10.5 with a O/U of 53 against the Eagles. This matchup has all the reason for the Jaguars to throw the ball 40-plus times. Even though I (and many others) think Blake Bortles should be the starter, Chad Henne is still a solid QB as long as he has time to throw from the pocket. With a young WR corp after Shorts, he’ll likely be a go-to guy for Henne. Shorts also saw double-digit targets in nine of his 12 games last year, and the Eagles gave up the most passing yards.
Brandon Cooks $5,700 – In case you don’t know who Brandon Cooks is, he’s a rookie from Oregon State who had 1,730 receiving yards and 16 TDs. In Cooks’ three preseason games where he played roughly a quarter-and-a-half each night, he hauled in nine passes for 101 yards and a TD. He was a great target no matter who the QB was for New Orleans. The Saints are -3 with a O/U of 51.5 at the Falcons. The only downside to this is that Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston are with him. Nevertheless, the Saints have been needing a second WR to step up, Darren Sproles is gone and Cooks has everything you want in a WR.
Robert Woods (If Sammy Watkins is out) $5,300 – Granted the Bills don’t have the greatest passing offense, but it’s important to remember the Bills ran the third most plays per game last year. Furthermore, the Bears had one of the worst defenses in the NFL. Buffalo is +6.5 with an O/U of 47 and E.J. Manuel should be throwing the ball at least 30 times. If Watkins is out and Mike Williams as the only other primary WR, Woods is the best WR on the team (Stevie Johnson is now on San Francisco). Woods also led the Bills in targets and receiving yards in the preseason.
Andrew Hawkins $5,200 – Cleveland’s group of WRs is a bit of a mess. Josh Gordon is suspended for the year, and the Browns just cut Nate Burleson. Therefore, Andrew Hawkins moves into the No. 2 spot while injury-prone and older WR Miles Austin is No. 1. Austin was massively outperformed by Terrance Williams in Dallas last season, and nothing in preseason suggested he’s improved on the Browns. Jordan Cameron is the best target for the Browns at TE, but Hawkins is easily the best WR. He’ll be better on DraftKings for PPR purposes since he’s usually a slot receiver who catches a lot of shorter passes, but he’s still solid on FanDuel. He should get a couple looks in the red zone too.
Jeremy Maclin $5,000 – This is one of my favorite plays. The Eagles are a fast offense with a rising QB in Nick Foles going against the weak Jaguars. Philly is -10.5 at home with an O/U of 53. Maclin is certainly the No. 1 receiver and is actually cheaper than Riley Cooper. This is only the case since Maclin was out last season and should be around $7,000.
Golden Tate $5,000 – Golden Tate comes over from one of the biggest-running offenses with the Seattle Seahawks and joins the No. 1 passing offense in the Detroit Lions. Granted he’ll be next to Calvin Johnson, but there’s no doubt Tate is undervalued and will get a fair share of targets. Like the Saints, they have been seeking for a second WR to step up, and they don’t have Jimmy Graham. The Lions are at home on Monday Night Football at -4.5 vs the NY Giants with an O/U of 47. Tate is another one of my favorite plays.
Kelvin Benjamin $4,900 – This isn’t my favorite matchup considering Cam Newton will be playing with a flak jacket on, the O/U is 40 and the spread is PK. However, Newton might be more inclined to throw instead of run since he won’t be wanting to take many shots with his rib injury. Plus, Kelvin Benjamin is severely underpriced. Even though he’s a rookie, he was by far the only consistent target for the Panthers in preseason. His combination of size and speed will help tremendously as a go-to WR. The Buccaneers also don’t have Darrelle Revis anymore.View all posts by Nick Juskewycz