Ranking Mid-Tier Receivers on FanDuel

I wrote on the football forum yesterday that I felt the best way to construct your lineup this week was to go big on RB (Murray, Forte, and Lynch), since there’s so little depth, and to go smaller at WR, since there are a lot of low-salary plays with high upside. There are a ton of great options in the $6,000-$,7000 range on FanDuel this week, and most of them are close plays. I decided to do some research and rank which ones I liked the best.


Mid-Tier Receivers 

Steve Smith $6,800
Kelvin Benjamin $6,700
Vincent Jackson $6,700
Mike Evans $6,600
Roddy White $6,600
Percy Harvin $6,600
Eric Decker $6,400
Torrey Smith $5,900
1) Kelvin Benjamin – He had a disappointing game against the Saints on Thursday night, but he was still targeted 10 times, and 4 of those targets were in the redzone. Philadelphia has been very bad against the pass this season and their small corners will be no match for the 6’6″ Benjamin. The Panthers should be down in this game which means a lot of throwing, it seems like Benjamin nabs a TD or at least several receptions.

2) Torrey Smith – Smith has scored 5 TDs in his last 6 games, and I don’t think it’s a fluke. Smith had a disappointing start to the season but we felt it was due to the high number of pass interference calls he was drawing, and his performance would come around. It has, and in this great matchup against the Titans he should have no problem breaking a long one. Smith is more of a GPP play, but I like him a lot.

3) Percy Harvin – The targets are there, Harvin was targeted in his 1st game with the Jets 9 times and 13 times last week. The Steelers secondary is even more banged up with Troy Polamalu out this week, so this is actually a nice matchup for Harvin. I like him slightly more than Decker since he is a lock for 6+ catches.

4) Eric Decker – Decker has actually been pretty consistent this season, and the addition of Percy Harvin and the insertion of Michael Vick help his cause. He was targeted 12 times last week and has caught 4 TDs this season. You may think I’m crazy to rank Decker and Harvin ahead of Evans and Jackson, but the Jets are actually projected to score the same number of points as the Bucs and I expect Tampa Bay to have most of their success in the run game against  leaky Falcons front 7, while the Jets should have success throwing against a Steelers team that’s weak against the pass.

T5) Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans – Evans has outperformed Vincent Jackson this season, and while I rank Evans ahead of Jackson, it’s very slight. Jackson actually out targets Evans 77-53 this season and new/old QB Josh Mccown actually favored Jackson at the beginning of the year. I think Evans is probably becoming a better player than Jackson, it’s hard to tell, but in the end I think Evans is a better headsup play and Jackson is more of a GPP play, he’ll be significantly less used.

7) Roddy White – White has outperformed Julio Jones the past two weeks, but I don’t love him. His breakout game came against Baltimore, who’s cornerbacks outside of #1 Jimmy Smith (who’s now out for the season, by the way) have been awful this season. Tampa Bay’s D may be bad, but I think they’re not as completely awful as people think they are, and Tampa is at home. White is only the #2 receiver on the team. I do think he’s a reasonable play though, I just don’t love him as much as others do.

8) Steve Smith – Smith has been mediocre at best in his past 3 games, scoring 5, 6 and 8 fantasy points, and these were in good matchups. He faces a very bad Titans D, but my sense is he overachieved early in the season and now has finally come back down to earth. I can’t justify playing him in cash games even with this matchup, but I do think he’s an ok play.

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Max J Steinberg Max Steinberg is a professional poker player and a top Daily Fantasy player who uses his creativity and mathematical abilities he cultivated as a poker player to win money on both DraftKings and FanDuel. He already has several big tournament scores to his name including the Victiv Bowl and countless MLB Monster wins. Follow him on twitter @maxjsteinberg.

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