The wide receiver position is where things could begin to get crazy. Unlike the running back position where there is a clear leader in each backfield, some teams could have three or four viable candidates each week. Of course, there are other teams that barely have any useful options at the position but you can go in multiple directions here. Do you spend up and take the true number one receiver? Or do you go for reliability in volume or touchdown and big-play upside?
Ideally, you would look for a balance of each of those characteristics but how you chose to construct your roster at the other positions will play a role in what direction you ultimately go in. Looking for values, and you will see that some are available, is key here. This is in addition to the standard practices of reviewing past performance, looking at the game script, and digging into the opposing defence among other things. With respect to the opposing defence and one on one matchups against opposing cornerbacks, this is something that will come into clearer focus as the season progresses.
For those who have yet to subscribe, what are you waiting for? Until then you will get one free pick to whet your appetite. Dionte Johnson ($6,200 DK, $7,000 FD) should be in for a big game going against the Browns this weekend. Johnson was been very steady for the Steelers all year, and had 96 yards on just three receptions last week against the Browns and should see a higher target share this week.
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Going against Washington this week. Chris Godwin ($7,000 DK, $7,800 FD) is the player I expect to step up in the passing game. Washington will likely try to take away Mike Evans, and will also be looking to pressure Tom Brady, so expect quick passes and a high reception count for Godwin.
A.J. Brown ($7,100 DK, $8,400 FD) could have a big game in store going against the Ravens. The Ravens’ pass defence is stout, but with the focus on stopping Derrick Henry first and foremost, there should be lots of play-action in the game script which will provide opportunities for Brown downfield.
Stefon Diggs ($7,700 DK, $8,700 FD) has been the hottest receiver in football over the last few weeks and going up against a Colts team that gives up nearly twelve yards per reception, I expect that trend to continue this week, as Diggs should see ten or more targets and convert those into another 100-yard receiving game, and at least one touchdown.
The Saints have a solid pass defence, but the Bears should be trying to get the ball to Allen Robinson ($6,600 DK, $7,200 FD). Robinson had six receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown the last time the two teams met, and that type of game could easily be in the cards for him again this week. This should be a close game, and the Bears should be trying to get the ball to their best receiver.
The Seahawks are likely to be looking to pass a lot in this game against the Rams. Tyler Lockett($6,900 DK, $6,800 FD) could benefit from that. I don’t foresee a big point total between these two, given their defences, but there should be enough passes for Lockett to give you a solid number of catches and 80 or more yards, as the D.K. Metcalf likely sees a lot of Jalen Ramsey this week, opening up Lockett to have the bigger day.
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