Welcome to Week 3 of the Daily Fantasy season. With one week in the books, prices are starting to make corrections, but not quickly enough to prevent us from finding some nice values on FanDuel. This article looks at some of the projected lesser-owned plays at wide receiver who could provide huge boosts to your tournament lineups, as well as some trap plays to avoid.
Jarvis Landry $7,000 (Miami Dolphins vs. Cleveland Browns)
Joe Haden was listed as questionable on Friday with a groin injury, which makes an already appetizing matchup for the Dolphins’ passing game even more inviting. With Arian Foster unlikely to play and the rest of the Miami backfield underwhelming, this could be a day where Tannehill chucks it 40 times, and Landry could easily eclipse the 13 targets he got last week against the stout Patriots’ secondary. Landry might be the most productive receiver of the week and is a steal at $7,000.
Travis Benjamin $6,900/Tyrell Williams $6,100 (San Diego Chargers at Indianapolis Colts)
The season-ending injury to Keenan Allen was viewed as a death knell for the Chargers offense. Instead, Benjamin and Williams stepped up their games against the Jaguars in a big win last week and now they look to take advantage of the injury-riddled Colts secondary. The Indianapolis defense is not good, especially with their injuries, and the Chargers have no reason to take the ball out of Philip Rivers’ hands, even with the emergence of Melvin Gordon at running back. If anything, Gordon’s effective running opens up the passing game even more. Both Benjamin and Williams are elite plays, especially with tight end Antonio Gates looking iffy to play.
Phillip Dorsett $6,000 (Colts vs. Chargers)
The Colts have their own injury issues at wide receiver, with Donte Moncrief out several weeks and T.Y. Hilton missing practice on Friday with a knee injury. But just as Benjamin and Williams have stepped up for San Diego, Dorsett looks to have his breakout against a Chargers defense that isn’t a whole lot better than the Colts’. Facing a suspect Lions secondary in Week 1, Dorsett caught 4 of 6 targets for 94 yards. If Hilton does play and draws the assignment from Jason Verrett, Dorsett could have a monster game as Andrew Luck’s top target.
Sterling Shepard $6,500 (New York Giants vs. Washington)
We know who is drawing the assignment against Odell Beckham Jr. in this one. In what is the most anticipated one-on-one matchup of the season, Beckham and Josh Norman get to exchange pleasantries after the ugly scene at the Meadowlands last December, when Beckham earned a suspension for spearing Norman with his helmet after considerable back-and-forth jawing. With all the focus on those two on one side of the field, the rapidly emerging Shepard should see plenty of looks from Eli Manning on the other. Shepard caught all eight of his targets for 117 yards last week and another stat line like that seems likely.
Jeremy Maclin $7,000 (Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Jets)
The Jets defense makes running the ball difficult, but has shown it can be thrown on. Darrelle Revis is not the island he once was and Maclin is going to get plenty of targets in this one. Alex Smith threw his way 15 times last week against the Texans. Maclin should be able to turn a similar number into a productive outing this week.
Alshon Jeffery $7,900 (Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys)
Jeffery had one big play on Monday night against the Eagles in an otherwise blah performance. Now he’s dealing with a knee injury which finds him listed as questionable. Even if he does play, he’ll have Brian Hoyer throwing to him. With no late-swap on FanDuel, why even risk a DNP for a guy who’s likely to underperform his price tag? There are too many cheaper options that are better than Jeffery to accept the risk.
T.Y. Hilton $7,400 (Colts vs. Chargers)
Hilton is more likely to play than Jeffery, but it’s not a lock, and since he plays at 4:25 p.m. ET, the same locked lineup issue affects Hilton, as well. If he does play, Hilton is going to draw Jason Verrett, who is the Chargers’ top defender. It is not a good matchup for the hobbling Hilton and he should be avoided this week in DFS.