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09/06/2017
Doug Norrie

Daily Fantasy Football Wide Receiver GPP Targets for FanDuel and DraftKings Week 1

Once you get past the upper elite tier of WR1 the volatility at the position gets a little rough. So we've got to find some WR plays that possibly break from the pack. We wrote up Antonio Brown, Jordy Nelson, Larry Fitzgerald and Alshon Jeffery in our Week 1 DFS Cash game plays article. Here we’ll explore some other WR and TE options you can consider for Week 1.

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Terrelle PryorTerrelle Pryor FD 6200 DK 6100
Opponent PHI
Proj Points FD - 12.57 DK - 14.86
He was damn close to being included in the main picks article and honestly probably should have been there. We are super high on Pryor coming into the season with a team switch and an upgrade at quarterback as just a few reasons for the optimism. Pryor showed flashes of major upside last season with 7 of his 16 games seeing 10+ targets and three games over 100 yards. And that was with a cavalcade of losers cycling through the Browns’ quarterback ranks. This year he gets Kirk Cousins’ 67% completion percentage (2016) and 214 total targets moving to other teams in the forms of Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. That’s a pretty damn big void to fill and a solid talent moving into the position. I’m typically not a fan of wide receivers moving to new teams, especially to start the season. But this strikes me as an exception to that “rule”. Pryor is in a fantastic spot and could be a cash game staple in some DFSR lineups.

When we use DFSR's Player Lab to filter down wide receivers based on certain, high upside criteria:

We get a couple of options:

Now Crabtree came as part of Chris's GPP stacking article but the other is:

Kelvin BenjaminKelvin Benjamin FD 6500 DK 5900
Opponent SF
Proj Points FD - 12.78 DK - 15.14
My man didn’t look good coming into the preseason but who’s ever let a little extra body weight hold him back? He’s a candidate for a bounce back season after struggling along with Cam last year to maintain any type of accuracy and consistency. Benjamin came out of the gate fast last season, putting up a 13/199/3 in the first two weeks of the season. But Week 3 saw him with the inexplicable 0/1/0 (not a typo) in Week 3 and complete erratic performances for the rest of the season. Here’s to hoping that standard deviation levels off some this season. It’s no guarantee with Cam also struggling in 2016 but we could have a chicken/ egg situation there. He gets a dream matchup in Week 1 against the 49ers and the Panthers are favorites going in. I think there’s a good shot Benjamin starts off the season much the way he did last year and we get great value on his upside.

Jordan MatthewsJordan Matthews FD 6300 DK 4400
Opponent NYJ
Proj Points FD - 10.47 DK - 12.81
Zay JonesZay Jones FD 5100 DK 3500
Opponent NYJ
Proj Points FD - 8.97 DK - 10.94
The bad news first: They are on the Bills and Tyrod Taylor is the quarterback. Cool, we got that out of the way to start. Ok now the good news. Jones is coming into the week at nearly rock bottom prices on DraftKings and stands to see some usage in the offense. The Bills are operating with a completely new wide receiver group this season after Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods left in the off-season. The Jets were a true dichotomized defense last season, ranking 1st against the run and 31st against the pass. You rarely see that kind of separation between the two facets of the game. But that's Gang Green for ya. Matthews comes over from Philly in three team trade that sent Sammy Watkins out of town and Jones enters as a second round pick. This is another one of those "unknown" situations we rarely want to target in cash games but make perfect sense in tournaments. If anything, Jones stands to see a higher ownership on DraftKings where he's coming as a complete punt play. Matthews isn't too far behind at $4400. If the Jets are able to continue their work as a stout DvRun team then the Bills may be forced to pass even in a game where they enter as heavy favorites.

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  1. Which NE WR should I go with tonight? Cooks or Hogan? GPP 100 top 12 win prizes. Thanks

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