Dede Westbrook

Figuring out the top-end guys (click here) is relatively easy. The low-end wideouts are much harder – and more valuable. Each week, I’ll discuss five wide receivers under $5,000 who I project for at least five targets.

1. Dede Westbrook, JAX vs. IND, $4,500

Westbrook is back from his shoulder injury and practicing full this week. Expect him to slide right back into his slot role, pushing Keelan Cole to the bench and leaving DJ Chark/Chris Conley outside. Westbrook also finally gets Nick Foles back, who showed a tendency to target Westbrook heavily in the preseason. The Indy defense is designed to keep the ball in front of them and in the middle of the field, which works nicely with Westbrook’s route tree. Note that he’s seen at least five targets in every one of his seven full games this year, averaging 7.7 during that span.
Projection: 7 targets

2. Deebo Samuel, SF vs. ARI, $4,000

With Kendrick Bourne struggling badly, Dante Pettis essentially benched and Marquise Goodwin a non-factor, Deebo Samuel has emerged as the no-doubt No. 2 wideout for the 49ers. He’ll become the No. 1 of Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) can’t play Sunday and will get an even bigger boost if George Kittle (knee) sits again. All this comes at home against a Cardinals team which allows opponents to run the most plays per game in the entire NFL. Note that Patrick Peterson has been flamed by Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders since coming off suspension.
Projection: 7 targets

3. Demaryius Thomas, NYJ at WAS, $3,900

With the Jets’ offensive line in shambles and Sam Darnold seeing ghosts, it’s the short-area pass game that’s working. Enter the 31-year-old Thomas, who quietly has seen nine targets in three separate games this season as he plays in the Jets’ 3-WR base with Jamison Crowder and non-factor. With the Redskins ranking 25th in pass defense DVOA, this is a spot for some spiked efficiency from Darnold.
Projection: 6 targets

4. Russell Gage, ATL at CAR, $3,300

Gage continues to play the slot role vacated by Mohamed Sanu. He’s seen 14 targets over the last two weeks for a solid 16% share, and now both Austin Hooper and Devonta Freeman are out injured. Those two combined for 12.3 targets per game on the year. Sure, Jaeden Graham, Luke Stocker and Brian Hill will soak up some. But we can also project a little more for Gage, Julio and Calvin Ridley.
Projection: 6 targets

5. Phillip Dorsett, NE at PHI, $4,200

The best way to attack the Eagles remains through the air, where the likes of Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby continue to struggle on a weekly basis. Dorsett’s target share is hurt by the emergence of Mohamed Sanu, but he’s still averaging 4.6 targets per game since coming off the injured list three weeks ago. Now that he’s had the bye to rest up, expect Dorsett to be involved in his every-down and highly efficient role. He’s a notable pivot off Julian Edelman and Sanu, who project to be far higher owned.
Projection: 5 targets

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