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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. Chris Conley, JAX vs. TB, $4,500

I highlighted Conley in this space last week, and he managed a reasonable 4-49-0. But he saw nine targets and has seen 17 in the two games since Nick Foles returned. In fact, Conley has seen at least seven targets in five straight games. Enter a Week 13 matchup against the Bucs, who funnel pass volume toward the air. They’ve faced 41.9 pass attempts per game this year, most in the league by 2.2 per game.
Projection: 7 targets


2. Curtis Samuel, CAR vs. WAS, $4,800

The production for Samuel has been absolutely brutal as he has zero 100-yard games all year and has been under 50 yards in four of his past five games. But the usage continues to be elite. Samuel plays an every-down role opposite DJ Moore and is seventh in the entire league in Air Yards. Only Mike Evans, Julio Jones, John Brown, Kenny Golladay, DeAndre Hopkins and Keenan Allen have seen more. It’s a massive role for someone under $5,000.
Projection: 7 targets


3. Sterling Shepard, NYG vs. GB, $4,900

Golden Tate (concussion) is questionable. If Tate can’t go, Shepard would get to play his natural slot role and be a featured part of the gameplan. If Tate and Evan Engram end up sitting, Shepard would be set up even better. Regardless, Shepard remains an every-down play attached to a quarterback who has flashed major upside already in his young career. Shepard’s 41 routes run last week, in his first game off a concussion, led the Giants.
Projection: 7 targets if Golden Tate is out


4. Auden Tate, CIN vs. NYJ, $3,800

With AJ Green (foot) remaining doubtful, Tate’s role as the No. 2 wideout behind Tyler Boyd remains secure. After a brutal matchup against the Steelers, things are looking up. Not only are the pass-funneling Jets in town, but Andy Dalton is back in the saddle. While Dalton is no world-beater, note he went over 250 pass yards in six of his eight starts this season and was on pace to throw for 4,501 yards. Tate will have far more efficient opportunities than he would have with Ryan Finley.
Projection: 7 targets


5. Tim Patrick, DEN vs. LAC, $3,000

The Broncos remain in full-blown evaluation/tank mode. It appears they might even dust off rookie Drew Lock for this start. While Lock looked rough through most of the preseason, he at least projects to be more aggressive than Brandon Allen. And with Casey Hayward glued to Courtland Sutton, the matchup for Patrick is right. He clearly has an extremely low floor and continues to battle a shoulder issue, but he has been productive at the NFL level (late last season) and has the size/speed ability to be in play at the stone minimum.
Projection: 5 targets


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