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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. Terry McLaurin, WAS at NYG, $4,500

The third-round rookie continues to impress. He’s seen at least seven targets in all three games, operating as the no-doubt No. 1 pass-catching option for Case Keenum. McLaurin didn’t get to show it at Ohio State, but he’s a special athlete with 4.35 speed, a 37.5-inch vertical and did 18 bench reps at 6’0/208. This week’s matchup against the Giants is almost as good as it gets — they are dead last in PFF’s pass rush grades and dead last in coverage.
Projection: 7 targets

Editor’s Note: McLaurin (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the Giants and will be a game-time decision.

2. Curtis Samuel, CAR at HOU, $4,600

As I discussed in this space last week, Kyle Allen is actually an upgrade over the 2019 version of Cam Newton. The matchup against Houston isn’t as ideal as the one against Arizona, but it’s still a tasty one. The Texans are 18th in pass defense DVOA and 10th in neutral situation pace. Samuel continues to operate as an every-down wide receiver with massive big-play ability. He easily leads the Panthers in Air Yards with 313, 74 more than DJ Moore.
Projection: 7 targets

3. Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. JAX, $4,600

With Jalen Ramsey (personal) not expected to play and the Jaguars’ defense banged up at every level, this matchup is not as imposing as it seems. Sutton has taken a leap forward in Year 2, posting a much-improved 70% catch rate and rankings 23rd among wideouts in yards per route run. Whereas Emmanuel Sanders still has downside as a 32-year-old coming off an Achilles tear, Sutton is ascending.
Projection: 7 targets

4. Phillip Dorsett, NE at BUF, $4,700

With no viable tight ends, FB James Develin injured and Antonio Brown gone, the Patriots almost certainly will be in a 3-WR base. That’s great news for Dorsett, especially since Tom Brady clearly loves throwing to the former first-round pick. He’s seen 64 targets over the past two seasons, including playoffs. That’s resulted in 50 catches, 547 yards and eight TDs. This week’s matchup at Buffalo is brutal, but Dorsett still will have his chances.
Projection: 6 targets

5. Will Fuller, HOU vs. CAR, $4,500

Kenny Stills’ arrival and Keke Coutee’s return to health hasn’t affected Fuller’s role. He’s still the every-down wideout opposite DeAndre Hopkins and certified lid-lifter in this explosive pass game. He’s handling a huge 32% of the Texans’ Air Yards to go with a reasonable 18% targets share but has produced only an 11-160-0 line. At some point, Fuller is going to pop off for a big game. Home against a fast-paced Panthers team in a potential shootout is a reasonable place to start.
Projection: 6 targets

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