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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. Will Fuller, HOU vs. ATL, $4,500

Fuller continues to see massive opportunity, but he also continues to come up empty in the box score. Fuller has earned at least six targets in three straight games, has an 18% target share on the season and is 12th in the entire league in Air Yards. However, Fuller has just 14-183-0 on the season. Now comes a home run spot with Kenny Stills (hamstring) in doubt and the Texans at home against the Falcons. Fuller, who went over 20 DK points in 2-of-7 games last year, has major upside on his price.
Projection: 7 targets

2. Auden Tate, CIN vs. ARI, $3,500

Damion Willis opened the season in the AJ Green (ankle) role, but he was quickly passed by Auden Tate. Over the last two games, Tate has racked up 16 targets and a 10-138-0 line. Now John Ross (shoulder) is also out, the Bengals are at home, and they have the best possible matchup. Arizona’s opponents run the 5th-most plays per game and their defense ranks 25th in yards per play allowed. Tate, who can dominate physically at a Kelvin Benjamin-esque 6’5/228, is going to play nearly every snap Sunday.
Projection: 7 targets

3. Curtis Samuel, CAR vs. JAX, $4,500

Samuel is a scary play if Jalen Ramsey ends up suiting up, but an intriguing one if Ramsey sits. There are few CBs who can have that kind of impact, but Ramsey is one. Either way, Samuel is going to see volume as the no-doubt 1A/B WR in this Kyle Allen offense. Over the last three games, Samuel is averaging 9.0 targets per day. He’s currently 8th in the entire league in Air Yards with 179 more than DJ Moore.
Projection: 7 targets

4. KeeSean Johnson, ARI at CIN, $3,500

Johnson is a sixth-round rookie who lit up the offseason program and training camp, easily moving ahead of more heralded rookies Hakeem Butler and Andy Isabella. Now comes his big chance. With Christian Kirk (ankle) and Damiere Byrd (hamstring) not expected to play, Johnson will get his first career start and projects to play almost every snap on the outside. The perimeter is not the best spot in this offense as it’s mostly horizontal and quick-hitting, but Johnson has the talent to make big plays. Especially against a Cincinnati defense ranked 31st in pass defense DVOA.
Projection: 6 targets

5. Javon Wims*, CHI vs. OAK, $3,500

The asterisk here is because we’re waiting on the status of Taylor Gabriel (concussion). If Gabriel doesn’t play, Wims projects for an every-down role against an Oakland defense ranked 27th in pass defense DVOA. Last week, Wims was in on 66-of-70 snaps went 4-56-0 on five targets in a tough matchup against the Vikings. Wims has been among the best WRs to step on the field in each of the last two preseasons, going 23-309-1 on 199 snaps.
Projection: 5 targets if Taylor Gabriel is out

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