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. Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. DAL, $4,000Sam Darnold’s ($5,100) return puts all the Jets’ skill players back in play – especially as their prices have cratered. Darnold has only played one game this year (Week 1 vs. BUF) and Crowder saw an outrageous 17 targets for a 41% share. That’s obviously not a baseline, but Darnold has a long history of throwing to his slot receiver (even going back to college), and Adam Gase has a long history of featuring slot receivers in his offense. Robby Anderson, also just $4,000, is firmly in play as well. Chris Herndon (hamstring) missing the game means tight end will continue to be a dead zone in this offense.
Projection: 8 targets
2. Emmanuel Sanders, DEN vs. TEN, $4,800The impressive evolution of Courtland Sutton ($5,000) is a double-edged sword for Manny Sanders. On one hand, Sutton is demanding a 1A share of the targets. On the other hand, Sutton drawing defensive attention away from Sanders helps him find short-area openings. It didn’t happen against the Chargers last week as the Broncos got out to a quick lead. But even after that one-target debacle, Sanders is still averaging 7.0 targets per game on the season. With Noah Fant ($2,900) and the backup wideouts struggling, the target tree in Denver remains tight.
Projection: 7 targets
3. Preston Williams, MIA vs. WAS, $4,100The Dolphins come out of their bye and find themselves in the best matchup of the season: Home vs. the Redskins. They’ll also do it with Josh Rosen ($4,500) at QB, which means a higher ceiling for the pass-catching corps. Expect Preston Williams, DeVante Parker ($4,200) and Albert Wilson (probable, hip) to be every-down players. Williams, the star of the offseason, was Rosen’s favorite target in the preseason and leads the team with 19 targets in two games since Rosen took over.
Projection: 7 targets
4. Byron Pringle, KC vs. HOU, $3,500If Tyreek Hill (shoulder) and Sammy Watkins (hamstring) both sit, Pringle will end up playing on nearly all of Patrick Mahomes’ ($7,500) dropbacks in one of the season’s likeliest shootouts. Although Pringle went undrafted out of Kansas State in 2018, he was a favorite of the draftnik community and ran a 4.46 at 6’1/203. While Mecole Hardman ($5,300) and Demarcus Robinson ($5,900) are both over $5,000, Pringle would give us cheap exposure to Mahomes in this dream scenario.
Projection: 6 targets if both Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins are out.
5. KeeSean Johnson, ARI vs. ATL, $3,900Johnson continues to log heavy playing time on the outside and is now averaging 5.2 targets per game. However, he’s failed to top 46 yards in a game all year and has zero touchdowns. Perhaps that changes Sunday as he gets to face an Atlanta defense ranked 29th in completion percentage allowed and T-31st in passing touchdowns allowed. Johnson’s target share will be boosted if Christian Kirk ($5,200) and Damiere Byrd ($4,100) sit out again.
Projection: 5 targets
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