Kenny Stills

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. Kenny Stills, HOU vs. OAK, $4,700

Will Fuller’s hamstring injury thrusts Stills into an every-down role opposite DeAndre Hopkins. Stills is not a replacement-level player — he consistently has been a plus wide receiver in advanced metrics throughout his career. Now he gets to play in an elite Texans pass game and face a funneling Raiders defense. Oakland is 30th in DVOA against the pass and 11th against the run. They also just traded away starting CB Gareon Conley. Slot man Keke Coutee also is in play for 4-6 targets.
Projection: 7 targets

2. DaeSean Hamilton, DEN at IND, $3,300

The Emmanuel Sanders trade means Hamilton slides into the primary slot and No. 2 wideout role for the Broncos. Note this was the same role Hamilton had last year in the final four games, when he averaged 6.2 catches, 45.5 yards, 9.5 targets and 0.5 TDs per game. Courtland Sutton’s leap forward plus the addition of Noah Fant gives me some pause on those numbers, but Hamilton knows how to get open at the NFL level. The Colts’ defensive scheme also is designed to force passes underneath.
Projection: 6 targets

3. Corey Davis, TEN vs. TB, $4,400

Ryan Tannehill proved to be a massive upgrade on the timid, inaccurate Marcus Mariota. Tannehill gave life to both Davis and AJ Brown, targeting them a combined 15 times last week for a 51% share. With Delanie Walker (knee) banged up, there are a few more targets to go around. That’s good news ahead of an ideal matchup against the funneling Bucs defense. Davis gets the slight nod over Brown ($4,100) as he’s run 124 routes over the past month. Brown has run 91.
Projection: 8 targets

4. Mike Williams, LAC at CHI, $4,000

The production hasn’t been there for Big Mike as he hasn’t topped 74 yards or scored a touchdown in his past four games. But the underlying usage has been massive. He’s averaging 9.0 targets per game during that span and is eighth in the entire league in Air Yards. Williams also has been targeted five times inside the 10-yard line this season, tied for third-most in the league. Only Kenny Golladay, Larry Fitzgerald, Travis Kelce and TY Hilton have seen more. We can’t project Williams for nine targets with Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry and Austin Ekeler all firmly in the mix. But he still is due for positive regression in the box score.
Projection: 7 targets

5. Jamison Crowder, NYJ at JAX, $4,800

We almost can throw out Monday night’s absolute stinker against the Patriots in which the Jets got absolutely overwhelmed. But even if we include it, Crowder is averaging 8.0 catches on 10.3 targets in three games with Sam Darnold this season. Those numbers are inflated by the 14-99-0 game in Week 1, but we know Darnold has a long history of targeting his slot receivers and Adam Gase has a long history of scheming targets to them. Crowder’s matchup in Week 8 isn’t pristine, but it’s infinitely better than the one he found in Week 7.
Projection: 7 targets

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