Preston Cunningham

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. Jarvis Landry, CLE at DEN, $4,500

It’s been a massive struggle for Landry, who has zero touchdowns on the season while going over 75 yards just once. But the volume has been there consistently as he has seen at least five targets in every game and is averaging 7.7 per game for a strong 23% share. That kind of opportunity typically is not available to us at $4,500. Landry’s Week 9 matchup is boosted by the strong probability Chris Harris will shadow Odell Beckham. And if Brandon Allen is a disaster, the Browns finally should be in a spot they control time of possession and rack up a high volume of plays. They’re 29th in plays per game at just 58.7.
Projection: 8 targets

2. Preston Williams, MIA vs. NYJ, $4,200

Williams predictably has emerged as Ryan Fitzpatrick’s favorite target. On Monday night, Fitzpatrick locked on to the big and talented Williams with success on slant routes — even though he was being covered by Joe Haden. Williams will find far more room for big plays and efficiency in Week 9 as he takes on a Jets secondary ranked 16th in yards per pass attempt allowed and 21st in pass defense DVOA. Williams has seen at least six targets in six straight games, averaging 7.6 during that span. He’s a No. 1 WR, albeit for a minor league team.
Projection: 7 targets

3. Sammy Watkins, KC vs. MIN, $4,900

Watkins has played four full games this year and drawn at least eight targets in all of them. He’s an every-down player in one of the league’s most explosive pass games and is priced as if Matt Moore is starting. If Patrick Mahomes (knee) returns, Watkins will carry a serious ceiling relative to his price and usage. The Vikings’ defense is no pushover, but it is a middling 12th in pass defense DVOA. Obviously Watkins’ ceiling will be crippled if Mahomes can’t return, but his role will remain the same.
Projection: 7 targets

4. Danny Amendola, DET at OAK, $4,700

Matthew Stafford clearly likes throwing to Amendola. The slot man now has three games with at least eight targets on the season and has seen an eye-opening 25% target share across the past two weeks. With Tra Carson/Ty Johnson now the running backs, the Lions project to lean on Stafford even more, and that’s the best plan against the Raiders, anyway. This Oakland defense is 29th in pass defense DVOA and ninth in rush defense DVOA. The biggest concern with Amendola is price as he’s up $900 from where he was just two weeks ago.
Projection: 7 targets

5. Mike Williams, LAC vs. GB, $4,600

Williams has seen 50 targets this season — five inside the 10-yard line — and has scored zero touchdowns. It’s a remarkable unlucky streak for someone with his red zone profile. Remember the 6’4/220-pound Williams had 10 TDs on just 66 targets last season. So even as the price has risen $600 ahead of Sunday’s tough matchup against the Packers, there’s a lot of room for touchdown-scoring upside here.
Projection: 6 targets

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