We have some solid wide receivers to choose from as we head into the Divisional Round this weekend. Let’s take a look at a few that I like this week. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
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Cream of the Crop
Julian Edelman ($7,100)-
The prodigal son has returned! Julian has been MIA since week 10 with a broken foot. All reports show that Edelman is ready to go and even Edelman himself has proclaimed he will be going full throttle. I mean sure that’s nice and all, but we have to assume he’ll be less than 100%. Regardless, this is a huge boost to Tom Brady to have his number one target back on the field. In nine games this season, Edelman averaged 9.7 targets per game for an average of 76.8 yards per game. Edelman should be seeing plenty of Marcus Peters from the Chiefs in this one, but his upside is way too good to even considering fading him. Expect Edelman to see some monster targets in this one.
Demaryius Thomas ($7,000)-
The Steelers are fantastic at defending against the run. When it comes to the passing game, forget about it. The Steelers continue to get trampled by opposing wide receivers and this week should be no different. I love Thomas in this spot regardless of who’s starting at quarterback. Peyton Manning is slated to start but that could change during the game depending on his play. Regardless, Thomas is averaging a whopping 11 targets per game with 81.5 yards per game. His upside is huge, even with only finding the end zone a disappointing six times this season. Coincidently, two of those six touchdowns came against the Steelers, where Thomas hauled in 5/12 targets for 61 yards and 23.1 DraftKings points.
Michael Floyd ($5,100)-
It’s hard to pinpoint just who Carson Palmer is going to throw to in their offense. He loves to spread the ball around, which can be slightly aggravating in a DFS sense. However, looking at the matchup for Floyd, he looks like he’s in a great spot here in the Divisional Round. Just a few weeks ago, Floyd was able to reel in 6/8 targets for 111 yards against the Packers. Normally, Floyd would be facing off against Sam Shields, but he looks like he’ll be missing yet another game this weeks, so Floyd should get Quentin Rollins once again. At such a low price of $5,100, it’s a cheap way to get some exposure to that explosive Cardinals offense. Floyd averaged 8.2 targets per game in their final five games and this week should be no different.
Middle of the Pack
Antonio Brown ($9,800)-
Update: Antonio Brown has been downgraded to OUT this weekend. Look for Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton and Heath Miller to all see additional targets.
Feels dirty to be putting Antonio Brown in the “Middle of the Pack” section, but we certainly have reason to. The first and most important issue is his health. The reports have been conflicting, saying he should be able to go all the way to he’s “not looking good.” Depending on who you believe, we don’t have a real answer on what’s happening with Brown. Regardless of all of that, I think it’s safe to say that Brown won’t be at 100% come Sunday. How much it will affect his play is yet to be seen, but that’s a huge chunk of change to be spending on someone who’s truly questionable. There no denying how much of a monster he’s been this season, averaging 12 targets per game and 114.9 yards, Brown fully healthy is the go-to guy this week. In a perceived tough matchup against the Broncos, Brown completely shredded them in Week 15, catching 16/18 targets for 189 yards and two touchdowns. A 49.9 DraftKings points day wasn’t too shabby for owners that week. Monitor his status closely and if you do choose to roster him, make sure he’s in your flex position so you can easily swap him out if needed.
Doug Baldwin ($6,800)-
Baldwin is another receiver that can easily jump up into the “Cream of the Crop” section if we get some clarification on Marshawn Lynch status. The difference in the offense with and without Lynch is huge and the biggest beneficiary of his absence has been Baldwin. Since week 10, when Lynch was injured, Baldwin is seeing 7.5 targets per game and an average of 79 yards per game and 1.5 touchdowns. The other perceived notion in this game is that Baldwin should be seeing a ton of Josh Norman in this one. That is thankfully incorrect, as Norman should be lined up with Tyler Lockett. Baldwin should see plenty of Cortland Finnegan. Again, follow this one closely, but Baldwin at $6,800 would be a nice grab even with Lynch on the field.
Martavis Bryant ($6,000)-
If Brown does indeed sit, the entire Steelers offense will see a huge boost in targets. The ground game should be close to a nonfactor on both sides, so expect players like Bryant to see a nice uptick in targets. Even with Brown on the field, Bryant has managed to get 8.1 targets per game. Even with a late start to the season, with his first game in week six, Bryant saw double-digit targets three times this season and nine targets twice. This could end up being a monster spot for Bryant if Brown can’t go.
James Jones ($4,600)-
Jones could be a busy man this week with the impending matchup against the Cardinals approaching. The consensus is that Randall Cobb will be seeing a lot of Patrick Peterson this week, which should get Rodgers to be looking at Jones. Not that he hasn’t been already, over his last three games, Jones has seen 11.6 targets catching 16 for 229 yards. Jones had a mediocre game his last time out against the Cardinals catching only 5/11 targets, but the 11 targets were huge, seeing that he hasn’t seen double-digit targets in the four weeks prior. At just $4,600, Jones could be a steal.
Rest of the Field
Albert Wilson ($3,800)-
With Jeremy Maclin most likely sidelined for this week, Alex Smith is going to have to throw to someone, right? The first likely candidate is Travis Kelce, but don’t be fooled, the Patriots have been solid all season against the tight end position. So who’s next in line? I think that guy is Wilson. He hasn’t done anything spectacular this season, averaging 6.6 fantasy points per game, but he also hasn’t had the opportunities. Averaging only 4.3 targets per game, on paper Wilson doesn’t look that enticing. But as I mentioned, Smith has to throw to somebody. His upside is limited with Smith, who threw for 300+ yards this season only once and averages 216 yards per game, but at just $3,800, Wilson would be a nice player to “punt” a position this week, especially in tournaments.
John Brown ($5,200)-
Brown is another solid part of the Cardinals offense that won’t kill your salary cap. At just $5,200, you’re getting a player that averaging 6.7 targets per game with 66.9 yards and seven touchdowns. As I mentioned with Floyd, it’s hard to nail down exactly where Palmer is going to go with the ball, but Brown is certainly for some points at such a low price. With Palmer relying heavily on Floyd as of late, it could take away from some of the upside that Brown has, but we’ve also seen some monster games from Brown this season, reaching over 100+ receiving yards twice this season (don’t forget about the bonus points we accumulate from that on DK.) I wouldn’t build around Brown by any means, but he’s certainly a consideration.