The wide receiver position was loaded with top-scoring options during the Week 7 set of games. 11 players scored at least 20 DKFP and was headlined by two unlikely names in Marvin Jones Jr and Zach Pascal. Let’s take a look at two players who had vastly different weeks and their matchups for Week 8. Salaries via DraftKings.
Danny Amendola ($4,100) vs. Giants
Amendola went wild for the second time this season, scoring 21.5 DKFP by catching eight of his 11 targets for 105 yards. While he failed to reach the end zone, he was an unlikely beneficiary in a perceived tough matchup against the Vikings. This was the second time this season that he saw double-digit targets and when that’s happened, he’s gone over 100 receiving yards.
Week 8 sees his salary bump only $300 in a very, very enticing matchup against the Giants. This is a team that allowing an average of 14.2 yards per reception, which ranks amongst the highest in the league. Amendola has played 85% of his snaps out of the slot, which means he’ll see plenty of coverage from CB Grant Haley. In coverage, Haley has been targeted against 28 times and has allowed 23 receptions for 315 yards and a touchdown.
While the production for Amendola has been very inconsistent, he’s a very cheap option to consider in a matchup that should bring plenty of opportunities for the Lions. It’s worth watching the status of Kerryon Johnson as well, who was forced from Week 7 with a knee injury. When he’s been off the field, the Lions pass the ball 59% of the time compared to 53% when he’s on.
DK Metcalf ($5,000) vs. Falcons
It was a very disappointing Week 7 for Metcalf, who despite drawing nine targets, only came down with four receptions for 53 yards and 8.3 DKFP. Tyler Lockett, who was seeing tough coverage from CB Marlon Humphries still five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown, good for 16.8 DKFP. Metcalf was the pivot off of Lockett in softer coverage but still couldn’t come away with the big game.
After crushing the dreams of many, Metcalf may not be much of an option in many people’s eyes. However, they’ll travel to Atlanta to face the mess of an organization known as the Falcons. Who knows if Dan Quinn will be coaching this team come Sunday but regardless, it’s a great spot for Metcalf, who sees only a $200 increase in his salary.
Metcalf primarily lines up on the left side of the field, doing so on 59% of his snaps this season. With that in mind, he’d be seeing a healthy dose of CB Isaiah Oliver. In coverage, Oliver has been targeted against 36 times allowing 27 receptions for 379 yards and three touchdowns. Amazingly, of those 379 yards, 207 of them have come after the catch, accounting for a massive 54%. So as I’ve mentioned, Metcalf is in a VERY good spot in Week 8 and you should hopefully put the Week 7 disappointment behind us.
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