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What Week 8 performances tells us about Week 9 wide receiver DFS salaries

The wide receiver position had some monster performances and it’s share of duds in Week 8. Steve Buchanan looks at Kenny Golladay and T.Y. Hilton ahead of their Week 9 matchups.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Evans and Cooper Kupp downright dominated the wide receiver position in Week 8, as these guys combined for 18 receptions for 418 yards, three touchdowns and 83.8 DKFP. If you were lucky enough to have both in your lineups, I hope you’re enjoying your money. Let’s take a look at two other receivers ahead of Week 9 and what their matchups look like. All salaries courtesy of DraftKings.

Kenny Golladay ($7,700) vs. Raiders

I wrote up Matt Stafford over in my quarterback’s article today so naturally, Golladay should also be featured. He was the main beneficiary of Stafford’s big day, as he six of his eight targets for 123 yards and two touchdowns, good for 32.3 DKFP. What makes this day remarkable is that the majority of the production came in the second half, as Golladay was certainly looking like a bust candidate during the first. This is now the fourth week in which he’s scored at least 20 DKFP and third week over 100 receiving yards. His 55 total targets are the most on the team but Marvin Jones Jr. is nipping at his heels with 47.

In terms of his matchup, Golladay received a massive $1,300 increase in his salary ahead of the Lions meeting with the Raiders. This is a secondary that has not shown much success in stopping the opposition, allowing an average of 42 DKFP, 186 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. In terms of coverage, Golladay lines up mainly on the left side of the field, doing so 51% of the time. That would line him up against rookie CB Trayvon Mullen and Daryl Worley. Specifically, Worley has been targeted against 35 times allowing 19 receptions for 265 yards and two touchdowns. It should be another big day for the Lions number one receiver in a soft matchup against the Raiders secondary.

T.Y. Hilton ($6,500) vs. Steelers

It was a quiet day for Hilton against the Broncos, who held him to just two catches for 54 yards despite seeing six targets. The majority of his yards came after he broke away from CB Chris Harris, who was shadowing him throughout the game, for a 35-yard reception. When all was said and done, Hilton had 7.4 DKFP, his lowest total of the season. To be fair, it was a tough matchup for him and he was all viable in large-field tournaments. Now, in Week 9, Hilton sees a $400 increase in his salary against the Steelers. Is he worth it?

We’ve yet to see the Steelers play in Week 8, as they’ll be facing the Dolphins Monday night. One thing we do know, however, is that Hilton will see a healthy dose of CB Joe Haden. Playing 41% of his snaps on the right side, Hilton has another tough matchup ahead of him. Haden has been targeted against 23 times allowing 15 receptions for 161 yards and a touchdown. He’s part of a Steelers’ secondary that has given up 34.3 DKFP to opposing receivers, which is just below the league average. With an increased salary and what could be another week of tough coverage to deal with, Hilton is best left on the board in Week 9.

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