The NFL regular season is only days away, and with the NFL season comes the season for daily fantasy football lineups. If you’re a daily fantasy player, you know that a successful lineup has to have a solid combination of big-name star power players that are known commodities with a few high-upside players that provide a little more bang for your buck.
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Obviously, you would love to fill your daily lineup with Pro Bowlers from top to bottom, but spending money on a top-tier player in one spot, leaves you potentially scraping the barrel to fill out the rest of your roster.
So here are three wide receivers that could provide the best value for Week 1. (Values from Draft Kings.)
Mike Evans (TB) - $7,900
At only $200 cheaper than the most expensive wide receiver available in daily fantasy in Week 1, it might be surprising to see Mike Evans’ name here. But a new offensive coordinator in Tampa Bay and a pass-first quarterback looking to rebound from a down year in 2018, present a solid chance for Evans to live up to his hype in 2019. With one of the best matchups for a wide receiver in Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers, Evans is a solid play in Week 1, despite the hefty price tag.
Tyler Lockett (SEA) - $6,000
Speaking of favorable matchups, the Seattle Seahawks face the 29th-worst defense against opposing fantasy wide receivers. With the retirement of Doug Baldwin, those targets will have to go somewhere. Despite the Seahawks drafting Ole Miss wide receiver DK Metcalf with the 64th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Metcalf is a big receiver with a limited route tree. Lockett will likely be Russell Wilson’s No. 1 wide receiver in Week 1 and moving forward.
Kenny Golladay (DET) - $6,300
Golladay has all of the measurables to be the No. 1 wide receiver in Detroit. The only issue will be if quarterback Matthew Stafford can consistently get Golladay the quality targets for consistent fantasy production. The range of potential outcomes is fairly wide for Golladay, but it’s not often you can get a clear-cut WR1 in your daily lineup at such value, so it’s not like he’s going to break the bank one way or the other.
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