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What Week 2 tells us about WRs and Week 3 DFS salaries

One pass catcher came out of nowhere, another is looking to get back to his usual production. We break down what it means as Week 3 DFS salaries arrive at DraftKings.

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson congratulates wide receiver Mecole Hardman during the game against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at the Oakland Coliseum. Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

As it usually is, the wide receiver position was full of fantasy goodness, as 13 players scored at least 20.4 DKFP. Of course, with some monster performances come some duds as well, so we’ll examine two players with completely different outcomes from Week 2 and how they look toward Week 3.

Demarcus Robinson ($5,200) vs. Baltimore Ravens

With Tyreek Hill out with a shoulder injury, the perception was that Sammy Watkins would be the solidified number one receiver in this offense. Patrick Mahomes did his best to give him the ball by targeting him a team-high 13 times, it’s just that he only turned it into six receptions for 49 yards and 10.9 DKFP. Not quite the performance people wanted to see when he saw a $2,200 bump in salary from Week 1 to Week 2. Instead, it was Robinson who went to town on the Raiders despite seeing only six targets.

Robinson made the most of those opportunities, as he accounted for 172 receiving yards and two touchdowns for a massive 38.2 DKFP. For reference, Robinson never scored more than 15.9 DKFP in a game last season, which coincidentally came against the Raiders in Week 17.

The problem here is the Chiefs will be facing the Ravens in Week 3. It’s not an easy matchup but we saw the Cardinals play fast against them in Week 2. They caught 20-of-31 targets for 301 yards, but were held out of the end zone. With Patrick Mahomes at the helm, anything is truly possible, as we just saw him throw for 443 yards and four touchdowns against the Raiders. Robinson should draw plenty of interest this week and the opportunity will be there for the taking.

Mike Evans ($6,600) vs. New York Giants

Despite possessing an immense amount of talent, Evans has been quiet the first two weeks of the season. In that time, he has six receptions on 13 targets for 89 yards and no touchdowns. He dropped $400 in salary for Week 3 and is no longer the most expensive receiver on the Buccaneers, as they honor now belongs to Chris Godwin ($6,900). Is this the week where Evans could finally regain our trust once again?

The matchup against the Giants is a very, very good one. The secondary they’re running out is literally just bodies on the field, as they’ve allowed the most receiving yards at 550 and the second highest catch rate at 78 percent. This secondary is getting ripped apart and Evans should finally be able to take advantage of that. For what it’s worth, last season against the Giants, Evans caught 6-of-7 targets for 120 yards and a touchdown, good for 33 DKFP.

One matchup in particular, when he sees Janoris Jenkins in coverage, he’ll boast a massive 6” height difference on him, which is always helpful. Getting Evans this cheap likely won’t last so we should be looking to take advantage of this generous discount while we can.

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