If you had a bad Week 2, like I did, it’s likely because you paid for one or two players who gave you absolutely nothing and torpedoed your team. I for instance started JuJu Smith-Schuster last week thinking that his bad start to the year was only because of the Patriots defense and not because the Steelers offense is terrible. That obviously was a mistake. Buying the wrong wide receiver is never fun and I’m here to make sure that doesn’t happen to you this week.
Here are the three wide receivers you want to avoid in daily fantasy this weekend. These are the wideouts who won’t live up to their price tag or are in a shaky situation and likely won’t produce at the level people are expecting.
Draft wisely my friends. (Salaries courtesy of DraftKings.)
Odell Beckham Jr (vs Rams) - $7,700
We’ve seen the good and the bad so far from Beckham this season. Last week against the Jets he lit them up for 168 yards and a touchdown. In Week 1 however, we saw him catch seven balls for 71 yards against a then-tough Titans defense. The Rams are one of three teams to yet allow a receiving touchdown and are surrendering the second fewest points to opposing wideouts (the Browns are actually number one). I think Odell will still have a decent game Sunday, but he won’t live up to the second most expensive receiver. There are plenty of other guys I’d rather spend that money on.
Michael Thomas (@ Seahawks) - $7,400
The Seahawks at home is a tough proposition, it’s even harder when you replace Drew Brees with Teddy Bridgewater. I hope Bridgewater comes out and plays well but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sean Payton rely on the run game and a few razzle dazzle plays with Taysom Hill to move the offense rather than let Bridgewater air it out. Thomas will likely still finish the day with six or so catches, but not enough production to warrant coughing up his salary to start him this week.
Brandin Cooks (@ Browns) - $6,300
Of all the Rams receivers, Cooks is the one I’m least confident in. He’s been the definition of boom-or-bust to start the season, scoring 16.6 points last week but 5.9 in Week 1. Against the best defense in the NFL at limiting opposing receivers, I think we’re in for another bust performance from Cooks. There are also plenty of receivers around Cooks’ price that I like much more like Mike Evans, Julian Edelman and Marquise Brown. Don’t waste your budget on him this week.
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