My wide receiver suggestions for Week 2 really missed the mark. Demaryius Thomas was the only one out of five suggested receivers that at least had a respectable stat line. Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Michael Floyd, and Devin Hester all put up less than average games (maybe I’m being hard on Johnson, but I think not getting into the end zone against the Raiders is a failure.)
The best thing about daily fantasy football is that you aren’t stuck with the same team each week, so I can come back strong in Week 3. You should know the drill by know, but if not, the dollar amounts shown are courtesy of FanDuel. Follow this link to get yourself started. Here are my wide receiver picks for Week 3:
Calvin Johnson ($9,000), WR Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay
It should really be a crime to have Megatron listed at this low of a price. I don’t know if it was his sub-par performance last week against a great Panthers’ defense or what, but I would be trying to get Johnson in on as many squads as you can. Vegas currently has this game as the highest scoring match of the week, so it looks like we will be in store for a shootout at Ford Field on Sunday. Johnson should at least find the end zone once, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he added 10+ catches for over 100 yards either.
Keenan Allen ($6,900), WR San Diego Chargers at Buffalo
Allen has had a pedestrian start to the year, but I’m not putting the entire blame on him. In his first two games, he has seen arguably the NFL’s two best cornerbacks in Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson. Still, Allen’s 15 targets only trail Eddie Royal (16) and Antonio Gates (17) on the team, and he is second on the team in receiving yards and receptions, trailing only Gates. Facing more average corners this week in Buffalo could spell for a breakout game for Allen. I like him as a sneaky GPP and 50/50 play this week with a lot of upside.
Steve Smith ($6,200), WR Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland
Steve Smith of all people is leading the Ravens in receiving yards (189), targets (25!), and receptions (13) through two weeks. While Torrey Smith would be a candidate for a breakout game this week after receiving no targets in the passing game last week against the Steelers, I expect Joe Haden to be covering him, which will lead to even more looks for Smith. I think that this game will be close enough for Smith to put up great numbers. I like Smith as a cheap punt option in 50/50 leagues and GPP tournaments alike.
Andrew Hawkins ($5,300), WR Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore
Brian Hoyer has to throw to someone, right? The Browns’ leader in targets, receptions, and yards will look to improve on a nice start to the season against a Ravens defense that is currently allowing an average of 19 fantasy points a game to opposing receivers. There are rumors that Jordan Cameron will be coming back this week, which could eat into Hawkins’ targets, but I don’t think it will damper his value too much. I think that Hawkins is a great play in GPPs this week, but I would look to go cheaper at other positions in 50/50 leagues before turning to him.