In Week 16, the main DraftKings slate features 12 games and in order to help navigate your roster options, I’ll provide some data points for two or three players at each position that have the potential to return value over their salary implied totals.
Before reviewing some of the possible roster options for this weekend, there’s just a couple of quick notes beforehand.
All data and statistics included in this article are provided courtesy of FantasyData.com. All points allowed, points scored, and pricing is based on DraftKings (DK) data. In addition, all positional rankings and rankings for points allowed to each position is based on a points per game basis.
With that bit of housekeeping out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the fantasy relevant wide receivers on Sunday.
Robert Woods, $6600 (WR16)
Los Angeles Rams @ Arizona – Game Total 44 (LAR -14)
If you are in the market for a mid-priced receiving option on Sunday, you might want to take a look at Robert Woods. The Cardinals typically play quite a bit of zone coverage which leaves stud cornerback Patrick Peterson to play on the outside. Since Cooper Kupp went on injured reserve, Woods has primarily lined up in the slot and this should help him avoid coverage from Peterson.
On the season, Woods is averaging 5.6 receptions on 8.6 targets, 79.0 receiving yards, 0.4 receiving touchdowns, and 17.3 DK points per game. In addition, over the past four weeks he has received a total of 41 targets (10.25 per game) and has been the Rams most consistent pass catcher this season.
At present, the Cardinals are allowing the 11th fewest DK points to opposing wide receivers at 36.2 per game. Despite this ranking, they have allowed several large games to opposing wide receivers. This group includes Brandin Cooks (25.9), Trent Taylor (19.1), Adam Thielen (32.3), Emmanuel Sanders (30.32), Tyreek Hill (35.7), Keenan Allen (20.2), Davante Adams (23.3), and Julio Jones (20.2).
Davante Adams, $8500 (WR1)
Green Bay @ New York Jets – Game Total 46.5 (GB -2.5)
When the topic of the league’s best wide receivers comes up, you usually hear names like Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, Adam Thielen, Michael Thomas, and Odell Beckham among others. However, through the first fifteen games of this season, Davante Adams is scoring the most DraftKings points per game at 22.9. Even though he consistently puts up solid fantasy production week-in and week-out, it doesn’t seem like he quite gets the recognition he truly deserves as one of the game’s best wide receivers.
Although there was some speculation earlier this week that Aaron Rodgers might not play this weekend, current reports suggest he will suit up on Sunday which bolsters the likelihood that Adams will be able to continue his top-level fantasy production. Through the first fourteen games, Adams is averaging 7.1 receptions, 10.8 targets, 93.9 receiving yards, 0.86 touchdowns, and 22.9 DK points per game. In addition, Adams has scored at least 16.0 DK points in every contest and has scored 19.5 or more in ten of the Packers fourteen games. Adams has also scored the second most receiving touchdowns on the year with 12.
On Sunday, Adams will have the opportunity to keep his hot streak going against a Jets defense that is allowing the 2nd most DK points to opposing wide receivers. This season, they have allowed 20.0 or more DK points to Kenny Golladay (21.4), Golden Tate (20.9), Jarvis Landry (23.3), Dede Westbrook (25.1), Donte Moncrief (24.9), Demaryius Thomas (24.5), Adam Thielen (29.0), Zay Jones (23.3), Robert Foster (20.4) and DeAndre Hopkins (42.0).
Dante Pettis, $4300 (WR60)
San Francisco vs Chicago – Game Total 42.5 (CHI -4)
The San Francisco 49ers have had their fair share of injuries this year, but when it comes to fantasy football, injuries sometimes create opportunities for previously unknown players to step up and perform. Dante Pettis falls into that category this season.
Although his season long averages don’t stand out, due to all the injuries to the 49ers wide receiver corps, Pettis has been on a tear the past four weeks.
Over this four game stretch, Pettis has averaged 4.3 receptions on 6.5 targets, 84.5 receiving yards, 1.0 touchdown, and 19.5 DK points per game. Due to his solid play, he is starting to get noticed by the fantasy football community, but casual players may lay off of him this week due to a perceived difficult matchup with the Chicago Bears. While the Bears defense has certainly been solid this year, they are allowing the 11th most points DK points to wide receivers this season at 39.1 per game. In addition, they have allowed at least one receiver to score 16.0 or more DK points in ten of their fourteen games.