In this piece, I highlight wide receivers who stand out in our large suite of analytical fantasy tools, most specifically, our FantasyLabs Player Models. While the models are built for DFS contests, this is an all-purpose fantasy article with actionable information for all formats.
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Top NFL DFS Wide Receiver Picks in the FantasyLabs Models
On DraftKings, there is one wide receiver near the top of the Sean Koerner, Chris Raybon, Cash Game, and Tournament Player Models.
- Ja’Marr Chase
We’ll discuss why he is popping in our models, as well as take a look at some other wide receivers.
Top Model NFL DFS Wide Receiver Picks
Ja’Marr Chase ($7,600 DraftKings, $8,600 FanDuel): Cincinnati Bengals (+1.5) at Kansas City Chiefs (48 total)
Ja’Marr Chase extended his touchdown streak to a third straight game, and he has now found pay dirt in five of his last six games and has found the end zone nine times in his last nine games.
He started the game hot last week but cooled off in the second half en route to 17.4 DraftKings points. He caught five of eight targets for 61 yards and a touchdown and had a three-yard carry.
Chase has had solid production against Kansas City, with stat lines of 7/97/0, 6/54/1, and a monstrous 11/266/3 in his last three matchups against Kansas City. Opposing wide receivers have ravaged Kansas City all year, as they’ve allowed the sixth-most DraftKings points to opposing receivers, and no team has allowed more receiving touchdowns to opposing WR1s on the year than Kansas City.
Chase has a ceiling that few can match, and he leads the position in Projected Plus/Minus and Points/Salary, while being the top receiver in all four of our models this weekend.
Other Notable NFL DFS Wide Receiver Picks
A.J. Brown ($7,000 DraftKings, $8,000 FanDuel): Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5) vs. San Francisco 49ers (46.5 total)
There was limited passing volume for Philadelphia last week as they cruised to an easy victory over the Giants. Brown caught three of six targets for 22 yards. He sustained a hip injury during the game but wasn’t even listed on Philadelphia’s first injury report this week.
San Francisco has faced a lot of passing volume this season as they’re a heavy pass-funnel defense. They’ve surrendered the fifth-most DraftKings points to opposing wide receivers on the year. San Francisco just got tortured by CeeDee Lamb, as he hauled in ten balls for 117 yards. Brown should have some success against this secondary.
Devonta Smith ($6,800 DraftKings, $7,700 FanDuel): Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5) vs. San Francisco 49ers (46.5 total)
Devonta Smith is certainly catching up to A.J. Brown and has at least solidified himself as the 1B of this offense. Smith caught six of 10 targets last week for 61 yards in a touchdown to continue his hot streak as of late. He’s averaged 21.69 DraftKings points over his last seven games, with a high floor and flashing an impressive ceiling with a 34.3-point performance in Week 16 against Dallas. San Francisco has been beaten up by opposing wide receivers, and if they try their best to take away A.J. Brown, Smith should have no problem beating this secondary.
Deebo Samuel ($5,700 DraftKings, $7,000 FanDuel): San Francisco 49ers (+2.5) at Philadelphia Eagles (46.5 total)
Deebo Samuel had a pedestrian game last week after his 31.5-point explosion in the Wild Card Round. He caught four of seven targets for 45 yards and carried the ball four times for 11 yards. He’s a massive part of San Francisco’s offense, and his explosiveness and diverse usage make him a big play waiting to happen.
Samuel’s targets come close to the line of scrimmage, and he only plays about half of his snaps on the boundary, which allows him to avoid the strengths of this defense. With San Francisco consistently scheming ways to get him the ball, we can expect him to have a solid game despite the difficult matchup.
JuJu Smith-Schuster ($4,700 DraftKings, $6,100 FanDuel): Kansas City Chiefs (-1.5) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (48 total)
JuJu Smith-Schuster had a pedestrian outing last week, which has been the outcome for Kansas City wide receivers all season long. He caught just two balls for 29 yards. He’s still the safest bet to produce, as he ran a route on 87.2% of team dropbacks last week, with no other receiver topping 66.7%. Cincinnati has allowed the seventh-fewest DraftKings points to opposing receivers, but Smith-Schuster may have more room to produce this week as the Bengals’ attention will likely be placed on Kelce.