Week 9 WR Sleepers and Landmines
Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will bring you a few sleepers and landmines for each position. Our sleeper picks could be on your waiver wire or a low-priced DFS target or could simply be going overlooked this week. On the other hand, our landmine players are getting attention, too much attention. These are players we feel are being overvalued and overpriced and would avoid for this week.
Tre’Quan Smith $4,200
Despite some meager stat lines over the past few games, Saints rookie WR Tre’Quan Smith is clearly serving as the team’s second wideout and lands in an ideal situation. The Saints face the Rams in what should be a very high-scoring game on the turn in New Orleans. Smith has been drawing nearly 20% of the targets from QB Drew Brees and in this game, that could equate to double-digit looks. – Ryan McDowell
D.J. Moore $4,300
We have seen flashes at points from Moore this season and last week he had the best game of his rookie campaign thus far with five receptions for 90 yards and a nice 18 yards per reception average. In week eight he had his career highs in snaps, routes, and targets which means not only is he settling in but the coaching staff has gotten comfortable with him. It’s week nine I don’t need to tell you how bad the Bucs pass defense has been I’ll just throw in that number two wide receivers over the last five weeks have scored over eight points above their average when facing a Tampa Bay. – Sal Leto
Courtland Sutton $4,900
Sutton is sure to be a popular DFS play this weekend, and a comfortable play in many season-long lineups. At this price, however, he is worth mentioning. Sutton’s flashed big-play chops and the departure of Demaryius Thomas opens up 7.5 targets per game. Denver has raved about Sutton since the preseason, and it is clear he has some level of rapport with Case Keenum given he has managed 37 targets on the season behind Denver’s two top receivers. Beyond being a sound play, Sutton is simply an exciting one, and this hobby is supposed to be fun. Fire him up against a Houston defense which has been capable against the pass but has really only been pressed by the Patriots and Colts.– Rob Willette
Tyreek Hill $8,100
After suffering an early-game groin injury in Week Eight, Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill struggled through a subpar game and is now iffy to even play this week against the Browns. Obviously, if Hill does suit up, we can’t expect him to be at 100% and for a player who relies so heavily on his speed and elusiveness to rack up fantasy points, that could be a problem. Finally, Hill will likely be matched up with rookie stud Denzel Ward. That’s not a deal-breaker for an opposing wideout but it’s not an ideal situation either. – Ryan McDowell
Keenan Allen $7,700
Had a friend ask me a start-sit question yesterday for his flex and It was Cooper Kupp or Demaryius Thomas, he then rolls his eyes and says oh I also have Keenan Allen. Allen was an afterthought to him. That’s how mediocre he’s been. After 100 yards and a touchdown in week one, he hasn’t had either since. With the big play ability of both Tyrell and Mike Williams as well as Melvin Gordon’s emergence in the passing game Allen has become a questionable start. This brings up the matchup against a good Seattle secondary that has held opponents top wide receiver to seven points below their normal average. Looks like more pedestrian numbers for Keenan. – Sal Leto
Tyler Lockett $6,600
It has been a magical run for Tyler Lockett. Long an underutilized asset, Lockett has sprung to life with six receiving touchdowns thus far in 2018, operating as a big play machine for the Seahawks and Russell Wilson. Much has been made about touchdown-regression being expected to hit for Wilson, and there is a strong probability it hits for Lockett, too. Lockett has only seen 10 targets over the past three weeks and there all of a sudden a lot of mouths to feed in Seattle with David Moore emerging and Doug Baldwin still demanding looks. Seattle has become a run-heavy team with little interest in airing it out, and you’re banking on Lockett’s touchdown flair continuing if you’re rolling him out this week. It is tempting to ride the hot streak, and I like Lockett’s talent, but this simply cannot be sustained. – Rob Willette
Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.