FanDuel DFS NFL Week 16 picks and lineup advice: Wide Receiver
Cooper Kupp ($9800) is the most expensive play on the slate at the wide receiver position, but I am still trying to get him into as many lineups as possible. Due to the plethora of cheap running backs this week, I guarantee you Kupp will be at least 80 percent rostered in cash and 50 percent rostered in tournaments. With the season he is having, you simply can not risk being left in the dust if he puts up a monster game.
Tyreek Hill ($8700) is a sneaky tournament play against an average Steelers secondary if he does come off the COVID list in time, and is a solid pivot off of Kupp.
Finally, Justin Jefferson ($8400) should be in for a big day against a Rams defense that is dealing with COVID and in a game script that should have the Vikings throwing the ball plenty. It is also worth noting Jefferson has been much better at home this season than on the road.
While I would certainly advise trying to squeeze one of those top receivers into your lineups, there are still plenty of strong options at all price point.
Diontae Johnson ($7400) is heavily discounted this week after two poor performances in a row and should be in for his usual heavy workload against a Chiefs team that will likely have the Steelers playing from behind.
Ja’Maar Chase ($7100) has been slumping as of late but gets to face a Ravens team that he torched for 201 yards and a touchdown in their first meeting.
Antonio Brown ($7000) will also be a very popular play as the likely WR1 for the Buccaneers with Godwin and Evans out, and while I will be happy to play along in cash, he is one of my favorite tournament fades as I do not foresee a massive game for Brown fresh off an injury against a tough Panthers defense.
As for some cheaper options, I am a fan of Van Jefferson Jr. ($6300) against the Vikings in tournaments, as he has shown his big-play ability and this Vikings secondary has had a problem with deep balls.
Even cheaper, Emmanuel Sanders ($5600) is in an interesting spot with Gabriel Davis and Cole Beasley on the COVID list. Again, I would only want to play Sanders in a tournament but he has shown his ability to put up monster weeks this year.
Finally, if Hill and Kelce can’t go, Mecole Hardman ($5200) is certainly worth a look, as he should see enough volume to easily pay off his price tag as the Chiefs WR1.