5 Wide Receivers on OwnersBox This Week
It’s week 4 of the NFL season. We are beginning to understand what to expect from various teams in National Football League. Some wide receivers are receiving more utilization while others haven’t been on the field enough. Let’s sift through the mud and find some players that you need to start this week. More importantly, let’s find some value at the wide receiver position that can help you finish in the payout zone this week on OwnersBox.
Bryan Edwards ($4100) vs Los Angeles Chargers
The Las Vegas Raiders have been throwing the ball all over the field through the first 3 weeks. Derek Carr has thrown for 379.7 yards per game, ranking 1st in the NFL. Bryan Edwards has racked up 210 yards in the process but has yet to have an explosive fantasy performance. But the underlying numbers are there to tell us that the sophomore is bound to breakout.
Edwards leads Raiders wide receivers in routes run and is running a route on 76% of Derek Carr dropbacks. Not only is he out the field plenty but he’s also top-20 in the NFL in both yards after the catch per reception and average depth of target. Edwards has been out there and he’s seeing valuable targets. A matchup against the Chargers is the perfect recipe for opportunity as the Raiders rank 1st in plays per game while the Chargers rank 7th. Go get Bryan Edwards at a very efficient price this week on OwnersBox.
Robby Anderson ($4900) vs Dallas Cowboys
It cannot be understated what is being left with Christian McCaffrey’s absence. He had a 22% target share and ran a route on 60% of dropbacks through 2 weeks. There is a lot of opportunity available to Panthers pass catchers until the former Stanford Cardinal returns. Chuba Hubbard can step in and replace McCaffrey but Anderson’s role should be elevated.
In a matchup against Dallas this week I expect Anderson to be the beneficiary, not Moore. Trevon Diggs has been fantastic so far this season, shutting down both Mike Evans and Devonta Smith in 2 of the first 3 weeks. I’d expect DJ Moore to be running routes with Diggs stapled on him all night long. Other then Diggs this Cowboys secondary can be had, so I’m looking at the second option as the go to this week.
Jakobi Meyers ($5000) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Meyers has not received the proper price bump on OwnersBox with the absence of James White for the foreseeable future. Meyers is top-10 in the NFL among wide receivers in targets. His route participation is at 96% so far this season and was 98% this past week. This is Mac Jones most reliable target and it is even further proven on third down. In 3rd/4th down passing attempts Meyers owns a 29% target share.
In a game that the Patriots are 7-point underdogs I expect Meyers to receive upwards of 10 targets. The Bucs are banged up as well in the secondary, with the week 1 injury of Murphy-Bunting and the status of Jamel Dean up in the air. Meyers is an excellent floor play, touchdowns are difficult to predict in this offense but with Meyers target share it’s only a matter of time till he finds the endzone.
Tim Patrick ($5100) vs Baltimore Ravens
People see the purple and gold of the Baltimore Ravens and they expect to see an elite defense. That just isn’t the case anymore. The Ravens pass rush is completely non-existent as they rank 27th in the NFL in sack rate. The secondary also has a coverage grade of 48.4 per PFF, the sixth lowest mark in the league. Losing Marcus Peters has tested the depth of the Ravens defense and it’s reared it’s ugly head through the first few weeks.
As a result of this Ravens defense, I want to attack the Broncos pass catchers in this matchup. Patrick should have ample opportunity with KJ Hamler going down for the season. He leads the Broncos in redzone receptions thanks to a 46% target share inside the 20-yard line. Patrick should avoid the only good part of the Ravens defense, Marlon Humphrey, so at his price he’s an enticing option.
Allen Robinson ($5800) vs Detroit Lions
Speaking of bad defenses against the pass, the Lions could really help out this depressing Bears offense. It seems as though Matt Nagy will be going back to Andy Dalton this week as well. Everyone is writing this team off at home here and I’m happy to zig when everyone zags.
Robinson has proven that he can flourish regardless of the quarterback so I’d be playing him no matter the final call from Nagy at QB. There is nobody in the Detroit secondary that is experienced enough to handle the Bears top wide receiver. Robinson owns a 26% target share and is an essential piece to the success of the Bears offense. Don’t be afraid to include him in your lineup as his price has taken a significant hit.