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Happy Week 1 of the 2015 NFL season, It’s finally here. We have waited the whole off-season and made it through the preseason. Today we are going to go over some WRs that could surprise for Week 1 and some that we will totally want to avoid.

The wide receiver position is clearly the best position to find values, in my opinion. Think about if the starting WR is out of the game, we will always know from the head coach who is filling in for that player. Let’s face it, the WR pool is also very deep.

On the flip side of the coin it’s usually a little easier to find out which WR probably won’t have such a great week.

Whether it’s the defense they are facing that particular week or a particular DB they are facing. It’s always important to look at all factors when selecting a WR.

Let’s get to the value receivers and the receivers to avoid in Week 1.


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Six WR Value Plays

Golden Tate, Detroit Lions ($7,100 FD)

Now that Calvin Johnson is healthy, Golden Tate should be facing a lesser CB week in and week out and Matthew Stafford is in his second year of this offense, which should mean big things for Tate. Not to mention that the Lions go up against a San Diego Chargers team that should be able to put up some points against the Lions weak defense which should lead to a high scoring game.

John Brown, Arizona Cardinals ($6,000 FD)

John Brown put up good numbers in his rookie season and did that with a second and third string QB. Now that Carson Palmer is back at QB and the Cardinals are facing the Saints, all the signs point to this being a high scoring game. Brown could see a lot of targets with the Saints defense focusing on Larry Fitzgerald.

Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers ($5,500 FD)

This looks too easy. Take Jordy Nelson out and put Adams in to the high powered Packers offense. Not to mention he’s facing a questionable Bears defense. It’s like fishing with dynamite.

Reuben Randle, New York Giants ($5,300 FD)

Victor Cruz had a season ending injury last year and in his absence, Randle shined before Odell Beckham Jr. exploded onto the scene. Now that defenses know about Beckham, defensive coordinators will do whatever it takes to take him out of the game and this should benefit Randle.

Eddie Royal, Chicago Bears ($5,000 FD)

Brandon Marshall was traded to the New York Jets, Alshon Jeffery is hurt and hasn’t practiced since August 12. Even if Jeffery plays, I can still see Royal get 5-8 targets in a shootout vs the Packers. Royal also has a nose for the end zone as he showed the past two years in San Diego by putting up 15 TDs in 31 games.

Steve Johnson, San Diego Chargers ($4,700 FD)

Johnson spent last year in San Francisco with Colin Kaepernick as his QB and a crowded WR corps. Now that Johnson moved south to San Diego, his NFL career might have a renaissance with gun slinger Phillip Rivers as his QB. Throw in the fact that Antonio Gates is suspended for the first four games. Johnson had four catches for 63 yards in the third preseason game and should man the slot the first few weeks with Gates out and Royal moving on to Chicago.


Six WRs to Avoid

Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears ($8,400 FD)

Jeffery hasn’t practiced since August 12 due to a calf injury. Even if Jeffery can give it a go in Week 1, with Brandon Marshall gone, Jeffery will be going up against a solid cover corner in Sam Shields. It doesn’t add up to a good week.

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($8,300 FD)

Evans also has missed time due to an injury and with a rookie QB throwing him the ball, don’t expect a strong outing.

Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons ($7,600 FD)

White had a minor procedure on his elbow a few weeks ago and had fluid drained from his knee back in June. He is scheduled to return to practice in a limited capacity and he could play in Week 1. I would avoid White until he proves he is healthy and besides, there are better and healthier options in the same price range.

Victor Cruz, New York Giants ($6,300 FD)

The Giants say Cruz will not even practice this week and the Giants medical staff doesn’t even want him to start jogging. Cruz says he will play in Week 1. Even if he his able to suit up, I can’t see Cruz having much success against a weak Cowboys secondary because Cruz depends on his speed to be successful. STAY FAR AWAY!!!!

Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans ($5,800 FD)

Wright is the Titans No. 1 WR and you would think that Marcus Mariota would be looking to get him the ball. Now I don’t doubt that Wright will catch a few balls, but Fanduel doesn’t reward points for catches and I don’t see Wright finding the end zone vs the Buccaneers defense. Therefore, I would pass and look for a player who has a better chance for scoring a touchdown.

Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints ($5,500 FD) 

I know with Jimmy Graham gone, the Saints are going to need someone to take over those red zone targets. Cooks will be the No. 1 WR now and Brandon Coleman has the size and potential to push Colston for targets and red zone looks as well.

Have a great first week of Daily Fantasy Football and enjoy!!

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