The goal of the Air Yards DFS Value Index is to determine the best “bang for your buck” in daily fantasy. This is accomplished by utilizing a player’s Air Yards and Air Yards Share to create a weighted Air Yards metric. We then compare this metric with each player’s DFS salary to create a Value Score. The best value Air Yards play on the week is always scored with a value of 100. All other players are compared against that player with decreasing value. This list is not a mere recitation of where each player is ranked — a simple machine could do that. This list contextualizes each player’s Value Score to present the top ten Air Yard values in DFS for the week, focusing on players priced at or below $5,500 on DraftKings.
For this week we will highlight two wide receivers on the Air Yards Value Index priced above $5,500 and then focus on the top ten Air Yards Value Plays priced at $5,500 or below on DraftKings.
Terry McLaurin – DK: $7,400
Air Yards Value Score: 100
Air Yards: 1,223 (No. 3 among qualified wide receivers)
Air Yards Share: 45.3-percent (No. 1)
Unrealized Air Yards: 654 (No. 2)
Terry McLaurin makes his season debut on the Air Yards Value Index. He is coming off a game where he failed to crest double digit fantasy points against a exploitable Seattle secondary. While his matchup this week against the Raiders is less appealing, McLaurin should continue to see copious volume in Washington’s offense. He is averaging 111 Air Yards on the season and is tops in the league in Air Yards Share.
Brandin Cooks – DK: $5,900
Air Yards Value Score: 93.79
Air Yards: 986 (No. 15)
Air Yards Share: 42.0-percent (No. 3)
Unrealized Air Yards: 579 (No. 9)
Brandin Cooks is no stranger to the Air Yards Value list making his sixth appearance this season. Since Tyrod Taylor’s return as starter in Week 11, Cooks is averaging 76 Air Yards and seven targets per game. He has finished as a WR2 in two of those three games but is seeing the type of volume that would allow for WR1 finishes. Cooks is a recommended play in all formats against a Colts secondary that has let up some big fantasy performances from multiple wide receivers.
Top-10 Value List
No. 10) Elijah Moore – DK: $5,500
Air Yards Value Score: 35.78
Air Yards: 617 (No. 44)
Air Yards Share: 23.9-percent (No. 51)
Unrealized Air Yards: 335 (No. 35)
Elijah Moore failed to mesh well with Zach Wilson last week scoring his least amount of fantasy points since Week 5. It had been quite a run for the rookie receiver without Wilson in the lineup as he has posted multiple WR1 finishes during that time. There should be no reason why Moore can continue this streak with Wilson throwing him the football. Look for him to rebound this week. Additionally, if Corey Davis is forced to miss the game, Moore’s ceiling raises even higher.
No. 9) Kenny Golladay – DK: $5,000
Air Yards Value Score: 39.02
Air Yards: 540 (No. 50)
Air Yards Share: 27.1-percent (No. 41)
Unrealized Air Yards: 254 (No. 52)
Kenny Golladay‘s inaugural season in New York has been one to forget. He has failed to finish as a WR1 on the week so far this season and is averaging only 7.5 Fantasy Points Per Game. However, Golladay is coming off a seven-target, 95 Air Yard outing, two figures that exceed his season averages in those stats.
One of the few healthy starting skill position players left on the Giants, Golladay should be peppered with Air Yards and targets again this week and should be a budget saving option in cash games despite a tough matchup against a resurgent Miami defense and the looming specter of Mike Glennon as his starting quarterback.
No. 8) Odell Beckham – DK: $5,500
Air Yards Value Score: 40.30
Air Yards: 576 (No. 45)
Air Yards Share: 28.8-percent (No. 34)
Unrealized Air Yards: 308 (No. 42)
Odell Beckham appears fully up to speed on the Rams offense. Last week he posted a 94.8-percent Snap Share, running 39 routes, seeing 10 targets. He finished as the WR9 on the week scoring 19.1 fantasy points. These were all season highs for Beckham. A hip injury has limited him in practice this week and is something to monitor regarding his week 13 availability. Assuming he is able to play, he is a recommended play in all formats.
No. 7) Sammy Watkins – DK: $4,200
Air Yards Value Score: 40.68
Air Yards: 544 (No. 48)
Air Yards Share: 23.5-percent (No. 53)
Unrealized Air Yards: 275 (No. 47)
Sammy Watkins has been in a full blown wide receiver rotation with Rashod Bateman since his return from a soft tissue injury. However, Bateman has vastly outproduced Watkins since the veteran receiver’s return, seeing 10 more targets since Week 10. However, the two receivers have both seen 122 Air Yards during this same time.
Week 12 BAL receivers vs CLE
Brown – 26 routes, 10 tgt, 8-51-0 (68 air yards)
Andrews – 27 routes, 10 tgt, 4-65-1 (106 air)
Bateman – 18 routes, 4 tgt, 4-31-0 (25 air)
Watkins – 15 routes, 1 tgt, 1-8-0 (8 air)
Duvernay – 14 routes, 2 tgt, 1-2-0 (2 air)
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Priced at $500 less than Bateman, Watkins is a contrarian way to get exposure to the Ravens offense that could exploit a sub par Steelers secondary.
No. 6) Bryan Edwards- DK: $3,600
Air Yards Value Score: 44.62
Air Yards: 622 (No. 42)
Air Yards Share: 19.3-percent (No. 60)
Unrealized Air Yards: 338 (No. 34)
Bryan Edwards is what he is at this point in the season. He is low target volume, high average depth of target wide receiver that can occasionally post a boom week.
Edwards should be occasionally sprinkled into tournament entries every week.
No. 5) A.J. Green – DK: $5,000
Air Yards Value Score: 50.49
Air Yards: 689 (No. 37)
Air Yards Share: 27.5-percent (No. 38)
Unrealized Air Yards: 235 (No. 56)
A.J. Green is averaging double-digit Fantasy Points Per Game and is coming off a Week 11 performance in which he saw 103 Air Yards. While some may view the potential return of DeAndre Hopkins to the lineup as something that will stymie Green’s fantasy viability, Green has actually posted better splits with Hopkins in the lineup averaging 11.6 FPPG with Hopkins in the lineup compared to 6.6 fantasy points without Hopkins in the lineup. Green makes for a great cash game option in Week 13.
No. 4) Van Jefferson – DK: $5,300
Air Yards Value Score: 58.11
Air Yards: 875 (No. 23)
Air Yards Share: 26.4-percent (No. 45)
Unrealized Air Yards: 469 (No. 15)
Van Jefferson led the Rams with 170 Air Yards in Week 12. He has also failed to see less than 81 Air Yards the past five games. With this type of usage, Jefferson has the potential to post a WR1 week, a mark he hasn’t hit since week four.
Kupp – 39 routes, 10 tgt, 7-96 (82 air)
OBJ – 39 routes, 10 tgt, 5-81-1 (83 air)
Van Jeff – 40 routes, 9 tgt, 3-93-1 (170 air)
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At only $5,300 Jefferson is the cheapest of the fantasy viable Rams receivers and should be in lineups across all formats regardless of Odell Beckham‘s Week 13 status. He should be viewed as chalk if Beckham is forced to sit.
No. 3) Devante Parker – DK: $3,900
Air Yards Value Score: 66.04
Air Yards: 502 (No. 54)
Air Yards Share: 38.4-percent (No. 10)
Unrealized Air Yards: 235 (No. 56)
Devante Parker looks to return in Week 13 after missing the past five weeks. He should slide back into a very fantasy friendly role on the Dolphins offense as he has averaged 100 Air Yards per game and 12.7 fantasy points per game. If Parker is taken off the IR in time for Week 13, he is a must play in all formats in light of being priced under $4,000.
No. 2) Corey Davis – DK: $4,900
Air Yards Value Score: 66.88
Air Yards: 725 (No. 32)
Air Yards Share: 33.9-percent (No. 22)
Unrealized Air Yards: 360 (No. 30)
Corey Davis aggravated his groin in practice last week and was unable to get healthy for the Jets’ Week 12 game. He has yet to practice this week but reportedly feels better. Assuming he is able to play, Davis would a recommended play in all formats as he is averaging 90 Air Yards per game on the year as well as double digit fantasy points.
No. 1) Marvin Jones – DK: $4,700
Air Yards Value Score: 78.61
Air Yards: 899 (No. 20)
Air Yards Share: 30.8-percent (No. 26)
Unrealized Air Yards: 447 (No. 18)
Marvin Jones hasn’t posted more than double digits fantasy points since Week 6 when he finished as the WR9 posting 23 fantasy points. However he has averaged over 6 targets per game and seen at least 50 Air Yards per game since this time. With the Jaguars likely playing catchup against a high powered Ram offense, Jones makes for a great run-back option in Week 13 if you are stacking Rams in your tournament lineup.