Upside Wide Receivers For Week 2 GPPs

by Alex Johnson · Upside Plays

Whew. Week 1 was fun, wasn’t it? We had some nice hits with Marquise Brown, Russell Gage, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling having big games. Henry Ruggs even connected on a 45-yard reception that nearly found the end zone before he got banged up. We have more for you this week as we continue to uncover cost-efficient wide receivers who provide massive upside for GPP tournament lineups. These are typically wideouts with high volatility in pass-heavy environments in games projected to produce a lot of points. We’ll use advanced stats and metrics from the PlayerProfiler Data Analysis Tool to identify each player.

Michael Gallup/CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys 

While CeeDee Lamb is more inexpensive, Michael Gallup is the better play this week. He’s still the WR2 in Dallas and has greater big-play upside, but Lamb is still in play for those who want a piece of this offense and want to save a little cash. Lamb played only four fewer snaps and was deployed almost exclusively from the slot. Gallup, on the other hand, caught only three passes for 50 yards against LA. Though his night would have been much greater if not for a controversial interference call that negated a long completion late in the game.

All three Cowboys WRs are good plays against Atlanta in what is expected to be a high-scoring affair. This game has the highest point total over/under of the week and will produce a ton of fantasy points. Atlanta allowed over 300 yards passing in Week 1. It’s a secondary we’ll pick on all season long. We can even run it back with Julio Jones/Calvin Ridley on the Falcons side.

Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts

The breakout is happening. It’s happening (editors note: IT’S HAPPENING!!!). Parris Campbell is healthy and paired with the perfect quarterback for his skillset. He tied T.Y. Hilton for the team lead with nine targets in Week 1, catching six for 71 yards. He also rushed once for nine yards. Philip Rivers attempted 46 passes, which is encouraging for volume, and Campbell is a big play waiting to happen.

Parris Campbell Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

Campbell is priced at $4,500 on Draftkings for a matchup with a vulnerable Vikings secondary that was shredded for 364 yards and four touchdowns in Week 1. The Colts are three-point underdogs in one of the higher over/under games on the slate. It sets up nicely to be another high-volume game for Campbell and the passing attack. He’s one evaded tackle away from a long score and massive fantasy outing.

Scott Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Tom Brady wasn’t exactly great in his Bucs debut, but one thing we can take away from the loss to the Saints is that he and second-year receiver Scott Miller showed good chemistry. Miller caught five of his six targets for 73 yards and rushed once for six yards. He showed his explosiveness on his team-high 37-yard reception. This game has some chalky plays, but playing a fringier guy like Miller will let us get in on this likely shootout without battling high ownership. At $4,100, and with an angry Brady slinging him passes, Miller provides great upside in Week 2. 

Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers 

Mike Williams’ Week 1 was in doubt after he sprained his shoulder in training camp, but the injury didn’t appear to hold him back one bit in the win over Cincinnati. Williams turned his team-high nine targets into four receptions for 69 yards. He was targeted on a number of Deep Balls, accumulating the fourth-most Air Yards of the week, and it was clear LA tried to feed him the ball in the red zone. He almost came down with a late-game touchdown that would have made his fantasy day.

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When identifying wide receivers with GPP-winning upside, we look for guys seeing downfield and red zone targets. That’s Williams’ game all the way. He perfectly fits the mold of a good tournament play. Los Angeles is an 8.5-point home underdog against the league’s best offense, so Game Script should work in his favor. At $4,200 on Draftkings, we won’t find a much better value in Week 2.