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NFL DFS Wide Receivers On The Rise In 2020

Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers

The South Carolina product may not have been one to the top NFL picks in the draft, but this guy sure plays like it. Samuel was a second-round selection by the San Francisco 49ers in 2019 and as a rookie, Deebo Samuel lit things up with 57 catches, 961 rushing and receiving yards, including six touchdowns over 15 games. It appears as though Kyle Shanahan has found the right ways to utilize the big wide out, as he logged a rushing attempt in each of his last five regular-season contests. He also logged carries in each of San Francisco’s three playoff games, too.

In three of Samuel’s last eight regular-season games, he logged 100-yard receiving performances. With Emmanuel Sanders out of the picture, he’s the top receiver on the depth chart. George Kittle and their terrific run game should ease any special defensive looks against Samuel. He ranked tied for 33rd in DYAR among wide outs last season.

Will Fuller V – Houston Texans

With DeAndre Hopkins being traded to the Arizona Cardinals, in comes Brandin Cooks. Even with Cooks being the most talented wide out on the team, Will Fuller V has the most chemistry with Deshaun Watson, as the two have played three seasons together. Fuller V’s health is always a question, which could lower his ownership on a weekly-basis and make him even more valuable.

In 11 games last season, Fuller V caught 49 passes for 670 yards and three touchdowns. In 2018, Fuller V caught 32 passes for 503 yards and four touchdowns (seven contests). These are two-consecutive seasons that the wide out could have gone for 1,000 yards had he been healthy. The former first-round selection ran a 4.33 40-yard dash in the 2016 NFL Combine. Hopkins’ 150 targets from last season will need to be spread around. Expect Fuller V to see plenty of those. The NFL odds are pointing towards a big year for Fuller so be sure to remember you saw it here first.

T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts

The 30-year-old T.Y. Hilton still has some gas left in the tank. Things weren’t so hot from a fantasy standpoint with Jacoby Brissett last season, as the team ran the ball constantly. The team should still run the ball in 2020 with a new running back and an aging quarterback, but the outlook for Hilton is much better.

In 2019, Hilton played in just 10 games, had 45 receptions for 501 yards, and five touchdowns. Just a year prior, Hilton had 76 catches for 1,270 yards and six touchdowns with Andrew Luck at the helm. Luck’s yardage total in 2018 was very similar to Philip Rivers’ in 2019. In fact, Hilton ranked seventh-best in DYAR and sixth-best in DVOA in 2018 with Luck. Hilton could be slept on early in DFS. Steal him for cheap while you can. The same could be said about second-year wide out, Parris Campbell.

Allen Lazard – Green Bay Packers
With the Green Bay Packers passing on a loaded wide out draft and signing just Devin Funchess in the offseason, the door is wide open for Allen Lazard to make a name for himself. Lazard played in all 16 games for Green Bay last season and caught 35-of-52 targets for 477 yards and three scores. A massive 24 of his 35 catches resulted in a first down. Maybe Aaron Rodgers trusts Lazard more than we know.

Davante Adams will continue to dominate targets, but defenses could decide to double or shade a safety in his direction. This opens the door for Lazard. Rodgers can only force the ball to Adams so often. With the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles on their schedule, it’s pretty clear that Green Bay’s passing offense will need to step up. Lazard should be the top beneficiary.

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