Wide Receivers with Drastic Week 10 Salary Decreases

Keenan Allen, Jordy Nelson, Kelvin Benjamin, and Will Fuller have all seen their salaries drop drastically across the industry for week 10. Who should you be playing, and who should you be avoiding. 

BJ VanderWoude: Keenan Allen, Jordy Nelson, Kelvin Benjamin, and Will Fuller V have all seen their salaries drop drastically across the industry for week 10. Are these receivers great value for GPP's considering their cheap salaries and high upside, or do their salaries represent their true value? Would you consider any of them viable cash game options? 

James Brimacombe: Keenan Allen has a tough matchup against the stout Jaguars pass defense, Jordy Nelson has little quarterback help to get him the ball and gets an underrated Bears defense, Kelvin Benjamin is in a brand-new system and could potentially be eased into the lineup, Will Fuller V has Tom Savage getting him the ball and on 8 targets last week only caught 2 passes. I think it will be a hard pass on all four of these players for me as I will look for value elsewhere with a Marvin Jones Jr, Demaryius Thomas, or JuJu Smith-Schuster who all offer plenty of big play ability but also have a safe floor.

Justin Bonnema: What James said. I’m not into really any of those guys. I will maybe consider Will Fuller V since I fully expect the Rams to throttle the Texans, and force them into a volume situation where Fuller could see some nice garbage time points. But in general, my exposure will be way low on all four of those guys.

Phil Alexander: I see their value as follows...

Keenan Allen - I keep thinking it's a good idea to exploit ownership by using stud wide receivers vs. Jacksonville's league-best pass defense (DVOA). It hasn't worked yet and after watching A.J. Green literally try to fight his way out of a matchup with Jalen Ramsey last week, it's safe to say the experiment has officially flamed out. If I'm playing any Chargers this week, it will be Hunter Henry and/or Melvin Gordon III.

Jordy Nelson- Brett Hundley has ruined him. Even at $5,300 (DraftKings), a 3x salary multiple is at the tippy-top of his range of outcomes. Chicago's top-10 pass defense doesn't help.

Kelvin Benjamin - We've seen several big-name wide receivers take time to acclimate to new teams after signing as free agents -- with an entire offseason program to get comfortable. How well can we expect Benjamin to fare in his first game with a new team after a mid-season trade? Hard pass until we see how he looks in Buffalo.

Will Fuller V - See Nelson, Jordy. Replace Brett Hundley with Tom Savage.

John Mamula:  I have little to no interest in any of these wide receivers. Keenan Allen has the worst matchup on the slate as the Jaguars are ranked first in pass defense. Jordy Nelson doesn't have a quarterback competent enough to get him the ball. Nelson has 5 receptions for 48 yards COMBINED over the past two games. Will Fuller V had a connection with DeShaun Watson that resulted in seven touchdowns over a four-game stretch. With Tom Savage at quarterback, Fuller's value has all but dried up. Kelvin Benjamin is learning a new offense and has a difficult matchup against the surging Saints defense. These four players are out of consideration for cash games and will make up less than 5% of my GPP portfolio.

Chris Feery:  I also have little interest in any of these four wide receivers for this week. The matchup with the Jaguars makes Keenan Allen an easy fade, while Kelvin Benjamin is too risky until we see how he fits in the Bills offense. Poor quarterback play rules out both Jordy Nelson and Will Fuller V. For cash games, it’s an easy pass on all four. I would consider Benjamin and Fuller as possible contrarian GPP selections, but my exposure would be incredibly limited if I chose to go that route.  

Jason Wood: Let's start with Fuller, he's the easiest to ignore. Fuller was overvalued before DeShaun Watson tore his ACL, thanks to an insane TD/reception rate that was unsustainable regardless of Watson's elite skill set. With Tom Savage at the helm, Fuller is a fringe fantasy commodity, at best. 

Jordy Nelson didn't suddenly become a bad receiver, but Brett Hundley's play has been abysmal. I can't touch the Packers offense while Hundley is under center. Kelvin Benjamin is too risky until we see his role in Buffalo. Even then, the Bills rank 30th in attempts and 30th in passing yards. The target share would have to be massive to justify spending on Benjamin. Last but certainly not least is Keenan Allen. I like Allen a LOT this week in GPPs. Coming off a bye and going against the best pass defense in the NFL, his ownership is going to be minimal. Yet, he remains the best receiver on an offense that can throw in any game script. Allen could win some tournaments for brave owners.

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