WR1: Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins ($6,700)
Jaylen Waddle has been the clear-cut second receiver to Tyreek Hill in the Miami Dolphins passing attack, yet he is still the overall WR7 in PPR scoring. That shows just how explosive this Dolphins offense can be, especially with Tua Tagovailoa back in the lineup. Waddle’s elite speed and separation ability make him an easy target for Tua, or whoever else is throwing the ball for Miami.
Waddle and the Dolphins take on the Detroit Lions in Week 8. This lineup already includes Mostert, but adding another Dolphin against a horrible defense isn’t too bad of an idea. Waddle has proven this year that he has weekly overall WR1 upside. If he gets that this week, it’d be a home run for the lineup.
WR2: Chris Olave, New Orleans Saints ($6,000)
With Breece Hall tearing his ACL, this now puts Saints’ rookie stud Chris Olave in the driver’s seat for offensive rookie of the year. He has more receiving yards (495) than CeeDee Lamb, Tee Higgins, and D.K. Metcalf — all guys who were drafted way ahead of him in August.
Olave gets a matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders, who allow the 10th-most fantasy points to wide receivers so far in 2022. These teams are about equal, so it will be a competitive game. With Michael Thomas apparently unable to stay healthy anymore, Olave will continue to operate as the Saints’ WR1 and he’ll see the appropriate volume as well.
WR3: DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers ($5,300)
DJ Moore finally showed signs of life last week, catching 7-of-10 targets for 69 yards and an impressive touchdown. It seems like he’s the new focal point of the Panthers’ passing attack with Christian McCaffrey now in San Francisco. P.J. Walker remaining the starter is also the best-case scenario for Moore.
Moore gets a dream matchup to continue his hopeful resurgence against the Atlanta Falcons, who allow the most fantasy points per game to wide receivers who may have just lost their stud cornerback A.J. Terrell to a short-term hamstring injury. Moore is an intriguing play this week.