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Dede Westbrook Worth Starting In Your Daily Fantasy Lineup?

By Travis Pulver - 7 years ago in Daily Fantasy, NFL News

Dede Westbrook Worth Starting In Your Daily Fantasy Lineup?

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook got some attention a couple of weeks ago when he predicted a 200+ yard day in his NFL debut. While many scoffed at his claim, the possibility was not unrealistic. With his speed (4.3 in the 40-yard dash), it was not hard to imagine him breaking away from coverage and making some big plays.

As it turns out, he caught three of the six passes thrown his way in his debut game for 35 yards. He wasn’t anywhere close to his 200+ yard prediction. Last week he wasn’t much better with six receptions (ten targets) for 41 yards.

A case could easily be made that you should not even think about inserting Westbrook into your daily fantasy lineup. But, at the same time, a pretty compelling case could be made to start him.

The Case

Anyone that runs a 4.3 is bound to break a play wide open sooner than later. So far, he just hasn’t been able to get into open territory much. But he is getting plenty of opportunities. In two games, he has been targeted 16 times, or on 29 percent of the routes, he has run.

To put that into perspective, Antonio Brown has been targeted at the same rate. That tells us that the Jaguars are serious about giving him the chance to make a play. This week, against the Indianapolis Colts, the stage may be set for him to take advantage of those opportunities.

This week, the Colts secondary is going to be down its best player, Rashaan Melvin, and recently released Vontae Davis. Theoretically, it should be even easier to pass on them. Hurns is still injured. Lee had a bad day against Arizona but had been target 32 times in the previous three games. He has also been limited in practice.

Which means….


With the run game floundering in recent weeks, the Jaguars have been forced to lean a little more on the passing game. If they do so again this week, with the injuries to other guys, Westbrook could end up being the No. 1 option going up against a poor pass defense.

This will, of course, make him a very intriguing option for daily fantasy lineups.


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