With six teams on bye in Week 7, finding a reliable starting wide receiver for your fantasy football lineup can be challenging; who is the better play this week, Gabe Davis or Joshua Palmer? Let’s find out.
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Gabe Davis’ Fantasy Outlook This Week
Davis’ targets, catches, and yards have fluctuated all season, but what hasn’t is his touchdown production. Davis has a touchdown in four of his last five games this season, only missing on the weird New York Giants game. Davis has historically been the epitome of a high-ceiling and low-floor player, but the floor has not been so low this year.
I dare say Davis is bordering on consistency and is good for 4-8 catches for good yardage and a 67% chance at a touchdown this season. Davis faces the New England Patriots dumpster fire this week, who are the 14th-ranked team against fantasy wide receivers.
Davis is ranked as our site’s 31st wide receiver, and that feels right to me. In a middle-of-the-road matchup against a divisional foe, I see Davis as a WR3 with WR2 upside.
Joshua Palmer’s Fantasy Outlook This Week
Tell me if you’ve heard this narrative before: Mike Williams gets hurt, so it’s time that Palmer steps up as the Chargers’ WR2 next to Keenan Allen. We have been there and done that, but Palmer has never stepped up.
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This year may be different, albeit in a small sample size; Palmer has averaged 7.5 catches and 68.5 yards per game in the two games since Williams went down this year. Palmer faces the Chiefs this week, the seventh-ranked defense against fantasy wide receivers, and I believe the trend continues. I see Palmer with eight catches and 70 yards as a realistic possibility in a good game script.
Which Wide Receiver Should You Start
In the Pro Football Network Start/Sit Optimizer, PFN’s Consensus Rankings say that Josh Palmer is the player to start. His projected 10.9 points include a projection of 49.9 receiving yards, 4.7 receptions, and 0.2 touchdowns. That doesn’t seem like a big stat line, but it outperforms the consensus projection for Gabe Davis (10.3 points).
My ranking for these two wide receivers aligns with the consensus as I see Palmer as more necessary for his offense and likely to get double-digit targets. Still, I can see a situation where Davis would be the preferred player if you need upside against a daunting fantasy opponent.
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