by Will Overton
It’s Week 14 and you’re either starting your playoffs or this is your last chance to earn your spot before they start next week. Either way, this is a potentially huge week and you need the best lineup possible. To help with that let’s get to breaking down the Top 50 Wide Receivers of the week:
- Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore
- A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Chicago
- DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. San Francisco
- Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Washington
- Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans
- Brandin Cooks – New England Patriots @ Miami
- Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta
- Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals vs. Tennessee
- Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland
- Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit
- Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina
- Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys @ NY Giants
- Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles @ LA Rams
- DaVante Adams – Green Bay Packers @ Cleveland
- Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions @ Tampa Bay
- Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City
- Robby Anderson – New York Jets @ Denver
- Josh Gordon – Cleveland Browns vs. Green Bay
- Golden Tate – Detroit Lions @ Tampa Bay
- Sterling Shepherd – New York Giants vs. Dallas
- Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks @ Jacksonville
- Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers vs. Minnesota
- Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins @ LA Chargers
- Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins vs. New England
- Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos vs. NY Jets
- Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina
- Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams vs. Philadelphia
- DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit
- T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Buffalo
- Nelson Agholor – Philadelphia Eagles @ LA Rams
- Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos vs. NY Jets
- Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers @ Houston
- Marquise Lee – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Seattle
- DaVante Parker – Miami Dolphins vs. New England
- Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans
- Ted Ginn Jr – New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta
- Sammy Watkins – Los Angeles Rams vs. Philadelphia
- Danny Amendola – New England Patriots @ Miami
- Rishard Matthews – Tennessee Titans @ Arizona
- Corey Coleman – Cleveland Browns vs. Green Bay
- Jermaine Kearse – New York Jets @ Denver
- Martavis Bryant – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore
- Josh Doctson – Washington Redskins @ LA Chargers
- Mike Wallace – Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh
- Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Seattle
- Kenny Stills – Miami Dolphins vs. New England
- Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans @ Arizona
- Jeremy Maclin – Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh
- Paul Richardson – Seattle Seahawks @ Jacksonville
- Zay Jones – Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis
- The injury to Deshaun Watson put a significant dent in the Texans season, but it hasn’t killed DeAndre Hopkins fantasy value the way many expected. Hopkins is up to six straight games with 75 yards or more receiving. In half-point PPR scoring leagues he has failed to reach double digits in scoring one time. Tom Savage is a really bad quarterback, but he’s very reliant on Hopkins and so the fantasy goodness has kept on coming and it shouldn’t stop this week against the 49ers.
- Speaking of bad QB’s relying on good, consistent WR, let’s talk about Larry Fitzgerald. The 34 year old wideout is still churning out big time performances regularly. Two weeks ago Fitzgerald got Jalen Ramsey’d and was held to three catches and 12 yards. Take that game away and he has 29 catches in his three games with 90 yards or more in each and 2 TD total. Good news this week, Tennessee doesn’t have a Ramsey and so I think we can expect another big game from Fitzgerald who will continue to get a lot of targets from Blaine Gabbert.
- After essentially missing the last two games after his fight with Aqib Talib, the Raiders get their number one wideout back in Michael Crabtree and for fantasy owners this is pretty good timing. The Raiders could very well be without Amari Cooper again and the Chiefs have been getting sliced and diced like crazy lately. The Jets lit up the Chiefs secondary last weekend and this is a prime opportunity for Crabtree to remind us that he’s still a Top 20 WR.
- The long awaited return of Josh Gordon happened last Sunday and the payoff was pretty nice for those who had been stashing him, and I think things may only get better. He was targeted 11 times in the game, finishing up with four catches and 85 yards. The catch rate wasn’t great, but it is Deshone Kizer throwing the ball. Still, if he’s getting double digit targets good things are going to happen because anytime he touches the ball he’s got a shot to break a big one. Gordon is already back in my Top 20 and might be there to stay.
- Things started to drop off for Nelson Agholor, but he is now coming off two straight weeks with a TD. He really blew up last week against the Seahawks with seven grabs for 141 yards and a TD. Agholor has been a consistent red zone option all year for Carson Wentz. The potential absence of Zach Ertz would only go to enhance the number of looks for Agholor inside the 20 and increase the likelihood of his scoring and keeping the TD streak going.
- I can’t blame anyone for giving up on DeVante Parker after two weeks where he has just one catch in each game for 5 yards each time. The thought was that the return of Jay Cutler last week would get him back on track, but it didn’t happen against the Broncos despite the Dolphins 35 points. I do believe in the talent and that Cutler’s style fits Parker’s skills as well. The Patriots aren’t allowing many points these days, but they do still give up yards and Parker likely won’t be their main focus on defense.
- Opportunity knocks this week for Martavis Bryant against the Baltimore Ravens with JuJu Smith-Schuster on the sidelines with a suspension. Ben Roethlisberger seems to be hitting his stride and Bryant should be on the field for most of this game. Bryant has had four catches each of the last two weeks, which is a good sign, and he should be able to get it done again. He isn’t someone you are excited to play, but he is a nice high upside play based on his ability to break one at any time.
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