by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
We are just weeks away from the fantasy playoffs, and that just magnifies each decision you make that much more. If that wasn’t enough, things are that much trickier when you have to try and maneuver around six teams sitting on the sidelines due to bye weeks. Who are the wide receivers we can trust? Who should we be avoiding? Let’s break it all down:
- Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints – vs. Philadelphia
- Odell Beckham – New York Giants – vs. Tampa Bay
- DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – at Washington
- Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings – at Chicago
- Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers – at Seattle
- Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Jacksonville
- Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Dallas
- Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs – at Los Angeles Rams
- Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Denver
- Brandin Cooks – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Kansas City
- Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New York Giants
- Alshon Jeffery – Philadelphia Eagles – at New Orleans
- Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Kansas City
- Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos – at Los Angeles Chargers
- Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys – at Atlanta
- Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions – vs. Carolina
- JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Jacksonville
- T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
- Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – at Chicago
- Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans – at Indianapolis
- Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Oakland
- John Brown – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
- Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
- Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions – vs. Carolina
- Sterling Shepard – New York Giants – vs. Tampa Bay
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Green Bay Packers – at Seattle
- Golden Tate – Philadelphia Eagles – at New Orleans
- Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Green Bay
- Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears – vs. Minnesota
- Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers – at Detroit
- Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs – at Los Angeles Rams
- Demaryius Thomas – Houston Texans – at Washington
- Josh Reynolds – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Kansas City
- Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos – at Los Angeles Chargers
- DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New York Giants
- Michael Crabtree – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
- Maurice Harris – Washington Redskins – vs. Houston
- Brandon LaFell – Oakland Raiders – at Arizona
- Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Dallas
- Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Green Bay
- Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Oakland
- John Ross – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
- Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Pittsburgh
- Anthony Miller – Chicago Bears – vs. Minnesota
- Tre’Quan Smith – New Orleans Saints – vs. Philadelphia
- Tyrell Williams – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Denver
- DJ Moore – Carolina Panthers – at Detroit
- Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New York Giants
- Donte Moncrief – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Pittsburgh
- Keke Coutee – Houston Texans – at Washington
- Adam Thielen owners will have to monitor the news this week, as he was limited in practice due to both calf and back injuries. At this point there’s little reason to think his availability is in jeopardy, and with touchdowns in six straight games unless there’s a new report as the week progresses he’s a clear top option.
- It’s obvious that Julio Jones has been thriving of late, with four straight games with 100+ yards (and back-to-back games with a TD). He does have a difficult matchup against a Dallas defense that hasn’t allowed a touchdown over the past four weeks. Obviously no one is about to shy away, just know that there’s a little bit of risk.
- The Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs should have a shootout this week, and with Cooper Kupp lost for the season there will be more opportunities for Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods. Sure Josh Reynolds will step up and play a role, but you would expect the bulk of the chances to go towards their top two receivers (thus boosting their value a little bit).
- Alshon Jeffery has struggled over the past two games, totaling 8 receptions and 83 yards. The key, though, is that despite the addition of Golden Tate he was still targeted 8 times in Week 10. With that type of workload and a matchup against the porous Saints’ passing defense, especially in an expected shootout at home, Jeffery should be considered a must start in all formats.
- Amari Cooper has quickly emerged as a solid play, with 11 catches for 133 yards and 1 TD over his first two games with Dallas. He’s been targeted early and often (18 targets) and draws a favorable matchup against an Atlanta defense that’s allowed the ninth most points/game to opposing wide receivers over the past four weeks.
- While Marvin Jones is on the rankings, there’s a chance he misses Sunday’s game as he sat out Wednesday’s practice due to a knee injury he suffered on Sunday. Even if he does dress there’s going to be the risk of a setback costing him at least some time, so factor that in before locking him into your lineup.
- If you are looking for a deep league sleeper this week, turn your attention to Brandon LaFell. His role has been building in recent weeks and both Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant are banged up. Throw in a favorable matchup and he could prove to be worth the gamble.
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