It feels like a broken record when it comes to the rankings this week, but there no longer being teams out on bye weeks should make things a little simpler… Of course “should” is the key word in that statement, as we still have to maneuver around injuries, lack of production and difficult matchups. Who are the options to trust? Who should you be skeptical about this week? Let’s take a look:
- Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
- Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers – at New York Giants
- Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Jacksonville
- Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
- Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
- Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Jacksonville
- Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams – at Arizona
- D.J. Chark – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Tampa Bay
- Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – at Seattle
- DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – vs. New England
- Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns – at Pittsburgh
- D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers – vs. Washington
- Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – at Denver
- Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears – at Detroit
- Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Minnesota
- Julian Edelman – New England Patriots – at Houston
- Odell Beckham – Cleveland Browns – at Pittsburgh
- T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
- Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Buffalo
- John Brown – Buffalo Bills – at Dallas
- Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
- Jamison Crowder – New York Jets – at Cincinnati
- Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. New York Jets
- Golden Tate – New York Giants – vs. Green Bay
- Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins – at Carolina
- Devante Parker – Miami Dolphins – vs. Philadelphia
- Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens – vs. San Francisco
- Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions – vs. Chicago
- Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams – at Arizona
- D.K. Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Minnesota
- Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Buffalo
- Tyrell Williams – Oakland Raiders – at Kansas City
- James Washington – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland
- Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Tampa Bay
- Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers – at Baltimore
- Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions – vs. Chicago
- Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers – vs. Washington
- Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
- Will Fuller – Houston Texans – vs. New England
- Emmanuel Sanders – San Francisco 49ers – at Baltimore
- Robby Anderson – New York Jets – at Cincinnati
- Brandin Cooks – Los Angeles Rams – at Arizona
- Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers – at Denver
- Chris Conley – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Tampa Bay
- Sterling Shepard – New York Giants – vs. Green Bay
- Cole Beasley – Buffalo Bills – at Dallas
- Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Bisi Johnson – Minnesota Vikings – at Seattle
- The “problem” with the Tampa Bay wide receivers is that you never know who is going to have the monster day. While both have the potential to produce in any given week, recently it has been Chris Godwin (3 TD over his past two games, 7 receptions, 184 yards and 2 TD in Week 12) over Mike Evans (4 receptions in three straight games, a stretch where he hasn’t exceeded 82 yards). Of course immediately before that Evans had erupted for 180+ yards in back-to-back games). For now we’d favor Godwin, but both are up there each week.
- In three games since returning Davante Adams has averaged 11 targets per game (and he’s had at least 10 in each game). While there are a pair of games with 43 yards or fewer, the key is the opportunities he’s gotten ahead of a matchup with the dreadful Giants’ secondary. Is anyone betting against a big day? If you are, you shouldn’t be.
- Will Julio Jones ever score another TD? After scoring 4 TD over the first three games, he’s now gone eight straight without finding the end zone. He’s too good not to think he’ll find pay dirt eventually, but for now the lack of TD need to drop him down at least a little bit.
- The Los Angeles Rams have gotten their wide receiving corps back to full strength, which creates question as to who is going to be the go to guy. Throw in the struggles of Jared Goff and it ordinarily would be difficult to trust any of their receivers. However taking on the Cardinals, who have allowed the seventh most points per week to opposing WR (fourth most over the past four weeks), keeps them all buoyed up. Cooper Kupp remains the best option, though Robert Woods should also be a factor as a low-end WR2/WR3.
- While Tyler Lockett is coming off an atrocious game against the Eagles (1 catch for 38 yards), the key is that he was able to return from his ankle injury. Another week should allow him to get back to full speed, and a matchup with the Vikings (who have allowed the second most points per week to opposing wide receivers over the past four weeks) could get him to get back on track. Of course the presence of D.K. Metcalf and Josh Gordon could help to limit the opportunities, but Lockett has far too much upside not to consider him a WR1.
- We all want to consider DeAndre Hopkins matchup proof, but will he be able to produce against the New England defense? They just stymied Amari Cooper in Week 12 and have allowed just 1,217 yards and 1 TD to opposing wide receivers all season long. It’s impossible to call Hopkins a must sit, though this is the rare time that he’ll be considered just a borderline WR1.
- Overall the Denver Broncos have been tough against opposing wide receivers, but over the past four weeks they’ve allowed 512 yards and 4 TD (yielding ninth most points per week). Included in that is 2 TD against the Buffalo Bills in Week 12, a receiving corps that isn’t necessarily the scariest in the league. That should lead to good vibes for Keenan Allen, who has consistently been targeted 10+ times (four times in his past five games).
- There’s always questions regarding the Bears’ passing game, more due to Mitchell Trubisky than anything, but after Allen Robinson torched the Giants (6 receptions, 131 yards, 1 TD) there’s going to be optimism. The last time he faced the Lions he racked up 6 catches for 86 yards, making him a high-end WR2 and a must start.
- The Cowboys have allowed 7 TD to opposing wide receivers this season, but 4 of them have come in the past four games (3 TD in the past two games). That is going to give a little bit of potential upside for John Brown, though he’s still a better fit as a WR3 if possible (he’s coming off just a 4 target day).
- Amari Cooper has had back-to-back duds, including 0 catches on 2 targets against the Patriots (3 catches for 38 yards over the past two games). While the Bills don’t represent a bounce back matchup, would it be surprising if the Cowboys try to force feed him the ball? We have to drag him down, at least a little bit, though he’s still on the WR2 spectrum due to the potential opportunity.
- Over the past four weeks the Carolina Panthers have allowed 853 yards to opposing wide receivers, behind only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That is going to put Terry McLaurin on the map, especially coming off a 12 target day (5 catches for 72 yards). Obviously Dwayne Haskins needs to become more efficient (32-for-64 over his past two games), but McLaurin at least is a high-end WR3.
- The Cincinnati Bengals are switching back to Andy Dalton at QB, and whether that helps or hurts Tyler Boyd remains to be seen. However a strong matchup and coming off 101 yard performance puts him on the map as a usable option in all formats.
- Generally the San Francisco defense is one to avoid, but they’ve actually allowed 5 TD to opposing wide receivers over the past two weeks. Marquise Brown also showed that he could thrive, even with limited opportunities, with Lamar Jackson thriving as a quarterback. Obviously there is some downside, but he’s going to be a solid WR3.
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