It’s not necessarily an easy week for some of the top receiving options in the league, and with the fantasy playoffs upon us that’s not ideal. Of course we also know what they can do, so it’s not like we are going to shy away from them at the most important time of the season (downgrade them slightly, maybe, but not ignore). Who are the trustworthy options? Who is too risky to trust? Let’s take a look:
- Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers – vs. Washington
- D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta
- Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs – at New England
- DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – vs. Denver
- Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints – vs. San Francisco
- Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Indianapolis
- Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Indianapolis
- Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
- Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys – at Chicago
- Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
- DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
- Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Seattle
- Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Detroit
- Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns – vs. Cincinnati
- Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – at Jacksonville
- Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears – vs. Dallas
- Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
- Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks – at Los Angeles Rams
- Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos – at Houston
- Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
- Odell Beckham – Cleveland Browns – vs. Cincinnati
- John Brown – Buffalo Bills – vs. Baltimore
- Julian Edelman – New England Patriots – vs. Kansas City
- Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals – at Cleveland
- Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Pittsburgh
- D.J. Chark – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- James Washington – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Arizona
- Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
- Darius Slayton – New York Giants – at Philadelphia
- Jamison Crowder – New York Jets – vs. Miami
- Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens – at Buffalo
- Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Seattle
- Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys – at Chicago
- Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
- Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers – at New Orleans
- Robby Anderson – New York Jets – vs. Miami
- Sterling Shepard – New York Giants – at Philadelphia
- Tyrell Williams – Oakland Raiders – vs. Tennessee
- Cole Beasley – Buffalo Bills – vs. Baltimore
- Russell Gage – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
- Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers – at Jacksonville
- Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins – at Green Bay
- A.J. Brown – Tennessee Titans – at Oakland
- Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Pittsburgh
- Emmanuel Sanders – San Francisco 49ers – at New Orleans
- Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- D.K. Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks – at Los Angeles Rams
- Will Fuller – Houston Texans – vs. Denver
- Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Arizona
- Zach Pascal – Indianapolis Colts – at Tampa Bay
- The yardage hasn’t always been there for Davante Adams, but when healthy the opportunities have been. He has at least 10 targets in five straight games (58 targets in five games) and overall has averaged just under 10 targets per game (79 targets over eight games). With one of the most favorable matchups among the top wide receivers (Washington has allowed 15 TD to opposing wide receivers) and 3 TD over his past two games, he’s slotted into the top spot.
- Surprised to see D.J. Moore right at the top of these rankings? Over his past four games he’s been targeted 47 times, turning them into 29 catches, 416 yards and 3 TD. He’s been targeted at least 9 times in seven straight games, including a previous matchup with Atlanta (8 catches for 95 yards). While he lacked TD early in the season, he now has 3 TD over his past two games and is one of the best options in the league.
- Overall Denver has done well defending opposing wide receivers (fifth fewest points per week allowed), but they’ve allowed 3 TD over the past two weeks (at least 1 TD in four straight games). That means that DeAndre Hopkins remains pinned towards the top of the rankings, even with his own struggles recently (18 catches for 238 yards and 2 TD over the past four weeks).
- Will Julio Jones ever find the end zone again? He’s now gone eight straight games without a TD, with four games under 80 yards over this span. His upside is too great to consider him anything but a WR1, but it’s fair to downgrade him slightly due to this extended cold stretch.
- Is Tyler Lockett actually healthy? He turned in a goose egg in Week 13, failing to connect on his 3 targets, and since returning he has 1 catch for 38 yards (4 catches for 63 yards over his past three games). The upside remains, but at this point he’s nothing more than a WR2.
- Stefon Diggs was under 50 yards in three of his past four games so he’s getting harder and harder to trust. Of course the last time he faced the Lions he torched them for 7 catches and 143 yards and they have been one of the worst defenses against opposing wide receivers in 2019 (seventh most points per week). If Adam Thielen does return Diggs may be dragged down to WR2 status, but for now he’s still a low-end WR1.
- DeVante Parker is a viable WR1 this week against the Jets… Just let that statement set in for a minute, as he’s ripped off 25 catches, 454 yards and 2 TD over the past four weeks. He has at least 10 targets in each of these four games and has 91+ yards in his past three. He had 57 yards and 1 TD the last time he faced the Jets, but he’s a different player than he was just a few weeks ago and has a matchup he should take advantage of.
- The Cincinnati Bengals have been more prone to running backs than wide receivers this season, so that points towards Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt as opposed to the wide receiving duo. As it is Odell Beckham has seemingly become an average option, and after back-to-back double digit target days he’s averaged just 7 over the past two games (9 catches for 113 yards and 1 TD). At this point it’s fair to consider both Beckham and Landry WR2 options, with Landry being the preferred choice for now.
- In Drew Lock’s first start Courtland Sutton delivered 75 yards and 2 TD. That’s a great sign moving forward, and while the Texans aren’t a tremendous matchup he remains a viable WR2 in all formats as the performance and rapport should continue to improve.
- Over the past four weeks the Cowboys have allowed 614 receiving yards and 4 TD, while Allen Robinson has found his footing (24 receptions, 318 yards and 2 TD over the past four weeks). While there are still questions, leaving him outside of WR1 status, it’s impossible not to have him as a locked in option.
- Suddenly the Jacksonville Jaguars are no longer leaning on D.J. Chark, with just 11 targets over the past two games. Of course the return of Gardner Minshew II under center could allow him to rediscover his footing, so don’t go discarding him so quickly.
- James Washington was only targeted 4 times in Week 13, but he turned them into 4 catches, 111 yards and 1 TD. He now has 209 yards and 2 TD over his past two games, and is walking into as favorable matchup as you’ll get against the Arizona Cardinals. It’s possible that they go run heavy, limiting his opportunities, but he proved he doesn’t need much to produce. Consider him a potential WR2.
- Darius Slayton and Daniel Jones have proven that they have a strong rapport, and the Eagles pose a favorable matchup for them to expose. That’s something to take advantage of, especially as a WR3.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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