This is not intended to be a start/sit or a rankings sheet. Use it when you have a tough decision regarding 2 wide receivers at similar tiers. I’m just presenting the data here to help you make more informed decisions so you can win more often. From best to worst the matchups will be listed as (Great, Good, Average, Bad, Terrible). Good luck!
Latest News As Of 12:00PM EST
DeVante Parker is expected to play after being doubtful all week with a back injury. I’d be nervous starting him as you never know how limited he’ll be or how easily he can re-aggravate it. The matchup is OK.
Phillip Gaines is inactive today which is a big blow for Julio owners. Kenneth Ackers will take his spot. He’s a big upgrade over Gaines but Julio should still have no problems getting separation.
Denver @ Jacksonville
Demaryius Thomas/Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
It’s still unclear who Jalen Ramsey will shadow if he does at all. Regardless Ramsey and Prince Amukamara along with the entire Jacksonville secondary have been tough against wideouts. Jacksonville ranks 6th in points allowed to the position and have given up just 12 touchdowns to receivers on the year. Neither Thomas or Sanders are in a good spot and the question mark surrounding Lynch starting doesn’t help.
Allen Robinson/Marquise Lee, JAC
Robinson lines up mostly on the left which is were Bradley Roby is expected to play. That means Lee should see more of Talib. With the injuries to the Jags receiving corps there is some talk that Chris Harris could move to the outside while Roby slides to the slot, meaning PFF’s #1 and #3 graded corners will cover both of them most of the game. Regardless, Denver ranks 1st in points allowed to the position so both are in for a tough day.
Kansas City @ Atlanta
Tyreek Hill, KC
Hill could be in for another good week with the news Maclin will again be out. Hill plays an equal amount form either side of the field and the slot. With Desmond Trufant lost for the season none of the Falcons corners present a terrible matchup for him. On the season the Falcons rank 20th in points allowed to receivers and have given up 14 touchdowns.
Julio Jones, ATL
With Marcus Peters playing almost exclusively on the left it seems likely Kyle Shanahan will line Jones up on the right all game to take advantage of Phillip Gaines. Last week Denver did the same thing with Emanuel Sanders and he torched KC for a 7-162-1 line. Don’t be surprised if Jones is week 13’s #1 wideout.
Mohammed Sanu, ATL
Sanu spends the majority of his snaps in the slot which means he will also avoid Peters and should see a lot of Steven Nelson (ranked 70th). Unfortunately Julio could just completely dominate this game and make all other Atlanta receivers invisible.
Tyler Gabriel, ATL
Gabriel has been great over the last 4 games but it seems likely that could end in week 13. If Julio is lined up on the right that means Gabriel will spend most of this game against Peters (ranked 25th). Without the targets to be a consistent play and drawing one of the week’s toughest matchups it will be hard to trust Gabriel.
Houston @ Green Bay
DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
Hopkins lines up slightly more on the left but also spends some time on the right. In week 13 it won’t matter as no Green Bay corner should present much of a problem. The tough matchup as always for him is his quarterback – Brock Osweiler. In plus matchups throughout the season Hopkins has struggled because of his QB play. Still he is a solid WR3 with huge upside against a weak Packers secondary.
Will Fuller, HOU
Like Hopkins, Fuller is in a great spot but will be limited by Osweiler and this Texans offense. He makes a great boom/bust play for owners who need to hit a home run though as Osweiler could throw him 4-5 deep passes in this game. If he can convert just one he could make an owners day.
Jordy Nelson, GB
Nelson lines up half the time on the right and splits the other half between the left and the slot. Texans stud corner A.J. Bouye stays almost exclusively on the right so Nelson should avoid him for the most part. That would leave him covered by Jonathan Joseph on the outside (ranked 67th) and Kareem Jackson in the slot (ranked 66th). Houston does rank 3rd in points allowed to receivers though and have only given up 8 touchdowns to the position which could limit his upside.
Randall Cobb, GB
Cobb plays primarily out of the slot which means he will spend most of his time lined up against Jackson. The matchup is good but Cobb has been hard to trust lately as he’s topped 41 yards just once in his last 4. With the Texans being stingy on touchdowns Cobb looks like a low end WR3 this week.
Davante Adams, GB
Adams will likely see Bouye on half of his snaps. Bouye ranks 2nd in coverage so Adams will likely have to do his damage when not lined up against him.
Philadelphia @ Cincinnati
It looks like Jordan Matthews will be out for Philadelphia, hard to recommend any other Philadelphia receiver as startable.
Tyler Boyd, CIN
Boyd will likely draw Malcolm Jenkins (ranked 24th) out of the slot in week 13. With the Bengals struggles on offense since the loss of A.J. Green Boyd makes an OK PPR play but is a tough to trust in standard formats.
Brandon LaFell, CIN
LaFell lines up equally on either side of the ball so he’ll see a mix of Leodis McKelvin (ranked 64th) and Nolan Carrol (ranked 95th). The targets are there (9 each week without Green) but so far have not amounted to much. In a good matchup LaFell can be a boom/bust WR3 for owners.
Detroit @ New Orleans
Golden Tate/Anquan Boldin, DET
Wherever Tate and Boldin line up they should have an advantage over the Saints secondary. With Marvin Jones doubtful to play both should be in line for a big target bump as well. The Saints rank 16th in points allowed to receivers and their best corner, B.W. Webb ranks just 44th.
Brandin Cooks, NO
It’s unlikely the Lions will game plan to take away Cooks like the Rams did last week, especially after the rest of the Saints receivers made the Rams pay. Cooks plays all over the field so will see all of the Lions secondary. Darius Slay (ranked 6th) and Nevin Lawson (ranked 22nd) may give him trouble but slot corner Quandre Diggs ranks 93rd and Cooks should be able to torch him.
Michael Thomas, NO
Thomas lines up primarily on the left (56%) which means he will avoid Slay for the most part. Still Lawson is good in his own right but Thomas will have a big size advantage on him. With the Saints at home and in a game that is projected to be a shootout Thomas could be in for another big day.
Willie Snead, NO
Playing almost 80% of his snaps from the slot, Snead will be matched up with Quandre Diggs (ranked 93rd). Snead is in a great spot in week 13 and is a safe, high end WR3.
San Francisco @ Chicago
No San Francisco WR can be trusted week to week but if you are in some crazy deep league the matchup is good.
Marquise Wilson/Cameron Meredith, CHI
Wilson plays most of his snaps from the left which means he will see a lot of Tramaine Brock (ranked 25th). Still the 49ers present the softest defense in the NFL ranking 31st in points allowed to receivers while allowing 20 touchdowns on the season. Both Wilson and Meredith are in play this week though Meredith looks slightly better as he saw more targets with Barkely.
Los Angeles @ New England
Kenny Britt, LA
Whether the Patriots shadow Britt with Malcom Butler (ranked 4th) or not doesn’t really matter. The Patriots rank 11th in points allowed to the position and Britt has only seen 17 targets in the 2 games with Goff. He’s a tough start in any format.
Julian Edelman, NE
Edelman plays primarily from the slot which means he will be lined up against LaMarcus Joyner (ranked 31st). With the loss of Rob Gronkowski for the season Edelman should see an uptick in targets. Even in a not-so-great matchup he should be a low end WR1 in a high scoring game for the Patriots.
Malcom Mitchell, NE
Mitchell runs most of his routes from the left which means he should see a lot of E.J. Gaines (ranked 115th). Still he’s playing less than 50% of snaps since Chris Hogan has returned from injury so he’ll be hard to trust. He makes a great boom/bust play in week 13 for those of you who need a home run.
Miami @ Baltimore
Jarvis Landry, MIA
If DeVante Parker is out Landry could finally become a reliable fantasy option again. Lining up primarily in the slot Landry should be working against Jerraud Powers who ranks 81st. With an increase in targets and the likelihood that Miami will struggle on the ground this could be the game Landry owners have been missing.
Steve Smith, BAL
Smith lines up all over the field but the Dolphins rank 12th in points allowed to receivers and have given up just 11 touchdowns on the season. Smith has been dealing with an ankle injury as well so his health is also a question mark. Normally a solid WR2 question marks and the matchup could make him just a WR3 in week 13.
Mike Wallace, BAL
Wallace will see a mix of Tony Lippett (ranked 29th) and Byron Maxwell (ranked 18th). Neither present a good matchup for Wallace which makes him a tough start in week 13.
Buffalo @ Oakland
Sammy Watkins, BUF
Both Oakland corners Sean Smith (ranked 7th) and David Amerson (ranked 18th) should make life difficult on Watkins. He didn’t come out of week 12 completely healthy either and will likely see a limited number of snaps. Still he makes for a solid WR3 with WR2 upside.
Amari Cooper, OAK
Cooper lines up primarily on the left (57%) which means he will see a lot of Stephon Gilmore (ranked 67th). This is a plus matchup for him and he is a must start in week 13.
Michael Crabtree, OAK
Crabtree will likely line up against rookie corner Kevon Seymour on most of his routes who will replace injured Ronald Darby. He ranks 75th in coverage though he has very little playing time. Crabtree should be his usual high floor self this week and makes for a solid WR2.
Tampa Bay @ San Diego
Mike Evans, TB
San Diego corner Casey Hayward ranks 5th in coverage. Still Evans is such a big receiver that it really doesn’t seem to matter who is covering him. Even in a bad matchup Evans is a must start, high-end WR1.
Tyrell Williams, SD
Williams suffered a shoulder injury in week 12 but seems likely to play in week 13. Emerging as Rivers’ top target he will see a mostly equal amount of Alterraun Verner (ranked 15th) and Brent Grimes (ranked 18th). Williams play of late is thrusting him into the WR1 conversation and after playing great against a tough Texans secondary there is no reason he can’t do the same this week.
Dontrelle Inman, SD
Inman plays most of his snaps from the slot which means he should see Vernon Hargreaves III (ranked 102nd). This is an exploitable matchup that Inman should easily win. The biggest question mark are targets as he saw just 6 in week 12 after Travis Benjamin returned to the lineup.
Washington @ Arizona
DeSean Jackson, WAS
Jackson is likely to be shadowed by Patrick Peterson who held Julio Jones to a 4-35-0 line in week 12. Unless he can hit a big play against Peterson, Jackson will be a low floor WR3 in week 13.
Jamison Crowder, WAS
With news that Tyrann Mathieu is unlikely to play in week 13 Crowder’s matchup went from bad to good. The Cardinals have activated Tyvon Branch but this will be his first game back from injury. With Jordan Reed out Crowder should see plenty of targets and should be in line for another good week.
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
Fitzgerald will be lined up against Kendall Fuller (ranked 90th) out of the slot. Fitzgerald should have no problem getting open and should have a big game against a weak Washington secondary.
NY Giants @ Pittsburgh
Odell Beckham, Jr., NYG
The Giants have been moving Beckham all over the field to get him miss-matches and it has worked well. The Steelers are tough on receivers (ranking 4th in points allowed) but Beckham is an obvious must start every week.
Sterling Shephard, NYG
When Beckham isn’t lined up in the slot Shephard does. That means he will see the Steelers top corner William Gay (ranked 12th). The second half of the season has been tough for Shephard and week 13 doesn’t bring much relief.
Antonio Brown, PIT
The Giants didn’t use Janoris Jenkins (ranked 12th) in shadow coverage last week and Pryor made them pay. Because of that they could have Jenkins shadow Brown in week 13. Brown is one of the best and can beat any corner but it would be better for him if Jenkins didn’t shadow. Still Brown is an obvious must start WR1.
Eli Rogers, PIT
Playing out of the slot Rogers will draw Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie (ranked 8th). This is a tough matchup and it seems like the Steelers offense will once again run primarily through LeVeon Bell and Brown.
Carolina @ Seattle
Kelvin Benjamin/Ted Ginn, CAR
Both Ginn and Benjamin will likely see plenty of Richard Sherman (ranked 37th) but shouldn’t be shadowed. Still the Seahawks rank 7th in points allowed to receivers and have given up only 8 touchdowns. Both are tough starts in week 13 with Benjamin being the better option.
Doug Baldwin, SEA
Baldwin disappointed in a great matchup last week and gets another one this week against slot corner Leonard Johnson (ranked 113th). It’s hard to imagine the Seahawks offense struggling as bad as they did last week against a Panthers secondary that is ranked 27th in points allowed. Baldwin is a must start this week.
Indianapolis @ NY Jets
T.Y. Hilton/Donte Moncrief, IND
While Hilton plays the majority of the snaps out of the slot he will also work either side of the field. The Jets secondary is terrible and are ranked 25th in points allowed and have given up 12 touchdowns. Hilton is a must start WR1 in week 13 and Moncrief is a low end WR2 who could easily keep his touchdown trend with Luck going.
Brandon Marshall, NYJ
Whether Vontae Davis (ranked 97th) shadows Marshall or not the matchup is good. Regardless of his accuracy, Ryan Fitzpatrick targets Marshall a ton especially in the red zone. Marshall is still a talented receiver and against a secondary that ranks 19th in points allowed Marshall could make his owners happy this week.
Quincy Enunwa, NYJ
Playing out of the slot, Enunwa will be lined up against Darius Butler (ranked 29th). With Fitzpatrick under the helm Enunwa just doesn’t see enough targets to be trusted on a week to week basis and the matchup certainly doesn’t help.
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