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 levels. 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!
Miami @ NY Jets
DeVante Parker, MIA
Parker lines up predominantly on the outside and plays slightly more on the right. That means he’ll see a mix of Darrelle Revis (ranked 71st) and Marcus Williams (ranked 60th). Buster Skrine (ranked 106) suffered a concussion last week and hasn’t been practicing. Even with a good matchup the real question mark is quarterback Matt Moore who will be making his first start in 5 years. Parker is hard to trust this week as we have no idea what his target share will be.
Jarvis Landry, MIA
If Skrine is out, Landry will likely see Justin Burris out of the slot. The matchup is good as Burris ranks 80th, but like Parker the question mark is QB play. Landry is a borderline WR3 in PPR but hard to trust in standard.
Kenny Stills, MIA
Stills lines up all over the field and might actually be the best play of all Miami receivers. When Moore came in for Ryan Tannehill last week Stills was the player he was targeting the most. Regardless owners at this stage should have better options.
Brandon Marshall, NYJ
Marshall is dealing with various ailments and has said he will be on a “pitch count” on Saturday. Even if he was 100% he’d be up against a tough matchup in Byron Maxwell (ranked 15th) and dealing with Bryce Petty at quarterback. Given Marshall’s health he is borderline unstartable this week.
Robby Anderson, NYJ
With Marshall not expected to play a full amount of snaps Anderson could see more of Maxwell then he normally would. When not lined up against Maxwell he’ll get Tony Lippett (ranked 68th). Anderson is easily Petty’s favorite target and makes for a good boom/bust WR3 for teams needing a home run.
Detroit @ NY Giants
Golden Tate, DET
Tate lines up all over the field and will see a mix of a Giants secondary that has been great all year. Janoris Jenkins (ranked 6th), Eli Apple (ranked 67th) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ranked 11th) make up a secondary ranked 11th in points allowed to wide receivers. Still the targets and usage in this offense keep Tate in the WR2 range.
Anquan Boldin, DET
Boldin primarily lines up out of the slot which means he will see Rodgers-Cromartie. In a tough matchup on the road Boldin can’t be counted on for anything more than a TD dependent receiver.
Marvin Jones, DET
Jones plays over half his snaps from the left which means he will draw Jenkins most of the day. Already a tough start this week will not make it easier. Last week Jenkins held Dez Bryant to a 1-10-0 line on 9 targets. You would have to be really desperate to start Jones this week.
Odell Beckham, Jr., NYG
The Giants move Beckham all over the field and reports from the Lions defensive coordinator is that Darius Slay (ranked 6th) will not shadow. That means Beckham will get plenty of chances against Nevin Lawson (ranked 17th) and slot corner Tavon Wilson starting in place of Adairius Barnes. Regardless of matchup, Beckham is a locked in weekly WR1.
Sterling Shepard, NYG
The Lions waived nickel corner Adairius Barnes this week which means safety Tavon Wilson will likely fill his spot. Wilson has played well this year but it’s unknown how he will do in coverage. Still Shepard has only seen 12 targets over his last two games and makes for a risky start.
Philadelphia @ Baltimore
Jordan Matthews, PHI
With Dorial Green-Beckham expected back this week Matthews will line up against slot corner Jerraud Powers (ranked 85th). In his return from injury in week 14 Matthews saw 10 targets and converted them into 8 catches for 79 yards. Matthews offers a safe floor this week.
With Jimmy Smith out, Green-Beckham will get a plus matchup against the Raven’s weaker corners. In his last 3 healthy starts he has seen 8, 10 and 10 targets. While not a consistent fantays option he offers boom potential this week for desperate owners.
Steve Smith, Sr., BAL
Smith plays most of his snaps from the right which means he should see a lot of Leodis McKelvin (ranked 74th). McKelvin has given up the most plays of 30 or more yards this season. Unfortunately Smith is no longer a deep threat. Smith’s target share has been inconsistent seeing 6, 10 and 4 over his last 3. He makes for a solid WR3 with upside this week.
Mike Wallace, BAL
Wallace plays mostly on the left which means he will see Nolan Carrol (ranked 105th). Wallace doesn’t get enough volume to make him consistent week to week, but he offers big play ability and could hit a long one in a plus matchup.
Green Bay @ Chicago
Jordy Nelson, GB
Nelson lines up mostly on the right which means he will see Tracy Porter (ranked 80th) on most of his snaps. Nelson also leads all receivers in red zone targets by a wide margin (9 more than second) which means he is a threat to score every week. Nelson is a weekly must start WR1.
Davante Adams, GB
With Nelson on the right, Adams takes most of his snaps on the left. He will see a lot of Cre’von LeBlanc (ranked 40th). Adams has emerged as Aaron Rodgers’ clear number 2 target and makes for a solid WR2 play especially in PPR leagues.
Randall Cobb, GB
Cobb will line up against slot corner Bryce Callahan (ranked 58th) but is a tough start as he’s seen just 3 targets in each of his last 2 games.
Alshon Jeffrey, CHI
Jeffrey lines up to the left about half the time which means he will see Ladarius Gunter (ranked 36th). Coming off a 4 game suspension the big question is how will he and Barkley gel playing together for the first time? Even with the question of usage he offers upside as a WR2.
Cameron Meredith, CHI
With Jeffrey back Meredith is likely to play more out of the slot against Quinten Rollins (ranked 34th). He has emerged as Barkley’s favorite target but it is unkown what impact the return of Jeffrey will have on his production. He’d be hard to trust in a tough matchup.
Indianapolis @ Minnesota
T.Y. Hilton, IND
Hilton plays most of his snaps out of the slot which means he will draw Captain Munnerlyn (ranked 30th). With Donte Moncrief out, Hilton will see his usual high target share and is still a WR1 even in a tough matchup.
Stefon Diggs, MIN
Diggs will line up against slot corner Darryl Morris (ranked 70th). With the lack of big play ability in the Vikings pass game Diggs ceiling is limited. Still he should be a low end WR2 this week in a plus matchup, especially in PPR leagues.
Adam Thielen, MIN
Thielen takes most of his snaps from the left which means he will see Vontae Davis (ranked 109). Davis has been injured all year and has not looked close to the top 20 corner he has been in recent seasons. Thielen has emerged as one of Bradford’s top targets but his ceiling is limited by this offense’s inability to throw downfield. Still he offers a nice floor this week.
Cleveland @ Buffalo
Terrell Pryor, CLE
Pryor plays an equal amount on either side of the field which means he will see Ronald Darby (ranked 56th) and Stephon Gilmore (ranked 68th). Pryor saw just 3 targets last wek in Robert Griffin’s return under center. For as good as Pryor has been this year he will remain a risky start for as long as Griffin is the starter.
Corey Coleman, CLE
Coleman lines up mostly from the left which means he will see a lot of Gilmore. Coleman looked like Griffin’s preferred target last week as he saw a team high 11. He was only able to turn those targets into a 3-36-0 line. With Griffin’s lack of accuracy, and this offense’s inability to move the ball, he makes for a boom/bust play only this week.
Sammy Watkins, BUF
Watkins will likely be shadowed by Joe Haden (ranked 90th) but that shouldn’t be a problem. The entire Browns secondary is bad. The issue here may be volume as the Bills are one of the run-heaviest teams and should be in control all game long. Still Watkins should be a solid WR2 with upside.
Tennessee @ Kansas City
Rishard Matthews, TEN
Matthews plays over half his snaps from the right which means he will see lots of Marcus Peters (ranked 39th). If the Titans move Matthews to the left this week to avoid Peters he will be matched up against Terrance Mitchell who looked good last week against the Raiders. Matthews has scored in 5 of his last 6 and will likely have to find the end zone again to salvage his day.
Tyreek Hill, KC
Hill lines up all over the place and has been great for this Kansas City offense since week 10. Against a Titans defense ranked last against wide receivers he could be in for another big day and makes for a WR2 with upside.
Jeremy Maclin, KC
Maclin plays about half of his snaps from the slot which means he will line up against Brice McCain (ranked 52nd). Maclin saw only 3 targets last week in his return from a groin injury but should see more work this week against a Titans secondary that is the worst ranked defense against the pass. He offers a safe floor but has limited upside.
Jacksonville @ Houston
Allen Robinson, JAC
Robinson lines up mostly on the left which means he will see A.J. Bouye (ranked 3rd). Many will point to Robinson’s 9-107-1 line the last time these teams met but Bouye was out of that game. With Bouye healthy Robinson will be in for a tough day.
Marqise Lee, JAC
Lee will see right corner Robert Nelson (ranked 87th) on about half of his snaps. Lee has emerged with the injury to Allen Hurns and has seen at least 6 targets in his last 4 games. He comes with some risk and is in the WR4 range.
DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
Hopkins will likely be shadowed by Jalen Ramsey (ranked 79th). While ranked low he has been playing great lately having allowed only 4 catches for 51 yards on the last 13 throws that have gone his way. Hopkins continues to be a major bust this year and is nothing ore than a WR3 this week.
Will Fuller, HOU
With Ramsey shadowing Hopkins, Fuller will draw Prince Amukamara (ranked 34th). Fuller hasn’t seen more than 6 targets in his last 3 games and is tough to trust this week. He will need to hit a big play to salvage his day.
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati
Antonio Brown, PIT
Brown lines up equally on either side of the field so he’ll see a mix of Adam Jones (ranked 56th) and Dre Kirkpatrick (ranked 61st). Brown had one of his worst games of the season the first time these teams met (3-39-0) but did see 11 targets. Regardless of matchup Brown is a must start every single week.
Tyler Boyd, CIN
Boyd will match up against slot corner William Gay (ranked 16th). A.J. Green is looking less and less likely to play, so Boyd should remain in the WR3 discussion. He offers a nice floor but a limited ceiling.
Brandon LaFell, CIN
LaFell lines up equally on either side so he’ll see Ross Cockrell (ranked 26th) and Artie Burns (ranked 62nd). LaFell offers more upside than Boyd but a lower floor.
New Orleans @ Arizona
Brandin Cooks/Michael Thomas, NO
I have this matchup listed as “unknown” because it will come down to who, if either, Patrick Peterson (ranked 8th) shadows. Whoever he doesn’t shadow will have a great matchup against Marcus Cooper (ranked 116th). Since Thomas primarily lines up outside and Cooks spends time in the slot, it seems likely Peterson will follow Thomas. This is a situation that will need to be monitored and we may not know the answer until the game has already started unfortunately. Still you likely can’t sit either one.
Willie Snead, NO
Tyrann Mathieu is coming back from his second injury this year and should be covering Snead from the slot. Mathieu was starting to look like his old self before his last set back. Coming back from another injury you would have to think Snead will have the advantage this week.
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
Fitzgerald will line up against slot corner Sterling Moore (ranked 38th). With Carson Palmer struggling lately Fitzgerald has seen his numbers drop a bit. Still he is the Cardinals number 1 receiver and has seen 20 targets in his last 2 games. He’s a borderline WR1 this week.
J.J. Nelson, ARI
With Michael Floyd cut by the Cardinals and John Brown being limited with sickle cell trait, Nelson seems like the next man up. The Saints have been much better on defense recently but are still ranked 15th in points allowed. Nelson could make for a low end WR3 for owners who are desperate at the position as he should be in line for more targets.
San Francisco @ Atlanta
Mohammed Sanu, ATL
Sanu should return to the slot this week even with Julio Jones out and will line up against Jimmie Ward (ranked 43rd). Sanu should be Matt Ryan’s top receiver target though he’s still a tough start with so many weapons on this team.
Tyler Gabriel, ATL
Gabriel spends half his snaps on the right which means he will be up against Tramaine Brock (ranked 49th). With Julio Jones out last week Gabriel turned in a 3-82-1 line on 6 targets. Gabriel has 5 touchdowns in his last 6 games and will be a boom/bust WR3 this week.
New England @ Denver
Julian Edelman, NE
Since Rob Gronkowski went down with an injury in week 10 Edelman has seen no fewer than 11 targets. Unfortunately this week he draws a brutal matchup against Chris Harris, Jr. (ranked 2nd). Still with the target volume and his use in this offense Edelman is tough to sit but expectations should be tempered.
Malcom Mitchell/Chris Hogan, NE
Mitchell has emerged as the Patriots number 2 receiver and will likely see a mix of Bradley Roby (90th) and Aqib Talib (1st). Hogan lines up all over the field and will see a mix of all Denver corners. The Broncos are the best rated defense against wide receivers giving up almost 4 points less then the second place Vikings. This will be a tough week for all Patriot receivers.
Emmanuel Sanders/Demaryius Thomas, DEN
Though season averages would say Sanders will see more of Malcom Butler (ranked 5th), we’ve seen the Broncos be willing to move him away from the stronger corner. It’s hard to predict who will be the most targeted receiver week to week as well. Sanders has seen 10, 9 and 11 targets since their week 11 bye while Thomas has seen 8, 10 and 16. Both are playable this week against a Patriots secondary that ranks 19th in points allowed.
Oakland @ San Diego
Amari Cooper, OAK
All signs are pointing to Cooper being shadowed by Casey Hayward (ranked 4th). In the last 3 weeks Hayward has held DeAndre Hopkins to 5-70-0, Mike Evans to 3-38-0 and Kelvin Benjamin to 1-11-0. Many will look at the week 5 matchup between these two when Cooper went off for 6-138-1. But Hayward was making his first start at corner and stayed lined up opposite Cooper’s side. He has since been used in shadow coverage in 6 of the last 9 games.
Michael Crabtree, OAK
Crabtree will be left to line up against Trevor Williams (ranked 87th). Crabtree is not without his concerns, however, as he’s dealing with a dislocated finger that has caused him to suffer from some uncharacteristic drops. Still between the two Crabtree will have the better matchup this week.
Tyrell Williams, SD
Williams will see a mix of David Amerson (ranked 24th) and Sean Smith (ranked 10th). Williams has only seen 9 targets over the last two weeks and that has to be a little alarming to his owners. Still he offers the most upside of any San Diego receiver this week.
Dontrelle Inman, SD
Inman will be lined up against slot corner T.J. Carrie (ranked 50th). He has a touchdown in 3 straight games and offers a nice floor as he’s caught at least 70 yards in 2 of his last 3.
Tampa Bay @ Dallas
Mike Evans, TB
Evans is likely to be shadowed by Brandon Carr (ranked 49th) this week. Teams are starting to double Evans as well and he’s been held to a combined 7-100-0 line over his last 2. Still Evans is a weekly must start WR1.
Dez Bryant, DAL
Bryant lines up over half the time on the left which means he will get Javien Elliott (ranked 84th). If you survived his terrible performance last week you could be rewarded with a much better one this week. He is a WR1.
Cole Beasly, DAL
Beasly will line up against slot corner Vernon Hargreaves III (ranked 84th) who has struggled this year. Still a better play in PPR formats then standard, Beasly offers a nice floor as a WR3.
Carolina @ Washington
Kelvin Benjamin, CAR
While Josh Norman (ranked 19th) will likely not shadown Benjamin, he will see plenty of him as Benjamin lines up on his side half of the time. Benjamin has been disappointing of late as he’s turned 13 targets into just 39 yards over his last 2 games. With the entire Panthers offense struggling Benjamin is nothing more than a WR3 this week.
Tedd Ginn, CAR
Ginn draws the better matchup this week as he’ll see a lot of Bashaud Breeland (ranked 99th). Ginn’s target share is never consistent as he’s seen 10, 6 and 4 over the last 3 weeks. Still he has boom potential this week as he can always turn one play into a fantasy saving day.
DeSean Jackson, WAS
Last week I liked Jackson in a plus matchup and he delivered. This week he has a tough matchup against James Bradberry (ranked 27th). Jackson just doesn’t have the target share to make him a consistent play and usually needs to hit a big one to make his week. With the tough matchup this could be a game he busts.
Jamison Crowder, WAS
Crowder will have the best matchup for any Redskin receiver as he will get slot corner Leonard Johnson (ranked 114th). Crowder has been one of the biggest surprises this year and should continue his good play this week.
Pierre Garcon, WAS
Garcon will see Daryl Worley (ranked 66th) on over half of his snaps. Garcon has seen 9 and 6 targets the last 2 weeks and should offer a safe floor against a weak Carolina secondary. Unfortunately his upside is limited but if you need a solid WR3 he can fill that role.
Someone I missed? Questions about the analysis? Let me know in the comments below.