Welcome to championship week! Congrats to those of you who made your league’s championship. Decisions this week will likely be the toughest you’ve made all season but remember, don’t get cute and play your studs.
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). I’ve added “rankings” to help make your decisions easier. Good luck this week!
San Diego @ Cleveland
Tyrell Williams, SD
Williams will likely be shadowed by Joe Haden (ranked 93rd). The entire Cleveland secondary is bad as they’ve given up the 21st most points to the position. Williams has seen just 18 targets over the last 3 games but should make for a solid WR2 this week.
Dontrelle Inman, SD
Inman will match up against slot corner Tramon Williams (ranked 116th). Inman has offered a nice floor since the week 11 bye having put up at least 68 yards or a touchdown in every game. He should be a low end WR2 this week.
Terell Pryor, CLE
In Robert Griffin III’s 3 starts this year Pryor has 8 catches for 60 yards. It won’t get any easier this week as he will be shadowed by Casey Hayward (ranked 4th). Hayward has been a stud lately and just held Amari Cooper to a 1-28-0 line. For as good as Pryor has been this year you just can’t trust him in such a big game. He is outside the WR4 range this week.
Corey Coleman, CLE
With Hayward shadowing Pryor, Coleman will draw Trevor Williams (ranked 112th). Coleman is also extremely limited by the incompetence of RG3 and can’t be trusted as anything more than a WR4 this week.
Tennessee @ Jacksonville
Rishard Matthews, TEN
Matthews plays half of his snaps from the right which means he should see plenty of Jalen Ramsey (ranked 56th) this week. Ramsey is coming off his best game of his rookie season and could pose problems for Matthews. Still Matthews is a trusted target for Marcus Mariota and should be a high end WR3 with TD upside.
Allen Robinson, JAC
Robinson should see a mix of LeShaun Sims (ranked 52nd) and Antwon Blake (ranked 76th). Robinson’s struggles this year have been well documented and he’s yet to score over 4 fantasy points in 4 straight games. Even in a good matchup he can’t be trusted as anything more than a WR4.
Marqise Lee, JAC
Lee plays half of his snaps from the right which means he will see a lot of Antwon Blake. Lee has seemingly taken over as the Jaguars number 1 receiver. Still this passing game has struggled and Lee is nothing more than a WR4 this week.
NY Jets @ New England
Brandon Marshall, NY
Marshall will likely be shadowed by Malcom Butler (ranked 3rd). With Petty making another start Marshall’s value will take a hit. He’ll be outside the WR4 range this week.
Robby Anderson, NY
With Butler shadowing Marshall, Anderson will line up against Eric Rowe (ranked 69th). With Petty starting again Anderson should be in line for tons of targets. Anderson has totaled at least 80 yards or a touchdown in 3 games with Petty this year. He should be a low end WR3 this week with upside.
Julian Edelman, NE
Edelman will line up against slot corner Juston Burris (ranked 87th). Edelman has been a target monster since Rob Gronkowski’s injury having seen double digit targets in 5 straight. Unfortunately he just doesn’t get the red zone looks having seen just 2 in his last 4 games. Still he is a PPR monster from volume alone and makes for a low end WR1 this week even in standard leagues.
Malcom Mitchell, NE
Mitchell had been on fire the previous 4 weeks before running into a Denver secondary that held him to a 1-14-0 line. He should be able to bounce back this week against Marcus Williams (ranked 73rd). As the Patriots clear number 2 option he makes for a high end WR3 this week.
Chris Hogan, NE
Hogan lines up all over the field and will see a mix of a Jets secondary that ranks 19th in points allowed. Now the number 3 option on this team he’s still a threat to hit a big play. He makes for a desperate boom/bust play this week.
Minnesota @ Green Bay
Stefon Diggs, MIN
Diggs will line up against slot corner Quinten Rollins (ranked 60th). Diggs is being held back by bad QB play and has yet to top 60 yards in his last 4 games. Now dealing with a hip injury Diggs is a WR4 this week. If his owners want a reason for optimism the last time these teams met in week 2 he did go off for 9-182-1 line.
Adam Thielen, MIN
Thielen will see a mix of all the Packers secondary that is giving up the most points to wide receivers this year. Thielen left last week’s game in the first quarter with a neck injury but said he will be fine for this week’s game. Even in a great matchup this offense holds everyone back and he can’t be trusted as more than a WR4.
Jordy Nelson, GB
Nelson will likely be shadowed by Xavier Rhodes (ranked 31st) this week. When these teams played in week 2 Minnesota used no shadow coverage and Nelson posted a 5-73-1 line. If safety Harrison Smith misses another game it will be a nice boost for Nelson as they become more vulnerable to the deep ball. Regardless of matchup Nelson is a locked in WR1 every week.
Davante Adams, GB
If you somehow survived last week with Adams’ two brutal drops in the end zone congrats. Unfortunately things don’t get easier this week as he’ll likely draw Terence Newman (ranked 9th). Adams has emerged as the Packers clear number 2 and will be a low end WR2 in a tough matchup.
Randall Cobb, GB
Cobb will line up against slot corner Captain Munnerlynn (ranked 40th). Cobb just isn’t involved in this offense enough to be a trusted play this week and should only be started in extremely deep leagues for desperate owners. He’s outside the WR4 range.
Atlanta @ Carolina
Julio Jones, ATL
Jones is looking more likely to return from his toe injury in week 16 which is good news for owners who were able to survive without him. If he does play he will matchup most of the time againt Daryl Worley (ranked 69th). If he plays you have to start him as a locked in WR1.
Tyler Gabriel, ATL
Gabriel plays over half his snaps on the right which means he will see James Bradberry (ranked 26th). Gabriel has been good with and without Jones this year. Obviously he’d get a bump if Jones sat again but he should still be a solid WR3 with upside even if Jones suits up.
Mohamed Sanu, ATL
Sanu draws the best matchup for an Atlanta receiver as he’ll line up against slot corner Leonard Johnson (ranked 114th). Sanu only saw 3 targets last week with Jones out and is unstartable if he plays. He’s outside the WR4 range.
Kelvin Benjamin, CAR
Benjamin plays half of his snaps from the left which means he will see a lot of Robert Alford (ranked 59th). Unfortunately Benjamin is no longer the primary target for the Panthers as he’s had no more than 2 catches over the last 4 games. He is a low end WR4 this week.
Tedd Ginn, CAR
Ginn will line up against left corner Jalen Collins (ranked 17th). Ginn has emerged as Newton’s number 2 target behind Greg Olsen and has 4 touchdowns in his last 5 games. He’ll likely need to make it 5 out of 6 to payoff this week as a low end WR4.
Miami @ Buffalo
Jarvis Landry, MIA
Finally having the breakout game owners had been waiting weeks for, Landry now gets a tough matchup against slot corner Nickell Robey-Coleman (ranked 17th). Landry still only saw 4 targets with Matt Moore under center and seems to have been forgotten in this offense. He’ll be in the WR3 range this week.
Devontae Parker, MIA
Parker will see a mix of Ronald Darby (ranked 79th) and Stephon Gilmore (ranked 55th). Parker also saw just 3 targets last week and will take a hit with Matt Moore once again at QB. He’s outside the WR4 range.
Kenny Stills, MIA
Stills lines up all over the field and offers the most upside of any Miami receiver. Moore loves to throw it deep and the threat of a home run is always there for Stills. Last week he only caught 1 pass but it was a 52 yard TD. He can make for a deep league boom/bust option but nothing more.
Sammy Watkins, BUF
In a plus matchup last week Watkins fell flat with just 1 catch on 4 targets. This week he will see a mix of Xavien Howard (ranked 62nd) and Tony Lippett (ranked 46th). With the Bills being so run heavy and LeSean McCoy becoming more involved in the passing game, Watkins is a high end WR3 this week.
Washington @ Chicago
DeSean Jackson, WAS
Jackson plays most of his snaps from the right which means he will be lined up mostly against Tracy Porter (ranked 99th). The Bears don’t give up a lot of big plays which may prevent Jackson from booming, but he still rates as a low end WR2 this week.
Jamison Crowder, WAS
Crowder has cooled off a bit of late but gets a good matchup against slot corner Cre’von LeBlanc (ranked 71st). Crowder has yet to top 50 yards in his last three games as the offense has struggled. He has to be considered a WR3 this week.
Pierre Garcon, WAS
Garcon has seen his role in this offense increase and that should continue especially if Jordan Reed sits. The Bears rank 27th in points allowed to receivers and Garcon should be a low end WR3 play.
Alshon Jeffrey, CHI
Jeffrey was quiet in his return last week with the excpetion of one drive and posted a 6-89-1 line. This week he draws a tough matchup as he’s likely to be shadowed by Josh Norman (ranked 20th). Jeffrey was third on the team in targets last week but still has huge playmaker upside as a WR2.
Cameron Meredith: CHI
Meredith has clearly been Barkley’s favorite target and led the team with 13 last week. This week he draws a great matchup against Kendall Fuller (ranked 96th). Fuller had been benched but was thrust back into his role last week as Quinton Dunbar suffered a concussion. With Dunbar still in the protocol it seems likely Fuller will need to start again. Meredith could be the Chicago receiver to own as a WR2.
Indianapolis @ Oakland
T.Y. Hilton, IND
Hilton will line up against slot corner T.J. Carrie (ranked 58th) on the majority of his snaps. Hilton was a victim of game script last week seeing just 7 targets for a 3-45-0 line as the Colts blew out the Vikings. Still he remains a must start WR1 this week.
Donte Moncrief, IND
Moncrief looks likely to return from a hamstring injury this week. Playing the majority of his snaps from the left he will line up against Sean Smith (ranked 19th). Moncrief is a completely touchdown dependent receiver as he’s only topped 60 yards once all year. Moncrief ranks as a WR4 this week.
Amari Cooper, OAK
Cooper was shut down last week by Casey Hayward but gets a great matchup this week against Vontae Davis (ranked 111th). Davis has struggled all year so this should be a great bounce back week for Cooper. He should be on the WR1 radar this week.
Michael Crabtree, OAK
On the other side Crabtree will line up against Rashaan Melvin (ranked 68th). Crabtree has been a consistent option and has seen at least 7 targets since the teams bye. He should be a high floor WR2 this week.
Arizona @ Seattle
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
Fitzgerald and the Cardinals passing game has struggled of late but will get the best matchup this week against slot corner Jeremy Lane (ranked 77th). Though still clearly the teams number 1 option, Palmer’s struggles behind a bad offensive line have limited his upside. He can no longer be considered a WR1 and is a low end WR2.
Doug Baldwin, SEA
Tyran Mathieu has been placed on IR and Marcus Cooper is not expected to play. That means the secondary will consist of Patrick Peterson (ranked 8th), rookie Brandon Williams (ranked 110th) and Justin Bethel (ranked 116th). The question here is what do the Cardinals do with Peterson? If he shadows Baldwin it will be a big blow for his outlook. If they use Williams or Bethel in the slot it will be a big boost. We’ll have to just pay attention to the early news to get an idea.
Tyler Lockett, SEA
Lockett moves around all over the field which will allow him to stay away from Patrick Peterson (ranked 8th) most of the game. With the injuries to this secondary that means he should get plenty of looks against weaker corners Williams and Bethel. Now looking fully healthy from his PCL injury, Lockett has become more involved in this offense. He’s seen at least 6 targets in his last 3 games but lacks the consistency to be more than a WR3 with upside.
San Francisco @ Los Angeles
Kenny Britt, LA
Britt plays most of his snaps from the left which means he will see a lot of Rashard Robinson (ranked 81st). Britt has been Goff’s favorite target and should be a high end WR3 this week.
Tampa Bay @ New Orleans
Mike Evans, TB
Evans has cooled off of late as Tampa Bay has slowed down their pace considerably. He could be in line for a big bounce back though as he’ll see Ken Crawley (ranked 105th) and B.W. Webb (ranked 86th). In a game that projects to be a shootout, Evans remains a must start WR1.
Brandin Cooks, NO
Cooks lines up all over the field so he should see all of the Bucanneers secondary. The Bucs rank 17th in points allowed to wide receivers so Cooks should be in line for another good game. This game could be a shootout with Brees throwing like crazy at home. Cooks should be a low end WR1 this week.
Michael Thomas, NO
Injuries have forced Vernon Hargreaves III (ranked 85th) to the outside and Thomas will line up against him on over half of his snaps. This may be a week Thomas out scores Cooks though both are in play for good weeks. Thomas seems like a solid WR1 in a good matchup at home.
Cincinnati @ Houston
A.J. Green, CIN
Green will matchup equally with A.J. Bouye (ranked 6th) and Robert Nelson (ranked 100th). Making his first start since suffering a hamstring injury, Green makes for a bit of an unknown this week. Reports are to not expect a lot but still, he’s an absolute stud and if he’s healthy there is no reason to think he can’t perform. I would have him in the WR2 range this week based on the risk.
Tyler Boyd, CIN
Boyd did not break out the way most hoped when Green went down. Still he has been solid especially in PPR leagues and gets an OK matchup this week against slot corner Kareem Jackson (ranked 68th). He will likely see less targets with the return of Green and is unplayable outside of deep PPR leagues.
Brandon LaFelle, CIN
With the return of Green LaFelle will take a major hit. He filled the role of Green during his abscence and he is now likely unstartable.
DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
Hopkins plays most of his snaps from the left which means he will see Adam Jones (ranked 31st). With Savage replacing Osweiler Hopkins should get a bit of a boost as he saw 17 targets last week. Hopkins has had a disappointing season but should make for a solid WR2 with Savage under center this week.
Will Fuller, HOU
Lining up on the other side, Fuller will see Dre Kirkpatrick (ranked 67th). Last week with Savage, Fuller saw 8 targets for 4 catches and 42 yards. He is nothing more than a boom/bust play in deep leagues.
Baltimore @ Pittsburgh
Steve Smith, SR., BAL
Smith lines up all over the field which means he will match up against every Baltimore corner. The Steelers have been tough on wide receivers ranking 5th in points allowed. Smith doesn’t offer a huge ceiling but makes a solid WR4/flex start.
Mike Wallace, BAL
Wallace will see a mix of Artie Burns (ranked 45th) and Ross Cockrell (ranked 30th). Wallace doesn’t see enough targets to make him a consistent fantasy option and makes for a boom/bust WR4.
Antonio Brown, PIT
Brown will see a mix of Shareece Wright (ranked 67th) and Tavon Young (ranked 26th). The Ravens give up 1.5 touchdowns per game and with the Steelers being back at home Ben Roethlisberger should play much better. Brown is an obvious must start WR1 this week.
Eli Rogers, PIT
Rogers will line up against slot corner Jerraud Powers (ranked 77th). Normally not a start in any formats, Rogers could make for a good PPR play with Ladarius Green out and Sammie Coates not expected to play. Still this team revolves around LeVeon Bell and Brown so he can’t be considered more than a WR4 in PPR.
Denver @ Kansas City
Demaryius Thomas/Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
Thomas and Sanders are playing almost equal amounts on either side of the field. When these teams met last time the Broncos lined Sanders up away from Marcus Peters (ranked 44th) and went after Philip Gaines. Unfortunately Gaines has been benched and Terrance Mitchell (ranked 3rd) has stepped up in his place. No matter where the Broncos receivers line up this week they will have tough matchups. Still volume keeps them both in the WR2 range.
Jeremy Maclin, KC
Maclin saw 8 targets against a weak Titans secondary last week but now gets a Broncos secondary allowing the fewest points to wide receivers. Maclin lines up all over the field but it won’t matter in such a tough matchup. He is a tough start and is outside the WR4 range.
Tyreek Hill, KC
Hill got 1 touch last week and turned it into a 68 yard touchdown. Unless he can do something like that again this week he is likely to disappoint. He is tough to start in any format this week.
Detroit @ Dallas
Golden Tate, DET
Tate lines up all over the field so he’ll see a mix of Cowboys corners. The Cowboys rank 16th in points allowed to wide recievers. Clearly the number one target on this team, Tate makes a solid WR2.
Anquan Boldin, DET
Boldin will matchup against slot corner Orlando Scandrick (ranked 25th). Scandrick had a rough start to the season but has been playing much better of late. Boldin is touchdown dependent and outside the WR4 range.
Marvin Jones, DET
Jones will see a mix of Brandon Carr (ranked 81st) and Anthony Brown (ranked 48th) on the outside. Unfortunately he just doesn’t see the volume to be a consistent option. He will be outside the WR4 range this week.
Dez Bryant, DAL
Bryant plays half of his snaps from the left which means he will see Nevin Lawson (ranked 23rd). Take away his terrible game against the Giants (who own Dez) and he’s topped 70 yards and/or scored a touchdown in his last 5 games. Dez is a low end WR1 this week even in a tough matchup.
Cole Beasly, DAL
Beasly gets a soft matchup against slot corner Asa Jackson (ranked 119th). Beasly does not see enough volume to be a consistent fantasy start and is outside the WR4 range even in PPR formats.
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