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Week 4 Choose or Lose: Wide Receivers

Wide receivers gave fantasy football fans plenty to cheer about when it comes to their performances. Must start players like Julio Jones and A.J. Green were spectacular last week and are expected to do the same this week. Those players that are bonafide starters will not be on this list, let’s take a look at the best and worst options for wide receivers this week.

CHOOSE

LARRY FITZGERALD VS. ST. LOUIS RAMS

If you’re a fantasy owner that decided to take a flier on Larry Fitzgerald this season then you might have struck gold with that pick. Cardinals fans have been waiting for the last two years for Fitzgerald to return to the dominant force that he once was.

Fitz is finally back, he’s caught 5 TDs from Carson Palmer the last two weeks. Michael Floyd has been a non-factor in the Cardinals offense and John Brown hasn’t done as well as many thought he would.

The Rams have allowed the 11th fewest points to opposing wide receivers but that probably won’t be enough to stop Larry Fitzgerald this week. If Fitz is truly back, he’ll be unstoppable this week.

KEENAN ALLEN VS. CLEVELAND BROWNS

Keenan Allen had an awful Week 2 against the Bengals but really bounced back last week against the Vikings. Allen is on pace for a ridiculous 155 receptions and he’s clearly Phillip Rivers’ favorite target after 2 TD catches last week.

The Browns allow the 24th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers which makes Keenan Allen a must start this week. As long as Phillip Rivers doesn’t get injured or turn the ball over, expect Allen to have another big game in Week 4.

T.Y. HILTON VS. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Colts fans and fantasy owners alike are obviously worried about the fact that T.Y. Hilton just hasn’t been very good this season. Part of it is because of nagging injuries and part of it is because of the poor play from Andrew Luck.

However, an always favorable matchup comes to town in the form of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars are much improved this season but they are still 21st against opposing wide receivers and the last time Hilton went up against them, he had 202 yards and touchdown. T.Y. Hilton and the Colts should get back on track this week.

LOSE

MIKE EVANS VS. CAROLINA PANTHERS

A lot of fantasy owners drafted Mike Evans with the hope that he would blossom into a top fantasy wide receiver this season. Things really have not panned out so far for the former Texas A&M wide out. Evans has been dealing with some injuries which is why he had no catches in Week 2.

He had a solid Week 3 against the Texans but this week features a much tougher matchup against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are 10th best against opposing wide receivers and feature a very stout defense. It might be best to wait a week before putting Mike Evans back into your lineup.

ALSHON JEFFERY VS. OAKLAND RAIDERS

Alshon Jeffery is another top tier wide receiver who has had injury problems this season. Those injuries have led to Jeffery being a pretty big disappointment so far. There are a number of reasons as to why you should stay away from Jeffery this week.

The Raiders are surprisingly 12th best against opposing wide receivers, and too much depends on the injury status of Jay Cutler. If Cutler returns, then Jeffery could have a big day but with Jimmy Clausen likely to be the starter, Jeffery doesn’t have a lot of value.

ON THE BUBBLE

JORDAN MATTHEWS VS. WASHINGTON REDSKINS

Obviously Jordan Matthews didn’t have a great matchup against the New York Jets last week but things could get better against the Redskins. The Skins have been a surprise defensively this season, and Matthews has been underwhelming.

However, DeAngelo Hall is out for the Redskins which means Matthews could have some opportunities to get behind the defense. The Skins are currently 15th against opposing wide outs which means they’re about average. Going with Jordan Matthews this week is a risk but it could go either way.

BRANDIN COOKS VS. DALLAS COWBOYS

The injury to Drew Brees hurts Brandin Cooks stock even more this week. Cook is another wide receiver who was expected to have a breakout campaign but it simply hasn’t materialized. What is encouraging is that his yardage totals have gone up each week but what’s alarming is that he has yet to score a touchdown.

The Cowboys are 14th against opposing wide receivers which could be a tough matchup but last week the Cowboys had no answer for Julio Jones. If Cooks can get into space then he’s got the chance to do some great things this week but if he doesn’t score a touchdown then it could be a risky proposition to start him.

 

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