Last week featured some wide receivers that unexpectedly had some great performances like Allen Hurns and Tavon Austin. However, there’s a much better chance of guys like Randall Cobb and Odell Beckham Jr. getting back on track this week. Let’s take a look at which wide receivers are worth starting or worth leaving on your bench.
JEREMY MACLIN VS. CHICAGO BEARS
Andy Reid went out and got Jeremy Maclin for a reason, the Chiefs finally have a legitimate threat at wide out. Last week Maclin was superb, catching 11 passes for 148 yards against a solid Bengals defense.
This week Maclin has an even better matchup against the Chicago Bears who have allowed the 26th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. The only other player who may steal some catches from Maclin is Travis Kelce but other than that, Maclin is a very solid play this week even if he doesn’t score a touchdown.
ALSHON JEFFERY VS. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Alshon Jeffery has been fighting off a hamstring injury for the majority of the season but is slated to finally return against the Chiefs. With Jay Cutler back, Jeffery is poised to have a great year and his return is against a team that is dead last in the league against opposing wide receivers.
Fantasy owners have been patiently waiting for Jeffery to return and as long as he does, they should be rewarded this week. If Jeffery doesn’t record more than 50 yards and a touchdown, it might be his hamstring nagging him.
KEENAN ALLEN VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Keenan Allen has been a reliable target for Philip Rivers during these first four weeks of the season and that should continue against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Last week, Allen had 72 yards and a touchdown and he should improve on that against the Steelers who are 17th against opposing wide receivers.
The Chargers only had four wide receivers last week which made Allen a great play. Antonio Gates is returning from suspension which may create even more opportunities for Allen to get open this week.
GOLDEN TATE VS. ARIZONA CARDINALS
Golden Tate signed with the Lions with the hope of being a great complimentary receiver to Calvin Johnson but that simply hasn’t happened this season. Part of it isn’t Tate or the Lions fault, they’ve gone up against 4 of the best pass defenses in the game, the Vikings, Chargers, Broncos, and Seahawks.
This week it will be just as tough going up against the Arizona Cardinals who are 13th against opposing wide recievers and it would be higher if not for Tavon Austin last week. It might be a good idea to stay away from Golden Tate this week.
T.Y. HILTON VS. HOUSTON TEXANS
Andrew Luck is expected to be ready to play on Thursday night but that doesn’t mean it will be good news fantasy owners who own T.Y. Hilton.
Having to get ready for a game with a short week doesn’t usually end well for fantasy owners and the Texans have surprisingly been 7th best against opposing fantasy wide outs.
There is plenty of boom or bust potential with Hilton this week but the Thursday night game means you should stay away from Hilton this week.
ON THE BUBBLE
EMMANUEL SANDERS VS. OAKLAND RAIDERS
Emmanuel Sanders has really been up and down this season, he’s clearly Peyton Manning’s go-to receiver on 3rd down but lately Manning has been throwing more towards Demaryius Thomas.
The Raiders have been solid against the passing game and are 9th against fantasy wide receivers which means Sanders might not have as great a game as one would think.
However, Sanders is always going to get a lot of targets with Manning throwing him the ball, so it could go either way this week.
VINCENT JACKSON VS. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Vincent Jackson had a breakout game against a stout Carolina Panthers defense. Jackson was the one who recorded 10 catches for 147 yards and touchdown, that performance looks like a game that Mike Evans was supposed to have.
Now Jackson and the Bucs take on the Jacksonville Jaguars who are 16th against opposing wide receivers. The matchup favors V-Jax and Jameis Winston but Jackson has been an inconsistent fantasy play for years now, it’s up to owners on which direction they want to go.