Chances are that you’ve had to make several changes at wide receiver based on key injuries to fantasy wide receivers up to this point in 2015. If you haven’t had to deal with injuries on your fantasy roster, count yourself lucky, because several big name receivers have missed time this season.
Allen Robinson vs. Buffalo Bills
The Bills are a team that has not lived up to the preseason hype defensively and Blake Bortles is a choose pick in our quarterbacks selections this week. Robinson has had a great start to the 2015 season and has raised his average yards per catch from 11.4 in 2014 to 17.4 in 2015. He also has 488 receiving yards and five touchdowns already this season, and he should surpass his 2014 receiving yards total this week. The Bills have a decent secondary but if their front seven can’t get to Bortles, Robinson could be scoring early and often in London.
Rishard Matthews vs. Houston Texans
Matthews has been a sneaky pick in fantasy football this season, even though the Dolphins‘ offense has struggled. Matthews has been a silver lining for the Fins though and has already set a new career high for receiving touchdowns in a season with three. He also has 23 catches for 363 yards and an average of 15.8 yards per catch. While Matthews hasn’t found the end zone the last two weeks, look for him to shred the Texans‘ defense that will be more focused on Jarvis Landry. I expect Matthews to have a great week this week and to gain at least 80 yards and have at least one touchdown catch against Houston.
Jordan Matthews vs. Carolina Panthers
The other Matthews probably wasn’t drafted in your league but he has scored more points than this Matthews has in 2015. Yes, Jordan Matthews is the leading receiver for the Eagles, but they will be going up against a tough Panthers‘ defense in Carolina on Sunday night. I haven’t been that impressed with quarterback Sam Bradford this season either, and I would stay as far away as possible from using any Eagles’ players this week.
Kamar Aiken vs. Arizona Cardinals
Yes, Aiken has started to build a rapport with quarterback Joe Flacco, but he is second in line behind Steve Smith. If you aren’t playing in a deep league chances are he is still sitting on the waiver wire, but don’t go snatch him up this week. The Cardinals‘ defense has allowed the 13th fewest points to wide receivers this season, but the eighth fewest points to opposing quarterbacks. If you have other viable options this week, choose those players.
On the Bubble
Doug Baldwin vs. San Francisco 49ers (Thursday night)
Russell Wilson has been scrambling more than a rabbit running from a coyote in 2015 and that has hurt the Seahawks‘ offense tremendously. The 49ers‘ defense has given up the fourth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, but I don’t like this matchup unless you absolutely have to play Baldwin this week. This rivalry might have lost some of its luster recently but it is usually a hard-hitting, smack-talking hate fest and that doesn’t typically bode well for fantasy owners.