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Week 9 Choose or Lose: Wide Receivers

Wide receivers like Odell Beckham Jr. went off last week against less than stellar defenses. Which wide receivers have the best chance of winning you your fantasy week? We’ll find out on another edition of choose or lose.

CHOOSE

SAMMY WATKINS VS. MIAMI DOLPHINS

Sammy Watkins returns from injury after missing the Bills tilt against the Jaguars two weeks ago in London. The bye week has helped the former Clemson receiver recover just in time for another crucial AFC East game with the Miami Dolphins.

Watkins went to the media a couple of weeks ago and said he wanted the ball more, that may not have been smart but it helped lead to his 2nd best game of the season against a tough Bengals secondary. With Tyrod Taylor back in the lineup, expect Watkins to get some more targets against a Dolphins team that is 25th against wide receivers.

MICHAEL CRABTREE VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Michael Crabtree continues to play second fiddle to Amari Cooper in the Raiders offense but that isn’t a bad thing. Cooper has taken the attention away from Crabtree who has taken full advantage of his opportunities.

The former Texas Tech receiver has 13 catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns the last two weeks against great competition. The Steelers are 17th against opposing wide outs and since Crabtree has been pretty consistent all year, there’s a good chance he’ll have a solid week.

DESEAN JACKSON VS. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DeSean Jackson is finally expected to make his return to the field this Sunday against the Patriots. His hamstring might limit him but if he plays, the Redskins will finally have a deep threat to go to.

Jackson could provide some sneaky value against a team that is 19th in the league against wide receivers. The reality TV star should hopefully step out onto the field with something to prove, especially against the league’s best team.

LOSE

T.Y. HILTON VS. DENVER BRONCOS

T.Y. Hilton continues to be a disappointment for fantasy owners who were on the Andrew Luck and Hilton bandwagon going into this year. Last week Hilton only had one catch against a strong Panthers secondary.

Now it won’t get any easier against the Denver Broncos secondary who are arguably the best in the league. Hilton is meant to be a number one receiver, but it might be bes tto look for other options this week.

JORDAN MATTHEWS VS. DALLAS COWBOYS

Jordan Matthews hasn’t had a 100 yard receiving performance since Week 1 and his numbers have declined week to week. Matthews was expected to be the number one receiver in a high flying Eagles offense but they haven’t lived up to that.

Matthews is now taking on a Cowboys secondary that is 6th against wide receivers. Fantasy owners will be hoping that Matthews has the same performance he did in Week 2 against the Cowboys.

ON THE BUBBLE

BRANDIN COOKS VS. TENNESSEE TITANS

Brandin Cooks is finally starting to get involved in the Saints offense. The thing is every player in the Saints offense got involved when Drew Brees threw seven touchdowns last Sunday. Cooks is meant to be the number one receiver and will continue to get targets so he has plenty of upside going forward.

But there’s also a chance he gets shut down by a Titans team that is 13th against wide receivers. The only way Cooks can hold the trust of fantasy owners is if he has another great performance this week.

DEZ BRYANT VS. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Dez Bryant is someone who should be starting every single week but the reason he’s on this list is because he may not still be fully healthy.

Last week the Seahawks kept him check but this week he has a much better matchup against the Eagles who are 28th in the NFL against opposing fantasy wide receivers.

Bryant could come back with a virtuoso performance but it’ll be high risk, high reward with Matt Cassel as the signal-caller for the Cowboys.

 

 

 

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