Much like the quarterback position in fantasy football this season, wide receivers have provided some surprises and disappointments on a weekly basis. Week 13 is full of some matchups to shy away from but also some opportunities to use receivers that have been inconsistent this season.
Eric Decker at New York Giants
Decker has 51 receptions for 700 yards and eight touchdowns this season and is facing a Giants‘ defense that has given up 20 passing touchdowns this season. While he has yet to post a 100-yard game, he has one touchdown in all but two games this season. If teams start to double up on Brandon Marshall, Decker will be the beneficiary of more targets in the passing game. This matchup is in favor of the Jets.
Martavis Bryant vs. Indianapolis Colts
Although Bryant didn’t have a receiving touchdown against a tough Seahawks‘ secondary, he did run for one. Bryant is almost a must-start on a weekly basis because of his big play ability, but he can be inconsistent at times. After serving a four-game suspension at the start of the season, Bryant has 55 targets in six games and has 27 receptions for 509 yards and five receiving touchdown. And he is facing a Colts pass defense that allows 272.8 passing yards per game.
Green Bay receivers at Detroit Lions
Thursday night games can give fantasy football owners an edge on their competition on a weekly basis, but you should stay far, far away from any of the Packers‘ receivers at Detroit on Thursday. With Aaron Rodgers playing inconsistently at best recently, no Green Bay receivers should be used right now. And it doesn’t help when they can’t hang onto the ball either.
Willie Snead vs. Carolina Panthers
Snead has been an interesting play this season, but is becoming a little too inconsistent for most fantasy owners. Going up against a tough Carolina Panthers defense is not going to help the situation this week either, and Drew Brees is looking like he is starting the downward spiral in his career. With Snead only having three touchdown catches this season, he is likely to only be on a few rosters in deeper leagues. If you do have him on your roster, do not start him this week against the Panthers.
On the Bubble
Dez Bryant at Washington Redskins
I’m going to get killed for saying that Dez is a bubble pick this week, but all you have to do is look at his season so far and also consider that he doesn’t have Tony Romo for the rest of the season. The Cowboys have struggled mightily with Matt Cassel, but none more than Bryant has. Washington’s defense gives up the seventh most points to wide receivers but you will be starting Bryant at your own risk, and don’t feel bad for benching him for a stronger option. After all, he only has two receiving touchdowns in 2015 to go with a measly 280 receiving yards.