Week 12 for wide receivers was weird, I mean really weird. Doug Baldwin scored three touchdowns and racked up 32 points, and was second in fantasy points to only Matthew Stafford and Russell Wilson(both had 34 points). Markus Wheaton gained over 200 yards while Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant were on the field. And Seth Roberts came out of nowhere to catch two touchdowns for Oakland.
Another note to make from Week 12 is the fact that the Carolina Panthers are for real. They dismantled an offense from Dallas that looked to be healthy. The key takeaway for fantasy owners is to never play someone who is lining up across from Josh Norman. Norman shut down Dez Bryant on Thanksgiving, adding him to the list of receivers that have done nothing against him.
The two matchups I am looking forward to this week are Tennessee at Jacksonville and Philadelphia at New England.
Both of these matchups will feature receivers that will have breakout games.
The secondary of both Philly and Tennessee have been highly susceptible to aerial attacks from opposing teams.
Week 13 Wide Receiver Rankings Reactions
Who I Like More
Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans
He currently averages 12.4 points a game and has scored double digits for the past seven weeks. Robinson is arguably the most consistent player in the NFL this year. Robinson will have a good matchup against the young secondary of Tennessee. He will go for eighty yards and a touchdown.
The Jaguars will host the Titans this Sunday in an AFC South matchup. Blake Bortles has found his stride in his second year in the league. His success has led to Robinson being the number six receiver in fantasy this year.
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) December 1, 2015
Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles
The Patriots have a great matchup this week at home against the Eagles. The Eagles have been atrocious the last two weeks. Jameis Winston and Matthew Stafford have torched Philly’s defense scoring a combined 90 points. All ten touchdowns in the past two weeks have come from the passing game.
Lafell has been relatively quite since his return from injury. He has seen most of his targets go to Edleman and Gronkowski. However, this will not be the case this week with both Edleman and Gronkowski out due to injury. This week is Lafell’s chance to step up and be the number one guy for New England. I would rank him in my top five for wide outs this week.
Tom Brady will be targeting him and Scott Chandler for the majority of throws.
Who I Like Less
Deandre Hopkins, Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills
Last week against the Saints, Hopkins caught five passes for 36 yards. Yes, the horrible Saints shut one of the most talented receivers in the league. This week Hopkins will go against a stout Buffalo defense. The Bills have allowed the 5th fewest yards per passing attempt in the league.
The Buffalo defense held OBJ to 38 yards, A.J. Green to 36 yards, and Brandon Marshall to 23 yards. The secondary of Buffalo is able to shut down number one receivers from any team. This week versus Hopkins will be no different. Additionally, I think the Bills’ defensive line will be able to put a good amount of pressure on Brian Hoyer and force him to make bad throws.
Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants vs. New York Jets
He did it again last week! OBJ made an amazing catch against Washington for a touchdown. This week he is ranked fourth according to the SCFE. This is an accurate ranking under one condition, if Darrelle Revis does not play. Currently, Revis undergoing the NFL’s concussion protocol and it is unsure if he will be in Sunday’s game.
I am erring on the side of caution with this pick because the thought of Revis playing would move OBJ out of my top ten receivers for this week. If Revis is declared inactive then Odell will definitely be a top 3 receiver.
With Revis: 50 yards Without Revis: 110 yards, 1 TD
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