Week 13 – Wide Receiver Matchups

Which wide receivers have the best matchups this week against opposing defenses? Which have the worst? Find the answer to those questions here.

These “best and worst” weekly matchups are calculated based on the amount of fantasy points each defense has yielded on average per game to their opponents thus far this season.

This article focuses specifically on how many fantasy points each defense has given up to wide receivers of the opposing team.

Unless your fantasy football team is stocked full of perennial studs, it’s extremely important to consider what defenses your players are facing each week in order to know whether or not you should be worried about your expected production out of them.

*These stats are taken from NFL.com*

Best Matchups for Wide Receivers in Week 13

Rank Team WR PPG Allowed Opposing WRs – Week 13
1 Philadelphia Eagles 29.94 Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts
2 Detroit Lions 29.74 Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Jarrett Boykin
3 Buffalo Bills 28.61 Roddy White, Harry Douglas, Drew Davis
4 San Diego Chargers 26.91 A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones
5 Oakland Raiders 26.43 Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Miles Austin
6 Indianapolis Colts 25.69 Nate Washington, Kendall Wright, Kenny Britt, Justin Hunter
7 New York Jets 25.51 Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Rishard Matthews
8 Minnesota Vikings 25.18 Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Earl Bennett
9 Washington Redskins 25.15 Victor CruzHakeem NicksRueben Randle
10 Atlanta Falcons 25.10 Steve JohnsonRobert WoodsMarquise Goodwin

Michael Floyd has put two together two consecutive 100+ yard receiving games, and could very well see a third this week against the worst fantasy secondary in the NFL. The Packers have had QB issues while Aaron Rodgers has been out, but the Packers wide receivers shouldn’t have any issue getting open against an awful Lions pass defense. Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter shined last week against the Raiders, and face another weak pass defense in the Colts this week.

My two sleeper picks for this week are Terrance Williams and Rueben Randle. Williams is the definition of a boom or bust fantasy player, but the Raiders secondary has been scorched recently, and there will be a little extra excitement in the air on Thanksgiving Day.  Rueben Randle has been a pleasant surprise this year. With Hakeem Nicks dealing with an injury and Victor Cruz struggling, Randle will see a handful of opportunities to shine against a bad Redskins pass defense.

Worst Matchups for Wide Receivers in Week 13

Rank Team WR PPG Allowed Opposing WRs – Week 13
32 Tennessee Titans 12.55 T.Y. Hilton, Darrius Heyward-Bey
31 Miami Dolphins 14.75 Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson
30 Carolina Panthers 15.48 Vincent Jackson, Tiquan Underwood
29 Seattle Seahawks 15.94 Marques Colston, Kenny Stills, Lance Moore
28 Houston Texans 17.04 Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson
27 Arizona Cardinals 17.65 DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper, Jason Avant
26 San Francisco 49ers 17.74 Tavon Austin, Chris Givens, Austin Pettis
25 New Orleans Saints 18.40 Percy Harvin, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse
24 Cleveland Browns 18.90 Cecil Shorts, Ace Sanders, Mike Brown
23 New York Giants 19.45 Pierre Garcon, Leonard Hankerson, Santana Moss

T.Y. Hilton started off hot in Reggie Wayne‘s absense, but has since gone cold. A visit with the Titans surely won’t help his cause. Vincent Jackson has continued his tendency to disappear in certain games, and he very well could disappear again against a stout Panthers defense.  It’s a toss up which Patriots wide receiver will stand out each game, but the Patriots are sure to score plenty of points against a Texans team that has seemed to give up hope.

There is a lot of excitement surrounding the return of Percy Harvin. However, I would still hold back from playing him this week. He still isn’t getting a ton of playing time and faces a very solid Saints defense this week.  Marques Colston owners should also be wary of his matchup against the incredible Seahawks defense. If you are going back and forth between Colston and a second option, I would lean towards another option.

Percy Harvin of the Seattle Seahawk

Percy Harvin of the Seattle Seahawks

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