Fantasy Team Advice

Week 15 Wide Receiver Best and Worst Matchups

Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans

Which wide receivers have the best matchups this week against opposing defenses? Which have the worst?

For many of you, the fantasy playoffs are still going on, or they are starting this week.  It’s crucial that you make the right decisions on your wide receivers.  One wrong move, and your season could end sooner than you expected.

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.

Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans

Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans

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*These stats are taken from NFL.com*

Best Matchups for Wide Receivers in Week 15

Rank Team WR PPG Allowed Opposing WRs – Week 15
1 Philadelphia Eagles 28.38 Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson, Cordarrelle Patterson
2 Detroit Lions 27.54 Torrey Smith, Marlon Brown, Jacoby Jones
3 Buffalo Bills 26.95 Cecil Shorts, Ace Sanders, Mike Brown
4 Minnesota Vikings 26.30 DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper, Jason Avant
5 New York Jets 26.22 Steve Smith, Ted Ginn, Brandon LaFell
6 San Diego Chargers 26.15 Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker
7 Indianapolis Colts 25.19 Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins, Devier Posey
8 Oakland Raiders 25.07 Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, Dexter McCluster
9 Green Bay Packers 24.92 Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Miles Austin
10 Denver Broncos 24.77 Keenan Allen, Eddie Royal, Vincent Brown


Analysis:  
Cordarrelle Patterson exploded last week for what initially appeared to be the game-winning 79 yard touchdown catch. The Vikings are continuing to give the flashy rookie more touches, and he has a great matchup this week. He might be flex worthy if you are weak at WR.  The Chargers-Broncos game features two of the worst fantasy secondaries.  Expect Keenan Allen and Eric Decker to have above average games yet again.

Andre Johnson torched the Colts in their last meeting for 229 yards and 3 touchdowns. He should have another nice outing as the Colts struggle a bit. Dwayne Bowe has finally pleased his owners with a solid second half of the season. He has another great matchup this week against Oakland. A sleeper this week is Cecil Shorts. He has seen competition for targets, but the Jaguars are finding some confidence and face a very weak Bills pass defense.


Worst Matchups for Wide Receivers in Week 15

Rank Team WR PPG Allowed Opposing WRs – Week 15
32 Tennessee Titans 14.82 Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts
31 Seattle Seahawks 14.88 Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Rueben Randle
30 Miami Dolphins 16.14 Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson
29 Carolina Panthers 16.67 Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson
28 Arizona Cardinals 16.90 Nate Washington, Kendall WrightJustin Hunter
27 Houston Texans 17.03 T.Y. Hilton, Darrius Heyward-Bey, LaVon Brazill, Da’Rick Rogers
26 San Francisco 49ers 17.62 Vincent Jackson, Tiquan Underwood
25 New Orleans Saints 18.45 Tavon Austin, Chris Givens, Austin Pettis
24 New York Giants 18.75 Percy Harvin, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse
23 Cleveland Browns 19.80 Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Earl Bennett


Analysis:   
Larry Fitzgerald has had an excellent season, and is on fire fright now.  Don’t get too nervous about him facing a stingy Titans secondary this week.  Victor Cruz has been incredibly disappointing this season, and his struggles will most likely continue at least one more week due to a matchup with the Seahawks.  There is absolutely no telling which Colts wide receiver will do well this week. Surely the Colts offense will score points against an awful Houston team, but it’s hard to say where it will come from. I’d put my money on Da’Rick Rogers having another solid game. He looked explosive last week.

Vincent Jackson owners be wary.  If you have other good options this week at wide receiver this week, I might consider looking their way. I don’t think rookie Mike Glennon will have a very fun day against a 49ers defense that is still trying to secure a playoff spot. Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are easily the strongest WR duo in the NFL, but have a tough matchup this week against the Browns. Whoever Joe Haden decides to cover (most likely Marshall), the other receiver should have a comfortable outing.

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