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Week 15 Wide Receiver Best and Worst Matchups

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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

RankTeamWR PPG AllowedOpposing WRs – Week 15
1Philadelphia Eagles28.38Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson, Cordarrelle Patterson
2Detroit Lions27.54Torrey Smith, Marlon Brown, Jacoby Jones
3Buffalo Bills26.95Cecil Shorts, Ace Sanders, Mike Brown
4Minnesota Vikings26.30DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper, Jason Avant
5New York Jets26.22Steve Smith, Ted Ginn, Brandon LaFell
6San Diego Chargers26.15Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker
7Indianapolis Colts25.19Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins, Devier Posey
8Oakland Raiders25.07Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, Dexter McCluster
9Green Bay Packers24.92Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Miles Austin
10Denver Broncos24.77Keenan 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

RankTeamWR PPG AllowedOpposing WRs – Week 15
32Tennessee Titans14.82Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts
31Seattle Seahawks14.88Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Rueben Randle
30Miami Dolphins16.14Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson
29Carolina Panthers16.67Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson
28Arizona Cardinals16.90Nate Washington, Kendall WrightJustin Hunter
27Houston Texans17.03T.Y. Hilton, Darrius Heyward-Bey, LaVon Brazill, Da’Rick Rogers
26San Francisco 49ers17.62Vincent Jackson, Tiquan Underwood
25New Orleans Saints18.45Tavon Austin, Chris Givens, Austin Pettis
24New York Giants18.75Percy Harvin, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse
23Cleveland Browns19.80Brandon 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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