As Good As Golden Tate | Week 14 Wide Receiver Starts And Sits
Week 14 marks the beginning of the playoffs for many fantasy leagues. For those that are still in the regular season, this is likely your last chance to make it into the tournament. Either way, you’re here because your season is still alive and you’re looking for that little extra edge over your opponents. For that, you have come to the right place.
Every week I provide you with my recommended wide receiver starts and sits. I do not discuss obvious must-starts like Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr., Julio Jones, etc. Instead I will assist with the tough lineup decisions such as Doug Baldwin or Golden Tate? Or Jordan Matthews or Emmanuel Sanders? You get the idea. It is important to note that these are just recommendations and I always believe following your gut is the way to go when making a final start or sit call.
My suggestions are based on numerous factors such as matchups, opportunities within the offense, and past performances, to name a few. All statistics provided are based on standard scoring (non PPR).
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Start of the Week: Golden Tate (vs CHI)
About a month into the season it seemed like newcomer Marvin Jones had overtaken Golden Tate as Detroit’s top receiver. In fact, after five weeks Tate had become irrelevant and was being dropped in fantasy leagues. Since then, he has averaged 11.23 fantasy points per game and Jones has become the irrelevant one. Tate has at least five receptions in six of his last seven games and has failed to reach 75 yards just twice during that span. In week 13, Tate connected with quarterback Mattew Stafford eight times on 10 targets for 145 yards and a touchdown. I expect Stafford and Tate to continue their hot connection this week against the banged up Bears.
Bottom Line: Start Golden Tate as a WR2 vs Chicago.
Tyrell Williams (at CAR)
A couple weeks ago I told you to trade for Chargers receiver Tyrell Williams to help in your quest for a fantasy championship. If you were able to acquire the second year wideout, you’re probably feeling pretty confident heading into the playoffs. Williams has scored double-digit fantasy points in six of his last eight games and has now found pay-dirt in four straight weeks. It’s another terrific matchup this week for Williams and the Bolts. The Panthers rank 29th against the pass and have given up 22 passing touchdowns in 12 games. Opposing wideouts are averaging 26.0 fantasy points per game against Carolina, good for fifth most in the league.
Bottom Line: Trust Williams to lead you to a playoff victory as high-end WR2 vs CAR.
Doug Baldwin (at GB)
In his last two games against the Packers, Doug Baldwin combined for 13 receptions, 198 yards and a touchdown. With the Green Bay secondary banged up and struggling, Baldwin has a great opportunity to continue that success. The Packers have allowed the third most fantasy points per game (26.4) and the second most touchdowns to wide receivers. Baldwin has been quiet over the last two games but expect him to get back on track just in time for your fantasy playoffs.
Bottom Line: Start Baldwin as a WR2 vs the Packers.
Others with favorable matchups: DeAndre Hopkins (at IND), Ted Ginn (vs SD), Brandon Marshall (at SF)
Sit of the Week: Rishard Matthews (vs DEN)
Rishard Matthews has quietly been one of the most productive players in fantasy football since week six. Matthews has notched double-digit fantasy points in each of his last four games and has scored seven touchdowns in his last eight. This week, however, the going gets tough with the defending super bowl champions coming to town. The Broncos rank first against the pass and are tied with the Steelers for fewest touchdowns allowed to wide receivers (7) heading into week 14. Denver has also allowed the fewest fantasy points per game (15.3) to wideouts thus far.
Bottom Line: Matthews is a risky WR3 vs Denver.
Allen Robinson (vs MIN)
Allen Robinson has found himself a new home right here in the sit section. Robinson is not startable against anything resembling a tough matchup right now. Last week against the Broncos he was held to just 31 yards on three receptions. I benched him for Tyreek Hill and Dontrelle Inman who both out-scored the struggling Jaguar. It won’t get any easier this week against the Vikings. Minnesota is second only to Denver in fewest fantasy points allowed to wideouts (16.5/game). They rank fourth against the pass.
Bottom Line: Robinson will once again be on my bench for week 14. He’s no better than a low-floor, touchdown-dependent WR3.
DeVante Parker (vs ARI)
DeVante Parker has had a solid sophomore campaign for the Miami Dolphins. The Louisville product has scored nine or more fantasy points in three of his last four games. This week brings a much tougher challenge, however, with the Dolphins hosting Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals’ third ranked pass defense. Arizona is tied with the Broncos for fewest passing touchdowns allowed and rank 12th in fewest fantasy points allowed (22.1/game) to wide receivers.
Bottom Line: Parker is a risky WR3/4 play this week.
Others with difficult matchups: Davante Adams (vs SEA), Malcolm Mitchell (vs BAL), Steve Smith Sr. (at NE)