Davante Adams A Must-Start | Week 15 Wide Receiver Starts And Sits
Congratulations you made it to the second round of the fantasy playoffs. You likely made it here thanks in part to a big performance from Le’Veon Bell, Davante Adams, Carlos Hyde, Aaron Rodgers, or Matt Ryan. Here’s to another great week and a trip to the championship round!
Each 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 Davante Adams or Tyrell Williams? 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: Davante Adams (at CHI)
Davante Adams has had a huge breakout season in 2016 and it continued in week 14. Adams posted four receptions for 104 and a touchdown against the Seahawks. This week he gets a rematch of a week seven game against the Bears in which he caught 13 balls for 132 yards and two scores. Adams has found the end zone nine times this season and has four 100 yard games since week seven. He has at least one catch of 35 or more yards in five of the last six games. Adams has been benefiting from Aaron Rodgers’ recent hot streak, look for that to continue in a soft matchup against Chicago.
Bottom Line: Davante Adams is a must-start WR2 vs the Bears.
Larry Fitzgerald (vs NO)
The Saints have been one of the worst defenses against the pass this season which bodes well for fantasy owners counting on Larry Fitzgerald to help punch a ticket to the championship round. Fitzgerald has been quiet over the last month but a matchup against the league’s 29th ranked pass defense should help the veteran get back on track.
Bottom Line: Fitzgerald can be trusted as a solid WR2 vs New Orleans.
Tyrell Williams (vs OAK)
If you follow this article on a weekly basis it comes as no surprise that once again Tyrell Williams is listed here as a start. Williams has caught a pass of 40+ yards in three of his last four games. Prior to San Diego’s week 14 loss to the Panthers, he had a touchdown streak that went all the way back to week nine. He’ll look to start a new streak against the Raiders’ 27th ranked pass defense. In week five, Williams caught five passes for 177 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers’ 34-31 loss to the Raiders.
Bottom Line: Keep riding Tyrell Williams as a high-end WR2 on your way to another playoff victory.
Others with favorable matchups: Dontrelle Inman (vs OAK), Sammy Watkins (vs CLE), Tyreek Hill (vs TEN)
Sit of the Week: Kenny Britt (*TNF* at SEA)
The Rams hit rock bottom in week 14 when they got embarrassed in a 42-14 loss at home to the Falcons. Head coach Jeff Fisher was fired after the game. This week it’s not going to get any easier with a Thursday night matchup with the Seahawks in Seattle. The ‘Hawks rank ninth against the pass. It’s tough to trust anyone on the L.A. offense right now with the offensive line struggles and Jared Goff at quarterback.
Bottom Line: Britt is a risky WR3 with a struggling quarterback behind a bad o-line against the legion of boom in a hostile environment. Note: This game will be played on Thursday Night Football so adjust your lineups accordingly.
Golden Tate (at NYG)
Golden Tate disappointed as last week’s Start of the Week and will now have to take on one of the league’s hottest defenses. The Giants have allowed the second fewest passing touchdowns and rank eighth against fantasy wide receivers. On Sunday night the Giants held Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott to just 165 pass yards while Cole Beasley and Dez Bryant combined for 51 yards and 3.10 fantasy points.
Bottom Line: Tate is no better than a WR3 vs NYG.
Allen Robinson (at HOU)
If you’re lucky enough to still be alive in the fantasy playoffs, it’s no thanks to the Jaguars wide receiver you likely spent a first or second round pick on back in the summer. Allen Robinson has been one of 2016’s biggest bust and seems to be getting worse as the season goes along. Over the last four games he has combined for just 90 yards. That’s four games. Combined. He averaged 3.75 fantasy points per game over that span. Coincidentally his last good outing came in week ten against the Texans. In that game, Robinson caught nine passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. Despite that performance his recent struggles make him impossible to trust.
Bottom Line: Robinson is just a desperation WR3/4 play at this point. Note: This will be A-Rob’s last appearance as a sit in this article. Consider him a must-bench every week from here on out.
Others with difficult matchups: Brandin Cooks/Michael Thomas (at ARI), T.Y. Hilton (at MIN), Demaryius Thomas/Emmanuel Sanders (vs NE)