Is Allen Robinson Great Again? | Week 11 Wide Receiver Starts And Sits
A couple weeks ago I discussed the struggles of wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Allen Robinson. Since then, nothing has changed for Hopkins but Robinson has averaged 16.15 fantasy points with two scores. It’s only been two games but Robinson is getting back on track and making his way back into the WR1 conversation. I expect this trend to continue with a juicy matchup with the Lions ahead. But more on that later.
Every week I provide you with my recommended start or sit wide receivers. 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 Emmanuel Sanders or Stefon Diggs? Or Jordan Matthews or Michael Thomas? 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: Allen Robinson (at DET)
As discussed above, Allen Robinson has improved over the last few weeks on his lackluster start to the 2016 season. In his last three games, Robinson has combined for 22 receptions, 253 yards and two touchdowns. He has at least 12 targets in each of those outings. Week 11 presents an opportunity for Robinson to continue his upward trend with a trip to Detroit looming. The Lions are ranked in the middle of the pack in pass defense and have allowed 23.7 fantasy points per game to wide receivers. This game could very likely turn into a high scoring affair which bodes well for Robinson’s chances to extend his two game scoring streak.
Bottom Line: Coming off his best performance of the season, Allen Robinson can be started and trusted in fantasy lineups as a WR1 vs Detroit.
Brandin Cooks/Michael Thomas (*TNF* at CAR)
Brandin Cooks was listed here as a sit last week with a difficult matchup with the Broncos. It was looking like a good call until he made a ridiculous 32-yard touchdown catch in traffic on what turned out to be the Saints’ last offensive play. His teammate, rookie Michael Thomas, had two very costly fourth quarter fumbles in his worst performance of the season. Both should bounce-back this week in a very favorable matchup. The Carolina Panthers rank eighth worst in fantasy points allowed to receivers (25.4/game). They also rank in the bottom 10 in passing yards (273/game) and touchdowns (17) allowed. In their October matchup, Drew Brees torched Carolina’s secondary for 465 yards and four touchdowns. Cooks and Thomas combined for 251 of those yards and two scores.
Bottom Line: Cooks and Thomas should be started as high-end WR2s in what should be a high scoring game. Note: This game will be played on Thursday Night Football so be sure to make lineup adjustments accordingly.
Kelvin Benjamin (*TNF* vs NO)
When the Panthers and Saints met back in week six, Kelvin Benjamin caught eight passes for 86 yards on 14 targets. Benjamin has an opportunity to better those numbers this week in this NFC South rematch. New Orleans ranks last in the NFL, giving up nearly 300 passing yards per game. In nine games, the Saints have allowed six receivers to score double-digit fantasy points. Three of those have come in the last four games.
Bottom Line: Benjamin is a solid WR2 vs the Saints. Note: This game will be played on Thursday Night Football so make lineup decisions accordingly.
Others with favorable matchups: Julian Edelman (at SF), Rishard Matthews (at IND), Jamison Crowder (vs GB)
Sit of the Week: Stefon Diggs (vs ARI)
Stefon Diggs is coming off one of the best games of his career. In week 10, Diggs abused the Redskins secondary for 164 yards on 13 receptions. The second year wideout has 34 receptions over the last three weeks after combining for just 27 in the previous five. The going gets tough this week with Patrick Peterson and the Arizona Cardinals coming to town. The Cardinals rank second against the pass (195 yards/game), fourth in fewest fantasy points (20.0/game) allowed to wide receivers and have given up the fewest passing touchdowns (6, tied with SEA) in their nine games. In his only previous game against Arizona, Diggs was contained to just two catches for 12 yards.
Bottom Line: His recent hot streak makes Diggs a WR2 but temper your expectations in this very difficult matchup.
DeAndre Hopkins (at OAK)
DeAndre Hopkins has hit rock bottom. Last season’s sixth highest scoring fantasy receiver has arguably been the biggest bust of 2016. He’s averaging just 7.4 fantasy points per game and 4.27 over the last three. Hopkins hasn’t had a 100 yard performance since all the way back in week two and hasn’t scored since week five. He still ranks in the top 10 in targets per game but the inability of his $72 million quarterback to get him the football has become a major problem. This week, the Texans head to Mexico to take on a much improved Raiders defense on Monday Night Football. Oakland hasn’t allowed a 300 yard passer since week five and only one receiver has topped 100 yards over the last four games.
Bottom Line: Hopkins can now be considered a bench player until Osweiler’s play significantly improves. He’s a WR3 at best vs OAK.
Jordan Matthews (at SEA)
Rookie quarterback in Seattle, enough said. While not a complete disaster, Jordan Matthews disappointed as last week’s start of the week with six catches for 73 yards. With a trip to Seattle on tap, Matthews will be a risky option in fantasy lineups this week. The Seahawks rank 10th against the pass (242 yards/game) and are tied with the Cardinals for fewest passing touchdowns (6) against. Opposing receivers are averaging 21.2 fantasy points per game against Seattle, good for eighth best in the NFL.
Bottom Line: The legion of boom plus a rookie quarterback make Matthews a risky WR3 in week 11.
Others with difficult matchups: Michael Crabtree (vs HOU), Doug Baldwin (vs PHI), Cameron Meredith (at NYG)