Sammy Watkins Is Back! | Week 13 Start Or Sit Wide Receivers
Bills receiver Sammy Watkins returned to the field just in time to help Buffalo’s playoff push. If you were lucky enough to scoop him up off the waiver wire, he can do the same for your fantasy team. Watkins was limited to just 45% of the offensive snaps against the Jaguars but still managed to make a major impact on the Bills 28-21 victory. He’s back in Buffalo’s lineup, but should he be in yours? The answer to that and more below.
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 Doug Baldwin or Sammy Watkins? 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: Sammy Watkins (at OAK)
Sammy Watkins returned to the field Sunday after missing eight games with a foot injury. He looked good and said after the game he felt as healthy as he has “in a long time.” I would expect his play time and role to increase this week against the Raiders. Oakland ranks 28th against the pass and have allowed the fifth most fantasy points per game (25.5) to wide receivers. When healthy, Watkins has been one of the most productive receivers in the league. In 2015, he ranked first in yards per touch and second in fantasy points per target according to playerprofiler.com. Watkins also finished last season seventh in terms of fantasy points per game, just 0.4 fewer than Texans star DeAndre Hopkins. I expect closer to a full workload from Watkins this week which spells out bad news for the Raiders but good news for your fantasy squad.
Bottom Line: Start Sammy Watkins as an upside WR2 vs the Raiders.
Tyreek Hill (at ATL)
How about Chiefs rookie Tyreek Hill? He looked very impressive in Kansas City’s dramatic overtime win over the defending champions. Hill torched Denver for 52 receiving yards on nine receptions with a touchdown and added a rushing and kick return touchdown as well. Hill has now totaled at least 50 receiving yards in four of his last five games and double-digit fantasy points in four of the last six. The Chiefs take on Atlanta’s last ranked pass defense in week 13. The Falcons have given up the third most passing touchdowns (25) and 25.0 fantasy points per game to wide receivers through 12 weeks. Hill is the most explosive playmaker in the Kansas City offense so look for them to continue to find ways to get the ball to this young rookie.
Bottom Line: I’m starting Hill over Allen Robinson this week and you should too. Hill is an upside WR2 in a very favorable matchup.
Tyrell Williams (vs TB)
If you read last week’s article you know this is one of my favorite players for the rest of the season and he did not disappoint in week 12. Williams caught eight of his 14 targets against the Texans for 70 yards and a touchdown. He left Sunday’s game early with a shoulder injury but coach Mike McCoy said “he’s good.” The Chargers welcome the Buccaneers to town in what should be a favorable matchup for Philip Rivers’ favorite target. The Bucs rank in the bottom ten against the pass and fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers.
Bottom Line: Start Williams as a high-end WR2 vs TB.
Others with favorable matchups: DeAndre Hopkins (at GB), Michael Thomas (vs DET), Marquess Wilson (vs SF)
Sit of the Week: Allen Robinson (vs DEN)
Allen Robinson has been one of this season’s biggest busts and it won’t get any better this week. Robinson, who caught just two passes for 24 yards against the Bills, will take on Denver’s number one pass defense in week 13. Denver also ranks first in fewest fantasy points allowed (15.7/game) to wide receivers and have given up the second fewest passing touchdowns (10) this season. It’s been a disappointing season with a struggling quarterback for Robinson and I can’t imagine it could get any better against the Super Bowl champs.
Bottom Line: Robinson can’t be trusted as anything more than a mid-tier WR3 this week.
Kelvin Benjamin (at SEA)
Kelvin Benjamin scored double-digit fantasy points in week 12 for the first time since all the way back in week two. It’s been a disappointing season for Benjamin and the Panthers to say the least. It won’t get any easier in week 13’s date with the Seahawks and the legion of boom. Seattle ranks 11th against the pass and have given up the eighth fewest fantasy points per game (21.4) to wide receivers. They’re tied with the Broncos and Giants for second in fewest passing touchdowns (10) allowed through 11 games. I expect Benjamin to struggle to break free from Richard Sherman and company enough to provide a productive fantasy day.
Bottom Line: Benjamin isn’t much better than a WR3 vs Seattle. There are better options out there.
DeSean Jackson (at ARI)
DeSean Jackson is coming off his best game of the season and back-to-back double-digit fantasy point performances. A date with Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals will make it very difficult for Jackson to repeat his recent success in week 13. Arizona ranks second against the pass and have allowed the fewest passing touchdowns of any team in the league this season. The Cardinals have allowed the 10th fewest fantasy points per game (21.8) to wide receivers in 2016.
Bottom Line: Jackson is a low-floor WR3 in a brutal matchup.
Others with difficult matchups: Kenny Britt (at NE), Jarvis Landry/DeVante Parker (at BAL), Dez Bryant (at MIN)