The A-Team: Robinson, Hurns Lead Week 7 Wide Receivers
You know it was a crazy week in fantasy football when Case Keenum and Cody Kessler finish as top ten quarterbacks and Kenny Britt scores more points than Allen Robinson, Antonio Brown, Jordy Nelson, and Larry Fitzgerald COMBINED. Week seven, I’m sure, will be just as unpredictable.
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 Will Fuller or Stefon Diggs? Or Jordan Matthews or Randall Cobb? 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/Allen Hurns (vs OAK)
Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns combined for one of the most dangerous wide receiver duos in the NFL last season. The 2016 season has not been quite the same for the Jaguars tandem. The two have combined for an average of 16.5 fantasy points per game, compared to 24.7 last season. But week seven is an opportunity for Robinson and Hurns to break out of their early season slumps. The Raiders have given up a league worst 313 passing yards per game. They’ve also been allowing over 28 fantasy points per game to wideouts and 12 passing touchdowns. Robinson and Hurns are still getting a ton of targets and make up more than 57 percent of the Jaguars’ red zone targets. The production will come soon enough and week seven is the combo’s best chance for a breakout performance.
Bottom Line: Start Robinson as a WR1 and Hurns as a high-end WR3.
Michael Crabtree (at JAX)
Michael Crabtree caught just two of four targets for 10 yards in the Raiders’ week six loss to the Chiefs. Crabtree saw a lot of pro bowl cornerback Marcus Peters throughout the day and it was reflected on his final stat line. Amari Cooper was the beneficiary of the poor day by Crabtree, posting 10 catches for 129 yards. Still, Crabtree is averaging 11.4 fantasy points per game and has five touchdown catches, tying him for the league lead. Crabtree has a matchup with the Jaguars in week seven. Opposing receivers have averaged 26.2 fantasy points per game against Jacksonville and have found the end zone seven times. This game will undoubtedly be a high scoring affair which should play in favor of Crabtree and his fantasy owners.
Bottom Line: Crabtree should be started as a WR2 with a high likelihood of finding the end zone.
Mike Wallace (at NYJ)
Mike Wallace caught four of nine targets for 97 yards against the Giants on Sunday, including a 70 yarder in the third quarter. It was a continuation of Wallace’s solid start to his Ravens career. Through six games he has 25 receptions for 370 yards and three touchdowns. He leads all Ravens receivers in targets with 47. Wallace will look to take advantage of a Jets secondary that has allowed the second most fantasy points to wide receivers (28.4). The Jets have allowed the second most completions of 40+ yards (8) after six weeks.
Bottom Line: Start Wallace as a borderline WR2/3 for this very favorable matchup.
Others with favorable matchups: Cameron Meredith (at GB), Jeremy Maclin (vs NO), DeSean Jackson (at DET)
Sit of the Week: Jordan Matthews (vs MIN)
Wide receivers have been routinely disappearing against the Minnesota Vikings in 2016. No receiver has reached 80 yards and only two have scored. Prior to the bye week, the Vikings held Texans wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller to a combined 60 yards. Most of that came in garbage time in the late fourth quarter. Jordan Matthews has been quiet over his last three games, averaging three receptions, 53 yards, and has one touchdown. He’s been targeted fewer than five times in two of those three games. With the terrifying matchup and the decreasing production, Matthews is not a trustworthy option for week seven.
Bottom Line: Jordan Matthews is just a WR3 at best vs Vikings.
Stefon Diggs (at PHI)
Stefon Diggs is expected to return from his groin injury that forced him to sit out week five before the bye week. Diggs has considerably cooled off from his hot start to his sophomore campaign. Since catching 16 passes for 285 yards and a touchdown in weeks one and two, Diggs has combined for nine receptions for just 87 yards with no scores. The Eagles defense ranks in the top five in fewest passing yards per game and fewest fantasy points per game by wide receivers. They’ve only allowed two touchdowns to receivers in five games. The drop off in production, the injury, and the matchup make it difficult to trust Diggs on Sunday.
Bottom Line: Diggs is no better than a WR3 vs Philly.
Sammie Coates (vs NE)
Sammie Coates was the hot pick-up off the waiver wire last week following his 6-139-2 performance against the Jets. If you added Coates and plugged him into your week six lineup you were left very disappointed. The second-year wideout was held without a catch despite a great matchup versus the Dolphins. His broken finger and lacerated hand likely contributed to Coates’ poor outing. Now to add insult to injury (literally), the Steelers will be without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (knee) on Sunday in a difficult matchup with the Patriots. Landry Jones will be under center for the Steelers. In his five appearances last season (two starts), Jones completed 58.2 percent of his passes for 513 yards, three touchdowns, and four interceptions. New England ranks tenth in fewest fantasy points allowed per game to opposing wide receivers.
Bottom Line: Hand injury + backup quarterback + Patriots defense = hard to trust Coates as more than a WR4.
Others with difficult matchups: Antonio Brown (vs NE), Emmanuel Sanders (vs HOU), Will Fuller/DeAndre Hopkins (at DEN)