T.Y Hilton and Marvin Jones continued to show their worth in week 9 with the top-two point totals in fantasy among wide receivers. Both are tough to trust for various reasons, but they're working their way back into the conversation for WR1/2 work.
Hilton isn't matchup proof anymore, with Jacoby Brissett at the helm. And Jones has to compete with a plethora of weapons for Detroit, including running backs catching the ball out of the backfield. In a world where wide receivers aren't putting up consistently massive numbers, it's hard to argue with their spots in starting lineups.
We're nearing the playoffs, so here's the week 10 wide receivers start 'em, sit 'em guide for fantasy football.
Robby Anderson vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I keep waiting on the Buccaneers to be at least competitive on the defensive side of the ball and it just doesn't happen. I'm tired of waiting, so I'll back Anderson in a nice matchup in week 10.
Anderson will dominate the targets for the Jets, with Jeremy Kerley suspended for four games. Kerley wasn't a target monster, but his four targets a game has to go somewhere. Why not Anderson?
He's been a touchdown magnet in recent weeks, going three straight games with at least one touchdown in each game. Since receiving 12 targets in week 6, his targets have dropped, but remained consistent with at least five per game. In the last three games, he has 16 targets and 13 catches, so he's producing when he gets the ball thrown to him.
That should work in his favor against Tampa Bay, which is allowing almost 40 fantasy points per game against wide receivers, the second-highest total in the NFL. Everyone's throwing on the Bucs, so why not the Jets? Anderson has the opportunity to be a clear-cut WR2, with WR1 potential.
Marvin Jones vs. Cleveland Browns
If Matthew Stafford looks like he did in week 9, the NFC North is in trouble. He was a surgeon during the Monday night game against Green Bay, throwing two touchdown passes to Jones.
Jones is the main target on the outside, which is a solid place to be in, considering the Lions can't run the ball. And I don't anticipate them to run the ball in week 10 either, since the Browns actually are pretty good against the run. Teams are averaging just 2.9 yards per carry against Cleveland. That will force the Lions into ultimate pass mode, meaning Jones should continue to see targets.
In his last three games, he has 36 targets. He's made the most of those, going for at least 96 yards in each of those games, with three combined touchdowns.
The Browns are in the bottom-half of the NFL in passing yards allowed, so that's how the Lions will attack that defense. Expect plenty of targets toward Jones and massive production.
Marquise Goodwin vs. New York Giants
If you're in the bye-week dumps and searching for a sleeper receiver who can make an impact, Goodwin may be the guy.
Without Pierre Garcon in the lineup, somebody has to take those targets. Luckily for Carlos Hyde owners, it does appear he'll be in the mix for more work in the receiving game out of the backfield. Despite Hyde's increased involvement, Goodwin should see an expanded role.
He had eight targets in week nine against a good secondary for Arizona. He wasn't efficient with those looks, coming up with just two catches for 68 yards, but he's going to draw attention from C.J. Beathard. That's important if you have multiple players on bye weeks or looking for a flier WR3 for your roster.
Goodwin is mostly a big-play threat who has to see more targets based on Garcon's absence, but that big-play threat should work well against the Giants. New York has given up 37 plays of 20 yards or more this year, ranking third-worst in that category. Watch for Goodwin to get behind that secondary a few times and for Beathard to air it out on occasion.
Rishard Matthews vs. Cincinnati Bengals
He was better in week nine against Baltimore's stingy pass defense, going for 70 yards receiving and one touchdown. That's a decent sign for fantasy owners waiting on Matthews to be the player they anticipated in the preseason.
The problem, though, is Matthews has another tough matchup in week 10 and has a quarterback that just doesn't seem ready to be a high-volume passer. So, you're going to be stuck with about four to seven targets per game, and hope for his efficiency to be high. That could be a lot to ask with more competition among wide receivers with Corey Davis emerging in the lineup and with the Bengals coming to town.
Cincinnati ranks fifth in passing yards allowed and fourth in fantasy points allowed against wide receivers.
Matthews won't have the necessary volume to be considered a high-end receiver in week 10. Look elsewhere for production.
Sammy Watkins vs. Houston Texans
I'm all in on Jared Goff and Todd Gurley against the Texans in week 10. Even though I believe the offense will move at will against a fading Houston defense, I'm not completely sold on all those wide receivers.
That's a crowded group of wide receivers to trust in fantasy football. Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Watkins and Gurley all are viable options to catch the ball. That makes it difficult to anticipate a major production level, especially when the targets aren't plentiful.
And in Watkins' case, that's why I'm ranking him lowest among those weapons. Watkins only has 17 targets since week 4. During that time, he only has one touchdown, and has eclipsed 50 yards receiving only once.
He's a big-play threat, touchdown-dependent wide receiver, who won't get more than four targets. That makes him a liability in fantasy football, so I'd sit him for better options this week.
Stefon Diggs vs. Washington Redskins
The Redskins are getting healthier in their secondary, so that should spell trouble for a Vikings passing game that I'm still not sold on this season.
Diggs has been nursing a hamstring injury for much of the season, but returned to action in week 8 against Cleveland, and was quiet throughout. A week after his bye, he should be healthier, but he'll face a Redskins defense that has gotten much healthier in the last few weeks and should be far stingier against the pass.
Diggs hasn't seen more than seven targets since week 3, and the last time the Vikings traveled to the East Coast, it was a disastrous performance at Pittsburgh in week 2. This passing game isn't good enough to move the ball consistently against an emerging Washington defense. Keep an eye on the matchups, and find a better option than Diggs at the wide receiver position.
Scott Levine is the Associate Editor for the Clinton Herald. During his free time, he blogs about fantasy sports and handicaps games.
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