Fantasy Football: 5 Good and 5 Bad Wide Receiver Matchups in Week 4

Garrett BakerSenior Analyst ISeptember 26, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Torrey Smith #82 of the Baltimore Ravens catches a touchdown pass in the second quarter against Kyle Arrington #24 of the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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I think the only people that are happy about the NFL replacement referees' decision that Golden Tate caught the ball were the small handful of fantasy owners who actually started Tate last week. That catch gave him roughly nine extra points, and I bet that decided a fantasy football game somewhere.

I can't take into account preposterous officiating decisions like that, but, replacement referees notwithstanding, here's my analysis on the good and bad wide receiver matchups in fantasy football for Week 4. Last week's matchups article here (4/5 on good matchups, by the way). 


Good Matchups

Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin vs. Cleveland

Both receivers turned in big weeks last week, with Torrey's inspiring performance coming less than a full day after the death of his younger brother. This week the tandem gets a poor Browns team that is still without top cornerback Joe Haden.

Vincent Jackson vs. Washington

It's hard for me to put Jackson on here for the second week in a row after he made me look bad with a one-catch game in Week 3. But he goes up against a Washington defense who has given up the most fantasy points to wide receivers so far this season.

Brandon Lloyd at Buffalo

Lloyd leads New England in targets with 33 and has had good fantasy production even without reaching the end zone. If Brady and the Pats offense can have a big game against Baltimore's defense, imagine what they can do against the Bills. Brady will be desperate for a win, and Lloyd should reap the benefits.

Larry Fitzgerald vs. Miami

 He made me look like a fool for putting him on the bad matchups list last week, and this week, Fitz ends up on the better side of things. It seems like the Cardinals are legitimately good, at least better than anyone expected, and they go up against a Miami defense that has given up big games to Andre Johnson and Santonio Holmes thus far.

Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas vs. Oakland

 I feel like these two are always on one of the lists, and always bundled together, because they both get a lot of targets. Last week, Decker had eight catches and 136 yards to Thomas' three catches and 34 yards, even though Thomas had more targets (12) than Decker (11). There should be ample opportunity for both of them to put up big numbers against a very average Oakland defense.  


Bad Matchups

Santonio Holmes vs. San Francisco

Holmes put up big numbers last week, but it came against a below-average Miami defense. San Francisco awaits and will be looking to make a statement after last week's letdown in Minnesota. 

Kenny Britt at Houston

Houston is possibly the league's best defense, and Britt injured his ankle last week (surprise!). Plus, rookie Kendall Wright has emerged as a legitimate option for Jake Locker. Even if Britt does play in Week 4, he shouldn't be starting for your fantasy team.

Julio Jones and Roddy White vs. Carolina

You should still start Jones and White, but I'm not sure how much to expect from them this week. They have had good but not exceptional starts to their seasons, and Tony Gonzalez has been getting a lot of targets. They go up against a surprising Carolina defense that has allowed the second least fantasy points to wide receivers so far this season.

Danny Amendola vs. Seattle

Amendola came back to earth last week after a monster game in Week 2, and runs into a very stingy Seattle defense in Week 4. The Seahawks kept Aaron Rodgers off balance all game and will look to put the same pressure on the less mobile Sam Bradford.

Brandon Marshall at Dallas

Although Marshall continues to rack up the targets, his last two weeks combined have equated to roughly half of his Week 1 production. Dallas' secondary, which has given up the least points to wide receivers this season, awaits the Bears' passing game.