Fantasy Football Week 6: WRs Who Will Abuse Poor Pass Defenses

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IOctober 13, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs catches a 29-yard touchdown pass against defensive back Antoine Cason #20 of the San Diego Chargers during the fourth quarter on September 30, 2012 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  San Diego defeated Kansas City 37-20.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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The wide receiver position can often be an unpredictable one for fantasy football owners week to week, but there are some receivers who will have a big week against poor pass defenses.

Let's take a look at some of the top candidates who are destined to do so.


Dwayne Bowe: Kansas City Chiefs (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

After a lackluster Week 5 in which Bowe caught just six passes for 60 yards without a score against the stingy Baltimore Ravens defense, this week should be the opposite story.

The Chiefs will be taking on the Bucs, who have been dreadful against the pass this season. Tampa Bay is ranked dead last against the pass this season, allowing 345 yards per game through the air.

On the flip side, the Bucs are good against the run, so the Chiefs might find it difficult to move the ball on the ground. That means the Chiefs will be throwing the ball more often in this game, and as the team's No. 1 receiver, Bowe figures to be the biggest beneficiary.


Percy Harvin: Minnesota Vikings (vs. Washington Redskins)

Christian Ponder is looking like a legit quarterback in 2012, so it's no surprise that Harvin is having a solid season.

In Week 6, Harvin and the Vikings will be going up against the Redskins, who are allowing a staggering 328 yards per game through the air, good for No. 31 in the NFL. To make matters worse for Washington, Adrian Peterson will be in the backfield for Minnesota.

The Vikings should be able to get their rushing attack going, opening things up for the passing attack to have a big day. The Redskins pass defense couldn't stop a nose bleed this season, making Harvin an ideal candidate to start this week.

If the Redskins' horrid pass defense isn't reason enough to start Harvin already, remember that the Vikings wide receiver often participates in other facets of this team, whether it be kickoffs or just running the ball. The opportunity will be there for Harvin to score more than just receiving points.


Eric Decker: Denver Broncos (vs. San Diego Chargers)

Fantasy football owners might be hesitant to start Decker after a bad Week 5 performance and the fact that Demaryius Thomas is the team's true No. 1 receiver.

But Peyton Manning has resurrected this team's passing attack, proving that the Broncos can throw on even the best defenses in the NFL.

In Week 6, Denver will be taking on the Chargers and their pass defense, which is ranked No. 20 in the NFL. So even though Thomas is Manning's top target, there will be plenty of passes to go around, making it a realistic possibility that two receivers gain 100 yards in this game.

To help Decker further, the Chargers will be putting whatever resources they have in their secondary on Thomas, and as a result, Decker should have a ton of space to work with.