Start Em Sit Em Week 7: WRs Who Will Save Fantasy Owners' Weekends
Having a bench player go off for an epic performance is an incredibly frustrating experience for fantasy football owners, and there a few wide receivers who must be started in Week 7 in order to avoid disappointment.
Those who kept the Green Bay Packers’ James Jones on the bench during any of his last three games will be angry with their decision, but owners who made the bold move to start Cleveland Browns’ Josh Gordon likely celebrated a victory.
Starting Calvin Johnson or A.J. Green is an easy decision to make, but choosing a player for a third wide-receiver slot or a flex play can be significantly more difficult.
Here are the WRs who will have productive games this week despite not being considered among the elite fantasy players at their position.
Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders
Speed is an attribute that has been heavily valued by the Oakland Raiders, and it is easy to see why they like Denarius Moore so much.
Moore can fly, and his ability to get behind defenses makes him a constant danger to opposing secondaries. However, the Raiders running game has been inconsistent this season, and the offense is often one-dimensional.
Against a tough defense, Oakland’s ability to create plays down the field can be taken away. Fortunately for the team and Moore’s fantasy owners, the Raiders are taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars this week.
The Jaguars have allowed the fourth-most yards per game this season and present an excellent matchup for Moore. The speedy wideout should be in starting lineups this week.
Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans
For the lower-tier wide receivers, matchups must be a significant factor in a fantasy owner’s decisions on whether to start or sit a player. Few defenses have been kinder to opposing wide receivers than the Buffalo Bills, whom Kenny Britt and the Tennessee Titans will face this Sunday.
Buffalo has been gashed on the ground, allowing more rushing yards per game than any other team, and as a consequence, opposing wideouts have found success against favorable coverages. The Bills have given up the fifth-most fantasy points to WRs this season, according to NFL.com.
Britt has yet to unleash a dominant game this season, but in two of the team’s last three games, he led or was tied for the team lead in targets. He will be a significant part of the team’s passing game against Buffalo.
With Matt Hasselbeck looking Britt’s way often in the upcoming matchup, the talented wideout will have his best fantasy performance on the season.
Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Which of these WRs will have the best week?
Mike Williams is breaking out of his sophomore slump and has over 100 receiving yards in each of his last two games and is heading into an extremely favorable matchup against the New Orleans Saints.
The struggling Saints secondary has allowed the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers (also noted by NFL.com) and has allowed more total yards per game than any team in the league.
While the Buccaneers passing game has also had its problems this season, ranking 25th in yards per game, Williams proved against both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins that he will produce in favorable matchups.
That is what the Saints offer him, and the Tampa Bay wideout will put up impressive numbers for a third consecutive game.
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