The deepest position in fantasy football, wide receiver often conduces the toughest lineup conundrums for fantasy owners.
It's a lot tougher to sit a slumping running back when Daniel Thomas and Shonn Greene are your best alternatives, and you're not benching Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees if the Monstars (from the movie Space Jam) shift their attention to football.
Wide receiver, on the other hand, is tricky. Chances are you employ a more-than-serviceable option on your bench, and that's not counting the stream of interesting options on the waiver wire.
Some guys fall between the cracks, while others will punish owners for taking too much stock into one performance. Here's what fantasy managers should do with these wideouts.
Eric Decker (at New York Giants)
Some of Decker's owners woke up two Friday mornings ago, caught a glimpse of a ticker with the Denver Broncos score and found out that Peyton Manning threw seven touchdown passes.
After giddily checking the box score, filling his or her head with lofty possibilities for how many of those scores went Eric Decker's way, frustration mountain after seeing his stat line: two catches for 32 yards.
Manning accrued 462 yards, and only 32 went Decker's way? Yikes.
We could go the route of Manning involving Decker more to avoid hurting his feelings, but the 2012 breakout star had his chances. Decker received seven targets, including an end-zone look he could not corral, so don't panic and think he'll forever be the odd man out with Wes Welker's arrival.
Decker had a bad game, but his fantasy owners can take solace in knowing that he was not shunned from Denver's offense, which should beget prolific enough for everyone involved to thrive.
Benching Decker this week will only compound the pain caused by starting him last week when he produces points from your bench.
Jerome Simpson (at Chicago Bears)
The only thing better than catching seven passes for 140 yards is catching seven passes for 140 yards during Week 1.
That sterling outing garnered major attention for Jerome Simpson, a virtual nonfactor who worked his way onto several squads. Let's not carried away after one game though.
Last season, Simpson managed just 26 catches for 274 yards in 12 games, with his best performance (four catches, 50 yards) coming during the opening week. There's no past precedent to believe last week was more than an outlier.
Against the Chicago Bears is not the right time to test that theory. A.J. Green put up explosive numbers, but Simpson is no A.J. Green. Adrian Peterson and Blair Walsh are the only Minnesota Vikings worth starting this week.
Lance Moore (at Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Poor Lance Moore never gets noticed.
Nobody drafted Moore with joy. Instead, they looked at the pool of remaining players and realized that only one 1,000-yard wideout remained.
Moore does not own real estate in most owners' starting lineups, but he occasionally vacations there when the time is right. This is the right week to use him.
Tampa Bay surrendered a league-high 4,758 passing yards last season, and the exchange rate on 256 passing yards to Geno Smith comes out to 450 against Drew Brees.
The Buccaneers added a major reinforcement in Darrelle Revis, but that's Marques Colston's problem. As the team's third option, Moore should spend very little time, if any at all, on Revis Island.
While the veteran receiver will often get lost in New Orleans' deep shuffle, playing with Brees often generates mega outings. Expect one this Sunday from Moore.
Here's a quick outlook on some other notable wide receivers:
|Mike Wallace||at Indianapolis Colts||Wallace was not on the same page as his quarterback, catching one pass in the season opener. Look for a better option until he gets situated in Miami.||Sit|
|T.Y. Hilton||vs. Miami Dolphins||Don't give up on the potential breakout star after one sluggish outing.||Start|
|Rueben Randle||vs. Denver Broncos||The Giants are going to be playing from behind again, which makes Randle a good option in deeper formats.||Start|
|Marlon Brown||vs. Cleveland Browns||Let's give him a full game as a starter before we start him.||Sit|