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The Shot Caller's Report - Wide Receivers
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 14
12/7/17
QBs | RBs | WRs


Bye Weeks: N/A

Dez Bryant

A Giants defense minus Janoris Jenkins makes Dez Bryant and intriguing option in Week 14.


Grab a Helmet

Dez Bryant vs NYG: Bryant has been a low end WR2 at best this year, whose ceiling has been tremendously touchdown dependent. Heís yet to have a 100-yard game this season, and the big plays seem to have dried up. In his last three games against the Giants, Bryant has 4 scoreless receptions for 61 yards. But those last few games against their division rivals came with Janoris Jenkins in the line-up, a guy who has owned Bryant. With Jenkins done for the year with an ankle injury, and a defense falling apart at the seams, Bryant can and should have one of his best days of the season on Sunday.

Delanie Walker @ ARI: With the Titans unwilling or unable to test defenses deep, Delanie Walker continues to be the one and only consistent pass catching option in Nashville. Despite a nagging ankle injury, Walker has scored in two straight games, and has at least 60 yards in 9 of 12 games. If Rishard Matthews returns this week itís a good bet heíll draw the coverage of Patrick Peterson. Corey Davis is still learning, and Eric Decker is a shell of his former self, so look for Walker to be targeted a ton.

Brandin Cooks @ MIA: Once or twice a year the Patriots passing game goes out of whack and looks like they canít get out of their own way. One of those games came last week in a weird one against the Bills. Another division rival is on tap this week, but I donít expect Brady and the passing game to have a problem in this one. Miami has been one of the worst teams in the league against No.1 receivers, and with Gronk suspended, Cooks can dominate the short and midrange parts of the field. He should gobble up targets and hit a few big ones. Stacking Cooks and Brady could score enough by themselves this week to advance your team into the next round of the playoffs.

Grab Some Pine

Ted Ginn Jr. @ ATL (THU): Ginn has had a surprisingly good fantasy season as the Saints No.2 receiver. Heís been more than just a boom/bust big play threat, as his 6 and 7 reception games this season are some of the most looks heís gotten in years. But as we enter the fantasy playoffs I like to look for high floor options at receiver, and I donít get a good feeling this week. Heís hauled in 15 passes in the last three weeks, but this offense is clearly being funneled through the running backs, and when New Orleans stays in positive and neutral game scripts, Ginnís best asset, his big play ability, doesnít get utilized often. Atlanta had his number last year, holding him to 5 receptions for 43 yards. If you are an underdog you can roll with Ginn as your WR3 and hope he hits on a long one, but Iíd shy away in most situations.

Paul Richardson @ JAX:
Outside of Doug Baldwin the Seattle receivers have been a shot in the dark all year. Even in positive match-ups Iím loathe to trust anyone other than Dougie Fresh. Jacksonvilleís defense is no joke, and they sport one of the best corner duos in the league. Richardson is more big play, than chain mover, and for Seattle to win this game, itís going to come from methodical, precision drives. The matchup and perceived gameplay just doesnít favor Richardson getting a start in fantasyís second season.

Martavis Bryant vs. BAL: After seeing what Josh Gordon did in his first game back from his historic banishment makes Bryant’s season all the more disappointing. He was jumped in the starting line-up by a 3rd round rookie, got suspended for a game by his own team, and despite being single covered all the time, and even downright ignored by defenses, he’s caught only 2 touchdowns and surpassed 50 yards only once, back in Week 2. He was nearly invisible two weeks ago when Smith-Schuster missed a game with a bad hammy, scoring a short yardage touchdown, but only totaling 40 yards. The Ravens will have their hands full trying to cover Antonio Brown without their top corner, and I REALLY want to gamble on Bryant this week, but I'm incredibly risk averse in the playoffs as risky lineup decisions lose more times than they win. There is eleven weeks of tape on Bryant and nothing indicates an imminent breakout.

Good luck this week!

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