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The Shot Caller's Report - Wide Receivers
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 6
QBs | RBs | WRs

Bye Weeks: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Seattle

The San Francisco 49ers have given up 100-yard games to four different receivers in just five games.

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Terrelle Pryor v. SF Ė I talked a little bit about Pryorís matchup in my discussion of Kirk Cousins in the QB section, and thereís plenty to add here. Pryor was drafted as a WR2 but has been more of a boom-or-bust flex play thatís busted more than heís boomed. Heís a converted QB who broke out last season by catching passes from five different Browns quarterbacks while still managing to top 1,000 yards and 75 receptions. Pryor is a slow starter. Heís also had some touch matchups against solid corners, something the 49ers donít have. Look for a few more targets than usual (especially in the red zone, where heíll be used more and more in the coming weeks) and plenty of opportunities for Pryor to have his best game of 2017 thus far.

Willie Snead v. DET Ė Snead should finally be healthy after sitting out Week 4 in London and getting a bye in Week 5. He was limited in practice Wednesday, but thereís no reason to believe he wonít play and get plenty of red zone looks against Detroit in a fast-paced game. In shallow leagues heís probably a riskier play, but heís a top flex option in 12-team leagues because of his enormous upside and QB Drew Breesí incredible rapport with him over the past two seasons. He had 72-895-4 and 104 targets last season Ė and if heís active on Sunday, he should be starting in most formats. The Saints will likely keep him limited in practice during the week so he doesnít reaggravate the hamstring injury, but theyíll need his services and Brees must be anxious to link up with a target that provides some relief from the heavy attention Michael Thomas gets from opposing defenses.

Marvin Jones @ NO Ė Marvin Jones saw a season-high eight targets in Week 5, converting those chances into 6-54-0 in the Lions' 27-24 loss to the Panthers. Heís the perfect weapon to wriggle into space and make a bunch of catches against the Saints and is a decent bet for his third TD of the season in what should be a high-volume shootout with plenty of action.

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Jeremy Maclin v. CHI Ė Thereís some concern over Maclinís shoulder, but thatís not what Iím really worried about in Week 6. Itís the generally underwhelming nature of the Ravens offense, aside from the running of Javorius Allen and Alex Collins and the occasional deep shot to Mike Wallace. Maclin himself is a bit of an underachiever who has now gone three weeks in a row without finding paydirt. His targets have been consistent if not exciting, and even coming off the highest target total of 2017, thereís just not enough upside to warrant starting him in most formats. Heís only managed 16-159-2 through five games, and thereís little reason to believe heíll break out against a highly underrated Chicago secondary, even if there are some injuries clouding the availability of some of the unitís key players.

Tyrell Williams @ OAK Ė Williams is one of several Chargers receivers that will be boom-or-bust options all season long, and this isnít a game where I feel comfortable focusing on the passing attack. Held to just one catch last week versus the Giants, Williams has been slowed by a lingering neck injury and could yield some opportunities to rookie Mike Williams if he makes his NFL debut this week. Heís more than fine for a low-owned, large-field DFS tournament play, but in season-long leagues it pays to focus on consistency and game flow, and Iíve already gone on record that Iím avoiding this game from that perspective.

Sammy Watkins @ JAC Ė There was a time when targeting the Jags defense was a wise move, but 2017 is not that time. There was also a time when Sammy Watkins was a high-upside play and getting consistent targets form his QB, and over the past two weeks he’s seen just six targets and caught a grand total of one pass for 17 yards. The “squeaky wheel” aspect could open up more targets for Watkins in Week 6, but I’d prefer seeing a week or two of 6-8 targets or more and a handful of them in each game resulting in catches before I trust him again. If I’m looking to deploy a Rams receiver this week, it’s going to be Cooper Kupp.

Good luck, folks!

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