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The Shot Caller's Report - Wide Receivers
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 5
QBs | RBs | WRs

Bye Weeks: Chicago, Tampa Bay

Doug Baldwin

Doug Baldwin: The Rams pass defense is above average but isn't suffocating and isn't at full strength.

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Davante Adams @ DET: Already commanding a huge target share, Davante Adams has watched his fellow receivers drop like flies. With Randall Cobb and possibly Geronimo Allison out for Week 5, Adams becomes the elder statesman for Aaron Rodgers. The Lions have held Adams in check recently, and the offense’s explosiveness is capped by Rodgers having to play within the confines of the playbook due to his injury, but Adams should be a lock for double digit targets this week. The Lions could also be missing one of their starting safeties, so look for Adams to sneak past the secondary for a long score with a chance for more.

Keke Coutee vs DAL: Yes, I’m totally blatantly jumping on the bandwagon here, and likely chasing last week’s 11 reception game, but it says something about Coutee’s talent or role in the offense that he set the modern day NFL record for receptions in an NFL debut. While I know next to nothing about his true talent, I do know that Will Fuller can’t stay healthy, and the receiver opposite Hopkins is going to get plenty of chances to make plays. Dallas has really put the clamps on the opposition’s No.1 receiver, but has been susceptible to their running mates. Obviously if Fuller suits up, Coutee loses his starting appeal, but while he runs as this team’s No.2 receiver, he’s an upside WR3.

Doug Baldwin vs LAR: The vaunted Rams defense minus one of their starting corners, and a hobbled Marcus Peters looked very average last week against the Vikings. Baldwin on the other hand looked healthy and ready to go against the Cards. His knee injury may cap his explosiveness, but he works the middle of the field like a true pro and should find plenty of room to make plays against an L.A. defense with a banged up secondary. If Seattle can somehow keep Russell Wilson protected and out of the hospital, Baldwin makes for a decent WR2 play in Week 5.

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Antonio Callaway vs BAL: It may seem like I’m piling on the Browns passing game this week, but the match-up is bad, and Calloway has looked very much like the talented, but raw rookie he was touted to be in the draft. A series of boneheaded mistakes and drops have plagued his play of late, even if he’s flashed big play ability at times. Coach Hue Jackson has talked early this week about scaling Calloway’s snaps back making him even more of a boom/bust fantasy play. It’s clear Calloway has the talent to play in this league, but until he gets the mental part of the game figured out, it’s hard to trust his production potential on the field.

Larry Fitzgerald @ SF: Nothing can be taken away from Fitzgerald’s legendary career, and after years of being a lock for fantasy production, the sun may have finally set on his career in the desert. Breaking in a rookie quarterback on a bland offense, Fitz just isn’t seeing enough chances to net fantasy production. He’s yet to top 30 yards in a game since Week 1, and hasn't sniffed the end zone either. He seems to be playing through a hamstring injury, and the confluence of bad circumstances has rendered Fitzgerald a simple roster stash at this point.

Cowboys Receivers @ HOU: It’s a true shame that this team doesn’t have any semblance of a passing game, because the match-up this week against Houston is a tasty one. Dak Prescott hasn’t been able to elevate the motley crew he has at receiver, and rookie Michael Gallup has showed flashes, but doesn’t seem to have the trust of the coaches. Dallas seemed willing to take more shots down field last week against Detroit, but even if they find some success, the volume in this pass offense isn’t high, or consistent enough to warrant starting a pass catcher in the near future.

Good luck this week!

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