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The Shot Caller's Report - Wide Receivers
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 10
QBs | RBs | WRs

Bye Weeks: Denver, New England, Houston, Philadelphia, Washington, Jacksonville

Golden Tate

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Golden Tate @ NYJ

Tate just missed his second six-pointer of the season when he failed to nose the pigskin across the goal line after a highlight reel snag v. Dallas last Monday night. Had he done it, heíd have more points in full PPR leagues over the last five weeks than any of the following folks: Amari Cooper, D.K. Metcalf, Kenny Golladay, Courtland Sutton, and Julio Jones. Coulda, shoulda, woulda, yes, but it was REALLY close, as in close enough to be reviewed. What I especially like about Tateís stock right now is that heís getting targeted a lot despite being in the feeling out process with his new QB. This looks like a terrific matchup for Danny Dimes and his pass-catchers and Tate looks like the pass-catcher with the most upside. Start him without hesitation against Adam Gaseís reeling Jets.

Calvin Ridley @ NO

The Falcons played their first game without Mohamed Sanu, recently traded to New England, two weeks ago, but itís still hard to get a read on how this deal affects Calvin Ridleyís stock going forward. Atlanta was also without Matt Ryan in that game, for the first time since the 2009 season, and had to lean on Matt Schaub instead. Others have made this joke already, but itís not actually a joke in my case: I was floored to discover Matt Schaub is still in the NFL. As in, genuinely surprised. If that was Schaubís swan song, it sure was a doozy (39 of 52 for 460 yards and a touch). He greatly benefited from positive game flow but Ridley, unfortunately, did not. Atlantaís WR2 caught four of seven targets for just 70 of those 460 yards. Iím expecting a much bigger contribution at the Superdome Sunday, where he excelled in 2018.

Robert Woods @ PIT

Jared Goff canít throw EVERY ball to Cooper Kupp, can he? Itís been a disappointing 2019 for Mr. Woods, one of Kuppís running mates, but now that the duoís other running mate is out indefinitely (Brandin Cooks), thereís reason to be optimistic about Woodsí contributions the rest of the way. Though heís only WR38 through nine weeks and has hit double digit fantasy points just a single time, he did that eight times in 2018, Translation: The upside is there and the added opportunities could make for a pretty sweet close to this season, especially if Cooks remains out for the duration. Woods has performed like a low-end WR3 this year (barely), but Iím expecting WR2 or better numbers this week and maybe even on into the near future. Lose the recency bias and plug him back into your lineups. He could be sneaky super on Sunday.

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Odell Beckham Jr. v. BUF

This isnít the season anyone envisioned for OBJ, least of all me, who had him as a no-brainer Top 10 Riser back in August. Weíre past the halfway point now, however, and Beckham would have to make a pretty significant turnaround to end up in the Top 10 by seasonís end. Yes, I still actually believe he can do that, especially since the Brownsí schedule starts to look a lot sunnier starting next week (Steelers x2, Bengals x2, Dolphins, Cardinals, and Ravens). This week, though, they face a tough Buffalo crew and Beckham draws an even tougher individual assignment, TreíDavious White. Itís not that the all-world receiver canít shine against all comers. Itís that I donít trust his quarterback against one of the leagueís premier shutdown corners. Heís going to be useful come fantasy playoff time, but weíre not there yet.

Robby Anderson v. NYG

Anderson v. the Giants secondary definitely qualifies as weakness on weakness. Heís a scroll-down also-ran (WR64) facing a bottom three secondary (28.4 FPts/G surrendered to the position) in a game that means absolutely jack squat in New Jersey this weekend. I wouldnít probably mention him, but he was part of a trading deadline deal in my big money league, meaning somebody out there considered him valuable enough to include in a swap. Andersonís got some big play potential, sure, as evidenced by his 92-yard house call in the Week 6 upset over Dallas. Take that rather fortunate bomb away, however, and heís suddenly WR86, sandwiched between Myles Boykin and Trey Quinn. Boykin has exactly nine receptions this season for the Ravens. Donít be enticed by the matchup. The Jets are absolutely rotten and Adam Gase looks like the wrong hire with every passing week.

Marquise Brown @ CIN

Brownís was one of the more scintillating NFL debuts (147 yards, and two scores in the opener at Miami), but he hasnít been anywhere near those totals since, averaging 5.7 FPts/G in Weeks 2 through 9. The Baltimore offense simply isnít designed to feature perimeter pass-grabbers, even ones with electrifying speed. The Ravensí WRs are averaging just 16.3 FPts/G as a positional group and thatís only better than Robby Andersonís Jets on the season. Lamar Jackson is more inclined to target a bevy of tight ends, hand off to Mark Ingram, or freelance with his feet than hit up Brown and Co. down the field. The matchup entices, but not in a way that seems to benefit Brown. Baltimoreís No.1 ranked rushing offense (204.9 yds/game) v. Cincyís No.32 ranked rushing defense (177.6 yds/game) is where itís at. Sit Hollywood.

Good luck, folks!

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