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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 6 Wide Receivers

By Steve Schwarz | 10/14/21
Bye Weeks: Atlanta, New Orleans, N.Y. Jets, San Francisco
QBs | RBs | WRs

DeVonta Smith

Grab a Helmet

1) DeVonta Smith vs. Tampa Bay (Thu)

Rookies are hard to predict, but Smith has been very close to breaking out a huge game and this could be the day. Heís averaged 17 FPts/G the past two weeks despite having a touchdown called back in both games. The Eagles will have to post a huge number to stay in the game with TB12 and the high-flying Bucs offense. Tampa stops the run very well, but has yielded 51.1 FPts/G to opposing receivers. Teams have completed a league-high 91 passes to wideouts for 1078 yards and eight touchdowns. Smith goes big on Thursday night.

2) Emmanuel Sanders @ Tennessee

Opposing defenses first try to slow Stefon Diggs which has opened up the field for Sanders. He has averaged 20 FPts/G over the past three games including four touchdown catches. The Titans rank 30th allowing 47.4 FPts/G which can support at least two wideouts having big games.

3) Chase Claypool vs. Seattle

The Seahawks have been bottom-10 against opposing wideouts and have been particularly vulnerable on the road where they have allowed big numbers to Zach Pascal, Justin Jefferson and Deebo Samuel. Pittsburgh lost JuJu Smith-Schuster for the season to a shoulder injury which should allow both target-hog Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool big production. Claypool is the deep threat averaging 17.1 ypr.

Grab some Pine

1) Marquise Brown vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Itís a short work week for Brown and the Ravens after a great comeback win Monday night. Brown was huge with 125 yards and two scores. But while the Chargers offense gets the headlines, the defense has been better. They are No. 1 against opposing wideouts yielding just 26.8 FPts/G. No receiver has posted 18 points against them. Meanwhile, they have allowed the most rushing yards in the league (788). Seems like the Ravens should, and will, attack Los Angeles on the ground.

2) A.J. Brown vs Buffalo

Just as itís hard to sit Cook, itís hard to sit Brown, but thatís what Iím telling you to do. The Titans passing offense hasnít been good this season with Tannehill ranking 21st and both Julio Jones and Brown disappointingly ranking below 50th. The Bills are No. 1 against receivers and No. 1 against quarterbacks. They have yet to allow even 17 points to a receiver this season and just held Tyreek Hill to 14.8 fantasy points. Donít expect much if you start Brown.

3) Courtland Sutton vs. Las Vegas

It’s been feast or famine with Sutton. Two huge games against Jacksonville and Pittsburgh and three duds against the Giants, Jets and Ravens. The Raiders have allowed just one touchdown pass to wideouts all season and that was in the first game of the season. Since then nothing and that includes games against Pittsburgh, Miami, the Chargers and Bears. The Raiders don’t blitz (league-low 11.8%), they sit back and defend and it’s working.

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