Well, in short, an injury to Emmanuel Sanders killed his fantasy outing, and perhaps longer. He’s already ruled out for this week’s contest. Tyreek Hill and Jamison Crowder underperformed, while the Colts completely misused T.Y. Hilton in a prime matchup. However, Golden Tate dominated Kenny Vaccaro, as I expected.

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ARIJaron BrownLARKayvon WebsterAfter logging at least six targets in the previous four games, Brown saw just one target, while Larry Fitzgerald still saw his ample targets. Adrian Peterson's impact in the run game likely helped, but Brown is still the No. 2 receiver behind Fitzgerald. It's not a great matchup on paper, but Brown's target totals should jump back up to 5-7 in this game.
ATLJulio JonesNEStephon GilmoreEvery quarterback has thrown for at least 300 yards against this defense and Matt Ryan is next in line. Dan Quinn isn't happy with Julio Jones' usage so one would figure they work extra hard to get Jones the ball. Matchup alone makes him a WR1, but an expected increase in target share puts him in the elite category for me.
BALBreshad PerrimanMINTrae WaynesPerriman hasn't seen more than four targets in a game this season and with Joe Flacco at the helm, I'm hard-pressed to imagine that it will change against Minnesota's tough defense. Despite some struggles early on, Waynes is allowing on average just 33.3 receiving yards per game in coverage since the start of Week 5.* Perriman is a no go for me.
BUFAndre HolmesTBVernon HargreavesDespite the super positive matchup, it's hard to get very excited about him this week. Many passing attempts don't go to the wide receivers in this offense,
CARKelvin BenjaminCHIPrince AmukamaraPrince Amukamara hasn't seen much action with opposing teams targeting Kyle Fuller in bundles. When targeted, Amukamara has been very good in recent weeks, but Benjamin is coming off an excellent game against the Eagles. While you may want to avoid in DFS, you're likely starting him in seasonal formats.
CHITre McBrideCARKevon SeymourMuch like Tanner Gentry, McBride doesn't do it for me this week. The game plan in Chicago is clearly to run the ball and minimize the amount of work in the passing game with Mitchell Trubisky. That doesn't bode well for fantasy purposes.
CINA.J. GreenPITArtie BurnsGreen has amassed 100 receiving yards in three of his last five outings against this Steelers defense and he must come up big in this one. Despite a tough matchup on paper, Green remains a WR1 for me, because history tends to repeat itself. I'm buying in.
CLEKasen WilliamsTENLeShaun SimsWilliams' snaps continue to go up and he's tied for the team lead with eight receptions over the last two weeks. In a positive matchup against a generous Tennessee secondary, Williams enters the flex consideration. Just pray that Kevin Hogan is better than last week!
DALDez BryantSFDontae JohnsonEven with the news of Ezekiel Elliott receiving another temporary restraining order, I'm crushing hard on Bryant this week. San Fran is vulnerable out wide and Dak Prescott will exploit the positive matchup. Fire up Dez everywhere.
DENDemaryius ThomasLACCasey HaywardHayward is a very good corner, but over the last three weeks, he's allowed a QB rating of 125.8 when throwing at him. Emmanuel Sanders has already been ruled out, meaning Thomas is the premier option in the passing attack. Lock him in as a WR2 this week.
GBDavante AdamsNOMarshon LattimoreAll of Green Bay's receivers take a dip with Aaron Rodgers on the shelf. Brett Hundley struggled in his appearance, but to his defense, he was facing Minnesota's stout defense. Now, some of his throws weren't great and now he faces off against the Saints.
INDDonte MoncriefJAXA.J. BouyeWhile Jalen Ramsey has been excellent on the other side of the field, Bouye has been just as good opposite his teammate. He's allowed just 14 receptions on 38 targets this year, including just 0.96 yards per coverage snap.* Moncrief is best left on your bench this week.
JAXMarqise LeeINDVontae DavisDavis has allowed 1.42 yards per coverage snap over the last three weeks, which bodes well for Lee.* However, Jacksonville's low-octane passing attack diminishes Lee's fantasy value. In PPR formats, he's reached double digit fantasy points just three times, and if you play in standard formats, he's never reached double digits all season.
KCDemarcus RobinsonOAKDexter McDonaldRobinson saw five targets last week against the Steelers, but caught just one pass for 16 yards. In fact, he's caught one pass for 16 yards in each of the last two weeks. The offense flows through Kareem Hunt, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, with Robinson as no more than a complementary component in the offense.
LACTyrell WilliamsDENBradley RobyWilliams' targets over the week have fluctuated from as high as seven to as low as two. Keenan Allen is the only consistent receiver in terms of targets. With Mike Williams back in the fold, Williams' targets could continue to fluctuate on a weekly basis. Roby is a beatable corner, but this matchup is rather tough to predict, given the wealth of receivers at Philip Rivers' disposal.
LARSammy WatkinsARIPatrick PetersonWith Peterson expected to shadow Watkins, you can safely bench Watkins. Not only is the matchup brutal, but
MIALeonte CarrooNYJDarryl RobertsThe Carroo experiment wasn't all it was hyped up to be. In DeVante Parker's absence, Carroo received three targets on 24 snaps and failed to haul in any of them. If Parker is out again on Sunday, don't start Carroo. Don't do it to yourself.
MINLaquon TreadwellBALJimmy SmithWhile Treadwell didn't put up massive numbers, he did have one hell of a catch last week. He has just eight receptions on the year and if Stefon Diggs were to return, Treadwell will receive less action in the contest. He's not my preferred option in the Minnesota passing attack.
NEBrandin CooksATLRobert AlfordIn the team's last two games, Alford has allowed a QB rating of 65.6 on eight targets.* In what is likely to be a high-scoring affair, Cooks has an excellent opportunity to post premium WR2/low-end WR1 numbers. He's a must start in seasonal formats and has some daily appeal as well. I can dig it.
NOMichael ThomasGBDavon HouseThomas is coming off a clunker, but receivers have been able to post some good games against this Green Bay secondary. In the DFS WR Coach, I put him in the elite category, and I'm going to say it again. He's an elite option this week with top-3 upside.
NYGTavarres KingSEAShaquill GriffinIn the new-look New York offense, it was actually King who led the Giants' receivers in targets. However, he only notched three targets, with Eli Manning relying on Evan Engram and his running backs. Other than Sterling Shepard, no Giants receiver is worth starting in fantasy at this juncture.
NYJJermaine KearseMIAXavien HowardHoward is the one in this Miami secondary to attack, but Kearse's production has slightly diminished in recent weeks. Kearse has caught 26 of his 32 targets on the year, but he's topped 60 receiving yards on the year just twice. Austin Seferian-Jenkins has become the go-to guy in the offense, with Kearse becoming more and more matchup dependent. He's better suited for PPR formats, but he's still a backup in said formats.
OAKAmari CooperKCTerrance MitchellMitchell has been exploitable this season, to the tune of allowing the most yards in coverage this season. With Marcus Peters on the opposite side, you're going to see a ton of passes your way. Cooper has been struggling, but he's still running routes with authority and coming off a five reception game. Derek Carr has been struggling but a divisional matchup could be the get-right outing for this team. Maybe. I don't have Cooper in any seasonal formats and have yet to play him in DFS.
PHIAlshon JefferyWASBashaud BreelandWith Josh Norman out of action, this matchup gets a littler tastier for Philadelphia's top receiver. Jeffery is averaging 1.47 yards per route run, which ranks among the top 30 receivers in football.* This week, he's more of a WR2 for me, but his frame is a threat in the red zone, so after Zach Ertz got the touchdowns last week, it could be Jeffery this Monday.
PITAntonio BrownCINAdam JonesBrown is a must-start in all formats and always an excellent play in DFS. He's coming off a huge game against the Chiefs and will need to step up again in a rivalry game. He's a surefire WR1.
SEAPaul RichardsonNYGJanoris JenkinsThis is a tough matchup for Richardson, going up against Janoris "Jackrabbit" Jenkins. Of corners playing at least 75 percent of the coverage snaps, only two corners (A.J. Bouye, Jalen Ramsey) are allowing a lower QB rating when being targeted than Jenkins.* Expect a lot of Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham in this matchup.
SFMarquise GoodwinDALJourdan LewisSame story, different week. If Goodwin doesn't catch a long touchdown, it's going to be tough for him to be relevant in fantasy. This secondary as a whole is beatable, but I don't envision rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard taking many chances downfield. Goodwin is only worthy of a longshot in DFS tournaments. Even there, it's more like wasting money than being creative.
TBMike EvansBUFE.J. GainesIt's not the most favorable matchup, but Evans is a top wide receiver, and again, you always play your studs. He may see some Tre'Davious White in this one, but even so, the game plan for Tampa Bay is simple: Feed your top receiver the football, because good things happen when you do. Evans will see his normal double-digit targets and he'll put up WR1 numbers.
TENEric DeckerCLEJamar TaylorOn average, Taylor has allowed just 45.3 receiving yards per game over the last three weeks, though he has been burned for two touchdowns. Decker is coming off his best game as a Titan (7 catches for 88 yards) and could continue to see a similar workload moving forward, especially if Rishard Matthews deals with a tough corner, like he is this week.
WASTerrelle PryorPHIPatrick RobinsonRobinson is allowing just over 55 receiving yards per game over the last three weeks and is playing excellent football.* Given Pryor's struggles and Robinson's hot play of late, it could be another dead week for Washington wideout.


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ARIJohn BrownLARTrumaine JohnsonBrown is averaging six targets over the last three weeks, but the weakness of the Rams' defense doesn't lie in the passing game, but more so the ground attack. With a likely heavy dose of Adrian Peterson, Brown's opportunities could be limited. However, in coverage, Johnson is allowing 15.3 yards per reception over the last three weeks.*
ATLTaylor GabrielNEMalcolm ButlerButler has struggled in coverage these past three weeks. Sure, he's notched two interceptions, but he's allowed the third-most yards in coverage during that span.* With Mohamed Sanu out last week, and currently questionable for this matchup, Gabriel saw a season-high eight targets, but mustered just four receptions for 39 yards. He's a flex option at best and a cheap option if seeking exposure to this game in DFS.
BALMike WallaceMINXavier RhodesGood luck, Mike, seeing as all Rhodes are closed! Rhodes is one of the league's most dominant corners and the Baltimore passing attack isn't good enough to sustain Wallace's fantasy value against Rhodes. He's allowing 0.79 yards per cover snap and a team high 12.3 coverage snaps per reception.*
BUFZay JonesTBBrent GrimesThe injury to Charles Clay could open some targets to Zay Jones, but it's nothing that I would bet on. Despite leading the Buffalo wideouts with 23 targets, he's registered just five receptions on the year. He's been very ineffective and that trend will likely continue against Brent Grimes in coverage.
CARDevin FunchessCHIKyle FullerOpposing quarterbacks have been targeting Fuller in bunches over the last three weeks. He's seen 27 targets on 108 snaps over the last three weeks, allowing 147 yards and one touchdown on 12 receptions.* Expect the targets between him and Kelvin Benjamin to even out after last week's game.
CHITanner GentryCARJames BradberryBradberry is playing excellent football and Gentry doesn't exactly have a prominent role in a run-first offense. This should go without saying, but Gentry isn't exactly pushing the envelope on garnering playing time in your fantasy roster.
CINBrandon LaFellPITJoe HadenHaden has allowed the highest QB rating when targeted over the last three weeks, but unless LaFell finds the end zone, he is hardly relevant in most formats. With A.J. Green getting the lion's share of the target, starting LaFell means you're banking on a touchdown. However, I don't see it happening.
CLERicardo LouisTENAdoree' JacksonLouis has recorded 30 targets over the last four weeks and the return of DeShone Kizer under center should help Louis in this matchup. You should have enough depth at receiver that you aren't playing him in seasonal formats, but if you must have a Cleveland receiver in DFS against this Tennessee defense, Louis is probably your safest option. The workload will be there again on Sunday.
DALTerrance WilliamsSFRashard RobinsonThe "return" of Ezekiel Elliott in the lineup diminishes Terrance Williams' fantasy value this week, even in a favorable matchup. Since his workload isn't consistently high, he'll need to score to be relevant. Robinson has allowed two touchdowns in coverage this season, but Williams hasn't found pay dirt all year.
DENJordan TaylorLACTrevor WilliamsTaylor had three catches for 26 yards last week and even with the absence of Emmanuel Sanders, Taylor isn't worth starting in any fantasy format. The loss of Sanders benefits Bennie Fowler the most, not Taylor.
GBJordy NelsonNOKen CrawleyThe Saints defense can be vulnerable, but they are opportunistic and better than many think. Crawley is playing excellent football and has allowed a QB rating of 69.9 to opposing signal callers when targeting him.* Brett Hundley will struggle a bit in this one, pushing Nelson down to WR2 status.
INDT.Y. HiltonJAXJalen RamseyAfter two good matchups, the speedy Colt draws about as tough a matchup you can draw with Jalen Ramsey. Only two corners grade out higher than Ramsey so far on the season.* Hilton drops to the flex conversation this week.
JAXKeelan ColeINDRashaan MelvinAs most weeks in this piece, Cole is someone you aren't starting in your lineups. He doesn't get enough work in the nonexistent Jacksonville passing attack and don't put that added pressure on yourself by worrying about Cole in your lineup.
KCTyreek HillOAKDavid AmersonPersonally, I thought Hill was concussed with that hit he took against the Steelers. However, he's not and will be out there tonight against Oakland. Hill hasn't busted off a long one in quite some time, so what better time than tonight against a vulnerable Oakland secondary!
LACTravis BenjaminDENAqib TalibTalib ranks within the top 10 of Pro Football Focus' grades at the cornerback position and has allowed just 66 receiving yards all year. This is a brutal matchup for Benjamin and he may be the sacrificial lamb for other Charger receivers in this outing.
LARRobert WoodsARIJustin BethelBethel has allowed the third most receiving yards over the last three weeks, including three touchdowns.* If Patrick Peterson does play, he'll lock down Watkins, resulting in increased targets for Woods. I like him a lot this week.
MIAKenny StillsNYJMorris ClaiborneIf DeVante Parker doesn't play, I expect Morris Claiborne to shadow Kenny Stills, because Leonte Carroo was an absolute non-factor against the Falcons last week. If Parker were to play, Stills gets a slight upgrade because he would face Darryl Roberts instead of Claiborne. Stills is no more than a GPP dart, but it's more like wasting money because Jay Cutler has been anemic this season.
MINStefon DiggsBALBrandon CarrIf Diggs plays, you're obviously starting him. However, if he's ruled out for the second week in a row, Michael Floyd will slot in opposite Laquon Treadwell, with Adam Thielen manning the slot. Diggs is a WR2 in this matchup if healthy. Floyd isn't worth starting.
NEChris HoganATLDesmond TrufantAfter a consistent stretch by Hogan, he didn't perform up to expectations in Week 6 against the Jets. In a rematch of last year's Super Bowl, Hogan will look to better his numbers from that big game. He caught four passes in that one, and while Brady won't sling it 62 times in this one, Hogan has an excellent opportunity to catch 5-7 balls for 80-some yards and a touchdown. He's a must start in seasonal formats.
NOTed GinnGBDamarious RandallGinn needs the big play and/or a touchdown, which he got last week, and it very well could happen again. Randall has allowed two touchdowns in coverage this season, and leads all of Green Bay's corners with 206 receiving yards allowed in coverage this season.* If you want exposure in DFS but don't want to pay up for Thomas, you can play Ginn in a GPP or two.
NYGRoger LewisSEARichard ShermanThis is a brutally tough matchup for Lewis, going up against one of the premier cornerbacks in the National Football League. Lewis saw just two targets last week and even if he sees five or six on Sunday, I don't expect much from him against Sherman. The offense now flows through Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard when healthy.
NYJRobby AndersonMIACordrea TankersleyAnderson is a deep threat, but he did manage to score his lone touchdown of the year against this Dolphins squad earlier in the year. If you want to take a GPP dart on FanDuel, sure, go ahead. In seasonal formats, you should have enough depth where you don't have to rely on Anderson's home run in your starting lineup.
OAKMichael CrabtreeKCMarcus PetersTough matchup here for Crabtree, but he's been the most consistent receiver for this Oakland squad. Despite Derek Carr's struggles, Crabtree has continued to produce, making him a low-end WR2 option this week.
PHITorrey SmithWASQuinton DunbarDespite being a deep threat, or at least known as one, Smith is averaging just 1.13 yards per route run this season.* To put that into perspective, guys like T.Y. Hilton and Danny Amendola have marks at 2.34 and 2.33 respectively. Agholor has usurped Smith as the No. 2 receiver in Carson Wentz's eyes and that trend will continue moving forward.
PITMartavis BryantCINDre KirkpatrickBryant is unhappy and wants traded, so there's two ways this can go. 1) They feed Bryant with some extra targets to entice him to stay, or 2) they continue doing what they are doing and taking a chance with Bryant here and there. Listen, unless he gets a big one, which I don't think will happen, his fantasy value is null. If you have depth at wide receiver, put him on your bench.
SEATyler LockettNYGEli AppleComing off a bye with a game at home, Seattle should come out firing. Lockett will need a big play to pay off, but it could happen against Apple. The young New York corner has allowed a team-high four passing touchdowns and 1.45 yards per coverage snap.*
SFPierre GarconDALAnthony BrownI wrote about Garcon in the DFS WR Coach and he makes for a very solid play this week. San Francisco should have better luck moving the ball with C.J. Beathard and I expect Garcon to be one of the main beneficiaries of the quarterback change.
TBDeSean JacksonBUFTre'Davious WhiteWhite is enjoying an excellent 2017 campaign and I expect that to continue against the veteran Jackson. Whether Jameis Winston or Ryan Fitzpatrick is under center, Mike Evans is the major piece I want of this offense. Jackson needs big plays and/or touchdowns to be productive and the Bills have allowed a mere 6.6 yards per attempt and two passing touchdowns this season. Jackson isn't on my radar this week.
TENRishard MatthewsCLEJason McCourtyDon't look now, but McCourty is playing excellent football. He's graded as one of the best corners in football through the first seven weeks, and he held DeAndre Hopkins to just two catches (1 TD) for 19 yards last week.* Matthews will get his, but you should temper expectations this week for Matthews.
WASRyan GrantPHIJalen MillsJosh Doctson is the better talent, but Grant is the one running the routes, so that's why he's in here. Grant has caught 13 of his 20 targets this season, but even in a very positive matchup with Philadelphia's Jalen Mills, you just can't start Grant. Don't do it.

Now, here are my 10 favorite matchups in the slot this weekend.


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MINAdam ThielenBALLardarius WebbWebb has allowed the third most yards out of the slot this season and Thielen is enjoying his most productive campaign of his career. Even if Stefon Diggs were to return, Thielen has shown that he can get his numbers with Diggs on the field. Thielen is a WR2 at the lowest this week.
ARILarry FitzgeraldLARNickell Robey-ColemanDid you see Fitzgerald last week? He was ridiculous! Let's go right back to the well and roll Fitzgerald out there as one of my favorite options out of the slot. He has WR1 upside, as we saw last week. Fire him up, baby!
NYGSterling ShepardSEAJeremy LaneShepard is confident he'll be on the field and with the dearth of talent in the receiving game for the Giants, Shepard is in for a heavy workload. Lane is beatable out of the slot and Eli Manning is going to give Shepard plenty of opportunities in this one. Expect a lot of Shepard and rookie Evan Engram.
DALCole BeasleySFK'Waun WilliamsWilliams has been targeted 41 times out of the slot this season, allowing 31 to be caught by his man.* To this point in the season, Beasley hasn't been used a bunch, but he continues to get open and Dallas will realize that this is a matchup worth exploiting. He also makes for a great cheap play on DraftKings.
NEDanny AmendolaATLBrian PooleAmendola is averaging 2.33 yards per route run, which ranks seventh in the National Football League.* Opposing slot receivers have a 75 percent catch rate against him and are averaging just under 10 yards per reception.* Amendola is an attractive option in all formats in a game where New England will likely need at least 30 points to win.
MIAJarvis LandryNYJBuster SkrineDespite Jay Cutler's inefficiencies, Landry has seen at least seven targets in every game this season. Against this Jets team earlier this year, Landry caught six passes on 11 targets for 48 yards. In PPR formats, you'll live with those numbers. Consider that his floor this week.
LARCooper KuppARITyrann MathieuKupp didn't feast on the matchup last week like I thought he would, but I'm right back at the well this week. Mathieu has allowed the fourth-most receiving yards out of the slot this season and with Sammy Watkins dealing with Patrick Peterson, it will be a lot of Kupp and Robert Woods in this contest.
DENBennie FowlerLACDesmond KingOf the guys in this list, Fowler probably has the worst matchup on paper. However, the injury to Emmanuel Sanders pushes Fowler one step up the totem pole to just below Demaryius Thomas. Fowler could be peppered with upwards of eight or nine targets this week, as Thomas deals with shadow coverage from Casey Hayward.
BUFJordan MatthewsTBRobert McClainMcClain has allowed 16 receptions on 18 targets and with Charles Clay out of action, Matthews could see plenty of targets in the Buffalo passing attack. Matthews is no guarantee to play, but if he does, I like his odds in PPR formats against McClain.
SEADoug BaldwinNYGDominique Rodgers-CromartieComing off suspension, DRC has plenty of motivation, but has a tough matchup with Doug Baldwin. The recent bye week gave Baldwin some time to get healthy, which I expect to be on full display in this matchup. Russell Wilson won't target Janoris Jenkins, meaning it will be a lot of Baldwin and Jimmy Graham on Sunday. Fire Baldwin up.


Michael Thomas vs. Davon House

Off the 114 qualified cornerbacks, House ranks 91st in Pro Football Focus’ grading system. Although Thomas was quiet last week, he was going up against Darius Slay, who ranks in the top 25.* In that matchup, he saw a season-low six targets, but that number should creep back up closer to 10 in this one. In the two games he saw 10 targets he went for 89 receiving yards, including a touchdown in that Week 4 contest against the Dolphins. New Orleans is going to put up some points with their passing attack this week, and unlike last week, Thomas will find the end zone against House and the Packers offense.

Antonio Brown vs. Adam Jones

Okay, this is a bit chalky, but I just can’t ignore him any longer in this article. I tried for a while, because of you’re playing him in seasonal formats, and he always is a reliable option in DFS. Brown didn’t do so hot against the Bengals last year, but all four of his touchdowns in his career against the Bengals have come at home. Guess what? This game is in Pittsburgh. Oh yeah, baby! For his career, he’s averaging 5.3 receptions on 8.2 targets for just under 75 yards per game, per Pro Football Reference.


Adam Thielen vs. Lardarius Webb

I wanted to put Thielen in here last week, but I didn’t, and I should have. Well, now here he is! If you think the return of Stefon Diggs will lessen his numbers, you’re foolish. Thielen has produced with Diggs on and off the field. Thielen is averaging 2.31 yards per route run this season (eighth-highest in the NFL) and Webb has allowed the third-most yards out of the slot this season, not to mention his 2.11 yards per coverage snap.* On a site like DraftKings, his value is even higher, but he’s one of my locks on FanDuel this week.

Robert Woods vs. Justin Bethel

Patrick Peterson on Sammy Watkins? Okay, avoiding that. Let’s play whoever squares off with Justin Bethel, since he’s handing touchdowns out to everyone. Since the NFL schedule flipped to Week 4, Bethel has allowed three touchdowns, a 138.9 QB rating and the third-most receiving yards in coverage.* Woods is a consistent part of the Rams’ offense and he’s seen at least six targets in each of the past four games. He hasn’t scored yet this season, but this matchup presents an excellent opportunity to break the streak.

Bargain Bin

Cole Beasley vs. K’Waun Williams

I talked him up in the DFS Coach and in the slot chart above, so it’s only fitting that I put him down here in the bargain bin. He comes at a cheap price in DFS and on a site like DraftKings, the PPR scoring benefits his style of play. He found the end zone twice a few weeks ago in a good matchup, and there’s no reason he can’t do it again against K’Waun Williams. Beasley doesn’t get down field (0.77 yards per route run), but he’s very good after the catch and we should see it on Sunday. He doesn’t have WR1 or even WR2 upside, but in PPR formats, he’s flexy, if you know what I mean.

*Information gathered from research done at Pro Football Focus.