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James Washington @ Arizona
The Cardinals secondary continues to be exploitable, and they rank 29th in DVOA against the pass. They are allowing the third most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, and James Washington can keep it going. He won’t see massive targets, but should hover around six. Washington is also top 15 in air yards over the last five weeks. Those big plays will be there for the Washington this week. With JuJu Smith-Schuster still not working on cut routes, I wouldn’t expect him to be back this week.
Zach Pascal @ Tampa Bay
T.Y. Hilton is doubtful for this week again, and that means Zach Pascal can pick up plenty of targets again. He is coming off of a strong week against the Titans, but has been up and down during Hilton’s absence. Against Tampa Bay he can deliver, as they are allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts this season. Teams are throwing 41.8 times per game against the Bucs this season. There should be plenty of volume this week, and the Bucs are the second easiest pass defense to target right behind Arizona.
Robby Anderson Vs. Miami
Robby Anderson is certainly one of those boom or bust names, but he is in a good spot, as all the receivers within this game are on both sides. Miami is allowing 7.8 yards per attempt this season, and have allowed 29 passing touchdowns. The Jets flopped last week against the Bengals, but we have seen some strong passing performances of late. Anderson has 439 air yards over the last five weeks, and 50+ PPR points.
Emmanuel Sanders @ New Orleans
The Saints have a solid pass defense, and Emmanuel Sanders is coming off of a few subpar games. The positive for him this week is that opposing teams generally throw a ton against them, as they average 38 attempts per game. They are also allowing the 11th most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts, so I love the potential here if this game turns offensive quick.
Curtis Samuel @ Atlanta
Curtis Samuel is coming off of a 4-65-1 game, and he has had a hard time stringing together positive fantasy weeks. Facing Atlanta he can certainly do that. They rank 27th against the pass, and have allowed the 8th most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts. Samuel has an aDOT of 15.3 since Week 9, and over 400 air yards. His production comes on the long ball.
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Brandin Cooks Vs. Seattle
Since returning against Baltimore, Brandin Cooks has seen just six targets, and has caught two balls.He has had five games, not including his concussion game against Cincinnati, where he has seen five or less targets. He hasn’t scored more than ten fantasy points since back in September, and that is a major concern. With plenty of options producing, and a newly found focus on giving Todd Gurley the ball, it is hard to start Cooks right now.
Marquise Brown @ Buffalo
The Bills pass defense is a tough task for the Ravens this week. We should see a lot of running from Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram. The Bills pass defense is allowing 5.6 yards per attempt, and have only allowed nine passing touchdowns all year. Tre’Davious White is likely going to be on Marquise Brown quite a bit, who is one of the top corners in the game, and has yet to allow a touchdown in coverage this season. Buffalo does not allow big plays, and it is hard to see Brown getting through this defense.
Mohamed Sanu Vs. Kansas City
This could really go for any receiver not named Julian Edelman on the Patriots right now, as they are just having a hard time getting open. Kansas City also has a very strong pass defense ranking 6th, and allowing the second fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers this season. I expect a heavy dose of the Patriots trying to run the ball and keeping Patrick Mahomes off the field.
Christian Kirk Vs. Pittsburgh
Last week was an awful display of football by the Cardinals, and they will face an even tougher pass defense this week. They have a mediocre 20.5 implied total, and face the fourth best pass defense. Christian Kirk has seen steady volume this season, but the matchup is just not something I am on this week. There are too many other wideouts in more promising spots.
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