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John Ross Vs. Cleveland
John Ross saw 13 targets last week against Miami, and put up a respectable day that could have been bigger. He had tough matchups since returning from injury, and now worked back up to his usual snaps. He has a middle of the road matchup against Cleveland, who once they were healthy in the secondary, we saw a decline in fantasy points. Ross has big play potential and even splitting the difference in targets from the past few weeks the volume will be there.
T.Y. Hilton @ Jacksonville
T.Y. Hilton played 38 snaps last week which was up from 29 the week before. He should be above 50 this week now that his health is back and order. The Jaguars have allowed the 10th most receiving yards to wide receivers over the last five games. Hilton has come back from injury and seen 13 targets in the last two games. I was hesitant on starting Hilton those games, but to wrap up the year he should see a healthy dose of targets and snaps.
Justin Watson Vs. Atlanta
Obviously you are starting Breshad Perriman, but what about Justin Watson? He saw ten targets last week, and has seen 20 over the last three games since the injuries began to pile up. He has two touchdowns and gets another strong matchup this week. Atlanta ranks 25th against the pass, and are middle of the road in fantasy points allowed to opposing wideouts.
Emmanuel Sanders @ Seattle
Emmanuel Sanders had the big game against the Saints, but otherwise has been relative quiet for the last two months. Seattle ranks just 17th in fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers, so it is an average matchup in that department. Seattle is allowing 263 passing yards per game this season but have kept opposing teams out of the end zone. Sanders has played second to Kittle in the passing game, but this is a great game for the passing game to go off.
D.J. Chark Vs. Indianapolis
D.J. Chark had a week absence due to a foot injury, and returned with seven targets and had just a 2-18-0 line. Indy ranks 17th against the pass this season, which has dwindled over the second half of the season. They are allowing the 10th most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers this season, and the third most over the last five weeks. Fire up Chark this week with confidence.
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JuJu Smith-Schuster @ Baltimore
Baltimore doesn’t have anything to play for unlike Pittsburgh who has everything to play for. JuJu Smith-Schuster is back from injury, and didn’t look healthy. His target shares have been up and down this season, as most of the Steelers have suffered from the Ben Roethlisberger injury. Despite the name value here, Smith-Schuster’s upside has been limited this season, and it is not something I am relying upon in Week 17.
Curtis Samuel Vs. New Orleans
While D.J. Moore is in concussion protocol which might give some extra targets, I have zero confidence in this passing game against a top ten pass defense in comparison to Will Grier against a weaker Colts secondary. While the Saints have allowed a lot of production to wide receivers, I wouldn’t bank on a struggling Panthers offense to get going. Samuel’s usage this season has been derailed because of the quarterback play.
Robby Anderson @ Buffalo
Buffalo has allowed the second fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers over the last five weeks, and have allowed the third fewest over the course of the season. The Jets offense has one of the lower implied totals of the week heading into Buffalo, which is not an optimal places for offense. Anderson is a boom or bust option that is in a tough matchup against a strong Bills secondary.
Christian Kirk @ Los Angeles
The Rams have allowed just 20.5 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers on the year. While their season has come to the end, things can be tricky for those really trying on the defensive side. However this is still a pass defense that ranks 11th and could be seeing a limited Kyler Murray due to the hamstring. The offense has gone through Drake and overall the passing game has been a disaster most weeks.
Hunter Renfrow @ Denver
Coming off a strong week, Hunter Renfrow might have popped up on your radar. He is still going up against a Denver secondary that still limits fantasy points to wide receivers. They are allowing the 7th fewest fantasy points per game, and Renfrow will have a tough individual matchup. Targets are hit and miss and last week he had nine which was a season high. He ranges from 3-9 so far this season.
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