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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 13: Wide receivers

A lot of solid WRs have some really tough matchups against some great corners this week. Which have a bad enough matchup to put them on the bench this week?

Chris Trotman

A lot fantasy owners are heading into the last week of their regular season and might be in a tight spot at receiver. It's arguably the most healthy position in fantasy with a lot of backs banged up and a couple big-name QBs not healthy. That means there could be some tough lineup decisions for owners with a surplus at the position. Here are six guys with some interesting matchups for Week 13.


Harry Douglas - Fantasy owners might see "@ BUF" next to Harry Douglas' name and be a little worried. After all, Buffalo in December isn't a picnic. However, the Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills will get to face off in the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada.

Douglas gets himself a friendly matchup this week. The Bills are ranked 30th in allowing points against wide receivers this season. Their safeties are more focused on stopping the run while guys like Da'Norris Searcy like to go for sacks and stay close to the line of scrimmage. HD should see a lot of Searcy on Sunday. On the other side, Aaron Wiliams leads all corners in tackles and that's because quarterbacks pick on him a little bit.

The Falcons have gone up against some tough teams lately. In the past five weeks, they've gone up against the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers. Douglas has still be able to put up averages of 7.4 catches and 122.8 yards in that difficult stretch. He should be solid this week

Kendall Wright - The Tennessee Titans are playing a little better these days and a lot of it has to do with Jake Locker out for the season. They've been able to pass the ball around while not really taking too many chances down the field. That's great for Wright and he could have a nice week.

The Colts are allowing the 25th most points to wide receivers and they haven't been giving up too much on the outside. Guys like Tavon Austin have been burning them and Kendall Wright even got in on the fun a little. Two weeks ago, he caught nine balls for 80 yards in a 30-27 at home.

The Titans are starting to get their passing game going, which takes some time because Ryan Fitzpatrick had to get acclimated with his receivers again after Jake Locker took most of the reps at practice. If you're in a PPR league, you almost have to play Wright. Standard league owners should view him as a solid WR2.

Keenan Allen - The Cincinnati Bengals come to town to face the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. Allen has been dealing with some injuries in the past month, but he looked healthy in Week 12, catching nine balls for 124 yards. That was against a tough defense in the Kansas City Chiefs. The game was in KC, too.

Things get a lot easier this week. The Bengals rank 13th against receivers in fantasy, but it's not like they've gone up against many tough teams. Nobody in their division has much of a passing game and the only WR corps that totaled over 200 yards was the Detroit Lions. Calvin Johnson got his, obviously.

Allen is healthy and should be in all lineups this week.


Mike Wallace - 60 Minutes is coming off a big week. He had 127 receiving yards against arguably the best defense in the league, the Carolina Panthers. Wallace had Captain Munnerlyn get demoted to Private Munnerlyn and he exposed him down the field for five catches. He was targeted 11 times.

It's not going to be nearly as easily against the New York Jets this week. Antonio Cromartie is tailor made to cover guys like Wallace. He has long speed and size, so the deep balls probably won't be there for him. Surprisingly, this is the first time he'll face Cro in a Dolphins uniform with the Jets and Phins meeting again later this month.

He's more of a risky, high-upside flex play this week.

Cecil Shorts - Another receiver with a terrible matchup. Joe Haden is going to be all over him like a cheap brown and orange suit. Joe Haden has shut down just about everyone including the likes of Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green twice, Mike Wallace, Jordy Nelson with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback and Torrey Smith. Fantasy owners of Shorts probably stopped reading after Calvin and A.J. -- two of the most talented receivers in the NFL.

The Browns set up almost perfectly to stop the Jaguars, which isn't saying much. They have a good front seven and Haden can take away Shorts. It's going to be a long day in Cleveland. Shorts is a risky flex this week.

Marques Colston - Things are not set up nicely for Marques Colston this week. He's going to to get a tall order -- literally -- against Richard Sherman. Sherman is the tallest real cover corner in the NFL and he is a very tough matchup for Colston. Both Sherman and Colston aren't fast, but they take advantage of their size and can go up and get balls like few others. Drew Brees finds the open guy better than any other receiver, so it's not likely going to be Colston a lot. Plus, playing in Seattle is never a fun trip for an offense. Colston is a risky flex this week.

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