The purpose of this article is to bring you a more in depth look at the core WR plays around the industry for the upcoming week. We will cover the best & worst match ups, noteworthy trends, & value plays for the week.
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Tyler Boyd - Christmas came early for Boyd as he was reunited with the QB who helped him rise to fantasy relevance this season, Andy Dalton. After not seeing double digit targets since week 7, Boyd saw 10 (27.8% target share) last week and converted them into 5 rec, 59 yards, & a TD. Aside from the likelihood that the Bengals will be trailing and it is going to force them to throw, this week Boyd’s matchup is a little easier as he’s going to avoid being covered by Denzel Ward. T.J. Carrie is the CB who is slated to cover Boyd this weekend. Carrie hasn’t been targeted over 3 times in his last 5 games so that’s why his box score numbers don’t look so bad. However, when Carrie has been targeted double digit times this season (as he likely will be this weekend) he has been absolutely torched. He was targeted 10 & 11 times across 2 games this season and in those games he gave up stat lines of 9/122/2 & 8/112. I’m all in on Boyd this week whether you want to use him in a CIN stack, CLE stack, or even by himself.
Jamison Crowder - Darnold & Crowder were flashing great chemistry all season long, but it has come to a screeching halt over the last 2 weeks. In the last two games, he has posted just 1.8 and 2.8 fantasy points on a total of 4 & 9 targets. However, now is the time to go right back to Crowder as the Jets host the Dolphins this week. When Crowder faced the Dolphins earlier this season he had 8 rec, 83 yards and a TD. Per PFF, Crowder has the #1 WR/CB advantage this weekend.
Kenny Golladay - He hasn’t seen more than 5 targets in his last 3 games, but that hasn’t stopped Golladay from balling out. Last week with the rookie David Blough making his debut Golladay saw 40%(!!) of the teams Air Yards and turned that into 4 rec, 158 yds, & a TD. Golladay’s Lions take on the Vikings this week who rank #4 in FPPG allowed to opposing WRs. His projected 1v1 matchup is against Trae Waynes who’s season long coverage grade ranks 81st out of 127 qualified CBs with a grade of 55.8. Over the last 4 weeks Waynes actually ranks 95th in coverage grade. If Blough continues to look Kenny’s way this weekend and take shots down the field again, Kenny could be in line for another big game.
James Washington - Washington has had his 2 best games this season in the last 2 weeks with Devlin “Duck” Hodges under center for the Steelers. Washington’s lines over the last 2 games have been 3/98/1 & 4/111/1 on a total of 11 targets. In addition to those 11 targets he has he has seen 62% & 40% of the teams total Air Yards. This week Washington and the Steelers take on ARI who rank right behind TB as the friendliest pass D in the game (#2 in FPPG to opposing WRs over the last month). Washington’s 1v1 matchup is against Patrick Peterson who has had a really rough go at it this season. Peterson has been targeted often (6 targets p/g) and he is not making QBs pay for it. He has allowed 80+ yards in all games but 1 over the last month, and allowing WRs to catch almost everything thrown at them. Peterson’s coverage grade ranks 107th out of 112 qualified CBs over the last month.