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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Larry Fitzgerald – He’s projected to be covered by cornerback Isiah Oliver. In case you don’t remember Oliver from last week, he is the one who got absolutely TORCHED by Will Fuller. This game has a total of 51 & remember the Cardinals play with the fastest pace in the league. Fitz is one of only five players in the league with five receptions in every game this season on about nine targets a game. Look for Fitz to continue rolling this weekend.
Marquise Brown – He gets a tailor made matchup with Dre Kirkpatrick. By name you may think Kirkpatrick is a stud corner, but the numbers say otherwise. Kirkpatrick has a catch rate of 67.5%, allows 13.4 yards per reception, & gives up an average of 12.5 fantasy points per game to opposing WRs. As for Brown, his production has slowed down the last couple of weeks due to just missing on deep balls with Lamar & last week he only played 46% of the snaps with his ankle injury. If all signs are pointing that he’s a full go, he has a chance for a big boom week.
Stefon Diggs – To say his season has been a disappointment so far is an understatement. Between the Vikings committing to the run and the trade rumors surrounding Diggs, it’s been a rough start. However, if there was going to a be a week to get back on track it’s this one. Vikings are at home vs. the Eagles who have a very good offense (which should force MIN to throw), but an incompetent pass defense that we are hoping Kirk & Diggs can take advantage of. Ronald Darby is projected to cover Diggs which is fantastic news for all Diggs owners. WRs have average a stat line of 6.3 catches for 83 yards against Darby which is part of the reason he allows 18.6 fantasy points per game to opposing WRs.
Keenan Allen – I suspect the Steelers with start with Haden on Allen this game but whether it’s him, Mike Hilton, or linebackers covering him (yes the Steelers did this last year for some reason), I expect Keenan to get back on track after two relatively quiet games for him. Last season against the Steelers, Keenan caught 14 passes for 148 yards & a TD. Haden hasn’t been targeted often this season (4.4 p/g) but when he has, he’s allowed a catch rate of 68.2%.
Odell Beckham Jr. – Another stud WR who’s start to the season hasn’t been as promising as we thought it would be. Odell has seen his targets dwindle since the starts of the season (11,10,9,7,6). If the Browns want to win it may be best to get your best offensive player the ball! This week the opportunity may just present itself for that as he’s projected to be covered by Tre Flowers. Per Pro Football Focus, Flowers is ranked as the 99th corner among 115 qualified corners.