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Week 6 NFL fantasy football receiving matchups: Who to start, who to sit

Readers returning from previous years probably remember receiver matchups being posted. This is the first one for this season.

I use Football Outsiders’ Defense vs. Receiver types chart to determine these rankings. As suggested on that post, I use the yards allowed to the position as opposed to the DVOA ranking.

There are a few caveats here. They also specify that their definition of a team’s No. 1 wide receiver and No. 2 wide receiver is somewhat fluid, meaning it may be Brandin Cooks one week and Willie Snead the next.

That can lead to some bad plays, but you’ll get that with almost any predictive metric, especially in fantasy football. Football Outsiders and DVOA have helped me more than they’ve hurt me in the past.

I did my best to try to figure out the hierarchy of depth charts, but there are a lot of questionable players in the receiving ranks this week. This list was created Thursday morning and will not be updated, so, as always, check player news at a site like Rotoworld to make sure a player is in the starting lineup or is at least supposed to get their normal share of the work.

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Wide receiver 1 matchups

WR1/start TM OPP   WR1/sit TM OPP
Odell Beckham Jr. NYG PHI BYE STL
Willie Snead NO ATL Allen Robinson JAX HOU
Steve Smith/Kamar Aiken BAL SF Randall Cobb GB SD
Kendall Wright TEN MIA Jarvis Landry MIA TEN
Jeremy Maclin KC MIN Calvin Johnson DET CHI
Anquan Boldin SF BAL Demaryius Thomas DEN CLE
Julian Edelman NE IND Brandon Marshall NYJ WAS
Percy Harvin BUF CIN Ted Ginn Jr. CAR SEA
BYE DAL Antonio Brown PIT ARI
Jordan Matthews PHI NYG

We go right to an injured player. Odell Beckham Jr. is questionable and is not expected to practice on Thursday. Steve Smith, who has broken ribs, is another player who we might consider if we knew he was playing.

Wide receiver 2 matchups

WR2/start TM OPP   WR2/sit TM OPP
Charles Johnson MIN KC Stevie Johnson SD GB
Torrey Smith SF BAL BYE DAL
Allen Hurns JAX HOU Leonard Hankerson ATL NO
Danny Amendola NE IND Ryan Grant WAS NYJ
BYE OAK Rishard Mathews MIA TEN
Albert Wilson KC MIN Brandin Cooks NO ATL
Marquess Wilson CHI DET Corey Brown CAR SEA
Markus Wheaton PIT ARI
Robert Woods BUF CIN
James Jones GB SD

I can’t really recommend starting Charles Johnson in any matchup until we see something out of him, but Torrey Smith and Danny Amendola make sneaky plays. Marquess Wilson has been playing like a No. 1 for the Bears. If Alshon Jeffery comes back this week, he may see fewer targets, but have more space to roam.

Slot/bench wide receiver matchups

WR3/bench/start TM OPP   WR3/bench/sit TM OPP
Jamison Crowder WAS NYJ Chris Conley KC MIN
Dwayne Harris NYG PHI Montgomery/Adams GB SD
Roddy White ATL NO Lance Moore DET CHI
Martavis Bryant PIT ARI Michael Floyd ARI PIT
Andre Caldwell DEN CLE Kenny Stills MIA TEN
Mohamed Sanu CIN BUF Taylor Gabriel CLE DEN
Stefon Diggs MIN KC Brian Tyms NE IND
Brandon Coleman NO ATL Moncrief/Dorsett IND NE

Jamison Crowder impressed last week and, on paper, has a great matchup this week. However, according to one article I read he’s going to face Buster Skrine, one of the best in slot coverage. Football Outsiders and DVOA say differently. If you’re starting Crowder you’re probably dealing with bye week or injury issues anyway, so you may not have a choice. Just understand there’s a lack of clarity here.

I’ll have a bunch of Dwayne Harris this week in daily fantasy.

Tight end matchups

Tight ends/start TM OPP Tight ends/sit TM OPP
Jacob Tamme ATL NO Jimmy Graham SEA CAR
Ertz/Celek PHI NYG Carrier/Reed WAS NYJ
Garrett Graham HOU JAC BYE TB
Darren Fells ARI PIT Vernon Davis SF BAL
Greg Olsen CAR SEA Delanie Walker TEN MIA
Jeff Cumberland NYJ WAS BYE DAL
Gary Barnidge CLE DEN Daniels/Green DEN CLE

Jacob Tamme led the Falcons in receiving yards, catches and targets last week. Julio Jones is expected to play. I’m not sure how hobbled he’ll be. I’m taking a chance on Tamme in a couple season long leagues and daily leagues.

That concerns me a bit because I’m not a big fan of playing too many players from the Thursday night games in daily fantasy leagues. Short week, not enough rest or game-planning.

Running back receiving matchups

Receiving RBs/start TM OPP Receiving RBs/sit TM OPP
Ingram/Spiller/Robinson NO ATL Lamar Miller MIA TEN
BYE DAL Andrews/Sankey TEN MIA
Anderson/Hillman DEN CLE Abdullah/Riddick/Zenner DET CHI
Anthony Dixon BUF CIN Chris Ivory NYJ WAS
Lynch/Rawls SEA CAR BYE TB
Mathews/Murray PHI NYG Matt Forte CHI DET
Le’Veon Bell PIT ARI Jones/Morris WAS NYJ
Arian Foster HOU JAC Woodhead/Gordon SD GB
Gore/Bradshaw IND NE

Not only does C.J. Anderson have a good rushing matchup, the Browns are also horrible at stopping pass-catching backs. Ronnie Hillman usually fills that role, but he’s banged up and may not be 100% for the game.

This receiving ranking is another reason why I’ll probably have a Devonta FreemanMark Ingram pairing or two this week. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see C.J. Spiller pop a long touchdown, like that 80-yard game-winner a couple weeks ago.

It’s never fair of opponents when elite do-it-all running backs like Le’Veon Bell and Arian Foster get top-shelf receiving matchups.

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