They also influence our projections and rankings at Chinstrap Ninjas.
Wide receiver 1 matchups for Week 9
Dez Bryant vs. Arizona — Tony Romo is out this week, but Brandon Weeden has worked a lot with the first team this season and had no trouble targeting Bryant a lot when Romo got locked from the game last week.
Miles Austin/Andrew Hawkins vs. Tampa Bay — Austin is technically the No. 1, but when Hawkins was a target magnet when Jordan Cameron was out earlier this season. Cameron is out again. Tampa Bay allows 43.3 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers.
New Orleans played on Thursday
Jeremy Maclin vs. Houston — Maclin is going to be in a lot of lineups after last week’s performance. This is a tough choice because if he is greatly owned and goes off again you’re probably going to be out of the money. But if he has only a good game you could have a huge edge over the rest of the field by picking against the grain. Maclin is a must-start in cash games and, considering the number of targets he’s received all season, probably a must-start in tournaments as well.
Michael Crabtree vs. St. Louis — The Rams have allowed 36.9 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and have been least effective against WR1s. Kaepernick is alslo projected to have a big game.
Andre Johnson vs. Philadelphia — The Eagles are allowing 42.8 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers.
Carolina played on Thursday
Larry Fitzgerald vs. Dallas — Dallas allows just 28.7 points per game to opposing wide receivers and are particularly effective against WR1s.
Eric Decker vs. Kansas City — As if getting Michael Vick as your starting quarterback wasn’t bad enough.
Andre Holmes vs. Seattle — Derek Carr is projected to score just 10.8 fantasy points this week. You shouldn’t consider any Raiders players against the Seahawks.
Allen Robinson vs. Cincinnati
Detroit is on bye
Mike Wallace vs. San Diego — I’ll still be starting Wallace in a tournament lineup or two. San Diego’s secondary is less than 100 percent.