2016 Draft Kit

Wide receiver 2 matchups for Week 7: Sleepers and busts

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Week 7 wide receiver 2 matchups

Week 7 sleepers and busts: PASS | RUN | WR1 | WR2 | WR3/4 | TE | RB (rec.)

Top matchups

1. Cordarrelle Patterson vs. Buffalo — I was texting with jzak earlier today. He received a trade offer to get Cordarrelle Patterson. He wanted to know when I thought Patterson would come around. I told him I hoped the hip injury was worse than we were led to believe and that was the reason for the rumors about poor route running and not getting open. I’ll have Patterson in a couple lineups this week. If I was in a keeper league I’d be trying to buy low. In a standard league I’d hold steady if I had him or if I didn’t.

2. Steve Smith vs. Atlanta — I cannot remember this week’s schedule. I have been pretty good about it so far this season, but I just can’t get it. So I have to look at my notebook, then click on another tab, then back to the tab I’m writing in. Man, it’s a tough life writing fantasy football at 4:30 a.m. Where was I? Oh, right, Smith, Steve. Um, play him.

3. Kenny Britt vs. Seattle — You know, I can think of less talented players with worst matchups who are going to be in a lot more lineups. I cannot believe I’m recommending starting Kenny Britt.

4. Keenan Allen vs. Kansas City — I look at this matchup and think of a YouTube video of Ric Flair saying “WOOOO!” Y’know, like this:

I’m also a little worried because Philip Rivers is dishing to EVERYBODY this season.

5. Jarvis Landry/Brian Hartline vs. Chicago — Has Jarvis Landry surpassed Brian Hartline? Probably. Hartline was always the passing equivalent of three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust. Landry is averaging practically the same (10.3 YPC and 10.1 YPC) yards per catch and they each only have one catch of more than 20 yards this season. Still one of them is going to get No. 2 targets and that’s Landry right now. There’s also more unknown for Landry. More unknown=more upside.

6. Justin Hunter vs. Washington — I misspelled unknown and upside in the last sentence. Things are getting rough, like owning Justin Hunter for the first five weeks of the year. Last week, three catches on five targets with 99 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, I think a lot of fantasy owners are going to be saying, “dangit, Charlie” on Sunday.

7. Randall Cobb vs. Carolina — I read an interesting conversation on Twitter this week — I really need to keep track of these Twitter conversations so I can give people proper credit — talking about receivers who need to have touches manufactured for them. Guys like Randall Cobb, Percy Harvin and Cordarrelle Patterson need “touches in space,” while the bigger receivers don’t need special treatment. When Green Bay is humming, like they have been, manufacturing touches is what they do.

8. Philadelphia is on bye

9. James Jones vs. Arizona — Andre Holmes is ahead of him right now, but against Arizona it hasn’t really mattered too much. Last week DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon each got touchdowns.

10. Roddy White vs. Baltimore — Last week, was supposed to be a good one for White. He disappointed. Two weeks ago he had four catches on 14 targets I can’t recommend him until I see something.

Bad matchups

1. Miles Austin vs. Jacksonville

2. Jerricho Cotchery vs. Green Bay — I’m trying to come up with a scenario where I’d start Jerricho Cotchery but it’s not happening.

3. Brandin Cooks vs. New Orleans

4. Emmanuel Sanders vs. San Francisco

5. DeAndre Hopkins vs. Pittsburgh

6. Alshon Jeffery vs. Miami — Four really good wide receivers in a row with no comments. What do you want me to say? They’re all options because of their talent. They all likely have lower ceilings because of the matchups. I reckon Cooks is going to be way overowned because everyone wants him to get the Jimmy Graham touches. Sanders will probably be underowned because he was a hot mess last week for fantasy owners.

7. Tampa Bay is on bye

8. Markus Wheaton vs. Houston

9. Odell Bekham Jr. vs. Dallas — Bad matchup for Randle and Beckham. Lots of contrarian juice here.

10. Jeremy Kerley vs. New England





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