In this article we assume that you are starting your WR1s regardless of the matchup.

Each week we will analyze the defenses and provide our take on which RBs you should start and which should be benched based on matchups with stout run defenses, stubbed toes, potential weather problems, conduct code violations etc.

A few big name pass catchers will be sidelined by the BYE in week 11 including Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Percy Harvin, and, or what it’s worth, the unpredictable receivers in Tennessee and Seattle are off.

Julio Jones is a game time decision. As always, injuries will surely play a role in your lineup decisions and our interactive injury chart/fantasy advice feature will keep you up to date. The Injury Report was released on Friday afternoon and will be updated up until the 1pm Sunday kickoffs.

Wide Receiver Upgrades

Denarius Moore (vs. Saints):  Over the past two weeks Carson Palmer has thrown for 783 yards and 6 TDs.  That red-hot pace should continue against an abysmal  Saints passing defense that is allowing 307.3 ypg passing and 31 fantasy points to opposing receivers.  Moore has solidified his role as the #1 WR on the Raiders and a reliable fantasy WR2.

Season Ranking at Postition

FF CrystalBall Yardbarker Aggregate Rank

 Opponents Rank vs. Pass

 Opponents Avg FF Pts to WR (Last 5 Games)

19th (87.5 fantasy points)


31st (307.3 ypg)

31.8  (32nd)


Steve Smith (vs. Buccaneers) – Smith has been battling injuries, poor QB play and questionable play calling this season.  It has been a rough season for Smith and Cam Newton.  This week he gets a chance to line up against a poor passing defense and since he finally found the endzone two weeks ago maybe he wants a return to that promised land.   In week 1, Smith lit up the Buccs defense to the tune of 106 yards on 7 receptions.  The Buccs have the worst pass defense in the NFL and Smith will take advantage of that.


Season Ranking at Position

FF Crystal Ball Aggregate Rank

 Opponents Rank vs. Pass

 Opponents Avg FF Pts to WR (Last 5 Games)

36th (71.10 fantasy points


32nd (321 ypg)

29.2 (3rd worst)


Wide Receiver Downgrades

Mike Wallace (vs. Steelers) – The downgrades are all about injured QBs.  Mike Wallace is a fantastic talent…Byron Leftwich is fantastically immobile and blatantly average.  The Steelers would be wise to try and run the ball but their opponent is stronger against the run that the pass.  Ultimately the Steelers may not be able to control the clock with the run and be forced to turn to the pass.  We don’t believe Wallace can live up to expectations without Big Ben.

Fantasy Points Last 4Games

FF Crystal Ball Aggregate Rank

 Opponents Rank vs Pass

 Opponents Avg FF Pts to WR (Last 3 Games)

5,6,12,7 (non-PPR)


26th  (258 ypg)

22 (17th)


Desean Jackson (vs. Redskins) – Jeremy Maclin was Nick Foles favorite target when he entered the game for a dazed and confused Michael Vick (that’s actually his normal state but it was enhanced by a knock on the noggin).  Foles will get the start for the concussed and overrated Vick and while he has more than enough arm to get the ball deep and take advantage of what Jackson does best but the Birds offensive line can’t give him the time.  The Eagles offensive play calling is about the worst in the league but you have to think that they will be smart enough to scale down the offensive in number of plays and depth of target.  That plays into the hands of Maclin, not Jackson.

Fantasy Points Last 5 Games

FF Crystal Ball Aggregate Rank

 Opponents Rank vs Pass

 Opponents Avg FF Pts to WR (Last 3 Games)

9,12,10,16,11 (PPR)


  30th  (301.7 ypg)

29.4 (2nd Worst)


Wide Receivers Sleepers

Anquan Boldin (@ Ravens): Boldin isn’t a week-in-week-out starter and longer but he tends to have respectable games against the Steelers.  Last season in two games against the Steelers Boldin hauled in 11 passes for 163 yards and 1 TD.  He’s not a redzone threat (5 yards in the redzone in 2012) because Torrey Smith owns that area of the field but he is a guy that can give you WR2/3 PPR numbers this week.  The Steelers defense tops the rankings in pass defense and fantasy points per game to WRs, so Boldin really is a sleeper this week because those stats attest to the fact that he should be shut down.

Fantasy Points Last 5 Games

FF Crystal Ball Aggregate Rank

 Opponents Rank vs. Pass

 Opponents Avg FF Pts to WR (Last 3 Games)

21,15,4,10,10 (PPR)


1st  (171 ypg)

28.4 (5th worst)


Danario Alexander (vs. Broncos – Momentum.  That is what Alexander has now and he is riding this wave into the starting lineup having supplanted high-priced free agent disappointment Robert Meachem in the process.  Against the woeful Buccaneer defense Alexander’s stat line was 5/137/1.  He will have a stiffer challenge against the Broncos defense but if his knees hold up there is no doubt he has the physical tools to excel.  The Broncos are giving up less fantasy points to receivers than any other team over the last 5 contests.  He may not dominate the way he did last week but he should produce well enough to hold down the fort as a flex or WR3 if you are in a bind.

Stats last 2 Games

FF Crystal Ball Aggregate Rank

 Opponents Rank vs. Pass

 Opponents Avg FF Pts to WR (last 5 games)

8 catches, 195 yards, 1 TD


11th (218.4 ypg)

12.8 (NFL Best)



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