A bounce-back week saw me win in two of my three selections and a huge Boyd touchdown meant he cost me a clean sweep. It felt good to get back into the winner’s circle once more just before the playoffs. However, with the playoffs door now only narrowly open it’s now or never to get hot. So with that being said here is my Week Fourteen WR/CB matchups I think you should be wary of after a quick Week 13 recap.
Week 13 Recap
Tyler Boyd – 13.2 Fantasy Points = Loss
Jakobi Meyers – 1.5 Fantasy Points = Win
Nuke Hopkins – 11.2 Fantasy Points = Win
Week 14 Selections
The Bears are a top-four team in the least points given up to opposing Wide Receivers and are an intriguing selection in the first of the Week Fourteen WR/CB matchups selections. Giving up just 20.7 FPPG to Wideouts is a tricky matchup for the Houston Texans. With Will Fuller banned due to PED use Cooks should have stepped into the limelight. This hasn’t happened at all and Cooks is struggling to post good numbers. In the last four weeks, he has gotten to 85 yards twice, the other weeks were under 50 yards. He has not caught more than six balls either in this period. Finally, Cooks has not managed a trip into the endzone either.
With Fuller now missing from the Vertical game and Watson allowed to use his wheels a whole lot more, Cooks’ upside is capped. He is explosive and can get free downfield but the extra few steps it takes him over Fuller to get shifting means Watson is under pressure and scrambling. Cooks is touchdown-dependent against a Bears D in one of the Week Fourteen WR/CB matchups I’m looking to temper expectations on. Anything over 7.5 Fantasy points and you’ve done well.
The Cardinals aren’t creating big plays right now. Apart from Dan Arnolds huge 69 yard touchdown last week the two next largest plays were Kenyan Drake’s 27 yard run and Chase Edmonds’ run for 13 yards. Not a big play kind of team right now when Kyler Murray isn’t himself and using his legs. The Giants don’t give up big plays as defensive units. They gave up the fourth-fewest pass plays of 20 plus yards, the third-fewest run plays of 20 plus yards and was great against Russel Wilson. The Cardinals are no longer making explosive big plays and the Giants aren’t giving up big plays so this feeds perfectly into the Giant’s hands.
The Giants are giving up just 22 Fantasy Points per Game to opposing Wide Receivers right now. The Giants are beatable by using the Running Backs. They give up the most receiving yards per game to Running Backs and I think Kliff Kingsbury is a good enough coach to use his two capable Running Backs to do the bulk of the work whilst using the treat of Kyler’s run game and the threat of Nuke downfield to open lanes for the Running backs. Hopkins over his last three week has scored 5, 5.5 and 11.2 Fantasy Points. That isn’t what you’re after when starting a WR1 and I believe he will have another down week vs the Giants in one of the tougher Week Fourteen WR/CB matchups.
The Dolphins are playing lights out on defence but now come up against a team unlike no other in the Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes comes into this game on a hot vein of form and is looking to slay the Dolphins. For some reason, the Chiefs are giving up a measly 20.6 FPPG to opposing Wideout corps. Somehow teams aren’t throwing against them when they are down by one or two scores. It’s a conundrum that is a muddling one.
Andy Reid is red hot right now and if Tua starts he could be in for one hell of a baptism of fire. Tua hasn’t looked to pass towards Parker since becoming the starter. Since his first snap in the NFL Tua has made Parker Fantasy relevant just once. This coming in week 11 vs the Broncos. Parker scored 15.1 Fantasy Points, apart from this game he hasn’t been over 10 Fantasy Points once.
Of the fantasy production, the Chiefs have allowed to skill-position players, Wide Receivers have accounted for just 46.5 per cent of it. the second-lowest number in the league. Building on that, they’ve allowed just third-fewest points per game to wide receivers. The Chiefs have allowed just 11.3 receptions, 135.5 yards, and 1.0 touchdowns per game to opposing Wide Receivers, which is obviously not a good thing. All in all, they’ve allowed just 7.39 yards per target to them, which is the third-lowest number in the league. There have been just 13 wide receivers who’ve finished as top-36 (WR3 options) against them. All of this info makes me think that Parker has one of the worst, if not the worst Week Fourteen WR/CB matchups there is.
Pittsy will be covering for me next week so here is a bonus Pittsy player for this week.
The Browns have made positive strides this season and find themselves in a great position in the league being 9-3. Unfortunately OBJ tore his ACL in week 7 but this potentially has helped the browns offence and even smoothed things out a little.
However, don’t be fooled by the past two weeks from the Browns and Landry. Landry’s last two games have been against two defences that can be passed on. Landry’s stats for these two games are 11 targets and 8 receptions for 143 yards against the Jaguars and 10 targets 8 receptions and 62 yards against the Titans.
You just need to look back at the two games before his most recent two games and see the teams had better defences. Then you see Landry’s stats are reduced to 5-3-29 and 2-2-23. Landry now goes up against a tough Ravens defence that ranks 30th in fantasy points given up per game at just 20.3.
Landry will most likely face Marlon Humphrey in one of the harder Week Fourteen WR/CB matchups for Wide receivers. In the last three games Humphrey has improved his game. He has a completion percentage of 64% allowed on targets towards him. He has also reduced the yards per target against him too. The last three games saw him allow 6.5 yards per target. 5 yards per target and in the last game he only allowed 3.9 yards per target. He is also only allowing 4.4 receptions a game. So if Landry doesnt make it inot the paint he will struggle severely,
This WR/CB matchup concerns me at the best of times but throws in the uncertainty of Baker Mayfield against a Strong D too and that makes me worry a lot for Landrys numbers for your Fantasy team.
We’re Almost There
So there you have my three Week Fourteen WR/CB matchups to avoid. If you’re fighting for that last playoff spot good luck. Let’s get into those playoffs and go win some ships.
Until next week Rush Nation, Keep Rushing.