Published: Nov. 19, 2014 at 11:20 a.m.
Updated: Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:18 a.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 12: Wide receivers


Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. All starts and sits are based on standard scoring leagues. Obvious fantasy starters like Aaron Rodgers and Marshawn Lynch will not be featured. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Byes: Carolina, Pittsburgh

Start 'Em

Start of the Week - Alshon Jeffery vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jeffery is coming off a monster performance against the Minnesota Vikings, and I think he'll make it two in a row when he faces the Buccaneers at Soldier Field. While their defense was tough last week, overall Tampa Bay has one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. In fact, the Bucs have allowed eight touchdown catches on the road.

T.Y. Hilton vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Hilton is a yardage machine on his home field, and this week's matchup against the Jaguars makes him a virtual lock to post a nice stat line. In fact, their defense has surrendered two or more scoring catches four times in five road games this season. In his last home game against them, Hilton went for 11 catches and 155 yards.

Sammy Watkins vs. New York Jets

Watkins has seen his numbers drop over the last few weeks, but I'm keeping the faith based on a favorable matchup against the Jets. In his last contest against the Gang Green, the Clemson product had 157 yards, one touchdown and 21.7 fantasy points. New York has struggled versus the pass all season, so Watkins is a nice option.

Mike Evans vs. Chicago Bears

Believe it or not, but no wide receiver has scored more fantasy points over the last three weeks than Evans. In that time, he's scored five touchdowns and a combined 75.8 fantasy points. And while the Bears held the Minnesota wideouts to nothing last week, this unit has struggled against wide receivers overall at Soldier Field.

Torrey Smith vs. New Orleans Saints

Smith had a slow start to the season, but he's scored double-digit fantasy points in four of his last five games. In those five contests, he has scored a combined five touchdowns. This week, Smith is a nice No. 3 fantasy wideout versus the Saints on Monday night. Their defense has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to wideouts.

Good matchups: Josh Gordon at Atlanta Falcons, Percy Harvin at Buffalo Bills, Anquan Boldin vs. Washington Redskins

Sit 'Em

Sit of the Week - Andre Johnson vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Johnson has been a viable starter in PPR leagues, but owners in standard formats should be avoiding him if possible. In fact, he's scored double-digit fantasy points just once all season in standard leagues. Next on the schedule is a date with the Bengals, who have allowed the third fewest fantasy points to home wide receivers.

Golden Tate vs. New England Patriots

The Patriots are certain to use cornerback Darrelle Revis on Calvin Johnson this week, right? Well, maybe not. The plan could be to double Megatron and use Revis to stop Tate from putting up good numbers. Regardless, this is a bad matchup for the Golden Domer and one that fantasy owners should avoid if possible.

Larry Fitzgerald vs. Seattle Seahawks

Fitzgerald has been up and down in recent weeks, and it's going to be tough to trust him when he faces the Seahawks in Seattle. Over his last three games in the Great Northwest, the veteran out of Pitt has averaged a mere 28.4 yards and has scored one touchdown. Seattle is also allowing 19.12 fantasy points per game to road wideouts.

Pierre Garcon vs. San Francisco 49ers

There is a fantasy all-points bulletin on Garcon, who has disappeared in the stat sheets in recent weeks. In fact, he's caught eight passes for 58 yards with no touchdowns in his last three games. His fortunes aren't likely to improve vs. the Niners, who have given up an average of just 15.88 fantasy points per game to road receivers.

Kenny Britt vs. San Diego Chargers

Britt was one of the hottest adds off the waiver wire last week, as he posted 128 yards, one touchdown and 18.8 fantasy points in a win over the Denver Broncos. However, one big game doesn't make him a must-start wideout. In fact, I'd sit him against a Chargers defense that has allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to road wideouts.

Bad matchups: Keenan Allen vs. St. Louis Rams, Brandon LaFell vs. Detroit Lions, Wes Welker vs. Miami Dolphins

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!


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