Published: Dec. 5, 2018 at 10:40 a.m.
Updated: Dec. 9, 2018 at 09:49 a.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 14: Wide receivers

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Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate weekly look at NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. Fantasy superstars such as Todd Gurley and Antonio Brown will not be featured. All player matchups are based on PPR scoring system. NFL researchers Matt Frederick and Michael Florio have contributed to the column. For your final starting lineup decisions, check our weekly fantasy football lineup rankings.

Start 'Em

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Start of the Week - Amari Cooper vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Cooper has emerged into a far more reliable fantasy player in Dallas, scoring two touchdowns and a combined 71.6 fantasy points in his last four games. That includes a 13.5-point effort against the Eagles, who he'll face once again this week. Their defense has allowed the second-most fantasy points to receivers lined out wide this season.

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Brandin Cooks vs. Chicago Bears

This week's matchup might scare some folks when it comes to Cooks, but it shouldn't based on the numbers. Their defense has actually allowed nine touchdowns and the fourth-most fantasy points to receivers who are lined out wide, which is where Cooks has run more than 70 percent of his routes this season. He remains a No. 2 wideout.

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Julian Edelman vs. Miami Dolphins

Edelman posted a stinker in last week's win over the Vikings, but I like him to rebound when he faces Miami. The veteran slot man has owned them in his career, scoring no fewer than 14.6 fantasy points against them in six straight games. That includes four different contests where he's scored 22.4 or more points in PPR formats.

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Larry Fitzgerald vs. Detroit Lions

Fitzgerald has been uneven with Josh Rosen under center, but he should see more targets now that Christian Kirk is on injured reserve. The veteran also has a great matchup against the Lions, who have allowed nine touchdowns and the sixth-most fantasy points to enemy slot receivers. Consider Fitzgerald a nice flex starter this weekend.

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Chris Godwin vs. New Orleans Saints

Godwin put up a nice line in last week's win over the Panthers, and he's in line to see another nice matchup against the Saints next on the schedule. With DeSean Jackson questionable, Godwin could see plenty of opportunities to produce against a New Orleans defense that has struggled against wide receivers. He's a very nice flex option.

Start 'Em: Tyler Lockett vs. Minnesota Vikings (Mon.), Adam Humphries vs. New Orleans Saints
Sleepers: Courtland Sutton at San Francisco 49ers, Sterling Shepard at Washington Redskins

Sit 'Em

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Sit of the Week - Alshon Jeffery vs. Dallas Cowboys

Jeffery's stats have sunk in recent weeks, as he's seen five or fewer targets in four of his last five games since the Eagles traded for Golden Tate. Next up is a date in Dallas against the Cowboys, who have allowed just five touchdowns and the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers among home defenses this season.

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Tyler Boyd vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Boyd is coming off two nice weeks in the stat sheets, but I'd beware the Pittsburgh product when he travels to Los Angeles to face the Chargers. Their defense has been ultra-tough on slot receivers, allowing an average of just 50.1 yards and 9.48 fantasy points per game to the position, so Boyd could be in for a rough afternoon.

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Allen Robinson vs. Los Angeles Rams

The Rams defensive backfield is now back intact with the return of Aqib Talib, which makes the inconsistent Robinson a fade for me in fantasy leagues. He's failed to score a touchdown in four of his last five games, and his numbers (116 yards, 0 TDs) haven't been impressive over the last two weeks. He's a risky flex option at best.

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Demaryius Thomas vs. Indianapolis Colts

Thomas is a tough player to trust in the fantasy playoffs, as he's seen just 13 total targets in his four games with the Texans. This week he'll face a Colts defense that's allowed just 79.9 yards per game to receivers who are lined out wide. Thomas also scored a meager 6.4 fantasy points against the Colts back in a Week 4 matchup.

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DeVante Parker vs. New England Patriots

Parker found the end zone last week and scored 14.3 fantasy points against the Bills, but I wouldn't chase the points ahead of this week's game against New England. The Patriots have allowed just five touchdowns and the fifth-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers who line out wide, which is where Parker runs most of his routes.

Sit 'Em: Calvin Ridley at Green Bay Packers, John Brown at Kansas City Chiefs
Busts: Kenny Golladay at Arizona Cardinals


Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. You can follow Michael on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram for all of the latest fantasy football news, notes and in-depth analysis!

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