Published: Dec. 3, 2014 at 10:55 a.m.
Updated: Dec. 5, 2014 at 05:54 p.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 14: 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.

Start 'Em

Start of the Week - Josh Gordon vs. Indianapolis Colts

Gordon had a nice PPR stat line last week, but his 7.5 fantasy points in standard leagues left much to be desired. Fear not fantasy fans, as Flash should rebound in what is a great matchup against the Colts. Indianapolis has struggled on the road, allowing an average of over 31 fantasy points per game to home wideouts in 2014.

Odell Beckham vs. Tennessee Titans

Beckham has been a stat-sheet machine, scoring nine-plus fantasy points in each of his last six games including four double-digit performances. The talented rookie out of LSU should keep rolling at Tennessee, as the Titans surrendered almost 48 fantasy points to Texans wideouts one week ago. Start Beckham with confidence.

Mike Wallace vs. Baltimore Ravens

Wallace would have had a bigger stat line last week had he not dropped a touchdown, but he could make up for it when he faces the Ravens. While their defense is stout against the run, Baltimore has struggled against the pass without CB Jimmy Smith on the field. Consider Wallace as a solid, high-end No. 3 wideout or flex.

Kelvin Benjamin vs. New Orleans Saints

Benjamin scored 5.6 fantasy points in last week's loss to the Vikings, but he's still had nine-plus points in five of his last seven games on the season. I'd keep him active against the Saints, who have struggled against wideouts. In fact, New Orleans has surrendered 26 fantasy points or more to wideouts in three of their last four games.

Kenny Stills vs. Carolina Panthers

Stills has been an absolute monster in the stat sheets in recent weeks, including a 162-yard, one-touchdown performance in Week 13. He's been even better in PPR leagues, recording a combined 58.0 fantasy points in his last three games. The Panthers have struggled against home wideouts, so Stills is a terrific sleeper selection.

Good matchups: Golden Tate vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, DeAndre Hopkins at Jacksonville Jaguars, Stedman Bailey at Washington Redskins

Sit 'Em

Sit of the Week - Keenan Allen vs. New England Patriots

Allen has been on fire, scoring two touchdowns and 36.5 fantasy points in his last two games. So while it's tough to sit him, keep in mind that going up against the Patriots is no walk in the park. In fact, this defense has allowed limited production to the likes of Calvin Johnson, T.Y. Hilton and Randall Cobb in recent weeks.

Vincent Jackson vs. Detroit Lions

Jackson has been one of the most inconsistent wide receivers in fantasy football this season, documented by the totals he's recorded in the last two weeks. He'll be tough for fantasy owners to trust this week in Detroit, as the Lions have allowed an average of fewer than 17 fantasy points per game to visiting wideouts this season.

Michael Crabtree vs. Oakland Raiders

Crabtree has ben a massive disappointment this season, scoring fewer than seven fantasy points in all but two of his last nine games. So while this week's matchup in Oakland is favorable on paper, can you trust the Texas Tech product in the first week of the fantasy postseason? I'd much prefer to go with Anquan Boldin this week.

Michael Floyd vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Floyd has seen his numbers tumble in recent weeks. Aside from a 17.4-point performance in Week 11, he's failed to score more than four fantasy points in a game since Week 7. Things aren't going to get any easier this week against the Chiefs, who have allowed an average of fewer than 20 fantasy points per game to home wideouts.

Steve Smith vs. Miami Dolphins

Remember all that fountain of youth talk about Smith earlier this season? Yeah ... not so much. Since Week 7, the veteran out of Utah has failed to score more than seven fantasy points five times. Next up on the schedule is a date with the Dolphins, who have allowed an average of 16.5 fantasy points per game to road receivers.

Bad matchups: Jeremy Maclin vs. Seattle Seahawks, Reggie Wayne at Cleveland Browns, Martavis Bryant at Cincinnati Bengals

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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