Published: Dec. 30, 2015 at 10:22 a.m.
Updated: Dec. 30, 2015 at 04:36 p.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 17: 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 Tom Brady and Adrian Peterson will not be featured. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Start 'Em

Start of the Week - A.J. Green vs. Baltimore Ravens

Green and the Bengals still have a shot at earning a higher seed in the AFC, and this week's matchup against the Ravens makes him a must-start. Back in Week 3, he lit Baltimore up for 227 yards, two touchdowns and 34.7 points. Green has also scored at least one touchdown in each of his last four games vs. the AFC North rival.

Calvin Johnson vs. Chicago Bears

Johnson has not had the type of season fantasy fans had hoped for in 2015, but it's still tough not to start him with a matchup against the Bears next on the schedule. He's posted 100-plus yards in each of his last three games against them, and has found the end zone six times in the last five contests with the NFC North foe.

Martavis Bryant vs. Cleveland Browns

Bryant has posted just 17.7 combined fantasy points in the last three weeks, and his one-point stink bomb last week killed the championship hopes of countless owners. Still, I consider him a solid option against the Browns this weekend. In their last meeting, the Alien went off for 178 yards, one touchdown and 21.80 points.

Eric Decker vs. Buffalo Bills

Decker has been this season's version of Cris Carter ... all he does is score touchdowns (11 to be exact). That includes a Week 10 contest against this week's opponent, the Bills, where he had 85 yards, a score and 14.5 fantasy points. Keep Decker in your fantasy lineup in a game the Jets need to win for a postseason berth.

Jordan Matthews vs. New York Giants

Matthews has been on fire in recent weeks, posting two touchdowns and a combined 38.3 fantasy points in his last two games. While he failed to put up a good stat line earlier this season against the Giants, he's still a nice start against a New York defense that's surrendered the fifth-most points to wideouts since Week 15.

Good matchups: Amari Cooper at Chiefs, Ted Ginn Jr. vs. Buccaneers, Rueben Randle vs. Eagles

Sit 'Em

Sit of the Week - Sammy Watkins vs. New York Jets

Watkins is coming off his worst stat line since Week 11, and a matchup against CB Darrelle Revis and the Jets makes him a risk for fantasy fans this week. Earlier this season, he was held to just 14 yards in a visit to Revis Island. Watkins has also been held to a combined 49 yards in his last two games against the Jets.

Mike Evans vs. Carolina Panthers

Josh Norman and the Carolina pass defense has been exposed in the last two weeks, as both Odell Beckham Jr. and Julio Jones put up big numbers in their respective matchups. Still, I don't put Evans on that same level of wide receiver. At least not yet. This is a big game for the Panthers, so I think Evans struggles this weekend.

DeSean Jackson vs. Dallas Cowboys

Jackson failed to put up a good stat line against his former team, the Eagles, last week. Next, he faces a Cowboys defense that's held him to just one touchdown in six career games in Dallas. That is, if he faces the Cowboys ... the Redskins have no reason to play their starters, so Jackson could be very limited overall.

Randall Cobb vs. Minnesota Vikings

Cobb, listed as sit 'em last week, posted 1.7 fantasy points. He's now recorded fewer than 10 points in seven straight games (standard scoring), and an upcoming matchup against the Vikings isn't favorable. While Cobb did score a touchdown against them back in Week 11, he finished with just 24 yards and 8.4 fantasy points.

T.Y. Hilton vs. Tennessee Titans

Hilton has a tremendous matchup on paper against the Titans, but can you trust him in your fantasy championship if the Colts throw undrafted free agent Stephen Morris into the fire? Andrew Luck remains a real question mark, and both Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst are hurt. If Morris gets the call, Hilton should sit.

Bad matchups: Jarvis Landry vs. Patriots, Allen Hurns at Texans, Anquan Boldin vs. Rams

In the latest episode of the NFL Fantasy LIVE podcast, the gang weighs in on some Week 17 matchups they like and don't like and talk about some lessons that they have learned during the 2015 fantasy season. Don't forget to subscribe to the show or download each episode HERE!

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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