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Fantasy Football WR Report: Target Bucs Pass-Catchers, More Week 14 Starts

Dec 06, 2018 7:05 PM EST
  • The Action Network ranked fantasy football wide receivers across standard, PPR and half-point PPR formats for Week 14.
  • Here's a deeper dive on five notable receivers, including Antonio Brown and Keenan Allen.

Here’s a breakdown of five notable wide receivers featured in Sean Koerner, Chris Raybon and Matthew Freedman’s Week 14 fantasy football rankings.

The No. 1 WR

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

Brown is back on top with an average rank of 1.3 in PPR formats, and deservedly so. He’s set to square off against a Raiders defense that ranks dead last in Football Outsiders’ pass DVOA.

There’s not much to be said here: The Raiders simply won’t be able to stop Brown or anyone on the Steelers’ offense, which is implied for 31.25 points.

Brown’s median projection trails only Michael Thomas in our FantasyLabs Player Models.

Most Favorable Matchups

Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers

Allen is the clear focal point of the Chargers’ offense, soaking up an absurd 33% of their market share of targets over their past six games.

Per Pro Football Focus, Allen has run 53.4% of his routes from the slot this season and 28.4% of his targets have come from that position. This means he’ll see a lot of Darqueze Dennard, PFF’s No. 85 corner in coverage among 113 qualifiers.

Allen boasts an average rank of 4.7 in PPR among our rankers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Receivers 

The Bucs’ pass-catchers are set well against the Saints this week.

The Buccaneers lead the league in deep-ball passes (15-plus yards), completing 52.3% of them (sixth-highest rate) for a league-high 150.4 yards per game. Meanwhile, the Saints defense has allowed the fifth-highest completion rate and a league-high 117.08 passing yards per game on passes thrown 15 or more yards downfield.

DeSean Jackson (thumb) didn’t play last week, so pay attention to his status throughout the week using our Injury Report. If he’s not ready, Chris Godwin is another exceptional play.

With the exception of Adam Humphries, all the Bucs’ receivers own average depth of targets (aDOT) that could exploit this secondary deep:

  • Jackson: 18.94 aDOT
  • Mike Evans: 15.4 aDOT
  • Godwin: 11.41 aDOT

Matchup Downgrades

Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles

Jeffery and Agholor could struggle on the boundary against the Cowboys.

The Cowboys have been exceptional at covering outside receivers, allowing just 64.75 receiving yards per game and a league-low two passing touchdowns to them, per Sports Info Solutions.

Jeffery and Agholor carry average ranks outside the top 28 for Week 14.

Want another edge? Be sure to keep up with the week’s news on FantasyLabs.

Credit:

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson

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