Fantasy Football WR Report: Michael Thomas Tops Antonio Brown As Week 4’s No. 1, Best Matchups, More

Fantasy Football WR Report: Michael Thomas Tops Antonio Brown As Week 4’s No. 1, Best Matchups, More article feature image

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Which wide receivers have the most favorable fantasy matchups? Who should you consider sitting this week?

Here’s a breakdown of five notable wide receivers, as featured in Sean Koerner, Chris Raybon and Matthew Freedman’s Week 4 fantasy football rankings.

The No. 1 WR

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

Thomas just edges out Antonio Brown with an average rank of 1.3 compared to 1.7.

Thomas is dominating targets for the Saints, representing 31% of their overall market share along with 31% of their red-zone target share. His median and ceiling projection lead all receivers in the FantasyLabs Player Models.

The Most Favorable Matchups

Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, New York Giants

Tight end Evan Engram (MCL) isn’t expected to play this week, which should funnel more targets to OBJ and Shepard. The Saints have gotten torched through the air this year, allowing 336.7 passing yards per game and 10 passing touchdowns.

Additionally, the Saints will be without slot corner Patrick Robinson (ankle). Shepard has run 67.2% of his routes from the slot this season.

OBJ cracks the top five among all of our rankers across PPR, half-point PPR and standard scoring.

Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

The Chiefs boast a high-powered offense and an atrocious defense, which usually means good things for fantasy football. They’re the weakest on the perimeter while slot corner Kendall Fuller patrols the middle, where Emmanuel Sanders primarily runs.

Thomas’ overall numbers are worse than Sanders’, but Thomas still leads the Broncos with a 24% target share, including a 36% red-zone target share.

Koerner, Freedman and Raybon have Thomas ranked inside the top 25 across all three scoring formats.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers

JuJu will have a prime matchup in the slot against slot corner Tavon Young, who has allowed eight receptions, 92 yards and two touchdowns on nine targets along with a passer rating of 148.8 when targeted this season (per Pro Football Focus).

This isn’t just Antonio Brown’s offense anymore. JuJu boasts 27% of the Steelers’ overall target share, and he’s out-targeted Brown 10-4 in the red zone this year.

Smith-Schuster is a top-13 receiver for our rankers across scoring formats.

Matchup Downgrade

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

The Seahawks’ defense isn’t what it once was, but the Cardinals are implied for just 17.75 points, and Fitzgerald will be matched up with slot corner Justin Coleman much of the game.

Coleman presently ranks as PFF’s No. 19 corner in coverage this season, allowing only 0.41 yards per cover snap, which is the fourth-best mark among corners who have seen at least 50 snaps in the slot.

Fitz carries an average rank of 27 among our rankers.

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