Trying to figure out which wide receivers belong in your lineup this week and which ones could cost you a win? Here’s a little advice to get you started.
Wide receivers to start
Will Fuller, Houston Texans
With Bill O’Brien out of the picture, you have to think the Texans will fully unleash DeShaun Watson instead of trying to run the offense through its tired running backs. That would be great news for Fuller, who’s not doing poorly by any means. He’s coming off a 108-yard, one touchdown game against the Vikings. This week, they face a Jaguars team with a depleted secondary.
Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings figure to be playing from behind early in their Sunday showdown against the Seahawks. While that stinks if you’re a Minnesota fan, it’s great news if you own any of the team’s offensive skill players this week. Jefferson is coming off two games with triple-digit yardage, and he’s overtaken Adam Thielen as the team’s leader in receiving yards. Despite their winning ways, the Seahawks are giving up tons of yards through the air to opponents. Jefferson should have his third consecutive week topping the 100-yard mark.
Wide receivers to sit
Odell Beckham, Jr., Cleveland Browns
It’s hard to put OBJ on the bench just a week after his 81-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Cowboys. However, the Colts defense is worlds better, and they’ll have eyes on Beckham all day.
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
We’re only five weeks into the season, but it looks like Hiton’s days as a reliable No. 1 receiver are over. He and Philip Rivers just don’t seem to have much of a connection. It happens. His nine targets in Week 1 are his season high so far, and he only posted 53 yards in that one, also a season high. On top of that, the Browns aren’t the easiest draw for a receiver.