Some wide receivers stand out as must-start fantasy football options most weeks while others come and go depending on matchups and other factors. Hitting on under-the-radar plays is big in season-long fantasy and DFS. We’ve identified two wide receivers worth starting and two to consider sitting ahead of Week 13 to help you achieve fantasy success this weekend.
Wide Receiver Starts
A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans vs. Cleveland Browns
It’s been hard to bank on Ryan Tannehill to get his receivers the ball consistently as of late, but this matchup against the Browns will be hard to resist. Cleveland doesn’t have an elite secondary like the Indianapolis Colts so attacking through the air could be a better option than relying in Derrick Henry against a stout defensive line led by Myles Garrett. Mike Glennon had success against the Browns without his top receiver so Tannehill is equipped to light it up with his top pass catcher. His touchdown total (8) is one of the highest in the league and I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a monster game. He’s found the end zone in seven of his last eight games.
Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Giants
Lockett has taken a back seat to DK Metcalf but and has only had two big-time games this year. Metcalf has mostly dominated lesser cornerbacks but will command the attention of James Bradberry in this matchup. I’m not saying you should fade Metcalf altogether, but Bradberry is one of the better cover cornerbacks in the NFL this season and we’re about due for another multi-touchdown game from Lockett.
Wide Receiver Sits
DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams
Hopkins has been in a slump since Kyler Murray injured his shoulder and will face arguably the best secondary in the NFL in Week 13. Beating Jalen Ramsey with an injured quarterback doesn’t seem likely and the Rams have been far more susceptible to ground attacks than aerial ones this season. Hopkins will definitely make some plays, but this seems like more of a game for Murray to lose his legs to break contain and depend on his running backs.
Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns vs. Tennessee Titans
Landry is coming off his best game of the season and will face a Titans defense that’s struggled against the pass, but you shouldn’t take the bait. Baker Mayfield has only attempted more than 25 passes five times this season and Landry has received double-digits in targets twice. Tennessee is worse against the pass than the run and Cleveland has two capable running backs in Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt who can do the bulk of the work for the offense on the ground.