Each week FFSpin will analyze the matchups and provide our take on which WR’s should be splitting out wide for your fantasy teams and which players face difficult matchups with shut down corners and should be avoided if possible. We take several variables into account including matchups, injuries, potential weather problems, arrests, drug busts, baby mama trauma etc. We don’t deal with the must-start kind of receivers in this article; rather we look at guys that may be catapulted by circumstances into the upper echelon for this week and alert you to some wideouts that could struggle thanks to matchups with shutdown CBs.
Maybe the most telling stat in predicting fantasy success is how many points the opposition is giving up to a position. Four defenses are slack enough to surrender over 24 fantasy points per game: New England, Green Bay, Minnesota, Indianapolis, New Orleans and the NY Giants.
The best defenses at containing wide receivers, at least in fantasy football terms, are the Browns, Jets, Jaguars, Steelers, and Titans. Those staunch aerial assault defenders are allowing less than 17 fantasy points to the opposing WR corps.
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UPGRADE: Eric Decker (@Minnesota) - Its no secret that the Broncos have become one of the more run focused office with Tebow Almighty under center but they would be wise to stray from that game plan this week. The Vikings have one of the weakest pass defenses in the NFL that has been decimated by injuries (lost 4 starters for the season in the past month including CB Antoine Winfield). Minnesota allows the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing WRs and their 29th ranked pass defense (258 YPG) have allowed a league high 22 passing TDs. Eric Decker should have a very productive homecoming as the gopher alum could should find success inside the cozy confines of the Metrodome. Denver got one of the steals of this year’s draft when Decker was still on the board when they nabbed him in the 3rd round (87th overall) – still can’t believe the Vikings slept on the home town productive but I digress. The 6’3, 220 pounder has hauled in 8 TDs over his first 11 games and is averaging 48 YPG. His best game this season was a week 2 performance against Cincinnati where Decker reached the end zone twice and ended with 5 catches for 113 yards – a stat line comparable to that is not out of the question in week 13 against one of the leagues more burnable secondaries.
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