Charch's Week 4 Wide Receiver Rankings


The Falcons are now missing both starting safeties after Ricardo Allen tore his Achilles tendon Sunday. Don't expect Atlanta's pass rush to pick up the slack either. They're third-worst in sack percentage and face the second-best offensive line in sacks allowed. Atlanta hasn't allowed a No. 1 wide receiver to score though and still have their best cornerback, Desmond Trufant. A.J. Green is looking to be the first, but he's dealing with his own injury concerns. You'll want to keep an eye on his status, but it appears he will play. . Green is having one of his best seasons, averaging six catches, 88 yards, and 1.5 touchdowns, making him a must-start if he plays. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
Charch's Rating: 10.0/10   |   $8500

Emmanuel Sanders is flourishing in his new role as the Broncos slot receiver, with touchdowns and/or 96 yards receiving in every game. He's catching everything thrown his way, boasting an 85 percent catch rate and the good times should keep rolling against the Chiefs. Kansas City has surrendered the second-most receptions and tied for the six-most touchdowns allowed to opposing wide receivers, while allowing the most points-per-drive. Earlier this year against KC, comparable slot receivers Keenan Allen and JuJu Smith-Schuster combined for a crazy 30 targets, 21 receptions, 229 yards, and two scores. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
Charch's Rating: 10.0/10   |   $7500


Denver just isn't an elite secondary anymore now that Aqib Talib is gone. They've regressed to above-average status despite facing three below-average wide receiver groups. Denver's beat up at the position too, with six defensive backs on their injury report. and head into Monday night with just three healthy cornerbacks. Tyreek Hill lines up all over the field and will get a juicy matchup with slot-man Isaac Yiadom who played in his first NFL game last week in Baltimore. Hill's played on the road at Denver just once and accomplished a rare three-touchdown spectacle by scoring a receiving, rushing, and return touchdown all in one game. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
Charch's Rating: 9.75/10   |   $8200


Antonio Brown has surely disappointed anyone who invested their first-round pick in him. He hasn't reached 100 yards or 10 receptions in a game despite facing back-to-back bottom-five pass defenses, so will he Sunday? History says yes, considering Brown caught 11 balls for 213 yards last season against the Ravens and has 10 receptions and 96 yards or more in three of their last four in Pittsburgh. The Ravens are a week removed from A.J. Green catching three touchdowns, but they've held all other receivers to just one score including Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, although Sanders did run one in. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
Charch's Rating: 9.5/10   |   $9200

Michael Thomas has quickly become every opposing defense's worst nightmare. Thomas is averaging 12.5 catches and 138 yards per game, leading the league in both categories, and is hauling in catches at an unfathomable 95% clip. He's tallied double digit targets and catches in every game and has topped 100 yards twice. Thomas squares off against cornerback Janoris Jenkins this week, who's part of a Giants secondary that's been superb against wide receivers. New York has allowed just 138 yards a game to the position, ninth in the league, and just one score, but they'll be helpless this week against the hottest receiver in football. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 9.5/10   |   $9100


Davante Adams is a touchdown machine, reaching pay dirt in three straight games to start the year, and five straight dating back to last season. Adams leads the Packers with 29 targets, seven of which have come in the red zone, fourth most in the league and more than double that of any other Packer. The Bills secondary has allowed the third-most catches to wide receivers at 15 per game and has given up four scores to the position already, but did do a great job containing most of Minnesota's weapons a week ago. That success came without cornerback Philip Gaines, who could be back from injury this week (sub-traction by addition?) with the tough assignment of covering Adams. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 9.5/10   |   $8600


Jarvis Landry's fantasy value has increased in back-to-back games after Josh Gordon was traded and Baker Mayfield took over behind center. Mayfield was laser-focused on Landry, completing seven of nine attempts which resulted in his highest reception total as a Brown. Landry garnered a 41 percent target-share with Mayfield and should have increased opportunities to score as the offense improves. Landry has an exceptional matchup with Oakland's dreadful pass defense that allows the third-most yards to wide receivers. If that wasn't bad enough, Oakland conceded 287 yards and four touchdowns to Miami's receivers last week, weekly highs for both categories. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
Charch's Rating: 9.5/10   |   $8200

Bad juju means an act likely to result in something negative. Good juju is JuJu Smith-Schuster. He put up his third-straight game over 116 yards, and has been better a better fantasy play than Antonio Brown. It's clear Ben Roethlisberger trusts him and as long as defenses key-in on Brown, JuJu will be the biggest benefactor. He's played Baltimore just once and even though he didn't start, he finished with 47 yards and a touchdown. Baltimore is fresh off Emmanuel Sanders scoring a rushing touchdown from the slot and one week removed from A.J. Green playing the slot and scoring three times. JuJu missed time earlier this week with an abdomen injury, but is expected to play. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
Charch's Rating: 9.5/10   |   $8000


[UPDATE: KEENAN ALLEN DID NOT PRACTICE ON WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY. MONITOR HIS STATUS FOR SUNDAY CLOSELY.] Keenan Allen's struggles should end this week against the shoddy 49er's pass defense. San Francisco's injury-depleted secondary will be without No. 1 cornerback Richard Sherman and potentially both starting safeties, Jaquiski Tartt and Adrian Colbert, who are listed as questionable. The 49ers are bottom-ten at defending wide receivers in yards and touchdowns allowed. And nickelback K'Waun Williams has allowed two 100-yard games to the Allen's slot position. Allen will be the fourth-consecutive pro-bowler K'Waun's faced and despite the yardage totals he's held all three out of the end zone. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
Charch's Rating: 9.5/10   |   $8700


Brandin Cooks has been electric for the LA Rams, averaging a blistering 112 yards per game, third best, and 17.7 yards per catch, sixth best among players with at least 10 catches. He's a big play magnet, gaining 20-plus yards on 37% of his receptions. He's been held scoreless, but not for a lack of trying. LA lives in the red zone, having attempted the third-most 22 red zone passes. Cooks has been targeted five times on those attempts, reeling in four grabs. Cooks' crazy 4.3 speed means that he'll likely get matched up with the Vikings speediest cornerback, Trae Waynes. He's an all-or-nothing cornerback who often uses his speed to make up for deficiencies in his coverage skills. But he's nursing an ankle injury and I don't know that he can catch up to someone as fast as Cooks - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 9.5/10   |   $7800


New Orleans is a defensive dumpster fire, adding fuel to that fire will be Odell Beckham's prospects. Beckham has surpassed double digit targets twice in three games, and has eclipsed 100 yards in both of those contests. He's still searching for his first score, an almost sure-thing this week against the Saints'ghastly secondary. Odell will face off against New Orleans cornerback Ken Crawley, who was assigned to Calvin Ridley for much of last week's game, and burned the Saints for three scores. Wide receivers are having a field day against New Orleans, rank dead last in wide receiver catches, yards and touchdowns.[Insert cringe here] - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 9.25/10   |   $9000


Mike Evans is an unstoppable force with Ryan Fitzpatrick slinging darts for the Bucs, carving opposing defenses for 122 yards per game, second most to Michael Thomas' 132. Evans has been a big play machine with Fitzpatrick, averaging a blistering 16 yards per catch, thanks in large part to two 50-plus yard receptions in the first three games. Evans had zero such plays in his last 39 (!) games prior to this season. Chicago's defense is elite, but they've been sub-par against opposing receivers, allowing 182 yards a game, ninth most, as well as four scores. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 9.25/10   |   $8400


With Alshon Jeffery out, Nelson Agholor has been a target monster for Philadelphia, second only to Zach Ertz with nine targets per game, nearly triple that of any other Eagles player. Agholor saw a significant drop in volume and production in Carson Wentz' return from injury, though, with his targets and receptions both essentially cut in half and failing to gain 25 yards. Agholor has a cupcake matchup this week against a struggling Titans secondary, allowing the seventh-most yards per game with 186 and the fifth-most receptions per game with 14. Agholor should bounce back nicely, unless Jeffery makes his return from injury, something we'll need to monitor as the week progresses. Working almost entirely from the slot, Agholor has a positive matchup against cornerback Logan Ryan. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 9.25/10   |   $7200


DeAndre Hopkins' extraordinary touchdown rate of 100 percent with DeShaun Watson was unsustainable after the duo hooked up seven times through their first seven games together. Hopkins would still be averaging a touchdown a game if not for a holding penalty and an underthrown ball which would have resulted in two more scores. Historically, the Colts have mostly held Nuk in check, holding him to five catches for 72 yards a game during his career along with just one touchdown, although it did come last season. The Colts aren't the same cupcake pass defense we've seen in recent years though, ranking top-four in receptions, yards, and touchdowns allowed to wide receivers. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10   |   $8800


After seeing 19 targets in the season opener, Julio Jones has not reached double digit targets since, and Calvin Ridley is going to continue to cannibalize his looks. What's more,he's only grabbed five catches in each of the last two games, despite Atlanta combining for 68 points. Matt Ryan has attempted 19 red zone passes already and only three have been in Julio's direction, resulting in no catches. Luckily for Jones, he gets a nice matchup at home against a Cincinnati secondary that has been below average, allowing 14 catches a game to opposing wide receivers. Jones will see a lot of Bengals cornerback William Jackson in coverage. He's their best corner, but he was not able to keep Devin Funchess from the end zone last week. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10   |   $8300


The stench of Stefon Diggs' last game won't have time to linger long, as Minnesota heads to LA to face the ailing Rams secondary on Thursday. Diggs is second on the team with 29 targets and is responsible for 60% of Kirk Cousins' touchdown passes to wide receivers, numbers that could grow even more impressive this week. The Rams secondary will be without Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters which puts Diggs on backups Sam Shields and Troy Hill. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10   |   $7700


Denver's secondary is seriously banged up with six players on the injury report. Denver has been uncharacteristically middle-of-the-road as a pass defense despite facing below-average wide receiver groups in all three games. Slammin' Sammy Watkins is finally being utilized the way Buffalo should have been using him all along. Watkins has posted back-to-back impressive games, and with Tyreek Hill on the other side of the field, he's always enjoying inferior coverage. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10   |   $6800

Demaryius Thomas has been replaced by Emmanuel Sanders as the most valuable receiver in Denver. He's leading the team in targets but that hasn't resulted in a 100-yard game or a single touchdown. If that will ever change it'll be this week against Kansas City. The Chiefs' red-hot offense combined with their terrible defense make them one of the best matchups for opposing receivers. No team is seeing more pass attempts, a crazy 47 per game. They've allowed the second-most receptions and the sixth-most receiving touchdowns to opposing wide receivers. Eric Berry is questionable but even if he plays, its unclear how effective he'd be in his first game back. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10   |   $6800

It's officially time to declare all pass catchers against New Orleans as must starts, and particularly Sterling Shepard now that slot cornerback Patrick Robinson is out. What began as unexplainable flukiness has turned into obvious trends, as the Saints have allowed the most scores per game to receivers with three and are giving up 281 yards per game to the position, 65 more than the second-worst secondary. Sterling Shepard is currently third on the Giants in targets with just over six per game, volume expected to increase with Evan Engram out. He's seen three red zone targets, which is more than Mike Evans, Golden Tate, and Adam Thielen, so touchdown opportunity is there. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10   |   $6100


Once again New England's secondary could be without two starters if Patrick Chung and/or Eric Rowe miss another start. Two weeks ago they were torched by Blake Bortles and just got beaten down by the winless Lions on primetime. Kenny Stills will attempt to take advantage a reeling Patriots secondary that has allowed five touchdowns to opposing wide receivers over the past two weeks. New England has allowed the third-most receiving yards and receptions to wide receivers over that span. Stills is still the top-dog for Miami after leading the Dolphins in snaps once again and scoring his second touchdown in three games. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10   |   $5900


Tyler Lockett has scored in every game this season, a streak in serious jeopardy against Arizona, the only secondary in football that has yet to allow an opposing receiver into the end zone. Furthermore, the Cardinals are Lockett's only divisional opponent that he has yet to reach pay dirt against.Arizona does give up over 13 receptions a game to wide receivers, though, so as long as Doug Baldwin remains sidelined, Lockett will have plenty of opportunity to produce. Because Lockett runs the majority of his routes out of the slot, he'll avoid Patrick Peterson who follows players exclusively from the outside. Instead, he'll get struggling slot corner/safety Budda Baker. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10   |   $6900


T.Y. Hilton faces a Houston defense seemingly always ravaged by injuries. The Texans lost one starting cornerback for the season already, an could be missing another if Aaron Colvin sits. Last season Hilton had his best game against Houston, racking up 175 yards on five catches for two touchdowns. This year's best receiving output is 87 yards, although he does have two short scores. But he doesn't have the same upside until Andrew Luck can throw downfield. According to Football Outsiders, Houston has the fifth-worst pass defense overall, but they've been much better against No. 1 wide receivers (11th-best) compared to No. 2 wide outs (3rd-worst). - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10   |   $7900


Indy's secondary hasn't been the trash-heap you've come to love for fantasy purposes. Quite the opposite, ranking inside the top four in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns allowed to wide receivers. Maybe more salient yet, the Colts have the fourth-most sacks, and the Texans offensive line is a mess. That may not matter though considering Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins are the clear-cut pass-catching weapons for Houston. Fuller has over a hundred yards and a touchdown in both games and is garnering a massive target-share as well, totaling 19 targets despite being the No. 2 wide out. Bruce Ellington was placed on the IR and without any competition, Fuller and Hopkins will dominate the workload. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10   |   $7400


With all the weapons at Jared Goff's disposal in Los Angeles, Woods has emerged as Goff's favorite target. He leads the team with nearly ten targets a game and they've connected on two scores already.Goff and Woods are still trying to find the right rhythm, having connected on passes at a 66% rate, the lowest among all Rams wide receivers. The Vikings secondary has been elite against wide receivers, allowing just 106 yards a game and two touchdowns, top five in both categories. The Vikings pass rush will be without Everson Griffen, which means that Goff will have time to set up downfield passes. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10   |   $7300


Golden Tate ranks sixth in targets with 12 per game and has hauled in 20 passes, eighth most among wide receivers. Tate's big play ability has been on display, with least one catch of 25-plus yards in every game. Troubling for Tate, though, is the complete lack of a red zone presence, with no catches on just two targets. Tate will see Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown when he lines up in the slot, and so far, slot receivers have done little against him. Dallas is tied for third with just two touchdowns allowed to opposing wide receivers. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10   |   $7000


Adam Thielen, the league leader in targets with nearly 15 per game, hits the road on a short week to face a hobbled LA Rams secondary. Thielen is a different beast with new quarterback Kirk Cousins in town, racking up 100-plus yards in each game while hauling in double digit receptions in two straight. Injuries are piling up for the LA secondary, as both Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters exited last week's game with ankle injuries. But those guys play the outside corner spots, and Thielen runs over half his routes from the slot, where he'll match up against excellent cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman. Thielen is better than Robey-Coleman, but the path of least resistances goes through Stefon Diggs. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10   |   $7700


The Bucs secondary has more holes than a salt shaker, so Allen Robinson should have no problem finding open space. Tampa Bay has allowed the most receptions per game to wide receivers, an eye-popping 18, while allowing 199 yards per game to the position, tied for fourth most. Robinson has quickly become Mitchell Trubisky's safety blanket, racking up nearly ten targets a game, with Robinson producing at least 50 yards in every game. Tampa Bay will line up aging cornerback Brent Grimes in coverage against Robinson, who looked every bit of 35 trying to contain Antonio Brown in his season debut. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10   |   $7000


Cooper Kupp appears to be locked in as Jared Goff's favorite red zone weapon. Goff has attempted the third-most red zone passes with 22, seven of which have gone to Kupp, leading the team. Kupp is tied for the team lead with two scores, one of which came in the red zone. The Vikings' secondary has allowed a minuscule 106 yards per game to receivers, fourth fewest, and just two scores. But Kupp will face rookie cornerback Mike Hughes, who is learning on the job. Advantage, Kupp. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10   |   $6900


Raise your hand if the talented Mr. Ridley spent last week exploding on your bench. Fret not, you're certainly not alone. Calvin Ridley has officially arrived, progressing week over week in targets, receptions, and yards. Oh, and he erupted for three touchdowns last week,but you already knew that. He has as many red zone targets as Julio Jones with three, but unlike Julio, Ridley has turned all three into scores. He gets a home matchup against a regressing Cincinnati secondary that has allowed multiple touchdown passes in every game. Cincy's only good cornerback, William Jackson, will be chasing Julio Jones all day, leaving Ridley to pick apart the remains of the Bengals' secondary. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10   |   $6500


Has Mike Williams overtaken the spot for No. 2 wide receiver on the Chargers? He's scored three times over the past two weeks and eclipsed 80 yards receiving in two of three. Williams is top-three on the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. He gets a prime matchup with the 49ers minus Richard Sherman and it could be even better for him if either starting safety sits -- both are listed as questionable. Football Outsiders lists San Francisco as the fourth-worst pass defense overall and the worst at defending the left side where Williams lines up most often. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10   |   $6600


John Brown is finally healthy and is better than ever. We always knew the talent was there, so long as he's healthy, he's a starting receiver in almost any league. As Joe Flacco continues to gain more confidence in Brown his value will only rise. His reception totals have gone up every game and he's scored in two of three. Pittsburgh has allowed the most yards to opposing wide receivers over the past two weeks, along with five receiving touchdowns. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
Charch's Rating: 8.5/10   |   $5900


Crabtree has seen his receptions per game go up from three to five to seven and that number could increase again and in a perfect matchup with Pittsburgh. The Steelers have allowed opposing wide receivers the most yards and the second-most touchdowns over the past two weeks. Flacco has three games with Crabtree and John Brown as his receivers and as their chemistry builds, so will their fantasy points together. Pittsburgh's defense can only improve at home after consecutive road games, but remains unknown how much better. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
Charch's Rating: 8.25/10   |   $6200

[UPDATE: UPGRADED ON SUNDAY WITH RANDALL COBB'S DEACTIVATION.] Against an inconsistent Bills secondary, there are a lot of good opportunities among the Packers receivers, but this is the trickiest of them all. Geronimo Allison lines up all over the field, but most commonly he runs from the right side of the field.That's the side manned by one of the best young cornerbacks in the game, Tre'Davious White. Allison will have his chances elsewhere on the field, but Randall Cobb and Davante Adams will have easier matchups more often - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 8.25/10   |   $5400


You've got to pick your spots with Ted Ginn, but this has the making for one of them.The Giants have exactly one good coverage corner, Janoris Jenkins.Jenkins will have his hands full trying to contain Michael Thomas, arguably the league's best receiver. Not only does Thomas' skill require Jenkins' attention, but Thomas lines upon Jenkins' side of the field for the majority of his plays. That leaves Ginn to run free against a combination of lousy corners, BJ Webb, Donte Deayon, and Eli Apple. Both of the wide receiver touchdowns the Giants have allowed have come from non-No. 1 receivers (Will Fuller and Tavon Austin). - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 8.25/10   |   $5100


Atlanta has allowed four touchdowns over the last two weeks to No. 2 and No. 3 wide receivers and Tyler Boyd has scored twice during the same span. He leads Cincinnati in routes run and receiving yards and could become their top receiver if AJ Green (questionable) sits. Boyd faces the injury-riddled Falcon's secondary who have lost both starting safeties for the season after Ricardo Allen tore his Achilles and was placed on IR. Atlanta just gave up ten catches and 129 yards to Michael Thomas last week and another five catches for 62 yards and a touchdown to Carolina slot Jarius Wright the week prior. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
Charch's Rating: 8.25/10   |   $4700


While the emergence of Kenny Golladay may limit some of Marvin Jones' targets, he's still getting ample volume in the red zone. Jones' six red zone targets leads Detroit and is tied for fifth overall. Jones will face second-year Dallas cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, a matchup in Jones' favor despite all the buzz Awuzie generates. Dallas has been magnificent against opposing receivers, allowing the third-fewest touchdowns with two and eight receptions per game, also third fewest. Awuzie has been picked on, though, allowing an 88% catch rate on 16 targets for 186 yards and a score. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10   |   $6800


Blake Bortles' inconsistency woes struck again last week, passing for less than 222 yards than the week prior, while tossing three fewer touchdowns. Keelan Cole has been the most reliable Jacksonville wide receiver, despite Bortels' inconsistent quarterback's play. Cole's averaging five catches for 70 yards, ahead of Dede Westbrook's four catches for 55 yards, and Donte Moncrief's two catches for 21 yards. Cole has a so-so matchup against the Jets. New York's allowed the fifth-most receptions to opposing wide receivers, but they don't give up many points. New York shut out Cleveland's receivers last week, and gave up one score in each of the two week's before that. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
Charch's Rating: 8/10   |   $5500


Browns promoted Antonio Callaway to Josh Gordon's role after shipping the troubled receiver up to New England. He responded with just four catches and 40 yards, but left a silver lining with 10 targets and a would-be touchdown, had Tyrod Taylor not underthrown him. Baker Mayfield is a sizable upgrade at quarterback and Calloway's value should increase as they build chemistry together, perhaps as early as this week. Remember, they played together all preseason on the second-team, before the Gordon trade. Last week Oakland allowed the most yards and touchdowns to receivers, and it wasn't Clayton and Duper on the field for Miami. Football Outsiders ranks Oakland as the second-worst pass defense overall and the eighth-worst at defending No. 2 wide receivers. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10   |   $4900


It's been tough sledding for Larry Fitzgerald, who's been dealing with putrid quarterback play, an offensive line that can't let plays develop, and a lingering hamstring injury. Arizona turns to rookie quarterback Josh Rosen this week, and Fitzgerald should be Rosen's top target as he gets his feet wet.He'll face division rival Seattle, who've been picked on against opposing receivers, giving up the third-most receptions per game with 15 and four scores, fifth most. A below average Seattle secondary isn't something Larry is used to, having failed to find the end zone against them since 2015. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10   |   $6700


Considering the all the problems New England's receivers had last week, there's almost no chance that Josh Gordon will be inactive unless his hamstring simply isn't ready. It's clear Tom Brady isn't happy with the group of the receivers he's had so far after throwing for 133 yards on Sunday night. The matchup isn't ideal against the surprisingly awesome Miami defense. They've allowed just one touchdown to wide receivers and rank eighth-best in receptions allowed to the position. Xavien Howard is emerging as a borderline shutdown cornerback, and he's likely to spend much of his time on Gordon. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10   |   $5000


Amari Cooper is back to his fantasy-team destroying ways with two utter duds bookending a terrific game. Things might be tough again this weekend against the up-and-coming Cleveland Browns and their new-found top cornerback Denzel Ward. Cooper's still the top receiver in Oakland, so he will continue getting volume as long as he's healthy. The Browns have held the Steelers, Saints, and Jets to a total of just three touchdowns to wide receivers, making them a sneaky-good secondary. - Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   |   $7300


Kenny Golladay is emerging as one of Matthew Stafford's most talented weapons. He's currently second on the team in targets with 28 and has found the end zone in two straight games. He goes on the road to face Dallas corner Byron Jones, who's quietly been the best corner not only in Dallas, but arguably league-wide. Jones has been targeted 16 times, allowing just seven catches for a meager 51 yards, with just eight yards coming after the catch. This will be a tough test for Golladay and the Lions against a stout Dallas secondary that's allowed just 109 yards and eight receptions per game to opposing wide receivers, third and fifth fewest, respectively. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   |   $7100


He's scored touchdowns in every game, and he's been targeted a healthy 20 times in three games. Of critical importance, he's been targeted six times on plays that start from inside the 10-yard line. He's had some critical drops and mistakes, but Ryan Fitzpatrick seems unphased by them. He's actually fourth in snap count among Tampa's receivers, and it's not an easy matchup. He's a dangerous start. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   |   $4700


He's the forgotten man in the Bears passing "attack", but quietly Taylor Gabriel has posted an increase in targets in each game, from 5 to 7 to a whopping 10 last week. The best reason to throw a flier at Gabriel, though, is his juicy matchup. The Bucs' shattered secondary has allowed the most receptions and fourth-most yards to wide receivers. Tampa's second and third cornerbacks are on injured reserve, and that means that Gabriel will see a lot of rookie corner Carlton Davis. Not only is Davis a backup-quality player, he's one of the slower cornerbacks in the league, and Gabriel is one of the fastest receivers. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10   |   $4200


Jackson got fewer snaps than Adam Humphries last week, and he needs to turn his meager looks/catches into a long gain, which are rare and tough to predict. I worry that Fitzpatrick won't have the pocket time to set up Jackson downfield. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)
Charch's Rating: 7.5/10   |   $6000


Charch's Rating: 7.5/10   |   $6900


It appears Doug Baldwin will play in this game, but his snap count could be very low as he tries to come back from dual knee injuries. -
Charch's Rating: 7.25/10   |   $6400


[UPDATE: COBB IS OUT.] Randall Cobb remains a solid volume play this week against the Buffalo Bills. He's had double digits targets in two of three games, and is only two behind Davante Adams for the team lead. Producing off this volume has proven difficult, as Cobb has been unable to top four catches, gain more than 30 yards, or find the end zone since doing all three in the opening week.Buffalo's defense, while dominant last week against the loaded Vikings, has been soft on opposing receivers, allowing over 147 yards and 15 receptions per game to the position, tied for fourth most, so Cobb could bounce back nicely this week.Slot receivers in particular, like Cobb, are roasting this secondary and cornerback Taron Johnson.All three opposing slot receivers, Adam Thielen, Keenan Allen, and Willie Snead have posted strong games.. - Jeremy Thomas (@jeremyt_2)    |   $5800