We have already explored the best and worst matchups for quarterbacks and running backs in the fantasy football playoffs. Now we turn to the wide receivers with the best and worst schedules from weeks fourteen through sixteen. Like the previous articles, the ranking next to the team will represent the average rank of the teams at allowing fantasy points per game, so the higher, the better. You will find below the top five matchups for wide receivers for the rest of the season.
Atlanta (Julio Jones/Mo Sanu/Taylor Gabriel)
at Los Angeles, versus San Francisco, at Carolina (average rank: 6.33)
The best prototypical wide receiver in the league gets the league’s best schedule down the stretch, facing three teams in the top third in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers. The worst matchup is Los Angeles at eleventh.
I’m sure he’ll be fine. With the Niners (#2) and Panthers (#6) on the docket, Jones will lead some people to titles. Don’t be surprised to see Taylor Gabriel put up some more big games, too.
Washington (Pierre Garcon/Jamison Crowder/DeSean Jackson)
at Philadelphia, versus Carolina, at Chicago (average rank: 7.67)
The Washington passing game has been coming on lately, and it doesn’t look like that train will stop rolling. With one of the best schedules ahead of them, their only question mark is #12 Chicago in week 16.
Chicago got a bump this week with Colin Kaepernick vomiting all over himself in the snow. They’re paper tigers and give the Washington pass catchers three top-ten matchups.
Denver (Emmanuel Sanders/Demaryius Tomas) — TIED
at Tennessee, versus New England, at Kansas City (average rank: 9.33)
Denver gets the boomerang good matchup rankings, with #3 Tennessee and #1 Kansas City in the first round and the finals, respectively. They’ll do great.
The only hiccup will be week fifteen against the Patriots. Given how adept Belichick is at carving up first-year starters, whether it’s Siemian or Lynch under center, you may want to sit your Denver wide receivers in week fifteen. The other two weeks are no-brainers.
San Diego (Tyrell Williams/Travis Benjamin/Dontrelle Inman) – TIED
at Carolina, versus Oakland, at Cleveland (average rank: 9.33)
The San Diego passing game is an enigma, but an enigma worth owning a piece of. Inman and Williams are seemingly interchangeable, and Benjamin is banged up.
This far into the season, it might not be smart to trust one of these three, despite the good matchup. You never know which Charger will have the blowup game.
San Francisco (Torrey Smith/Quinton Patton/Jeremy Kerley) – TIED
versus Jets, at Atlanta, at Los Angeles (average rank: 9.33)
The anemic 49ers passing game will look a little less so in upcoming weeks. The Jets just got thrown all over (and are #9), the Falcons are #8 and the Rams are #11. There’s nothing but good matchups coming in San Francisco. Just in time for them to have benched Colin Kaepernick (and then renamed him the starter). The passing game is a mess and one you can’t trust in week fourteen until you see it again.
With no Desmond Trufant, the semifinals matchup looks juicy. Don’t use this passing game outside of a flier on Torrey Smith and maybe Jeremy Kerley in PPR leagues if Gabbert is back under center. Such a waste of a great set of matchups.