Fantasy owners who may be on the brink of the playoffs as the fantasy season closes in on its midway point probably have some questions regarding who to start at the wide receiver position this week. If any of these three wideouts are in your starting lineup, take them out to avoid a fantasy-induced headache on Sunday.
Benching of the Week – Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City
Dwayne Bowe has only 229 receiving yards for all of 2013 so far – A yardage total which is only 11 more than the 218 yards Alshon Jeffery had in one game earlier this season. Bowe is clearly not producing this year in an ultra-conservative Chiefs offense which has seen quarterback Alex Smith spread the ball around to a multitude of receivers. With the Houston Texans bringing their top-ranked pass defense to Kansas City this week, Bowe should be nowhere near your starting lineups.
Steve Johnson, Buffalo
When looking at Johnson’s upcoming matchup with the Miami Dolphins this week, the deck clearly seems stacked against the Bills most talented receiver. Johnson is still dealing with back issues that kept him out of action last week and an ineffective Thad Lewis is once again under center for the Bills.
Add in the fact that the Dolphins are the only team which has yet to allow a touchdown to an opposing wide receiver, and it’s easy to see why Johnson should be riding the pine this week.
Jordy Nelson, Green Bay
In any other week, Nelson is someone you keep in your lineup no matter what, but this week’s circumstances are troubling. With Randall Cobb out and James Jones struggling with a PCL sprain, Nelson will likely see double teams from the Browns for most of the game on Sunday.
Even when not facing double teams, Nelson will be lined up against Browns cornerback, Joe Haden, who has kept star receivers in check all year long. Packers running back, Eddie Lacy, has also been effective since recovering from his concussion and could see a heavy workload against the Browns, limiting Nelson’s opportunities.