With many go-to wide receivers injured, it’s hard for fantasy owners to figure out who will replace the production of their main starters. Even though plenty of wide receivers aren’t hurt, there is trouble at the quarterback position for most (like Detroit and Buffalo), which will affect their numbers since they don’t have a consistent passer throwing to them. Here is a list of the wide receivers whom fantasy owners should start, and those who should be riding the bench this week.
Start – Allen Hurns vs. Houston: Hurns was limited in practice this week with ankle and thigh injuries but is listed as probable for Week 6. Hurns has been ripping up opposing defenses who are focused on trying to contain Allen Robinson. Houston’s pass defense isn’t horrible, but it’s not great either. During the last three games, Hurns has averaged more than 100 yards per game, and has caught a touchdown pass in each outing. Hurns has been one of the most consistent receivers in the league this season
Start – Martavis Bryant vs. Arizona: Bryant will be making his season debut this Sunday against the Cardinals. He is coming off a 4-week suspension and knee injury that kept him out of last week’s showing. Bryant contends that he is ready to perform. Last year as a rookie, Bryant averaged 21.1 yards a reception. He should continue his rise in the ranks as quarterback Michael Vick tries to keep up with Arizona’s high-scoring offense.
Start – Jeremy Maclin vs. Minnesota: Maclin seams to have found his footing these past few weeks. He had a great showing against the Packers and the Bears, gathering up more than 140 yards in each game. Against a rebuilding team like Minnesota, Maclin should be able to treat fantasy owners to another great week of production. If only Kansas City could find its wide receivers in the endzone, Maclin could cash in on even more points.
Sit – Doug Baldwin vs. Carolina: The Seattle Seahawks veteran had a decent performance against Green Bay during Week 2. But, Baldwin has only had 35 total receiving yards in three of the five games he’s played in. The Seattle offense is in a rut, which is dropping Baldwin’s stock as the days go by. This week, Seattle is playing the undefeated Panthers, and Carolina doesn’t seem like the team that wants to lose its current status as one of the leagues best.
Sit – Sammy Watkins vs. Cincinnati: Watkins was drafted fourth overall in 2014 and had a pretty good season last year. Sammy might just be in a sophomore slump this go around. The second-year receiver has 99 total reception yards to date. In addition, Watkins hasn’t made too many friends in the play-calling division as he’s made it known that the lack of targets he’s received are making him look bad. On top of that, Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor is hurt, which doesn’t bode well for any of the team’s wideouts.
Sit – Torrey Smith vs. Baltimore: Torrey Smith is heading back home to Baltimore for the first time since leaving for San Francisco 49ers. Smith was a consistent target for Joe Flacco, but it looks like 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick hasn’t gotten the memo. San Fran is looking to get back on track after losing its last four games, but don’t expect them to do it using Smith in the passing game. Running back Carlos Hyde is the team’s best bet, which means Smith could continue his downward spiral in terms of fantasy stock.