With Week 7 upon us, it’s becoming much clearer to fantasy owners which players are studs and which are duds for their teams. Besides quarterbacks, wide receivers have a way of making or breaking a fantasy owner’s season. Some owners can be down by 20 points in a weekly matchup, but a Julio Jones or Calvin Johnson can turn that around. Here are a few wide receivers fantasy owners should give a shot and shoot away from their rosters.
Start – Michael Crabtree: Has put together a nice little season so far and his fantasy prospects are looking up this week against a Chargers secondary that will be focused on slowing down Amari Cooper. The Raiders coaching staff indicated that they are determined to increase Crabtree’s role in the offense. Couple this with the fact that Crabtree will likely match up with Chargers defender Brandon Flowers who has been abused by opposing receivers this season. Look for a banner performance in Week 7 from this veteran wide receiver.
Start – John Brown: The second-year receiver has made a little name for himself. Brown had 196 yards in his last game against the Steelers. The Arizona Cardinals are proving once again that you can get a good player out of the third round of the draft. Brown is no Larry Fitzgerald, but quarterback Carson Palmer called Brown one of the fastest he’s seen. 196 yards last week. Hopefully, he can continue his progress against the struggling Baltimore Ravens.
Sit – Keenan Allen: Allen missed his second straight practice this week due to injury. The San Diego receiver started off slow this season, but recorded 157 yards last week against the Packers. I wouldn’t necessarily bet on that performance repeating itself on back to back weeks from an ailing receiver.
Sit – Dez Bryant: Bryant is coming off foot surgery and is not ready to take the field just yet. He missed practice on Friday and is very unlikely to play this week against the Giants. The Cowboys number one target hasn’t seen the playing field since early in Week 1 against the Giants. This Sunday is a rematch of those division rivals. Bryant is making the trip to New York, but don’t expect him to play. There’s also no telling how productive Bryant will be on the field without the services of Tony Romo.