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Two key WR starts, Two WR sits to consider for Week 15 fantasy football

Numerous big name pass catchers are hurt heading into Week 15. We break down some fantasy football start/sit considerations at the wide receiver position.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay runs with the ball for a touchdown after catching a pass during a regular season game between the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions on November 28, 2019 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The wide receiver position dealt with an inordinate amount of injuries in Week 14, and it has resulted in a lot of big names out or questionable for Week 15. Bucs receiver Mike Evans and Lions receiver Marvin Jones both went on IR. D.J. Chark and T.Y. Hilton are both questionable for this week. We’ve got a look at some pass catchers to consider and others to avoid this week in fantasy football.

Wide Receiver Starts

Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Golladay is in a smash-spot this week against a Bucs pass defense that has been among the worst in the league and has been torched by wideouts, allowing easily the most DraftKings fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Tampa Bay has allowed the second most TDs to WR, second most catches to WR and has allowed far and away the most receiving yards to WR. Despite Detroit being down to their third string QB, Golladay has scored a TD in each of the Lions’ past two games and has 10 TDs on the season, the most among all receivers. Golladay’s price has risen by $500 in DraftKings contests to $7,200, but fantasy owners should consider paying up for him this week. In seasonal leagues, he is a must-start.

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions

With Mike Evans (hamstring) out, Godwin is a candidate for expanded target volume against a Lions defense that has been poor against the pass. Detroit ranks in the bottom third of the league in DraftKings fantasy points allowed to WR and has the league’s third worst pass defense by yards allowed. The matchup, combined with a potential boost in volume, makes Godwin an excellent WR target in DraftKings contests even despite a hefty $7,700 price tag, and he is an obvious start in seasonal leagues.

Wide Receiver Sits

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Buffalo Bills

Smith-Schuster practiced in full on Wednesday and looks set to make his return to the field after injuring his knee in Week 11. However, provided he plays, Smith-Schuster draws a tough assignment against a Bills defense that has limited WR to the fourth fewest DraftKings fantasy points per game, and given his three-game absence, it’s possible his workload is limited. Smith-Schuster’s fantasy performance had been shaky prior to his injury, scoring less than 10 DraftKings fantasy points in four of his previous five games, including three straight games with under 10 DraftKings fantasy points.

Will Fuller, Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans

Fuller, who missed last week’s game due to a hamstring injury, carries risk in this matchup even if he plays. Hamstring injuries can linger and leave players at less than 100 percent, and it’s possible Fuller ends up having his snaps limited if active. In addition, Fuller carries some boom-or-bust nature even when healthy, as he has been held under 10 DraftKings fantasy points in six of his nine games this season.