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Two key WR starts, Two WR sits to consider for Week 14

Can Jamison Crowder vault back into fantasy relevance with a prime matchup against the Dolphins? Is Tyler Lockett still someone you can trust after not catching a single pass last week?

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Aside from Michael Thomas and his 110 receptions, wide receiver has really been a position defined by its parity so far in 2019. With injuries plaguing consensus Top-10 players like Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill and Adam Thielen, it’s been a bit of a strange season in terms of raw output. For instance, only three WRs enter Week 14 with over 1,000 yards receiving and two of those men - Mike Evans and Chris Godwin - play for the same team.

Anyway, I’m here to help out with the confusion. At least for this Sunday. Here are a couple spots I like and a couple spots I dislike heading into Week 14’s slate.

Wide Receiver Starts

Will Fuller, Houston Texans

Considering the Patriots have allowed the fourth-fewest pass plays of over 20-yards this season, I’m willing to give Fuller a pass for his recent showing on Sunday Night Football. The Notre Dame product hauled in only one catch for eight yards in the Texans’ 28-22 victory, but he should be in a much better spot this weekend against a suddenly struggling Broncos secondary. Over the past three weeks, Denver’s actually surrendered an NFL-high 10.7 yards per target to opposing wideouts. This is a span that’s also seen the squad give up its first two individual 100-yard receiving performances since all the way back in Week 1. On top of that, it has to be noted that the generally boom-or-bust Fuller has been far more consistent playing at home in his career. In fact, he’s registered 12 of his 16 touchdown receptions at NRG Stadium.

Jamison Crowder, New York Jets

Despite two prime matchups against the Raiders and the Bengals the past two weeks, Crowder’s been held to just four catches and 26 yards in total since the beginning of Week 12. That’s not exactly the track record that most people are looking for when it comes to the Fantasy Football playoffs. However, I’m expecting Crowder to get back in owners’ good graces this weekend against the Dolphins. Simply put, Miami can’t stop the pass. Over their last three matchups, the Dolphins have surrendered a whopping 290 passing yards per game and have permitted at least one opposing WR to exceed 28 PPR points. The team is susceptible in the slot, too. At at rate of 0.42 PPR fantasy points, Miami’s Jomal Wiltz has conceded more points per route covered than any other slot CB in the NFL. Crowder should eat in Week 14.

Wide Receiver Sits

Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns

The fact of the matter is you’re unlikely to be in a situation where sitting Landry is a viable option in season-long; however, DFS is an entirely different matter. Landry’s price point on DraftKings has reached a season-high $6,500 and he’s about to step into a very difficult individual matchup on Sunday. As a whole, Cincinnati’s been terrible at defending the pass, but they have seen the slot shored up with the return of Darqueze Dennard the past four weeks. For the season, Dennard has surrendered the fewest yards per route covered (0.55) and the second-lowest opponent catch rate (43%) of any qualified corner. Again, you’re starting Landry in all PPR redraft formats, yet he’s off my radar for daily in Week 14.

Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks

Whether or not you want to use Lockett in a lineup this Sunday comes down to how much you value ceiling over floor. When looking at Lockett’s full statistics this season, its crucial to note that 54.0% of the receiver’s 63 receptions came in three specific games. Aside from those trio of weeks, you’re looking at an asset that’s garnered four or fewer targets in half of Seattle’s 12 contests so far in 2019. There just isn’t really a No. 1 option for the Seahawks. No one on the team has a target share above 20% and that’s not even taking into account that Seattle possesses the league’s fourth-lowest pass ratio (52.6%). In a three-WR format your hands are probably tied, but Lockett’s nothing more than a low-end FLEX consideration for me this weekend.