Some wide receivers stand out as must-start fantasy football options most weeks while others come and go depending on matchups and other factors. Hitting on under-the-radar plays is big in season-long fantasy and DFS. We’ve identified two wide receivers worth starting and two to consider sitting ahead of Week 16 to help you achieve fantasy success this weekend.
Wide Receiver Starts
Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons vs. Kansas City Chiefs
It’s looking like Julio Jones could be done for the year so Gage is one track to finish the season on a high note. Ito Smith has become Atlanta’s lead back at this point so you shouldn't expect much from the Falcons’ rushing attack. Gage has notched more than 50 receiving yards in three straight games and has also scored two touchdowns in his last three outings. He even played one more snap than Calvin Ridley in Week 15.
Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Cooper is coming off one of his worst performances of the season and caught just two passes for 10 yards. The last time he faced the Eagles he caught one pass for five yards but Ben DiNucci won’t be under center this time around. Cooper has produced at a high level in most of Andy Dalton’s starts and has maintained his spot as a top 15 PPR wideout. Philly has forked up more than 290 passing yards in three straight games and has a run defense capable of keeping Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard in check.
Wide Receiver Sits
DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams
Metcalf has been one of the NFL’s most explosive receivers in the league this year but his upside has been limited by Russell Wilson’s struggles lately. Seattle will be pitted against arguably the best pass defense in the NFL and Metcalf was held to two receptions for 28 yards the last time he faced Los Angeles. There’s no way he’ll give you a goose egg on the stat sheet but there are plenty of receivers with more desirable matchups.
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Hilton has been on the up and up since he exploded for 11o receiving yards and a score in Week 13 but will likely return to being a letdown against one of the better pass defenses in the NFL. Only the Rams have allowed fewer passing yards than the Steelers this season and Hilton has been below average for over half the season.