In the pass-heavy NFL, wide receivers have become one of the most consistent point producers in fantasy football. With the playoffs beginning in Week 14 for many fantasy leagues, finding the wide receivers with the best matchups is absolutely critical. Here is a look at four wide receivers who have favorable fantasy matchups in Week 14.
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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Johnson and the Lions will be playing the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14. The Bucs have been bad on defense all year long, and fortunately for Johnson’s fantasy owners, they have been especially bad against the pass. Tampa Bay is giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in the league per game this season, making Johnson an excellent fantasy option in Week 14. Don’t be surprised if Johnson sees double-digit targets this week and ends up with over 100 receiving yards.
2. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
Benjamin and the Panthers will be taking on the New Orleans Saints in Week 14 in a game that projects to be an offensive shootout. The Saints are giving up the fourth-most fantasy points per game in the league to wide receivers this year, something that should make Benjamin’s fantasy owners very happy. The Panthers’ rookie is averaging almost 10 targets per game in 2014, and with nobody on the Saints’ roster physically capable of matching up with him, fantasy owners should expect a big week out of Benjamin.
3. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Nelson, who is having an All-Pro-caliber year for the Packers, projects to put up huge fantasy numbers in Week 14. He will be facing an Atlanta Falcons defense that is giving up the sixth-most fantasy points per game in the league to opposing wide receivers this season, and Nelson’s quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, is playing better than any other quarterback in the league right now. If the Packers stay hot, Nelson will likely put up impressive fantasy numbers in Week 14.
4. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Jones is coming off of a huge game in Week 13, and has another favorable matchup in Week 14. This week, the Falcons will be taking on the Green Bay Packers, who are giving up the 11th-most fantasy points per game in the league to wide receivers this year. Jones is averaging over 10 targets per game in 2014, and he should easily eclipse that number this week. Additionally, if things go as expected, the Packers will jump out to an early lead forcing the Falcons to throw the ball more than they usually would.