Wide receivers have become one of the top producers and deepest position groups in fantasy football. With the playoffs now in full-swing, finding the right matchups is now more important than ever. Here is a look at five wide receivers with favorable fantasy matchups in Week 15 of the 2014 NFL season.
All statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.
1. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton has emerged as the No. 1 target in the No. 1 passing offense in the NFL. In Week 15, Hilton will be facing a Houston Texans defense that is giving up the second-most fantasy points per game in the league to wide receivers this season. Expect to see Hilton targeted 10 or more times this week and to eclipse the 100-yard mark for the seventh time in 2014.
2. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Bryant has an excellent fantasy matchup in Week 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are giving up the third-most fantasy points per game in the league to wide receivers this season, and the Cowboys’ star wide receiver is one of the most explosive playmakers in the entire league. Bryant caught seven passes for 73 yards against the Eagles on Thanksgiving Day. Fantasy owners should expect Bryant to eclipse those numbers against the Eagles in Week 15.
3. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
Watkins has been excellent as a rookie and appears primed to have a long, successful NFL career. In Week 15, Watkins and the Bills will be taking on the Green Bay Packers who are giving up the fourth-most fantasy points per game in the league to wide receivers this season. The Bills will likely be playing from behind for most of this game forcing them to throw the ball more than they typically would otherwise, and let’s not forget what Julio Jones did the Packers defense in Week 14.
4. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
With Brandon Marshall now on season-ending injured reserve, Jeffery will almost surely see an increased number of targets in Week 15. The Bears will be playing the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football this week, and the Saints are giving up the seventh-most fantasy points per game in the league to wide receivers in 2014. Fantasy owners should expect a big game out of the third-year pro from South Carolina.
5. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Brown has been one of the best, if not the best, wide receivers in the NFL in 2014. In Week 15, Brown will be going up an Atlanta Falcons defense that has been one of the worst in the league this year. The Falcons are giving up the fifth-most fantasy points per game in the league this year, and Brown, who is averaging almost 12 targets per game in 2014, projects to have a huge fantasy game in Week 15.