Wide Receivers – Start ‘Em
Chad Hansen, WR – HOU vs IND
So, earlier in the article, I recommended sitting Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson. That does not mean, however, that we need to shy away from wide receiver Chad Hansen. Hansen has been on the field for 87% of Houston’s offensive snaps and caught 12-of-14 targets for 157 yards over the last two games.
Even with Cooks in the starting lineup, Hansen will continue to see a ton of work and a ton of targets, making him a great start in Week 15 as the Colts have allowed the tenth-most receiving yards to wideouts.
T.Y. Hilton, WR – IND vs HOU
Sticking with the same game, we’re jumping over to the other side of the ball and taking a look at the once “written off” T.Y. Hilton.
Hilton started the year off absolutely abysmally and found himself on the waiver wire and unwanted by most fantasy football owners — up until the last few weeks. You’re probably asking you’re self, “What gives?” The answer is the Texans vs Hilton. Over the wide receiver’s career, Hilton has faced Houston 17 times, and the numbers are quite staggering.
He has amassed 98 catches for 1,720 yards and 11 touchdowns. Yeah, in Week 13 versus their division rivals, Hilton had 11 targets, bringing in eight catches, one being in the endzone, totaling 110 yards.
He’s on a roll right now, having scored at least 18 points in PPR leagues over the last three games, and has four touchdowns during that span. Start Hilton vs the Texans. Always.
Wide Receivers – Sit ‘Em
Tyler Lockett, WR – SEA vs WAS
There is always a lot of risk when you bench Seahawks wideout, Tyler Lockett. The potential that Lockett goes off and has a monster week always looms, but with the fantasy football playoffs here, you have to weigh the risk and reward.
As of late, Lockett has struggled. Since his last monster week in Week 7, he has not surpassed 67 receiving yards and has actually been held under 50 yards in half of Seattle’s last 10 games while scoring just one touchdown in the past seven.
Quarterback Russell Wilson has cooled off lately, and with this game being on the road in Washington against a top-five secondary, the blow-up potential seems low.
DeVante Parker, WR – MIA vs NE
DeVante Parker practiced on a limited basis during the week while dealing with hamstring issues. One thing that caught my eye almost immediately is how he performs with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center vs Tua Tagovailoa.
Without Fitzpatrick, the numbers are really just average. With Tagovailoa getting the start this week, Parker being banged up, and facing a New England Patriots defense that has hampered opposing wideouts this season (allowed just one receiving touchdown in the past three games), there are better options available than an uncertain Parker.