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The Shot Caller's Report - Wide Receivers
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 13
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Bye Weeks: N/A

Demaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas has seen at least 8 targets and scored three touchdowns in his last five games.

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Demaryius Thomas @ MIA: The parade of horrors at the quarterback position in Denver has caused the once mighty Thomas to tumble down the ranks of fantasy receivers. But fear not playoff teams, Thomas has a dandy match-up and the return of his least terrible QB to thank for a rosy Week 13 outlook. Until last week's dud, Thomas was riding a three-game touchdown streak, and despite struggling to get past 50 yards, he has at least seen 8+ targets in six of his last seven games. Itís hard to be overly excited about any Denver skill position player, but Thomas gets a Miami team thatís been beaten into submission, and a secondary that has given up 6 touchdowns to receivers in the last five games. Thomas has had a frustratingly low ceiling for much of the year, but the volume and touchdown opportunity remain to return WR2 numbers.

Dontrelle Inman vs SF: Simple physics indicate that someone has the catch the ball when Chicago throws it, and it seems Inman has been the most effective since coming over to the Bears several weeks ago via trade. In his three starts with Chicago, Inman has totaled 13 receptions for 195 yards on 22 targets. These are hardly numbers to go nuts over, but they make Inman an interesting option for fantasy teams. Heís clearly option 1 in the passing game, and this week Chicago hosts a very burnable secondary in the 49ers. I don't think Iíd ever feel truly good about myself if I had to start Inman, but it also wouldnít shock me to see him put up 70+ yards and a score. If there was ever a week you were holding out to unleash the fury of Dontrelle Inman on your league, this is the week to do it.

Marquise Goodwin @ CHI: With Jimmy G officially at the helm this week, the Niners will trot out the most talented QB theyíve had on the roster since the ghost of Colin Kaepernick was roaming northern California. Goodwin, a single dimensional deep threat for all of his career has been forced into the No.1 role due to injuries and a crappy roster. Surprisingly heís adjusted well, especially the last three games where heís tallied at least 68 yards in each. This week he faces off against a Bears team thatís struggled to compete. With Goodwin getting more consistent looks and hopefully more stable quarterback play, he finds himself on the edge of WR3 territory. And hey, if anything, heís good for a random 50-yard bomb that might land him in the endzone!

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Josh Gordon @ LAC: Unless you are simply playing out a lost season, and want a few laughs for your league, donít do it. Donít put in a guy who hasnít seen an NFL field for over two years in your lineup and expect anything. If you are fighting for your playoff life and have to trust Gordon to save you, you are the definition of desperate. After being away for over two years, Gordon has gotten exactly two weeks of practice in, is playing on an 0-11 offense being led by a struggling rookie quarterback. The Browns also have to go on the road to face one of the leagueís best pass defenses. Do it for the memes, but donít do it seriously.

Mike Wallace vs DET: Bad things happen when you combine a deep threat with a team that canít throw deep. This is the world Mike Wallace fantasy owners have lived in the entire season. With his catch rate just north of 50%, Wallace isnít doing much with the targets heís getting. Heís been held to single digit yardage in four games this season. The culmination of this frustration came last week when Wallace was able to haul in only 4 of his 11 targets for a measly 48 yards. Sure, heís always a threat to pop one for 60+ yards, but hope is no way to win late season fantasy games. Heíll also get a heavy dose of Detroitís Darius Slay, so there isnít even a positive matchup to pin your hopes on. Take a look somewhere else.

Sammy Watkins @ ARI: The serious match-up downgrade sinks the value of Sammy Watkins in Week 13. Few corners in the NFL are able to dictate where the offense goes with the ball, and unfortunately for Watkins owners, Patrick Peterson is one of them. Peterson has eaten No.1 receivers alive this year, and without Robert Woods on the other side to take some attention away, I expect the game plan to filter the passing game through the slot and tight ends this week. Watkins delivered against the Saints with one of his best games as a Ram, soaking up 9 targets 83 yards and a score as the clear WR1, but be willing to shy away this week if you have better options.

Good luck this week!

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