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The Shot Caller's Report - Wide Receivers
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 5
QBs | RBs | WRs

Bye Weeks: Arizona, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, N.Y. Giants, Tennessee

Michael Crabtree

Cooper's blow up performance last week was nice but don't forget about the Raiders best fantasy WR.

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Michael Crabtree @ BUF: Amari Cooperís fantasy explosion last Thursday (19 targets, 11 receptions, 210 yards, and 2 scores) is all anyone wanted to talk about this past week and thatís fair. After struggling for weeks, the Raidersí ostensible WR1 finally looked like the difference-maker most expected to see on a regular basis this season. Nevertheless, with the game on the line and the Raiders needing a score, Derek Carr found his actual WR1 for the game-sealing six. Crabtreeís numbers on the night paled in comparison (8 targets, 3 receptions, 24 yards, and that TD), but it was his third consecutive game with a score and his sixth TD grab of the season, tying him for the league lead with DeAndre Hopkins and Jordy Nelson. Coopís reemergence is good for the Raiders and possibly good for Crabtree in the long run. He should not sit with Carr back under center.

Keenan Allen @ NE:
The most intriguing aspect of Cooperís big night wasnít necessarily the yardage, the touchdowns, or the fantasy points. It was the 19 targets. Receivers who merit that kind of attention are vastly more interesting to me than guys who donít, regardless what they produce on any given Sunday. More opportunity = more points over the longer haul and thatís why Allen, despite good (not great) numbers, should be taken very seriously. Heís the 17th ranked receiver (54.7 points), but ranks second in targets behind only Antonio Brown, who Ben Roethlisberger seems to throw to every play. With several plus matchups on tap this next month and a top-notch battery mate to work with, Allen could sneak his way into the top 10 by yearís end. Heís an obvious start on Sunday against a Patriots team scoring lots of points but also giving up lots of points.

JuJu Smith-Schuster @ DET:
The Martavis Bryant situation finally boiled over this week when the talented but troubled Steeler spouted off on social media and got himself a seat on the bench for Week 8. The target of his Instagram attack? None other than the guy who will replace him in the starting lineup this Sunday night. I donít really understand what Pittsburgh is doing with Bryant as heís way too talented to freeze completely out of the offense. It doesnít matter this week, though, so we instead get to see what the rookie Smith-Schuster brings to the table. My guess? More than Bryantís been bringing. Heís not as big and not the dynamic athlete Bryant is, but he brings good size and great physicality to the position and has already demonstrated a nose for the end zone. I think the Steelers teach Martavis a lesson by featuring Smith-Schuster Sunday.

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Deonte Thompson v. OAK:
I guess we know why Chicago decided to deep-six Thompson now, huh? What good are receivers if you never actually throw them the football? The former Bear/Raven was quickly snatched up by the WR-starved Bills and activated last Sunday, whereupon he proceeded to catch all four of his targets for 107 yards in the win against Tampa. Totally saw that coming, right? Oddly, it was only Thompsonís second-best performance against the Bucs this season, as he grabbed four balls for 57 yards and a score back in Week 2 when he was still with the Bears. Heíll be a popular waiver wire add, but falling head-over-heels for a Buffalo receiver seems pretty desperate to me. The only team whoís scored fewer points at the position this year is the team that didnít seem to have any need for Thompson when they released him two weeks ago.

Donte Moncrief @ CIN: Moncrief needed a breakout campaign to hopefully break the bank in free agency next spring, but it hasnít worked out that way so far. Playing without his customary battery mate, Andrew Luck, the talented Colts wideout has struggled to achieve any semblance of consistency and is now averaging just 4.7 points/game. Thatís about what he averaged his rookie season, when he was only a bit player, and just barely more than the aforementioned Martavis Bryant is averaging in this mostly lost season. I guess these two could probably write a book on how NOT to secure that first free agent deal, huh? The matchup with Cincinnati isnít brutal and Moncrief will, unlike Bryant, actually be suiting up this coming weekend. Nevertheless, I donít think we can count on much considering heís scored just once all season and hasnít notched double-digit fantasy points a single time. Nope.

Cole Beasley @ WAS: Beasleyís been one of the more perplexing underachievers this year. He seemed to establish a pretty good rapport with Dak Prescott during the quarterback’s rookie season and one could reasonably have assumed that connection would continue to pay dividends this season. Save for a two-TD in Week 5 against the Pack, however, it really hasn’t. Beasley failed to score four or more fantasy points only three times in 2016 and not a single time before Week 10. Through Week 7 of this season, he’s already done it five times. It’s not like Dez Bryant or Terrance Williams are really blowing up, either. The looming suspension of Zeke Elliott could certainly change the dynamics in Dallas and thrust Beasley right back into a more prominent role, but…until such time, he’s probably better left sitting on your bench. Sit the Cowboys’ clever slot receiver down until something changes.

Good luck, folks!

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