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The Shot Caller's Report - Wide Receivers
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 9
QBs | RBs | WRs

Bye Weeks: Chicago, Cleveland, LA Chargers, Minnesota, New England, Pittsburgh

This is one of those fun weeks when you get to explore the depth at receiving positions, only to find that TE is gross and players like Stefon Diggs and Antonio Brown arenít as easily replaceable as some would have you to believe. But if youíre in need of some players to trust, youíre in the right place. And as an added bonus, Iíll dash your high hopes for a few players you might be looking at as starters.

Will Fuller

Will Fuller's insane TD efficiency will come to an end at some point. Until then, no need to bench him.

Grab a Helmet

Will Fuller vs. Indianapolis: At some point, Fullerís touchdown production will regress back to the mean. Heís currently scoring on 31.8 percent of his targets and is leading WRs on a points per game basis, which would seem to be unsustainable. But this isnít the week to bench any of your Texans. The Colts allow the fifth most fantasy points (23.9) to opposing WRs. Six wide receivers have scored at least 10 fantasy points against the Colts. Both DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller are top 12 WRs for the week.

Ted Ginn Jr. vs. Tampa Bay: Ginn isnít super consistent, but he has managed to score double digits in three of the teamís seven games. With Willie Snead not reestablished in the Saintsí offense, Ginn has emerged as the clear WR2 behind Michael Thomas. And with a positive matchup on deck, Ginn appears to have increased value in Week 9. Tampa Bay allows the second most points to opposing WRs and has allowed 8 touchdowns over seven games. Ginn needs only one big play to return value as a WR2, but it may require some patience as heís only exceeded five targets on two occasions this season.

Delanie Walker vs. Baltimore: If youíre a Delanie Walker owner, you might be a little disappointed with his season, so far. Walker ranks 15th in fantasy points among TEs. But heís also averaging seven targets per game which ranks sixth among TEs and heís yet to have a game under four targets. And now he faces a positive matchup. Baltimore allows the seventh most points to the position, including two games over 10 fantasy points. Walker should return low-end TE1 value in Week 9. Walker is dealing with an ankle injury and didnít practice on Wednesday so make sure heís good to go before plugging him into your lineup.

Grab Some Wood

All Titans WRs vs. Baltimore:
I wanted to single out a single receiver for the Tennessee Titans, but theyíre all terrible plays this week, including rookie Corey Davis who should return from his hamstring injury. Of the bunch, Rishard Mathews has been the most effective for fantasy and he ranks 43rd among WRs with only one game with more than 10 fantasy points. Baltimore allows the second fewest points to WRs and the inconsistent usage of the group makes this team a complete stay-away, if possible.

Nelson Agholor vs. Denver: Agholor has been a fun redemption story this season and he currently stands as the WR11, but this is the week to leave him on your bench. Despite the offense scoring more than 20 points every game this season, this is the most difficult matchup their WRs have faced. Denver allows the fourth fewest points to opposing fantasy WRs. The Denver defense has yet to allow two WRs on the same team to score more than 10 points and with Jeffery still leading the team in targets, heís the safer Eagle receiver.

Cameron Brate @ New Orleans: I like Cameron Brateís redzone usage as much as anyone, but he’s got an unfavorable matchup against a Saints defense that has only allowed one double-digit TE performance in 2017 (Rob Gronkowski) and allows the seventh fewest fantasy points to tight ends. Playing Brate has largely been touchdown chasing despite ranking fourth in total fantasy points and the Saints have only allowed three tight end touchdowns this season. Brate is a risky play and ranks as a TE2 this week.

Good luck, folks!

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