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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 12 Wide Receivers

By Steve Schwarz | 11/23/22
Bye Weeks: N/A
QBs | RBs | WRs

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Michael Pittman Jr.

1) Michael Pittman Jr. / Parris Campbell vs. Pittsburgh

As we spoke of earlier, this is not your father’s Steelers’ defense and they are vulnerable to the pass (allowing a league-worst 42.1 FPts/G to opposing wideouts). Ryan has been good at home and both Pittman and Campbell (averaging 7.5 targets-per game since Week 6) should be fantasy-worthy.

2) Terry McLaurin vs. Atlanta

“Scary” Terry McLaurin has improved production numbers since Taylor Heinicke replaced Carson Wentz. His production has gone from 11.18 FPts/G to 15.12 points. He’s ranked 18th over that span vs. 30th for the season. Meanwhile, The Falcons are allowing 41.6 FPts/G to opposing wideouts (31st). McLaurin, Curtis Samuel and rookie Jahan Dotson could all be viable options.

3) Tee Higgins/Tyler Boyd @ Tennessee

Assuming Ja’Marr Chase is still not ready to return to the field (Joe Burrow said he expected him back, but HC Zac Taylor was non-committal), both Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd should thrive this weekend. Whoever is out there should produce against a Titans’ pass defense which allows the third-most fantasy points to opposing WRs (40.7 FPts/G).

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1) Diontae Johnson @ Indianapolis

Diontae Johnson has seen just five targets in each of the last two games and not done much with them (8-84-0). Meanwhile, rookie George Pickens has taken his last 10 targets over those two game and produced (8-115-1) and run for another touchdown. Quarterback Kenny Pickett has been struggling of late, as rookies tend to do, and Johnson has managed just one double-digit game since Week 6.

2) D.J. Moore vs. Denver

Given the options at quarterback and the league’s best pass defense on the other side of the ball, you should pick almost anyone before D.J. Moore. Over the past three games Moore is averaging three catches for 25.7 receiving yards and zero touchdowns. Stay away. Stay far away.

3) Adam Thielen vs. New England (Thu)

The Patriots are pretty good at shutting down wide receivers, ranking No. 3 in the league and allowing just 27.4 FPts/G. Assuming Justin Jefferson will get his share, that won’t leave much for Adam Thielen or K.J. Osborn. Thielen hasn’t scored since Week 6 and has just two touchdown receptions all season.

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