Well, it has arrived, the final week of fantasy football. Did you make the championship, or did you sit Tee Higgins like me and lose by 1.40 points? Yes, this has me questioning everything I thought I knew. Not really, but I still can’t believe I did it! I am in one other final, but my top two running backs are Tony Pollard and Derrick Henry, and we all saw how that went for me Thursday night…
With that being said, you’ll probably need to know who to start and who to sit. That’s where I, Roxanne, come in. In my latest article, we will look at a few of the most critical and exciting wide receiver matchups. We’ll look at the matchups to exploit or avoid, focusing on the defense, coverages, and corners a wide receiver might be facing.
But before I do that, I want to thank Club Fantasy FFL for bringing me on and letting me write a weekly article for you. And for asking me to be the host of the “You Down with IDP” podcast. I could not have asked for three better guys to hang out with and talk football with every week. Thank you, Jorge, Nate, and Joe. OK, now let’s go win you a championship!
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Week 17 Wide Receiver Matchups
The game we’re going to look at is New England Patriots vs. the Miami Dolphins, focusing specifically on the Dolphins’ star WRs. As we all know, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle have had an amazing year so far. They have almost 3,000 yards between the two. Unfortunately, there will be no Tua this week, putting Teddy Bridgewater as Miami’s starter. In Weeks 4 and 6, with Bridgewater as the starter, Hill or Waddle didn’t see the end zone. I know it’s not what you want to hear this week. However, they were still getting the yardage. Hill had 337 yards, and Waddle had 168 yards in the two games Bridgewater started. So not all bad news.
Waddle will be going against Jonathan Jones, who lets 55% of the passes his way get completed. In Week 1 against the Dolphins, he had six targets and four completions and allowed over 12 yards per completion. That’s good news for Waddle if Tua was starting. You may not have a better option here, though, and it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to start him. It’s also not ideal when you don’t know what might happen. However Waddle did find the end zone in Week 1 against the Patriots, so there is hope.
Hill, on the other hand, seems to be comfortable with Bridgewater but, again, didn’t see the end zone with Bridgewater. He did have over 150 yards per game with him, though. So, again, not all bad news. In Week 1 against the Patriots, he had 94 yards and no touchdowns. He will be going against either Jalen Mills or Myles Bryant. Bryant has been starting here the last four weeks with Mills out. However, Mills is listed as questionable as of Saturday. He didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday but was limited in practice Friday.
Either way, it’s safe to say the Patriot’s secondary has not been good the last few weeks, and that would sound amazing if Tua were the starter. But, look, Hill will see yards. There’s no doubt about that, but will it be enough? Can he exploit the uncertainty at that position this week? And I say yes, he’s gotten you this far, and with past engagements with Bridgewater, it’s been decent. His 150 yards a game average with the backup quarterback is nothing to dismiss.
Did these wide receiver matchups affect our rankings? See for yourself!
If you’re looking for more, you can find all of our Week 17 fantasy football articles here.