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START/BENCH: Week 14

WIDE RECEIVERS

STUDS

SPOT-START OF THE WEEK

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay (vs. New Orleans)

Godwin surprised many with five catches, 101 yards and a touchdown in last week’s win over Carolina, but Tampa Bay head coach Dirk Koetter insisted to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times that he wasn’t one of them.

“First of all, it’s not surprising,’’ Koetter said. “I’ve been saying since day one, we have four starting wide receivers. They’ve all had their moments where they’ve played very well this year. Not surprising at all.’’

Tampa Bay leads the National Football League in total offense after 13 weeks, and with DeSean Jackson nursing a sore thumb Godwin is now the de facto No. 2 receiver for Tampa Bay. When Tampa Bay and New Orleans met back in Week 1, 88 total points were scored, and no team has given up more fantasy points to receivers this year than New Orleans.

ROLL THEM OUT

Amari Cooper, Dallas (vs. Philadelphia)

With 16 catches for 255 yards and two scores over his last two games, it’s hard to find a hotter receiver in football right now than Cooper. Now he gets an injury-ravaged Philadelphia secondary that has been a goldmine for opposing wideouts most of the year.

Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (at Washington)

This is admittedly a desperation play — Shepard has just 10 catches for 87 yards over the last three games combined. But Washington has been burned badly by Shepard-esque receivers this year, including Golden Tate in Week 13.

Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans (at Tampa Bay)

Yes, Tre’Quan Smith. The same Tre’Quan Smith who just goose-egged against Dallas. This isn’t Dallas though — it’s a Tampa Bay secondary that couldn’t cover a bed with a sheet. If you like upside with a side of risk, Smith’s your guy this week.

SIT THEM DOWN

Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia (at Dallas)

With just three catches for 31 yards last week against Washington, Jeffery posted his third straight down game. Expecting that to change against a Dallas team playing as good defensively as any team in the league is unwise.

Tyler Lockett, Seattle (vs. Minnesota)

Lockett had just one catch in last week’s win over San Francisco, but he made the most of it — that reception was a 52-yard score. Unfortunately he draws a bad matchup again in Week 14 against a Minnesota team giving up the fifth-fewest fantasy points to receivers in 2018.

Sammy Watkins, Kansas City (vs. Baltimore)

I can’t bring myself to include Tyreek Hill here, even in a rotten fantasy matchup with Baltimore. But even if by some stroke of “good fortune“ Watkins makes it back in Week 14, do not get cute and start him. Not this week. Nope. No thanks.

About Gary Davenport

A member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and Pro Football Writers of America who resides in Columbus, Ohio, Gary has been featured on a number of fantasy websites and in nationally circulated publications. These publications include the USA Today Fantasy Football Preview and the magazines distributed by Fantasy Sports Publications Inc., for whom Gary is a both a contributing author and associate editor. Gary is a seven-time FSWA Award finalist and two-time winner who was named the organization's Fantasy Football Writer of the Year for 2017. Gary also appears regularly on Sirius XM Radio (including live from Radio Row at Super Bowl XLIX) and over-the-air stations across the country. Gary was one of the co-founders of, and Head Writer at, Fantasy Football Oasis before joining Fantasy Sharks as an IDP Senior Staff Writer in 2011. He knows football. Or so he's heard.