One key area to consider when picking your wide receivers in fantasy football is what defense they are going up against.
This week, Denver Broncos receiver Jerry Jeudy and Las Vegas Raiders receiver Jakobi Meyers are two talented receivers who have very difficult matchups.
We’ll give you the fantasy football outlook for each player.
Should You Start Jerry Jeudy or Jakobi Meyers This Week?
In the Pro Football Network Start/Sit Optimizer, our Consensus Rankings say that both of these guys will have 8.1 points. It projects Jeudy to have 2.7 catches for 38.5 yards, while Meyers is projected to have 2.9 catches for 36 yards.
If even the Optimizer can’t figure out which player to play, you can see why it can be a tricky decision. However, the Broncos’ passing game is much better than the Raiders’, and that is why Jeudy should be in your lineup.
Fantasy Outlook for Jeudy This Week
At times this year, it felt like Jeudy wouldn’t finish the season as a member of the Denver Broncos. His name was included in many trade deadline rumors, but he is still playing for Denver.
That is good news for the Broncos, as he is coming off one of his better games of the season. In the win against the Minnesota Vikings, he had five catches for 58 yards.
The Cleveland Browns are the Broncos’ opponent on Sunday, and they are arguably the most complete and best defense in the entire NFL. The Browns enter this game ranked first against the pass (143.7 yards allowed) and 11th against the run (99.6 rushing yards).
The Browns’ secondary is beat up though as Denzel Ward will be out due to a shoulder injury. Ward is on a historic start to his career; he became the first cornerback to have at least 10 passes defended and two interceptions in each of his first six seasons (stat started being recorded in 1999).
Without him, the secondary isn’t nearly as good, and that unit will still have to deal with Courtland Sutton. That means that Jeudy could be matched up with the Browns’ No. 3 corner, giving him a favorable matchup.
To rely on either of these receivers to have a huge game may be asking too much, but the injuries in the Browns’ secondary are a huge thing. The other receiver in question is going up against a Kansas City Chiefs defense that may have the best cornerback duo in the league.
Fantasy Outlook for Meyers This Week
Over the first six weeks of the season, Meyers was a fantasy monster. In five of his first six games, he had at least five catches for 50 yards. He also scored six touchdowns during that stretch.
However, it has been a much rougher stretch the past few weeks for Meyers, as he hasn’t gotten over 49 yards in any of his last four games. In the game against the Miami Dolphins, he had four catches for 49 yards.
The matchup against the Chiefs is a tough one, as Trent McDuffie and L’Jarius Sneed have been as good as any duo in the league. This could be a very difficult matchup for the Raiders offense, and it just doesn’t feel like Meyers is going to be able to put up many statistics.
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