We are rapidly approaching the playoffs. Most playoffs will be starting in week 14, which means that you have 4 more weeks to make that final push to either make it, or get that top spot. Every decision from here on out is crucial to getting these all important wins. While it can be said that each decision every week matters, I do believe that once we reach the homestretch of the regular season that there is more importance on these matchups.
As it has been with the previous weeks, we will be seeing a lot of movement because of the matchups, but also because of role changes within offenses. Some people are seeing more opportunities now, while others may have to start taking a backseat to others. If you can recognize where these will happen and successfully navigate them, you will put yourself in a prime position to win. Without further talk, let's dive right into the rankings and some commentary on a few guys below.
Teams on bye: Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders
|5||Odell Beckham Jr.||Giants||Bengals|
|40||Steve Smith Sr.||Ravens||Browns|
Antonio Brown - Not much to say other then Big Ben is back. With that, Brown is now firmly back in the top 3 receivers for each week the rest of the season. We already saw last week with Ben's return that Brown is automatically an elite receiver regardless of matchup.
Tyrell Williams - Every other week it seems that Williams will finally breakout, but then he goes out and has a dud the next week. This will be the week that changes though. The matchup against the Dolphins defense is great for the Chargers. Philip Rivers has been looking his way often, but it all comes down to whether he is connecting on those downfield throws. The more time they have spent together, the more of a connection we are seeing. This should be the week Williams cements his ranking.
Michael Thomas and Brandin Cooks - Insert receivers facing the Broncos here. While we saw last week that the Broncos defense can be penetrated, more often then not they will hold firm. This is what is leading to both Thomas and Cooks falling down in the rankings for week 10. Of the two I trust Thomas with the higher floor over Cooks, as Cooks could finish this game with 1 reception for 13 yards and I wouldn't be surprised.
J.J. Nelson - After a great week in week 8, Bruce Arians came out and said that Nelson had earned the starting spot opposite of Larry Fitzgerald. We had already seen him start in week 8 and that led to his season high 93% of snaps played. Clearly Arians trusts the route running skills of Nelson to keep him in the starting lineup. With Carson Palmer having to get rid of the ball quicker, having a guy like Nelson who is shifty in open space is the ideal player to have for Palmer. This week against the Browns I would love to have him ranked in the top 20, but since the Browns run defense is horrible, it should be a heavy David Johnson game with him gashing that defense. I still think Nelson though is a strong WR3 and FLEX option this week.