Championship Week is here and, if you are checking out this article, that means you are more than likely playing for your league title this week. With a chance to hoist the trophy this week, you must nail your toughest fantasy football lineup decisions. To do that, you have come to the right place.
If you have Cooper Kupp, Davante Adams or Deebo Samuel, you know what to do. Here, we will look at fantasy football WRs on the fringe of WR2/Flex status to help you make the tough choices to win your matchups. Let’s get to it!
Fantasy Football Start or Sit: Week 17 WRs
Start: Christian Kirk at Cowboys
Since DeAndre Hopkins went on IR prior to Week 15, Christian Kirk has emerged as the new top WR target in the Cardinals offense, with 12 and nine targets the last two weeks. He has put up 94 yards and a touchdown for 24.4 fantasy points and seven catches for 48 yards and 11.8 fantasy points. With that type of target volume, Kirk offers a safe double-digit fantasy floor in the game with the highest total of the week. This is going to be a game that you will want exposure to with your championship on the line. Start Kirk as a high floor WR2 this week.
Start: Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Ravens
Since being traded to the Rams, Odell Beckham Jr. has turned back the clock and looked like the OBJ of old that won many fantasy football league championships back in 2014. He has now found the end zone in four of his last five games and finished as a WR1 twice and WR3 twice. This week, he is in a great spot against the Ravens, who have given up 47.8 fantasy points per game (fppg) over the last four games. He offers a nice ceiling in this matchup, since the Ravens especially struggle against perimeter WRs. Get him in your lineup and prepare to party like it is 2014 all over again.
Sit: Terry McLaurin vs. Eagles
This Washington passing attack has fallen on tough times as of late, and Terry McLaurin is not a start-worthy option this weekend. Over his last five games, he has failed to hit double-digit fantasy points, including being blanked by the Cowboys three weeks ago. He has also not seen more than seven targets in any of those games. Now, he draws a matchup against the Eagles and Darius Slay, who held him to two catches on four targets for 51 yards two weeks ago. On the year, the Eagles have allowed only 27.3 fppg to opposing WRs, so look for McLaurin to struggle once again this week.
Sit: Russell Gage at Bills
After a stretch of five straight double-digit PPR efforts, Russell Gage looked like a solid start last week against the Lions, coming up with four receptions on five targets for 39 yards. Now, he gets a tough matchup on the road against the Bills, who have given up only 25.2 fppg to opposing WRs on the season. The game is in Buffalo in January, so the weather is more likely than not to play a factor as well. Gage is not a trustworthy start this week, with a tough matchup in bad weather and your league championship on the line. Look elsewhere for your fantasy football WR2.