Sit Your Stud Receivers

By Jared Dang
November 16, 2011 4:27 pm
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There's a saying in fantasy football that you should start your studs no matter what, no matter who the opponent is. It's a good rule to follow when it comes to stud running backs and quarterbacks, but when it comes to wide receivers the rule doesn't hold up.

Top wide receivers just aren't guaranteed the same type of workload that running backs and quarterbacks do. Running backs touch the ball at least 15-20 per game and quarterbacks throw anywhere from 25-50 times per game. Wide receivers on the other hand are lucky if they have the ball thrown to them 10 times in a game and even if that happens, they aren't guaranteed a reception. Poor quarterback play certainly can limit the production of an all-pro wide receiver, but the number one reason why receivers underperform their weekly projections is because of a player that doesn't even show up in the fantasy box score.

It's the opposing cornerback more than anything that determines a wide receiver's production.
There's a reason why they call it "Revis Island" and why Nnamdi Asomugha was the most highly sought after free agent in the offseason. Even the most fervent supporters of the "start your studs" rule have contemplated sitting their top receivers against the likes of Asomugha and Revis, and rightfully so. Let's take a look at how well #1 wide receivers have performed against some of the best of the best cornerbacks this year.

Tier 1: Sit Your Studs


1. Darrelle Revis, New York Jets

Week 1 Miles Austin                   5 rec, 90 yards, 1 TD 9 Targets
Week 2 Mike Thomas                 3 rec, 29 yards, 10 Targets
Week 3 Darrius Heyward-Bey  1 rec, 5 yards, 3 Targets
Week 4 Anquan Boldin              1 rec, 28 yards, 2 Targets
Week 5 Wes Welker                    5 rec, 124 yards, 8 Targets
Week 6 Brandon Marshall         6 rec, 109 Yards, 13 Targets
Week 7 Vincent Jackson           1 rec, 15 yards, 8 Targets
Week 8 Bye Week
Week 9 Stevie Johnson             3 rec, 84 yards, 6 Targets
Week 10 Wes Welker                 6 rec, 46 yards, 8 Targets
Analysis: #1 Wide receivers haven't found any success against Revis, this year but have managed some against Revis' counterpart Antonio Cromartie, who is talented himself. For week 11 purposes, it would be wise to sit Eric Decker.


Description: http://a.fn.fncdn.com/images/content/A/201111111624/NwlYwX.jpg2. Nnamdi Asomugha + Asante Samuel, Philadelphia Eagles
Week 1 Mike Sims-Walker     1 rec, 5 yards, 4 Targets
             Brandon Gibson        3 rec, 50 yards, 5 Targets
Week 2 Roddy White             3 rec, 23 yards 1 TD, 4 Targets
             Julio Jones                2 rec, 29 yards, 8 Targets
Week 3 Hakeem Nicks          3 rec, 25 yards 5 Targets,
             Victor Cruz                3 rec, 110 yards, 2 TDs, 5 Targets
Week 4 Michael Crabtree      5 rec, 68 yards, 9 Targets 
             Josh Morgan             3 rec, 65 yards, 1 TD, 3 Targets
Week 5 Stevie Johnson         4 rec, 29 yards, 5 Targets 
             Naaman Roosevelt   5 rec, 41 yards, 7 Targets
Week 6 Santana Moss           2 rec, 38 yards, 6 Targets,
             Jabar Gaffney           2 rec, 55 yards, 10 Targets
Week 7 Bye Week
Week 8 Miles Austin               3 rec, 27 yards, 3 Targets, 
             Dez Bryant                 3 rec, 28 yards 5 Targets
Week 9 Devin Hester              1 rec, 12 yards, 5 Targets 
             Roy Williams              3 rec, 46 yards, 6 Targets
Week 10 Larry Fitzgerald        7 rec, 146 yards, 2 TDs, 13 Targets
               Early Doucet             2 rec, 24 yards, 1 TD, 4 Targets

Analysis: Before Larry Fitzgerald and Early Doucet had their games, the Eagles pass defense had been quite stingy to opposing wide receivers, thanks to Asomugha and Samuel shutting down opposing wide receivers. They have been so dominant that opposing offenses often stop throwing their way, instead opting to hit the #3 wide receiver or tight end. Don't expect much from Hakeem Nicks this week, who was limited to 25 yards in the Giants last outing.

Tier 2: Expect To Be Disappointed


3. Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns

Week 1 A.J. Green                 1 rec, 41 yards, 1 TD
Week 2 Reggie Wayne           4 rec, 66 yards, 8 Targets
Week 3 Brandon Marshall      4 rec, 43 yards, 7 Targets
Week 4 Nate Washington       2 rec, 62 yards, 4 Targets
Week 5 Bye Week
Week 6 Denarius Moore         1 rec, 9 yards, 4 Targets
Week 7 Sidney Rice                2 rec, 38 yards, 5 Targets
Week 8 Michael Crabtree        5 rec, 54 yards, 1 TD, 9 Targets
Week 9 Kevin Walter               1 rec, 5 yards, 1 Target
Week 10 Brandon Lloyd          4 rec, 48 yards, 1 TD, 9 Targets

Analysis: Haden hasn't allowed more than 66 yards to a receiver all year and many of his assignments have been quality opponents. If you weren't planning on already doing so, Taylor is another reason not to play Mike Thomas.


4. Ike Taylor, Steelers

Week 1 Anquan Boldin           4 rec, 74 yards, 1 TD, 7 Targets
Week 2 Ben Obomanu            4 rec, 35 yards, 6 Targets
Week 3 Reggie Wayne           3 rec, 24 yards, 11 Targets
Week 4 Andre Johnson          4 rec, 36 yards, 5 Targets
Week 5 Nate Washington       5 rec, 69 yards, 8 Targets
Week 6 Mike Thomas              4 rec, 36 yards, 6 Targets
Week 7 Larry Fitzgerald          4 rec, 78 yards, 10 Targets
Week 8 Wes Welker                 6 rec, 39 yards, 8 Targets
Week 9 Anquan Boldin            7 rec, 88 yards, 10 Targets
Week 10 A.J. Green                 1 rec, 36 yards, 1 TD, 2 Targets

Analysis: Not one receiver over 90 yards and Taylor held his toughest assignments of the year, Larry Fitzgerald, Wes Welker and Anquan Boldin, to below-average fantasy days. For the record, A.J. Green's week 10 touchdown did not come against Taylor. The Steelers are on a bye this week.


5. Carlos Rogers, 49ers

Week 1 Mike WIlliams (Sea)    4 rec, 34 yards, 5 Targets
Week 2 Miles Austin                 9 rec, 143 yards, 3 TDs, 15 Targets
Week 3 A.J. Green                   4 rec, 29 yards, 5 Targets
Week 4 Jeremy Maclin             7 rec, 74 yards, 11 Targets
Week 5 Mike Williams               4 rec, 28 yards, 9 Targets 
Week 6 Calvin Johnson            7 rec, 113 yards, 9 Targets
Week 7
Week 8 Greg Little                    4 rec, 28 yards, 11 Targets
Week 9 Jabar Gaffney              4 rec, 40 yards, 1 TD, 5 Targets
Week 10 Hakeem Nicks           2 rec, 41 yards, 1 TD, 4 Targets

Analysis: The Miles Austin debacle is not indicative of the year Rogers has been having. He's held AJ Green, Jeremy Maclin and Mike Williams to low yardage days and is the only cornerback to deny Calvin Johnson a touchdown all year. Larry Fitzgerald, Rogers' week 11 matchup, will likely be kept to a low-yardage day.


6. Chris Gamble, Panthers

Week 1 Larry Fitzgerald          3 rec, 62 yards, 7 Targets
Week 2 Greg Jennings            2 rec, 55 yards, 1 TD, 8 Targets
Week 3 Mike Thomas              4 rec, 55 yards, 1 TD, 8 Targets
Week 4 Roy WIlliams               1 rec, 15 yards 1 Target
Week 5 Marques Colston        5 rec, 69 yards, 6 Targets
Week 6 Roddy White               2 rec, 21 yards, 5 Targets
Week 7 Jabar Gaffney             4 rec, 68 yards, 8 Targets
Week 8 Percy Harvin               4 rec, 58 yards, 5 Targets
Week 9
Week 10 Nate Washington     3 rec, 40 yards, 4 Targets   

Analysis: Gamble has shut down Roddy White, Marques Colston and Larry Fitzgerald this year. Unfortunately for the Panthers, they can't stop the run, which is more reason not to throw on Gamble. His matchup with Calvin Johnson will be fun to watch.








7. Quentin Jammer, Chargers
Week 1 Percy Harvin                2 rec, 7 yards, 4 Targets
Week 2 Wes Welker                 7 rec, 81 yards, 8 Targets
Week 3 Dwayne Bowe             4 rec, 67 yards, 6 Targets
Week 4 Brandon Marshall       5 rec, 52 yards, 8 Targets
Week 5 Brandon Lloyd            1 rec, 20 yards, 4 Targets
Week 6
Week 7 Santonio Holmes        2 rec, 24 yards, 3 Targets
Week 8 Dwayne Bowe             4 rec, 62 yards, 11 Targets
Week 9 Greg Jennings             6 rec, 46 yards, 1 TD, 8 Targets
Week 10 Denarius Moore        5 rec, 123 yards, 2 TDs, 7 Targets

Analysis: Before Denarius Moore happened, Jammer was having an absolutely lights out year. Every week he is asked to cover a quality opponent and he has brought it almost every week. Whoever the top receiver in Chicago is (Is it Bennett, or is it Hester) will struggle.


8. Corey Webster, Giants
Week 1 Santana Moss,            6 rec, 76 yards, 8 Targets
Week 2 Mike Sims-Walker      6 rec, 92 yards, 11 Targets
Week 3 Jeremy Maclin            5 rec, 69 yards, 7 Targets
Week 4 Larry Fitzgerald          8 rec, 102 yards, 11 Targets
Week 5 Sidney Rice                 4 rec, 38 yards, 5 Targets
Week 6 Stevie Johnson           5 rec, 39 yards, 1 TD, 10 Targets
Week 7
Week 8 Brandon Marshall       4 rec, 55 yards, 5 Targets
Week 9 Wes Welker                 9 rec, 136 yards, 10 Targets
Week 10 Michael Crabtree      1 rec, 21 yards, 4 Targets

Analysis: Having an underrated season and only two opposing wide receivers have scored double digit fantasy points against him. He'll have his hands full with with Jeremy Maclin in week 11.


9. Cortland Finnegan

Week 1 Mike Thomas               8 rec, 55 yards, 11 Targets
Week 2 Anquan Boldin             3 rec, 46 yards, 7 Targets
Week 3 Brandon Lloyd             4 rec, 38 yards, 7 Targets
Week 4 Greg Little                    6 rec, 57 yards, 8 Targets
Week 5 Mike Wallace               6 rec, 82 yards, 1 TD, 7 Targets
Week 6 Kevin Walter                3 rec, 35 yards, 4 Targets
Week 7
Week 8 Reggie Wayne            5 rec, 61 yards, 14 Targets
Week 9 A.J. Green                    7 rec, 83 yards, 7 Targets
Week 10 Steve Smith (Car)     5 rec, 33 yards, 8 Targets

Analysis: Owner of one of the most punchable faces in the entire NFL but hasn't allowed a wide receiver to hit 84 yards on the season. Granted, he hasn't faced the stiffest competition this year, but his performances against AJ Green and Steve Smith were no joke. Roddy White should struggle with Cortland Finnegan all over him, which could leave Harry Douglas wide open all day long.

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2 years ago
Nnamdi and Asante will get worked by the Giants WRs on Sunday night
2 years ago

If that happens I'll lick dirty things off the floor.
2 years ago

hahahah same

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