Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Preview: Golden Tate's return makes all Giants receivers risky

Golden Tate has been a full participant in practice this week and the current expectation is that the Giants get both Tate and Evan Engram back in Week 14. That's awesome for Eli Manning, but it makes our job a little bit more difficult because the Giants suddenly have too many mouths too fed.

Whether it is because of suspension or injury, we haven't seen this offense with its full complement of weapons yet this year. 

For the first four weeks of the season the Giants didn't have Tate, and Engram and Sterling Shepard led the team in targets.  From Weeks 5-10, Tate led the team in targets and Darius Slayton was second because Shepard, Engram and Saquon Barkley all missed time. In the two weeks since the bye, Shepard and Slayton have tied for the team lead in targets without Tate or Engram. 

So what should we expect with everyone healthy? Eli Manning's history might help. 

The first two weeks of the season, 47% of the team's targets went to running backs and tight ends. In 2018 that number was 46%. Manning is not going to throw the ball downfield as often as Jones has. I would expect that makes Slayton the biggest loser, but all of the Giants receivers will take a hit in their target volume. I'm projecting an 18% target share for Tate and Shepard with 16% going to Slayton. That means none of them are better than a low-end No. 3 option, with Tate being my favorite of the three. Hopefully you have a better option.

Week 14 WR Preview

The following players are not being projected to play Week 14 at this time. Here's what it means:

IND Indianapolis • #13
Age: 30 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Zach Pascal has another great opportunity if Hilton is out.
WR Preview
Numbers to Know
  • 16.8 - Mike Williams' average targeted air yards, the highest mark in the league. I still believe he has a monster week coming,  but good luck guessing when.
  • 11.6 - A.J. Brown's yards per target. Only Stefon Diggs has a better average. 
  • 20.5 - Yards per reception for John Ross before he got hurt. You can't start him this week, but he gets the Dolphins in Week 16. 
  • 19 - Targets for Robert Woods in Week 13. He's back inside the circle of trust.
WR Preview
Matchups that matter
Matchups that matter
Projections powered by Sportsline
IND Indianapolis • #14
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ TB TB -3 O/U 47.5
OPP VS WR
32nd
PROJ PTS
11.7
WR RNK
NR
YTD Stats
REC
30
TAR
51
REYDS
473
TD
4
FPTS/G
8.1
BAL Baltimore • #15
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BUF BAL -5.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS WR
8th
PROJ PTS
10.7
WR RNK
40th
YTD Stats
REC
36
TAR
60
REYDS
520
TD
6
FPTS/G
12
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Waiver Wire Targets
Week 14 Adds
IND Indianapolis • #14
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Ownership
58%
Pascal has averaged seven targets per game without T.Y. Hilton and has scored double-digit Fantasy points in three out of five games. The two games he didn't were against Dolphins and Jaguars when the Colts didn't throw as much or as successfully. This week they face a Tampa Bay team that is much easier to pass on than run against. Pascal could be a top-16 receiver once again.
TEN Tennessee • #11
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Ownership
54%
Brown has shown he just needs opportunity. Hopefully in a road game against the Raiders, he gets some. He's a boom-or-bust No. 3 receiver this week and moving forward.
JAC Jacksonville • #12
Age: 26 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Ownership
62%
With Gardner Minshew starting all of the Jaguars' receivers have more upside.
PIT Pittsburgh • #13
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Ownership
63%
I don't totally trust that Washington can keep this up with four or five targets per week, but you can't ignore his upside.
Stashes
CIN Cincinnati • #11
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Ownership
21%
Ross could be a league-winner in Week 16.
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DFS Plays
Top Play
CAR Carolina • #12
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Week 14 Prices
FanDuel
$7,100
DraftKings
$7,000
This price isn't high enough for the guy who leads the NFL in targets over the past month and has averaged 9.0 yards per target in his career. Especially since he's playing the Falcons.
Contrarian Plays
BUF Buffalo • #15
Age: 29 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Week 14 Prices
FanDuel
$6,400
DraftKings
$6,100
Brown has been a top-15 receiver this season and is priced like a No. 3. Yes, the matchup is tough but the Ravens haven't been an impossible matchup for wide receivers. The ownership projections have him below two percent.
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Heath's Projections

Non-PPR Rank

PPR Rank

WR

NON PPR FPTS

PPR FPTs

1

1

Michael Thomas

14.57

23.91

2

2

Julio Jones

13.96

20.55

3

3

Davante Adams

13.29

20.14

10

4

DeAndre Hopkins

12.04

19.50

7

5

D.J. Moore

12.55

19.30

13

6

Julian Edelman

11.53

18.49

6

7

DeVante Parker

12.58

18.00

8

8

Jarvis Landry

12.38

17.84

4

9

Stefon Diggs

12.95

17.82

5

10

Mike Evans

12.69

17.81

9

11

Chris Godwin

12.33

17.72

15

12

Robert Woods

11.41

17.55

18

13

Allen Robinson

11.12

17.14

11

14

Tyreek Hill

11.80

17.06

14

15

Amari Cooper

11.49

16.98

16

16

Calvin Ridley

11.30

16.74

12

17

Odell Beckham

11.53

16.54

24

18

Keenan Allen

10.42

16.40

21

19

Alshon Jeffery

10.81

16.33

20

20

John Brown

10.89

16.32

19

21

Will Fuller

10.94

16.11

17

22

Courtland Sutton

11.17

15.59

22

23

D.J. Chark

10.77

15.29

31

24

Tyler Boyd

9.45

15.26

25

25

Michael Gallup

10.36

15.13

26

26

Zach Pascal

10.25

15.13

23

27

D.K. Metcalf

10.53

15.09

29

28

Cooper Kupp

9.80

15.04

28

29

Anthony Miller

9.82

14.87

27

30

A.J. Brown

9.90

13.79

32

31

Tyler Lockett

9.22

13.71

39

32

Christian Kirk

8.34

13.68

40

33

Cole Beasley

8.24

13.31

37

34

Jamison Crowder

8.39

13.10

35

35

Deebo Samuel

8.50

13.09

36

36

Golden Tate

8.48

13.04

30

37

Kenny Golladay

9.51

12.92

48

38

Larry Fitzgerald

7.40

12.45

46

39

Dede Westbrook

7.58

12.25

33

40

James Washington

8.97

12.14

34

41

Terry McLaurin

8.64

12.12

47

42

Emmanuel Sanders

7.52

12.04

42

43

Randall Cobb

7.92

11.92

41

44

Darius Slayton

8.10

11.85

38

45

Curtis Samuel

8.39

11.77

45

46

Marquise Brown

7.61

11.15

52

47

Marvin Jones

7.05

11.13

43

48

Mike Williams

7.69

10.71

So who should you sit and start this week? And which surprising quarterback could lead you to victory? Visit SportsLine now to get Week 14 Fantasy football rankings for every position, plus see which QB is going to come out of nowhere to crack the top 10, all from the model that out-performed experts big time last season.

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Heath Cummings is a Senior Fantasy Writer that covers Daily Fantasy Sports of all types. Before coming to CBS Sports he was a staff writer for Footballguys and the host of The Fantasy Football Show on... Full Bio

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