Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
Carson Palmer’s Cardinals are hot and Floyd is a big part of it, getting downfield in Bruce Arians’ vertical attack. Larry Fitzgerald is already a start in all leagues, but you can add Floyd to that, too, facing an Eagles defense that is dead last against the pass and the worst in fantasy against wide receivers.
Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
Alex Smith has done a better job getting the ball to Bowe in recent weeks, particularly in the end zone. He should have plenty of chances to do so again in a potential shootout against Peyton Manning and the Broncos here, too. Denver is third-worst against the pass. Expect Bowe to get at least four catches for 60 yards and a touchdown.
Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
No one should truly trust the injury-plagued veteran at this point, but you have to like a matchup against the second-worst team in fantasy against wide receivers. The Bills have allowed the most touchdown receptions to wideouts through 11 games. White and quarterback Matt Ryan are certainly due to click.
Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans
He is coming off his best game of the season (103 yards and a touchdown), but that is merely the culmination of a number of consecutive weeks as the most heavily targeted Titans receiver. It hasn’t mattered who is at quarterback for the Titans of late; the ball is going to Wright. The Colts are also the sixth-worst team in fantasy against receivers.
Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills
He returns from a groin injury in time to face a young Falcons secondary that has been in the bottom 10 against the pass and fantasy wide receivers for most of the season. EJ Manuel has a young receiving core to work with, but Johnson is the veteran who should draw the most targets, especially in the red zone.
Tiquan Underwood, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
He managed a couple of big plays against the Lions last week, but don’t expect that to happen again against the Panthers defense. Carolina is No. 7 against the pass and No. 4 against fantasy wideouts. Underwood is more likely to get shut out here than reach the end zone again.
Lance Moore and Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints
The Seahawks have the second-best pass defense in football and are third-best in fantasy against wide receivers. You probably should not sit a healthy Marques Colston here, but Moore, Stills and Robert Meachem have to be avoided.
Percy Harvin, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks
Harvin’s return is intriguing but not against Rob Ryan’s third-best pass defense. The Saints are in the top 10 of fantasy against receivers, and there is a timeshare here that cannot fully be explained just yet. Harvin will be a fantasy factor in future weeks, and Tate can be, too, but you are best off avoiding all of Russell Wilson’s targets until one emerges as the go-to man.
T.Y. Hilton, Darrius Heyward-Bey and LaVon Brazill, Indianapolis Colts
There was hope for these guys once Reggie Wayne (knee) went down for the season, but the Titans are quietly eighth-best against the pass and No. 1 in fantasy against wide receivers. You should have ample alternatives that are more intriguing than these targets right now.
Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson, Stephen Hill and Greg Salas, New York Jets
There is no doubt Geno Smith is struggling right now. The Jets might have some hope in the passing game if Holmes (hamstring) was healthy, but ESPN’s Rich Cimini tweeted Friday that head coach Rex Ryan was “concerned.” You cannot like any of the backups either, especially since the Dolphins are No. 2 in fantasy against wide receivers. They have allowed a league-low one touchdown reception to wideouts to date.