The Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars are fighting for playoff positioning and enter Week 16 needing big time performances from their wide receivers. For fantasy football managers, the question is who between Tee Higgins and Calvin Ridley is going to have the better game.
Tee Higgins missed three games from Week 10 to Week 12 before returning in Week 13. At that point, Jake Browning had taken over as starting quarterback in place of the injured Joe Burrow.
In the first two games, Higgins had only five receptions and just over 100 receiving yards. However, last week against the Vikings, Ja'Marr Chase left with a shoulder injury and Higgins would end up with four receptions for 61 yards and two touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Calvin Ridley has been a non-factor for most of his first year with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the past two games, Ridley has had only nine receptions for 92 yards.
Should fantasy football managers start Calvin Ridley or Tee Higgins in Week 16?
A breakout game seems to be coming for Calvin Ridley because while he had only nine receptions in the past two games, he has had 25 targets. It is tough to ignore that target share but Trevor Lawrence could miss this week due to a concussion which is not good news for Ridley.
As for Higgins, he should be the top wide receiver this week with Ja'Marr Chase already ruled out for this game. However, it is a tough matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers as they have allowed the fewest points per game over the last month to wide receivers.
Even if Lawrence doesn't play, this week I would start Calvin Ridley as the Bucs are not nearly as good as the Steelers defense. In addition to that, the Jaguars could be without Zay Jones, on top of already being without Christian Kirk, leaving Ridley and Evan Engram as the top targets.
It should be another double digit target game for Calvin Ridley and the catch rate should improve this week.