Week 6 featured a ton of big performances, but two came from some very talented receivers. Both Devin Funchess and Alshon Jeffery had arguably their best game of the season, pure joy for fantasy owners who own one or both of these top wideouts.
Now that they're going head-to-head this Sunday in a matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers, it's time to decide which one will have the better game.
Devin Funchess: Unlike the other man in this conversation, Funchess doesn't really have an excuse for his slow start to the season. He's coming off a career year and has the same quarterback in Cam Newton, but he's yet to produce at the same clip. It shouldn't really be considered his fault as Newton doesn't have the same effect on the long ball this season.
Panthers QB Cam Newton is 1 of 14 this season on pass attempts of longer than 20 yards (balls that traveled 20 yards in the air, not catch-and-runs), according to the NFL's #NextGenStats. The one completion was the one last week from to Devin Funchess.— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) October 17, 2018
It's still a positive sign that Funchess had that long completion last week. Maybe Newton can get things going with Michigan product as this Eagles defense has given up 22 passes over 20 yards this season, tied for eighth most in football.
Alshon Jeffery: We all wondered how Jeffery would perform when he came back from injury, and now we have our answer. In last week's win over the New York Giants, Jeffery and Wentz didn't miss a beat as they connected eight times for 74 yards and two scores. Xavier Rhodes of the Minnesota Vikings did have his number in Week 5, but the Panthers don't have a top cornerback, like the Vikings do, to take this wideout out of the game.
Philadelphia's offense was in trouble heading into Week 6. @NFL GamePass shows how the chemistry between Carson Wentz and Alshon Jeffrey bolstered the Eagles. https://t.co/fXilIynwSWpic.twitter.com/i3wYgLvhi5— Peter King (@peter_king) October 17, 2018
Verdict: The name of the game here is opportunity, which is why the easy answer is Jeffery. Through three games he has an average of 9.6 targets per game compared to the 7.2 of Funchess. Jeffery's still had eight targets in his worst game. It's hard to imagine a situation where he doesn't get a chance to thrive this Sunday. He's also clearly a top red-zone target for the Eagles, whereas the Panthers have too many things going on. Newton has a knack for running it in himself, which takes the scoring threat right out of Funchess' hands, plus there's running back and jack of all trades Christian McCaffrey. Jeffery is the easy answer here as he and Wentz should continue to roll.
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