Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2019): Wide Receiver Edition: Marquise Brown, Tyrell Williams, Terry McLaurin & More


Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:

Start – John Brown (BUF; at NYG)

Brown enjoyed a big day against the Jets in Week 1, turning 10 targets into 7 receptions, 123 yards and 1 TD. While Devin Singletary should see a much bigger role in the offense and Cole Beasley was also targeted 9 times, do either of those scare you as to Brown’s usage?

The Giants were torched in the secondary in Week 1, allowing 18 receptions for 341 yards and 2 TD as they routinely allowed wide receivers to run free. With multiple youngsters playing key roles it’s hard to envision them fixing all of the problems in just one week. In other words, Brown is a must start as a WR2.

Sit – Emmanuel Sanders (DEN; vs. CHI)

It would be extremely easy to get excited about Sanders, who turned 7 targets into 5 receptions, 86 yards and 1 TD in Week 1. Of course he wasn’t even the most targeted receiver on his team, with Courtland Sutton getting 8 targets (and delivering 7 receptions for 120 yards).

Then you have the matchup, as the Bears completely stymied the Packers’ receiving corps in Week 1. No one had more than 4 receptions or 52 yards, as the Bears’ allowed 9 catches for 119 yards to opposing wide receivers.

Start – Tyrell Williams (OAK; vs. KC)

When Williams first signed with the Raiders the thought was that he could emerge as the team’s top receiver. When Antonio Brown was also acquired things changed, though we all know how that ultimately turned out. Instead Williams is back to being the team’s lead receiver and he delivered on it in Week 1 as he put up 6 receptions for 105 yards and 1 TD. While Darren Waller also played a big role, Williams was clearly “the man” in terms of pure receivers.

Couple that type of opportunity with a matchup against the Chiefs, who allowed 273 yards and 3 TD to opposing wide receivers last week, and he’s going to be worth using in all formats.

Sit – Marquise Brown (BAL; vs. ARI)

The 2019 first round pick erupted in his NFL debut for 4 receptions, 147 yards and 2 TD. Of course that came against the Miami Dolphins, so we have to take it with a small grain of salt. He also was dependent on the big play, with touchdowns of 47 and 83 yards. That smells like a boom or bust option, and that’s always going to be a risky proposition. As a WR3 Brown is a viable option, but in two receiver formats the risk is going to be too high.

Other Players to Start:

  • Tyler Lockett (SEA; at PIT) – He’s a borderline play in two receiver formats, but a must play in three receiver leagues. While he barely made an impact in Week 1 (1 reception for 44 yards and 1 TD), after watching the New England Patriots thrash Pittsburgh it’s easy to be have high expectations for Week 2
  • Tyler Boyd (CIN; vs. SF) – A lot of the attention has gone to John Ross, and for good reason (he did have 158 yards and 2 TD), but let’s not overlook that Boyd turned 11 targets into 8 receptions and 60 yards himself. With less boom or bust it’s worth considering him a borderline WR2 (and a must start WR3)

Other Players to Sit:

  • Robby Anderson (NYJ; vs. CLE) – With Quincy Enunwa sidelined you would think that Anderson would be a strong play, but with Sam Darnold out and a difficult matchup he’s going to be hard to trust in two receiver formats (he’s a borderline play in three receiver formats)
  • Terry McLaurin (WAS; vs. DAL) – He had a monster first week of his NFL career, with 5 receptions, 125 yards and 1 TD; of course there’s going to be some boom or bust to his game in a more difficult matchup, making him a risky start

Sources – ESPN,

Make sure to check out all of our Week 2 rankings:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends


  1. Hi, Prof. My players get 0.5 PPR. Should I start Mecole Hardman (WR) over Adrian Peterson (RB) this week? What are your thoughts? Thanks a lot.

    • I wouldn’t. Hardman could have a “boom” game, but there’s a lot of bust risk there and Peterson should play a significant role


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