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 – D.J. Chark – Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. TB)
Chark has posted 38 yards or less in two of his past three games, so it would be easy to be down on him. However the matchup against the Buccaneers would seem like an ideal get right spot, considering how bad they’ve been this season:
- Yards – 2,267 yards (most in the NFL)
- Touchdowns – 18 TD (second most in the NFL, behind only Miami)
It’s not like things have been any better recently, including 9 TD over the past four games. While Chark will have to battle the likes of Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley for opportunities, he’s been the team’s best receiver and it’s a good bet he posts a big day.
Sit – Emmanuel Sanders – San Francisco 49ers (at BAL)
While Sanders had a big day against the Cardinals mixed in, look at the numbers in his other four games as a member of the 49ers:
- vs. Carolina – 4 catches for 25 yards and 1 TD
- vs. Seattle – 2 catches for 24 yards
- vs. Arizona – 3 catches for 33 yards
- vs. Green Bay – 1 catch for 15 yards
The only time he’s received more than 5 targets was his one big game (9 targets). This is a run first offense taking on a defense that’s allowed 6 TD to opposing wide receivers all year. Does that sound like a good gamble, other than as a desperation WR3?
Start – Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns (at PIT)
While Odell Beckham Jr. has started to show signs of producing recently, it’s Landry who has scored a TD in four straight games (5 TD) including two games with 97+ yards. He’s also been targeted often in recent weeks, with at least 10 targets in four of his past five games. With the way he’s been producing he’d be a viable option as a WR2 regardless of the matchup. Now consider this little tidbit, courtesy of NFL.com in regards of the Steelers defense:
“Only the Buccaneers have allowed more fantasy points to the slot”
Sit – Tyrell Williams – Oakland Raiders (at KC)
After it looked like Williams had emerged as the leader of the receiving corps in Oakland, that no longer seems to be the case as numerous others have stepped up. That has led to the Raiders spreading the ball around, though you could argue that’s been the case all season long. Williams has never been targeted more than 7 times this season, so the real key was his ability to find the end zone. He’s now gone four straight games without scoring, and only three times has he racked up more than 50 yards.
The matchup against the Chiefs doesn’t do him any favors either, as they’ve allowed the fifth fewest points per week to opposing WR this season. The last time Williams faced Kansas City was in Week 2, and while Williams did score a TD he only had 46 yards. Without being able to depend on the score, he’s impossible to trust.
Additional Wide Receivers to Start:
- Tyler Boyd (CIN vs. NYJ) – Will Boyd benefit from the return of Andy Dalton at QB? He has a favorable matchup against the Jets and was targeted early and often with Dalton under center (he averaged 10.4 targets per game and he was targeted less than 10 times twice in the eight games). Maybe he’s more of a WR3, but everything points towards utilizing him in most formats.
Additional Running Backs to Sit:
- James Washington (PIT vs. CLE) – Is he the de facto WR1 for the Steelers? That’s going to put him on radars as a potential option. Of course the Browns aren’t an easy matchup and the Steelers are running Devlin Hodges out at QB. That’s just not a good mix, making Washington a desperation WR3 at best.
- Will Fuller (HOU vs. NE) – Even DeAndre Hopkins has questions hanging over him heading into a matchup with the Patriots, so do you want to lean on the team’s secondary option? That just doesn’t sound smart.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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