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 – Devante Parker – Miami Dolphins (at NYJ)
Parker has come alive over the past four games, as the targets have not only consistently been there but he’s turned them into results:
The last time the Dolphins and Jets squared off it was Preston Williams who made a statement, but he’s now on IR. Instead it should be Parker’s turn to expose a Jets’ secondary that’s allowed 1,985 yards and 16 TD to opposing wide receivers this season.
Sit – Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens (at BUF)
Buffalo has allowed the sixth fewest points per week to opposing wide receivers, which alone is going to make you cautious about using someone in this matchup. While Brown remains Baltimore’s best option, he’s a boom or bust threat whose targets are hardly a guarantee. Over his past six games he has 5 targets or fewer five times, and has topped 50 yards in just three games this season.
He’s scored 6 TD, which has made him an option, but Buffalo has allowed opposing wide receivers to score 4 TD all year (the only team to allow fewer is the New England Patriots, with 2 TD). They’ve also allowed just 25 passing plays of 20+ yards, third fewest in the league.
A boom or bust threat against a defense that rarely allows players to “boom” is not an equation fantasy owners should like.
Start – Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns (vs. CIN)
Heading into the season all eyes were on Odell Beckham, but it’s been Landry who has stepped up and produced. Just look at the numbers:
- Landry – 65 catches, 919 yards, 5 TD
- Beckham – 57 catches, 805 yards, 2 TD
Landry’s opportunities have increased in recent weeks, with 10+ targets in five of his past six games (and all 5 TD coming in his past five games).
Sit – Emmanuel Sanders – San Francisco 49ers (at NO)
The 49ers are a run first offense, which is going to immediately put any wide receiver into question. While Sanders has had one big day since being acquired from Denver and are in a matchup where the 49ers may have to throw the football to keep up, just looking at his weekly performance alone gives you reason to doubt his usage:
- vs. CAR – 4 catches, 25 yards, 1 TD
- at ARI – 7 catches, 112 yards, 1 TD
- vs. SEA – 2 catches, 24 yards, 0 TD
- vs. ARI – 3 catches, 33 yards, 0 TD
- vs. GB – 1 catch, 15 yards, 0 TD
- at BAL – 4 catches, 41 yards, 0 TD
With Deebo Samuels’ emergence just adding another layer of risk, Sanders is easy to avoid.
Additional Wide Receivers to Start:
- Alshon Jeffrey (PHI vs. NYG) – The Giants’ young secondary has been horrific this season, allowing the second most points per week to opposing wide receivers. Jeffrey proved he was healthy upon his return last week, turning 16 targets into 9 catches, 137 yards and 1 TD, and it’s easy to envision a similar performance this week.
- Courtland Sutton (DEN at HOU) – In Drew Lock’s first start Sutton scored a pair of touchdowns, and it’s easy to envision their rapport getting better and better with more reps. He’s proven he can produce with anyone under center, but with potentially the best QB he’s worked with gaining experience, it’s easy to envision them exploding. As a WR2 he’s worth utilizing.
Additional Wide Receivers to Sit:
- Tyrell Williams (OAK vs. TEN) – The Raiders have seen other wide receivers emerge, which alone knocks Williams down a few pegs (though it’s easy to argue he never should’ve been thought of too highly, having never topped 7 targets in a game this season). The matchup may make him alluring, but you need to get opportunities in order to produce.
- Terry McLaurin (WAS at GB) – On the season the Packers have allowed the seventh fewest points per week to opposing wide receivers, while McLaurin has often struggled to get targets (6 targets or fewer in five of his past six games). With your fantasy title hanging in the balance, that’s not a recipe that screams of potential success.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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