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 – Tyler Lockett (SEA, vs. NO)
Lockett’s season got off to a slow start, with his Week 1 performance salvaged by a TD. He was much more involved in Week 2, turning 12 targets into 10 receptions, and you have to think that’s going to continue this week. That alone is going to keep him on fantasy radars, but the fact that he draws a Saints defense that’s allowed sixth most points per week to opposing wide receivers (443 yards and 4 TD) and it’s an opportunity you can’t pass up.
Sit – John Ross (CIN, at BUF)
Ross has garnered a lot of attention after a monster start to the season:
- Week 1 (at SEA) – 7 receptions for 158 yards and 2 TD
- Week 2 (vs. SF) – 4 receptions for 112 yards and 1 TD
Obviously he’s been a big play threat, with his touchdowns going for 33, 55 and 66 yards. While the opponents have likely played a role, the Bills have allowed just two passing plays of 20+ yards and none of 40+ yards this season. Throw in the potential for Tyler Boyd to be the better option for the Bengals and Ross becomes a tough play (though he’s worth considering as a WR3).
Start – Allen Robinson (CHI, at WAS)
While he is only a borderline WR2, as a WR3 he’s a must start despite coming off a poor Week 2 (4 receptions for 41 yards) and having failed to catch a TD. One of the biggest things for wide receivers is opportunity, and that’s something Robinson has had consistently:
- Week 1 – 13 targets
- Week 2 – 7 targets
Those 20 targets puts him in a tie for 11th in the league, and against a defense that’s been torched for the most points per week allowed to wide receivers (424 yards and 5 TD) that’s key. For as much as you may want to complain about Mitch Trubisky, this is an opportunity you don’t want to let pass you by.
Sit – Jarvis Landry (CLE, vs. LAR)
Landry has been targeted 7 times in each of the first two games, though he’s managed just 7 receptions and 99 yards. The addition of Odell Beckham has clearly sent Landry into a secondary role in an offense that’ll also feature Nick Chubb. That’s a tough spot, especially since the matchup isn’t ideal. The Rams have allowed the second fewest points per week to wide receivers, and as a possession receiver that’s a poor spot to be in.
Others to Start:
- Mike Evans (TB, vs. NYG) – While Chris Godwin is the better play in Week 3, Evans also has far too much upside to ignore as a WR2. The Giants have allowed 550 receiving yards to WR over the first two weeks, so there should be more than enough chances to go around.
- Larry Fitzgerald (ARI, vs. CAR) – He just keeps on producing, despite everyone expecting him to take a backseat to Christian Kirk and others. Fitzgerald has been targeted 24 times in the first two weeks, eclipsing 100 yards in each contest, as he helps give a steady presence for Kyler Murray. That’s not likely to change.
Others to Sit:
- Stefon Diggs (MIN, vs. OAK) – He was supposed to be a potential WR1 on a weekly basis, but in a run first offense and sharing the chances with Adam Thielen it’s impossible to consider him more than a WR3. In deeper formats we’d continue to use him, but in two-receiver leagues the risk outweighs the reward.
- Josh Gordon (NE, vs. NYJ) – We can point towards the addition of Antonio Brown as Gordon’s downfall, but if it wasn’t for a TD he likely would’ve been viewed as a disappointment in Week 1 (he was only targeted 4 times). Through two weeks he’s been targeted 9 times and is far too big of a boom or bust to trust, even in a favorable matchup.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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