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 – Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys vs. PHI
Regardless of if Amari Cooper plays or not, Gallup belongs on your radar as an option to use. With Cooper battling a quad injury and his availability in serious doubt, Gallup looks like that much better of an option. When healthy Gallup has been highly utilized, averaging 9 targets per game (at least 7 each game), and if Cooper does sit or is used more as a decoy that usage should only increase.
The Eagles have allowed the most points per week to opposing wide receivers including a league high 11 TD (and the third most yards, with 1,214). With a pair of 100+ yard games, even when operating more as the number two, that matchup screams as one to exploit assuming he’s utilized as the top option.
Sit – Terry McLaurin (Washington Redskins vs. SF)
The rookie has been Washington’s best offensive weapon this season, scoring 5 TD and being targeted at least 7 times per week. Despite the quarterback issues the team has had he’s been a constant, though he was silenced by New England a few weeks ago (3 receptions for 51 yards) and faces a similarly tough test this week against the 49ers. Just look at some of these numbers:
- Receiving Yards – 635 (fewest in the NFL)
- 20+ Yard Receptions – 10 (tied for fewest in the league)
- 40+ Yard Receptions – 3
McLaurin faces a stiff test and will be a TD dependent WR3, at best, for an offense that could become more run based. In other words he’s not completely unusable, but you’d be better off identifying a safer alternative.
Start – Kenny Golladay (Detroit Lions vs. MIN)
It’s been a roller-coaster ride for Golladay this season, as he’s battled some inefficiency en route to some good and bad performances. Overall he’s turned 45 targets into just 24 receptions (53.3%), though he remains a significant part of the team’s offense (8+ targets per game) and he’s posted back-to-back strong performances:
- vs. KC – 5 receptions, 67 yards & 2 TD
- at GB – 5 receptions, 121 yards
Minnesota has been middle of the pack overall against opposing wide receivers, though according to NFL.com “Minnesota has actually given up five touchdowns and the sixth-most fantasy points to receivers who line up wide, which is where Golladay has run 82.7 percent of his routes”. Utilize him in all formats.
Sit – Mike Williams (Los Angeles Chargers at TEN)
Williams has been targeted 23 times over the past two weeks, but he hasn’t done much with it (11 receptions, 146 yards, 0 TD). Considering the wealth of other options, does anyone really believe that he’s going to continue to see this type of workload? Just think about who the team has, across it’s skill positions:
- Keenan Allen
- Hunter Henry
- Austin Ekeler
- Melvin Gordon
All of those players could see significant opportunities, both running the football or catching it. With insecurities in his workload and a matchup that isn’t all that favorable (Tennessee is in the bottom ten in terms of points per work allowed to opposing wide receivers), Williams is better to be ignored.
Other wide receivers to start:
- Larry Fitzgerald (ARI at NYG) – If Christian Kirk plays maybe there’s a little bit of a change, but the Giants have continually struggled against opposing wide receivers (fourth most points allowed). After a big start Fitzgerald hasn’t posted big days recently (69 yards or fewer in four straight games), but as a WR2 there’s a good chance he bucks that trend.
- John Brown (BUF vs. MIA) – Miami is not a good football team, that’s obviously no secret. Brown has had at least 50 yards each week, with 69+ in four of five. A big play threat, Miami has allowed 21 passing plays of at least 20 yards and there’s a good chance that Brown further exploits that.
Other wide receivers to sit:
- Robby Anderson (NYJ vs. NE) – While the Jets offense looked good in Week 6, thanks to the return of Sam Darnold, is anyone really banking on that continuing against the Patriots? New England is among the elite defenses in the game and it’s impossible to anticipate any non-elite offensive weapon making an impact. Is anyone really going to confuse Anderson with an elite?
- Corey Davis (TEN vs. LAC) – The Chargers have allowed the sixth fewest points per week to opposing wide receivers as it is, and with the Titans making a change at quarterback is it possible that they take a run heavy approach? Davis has 3 receptions or less, as well as 44 yards or less, in four of five games so with the questions he’s completely unusable.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
Make sure to check out all of our Week 7 rankings: