Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2019): Wide Receiver Edition: Week 8: Corey Davis, John Brown, Kenny Golladay & 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 – Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions (vs. NYG)

Golladay is coming off a terrible afternoon, getting targeted just twice and turning them into 1 catch and 21 yards. Prior to that he had at least 8 targets in each of the first five games, including a pair of days with at least 117 yards and scoring 4 TD in the first four games.

We all know the Giants secondary has been a complete disaster this season:

  • Receiving Yards – 1,323 yards (fourth most)
  • Receiving TD – 8 TD

As the team’s clear top receiver and after receiving a meager number of opportunities (they went to Marvin Jones instead), looking for Golladay to explode with a big bounce back performance.

Sit – D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers (at SF)

Only the New England Patriots have allowed fewer points per week than the San Francisco 49ers, who have allowed a league low 681 receiving yards (but 4 TD). That’s going to make any opposing receiver a risky start, but when you look at the home/road split for Moore it gets magnified a little bit more:

  • Home – 10.5 targets/game
  • Road – 3.5 targets/game

The Panthers have only played two games on the road this season, but Christian McCaffrey has averaged 25.5 carries/game in them (while adding 13 receptions). That only further devalues Moore, who is nothing more than a desperation WR3.

Start – John Brown – Buffalo Bills (vs. PHI)

Brown has been consistent all season long, only once having fewer than 5 catches (and he had 4 in that game) and never coming in lower than 51 yards. While he hasn’t topped 83 yards since Week 1 and only scored 1 TD since then (and that came in Week 7), the matchup with Philadelphia is highly favorable:

  • Receptions – 92 (tied for fifth most in the league)
  • Yards – 1,383 (most in the league)
  • TD – 11 (tied for most in the league)

Just to add to it, the Eagles have allowed 8 passing plays of at least 40 yards, so it’s easy to envision Brown going off this week.

Sit – Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles (at BUF)

The Eagles offense is in disarray, and while we want to believe that they’ll turn it around is it really a given? The Bills have allowed the sixth fewest points per week to opposing wide receivers, including just 2 TD. While Jeffrey has had a decent day here or there, he’s had 52 yards or fewer in four of five games (and the one time he was above that he posted 76 yards).

There’s been a lack of production and it’s a difficult matchup. Does that sound like an ideal situation to try and invest in?

More Wide Receivers to Start:

  • Corey Davis (TEN vs. TB) – We want to trust Davis? Really?! With Ryan Tannehill under center in Week 7 he racked up 6 catches, 80 yards and 1 TD, and now draws a Buccaneers’ defense that’s allowing the second most points per week to opposing WR.
  • Allen Robinson (CHI vs. LAC) – Over his past two games Robinson has 17 catches, 184 yards and 3 TD, so he’s clearly rolling and the matchup with the Chargers isn’t one that will convince you to sit him. He’s had 7+ targets in all seven games, as well as 7+ receptions and 77+ yards in three straight. He’s not a Top 15 option, but he’s a solid WR2.

More Wide Receivers to Sit:

  • Mike Williams (LAC at CHI) – The Bears have allowed the eighth fewest points per week to opposing WR, including just 3 TD. Considering Williams has yet to find the end zone, plus the fact that LA could focus on running the football and utilizing the duo of Austin Ekeler and Melvin Gordon (not to mention the presence of Keenan Allen & Hunter Henry), Williams is impossible to trust.
  • Brandin Cooks (LAR vs. CIN) – Maybe this is the week Cooks finally figures it out? Sure he had 59 yards last week, but keep in mind that he’s totaled 8 catches and 106 yards over the past three games. With multiple other options there’s far more downside than upside, leaving him as nothing more than a potential WR3 (but even then he’s not a must start).

Sources – ESPN,

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  1. Hey Professor! 14 Team, 1/2 PPR.

    Assuming the best starts at WR Mike Evans and Golden Tate, RB Leonard Fournette and Nick Chubb, who would you flex of Corey Davis, Calvin Ridley, Jamaal Williams or Ronald Jones II?

  2. Hey Professor:
    Standard:Start two:Winston, Minshew or Carr
    Standard:Start two:Edmonds, Ty Johnson or Phillip Lindsay
    Standard:Larry Fitzgerald or OdeLL Beckham

    • Standard:Start two:Winston, Minshew or Carr — Minshew/Carr
      Standard:Start two:Edmonds, Ty Johnson or Phillip Lindsay — Edmonds/Johnson
      Standard:Larry Fitzgerald or OdeLL Beckham — Beckham

  3. Soooo with Matt Ryan out, do I still start Julio or put him on the bench and play T.Y. Hilton? (Michael Thomas is my other WR, and I’ve got Sutton in flex. 1/2PPR)

  4. Hi, Prof. Is it time to give up on Sterling Shepard? Should I drop him? I’m in a very deep, 14-team league, with 0.5 PPR. Can’t afford to have a non usable player on my bench for long. Wonder what his outlook will be in any case, even if he returns next week? Your views? Thanks.

    • In a 14-team league I wouldn’t pull the plug quite yet. The Giants are being cautious, which makes sense, but he should be back and make an impact


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