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 – Mike Evans (TB) – vs. Carolina
This should seem like an obvious choice, though Evans has struggled with a hamstring injury and only had 1 reception for 4 yards in Week 1. It’s easy to have a knee jerk, negative reaction but that could prove to be a costly mistake. This tweet from Rick Stroud certainly gives the impression that things are going to be different for Evans in Week 2:
Bucs coach Bruce Arians, on his weekly radio show, says they should’ve moved Mike Evans around vs the Saints instead of keeping him outside and lamented only targeting him four times. Says he feels bad if Evans has less than 10 targets in any game. Evans had 1 catch for 4 yards.— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) September 15, 2020
With the talk that his hamstring is improving, look for significantly more opportunities for Evans this week. That makes him a great play, so make sure not to overreact to the poor Week 1 showing.
Sit – Devante Parker (MIA) – vs. Buffalo
Parker injured his hamstring in Week 1, and you have to wonder if that’s going to limit his opportunities. Taking on the Bills, anything at less than 100% is going to give you reason to be skeptical.
That said, if he’s healthy he very well get a lot of opportunities against Buffalo. In their second matchup a year ago Parker turned 10 targets into 7 catches and 135 yards, so we can’t simply say he’s completely hands off. However, the injury does limit him more to being a WR3 and a potential sit depending on your alternatives.
Start – Diontae Johnson (PIT) – vs. Denver
With James Conner banged up, could the Steelers go a little bit more pass heavy this week as opposed to giving Benny Snell a huge workload? In Week 1 they gave Snell 19 carries, so that’s not a given, but it would only add to the case of Johnson. He’s coming off a big day as he and JuJu Smith-Schuster combined for big days against the Giants:
- Smith-Schuster – 6 receptions for 69 yards and 2 TD
- Johnson – 6 receptions for 57 yards
Johnson actually led the team in targets with 10 (Smith-Schuster had 6). Considering that the Broncos allowed Corey Davis to go for 7 catches and 101 yards in Week 1, as a WR3 Johnson is well worth using (while Smith-Schuster is a must start).
Sit – Desean Jackson (PHI) – vs. Los Angeles Rams
The name is going to draw people in, much like it did in Week 1 against the Redskins. However Jackson failed to produce in that one, turning 7 targets into 2 catches and 46 yards. A boom or bust option, would it really be shocking if he “busted” again this week? The Rams weren’t a stellar defense in Week 1 against wide receivers, but the floor is so low that the risk likely isn’t worth the reward (unless you are really short on alternatives, then he could be a worthy WR3).
Start – Julian Edelman (NE) – at Seattle
In Week 1 the Seahawks were torched for a league high 401 receiving yards. We all know that the Patriots don’t offer a receiving corps that comes anywhere close to that of the Falcons, but the Patriots are going to throw the ball and Edelman should once again be the focal point. In Week 1 New England threw the ball just 19 ties, but nearly two-thirds was split between two men:
- Julian Edelman – 7 targets
- N’Keal Henry – 6 targets
Edelman had 10 games last season where he was targeted at least 10 times, and while the offense is going to be different with Cam Newton there’s reason to believe. Don’t let Week 1 change your impression.
Sit – Russell Gage (ATL) – at Dallas
Gage was one of the hottest waiver wire targets this week, after he was targeted a dozen times in Week 1. Of course how many times can we really expect the Falcons to throw the football 54 times? We all know Julio Jones (9 receptions for 157 yards) and Calvin Ridley (9 receptions for 130 yards and 2 TD) are going to be the focal points of the passing game, so when the attempts diminish who do you think is going to take the hit?
Gage is worth owning, just to see what happens, but he’s impossible to trust.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com