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. Minnesota
It’s easy to be frustrated with Lockett, after he failed to produce against the Dolphins in Week 4 (2 catches for 39 yards). However let’s not forget that he was targeted at least 8 times in each of the first three weeks, including a 3 TD explosion against the Cowboys in Week 3, and draws a Minnesota defense that’s allowed the fourth most points per week to opposing wide receivers.
DK Metcalf is going to get the attention, as he’s exceeded 90 yards in all four games this season, but look for a bounce back performance from Lockett. Keep him active in all formats.
Sit – Robert Woods (LAR) at Washington
Sitting Woods really depends on your alternatives, and if your league starts three wide receivers it’ll be hard to have him on your bench. However Washington has allowed the second fewest points per week to opposing wide receivers, including just 1 TD. That alone makes him difficult to trust, but then you have to wonder how many chances Woods will get. Just look at the targets over the past two weeks:
- Cooper Kupp – 17
- Robert Woods – 13
- Josh Reynolds – 9
While Woods was targeted 8 times in Week 1, he hasn’t matched that since. That’s going to make him a tough sell as anything more than a WR3.
Start – Justin Jefferson (MIN) at Seattle
The Seahawks have been abysmal against opposing passing offenses, allowing 1,345 yards to wide receivers. That’s 500 yards more than any other team (the Browns have allowed 845), and with Jamal Adams sidelined it’s hard to envision a sudden improvement.
While all eyes will fall on Adam Thielen, and he’s an obvious WR1, Jefferson has posted back-to-back big days himself:
- Week 3 (vs. Ten) – 7 catches for 175 yards and 1 TD
- Week 4 (at Hou) – 4 catches for 103 yards
He’s averaged 7 targets per game over these two and should be viewed as a solid WR2 in all formats.
Sit – Jamison Crowder (NYJ) vs. Arizona
Crowder is going to get his opportunities, as the top receiver in an abysmal offense, but there are a lot of factors working against him:
- Joe Flacco will be starting at QB, with Sam Darnold sidelined
- Arizona has allowed the third fewest points per week to opposing wide receivers (and with few alternatives, they can focus on stopping Crowder)
- Le’Veon Bell could return, allowing the Jets to try and take a run first approach
Using Crowder as a WR3 isn’t crazy, but he’s hard to trust even in that role.
Start – Darius Slayton (NYG) at Dallas
Slayton is more of a WR3, but is it unthinkable to utilize him as a WR2 this week against a Swiss cheese Dallas defense that’s allowed a league high 9 TD to opposing wide receivers? Obviously Daniel Jones and company have had a tough time finding the end zone, but Slayton has consistently gotten opportunities with 6+ targets in all four games.
Opportunity is one of the most important things to look for, and Slayton will get it against a porous defense. That’s a perfect combination to try and expose, especially for a team that seemingly lacks a viable rushing attack.
Sit – D.J. Moore (CAR) at Atlanta
The matchup isn’t a bad one, the problem is whether or not Moore will get an opportunity to exploit it. The fact is that Teddy Bridgewater has shown a better rapport with Robbie Anderson this season:
- Robbie Anderson – 28 catches for 377 yards and 1 TD
- D.J. Moore – 18 catches for 288 yards
In the past two games Moore has been targeted 10 times, after getting 22 targets over the first two weeks, and has had 65 yards or fewer in three of four weeks. Use him as a WR3, but not more than that.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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