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 – Terry McLaurin (WAS) – vs. Dallas
The Dallas defense has been bad against opposing wide receivers, allowing 1,088 yards and 11 TD (the sixth most points per week to opposing WR). Included in that is a league high in both 20+ yard passes allowed (28) and 40+ yard passes allowed (6).
That should play right into McLaurin’s hands, as he’s delivered 8 receptions of 20+ yards this season (tied for the fourth most in the league). Overall he has 36 catches for 487 yards, and while he’s only scored 1 TD this could be the ideal opportunity to add at least one more. With at least 7 targets in all six games (10+ in three), he’s an easy player to start.
Sit – Robert Woods (LAR) – vs. Chicago
The matchup with Chicago alone makes the Rams’ receivers questionable plays, as they’ve allowed the third fewest points per week to opposing wide receivers (including only 1 TD allowed). The fact that there’s no guarantee that the looks go Woods’ way only adds to the risk, as he has shared the opportunities with Cooper Kupp:
- Cooper Kupp – 45
- Roberts Woods – 41
The fact that Woods has 36 yards or fewer in three of the past five games, along with the matchup, makes it impossible to trust him in two-receiver formats.
Start – Tyler Boyd (CIN) – vs. Cleveland
The Browns have allowed the third most points per week to opposing wide receivers, and Boyd has already taken advantage of them once (7 catches, 72 yards and 1 TD) in 2020. He isn’t alone in the passing game, and that could deter some after the Week 6 performances:
- Tee Higgins – 6 receptions for 125 yards
- A.J. Green – 8 receptions for 96 yards
- Tyler Boyd – 5 receptions for 54 yards
That said Boyd leads the team overall in catches (37), targets (48) and yards (416) and in this matchup should easily be in your lineup.
Sit – Julian Edelman (NE) – vs. San Francisco
Edelman should be the Patriots top receiver, right? Perhaps, but he’s certainly not being used as such. Just look at the numbers he’s posted since his monster performance against the Seahawks (179 yards on 8 catches):
- vs. LV – 2 catches (6 targets) for 23 yards
- at KC – 3 catches (6 targets) for 35 yards
- vs. DEN – 2 catches (6 targets) for 8 yards
That’s a total of 7 catches for 66 yards over three games. He hasn’t scored a TD in ’20, and we have to go back to December 8, 2019 to find his most recent TD. In other words the risk far outweighs the potential reward.
Start – Christian Kirk (ARI) – vs. Seattle
A matchup with the Seahawks is an easy one to try and exploit, as they’ve allowed the most points per week to opposing wide receivers by a wide margin (1,472 yards and 7 TD). While the focus is going to be on DeAndre Hopkins, in this matchup there are going to be more than enough opportunities to go around. As it is Kirk has 164 yards over his past two games, including 2 TD in Week 6.
Sit – Tim Patrick (DEN) – vs. Kansas City
We could’ve put Jerry Jeudy here, but Patrick has simply been the better receiver and Jeudy wasn’t going to be on your radar to start anyways (at least he shouldn’t have been). The Chiefs have allowed the fifth fewest points per week to opposing wide receivers and the Broncos passing game simply hasn’t been very imposing. This is a situation to avoid completely.
Sources – NFL.com, ESPN
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