Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (Week 2): Courtland Sutton, Joshua Kelley, Darrius Slayton & 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:

Courtland Sutton – Wide Receiver – Denver Broncos

After missing Week 1 it appears Sutton has a chance to play today against Pittsburgh:

Of course against one of the best defenses in the NFL and with the potential to be limited, is Sutton a player you want to trust? Even if he plays he’ll be risky, though the Giants’ Darius Slayton showed that you can be productive in this matchup.

It all depends on your alternatives, but he’s more WR3 than must use.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em (playable as a WR3, though there’s risk)

Josh Kelley – Running Back – Los Angeles Chargers

Kelley assumed part of the Chargers timeshare in Week 1, taking 12 carries for 60 yards and 1 TD. It appears he’s going to take on a similar role this week for Los Angeles:

While the matchup with the Chiefs could turn into a high-scoring affair, Kansas City did allow 91 rushing yards in Week 1 and the Chargers could try to control the time of possession to keep the ball out of Patrick Mahomes’ hands. Kelley isn’t the top option for LA and gameflow could cost him, so figure him as more of a FLEX play.

Verdict – Startable FLEX

Darius Slayton – Wide Receiver – New York Giants

You could easily argue that Slayton was the Giants’ best offensive weapon in Week 1, with 6 catches for 102 yards and 2 TD. However Week 2 is likely to be a different story:

The return of Tate means more competition for targets, plus you have to figure that Saquan Barkley will be a much bigger part of the offense in a far easier matchup. Slayton could still be the Giants’ best receiver this week and he’s clearly a viable option, but keep the expectations in check.

Verdict – Start ‘Em

Emmanuel Sanders – Wide Receiver – New Orleans Saints

With Michael Thomas ruled out already, both Sanders and TE Jared Cook should see an uptick in targets. Cook is already a usable tight end (he had 5 catches for 80 yards in Week 1), though Sanders is coming off a disappointing performance as he turned 5 targets into 3 catches, 15 yards and 1 TD. There should be even more opportunity than that this week, and he also should be in a good spot to produce.

The Las Vegas Raiders allowed the seventh most points to opposing wide receivers in Week 1, with Robby Anderson leading the way (6 receptions, 114 yards, 1 TD). Look for Sanders to post a solid performance, putting him on the WR2 spectrum.

Verdict – Start ‘Em

Scotty Miller – Wide Receiver – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With Chris Godwin ruled out, Miller has become a hot name for fantasy owners. Can we really expect a productive performance, however? It’s hard to envision his workload increasing dramatically, as we know that it’s Mike Evans who should step up and get a bigger role. Just look at the targets from a week ago:

  • Chris Godwin – 7 targets
  • Scotty Miller – 6 targets
  • Mike Evans – 4 targets

Seeing Miller in the 6-8 range would make sense, and his ceiling likely around the 5 catches and 73 yards he posted in Week 1. That’s not awfully exciting against the Panthers defense. He’s usable as a WR3, but not a must use.

Verdict – Borderline WR3, but better as a Sit ‘Em

Mohamed Sanu – Wide Receiver – San Francisco 49ers

No San Francisco wide receiver was targeted more than 5 times in Week 1, but George Kittle is already ruled out and they draw a Jets’ defense that allowed the third most points to opposing wide receivers. That makes for a good situation, though this news makes for a crowded receiving rotation:

San Francisco could see Sanu, Aiyuk, Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor and maybe even Dante Pettis all get targets in the passing game. That makes for a convoluted committee, and one to avoid if possible. Sanu is the best bet, but the risk outweighs the reward.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em

Zach Pascal – Wide Receiver – Indianapolis Colts

Both Pascal and Michael Pittman were slapped with questionable tags, though they have different outlooks for today:

Pascal practiced in full on Friday, so it would appear that he’ll play with no real restrictions. That said he only had 3 targets in Week 1, as Parris Campbell and T.Y. Hilton will lead the receiving corps and Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Taylor will play significant roles out of the backfield.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em

Sources –, ESPN

Make sure to check out all of our Week 2 rankings:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends



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