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:
Kenny Golladay (WR) – Detroit Lions
After missing the first two weeks Golladay returns to face the Cardinals, who have allowed the fewest points per week to opposing WR. It sounds like he’ll be at full strength and we all know the potential upside he brings, so while there is risk in the matchup Golladay is well worth starting on a team that needs help at WR (Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola have led the receiving corps over the first two weeks).
Verdict – Start ‘Em
Julio Jones (WR) – Atlanta Falcons
It doesn’t sound overly encouraging, but Falcons WR Julio Jones – who is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury – is not expected to have his final status decided until 90 minutes before Sunday’s game vs. Chicago. “It’s nip and tuck, up in the air,” one source said.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 27, 2020
At least we’ll have an answer on his status early in the day, but given this rhetoric it’s possible Jones is on a snap count if he does play. Jones’ upside is far too great to leave on your bench, if he plays, but it sounds like owners will be without him this week.
Verdict – Sit ‘Em
Davante Adams (WR) – Green Bay Packers
#Packers WR Davante Adams is listed as doubtful with a very minor hamstring strain, and coach Matt LaFleur said, "We’ll give him the rest of the week to see where he is.” Adams is pushing to play, and GB will give him a chance to prove it. It’s a longshot but he hasn’t given up.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 27, 2020
The fact that Adams doesn’t play until Sunday night makes this decision a little bit more complicated, as the replacement options are limited. If you can grab someone like Tre’Quan Smith (who we’ll discuss later on in this article), you can afford to be a little bit more patient.
That said, even if Adams plays can we expect a full compliment of snaps? The reward is there, but the risk is simply too great.
Verdict – Sit ‘Em (for most)
Corey Davis (WR) – Tennessee Titans
With A.J. Brown ruled out, Davis will operate as the lead receiver though you can argue that he’s behind Jonnu Smith in the pecking order. Obviously the offense is going to run through Derrick Henry, and Davis may also be behind Adam Humphries. Just look at the target breakdown from Week 2:
- Adam Humphries – 6
- Jonnu Smith – 5
- Corey Davis – 5
Davis managed just 3 receptions for 36 yards, though he did score a TD. He does have the advantage of a favorable matchup against the Vikings, who have allowed 405 yards and 5 TD to opposing WR through two weeks. That upside makes him a viable WR3, but there’s bust potential to caps him there.
Verdict – Start ‘Em (as WR3 only)
Tre’Quan Smith (WR) – New Orleans Saints
With Michael Thomas out in Week 3, Smith should once again operate as the lead receiver. He delivered on his opportunity in Week 2, as the second most targeted Saints’ player:
- Alvin Kamara – 9 targets
- Tre’Quan Smith – 7 targets
- Deonte Harris – 5 targets
- Jared Cook – 5 targets
Smith turned the targets into 5 catches and 86 yards. The Packers have allowed 4 TD to opposing wide receivers, one behind the Vikings for the most in the league, making Smith a potential WR3 (though Kamara will continue to be the focus of the offense).
Verdict – Startable as WR3 (though hardly a must start)
Jerry Jeudy (WR) – Denver Broncos
#Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy bruised his ribs in last week’s game and is listed as questionable. Source said he’s expected to play, and he will loom large with Courtland Sutton on IR.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 27, 2020
The Broncos’ offense is littered with injuries, including Sutton and QB Drew Lock. How much will the team lean on Melvin Gordon III, as opposed to the passing game? Jeudy has been targeted 15 times over the first two weeks, though he hasn’t exceeded 4 catches or 62 yards in either game. It’s hard to envision Jeudy getting the bulk of the opportunities, as he’ll share looks with Noah Fant, KJ Hamler and Tim Patrick (among others).
Jeudy is a viable option, but don’t push him too far up your rankings.
Verdict – Start ‘Em
Justin Herbert (QB) – Los Angeles Chargers
With Tyrod Taylor ruled out, Herbert will make his second straight start and have the opportunity to run with he role for the rest of the season. Herbert played well in his debut, throwing for 311 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT against the Chiefs. This week he draws a Carolina defense that’s allowed the second fewest points per week to opposing quarterbacks, including stymying Tom Brady in Week 2 (217 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT).
While Herbert isn’t a completely hands off option, he’s a QB2 and a desperation one at that. This start has more of a long-term impact as opposed to one to try and take advantage of in Week 3.
Verdict – Sit ‘Em (only a desperation QB2)
Hunter Henry (TE) – Los Angeles Chargers
Speaking of the fallout from Herbert starting at QB, while Henry saw a heavy workload for the second straight week he also displayed a good rapport with the rookie. Getting 8 targets he delivered 6 catches for 83 yards. While he was limited early in the week, Henry practiced in full on both Thursday and Friday and should again be a go to receiver for Herbert.
While Henry isn’t quite must start, he’s a very good option depending on your alternative.
Verdict – Start ‘Em
Scotty Miller (WR) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
While Miller had been battling a hip injury, he wasn’t included on the final injury report and will be playing in Week 3. Of course he’s the third receiver, behind Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, so you have to wonder if there’s enough opportunity to go around. Until we learn that, Miller isn’t going to be able to be trusted when everyone is healthy.
Verdict – Sit ‘Em
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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