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Slant Pattern: Week 3

Is this the week CeeDee Lamb breaks out? Which Bills WR should you start? @tristancook_ breaks it all down in this week’s ‘Slant Pattern’

Hey Nerds! The DynastyNerds writers are here to provide you with weekly starts and sits. We will be making our recommendations based on weekly consensus PPR rankings from FantasyPros. Here is our squad and the position groups they will be covering to help you each week. Follow us, friend us, tweet us. We look forward to hearing from you!

One thing to keep in mind when making your start/sit decisions, it will ALWAYS depend on who your other options are. The players listed below are WRs that I expect to finish above/below their respective rankings. But, it doesn’t mean you need to take them out of (or put them into) your lineup unless your alternatives are worth it.

NOTE: Rankings are based on a 12-team PPR league. So, saying WR2 means top 24, or TE1 means top 12, etc. and are pulled from Fantasy Pros consensus expert rankings.

RECAP

Week 2 was a decent week for my start/sit calls. I went 3/5 with one injury that was not counted. The starts of Edelman and Metcalf paid off quite well. Unfortunately, the misses were rather large. Emmanuel Sanders was a start but did next to nothing. And, Calvin Ridley proved me wrong again and posted a week good enough to be WR1. Let’s do better this week.

START

Julian Edelman VS LV – WR 23

Credit: John Froschauer | AP Photo

Week 2 | WR 3 | FPts: 25.9 | Tgts: 11 | Rec: 8 | Yds: 179 | TDs: 0

I am once again back on the Jules train in week 3. After posting a career-high in yards against the porous Seahawks defense last week, I think it’s safe to say that Julian Edelman will once again be an underrated dynasty asset.

Edelman has quickly become one of Cam Newton’s favorite targets. He has 18 targets through the first two games, which accounts for a 28.6% target share. The Raiders played well on Monday night, but their defense doesn’t give me any reason to worry about Edelman. I can’t think of a scenario where I don’t want him in my lineup. 

John Brown VS LAR – WR 34

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Week 2 | WR 13 | FPts: 18.2 | Tgts: 6 | Rec: 4 | Yds: 82 | TDs: 1

My next start is John Brown. This is largely due to the ‘Jalen Ramsey effect.’ Ramsey should spend most of the day following Stefon Diggs around the field, and that leaves John Brown as the main target for Josh Allen and this Bills offense.

Brown was on the injury report, so that is something to monitor, but I expect Josh Allen to look his way early and often. The Bills may still target Diggs with regularity, but I think the success they will have is against any Rams DB not named Jalen Ramsey. I’m using John Brown in several leagues this week.

CeeDee Lamb @ SEA – WR 28

Credit: Vernon Bryant || Dallas News

Week 2 | WR 18 | FPts: 17.5 | Tgts: 9 | Rec: 6 | Yds: 106 | TDs: 0

My final start this week is Cowboys rookie CeeDee Lamb. I strongly considered listing all of the Cowboys WRs as ‘starts’ this week solely because of the matchup, but I settled on Lamb because you’re probably already starting Amari Cooper. And, Michael Gallup hasn’t quite been as involved as I’d like, so my confidence in him isn’t quite as high.

The Seahawks have allowed an absurd 415.5 yards per game through the air so far in 2020. That is bound to come down as the season progresses, but the takeaway is that their secondary is far from the “Legion of Boom” that was so dominant.

I don’t know that we will see a game script for the Cowboys like we saw last week against the Falcons, but there is a good chance that Dak will be called on to throw with regularity, and CeeDee should be a huge beneficiary of that.

SIT

Stefon Diggs VS LAR – WR 19

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Week 2 | WR 2 | FPts: 29.3 | Tgts: 13 | Rec: 8 | Yds: 153 | TDs: 1

My first sit this week probably comes as no surprise. I am worried about Diggs going up against Jalen Ramsey. Moreso, I am worried about Josh Allen being able to get the ball to Diggs in a matchup that will likely only provide a handful of opportunities. 

It’s certainly possible that Diggs could end up with a TD, or the Bills could move him around to get Ramsey off of him, but I don’t like the idea of hoping for that to get my fantasy points. I would be looking elsewhere this week—notably, the aforementioned John Brown.

Emmanuel Sanders VS GB – WR 34

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Week 2 | WR 111 | FPts: 2.8 | Tgts: 3 | Rec: 1 | Yds: 18 | TDs: 0

Next, I am staying away from Emmanuel Sanders. He was one of the players I was totally wrong on last week. In the absence of Michael Thomas, I expected Emmanuel Sanders to see a heavy target share. Oof was I wrong.

Sanders saw only three targets, and his only reception came on the last-minute drive with the game out of question. It’s certainly possible that this week he will be more involved, but I don’t see how you can trust him after what we saw on Monday night. Fortunately, you likely have other options, but stay away from Sanders.

Will Fuller @ PIT – WR 26

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Week 2 | WR 126 | FPts: 0.0 | Tgts: 0 | Rec: 0 | Yds: 0 | TDs: 0

My final ‘sit’ this week is Will Fuller. I don’t have any questions about his talent, and frankly, I never have. I also don’t have any concerns about his matchup, target share, or QB. This is solely because I have no faith in Will Fuller’s health.

There is a very frequently used quote that may never be more applicable than it is to Fuller. “Your best ability is your availability.” And, unfortunately for Fuller, he’s struggled to stay on the field in his career. It looks like he’s trending in the right direction for playing this week, but even if he gets a clean bill of health before kickoff this week, I don’t feel confident that he will stay in the game.

If you have Fuller on your team, you probably are accustomed to having a Fuller contingency plan. With all the injuries at the WR position, you may be forced to play someone like Fuller, but I’m avoiding it if possible.

That’s it for week 3, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (@tristancook_) if you have any specific questions for who I would start. There are also weekly office hours in the Facebook group on Sunday mornings before the early games kick-off. There are a handful of writers that will answer all the questions posted to the thread, so you are usually able to get a few different takes on your situation. Make sure to come back next week to see how these picks turned out. Good luck!

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