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Slant Pattern: WR Start/Sit – Week 10

Diontae Johnson or Allen Lazard! @THEtristancook breaks down the WR Start/Sit options in Slant Pattern – Week 10!

Hello and welcome back, Nerds! The Dynasty Nerds writers are here to provide you with weekly starts and sits. I will be doing the WR starts and sits for the 2022 season! We, as a group, 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, DM, and Tweet us.

We look forward to hearing from you!

QB: Jason Snyder (@Spydes78) – Changing the Call

RB: Jake Oliver (@DarthDbacks) – The Cutback

WR: Tristan Cook (@THEtristancook) – Slant Pattern

TE: Ethan Wyatt (@ethanAwyatt) – 12 Formation

FLEX: Evan Brown (@FFEVanlution) – Flex on ‘Em

IDP: Jon Glosser (@Glosser13) – IDP Start/Sit

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 wide receivers 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 9 was the best week of the year so far for me. I hit on five of my six calls. The only player I “missed” on was Romeo Doubs, who was injured early in the game against the Lions. I don’t consider injured players as ‘hits’ or ‘misses’ regardless of if they were a ‘start’ or ‘sit’ for the week.

My best call for Week 9 was to ‘start’ Garrett Wilson. He came in as the 33rd-ranked wide receiver and finished as WR11. But, as I mentioned, all of my calls were successful. Rondale Moore and JuJu Smith-Schuster were both ‘starts’ and finished as WR16 and WR8, respectively. My two ‘sits’ for Week 9 were Gabe Davis and Allen Robinson. Both players finished outside of the top 40 wide receivers. Let’s try to repeat that this week.

START

Courtland Sutton @ TEN – WR 34 and Jerry Jeudy @ TEN – WR 26

Week 9 Stats | WR 0 | FPts: 0 | Tgts: 0 | Rec: 0 | Yds: 0 | TDs: 0

My first two ‘starts’ for Week 10 are both Denver Broncos’ receivers. The reasoning behind my confidence is pretty simple. The Broncos are coming off their BYE week, which hopefully means their offense is more in sync. And, The Titans have the second-worst pass defense in the NFL. Not to mention, Tennessee has ruled out several of the best defensive players for this game. Furthermore, the Broncos’ rushing game hasn’t been good all year, and Tennessee has the second-toughest run defense in the league. Fire up your Denver players this week.  

Allen Lazard vs DAL – WR 24

Week 9 Stats | WR 9 | FPts: 18.7 | Tgts: 10 | Rec: 4 | Yds: 87 | TDs: 1

My next ‘start’ this week is Allen Lazard. This call is pretty straightforward for me. The Green Bay offense is struggling mightily, but the one bright spot has been Allen Lazard. He is currently ranked 28th among receivers despite missing two games. Lazard has been basically the only wide receiver that Aaron Rodgers has been able to count on, and now after the injury to rookie Romeo Doubs, he’s the only healthy option. Dallas does have a strong secondary, but I’m firing up Allen Lazard this week with confidence.

DeVonta Smith vs WAS – WR 28

Week 9 Stats | WR 54 | FPts: 4.2 | Tgts: 2 | Rec: 2 | Yds: 22 | TDs: 0

DeVonta Smith is my final ‘start’ for Week 10. So far, he has been pretty hit or miss this year, so there is some risk. However, I am confident in DeVonta Smith and the Eagles’ offense. The Commanders have a much better run defense than pass defense, so I expect Philadelphia to succeed through the air. I also expect to see Washington try to slow down AJ Brown, who has been on a tear of late. Last week’s two-target performance was simply a down week, as he had 24 targets over the previous three games. I’m playing DeVonta against Washington.

SIT

Gabe Davis vs MIN – WR 30

Week 9 Stats | WR 45 | FPts: 5.3 | Tgts: 5 | Rec: 2 | Yds: 33 | TDs: 0

If you’ve been following along with these articles, you probably aren’t surprised to see Gabe Davis on my ‘sit’ list. In fact, this is his third week in a row as a ‘sit.’ My reasoning for pessimism has been consistent. Gabe Davis hasn’t been targeted anywhere near enough for me to feel confident in starting him every week. There are certainly weeks in which he will put up start-worthy numbers, but I’d rather have those weeks on my bench than 2/30/0 in my starting lineup.

Plus, if that isn’t enough, there’s a real chance that Josh Allen will miss this game. I don’t want to be counting on Gabe Davis with Case Keenum throwing the ball. I am once again out on Davis this week.

Diontae Johnson vs NO – WR 22

Week 9 Stats | WR 0 | FPts: 0 | Tgts: 0 | Rec: 0 | Yds: 0 | TDs: 0

Diontae Johnson is my final ‘sit’ for this week. The Steelers face off against the Saints this week, who have a solid pass defense. It does look like there’s a good chance that the Saints’ top corner, Marshon Lattimore, will miss this game. So if that happens, there’s a little more hope for Diontae. However, I am looking elsewhere at wide receiver if I have viable options.

The Steelers haven’t looked good on offense all year, but since Kenny Pickett has taken over, Diontae has dropped to an even lower level of production. Diontae has 176 yards receiving in the five games with Pickett. That’s an average of just over 35 yards receiving per game. Unfortunately, it may be time to bench Diontae until further notice because his upside is pretty non-existent.

That’s it for Week 10. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (@THEtristancook) if you have any specific questions about who I would start. 

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