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Slant Pattern: WR Start/Sit – Week 10

Bounce-back game for Mike Evans? Which 2 rookie WRs can you trust? @tristancook_ is here with the Week 10 WR start/sit recommendations!

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 9 was rough. There’s really no other way to look at it. I only ‘hit’ on one pick, and the misses I had were bad. But, the important thing to consider here is how we can bounce back. This is a new week, and as playoffs approach, it’s time to focus on getting these picks right, so let’s get to it.

START

Tee Higgins @ PIT – WR 32

Credit: AP Photo | Emilee Chinn

Week 9 | WR n/a | FPts: n/a | Tgts: n/a | Rec: n/a | Yds: n/a | TDs: n/a

My first ‘start’ for Week 10 is Tee Higgins. Joe Burrow and this Bengals offense haven’t exactly put up tons of points, but they have successfully moved the ball and racking up the yardage. Burrow is averaging nearly 300 passing yards per game and has made a solid connection with his rookie WR. After a bit of a slow start, Higgins has come on and has proven he has a high floor every week.

This week the Bengals are facing off against a tough Pittsburgh defense, but I am not concerned about Higgins producing. Cincinnati’s ineffectiveness at running the ball this year has only led to Joe Burrow throwing the ball early and often. He is on pace for over 600 passing attempts this year and more than 4,500 yards. The TDs will come, but I feel confident in Higgins as close to a matchup-proof WR start.

JuJu Smith-Schuster VS CIN – WR 21

Credit: Peter Diana | Post-Gazette

Week 9 | WR 13 | FPts: 21.3 | Tgts: 7 | Rec: 6 | Yds: 91 | TDs: 1

Next, in that same PIT/CIN game, I have a Steelers’ WR that seems to be getting overlooked as a ‘start.’ Yes, JuJu is my second ‘start’ of week 10. He seems to continually be viewed in a negative light, despite having a pretty strong season so far. The emergence of Chase Claypool and the continued development of Diontae Johnson have caused some people to forget about JuJu.

I have been conductor of the ‘always start JuJu’ train for several weeks now, and while I got some heat for my recommendations, he’s easily the most consistent option on the Pittsburgh offense. He may not have the elite production numbers we saw in 2018, but he’s still very involved.

This week, the Steelers face off with the Bengals, who have struggled against opponents’ passing attacks. Since his disappointing game in Week 6, JuJu has 29 targets and is coming off a strong Week 9 performance where he went for 6/93/1. Big Ben is once again looking his way regularly, and you should feel good about getting him in your lineup.

Jerry Jeudy @ LV – WR 25

Credit: Isaiah J. Downing | USA TODAY Sports

Week 9 | WR 8 | FPts: 25.5 | Tgts: 14 | Rec: 7 | Yds: 125 | TDs: 1

Moving on, my next ‘start’ this week is another rookie. I am getting Jerry Jeudy in my lineup if he’s on my roster. The Broncos have had a disappointing season, but one of the bright spots has been WR Jerry Jeudy. Jeudy is coming off a big game against a bad Falcons secondary and gets a Raiders secondary that hasn’t been much better. I expect Drew Lock to once again look his way frequently, so you should feel good about having him in your lineup.

Mike Evans @ CAR – WR 23

Credit: Melina Vastola | USA TODAY Sports

Week 9 | WR 46 | FPts: 10.4 | Tgts: 6 | Rec: 4 | Yds: 64 | TDs: 0

My final ‘start’ of week 10 is Mike Evans. It feels a little bit crazy to see Evans ranked this low in weekly rankings, but I can understand the concern. The Bucs looked terrible in primetime against the Saints, and in a game where Tampa Bay set the record for the fewest rushing attempts, Mike Evans still had pedestrian numbers. 

I expect that to turn around in a big way this week against the Panthers. Part of this is a gut call, but it would make sense to see the Buccaneers bounce back in a big way after getting thoroughly embarrassed on SNF. One of the things I try to live by is ‘start your studs,’ and I think Evans still falls in that category.

SIT

DJ Chark @ GB – WR 17

Credit: Doug Murray | AP 2018

Week 9 | WR 5 | FPts: 27.6 | Tgts: 12 | Rec: 7 | Yds: 146 | TDs: 1

My first ‘sit’ this week is the same player that hurt me the most last week, DJ Chark. I was worried about former Oregon State QB Jake Luton being able to effectively get the ball to Chark. I was wrong. And, even though he just showed that he could do it, I’m still going to be hesitant about putting Chark in my lineup this week. If Jaire Alexander misses this game for GB, it does make me feel a little bit better about Chark’s potential, but I’m concerned. It will obviously depend on your other options at WR, but going on the road to GB with a 6th round rookie QB making his 2nd ever start worries me. I don’t expect Chark to hit his WR 17 ranking.

Adam Thielen @ CHI – WR 12

Adam Thielen Minnesota Vikings
Credit: Minnesota Vikings

Week 9 | WR 75 | FPts: 5.8 | Tgts: 5 | Rec: 2 | Yds: 38 | TDs: 0

My other ‘sit’ for this week is Adam Thielen. The concern I have for Thielen is two-fold. First, the Chicago Bears have a strong pass defense, as they rank 7th in yards allowed per game. The second reason is that the Vikings are HEAVILY leaning on Dalvin Cook. They just haven’t been throwing the ball very much. They are at their best when Cook is being fed the ball, and Kirk Cousins pass attempts are limited. I don’t feel confident enough that Thielen will get enough opportunities to produce. This game feels like a low-scoring slugfest, and I don’t think Thielen will get close to his WR 12 ranking.

That’s it for week 10, 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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