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Slant Pattern: WR Start / Sit – Week 11

Which WRs should you play or avoid starting in week 11? @tristancook_ has the answers in this week’s ‘Slant Pattern’

Hello Nerds! The DynastyNerds writers are here once again to provide you with your weekly starts and sits. We will be making our recommendations based on weekly consensus PPR rankings from FantasyPros. Here are the cast and the position groups they will be covering to help you win your week. Follow us, friend us, stalk us, whatever floats your boat!

  • QB: Mike Liu (@MikeMeUpP)
  • RB: Erik Kortz (@ekballer)
  • WR: Tristan Cook (@tristancook_)
  • TE: Mychal Warno (@dynastydadmike)
  • FLEX: Tyler Grzegorek (@tyler_grez)

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.

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Jamison Crowder @ Redskins – WR 26

5/81/1 on 6 targets

My first ‘start’ of week 11 is Jamison Crowder. He’s coming off of back-to-back strong performances and gets to face off against his former team that has a bad secondary. There is no doubt that Jets have underwhelmed this season, but one bright spot has been the performance of off-season FA acquisition Jamison Crowder. He and Sam Darnold have developed nice chemistry together and I expect it to translate to another strong performance in week 11.

Crowder has established that he has a relatively high floor while maintaining the ability to put up big weeks. I try to stay away from the “revenge game” narrative, but I am buying into it a little bit this week. Crowder is a big part of the Jets’ offense and gets an opportunity to stick it to his former team. I am expecting Crowder to continue his success this week, and I’ll feel very confident putting him in my lineups.

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Robert Woods vs Bears – WR 32

7/95/0 on 11 targets

Next, I have Robert Woods as a ‘start’. Like Crowder, Woods had a big day last week, but unlike Crowder, he has been extremely inconsistent fantasy option this year. In 5 of his 9 games, he has caught 5 or more passes and has had at least 70 receiving yards. But, in the other 4 games combined, he has a total of 7 catches for 109 yards. He also has yet to record a receiving TD on the season.

So, if he’s been so inconsistent, why am I calling him a start? There are three reasons. First, the Rams have ruled out Brandin Cooks, so I am expecting another heavy target share for Cooks. Second, the Rams are at home, and Jared Goff is generally better at home than on the road. Finally, the Bears have not been anywhere near as dominant of a defense as they were in 2018. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Woods get into the end zone this week, so make sure you have him in your lineup.

Terry McLaurin vs Jets – WR 21

4/39/0 on 6 targets (week 9)

My final ‘start’ is Terry ‘F1’ McLaurin. I know that there have been many people that are less than enthusiastic about his fantasy outlook after the announcement of Dwayne Haskins being the starter for the remainder of 2019. And, while I agree with that to a certain extent, I am not as reserved about my expectations for week 11.

Terry McLaurin has been the majority of the Redskins passing attack. He is leading the team in receptions, targets, yards, YPC, and TDs. And now, this week he gets the soft Jets passing defense that he should be able to exploit. The Jets are the 3rd worst pass defense in the AFC and while I anticipate a slightly less efficient day for McLaurin, he should still produce good numbers. You should feel comfortable getting him in your lineup.

SIT

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Mohamed Sanu @ Eagles – WR 25

10/81/1 on 14 targets (week 9)

Most of the year I have been recommending to start WRs facing the Eagles, but this week that is going to make a 180-degree shift. My first ‘sit’ is Mohamed Sanu. After his big week against the Ravens in week 9, you would seemingly want to once again insert Sanu into your starting lineup. However, I think there is cause for concern.

First and foremost, there are only a select few names on the Patriots roster that you can trust every week, and Sanu has yet to put his name in that group. But, possibly of even more concern is the impending debut of 2019 1st round draft pick, N’Keal Harry. Assuming Harry indeed suits up for his debut, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Sanu’s role be vastly diminished. Now, with the Patriots it is always possible that he could have another stellar performance, but in such a crucial week, I would be hesitant to start Sanu if you have other good options.

Christian Kirk – WR 28 @ 49ers

6/138/3 on 10 targets

Next, I am sitting Christian Kirk. I know that he is coming off of his best performance of the year, and it might be difficult to sit a player after a week that big. But, the difference between weeks 10 and 11 is the opponent. When he went off against the Bucs, he was facing the league’s worst pass defense, one who on average allows 298.9 yards per game. This week, he squares off against the 49ers defense that is allowing a meager 143.8 passing yards per game.

In his last performance against San Francisco, Kirk only recorded 2 yards for 8 yards. In a week that is as pivotal as week 11, I am going to do whatever I can to avoid having to start Kirk.

Sammy Watkins – WR 34 @ Chargers

5/39/0 on 9 targets

Finally, the last ‘sit’ for week 11 is Sammy Watkins. After he exploded for nearly 200 yards and 3 TDs in week 1, Watkins has failed to score a TD or eclipse 65 yards in any game. While it is fair to say that this year Watkins has been a little more consistent than he has in previous seasons, I am still hesitant.

He has received a big target share in this explosive Chiefs offense but hasn’t done much with those targets. He is the type of player that can turn in a huge game any given week, but I don’t see it happening this week. The Chargers have proven to be a good pass defense in 2019, and while I expect Patrick Mahomes to have a relatively good day, I am going to avoid Watkins.

That’s it for week 8, 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. Good luck this week!

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