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Slant Pattern: WR Start/Sit – Week 11

Are any Steelers WRs startable? @THEtristancook tells you why you should get Diontae Johnson and George Pickens out of your starting lineup this week in Slant Pattern!

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

Well, after a very strong Week 9, I followed it up with an underwhelming performance in Week 10. My best call of the week was to ‘sit’ Diontae Johnson. He finished as WR40. My worst calls had Gabe Davis as a ‘sit’ and Allen Lazard as a ‘start.’ Davis had a big game and saw a season-high in targets. Allen Lazard watched the Christian Watson show and only caught three passes. Time to do better this week, so let’s get to it.

START

Darius Slayton vs. DET – WR 35

Week 10 Stats | WR 15 | FPts: 18.5 | Tgts: 4 | Rec: 3 | Yds: 95 | TDs: 1

Darius Slayton is my first ‘start’ for Week 11. He came into the 2022 season as an afterthought. But, due to injuries, the decline of Kenny Golladay, and the departure of Kadarius Toney, Slayton has become a big part of the New York passing offense. In fact, Slayton is the WR25 over his last three games.

New York faces off against Detroit this week, which has allowed the sixth most yards passing per game. With few other options on the field, I expect to see Slayton regularly involved in the passing game and will be starting him with confidence in the leagues where I have him.

Drake London vs CHI – WR 34

Week 10 Stats | WR 24 | FPts: 14.8 | Tgts: 6 | Rec: 5 | Yds: 38 | TDs: 1

Drake London is my second ‘start’ this week. The Atlanta offense has been a bit of a conundrum this season, but I’m rolling the dice a little bit here and going with Drake London. He has been targeted 18 times over the last three weeks, which is good enough for a 22.2% target share. It’s not a massive number, but it is encouraging. Furthermore, London is coming off his best game since Week 3, and I think Atlanta will try to keep getting him the ball. We are in one of the tougher wide receiver BYE weeks, so if you need a wide receiver, I feel good about London this week.

Darnell Mooney @ ATL – WR 24

Week 10 Stats | WR 45 | FPts: 9.7 | Tgts: 4 | Rec: 4 | Yds: 57 | TDs: 0

My final ‘start’ of this week is Darnell Mooney. This is primarily driven by the matchup. The Atlanta Falcons are the worst team in the NFL against the pass, giving up 280.1 yards per game. We are starting to see Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears put it together on offense. They have primarily been attacking on the ground, but Atlanta is much stronger against the run than the pass. Chicago has struggled to protect Fields, but I expect them to get the ball out quickly, which will be to Mooney’s advantage. If you’re struggling because of BYEs, you could do much worse than Darnell Mooney.

SIT

Diontae Johnson vs CIN – WR 22

Week 10 Stats | WR 40 | FPts: 10.3 | Tgts: 5 | Rec: 4 | Yds: 63 | TDs: 0

My first ‘sit’ for Week 11 is a holdover from last week, Diontae Johnson. He had his second-highest single-game yardage total of the season. However, Johnson was targeted only five times, the second-fewest of the 2022 season. The Pittsburgh offense hasn’t looked good, and therefore Diontae Johnson is a FLEX play at best. You may be in a tough spot this week with BYEs, but I am not expecting Johnson to put up big numbers. He hasn’t eclipsed 100 yards all season, and until I see signs of life out of the Steel City, I’m avoiding Diontae if I can.

George Pickens vs CIN – WR 31

Week 10 Stats | WR 26 | FPts: 14.5 | Tgts: 4 | Rec: 3 | Yds: 32 | TDs: 1 (rush)

My other ‘sit’ for Week 11 is George Pickens. He has made a few spectacular catches for Pittsburgh this season, and it seems he has a bright future. However, you won’t catch me putting him into my starting lineup this week. He scored a rushing touchdown from a yard out, but other than that, he had a forgettable day. Pickens has been targeted significantly fewer times than the aforementioned Diontae Johnson. In fact, he only saw seven targets over the last two weeks. Pickens is always a deep play threat, but I’m looking elsewhere this week.

That’s it for Week 11. 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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