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Slant Pattern: WR Start / Sit – Week 12

DK Metcalf? Amari Cooper? Find out who @tristancook_ says you should get in or out of your lineup in week 12!

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.

START

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Jamison Crowder vs Raiders – WR 21

5/76/1 on 8 targets

Like last week, my first ‘start’ of the week is Jamison Crowder. Since the return of Sam Darnold, Crowder has become a steady part of the Jets’ offense. In that span, he has averaged 7 targets, more than 5 receptions and 65 yards per game. Additionally, he has found the end zone in each of his past 3 games.

I am expecting for Crowder to continue his success this week as he now gets to face the lowly Raiders pass defense. Oakland is currently allowing the 2ndmost passing yards per game in the AFC, and I expect the Jets to have success moving the ball against them. Feel comfortable putting Crowder into your lineup this week.

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DK Metcalf @ Eagles – WR 29

6/70/0 on 10 targets (week 10)

Next, I am back on the ‘DK Metcalf should be in your lineup’ train. He has shown that even in difficult games, he can produce useful fantasy numbers. The Seahawks are committed to putting Metcalf in positions where his athletic ability gives him a chance to succeed. He currently sits 8thin the NFL in red-zone targets, and while he has only converted 2 of them into TDs, the opportunities are present. I fully expect Metcalf to improve his red-zone efficiency.

This week’s matchup with the Eagles is certainly not one to be afraid of, as Philly has been a bottom 5 defense against fantasy WRs. We all know that Metcalf has the size and speed to exploit any defense. But, his continually increasing role in the Seahawks’ offense makes him a start in most weeks and an absolute must-start against the Eagles.

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Jarvis Landry vs Dolphins – WR 19

4/43/1 on 7 targets

Moving on, my third ‘start’ this week is Jarvis Landry. Like the aforementioned Jamison Crowder, Landry has been producing well of late. Landry has faced tough matchups over the past 6 weeks including games against the Patriots, 49ers, and Bills. However, he has been able to record at least 5 receptions or 65 yards in each of those matchups. Furthermore, Landry has scored in 3 consecutive weeks.

Now, it would be plenty of justification for calling Landry a ‘start’ to simply point out that he and the Browns are facing the terrible Miami Dolphins team. But, that would be selling the situation short. Let’s not forget that Jarvis spent 4 seasons in South Beach where he racked up massive reception numbers and was a consistent WR1.

As I have previously mentioned, I try to stay away from the “revenge game” narrative. However, if there is a player that I think that narrative is justifiably applied to, Landry would be near the top of the list. His time ended unceremoniously with the Dolphins, and this is his first time facing off with his former team. I am expecting a big week for Jarvis, and so should you.

SIT 

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John Brown vs Broncos – WR 16

9/137/2 on 14 targets

My first ‘sit’ of the week is a tough one for me. John “Smokey” Brown has had a career resurgence since joining the Buffalo Bills. He has proven to be a much more reliable fantasy option this year than I expected. And, in week 4, he was able to put up a respectable 5/69/0 performance against the dominant Patriots defense.

So, if he’s proven to be reliable all season even in a tough matchup, why do I have him as a ‘sit’? He will be lined up across from Chris Harris Jr., who is one of the best cover corners in the NFL. I expect Brown to be blanketed all day. It is certainly possible that Brown will have a decent game against the Broncos, but I would be shocked if he reaches WR16 on the week. With some of the big names on BYE this week, you may be forced to consider Brown, but temper expectations.

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Courtland Sutton @ Bills – WR 18

5/113/0 on 9 targets

Courtland Sutton is in the middle of a sophomore breakout. The second-year WR’s emergence was further propelled following the mid-season Broncos trade of veteran WR Emmanuel Sanders. The outlook for Sutton’s future is extremely promising, but when it comes to his prospects for this week, I am far less optimistic.

The Broncos offense has been unspectacular at best in 2019, and now they face off against the strong Bills defense. While Brandon Allen has been able to support serviceable fantasy numbers for Sutton, I expect this week to be a different story. The Bills currently rank behind only the Patriots and 49ers in passing yards allowed per game. Their defense is incredibly talented, and I don’t want to risk my playoff chances on Brandon Allen against the Bills.

Amari Cooper @ Patriots – WR 11

3/38/0 on 8 targets

My final ‘sit’ of the week is Amari Cooper. He has had a bit of an up-and-down year for the Cowboys so far, and I expect week 12 to be another ‘down’ week. The Patriots defense has been absolutely dominant this year, and I fully expect it to continue in this game.

Amari Cooper most certainly has the talent to produce a strong game against any opponent. But, if the Cowboys are going to be successful, they will likely rely on running the balls, slowing the game down, and keeping the ball out of Tom Brady’s hands. I’m aware that you may not have better options than Cooper, but I am expecting a poor performance from him this week.

That’s it for week 12; feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (@tristancook_) if you have any specific questions for which player 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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