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Slant Pattern: WR Start / Sit – Week 13

Is it safe to play DeAndre Hopkins this week? Find out who @tristancook_ has as his starts and sits 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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Adam Thielen @ Seahawks – WR 32

0/0/0 on 1 target

My first ‘start’ of week 13 is Adam Thielen. I am generally apprehensive towards starting a player that is returning from injury, but I’m willing to make an exception with Thielen. It is fair to have reservations since Thielen reinjured himself when he last tried to come back from this injury, but I think this situation is different. The Vikings seem to have learned from the previous situation, because they kept him out through their BYE week, in an attempt to make sure he is fully healthy.

The second factor in making Thielen a start is his matchup. The vaunted Seahawks secondary is a thing of the past. The Seahawks are now a team that you can and should throw against. Furthermore, when Thielen has been healthy, he’s been an integral part of the Vikings offense.

Finally, while I am not predicting a massive day for Theilen, I expect him to outproduce his ranking of WR 32. He certainly has the talent to produce a monster game, but I think he also has a high enough floor to make him a safe bet to finish as a very usable fantasy WR this week. There are many WRs that have unfavorable matchups this week, so feel confident starting Thielen.

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Tyler Boyd vs Jets – WR 27

5/101/1 on 9 targets

 Moving on, I have Tyler Boyd as my second ‘start’ of the week. I can’t say I ever expected to be thrilled by the return of Andy Dalton to the Bengals lineup, but here we are. The Ryan Finley led Bengals offense was underwhelming at best. So, while Andy Dalton may still leave a lot to be desired at the QB position, he is most certainly an upgrade. This bodes well for the entire Cincinnati offense, but especially their current #1 WR, Tyler Boyd. 

Dalton has proven time and time again that while he may not be the best NFL QB, he’s capable of supporting at least a fantasy-relevant WR. Additionally, the matchup with the Jets is a rather favorable one. The Jets are not a scary matchup for opposing fantasy WRs, and I think there’s a possibility that the Bengals sneak out their first victory of the season this week.


DeAndre Hopkins vs Patriots – WR 11

6/94/2 on 8 targets

My first ‘sit’ of this week is DeAndre Hopkins. I know that in what is likely your first-round playoff matchup, you likely aren’t thrilled about the idea of benching Nuk, but I think you should seriously consider it.

Last week we saw what the Patriots’ defense can do to an opposing WR when they held Amari Cooper to a zero catch performance. Now, it’s fair to point out that the weather conditions played a significant role in hindering the passing game last week. We know that the conditions in Houston will be nowhere near as poor as they were in New England. And, we know that Watson is more willing to force-feed Hopkins than Dak was with Cooper. But, the one constant thing is that the Patriots have an elite defense. Stephon Gillmore is one of the best cover corners in the NFL and will be glued to Hopkins all day.

I do think that Hopkins will be able to have a better day against New England than Cooper was able to have, but you should seriously temper your expectations. And, if you have a viable option at WR other than Hopkins, I’d likely choose him instead.

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Amari Cooper (WR19) & Michael Gallup (WR27) – vs Bills

0/0/0 on 2 targets – Cooper
4/55/0 on 6 targets – Gallup

While we are still on the topic of Amari Cooper and his abysmal day against New England, I have Cooper as my second ‘sit’ of week 13. Additionally, I have fellow Cowboy Michael Gallup as my third ‘sit’. I certainly am expecting better performances in week 13 than these two had last week, but I’m not optimistic that either player will have a “good” week.

This is almost entirely due to their matchup. The Bills have not been as dominant as either the 49ers or the aforementioned Patriots, but they are still a VERY good defense. Opposing teams have been held to a measly 184.3 passing yards per game. I expect points to be at a premium in this game for Dallas, so counting on either of these guys to produce big numbers is a risky proposition.

Relative to their rankings, I think that Gallup has a more realistic shot at hitting WR 27 for the week than Cooper getting to WR 19, but I expect both players to come in lower than those numbers. I am going to be very hesitant putting either of these players into my lineup this week.

Kenny Golladay vs Bears – WR 28

4/61/0 on 4 targets

Kenny Golladay is my final ‘sit’ on the week. Two major factors are going into this decision. First, the Bears defense has been good this season. They are not on the same level that they were in 2018, but they are still a tough matchup. Golladay should be facing Kyle Fuller for a significant portion of the game, and I expect Fuller to play well.

However, the main reason for sitting Golladay is that David Blough is expected to be the starting QB for Detriot. If you’re wondering who David Blough is, you’re not alone. Blough is a rookie QB that went undrafted in 2019 out of Purdue.

I certainly do not want to count on a rookie UDFA making his first start to support one of my fantasy WRs in the playoffs. If you have any other feasible option, I’d play them over Golladay, or any Lion for that matter.

That’s it for week 13, 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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