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Slant Pattern: WR Start / Sit – Week 14

The fantasy playoffs are here! Find out who @tristancook_ thinks you should have in your lineup to help you advance to the next round!

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

Credit: David Kohl – USA Today Sports

Deebo Samuel @ Saints – WR 35

2/41/1 on 4 targets

My first ‘start’ for week 14 is 49ers emerging rookie, Deebo Samuel. He has continued to see an increased role in the San Francisco offense and is on the verge of claiming their #1 WR role. In each of his last 4 games, Samuel has either scored a TD or accumulated 100 yards receiving. 

This week, the 49ers square off against the New Orleans Saints in a battle for NFC supremacy. The Saints are roughly in the middle of the pack unit when it comes to defending against the pass. When you couple this with Deebo’s emerging role, I think Samuel is in a prime position to outperform his ranking of WR 35 on the week.  

Tyler Boyd @ Browns – WR 22

5/59/1 on 10 targets

The next player I am looking to get into my lineup this week is Tyler Boyd. The Bengals are coming off the return of Andy Dalton and their first victory of the season, due in large part to the play of Boyd. Boyd is quietly having a very good season. He is 7th in the NFL in targets, and should continue to benefit from Andy Dalton being at QB. The volume that Boyd is seeing in this offense is outstanding. I expect a good week from Boyd, feel confident in starting him this week.

Courtland Sutton @ Texans – WR 18

4/74/2 on 5 targets

While the aforementioned Boyd has been having a relatively quiet season, Courtland Sutton has exploded in Denver after the departure of Emmanuel Sanders. Sutton is producing despite having less than average QB play, and continues to make highlight reel plays every week. 

If you’ve listened to any of the recent podcasts, you’ll know that Rich, Matt, and Garret are big fans of Sutton, and it’s easy to see why. 

This week, Sutton and the Broncos face off against a Texans team that is coming off a huge victory against the Patriots. This is the perfect situation for the Texans to come out a little bit flat, and I expect Sutton to take full advantage of the Texans less than stellar pass defense. Feel confident starting Sutton this week, and every week going forward.

Julio Jones vs Panthers – WR 24

5/68/0 on 10 targets (week 12)

It feels rather strange seeing Julio Jones listed all the way down at WR24. I am including him here because if Julio plays, you should absolutely start him. It looks like he is trending in the right direction for suiting up this week. There doesn’t need to be a lot of analysis here. Julio Jones is one of the best WRs in the NFL, if he plays, you play him.

Tyler Lockett @ Rams – WR 19

0/0/0 on 3 targets

My final ‘start’ for week 14 is Tyler Lockett. After being held without a catch in week 13 on Monday Night Football against the Vikings, I expect the Seahawks to look to get Lockett involved early and often. 

This is a bit of a ‘gut’ call, and there is a chance that Jalen Ramsey will be tasked with shutting down Lockett, but I think there’s a real chance that the Rams put Ramsey on Metcalf for a significant portion of this game. Furthermore, Lockett is 5th in the NFL in red zone targets, so when the Seahawks get in close, Russ likes to look his way. If you’ve been using Lockett regularly this year, you should feel comfortable keeping him in your lineup this week.

SIT

Terry McLaurin @ Packers – WR 30

2/8/0 on 4 targets

Terry ‘F1’ McLaurin is my first ‘sit’ for week 14. McLaurin has dramatically cooled off since his blistering hot start to the year. The rookie WR from Ohio State has not reached the end zone nor tallied more than 72 yards since week 6, and I don’t expect that to change this week. The Packers will likely matchup Jaire Alexander on McLaurin, and with fellow rookie Dwayne Haskins throwing the ball for Washington, I am concerned about McLaurin’s potential for this week. Be wary of playing him, I am not expecting much.

Christian Kirk vs Steelers – WR 27

3/23/0 on 7 targets

My final ‘sit’ of the week is Christian Kirk. I am not concerned with his long-term prospects, but more than half of Kirk’s yards and all three of his TDs have come in only two games this season. Kirk has seen a steady share of targets, but has struggled to convert them to fantasy production. He has been held back by nagging injuries and the presence of Larry Fitzgerald. 

Furthermore, this week the Cardinals face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have been one of the better pass defenses in the league in 2019. The Steelers are allowing only slightly over 200 yards passing per game. I believe that Kirk will have some success, but I think it will be limited. There are other WRs that I’d rather have in my lineup this week than Kirk.

That’s all for week 14, 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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