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Slant Pattern: WR Start / Sit – Week 15

What to do with OBJ?! Can you trust Amari? Find out who @tristancook_ says you should have in your week 15 lineup 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.

Start

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Emmanuel Sanders vs Falcons – WR 18

7/157/1 on 9 targets

My first ‘start’ of week 15 is Emmanuel Sanders. Last week, Sanders absolutely torched the Saints secondary for more than 150 yards receiving, and he even threw for a TD. Sanders has proven to be a great receiver for the 49ers since they acquired him mid-season from Denver. 

While his future beyond 2019 may be uncertain, Sanders is taking full advantage of the here and now. And, he has shown us that there is still plenty of gas left in his tank. He has assumed the #1 WR role in San Francisco and is making fantasy owners happy.

This week, Sanders gets to face off against the lackluster Falcons secondary, which has had trouble stopping opposing passing attacks all season. I am certainly not predicting another 30+ point game, but I do think Sanders has a good day. I will be putting him in my lineup with confidence. 

Odell Beckham Jr. @ Cardinals – WR 20

2/39/0 on 5 targets

Next, I have Odell Beckham Jr as a ‘start’. It seems rather shocking to have to decide on whether or not to start Beckam, but that is what it has come to. There is once again drama surrounding OBJ. This time it is centered around if he wants to stay in Cleveland. I understand that he has given plenty of cause for concern, but I am optimistic about this week.

The main reason for my optimism is the matchup. The Arizona Cardinals are the worst team in the NFL against the pass. They allow just below 300 yards per game, which is significantly worse than anyone else. If there ever was an opponent to face when you need a ‘get-right’ game, this is it. I think the squeaky wheel gets the grease and OBJ puts up good numbers. 

Darius Slayton vs Dolphins – WR 34

5/154/2 on 8 targets

Darius Slayton is my final ‘start’ for week 15. Last week, Slayton showed us that he can put up big numbers regardless of his QB. He burned the Eagles for 2 TDs in Eli Manning’s return to the football field. Slayton has been a surprise to many people this year. But, if you have been following Dynasty Nerds since this off-season, you, thanks to @DynastyPrice, have known about Slayton for a while.

Slayton gets an extremely favorable matchup this week as he will face off against the lowly Dolphins. Regardless of who ends up under center for the Giants, Slayton should end up in your starting lineup. He probably won’t have quite as big of a week as last week, but he should have a good day.

SIT

Amari Cooper vs Rams – WR 17

6/83/1 on 8 targets

When it comes to ‘sits’, you will notice a common theme, matchups. My first ‘sit’ of this week is Amari Cooper. Cooper has had a very up and down 2019. He has posted a couple of monster games as well as a 0 catch game and a 1 catch for 3-yard game. After a couple of terrible games, Cooper bounced back with consecutive solid performances against good defenses in the last two weeks. However, I expect that streak to end in week 15.

The main reason for my pessimism is Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey has the ability to absolutely shut down an opposing WR. He is one of, if not the best, cover corners in the league. I expect the Rams to lock down Cooper and make Dak beat them by spreading the ball around. I would be looking to play someone other than Cooper if I can avoid it.

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Tyler Boyd vs Patriots – WR 31

5/75/0 on 6 targets

My other ‘sit’ for week 15 is Tyler Boyd. Similarly to Cooper, this is because of the matchup. The Patriots are coming off consecutive losses and should be fully focused on Cincinnati. After two disappointing performances in a row, I expect the Pats defense to come out fired up and ready to smother the Bengals.

Unfortunately for Boyd, he will draw the matchup with Stephon Gillmore. I expect Gillmore and the rest of the Patriots defense to wreak havoc for Andy Dalton and company. I do not feel comfortable starting Boyd, or any Bengal this week. 

That’s all for week 15, 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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