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Slant Pattern: WR Start/Sit – Week 3

Can you trust A-Rob? Will Hollywood Brown and Courtland Sutton back up their big week 2 games? @tristancook_ covers the WR start/sits for week 3!

Hey Nerds! The Dynasty Nerds writers are here to provide you with weekly starts and sits. We 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 us, friend us, tweet us; we look forward to hearing from you!

QB: Jason Snyder (@Spydes78)

RB: Gage Bridgford (@gbridgfordnfl)

WR: Tristan Cook (@tristancook_)

TE: Jake Oliver (@DarthDbacks)

FLEX: Ethan Wyatt (@DynastyWildcat)

IDP: Jon Glosser (@Glosser13)

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. 

NOTE: Rankings are based on a 12-team PPR league. So, saying WR2 means top 24, or TE1 means top 12, etc., are pulled from Fantasy Pros consensus expert rankings.


Week 2 was a very good one for my start/sit calls. The only miss I had was Antonio Brown. I expected him to be much more heavily involved than he was. The rest of my calls were good. Mike Evans, Brandin Cooks, and Courtland Sutton were all ranked as WR3s and finished inside the top 8. Julio Jones also finished above his ranking. My only ‘sit’, DeVonta Smith, finished as WR85. Let’s see how we can do this week.


JuJu Smith-Schuster VS CIN – WR 31

Courtesy of Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Week 2 Stats | WR 23 | FPts: 16.4 | Tgts: 7 | Rec: 6 | Yds: 41 | TDs: 1 (RUSH)

So, for my first ‘start’ this week, I’m back to my soapbox of recommending putting JuJu in all of your starting lineups. I think he’s one of the most criminally undervalued players in all of fantasy football. There’s no denying that his role in the offense isn’t the same as in his first two seasons. But, JuJu is ranked well below what his production would indicate is appropriate. So, while I think that JuJu should be ranked way higher than 31 in a good matchup, that’s not the only reason I think he should be a ‘start.’

The biggest reason for getting him in your lineup is that if Diontae Johnson misses this week, there’s no explanation that I can think of for why you don’t want to have JuJu in every lineup you can. Chase Claypool also deserves a boost in his value this week, but I think the biggest benefactor to Diontae (potentially) being out would be JuJu. Start him with confidence.

Ja’Marr Chase @ PIT – WR 30

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Week 2 Stats | WR 39 | FPts: 13.4 | Tgts: 4 | Rec: 2 | Yds: 54 | TDs: 1

The next guy to ‘start’ is on the other side of the ball in this game: Ja’Marr Chase. Chase didn’t have an exceptional game last week, but the entire Bengals offense struggled in that game. He did manage to still haul in a TD pass, which helped an otherwise disappointing day. 

Chase has been a better WR than he looked like during the preseason, and I expect him to continue to improve as he gets back into the flow of playing football after taking the entire 2020 season off. Also, his matchup this week against the Steelers defense that is allowing over 300 yards per game is a very good one. I anticipate Joe Burrow slinging the ball around the field and Chase to have a big game, especially if Tee Higgins is out.

Marquise Brown @ DET – WR 32

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Week 2 Stats | WR 7 | FPts: 23.3 | Tgts: 10 | Rec: 6 | Yds: 113 | TDs: 1

My third ‘start’ of Week 3 is Hollywood Brown. He has started this season with back-to-back strong performances. And is finally showing flashes of the dynamic WR we saw in college. I can’t say I have a lot of faith in Brown keeping this up all season, but I do believe in him this week. The Lions’ defense is coming off a short week and is still recovering from an Aaron Rodgers torching. 

The most promising thing about his start to the 2021 season is that he has 16 targets through the first two games. And, the Lions pass defense is without its best pass defender, Jeff Okudah. So, I expect to see the Lions try to slow down the Ravens run game, so Hollywood will try to get behind the defense. No one on their team can keep up with Brown, and he can take any touch to the house. I’m going with Hollywood again this week.

Courtland Sutton VS NYJ – WR 26

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Week 2 Stats | WR 4 | FPts: 24.9 | Tgts: 12 | Rec: 9 | Yds: 159 | TDs: 0

My final ‘start’ for Week 3 is Courtland Sutton. I am not entirely sure how he is ranked so low after a massive week last week. I had him as a ‘start’ last week, and he finished as WR4. Somehow, he’s ranked as a WR3 this week. 

Sutton was the primary beneficiary of Jerry Jeudy being out as he saw twelve targets last week. The impressive part is that this wasn’t in a game that the Broncos were trailing. And he didn’t even score a TD. There’s no way I have Sutton that I’m not getting him in my lineup this week. I’m also trying to trade for him in every league I don’t have him.


Allen Robinson @ CLE – WR 13

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Week 2 Stats | WR 49 | FPts: 10.4 | Tgts: 4 | Rec: 2 | Yds: 24 | TDs: 1

My only ‘sit’ for Week 3 is to bench Allen Robinson once again. He’s struggled this year so far with the combination of Andy Dalton and Justin Fields. Dalton is hurt and isn’t expected to play this week. But, It doesn’t matter to me who is throwing the ball his way; I’m staying away. 

Robinson has seen 15 targets through two games but has only caught eight for a measly 59 yards. He is outside of the top 50 WRs so far this season. And now, he has a rookie QB making his first start against a pretty good defense on the road, throwing him the ball. I don’t think Robinson finishes near a WR1 this week. I’d start all of the names mentioned above before him this week.

That’s it for week 3. 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. As well as on Twitter each Sunday morning before the early games kick-off. A handful of writers will answer all the questions posted, so you are usually able to get a few different takes on your situation. Make sure to come back next week to see how these picks turned out. Good luck!

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