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Slant Pattern: WR Starts/Sits Week 5

Can you trust the Vikings WRs?! @tristancook_ tells you who should you be putting in your line-up or who should you bench?

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)

Start

Emmanuel Sanders @ Chargers – WR 29

5/104/0 on 9 targets

My first “start” of the week is Emmanuel Sanders. He is coming off of a good week vs the Jaguars, and I expect it to continue. The Chargers defense hasn’t been too scary, as they have allowed at least 100 yards or a touchdown to opposing teams’ top WR in 3 of the 4 games this year. Additionally, as 6.5 point underdogs, the Broncos likely will be trailing in this game, which means there should be plenty of opportunities for scoring. Furthermore, Sanders and teammate Cortland Sutton are both tied for the current lead in the NFL for WR red-zone targets. If the Broncos get the ball in close, they aren’t afraid to air it out to their top two WRs. Apart from the week 3 disappointment, Sanders has been a pleasant surprise. He’s been arguably the best player on the Broncos offense to date and can be trusted going forward. I am starting Sanders with confidence this week.

Stefon Diggs – WR 19/Adam Thielen – WR 9 @ Giants

7/108/0 on 7 targets/2/6/0

Next, I am starting both Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Neither Thielen nor Diggs were particularly pleased after their week 4 loss in Chicago. Both took to the media to express their frustration. And, after this week’s comments by both receivers, I expect the Vikings to look to get them involved heavily. I’m not saying I expect the Vikings to abandon their run ‘early and often’ mentality, but the squeaky wheel often gets the grease. Of obvious concern is the development of Diggs missing Wednesday’s practice for an undisclosed reason. Assuming he gears up for week 5, I am confident in starting him. At some point, the Vikings are going to realize that they have one of the best WR duos in the NFL and should get them more involved. I think that will be this week. A large part of that is going to be thanks to the Giants defense, which has not been able to stop opponents’ passing attacks. Danny Dimes won’t be able to help the Giants defense stop the Vikings offense. Fire up your Vikings!

Will Fuller vs Falcons – WR 34

3/23/0 on 6 targets

My final “start” is Will Fuller. He is coming off a bad performance against the Panthers secondary that has somewhat surprisingly been one of best pass defenses in the NFL so far in 2019. Yes, you read that correctly. The Panthers are allowing less than 200 yards passing per game. I expect Fuller to have a much better game in week 5. He is currently 12th in air yards in the NFL, and 6th in the NFL in air yards per target. Furthermore, his 17.3 aDOT (average depth of target) ranks 4th in the NFL amongst players with at least 8 targets. All of this means that while he is yet to have a big day in fantasy, the opportunity has been there. It is only a matter of time before he is able to convert on some of the deep targets. And, as we know, all Fuller needs are one or two big plays to put up great fantasy numbers. 

SIT 

Tyrell Williams vs Bears (London) – WR 28

3/36/1 on 7 targets

The first player I am looking to avoid having in my starting lineup is Tyrell Williams. He’s been one of only a few players to score a TD in every game so far, he’s had 7 targets in 3 of the 4 games and is firmly the Raiders’ best WR. So, why is he a sit? Well, there are two reasons. The biggest reason has to do with a tough matchup vs a good Bears defense; the other reason is Darren Waller. After the departure of Antonio Brown, it appeared as though Tyrell the Gazelle was set to step into the WR1 role on the Raiders offense. And, while that has been somewhat true, that role has been less productive than what I expected. The Raiders are committed to two things. Running the ball with Josh Jacobs (12th in the NFL in rushing attempts); throwing the ball to Darren Waller (10th in the NFL in targets). Williams has been able to put up solid fantasy numbers by accumulating TDs, but those are hard to predict, and not something we want to count on. I’m not sure how much scoring the Raiders will do against the Bears in London, and so I am sitting Williams. 

Sterling Shepard vs Vikings – WR 24 

7/76/0 on 9 targets

Next, I would avoid playing Sterling Shepard if possible. The biggest reasons for my apprehension towards Shepard are the matchup and the return of Golden Tate. The Vikings are off to an up and down start to 2019, but their defense remains a tough matchup for WRs. I expect the Vikings to shut down much of the Giants passing game. Additionally, we do not know what this offense will look like with Golden Tate AND Sterling Shepard on the field. They have many traits in common, and it would not surprise me to see Tate eat into the volume that Shepard has had with Danny Dimes at the helm. It is certainly possible that we will see Shepard still receive the 9 targets that he saw in the first two games with Jones at QB, but I am not counting on it. I’d be looking elsewhere for a WR. 

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