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Slant Pattern: WR Start/Sit – Week 6

What can you expect from Chase Claypool after 4 TDs? Will Justin Jefferson bounce back? @tristancook_ answers your WR start/sit questions.

Hey Nerds! The DynastyNerds 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!

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. and are pulled from Fantasy Pros consensus expert rankings.

RECAP

Week 5 was another good week. Slayton and Shenault both had good weeks as expected. Additionally, as anticipated, Gage and McLaurin both underperformed. The two misses were JuJu (start) and Crowder (sit). No one predicted a 4 TD day for Steelers’ rookie Chase Claypool. And, Crowder was effectively the only thing working for the Jets’ offense. He accounted for 116 of their 195 yards through the air. Finally, Jarvis Landry had a solid game, slightly better than I expected.

START

Odell Beckham Jr. @ PIT – WR 20

Credit: Nick Wass | AP

Week 5 | WR 35 | FPts: 11.42 | Tgts: 9 | Rec: 5 | Yds: 58 | TDs: 0

My first ‘start’ of week 6 is OBJ. There is some question about his availability after being sent home with what is described as an “illness.” But, assuming he’s able to suit up this week for Cleveland, he’s an easy starter for me. His situation certainly needs to be monitored, but I am expecting a good game for him.

Many people seem to be down on Odell this year, but he’s on pace for nearly 10 TDs and 1,000 yards receiving. He may not be the elite dynasty asset that he once was, but I’m in on Odell both this week and this year.

Justin Jefferson VS ATL – WR 21

Credit: John Autey | Pioneer Press

Week 5 | WR 68 | FPts: 5.3 | Tgts: 5 | Rec: 3 | Yds: 23 | TDs: 0

My second ‘start’ of Week 6 is Vikings rookie WR Justin Jefferson. He is coming off his worst performance of his young career. In a matchup that he was expected to smash against the porous Seahawks secondary, Jefferson only hauled in 3 catches for 23 yards. It was a disappointing outcome, to say the least.

Fortunately for Jefferson, he gets to face the Falcons this week. They are fresh off of their 5th loss and a change in leadership. They have allowed three passing TDs or at least 300 passing yards to every team they have faced this year. The only team to not reach both milestones was the Panthers, where Teddy Two Gloves threw for 313 and 2 TDs. I expect Jefferson and the entire Vikings team to feast against ATL.

DeVante Parker VS NYJ – WR 34

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Week 5 | WR 27 | FPts: 13.0 | Tgts: 3 | Rec: 2 | Yds: 50 | TDs: 1

My final ‘start’ for this week is DeVante Parker. He had a solid, but unspectacular game last week against the 49ers. He was only targeted 3 times in the contest, but that is mostly due to the lack of need for the Dolphins to throw. Surprisingly, they were up big against San Francisco and didn’t need to rely on the passing game in much of the second half. 

This week, the Dolphins get to face off against the worst team in the NFL, the New York Jets. New York is actually the “best” team against the pass this year, mostly due to them being bad and teams not needing to throw, rather than an impressive defense. The Dolphins come in as nearly a 10 point favorite, and I expect a big week for Parker.

SIT

Mecole Hardman @ BUF – WR 36

Credit: Tom Pennington | Getty Images

Week 5 | WR 60 | FPts: 7.0 | Tgts: 3 | Rec: 2 | Yds: 50 | TDs: 0

The first player I am sitting this week is Mecole Hardman. He’s mainly in the top 36 because of the injury to Sammy Watkins. However, I do not believe that Hardman will be the sole beneficiary of Watkins’ absence. In fact, I expect Demarcus Robinson to see a bigger increase in usage. Hardman always has the potential to take a limited workload and explode for a big week, but I’m avoiding him this week if I can.

Robby Anderson VS CHI – WR 17

Credit: David T. Foster III | Charlotte Observer

Week 5 | WR 18 | FPts: 19.5 | Tgts: 13 | Rec: 8 | Yds: 112 | TDs: 0

Next, I have Robby Anderson as a ‘sit.’ He has been a sneaky stud so far in 2020, totaling 99 receiving yards or more in all but one game. I was surprised when I discovered that Anderson is 4th in the NFL in receiving yards. He is on pace for career bests in receptions and yards. At 36/489, he’s already more than halfway to his 63/941 2017 season.

However, I am skeptical this week and for the rest of the season, for that matter. This call is a bit of a hunch, but we saw DJ Moore get back on track last week, and CMC is coming back soon. You may not have a better option than Anderson, but I’m sitting him this week if I have another viable option.

Chase Claypool VS CLE – WR 31

Credit: Don Wright | AP

Week 5 | WR 1 | FPts: 42.6 | Tgts: 11 | Rec: 7 | Yds: 110 | TDs: 3 (4 Total)

My final ‘sit’ for this week is Chase Claypool. It certainly is difficult to bench a player who is coming off of a 4 TD performance. But, that’s exactly what I’m suggesting you do. This ranking feels like an immense overreaction to his big game against the Eagles. I do not doubt that the Steelers will get him more involved in the offense than in the games prior to last week.

However, I think he’s a long way from being a consistent, reliable fantasy option. Moreover, it looks like Claypool is, at best, the 3rd option in this offense. There’s no way of knowing what would have happened last week if Diontae Johnson hadn’t left with an injury, but I expect JuJu and Diontae to be the two top targets in this passing game. That makes Claypool a risky play and one I’ll be avoiding in Week 6.

That’s it for week 6. 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. A handful of writers will answer all the questions posted to the thread, 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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