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Slant Pattern: WR Start/Sit – Week 7

Will Courtland Sutton bounce back? Is JuJu a must-start? Is anyone left in Carolina? @THEtristancook breaks down the WR start/sit questions in Slant Pattern!

Hello and welcome back, Nerds! The Dynasty Nerds writers are here to provide you with weekly starts and sits. I will be doing the wide receiver starts and sits for the 2022 season! We, as a group, 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, DM us, or tweet us.

We look forward to hearing from you!

QB: Jason Snyder (@Spydes78) – Changing the Call

RB: Jake Oliver (@DarthDbacks) – The Cutback

WR: Tristan Cook (@THEtristancook) – Slant Pattern

TE: Ethan Wyatt (@ethanAwyatt) – 12 Formation

FLEX: Evan Brown (@FFEVanlution) – Flex on ‘Em

IDP: Jon Glosser (@Glosser13) – IDP Start/Sit

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

Last week was a pretty average week. I had three ‘hits’ and three ‘misses.’ My worst call of the week had Drake London as a ‘start.’ He struggled last week with only 3 catches on 4 targets for a mere 40 yards. My best call of Week 6 was having both DJ Moore and Mike Williams as ‘sits.’ They finished the week tied as WR65, despite being ranked at 32 and 13, respectively. With BYE weeks in full swing, this is the most crucial time to get these calls right, so let’s ride.

START

Allen Lazard @ WSH – WR 21

Week 6 Stats | WR 12 | FPts: 17.6 | Tgts: 9 | Rec: 4 | Yds: 76 | TDs: 1

First, I once again have Allen Lazard as a ‘start.’ All he has done in 2022 is catch passes and score touchdowns, yet he keeps being ranked in the 20s or lower. He’s been the best weapon for Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay this year. The Packers are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Jets last week, but Lazard has continually put up big fantasy numbers. Over the past three weeks, Lazard has seen 25 targets. I expect to see another big game this week, so I’m starting him with confidence.

JuJu Smith-Schuster @ SF – WR 24

Week 6 Stats | WR 7 | FPts: 22.3 | Tgts: 5 | Rec: 5 | Yds: 115 | TDs: 1

My next ‘start’ for Week 7 is Chiefs’ receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. He’s coming off his biggest game of the season last week against Buffalo, where he finished as the WR7. JuJu actually saw a dip in targets last week with five. It was his lowest target share since Week 2 and only the second game all season where he didn’t have at least eight targets. Despite that, he put up really strong numbers and finally scored a touchdown. I expect another big week, and I’m starting him with confidence.

Alec Pierce @ TEN – WR 36

Week 6 Stats | WR 25 | FPts: 13.9 | Tgts: 7 | Rec: 3 | Yds: 49 | TDs: 1

Colts’ rookie Alec Pierce is my final ‘start’ for Week 7. All the chatter in the off-season was surrounding his teammate Michael Pittman Jr., but Pierce is quietly having a very strong rookie season. He had a nice game last week, finishing just outside the top-24 WRs. However, he left some meat on the bone, catching only 3 of his 7 targets.

This week he faces off against the Titans, who are allowing the most passing yards per game in the NFL. I don’t think the Colts will want to rely too heavily on Jonathan Taylor in his first game back after suffering an ankle injury a few weeks ago. I feel good about Alec Pierce filling in if you are looking for WR help this week.

SIT

Courtland Sutton VS NYJ – WR 17

Week 6 Stats | WR 68 | FPts: 3.4 | Tgts: 3 | Rec: 2 | Yds: 14 | TDs: 0

My first ‘sit’ for Week 7 is Courtland Sutton. The Broncos have looked pretty awful this year on offense, and while Sutton has been one of the few bright spots, he had a rough outing last week in the Monday night loss to the Chargers. There are a few reasons to be concerned about Sutton. 

First and foremost, the injury to Russell Wilson is a major concern. If he cannot go for Denver, there’s no way I could feel good about starting Sutton. If I had to guess, I do think Wilson plays. But Denver is facing off against the Jets this week, who just shut down Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. New York allows only about 200 yards passing per game, which is one of the better marks in the league. Finally, I expect to see Sutton face off against Sauce Gardner, the reigning defensive rookie of the week. I know BYE weeks are tough, but I’m looking elsewhere.

Diontae Johnson @ MIA – WR 18

Week 6 Stats | WR 43 | FPts: 8.6 | Tgts: 7 | Rec: 5 | Yds: 28 | TDs: 0

Diontae Johnson is my next ‘sit’ for Week 7. He has been a disappointment this season, currently sitting as the WR33 in fantasy, despite being the eighth most targeted. Like the Denver situation, there’s some concern about who will be throwing the ball for the Steelers this week in Miami. Rookie Kenny Pickett suffered a concussion, but it looks like he’ll be able to suit up. I believe better days are coming for Diontae Johnson, but it’s hard to trust him until we see a better play at quarterback.

DJ Moore VS TB – WR 31

Week 6 Stats | WR 65 | FPts: 3.7.5 | Tgts: 7 | Rec: 3 | Yds: 7 | TDs: 0

My final ‘sit’ for Week 7 is DJ Moore. He’s basically been a mainstay on this list all season. Moore’s weekly rankings have steadily dropped, so perhaps he will soon start being too low to list in this article. But, for now, he’s still a ‘sit.’ There’s a fire sale going on in Charlotte right now, so while the departures of Christian McCaffrey and Robbie Anderson open up even more targets, he still has PJ Walker throwing him the ball. Hopefully, he’ll get traded sooner than later and might find himself fantasy relevant once again. Until then, he’ll be a ‘sit’ for me every week.

That’s it for Week 7, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (@THEtristancook) if you have any specific questions about who I would start. 

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