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Slant Pattern: WR Start/Sit – Week 8

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.


DK Metcalf @ Falcons – WR 30

4/53/0 on 9 targets

The first player I’m putting in my lineup is DK Metcalf, who is coming off a mediocre week where he finished as WR39 in PPR scoring. The most encouraging sign from last week for Metcalf was the 9 targets he received as well as Seattle’s willingness to use him in a variety of new ways. Moreover, Metcalf is seeing nearly as many targets per game as Tyler Lockett, which is an extremely encouraging sign. The biggest cause for concern is DK’s low catch rate, but I anticipate that it will somewhat improve as the season continues.

However, while DK’s significant role in the Seahawks offense is a good sign for the future, the main reason I want to get Metcalf into my lineup is this matchup. The Atlanta Falcons have relinquished the 4th most total yards and the 2nd most passing yards in the NFL this season. They have yet to show the ability to slow down the opposing team’s offense. I am anticipating a productive day for the entire Seahawks team, but especially DK Metcalf. So, make sure you get him in your starting lineup.

Credit: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Marquez Valdes-Scantling @ Chiefs – WR 31

 2/133/1 on 3 targets

Next, I am looking to put MVS into my lineup against the KC Chiefs. After recovering from injury, he played a limited role last week against the Raiders but was able to convert his 3 targets into a monster performance. Aaron Rodgers and this Green Bay offense are beginning to click on all cylinders, and I want to get as many pieces of it as I can. His current FantasyPros ranking of 31 is largely dependent on Davante Adams missing this game, so that will be a situation to monitor. As of writing this, Adams is expected to be a game-time decision, so this is a tough one to call. MVS will always have big-play potential and could produce with Adams suited up, but I am mostly looking to start him if Adams is out.

John Brown vs Eagles – WR 15

5/83/1 on 6 targets

Next, we have a player who is becoming a weekly fixture in the “start” section, John Brown. After a good performance against the lowly Dolphins, Brown gets an Eagles secondary that isn’t much better. This Eagles secondary is trailing only the Texans and the aforementioned Falcons as the worst pass defense in football. Brown has a cozy matchup here and he should take advantage of it. The stat I used last week holds true again this week; Brown has recorded at least 5 catches and .69 yards in all but one game. And, in that one game, he still managed 4 for 51. Brown has become the biggest and most consistent weapon for the Bills. I expect to see him finish the day with another solid output so don’t be afraid to put him in your lineup.

Credit: Ron Chenoy – USA Today Sports

Courtland Sutton @ Colts – WR 18

6/75/0 on 8 targets

My final start is Courtland Sutton. After the mid-week departure of Emmanuel Sanders, Sutton has become the defacto WR1 in Denver. The Broncos might not be done shipping out veteran players, but regardless of who else may be leaving this reeling Broncos team, the one thing we can see for certain is that the future appears bright for Sutton. He is already having a breakout sophomore campaign after an inconsistent rookie season, and now he will be the focal point of this passing attack.

I expect Flacco to look towards Sutton early and often in Indianapolis this week. If the Broncos can get the ball into the red zone, Sutton only trails Michael Thomas and Mike Evans for RZ targets on the season. The Broncos appear to be on the verge of waving the white flag, which means that there will likely be garbage time in many weeks. Fire up Sutton with confidence this week, and going forward.


Keenan Allen @ Bears – WR 8

4/61/0 on 11 targets

Keenan Allen started the 2019 season off on fire. After 3 games he had an impressive receiving line of 29/404/3; but, over the past 4 weeks, he’s only accumulated 15 catches and 160 yards, without scoring a TD. I firmly believe that better days are ahead for Keenan Allen, but I don’t think they will come this week against the Bears. While this Bears defense is not quite the elite unit we saw in 2018, they are still very good. Now, I understand you may not have better options at WR than Keenan Allen, but I am expecting a rather pedestrian day from him. I don’t think he will be shut down completely, but I am not expecting much from him. So, if you do have other options at WR, consider playing them.

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Odell Beckham Jr. @ Patriots – WR 17

6/101/0 on 11 targets (week 6)

My final sit is Odell Beckham Jr. Unlike Keenan Allen, I expect OBJ to have an abysmal day against the Patriots. We know that Bill Belichick is famous for completely removing the opposing team’s best weapon. We also know that New England and the 49ers’ defenses are playing on an entirely different level than the rest of the NFL. The Patriots are allowing a measly 148.4 passing yards per game, so it puts us in an easy position to fade their opponent’s WRs. If you couple the Patriots defense with the Browns sketchy offensive play so far, you get a scenario that is cause for serious concern. OBJ has a real possibility of putting up a complete stinker of a performance this week. If you have any feasible alternative, I’d seriously consider them in week 8.

That’s it for week 8, 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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