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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., and are pulled from Fantasy Pros consensus expert rankings.
Week 8 was the worst week I’ve ever had in the three years doing this article—no other way around it. There’s not a lot to take away from it. But, the two most frustrating ‘misses’ were Jaylen Waddle getting 12 targets, but only 4 catches for 29 yards, and Tyler Lockett getting 13 targets after being invisible with Geno Smith prior. Anyway, it was an off week, and it’s time to move past it and do better this week.
Brandin Cooks @ MIA – WR 22
Week 8 Stats | WR 12 | FPts: 20.3 | Tgts: 6 | Rec: 6 | Yds: 83 | TDs: 1
For my first ‘start’ this week, we have Texans’ WR Brandin Cooks. Cooks has had an impressive year for a truly awful Texans squad. He’s quietly sitting at WR17 on the season and faces off against the Dolphins this week. Brandin Cooks is tied as the 7th most targeted WR in the NFL, so he’s getting plenty of looks. Miami has been one of the biggest disappointments this year. Their defense is allowing 291.1 yards per game through the air. So, an incredibly highly targeted WR is facing off against a defense that struggles to stop the pass. Sign me up.
There is only one real concern for Cooks’ outlook. We aren’t sure if Davis Mills or Tyrod Taylor will be the QB this week for Houston. But I’m not particularly concerned about it. The Texans are bad, and both QBs have shown the ability to get the ball into the hands of Cooks. The matchup is about as good as you can get in the NFL, so feel confident in playing Cooks this week.
Christian Kirk @ SF – WR 36
Week 8 Stats | WR 53 | FPts: 8.6 | Tgts: 6 | Rec: 4 | Yds: 46 | TDs: 0
Christian Kirk is my next ‘start’ for Week 9. Like Brandin Cooks, Christian Kirk has quietly been impressive this year, sitting at WR27 currently. Kirk has averaged over 6 targets a game over his last four games. While that isn’t a monster workload, it’s certainly enough to warrant consideration for your lineup.
Normally I wouldn’t be so keen on getting Kirk in my starting lineup, but this situation is somewhat different. We saw DeAndre Hopkins struggle with an injury last week and have to miss significant portions of the game. Nuk’s availability is very much in question right now, so this could end up being a big Kirk week if he’s out. Or, if Hopkins gives it a go, there’s trusting he’ll make it through the game. Start Kirk this week if you have him.
DeVonta Smith VS LAC – WR 32
Week 8 Stats | WR 93 | FPts: 2.5 | Tgts: 3 | Rec: 1 | Yds: 15 | TDs: 0
My final ‘start’ is once again, DeVonta Smith. He is coming off a disappointing week against the Lions. The Eagles got back into the win column, but because it was never really close, they only threw 14 passes. I don’t expect the Eagles to have that kind of lead against the LA Chargers this week, so I anticipate Philly throwing a lot more.
DeVonta Smith is currently the 42nd ranked WR but is the 24th most targeted WR. So, he’s going to have those targets turn into fantasy success. There has been plenty of commentary about Hurts’ and his struggles this year. But, if the Eagles are going to have any continued success, Hurts and Smith need to get on the same page. I’m starting the reigning Heisman winner this week.
DJ Moore VS NE – WR 13
Week 8 Stats | WR 41 | FPts: 9.9 | Tgts: 8 | Rec: 4 | Yds: 59 | TDs: 0
My first ‘sit’ of Week 9 is DJ Moore. He is having a strong year so far, currently sitting at WR9 on the season. Moore has been the favorite target of Darnold so far and is currently the third most targeted WR in the NFL. However, there are a couple of reasons why I’m pessimistic about his outlook this week.
First, it’s looking a lot like PJ Walker is in line to start the game for the Panthers with Sam Darnold in the concussion protocol. It’s certainly possible that Darnold will end up playing, but as of writing this, it’s not looking good. It’s also possible that PJ Walker will be able to feed Moore sufficiently. But I’m not convinced. If you don’t have better options than DJ Moore, I understand. However, I don’t believe that Moore is going to finish anywhere near WR13.
Tyler Boyd VS CLE – WR 28
Week 8 Stats | WR 14 | FPts: 19.74 | Tgts: 8 | Rec: 5 | Yds: 69 | TDs: 1
Tyler Boyd is my other ‘sit’ this week. He’s been a bit hit-or-miss this season. Boyd is coming off a good week in the surprising loss to the Jets. He caught 5 passes for 69 yards and a TD. It was the first time he reached double-digit fantasy points since Week 4 against Jacksonville.
This week the Bengals face the Browns in the battle of Ohio. The Browns are the third-best pass defense in the AFC, allowing only 220.1 yards per game through the air. It’s hard to trust an up-and-down player against one of the best pass defenses in the league. So, if you have another option than Tyler Boyd, I’d be looking their way this week.
That’s it for Week 9. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (@tristancook_) if you have any specific questions for who I would start.
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