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Slant Pattern: WR Start/Sit – Week 9

Can you trust A-Rob with Trubisky at QB? Or McLaurin against the tough Bills D? Check out who @tristancook_ says to get in your lineup.

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.

Start

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DK Metcalf vs Buccaneers – WR 22

3/13/2 on 5 targets

Once again, the first player I’m putting in my lineup is DK Metcalf. While he only tallied 3 catches for 13 yards in week 8, he was able to do quite a lot with them, scoring two times in the Seahawks win in Atlanta. He could have actually had a better day if he was able to convert an end zone target into a touchdown. 

As expected, we are seeing DK’s role expand in this offence. His ability to create mismatches is starting to payoff as the Russell Wilson is looking his way more and more often. As it was in week 8, the main reason I want to get Metcalf into my lineup is this week’s matchup. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are giving up the 2nd most passing yards per game, while allowing the fewest rushing yards per game. It doesn’t really matter if teams are unable to run against Tampa so they pass the ball, or if teams are so successful passing the ball that they don’t need to run it, because the outcome is tons of passing yards. 

I want DK in my lineup against the Bucs. 

Allen Robinson @ Eagles – WR 14

 5/62/0 on 7 targets

Next, I am starting Allen Robinson. Many people have rightfully questioned Mitchell Trubisky’s ability to throw the ball, but no one is questioning Allen Robinson’s ability to catch it. I understand that there is hesitation in wanting to start a WR on a team with an inaccurate QB, but you shouldn’t be afraid. If you recall, A-Rob came from Blake Bortles, where he showed the ability to perform. 

On the season, Allen Robinson has only had one game where he failed to eclipse 5 catches and 60 yards. He’s been the focal point of Chicago’s passing attack, racking up the 9th most targets in the league. And he’s subsequently been consistently producing fantasy numbers this season. I expect him to do so again this week.

Source: Insidethestar.com

Michael Gallup @ Giants – WR 19

3/34/0 on 4 targets (week 7)

My final start of the week is Michael Gallup. In the Cowboy’s week 1 matchup with the New York Football Giants, Gallup roasted them for 158 yards on 7 catches. Gallup looked like he was going to have a breakout sophomore season, but has cooled off over his past two games. 

I am expecting the Giants to have their hands full trying to slow down Amari Cooper and Zeke Elliott, and I think Gallup is once again in a position to feast against a bad secondary. The Cowboys are sitting at 4-3, and in need of a big division win. I think Dak will look to Gallup frequently in this game. 

SIT

Source: AZ Cardinals

Larry Fitzgerald – WR 33 & Christian Kirk – WR22 vs 49ers

2/8/0 on 4 targets
8/79/0 on 11 targets

My first two ‘sits’ are both Arizona Cardinals. If possible, I’d like to avoid having Larry Fitzgerald or Christian Kirk in my lineup. The two receivers are coming off of very dissimilar games. For Fitzgerald, he could only manage 8 yards on 2 catches, while his running mate hauled in 8 catches for 79 yards. 

The main reason for my apprehension in using either of these two WRs is the matchup. The 49ers have only allowed 901 passing yards on the season, and less than 130 yards per game. They are easily the league leaders in those categories, and have shut down every team they have faced. With the RB nightmare that the Cardinals are facing, there isn’t anyone on that team that I’d feel comfortable using this week. 

Terry McLaurin @ Bills – WR 24

4/39/0 on 6 targets 

My final ‘sit’ is Terry ‘F1’ McLaurin. This again is heavily based on the matchup. While Buffalo is not quite as stout against the pass as the aforementioned 49ers, they are currently 3rd in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game. 

The other big reason that I’m avoiding McLaurin this week is the QB situation. There have been some reports that Dwayne Haskins may get the start here in week 9. While Case Keenum certainly hasn’t had a good season, I’m even less excited about the idea of starting a WR in Buffalo with a very raw and unproven rookie QB throwing him the ball. 

Terry McLaurin in the midst of an outstanding year, but I’m staying away from him this week.

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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