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Slant Pattern: WR Start/Sit – Week 9

Is it Rondale Moore SZN or CoD SZN in Arizona?! @THEtristancook breaks down the WR Start/Sit options in Slant Pattern – Week 9!

Hello and welcome back, Nerds! The Dynasty Nerds writers are here to provide you with weekly starts and sits. I will be doing the WR 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, DM, and 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

Week 8 was once again a qualified success for my start/sit calls. I had three very good ‘hits’ and three not-so-good ‘misses.’ I had Jerry Jeudy as a ‘start,’ and he had a big week finishing as the WR13. Both Diontae Johnson and Gabe Davis were ranked in the teens, but I had them as ‘sits.’ Diontae Johnson finished as WR50, and Gabe Davis ended as WR61. My ‘misses’ were having DJ Moore as a ‘sit’ and Drake London and Wan’Dale Robinson as ‘starts.’ DJ Moore had a big week with his monster catch to end regulation, finishing as WR5. Drake London and Wan’Dale Robinson finished outside the top 50 wide receivers. Time to look at Week 9!

START

Romeo Doubs @ DET – WR 29

Week 8 Stats | WR 19 | FPts: 14.2 | Tgts: 7 | Rec: 4 | Yds: 62 | TDs: 1

My first ‘start’ for Week 9 is Packers rookie Romeo Doubs. As of writing this, I’m not sure if Allen Lazard will play or not this week. But regardless of if Lazard plays, I’m rolling out Doubs if I have him. The Packers face off with the Lions this week, who are allowing the third most yards passing per game in the NFC. The Packers passing offense has struggled this year, but I expect this to be a get-right game for Aaron Rodgers. Fire up Doubs with confidence.

Rondale Moore vs SEA – WR 27

Week 8 Stats | WR 6 | FPts: 19.9 | Tgts: 8 | Rec: 7 | Yds: 92 | TDs: 1

Rondale Moore is my second ‘start’ of the week. He is coming off his best game of the year last week, finishing with nearly 20 fantasy points. Aside from a down week in Week 7, Rondale has produced solid fantasy numbers when on the field in 2022. He has shown flashes of excellence that made him a second-round pick for Arizona a few years ago. He gets to square off against the Seattle secondary that is slightly below average this year. They will likely focus on slowing down DeAndre Hopkins, so I expect Moore to have a good game.

Garrett Wilson vs BUF – WR 33

Week 8 Stats | WR 15 | FPts: 17.5 | Tgts: 7 | Rec: 6 | Yds: 115 | TDs: 0

My third ‘start’ for Week 9 is Garrett Wilson. I know it’s a bit of a riskier call, as he and the Jets will be going toe-to-toe with the juggernaut that is the Buffalo Bills. However, I am optimistic about Wilson’s outlook in this game. Wilson started the season off on fire but slowed down before his WR15 week last week. It has taken him some time, but there appears to be some good chemistry building with Zach Wilson.

I think that if the Jets have any chance of keeping this game competitive, they will need to put up a good amount of points. Their best weapon is Garrett Wilson, so I think he’ll get peppered with targets and subsequently put up good fantasy points.

JuJu Smith-Schuster vs TEN – WR 21

Week 8 Stats | WR 0 | FPts: 0 | Tgts: 0 | Rec: 0 | Yds: 0 | TDs: 0

JuJu Smith-Schuster is my final ‘start’ for Week 9. The Chiefs were on BYE last week, but there has been a lot of uproar about their pass catchers after they acquired Kadarius Toney from the New York Giants. While many people expect big things from Toney, I am most interested in JuJu Smith-Schuster this week and for the foreseeable future. We saw JuJu have big games in back-to-back weeks before the BYE. But, after the Toney trade, the buzz seems to have disappeared. 

The Chiefs are coming off their BYE and facing the Tennessee Titans, who allow the fifth most yards passing in the AFC. JuJu and Patrick Mahomes have looked like they are finally firing on all cylinders. If I have JuJu on my roster, he’ll be in my starting lineup this week. Start him with confidence.

SIT

Gabe Davis @ NYJ – WR 19

Week 8 Stats | WR 61 | FPts: 5.5 | Tgts: 7 | Rec: 2 | Yds: 35 | TDs: 0

I only have two ‘sits’ for Week 9. My first ‘sit’ is my favorite ‘sit’ this year, Gabe Davis. I have said it many times, but I will repeat it one more time. Gabe Davis is far too touchdown dependent of a wide receiver to be ranked in the top 20 every week. We’ve seen what he can do when he gets into the end zone, but people seem to forget what he does when he doesn’t score.

Last week is a prime example of why I am avoiding Gabe Davis. He actually had a season-high in targets with 7 but only converted 2 of them into catches. Davis also isn’t targeted regularly enough to be ranked so high. His 33 targets rank 57th in the NFL, but because of his unsustainable scoring rate, he’s the WR33 to date. I’m looking elsewhere this week.

Allen Robinson @ TB – WR 34

Week 8 Stats | WR 46 | FPts: 10.4 | Tgts: 7 | Rec: 5 | Yds: 54 | TDs: 0

Speaking of players that often find themselves on the ‘sit’ portion of this article, Allen Robinson is my other ‘sit’ for Week 9. Similarly to Davis, Allen Robinson hasn’t been targeted much this year. He also saw a season-high seven targets last week. He had a slightly more respectable day, finishing as the WR46, but he is not someone I’d be comfortable putting in my starting lineup.

In fact, Allen Robinson is basically putting up worse numbers than Gabe Davis on more targets. He has three more targets than Davis but 25 fewer fantasy points. If I’m looking at avoiding Gabe Davis, who occasionally will find the end zone, I certainly don’t want to play someone worse than him, who is facing the sixth-best pass defense in the NFL.

That’s it for Week 9. 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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