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.
Mike Evans vs Panthers – WR 11
0/0/0 on 3 targets
Last week was about as bad as it could get for Mike Evans. He was held without a catch last week for only the second time in his career. He’s been more inconsistent than we’d like to see, and I know there has been a decent amount of speculation about if Evans has been usurped by Chris Godwin as the top WR in Tampa Bay, but I am not concerned. I’ll admit that Godwin has been better this year than I expected, but I don’t think Evans is going anywhere. He’s tied for 2nd in red-zone targets amongst all WRs, and despite only 3 targets last week is merely 4 targets behind Godwin on the year. Overall, the targets have been there, the receptions will come. I expect Evans to have a bounce-back week against the Panthers. Don’t hesitate to put him in your lineup with confidence.
Calvin Ridley @ Cardinals – WR 23
5/88/1 on 9 targets
My next start is Calvin Ridley. He was having a rather pedestrian game until he made a spectacular catch for a 29-yard touchdown in the 4th quarter. Ridley is a “start” primarily for two reasons. First, the Atlanta Falcons are leading the NFL in passing attempts per game. It is pretty clear that Atlanta’s offense is not working as efficiently as they had envisioned going into the season. They have been trailing for most of their games this season and have leaned heavily on the passing game. While it is fair to suggest that the Falcons COULD have a lead in this game and not need to rely as much on passing the ball, nothing they’ve done so far would make me have faith in that holding. The second reason I’m starting Calvin Ridley is this matchup. The Cardinals won’t be getting Patrick Peterson back this week, and the rest of their pass defense is sub-par. Fire up your Falcons this week!
Stefon Diggs – WR 26 @ Eagles
3/44/0 on 4 targets
I know what you’re probably thinking. Why am I still suggesting starting Diggs? He’s been bad, REALLY bad. He only has one game of more than 50 receiving yards or more than 3 receptions. And now, he’s trying to force his way out of Minnesota. So, what makes him a start? Well, the Vikings have said they aren’t going to trade Diggs, so I assume that they are going to try to reconcile their animosity. It leads me to believe that since last week turned into Thielen’s “get-right game”, that this week it will be Diggs’ turn. But, the main reason that I’m willing to put Diggs back in my lineup is the matchup. The Eagles have allowed the fewest rushing yards per game this season, but have a bad secondary and have subsequently given up the 6th most passing yards per game. I expect the Vikings to have to throw the ball a significant amount here, and Cousins should be able to feed Diggs.
Kenny Golladay @ Packers – WR 17
5/67/2 on 9 targets
My first sit for this week is Kenny Golladay. Golladay had a great game in week 5, hauling in 2 TDs and could have easily had a 3rd. I am generally a fan of Golladay, but I am sitting him this week, and it is entirely due to matchup. I expect the Packers to lineup Jaire Alexander on Golladay for most of the day. The Packers have shown that their defense might actually be for real this, and Alexander is a big reason why. Alexander is quickly becoming one of the best shut-down corners in the NFL, and I’d be avoiding Golladay in my lineup if at all possible. Golladay has been up and down all season, and I expect this to be a “down” week. Much of his production to date has come from touchdowns, and I don’t like the prospect of counting on a TD this week.
Courtland Sutton vs Titans – WR 24 & Emmanuel Sanders vs Titans– WR 35
Sutton – 4/92/1 on 7 targets
Sanders – 1/9/0 on 1 target
My Next two sits are Denver’s top two pass catchers. Sutton is coming off a game in which he put up nice numbers, while Sanders is coming off an extremely disappointing performance. Sutton had a touchdown on an impressive 70-yard catch and run that ended up accounting for most of his fantasy production. The Broncos were able to attain their first victory over the Chargers while only attempting 20 passes. This week they face off against a Titans defense that has been quietly pretty tough. It’s possible that Sutton and/or Sanders will be able to put up some serviceable numbers against this Titans team, but I am not counting on it. The Broncos haven’t shown me enough this year to inspire the level of confidence it requires to start either of these players in a tough matchup. One of them may put up useable numbers, but I’m looking elsewhere if possible.
DJ Chark vs Saints – WR 20
My final sit is DJ Chark. Chark has basically been the entire Jaguars passing attack this year. He’s leading the team in targets, receptions, yards, and touchdowns. So, what makes me think that he will disappoint this week? The answer is Marshon Lattimore. Prior to shutting down the aforementioned Mike Evans in Week 5, Lattimore had not been as difficult of a matchup as we’ve become accustomed to seeing. I believe that Lattimore is going to be assigned with shutting down Chark and forcing Minshew to look elsewhere. We’ve seen Minshew’s willingness to spread the ball around, and if Lattimore is locking down Chark, I don’t expect as many opportunities to come his way. Chark has the big-play ability to be productive on fewer targets, but I don’t think I want to be counting on him this week.
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