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The Slant Pattern: WR Starts/Sits Week 7

Week 7 is fraught with landmines and opportunities. @TristanCook_ guides you through the WR Starts and sits.

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

Brandin Cooks @ Falcons – WR 16

3/18/0 on 3 targets

The first start of week 7 for me is Brandin Cooks. He is coming off of back-to-back less than stellar weeks where he amassed a total of 4 receptions for 47 yards. After starting 3-0, the Rams have sputtered and now sit at 3-3. They decided to shake up their roster this week and have many people concerned about the direction of the team. The world as the Rams know it has caved in. So, why am I starting Brandin Cooks? Well, for me that’s easy. The Falcons’ defense is bad. Their secondary is very exploitable, giving up the 6th most passing yards per game. I expect the Rams to get back on track this week in a very cozy matchup. I am starting all of my Rams players this week; I anticipate a big offensive output.

John Brown vs Dolphins – WR 21

 5/75/0 on 5 targets (week 5)

My second start this week is John Brown. It is a bit concerning that he is was limited in practice with a groin injury coming off of a BYE week. But, assuming he is able to play this week, I want him in my lineup. The Dolphins are an absolute dumpster fire of a team right now, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. Brown has been more consistent than I think many people expected. He has tallied at least 5 receptions and 69 yards in all but one game so far. And, in the one game where he didn’t eclipse those numbers, he had 4/51. He’s established a solid floor so far in this Bills offense. And, now he gets to face the Dolphins, who at this point, should barely be considered an NFL team, and consequently give Brown a potential blow-up week. I will be closely monitoring his injury status this week, but if he gears up, he’ll be in my lineup. 

Credit: Insidethestar.com

Michael Gallup vs Eagles – WR 12

4/48/0 on 7 targets

Moving on, the next player I am trying to get in my lineup is Michael Gallup. I should preface this “start” by saying that even if Amari Cooper plays, I still want Gallup in my lineup. I believe his ranking of WR12 is assuming that Cooper misses, but I would be willing to start him regardless of Cooper’s status. Obviously, I’d be more enthused about Gallup if Cooper sits, but I think the 2nd year WR from Colorado State is poised to show the type of potential that had many dynasty owners salivating when he was drafted in 2018. Gallup is coming off his worst game of the year, but I am not concerned about his outlook for week 7. He gets the putrid Eagles’ secondary this week and should be looked to early and often by Dak Prescott. I’m expecting a big week here, so get him in your lineup.

DJ Chark @ Bengals – WR 11 

3/43/0 on 7 targets

DJ Chark is my last start of week 7. After being shut down by Marshon Lattimore, I think Chark is due for a bounce-back game against an unimpressive Bengals team. Cincinnati is allowing the 2nd most yards/game, trailing only the aforementioned dumpster fire that is the Miami Dolphins. Chark had his worst performance of his young career last week, but I am not overly concerned. The promising thing that came from the Jags loss in week 6 was that Minshew still fed Chark a hefty dose of targets in a tough matchup. In a much easier matchup this week, I expect those targets to remain and the production to return. Don’t be worried about starting Chark this week.

SIT 

Terry McLaurin vs 49ers – WR 22

4/100/2 on 7 targets

I know that Terry McLaurin is a player that is rapidly ascending in dynasty rankings, but for this week, I recommend looking elsewhere at WR. We’ve seen the 49ers completely shut down opposing teams that are far superior to Washington. While I do expect San Francisco to get out to a sizeable lead, I don’t think that I want to count on Case Keenum to connect with McLaurin enough in garbage time to start him. Furthermore, the 49ers are allowing a league-best 150.2 passing yards/game. I do not like the idea of counting on garbage time passing production against a defense that allows the fewest passing yards per game, despite having 3 blowout wins, which usually generate garbage time. I’m avoiding McLaurin this week.

Credit: USA Today

Robby Anderson vs Patriots – WR 30 

5/125/1 on 8 targets

My final sit is Robby Anderson. I know he just got Sam Darnold back and is coming off a big week against Dallas; however, he won’t be in my lineup this week against New England. Aside from his monster 92-yard TD, Anderson’s stat line was a pedestrian 4/33/0. I know the big play ability is a significant part of the game, and it’s possible that he could break a big play at any time. But, I don’t think it is particularly likely against the Patriots defense that is significantly better than the Cowboys. The Patriots are second only to the 49ers in passing yards allowed per game, and I expect their dominance to continue. While it is fair to say that we saw a completely different team from the Jets with Darnold under center, I don’t like the prospect of starting anyone against this Patriots team if I can avoid it. Anderson is far from a must-start, and so this week he won’t be in any of my lineups. 

That’s it for week 7, 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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