Start of the Week –
Emmanuel Sanders vs Seattle Seahawks
Sanders has really taken his role as a receiver strongly in San Francisco. Through the last two weeks he has produced two touchdowns and 137 receiving yards. With Garoppolo finally having a receiver like Sanders I don’t see this amount of targets and touchdowns slowing down anytime soon. Sanders should see plenty of volume against a poor Seattle secondary that even allowed Andy Dalton and Jameis Winston to have some success.
Golden Tate vs New York Jets
Tate did well against the Dallas Cowboys with six receptions for 42 yards and rushed once for 16 yards. In a game where Daniel Jones didn’t pass much, Tate saw six targets come his way and he caught all of them. He should be a huge candidate to do some real damage in the toilet bowl where both representations of the Big Apple face off against each other. Tate could be the number one target here as well with Evan Engram being sidelined and Sterling Shepard still out with a concussion.
Calvin Ridley vs New Orleans Saints
The Falcons are coming off of a bye and they have to enter the fire when it is hot and heavy with a matchup against the Saints straight away. However, with Mohammad Sanu now with New England Ridley’s targets should increase. Plus Julio Jones will draw attention from Marshon Lattimore and honestly besides that (and Cameron Jordan) New Orleans’ defense isn’t that great especially against the pass which Matt Ryan while exploit heavily. Ridley is a nice low end WR2 and a strong flex play this weekend.
Christian Kirk vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kirk had a bit of a bad game last weekend against the 49ers which is surprising. If you watched the game Murray actually passed quite well against this brick wall of a defense. I expect Kirk to bounce back in a big way against the Buccaneers who are ranked last against wide receivers. In fact, the Bucs have given up about an average of 27 points to slot receivers this season. he has the chance to turn some stuff around from his awful performance into something great this weekend.
Jamison Crowder vs New York Giants
Crowder had a solid performance last weekend against the Miami Dolphins. He had nine targets come his way which turned into eight receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown. That was all in the first quarter. After that we didn’t see much of him, but honestly I saw it coming considering Adam Gase doesn’t know how to manage football skills positions. Regardless, Crowder has another opportunity to be great this week for owners as he comes into facing the Giants who are ranked 30 out of 32 in terms of covering wideouts and give up a whopping average of 41.63 points to wideouts. If you have Crowder and all these teams are on bye weeks, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start him as a WR2 this weekend.
Tyrell Williams vs Los Angeles Chargers
Michael Gallup vs Minnesota Vikings
Zach Pascal vs Miami Dolphins
Sit of the Week –
JuJu Smith-Schuster vs Los Angeles Rams
I never like putting one of my own in the sits of the week category, but overall nothing is favorable for JuJu in this matchup with Jalen Ramsey. JuJu’s season also hasn’t been the greatest with Big Ben going down as he has had a rough time adjusting to the WR1 role. He has had four good games this season which isn’t great. I definitely do not see this being the game where JuJu comes out swinging against one of the league’s best if not the best corner in the NFL today. Fade hard on JuJu this weekend sadly.
Marvin Jones vs Chicago Bears
Marvin Jones has had great success this season with Matt Stafford getting back to his superior passing routes. However, this Sunday marks a challenge in the form of the Chicago Bears. The Bears haven’t been the same unstoppable defense from last year, but the Lions have had quite a hard season losing to questionable opponents. Something tells me the Bears defense will get it back together this weekend thus shutting down Jones. Golladay is still worth a flex start in my honest opinion though.
D.K. Metcalf vs San Francisco 49ers
Metcalf found success last weekend against a garbage Tampa Bay secondary. This week is a little bit different when he and the Seahawks face the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers have found success at stopping receivers that line out wide just letting up an average of about 17 points per game. Let us also not forget the team signed Josh Gordon. Whether or not he makes an impact will depend on him, but Metcalf could easily lose some targets to him.
Tyler Boyd vs Baltimore Ravens
The last time Boyd came in contact with the Baltimore Ravens was Week 6. If you need a refresher he scored just four points that game. Now Ryan Finley is quarterback and even though that might lead toward a trend in targets with Boyd, I still don’t trust this matchup. Marlon Humphries will be glued to Boyd in the secondary and with rumors of A.J. Green coming back too some might consider Boyd at least a flex start. But, Green is day-to-day and most likely won’t see the field and Boyd shouldn’t see your starting roster this weekend.
DeVante Parker vs Indianapolis Colts
With Preston Williams out and Mark Walton suspended some might argue that Parker is a good flex start this week especially with the fact that he has scored a touchdown in every week since Week Four except for his contest against the Steelers. here is my theory. Fitzpatrick will try to find him early and the Indianapolis Colts will know that and they will be stuck to Parker throughout the game. The cornerbacks of the Colts aren’t that bad either so Parker isn’t my favorite going into this week, but if you choose to start him he is a risky flex play at best.