As we get into the bye weeks, you might have some limited options. I tend to focus on lesser names that might not be on your radar as guys to slide right in. Injuries have also piled up now at the wide receiver position, so if a name in the sit section is the only option and have been producing, you can take your shot. However, I would advise you to look and see if any of the names in the start section this week are out there to be picked up. Check out our rankings, start sit tool, and fantasy football projections for this week to help make those tough decisions.
Tyler Boyd @ Pittsburgh Steelers
If you are like me and have plenty of Tyler Boyd shares, you might have some decisions to make if you have other wide receivers in better spots this week. I am rolling with Boyd still, as the Steelers defense is certainly good, but have allowed the 8th most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers this season. Boyd is a safe target play as well and I trust him over the other two. Boyd is averaging 8.5 targets per game this season, 6.8 receptions, and 73 receiving yards.
Brandon Aiyuk @ New Orleans Saints
San Francisco is going to be healthier this week and get some of their playmakers back. Brandon Aiyuk is one of them as he missed the Packers game. He will face New Orleans this week, who are in the bottom-ten in fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers. You can bank on Aiyuk getting 7-8 touches in this game with room for plenty more. Deebo Samuel is iffy to return this week, but even if he does play, Aiyuk is someone I still expect a strong performance from.
D.J. Chark @ Green Bay Packers
DJ Chark has had a major up and down year this season where the two breakout games have helped mask a few duds. The matchup against Jaire Alexander and the Packers might have you doubting whether you can trust him this week, especially with an inexperienced quarterback. Last week was certainly a different story given he had the Texans secondary. However, volume is something I prioritize heavily and you should as well. He has 12, 7, and 14 targets over his last three games. I would expect him to be targeted heavily in a game where they are trailing.
John Brown @ Arizona Cardinals
We should see this trend over the next few weeks where John Brown doesn’t practice or has a limited practice early in the week. It was the case last week and dealing with some injuries over the early part of the season it makes sense. Despite being listed as questionable last week until Saturday, he finished with an 8-99-0 line on 11 targets against Seattle. His best game since Week 2. He also was tackled at the one, otherwise, it would have been a bigger day. Brown will have another solid matchup against the Cardinals who are allowing 48.1 PPR points per game to opposing receivers.
Tim Patrick @ Las Vegas Raiders
Tim Patrick continues to put up strong numbers and had another week putting up double-digit fantasy points. He had nine targets and has 28 over his last four healthy games. Patrick is a WR3 or FLEX option this week against the Raiders, who rank 26th against the pass. This should be a high scoring affair from both sides, and Patrick will get his share of targets. Denver has a decent implied total and Lock has really been connecting with Patrick as an option even with some healthy bodies returning.
Justin Jefferson @ Chicago Bears
I am a big fan of Justin Jefferson, just not for this week. Chicago is a top-five pass defense and it has shown in the amount of productive wide receivers they have allowed this season for fantasy as well. Jefferson has also seen 4, 4, 11, 5, and 5 target games over his last five. That isn’t encouraging this week against the Bears where you have two teams that will try and grind this out. Jefferson’s volume in addition to the Bears allowing third-fewest fantasy points per game to receivers is a major concern.
Darius Slayton Vs Philadelphia Eagles
Darius Slayton was held to one catch against Washington last week and has struggled to put up decent games each week. In the last game against Philly, they locked him down for two catches. This is now the third time in four games where he has not exceeded two catches. Philadelphia has a strong secondary and has limited wide receivers to just the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game.
Henry Ruggs III Vs Denver Broncos
The weekly upside continues to be there for Henry Ruggs III given he can break one to the house on any play. We just can’t bank on that anymore in an offense where the ball is spread around so much. He has yet to see more than five targets in a game and has all but one game under ten fantasy points. Denver should be getting healthier in the secondary this week as well.
Jakobi Meyers Vs Baltimore Ravens
There was a mad rush for Jakobi Meyers this week on the waiver wire and deservingly so. He has seen a high target share in a pretty poor Patriots offense but the volume has carried him. He faced the Jets on Monday and was terrific but this is a whole different animal facing a Ravens offense that has allowed the 6th fewest fantasy points per game to wide receivers. I don’t trust Cam Newton in this one, especially with him being banged up.
Marvin Jones Vs Washington Football Team
Washington continues to be a team I don’t want to target with non-elite wide receivers. They are allowing the fewest fantasy points per game to wide receivers on the year and while Kenny Golladay will be out again, it is still hard to trust Jones. He ended up with a 3-43-1 day against Minnesota but on just four targets. I don’t want to rely on Jones having to find the end zone this week to have fantasy value.
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