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 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.
DJ Chark Vs Tennessee Titans
DJ Chark has failed to top ten PPR points over his last three games. Injuries and changes at quarterback have certainly not helped, but the last two weeks I love that he has 15 targets and Mike Glennon actually has been capable of moving the ball. This is a great matchup for Chark who have been toasted through the air all season. They are allowing 43.1 PPR points per game. Our projections are looking for a Chark rebound as well, with him ranking as WR26 in PPR formats.
Marquise Brown @ Cleveland Browns
With the Browns secondary in the shape that it is in and Marquise Brown capitalizing the last two weeks, you can fire him up with confidence. The Browns are allowing 40.8 PPR points per game to wide receivers this season. A bulk of last week has certainly made up for those wind games that were making them look like they were improving against the pass. Brown projects for 12.3 PPR points this week and that is WR34.
Sterling Shepard Vs Arizona Cardinals
Sterling Shepard continues to see a steady dose of targets whenever he is healthy. While he struggled to take advantage of the Seattle matchup, Colt McCoy being under center and a heavy ground game were the reasons for that. Jones is expected back this week and I like the matchup for him against the Cardinals, who have allowed the 11th most fantasy points per game. to wide receivers.
Tim Patrick @ Carolina Panthers
Over the last five weeks, the Panthers have allowed a 64-720-7 line to wide receivers in four games. That is 44.6 PPR points per game and the third-most fantasy points. Tim Patrick has a 40-607-5 line in 11 games this season. He ranks 36th in PPR scoring among wide receivers, ahead of Marquise Brown, Mike Williams, Darius Slayton, and T.Y. Hilton. Patrick has been free off the waivers for the entire year.
Jarvis Landry Vs. Baltimore Ravens
Jarvis Landry is coming off back-to-back big games with 21 targets and over 40 PPR points. Baltimore is in the top-third in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers, and have allowed just eight receiving touchdowns. I don’t love Landry in this spot, especially on this week. Baltimore’s defense can certainly make life rough for Baker Mayfield and then we see the other suffer as well. Cleveland is also going to continue to focus on the ground game, especially if this is just a slugfest style game.
Darius Slayton Vs. Arizona Cardinals
There have been some very weird usage for Darius Slayton over the last few weeks. Over the last six, he has 3, 9, 1, 7, 2, and 1 targets. He also struggled in the last two games against bottom-five pass defenses, facing Seattle and Cincinnati. He is very boom or bust now and the ground game has been a focus for the offense the last few weeks. On a full week with plenty of stronger options that are getting consistent targets, I would go that route.
Christian Kirk @ New York Giants
Over the past five weeks, the Giants are allowing the second-fewest fantasy points per game to wide receivers. They also made it very difficult for DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett to get going last week. Arizona’s offense has dropped a bit and partially it has been because of the matchups but also Kyler Murray’s health seems to be in question. Kirk is not startable right now and is borderline droppable if there are better options out there.
Tee Higgins Vs Dallas Cowboys
While Tee Higgins hasn’t been awful since the quarterback change, I still don’t like these Bengals wide receivers. The matchup is a good one but Dallas should be able to control this game and limit the Bengals offense. Cincinnati’s offense and passing attack, in general, has fallen off since the Joe Burrow injury. Higgins is having a terrific season but now dealing with a hamstring injury that has limited his practice this week, I don’t want to have him pull up halfway through the game. He also needs a ton of volume to hit value.
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