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.
Tre’Quan Smith Vs Carolina Panthers
With Michael Thomas still not practicing and now a hamstring injury popping up somehow, I am not banking on Thomas suiting up this week. Emmanuel Sanders now just hit the Covid-19 list and is ruled out this week. That means Tre’Quan Smith is going to be in play this week as an options and down two wide receivers Smith should see a hefty workload.
Mike Williams Vs Jacksonville Jaguars
Mike Williams is coming off his best game in a long time and I am here to say this is not a fluke. Williams has this upside each week with Justin Herbert under center constantly looking his way when he has mismatches or one-on-one coverage. The quarterback change certainly bodes well for Williams the rest of the season, as long as he can stay healthy. Williams is in a good spot this week against the Jaguars, who don’t really have an option that can match up with Williams.
AJ Green Vs Cleveland Browns
I am going to combine AJ Green and Tee Higgins together because Tyler Boyd is a weekly starter regardless and I have been writing too much about Higgins each week. This continues to be a high volume offense for passing attempts and Green finally put together a solid stretch where he had 96 yards on eight catches. Targets have been no issue this season, but the timing has and it looks that he has finally gotten it down with Burrow. In the past game against Cleveland, he had 13 targets but scored just 5.9 PPR points. This is a struggling pass defense and Green’s volume makes him a WR3 or FLEX option.
Christian Kirk Vs Seattle Seahawks
Christian Kirk has three touchdowns and over 170 yards in the last three games. He struggled out of the gates but has found his groove a bit. I like him once again this weekend as Seattle. The Seahawks secondary has struggled greatly but has also seen a ton of volume against them because the Seahawks are putting up monster points. This is another game where we should see a lot of scoring on both sides. Kirk will certainly benefit if the Cardinals have to chase this one.
Tim Patrick Vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Speaking of chasing games there is a chance Tim Patrick and the Broncos have to chase against the Chiefs this weekend. Patrick has been a tremendous option with back-to-back 100+ yard games and two touchdowns in the last three games. With the injuries to Sutton and Hamler, Patrick has really stepped up for this group. Patrick will remain a WR3 or FLEX option for the next few weeks until we start seeing some of these names come back.
Julian Edelman Vs San Francisco 49ers
You have to go back to the matchup against Seattle where he had his only real relevant fantasy game of the season. He caught two passes for eight yards this past Sunday and has only seven receptions over the last three games. Julian Edelman is constantly on the injury report nursing knee injuries but we never really know how healthy these Patriots players are. He will suit up as usual but continues to be a non-factor. The 49ers have allowed just 20.7 PPR points per game to opposing wide receivers this season.
Laviska Shenault Jr. @ Los Angeles Chargers
While I like what Laviska Sheanult brings to the table, it is a tough matchup against the Chargers and I don’t trust Gardner Minshew a ton to help with the other wideouts. DJ Chark will be fine given the volume, but even if Shenault gets 7-8 touches, I don’t know how productive he can be in this spot. After being high on this group against the Lions, Keelan Cole delivered as I mentioned, but the others struggled. I will pass and wait for better matchups moving forward.
Michael Gallup @ Washington Football Team
I don’t think there will be as much to go around anymore with Andy Dalton under center. CeeDee Lamb, Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper are certainly the main targets, and even Dalton Schultz has more targets than Michael Gallup this season. His stock for the rest of the year has tanked for me and there was no chance to sell on him so he might be dead weight at this point. This is a good secondary that has held opposing wide receivers to just 17.2 PPR points per game this season.
Cooper Kupp Vs Chicago Bears
This Bears team has held wide receivers to just one touchdown this season and the third-fewest fantasy points per game. Kupp is touchdown-dependent and has crossed the 100-yard mark just twice this season. You also have the issue of not knowing which Jared Goff is going to show up. I am not going to trust him in this spot if I have better matchups. I still will use Robert Woods this week though.
JuJu Smith-Schuster @ Tennessee Titans
JuJu Smith-Schuster practiced fully this week after having the knee injury tag tied to his name. In the last three games, he has not caught more than five passes and has not crossed the 50-yard mark. He is seeing an extremely low aDOT this season while Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson run wild. Given their upside and Johnson coming back healthy this week, I like them quite a bit more.
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