by Angel Maldonado
The injury-bug has hit Wide Receivers hard this season. Kenny Golladay, Michael Thomas, Chris Godwin, Jamison Crowder, Courtland Sutton are out this week and managers are scrambling to find replacements. Let’s see which players make for great starts this week and which are likely to be busts in our Week 2 Start Em’ Sit Em’ (Wide Receivers).
If you have a Cowboys player: start them. It’s that simple. Falcons/Cowboys is going to be a shootout. Both teams are hungry after a Week 1 loss and I expect this to be a pass-happy game for both sides. Lamb showed he belonged with a quietly impressive performance against the Rams last Sunday night, and I expect him to have a WR2 stat-line this week.
No Godwin? No problem.
Obviously that’s not true, and I would be one of the many fantasy managers scrambling to replace a Godwin sized void in my lineup were it not for the presence of one Scott Miller on my bench. Miller displayed good chemistry with Brady last weekend as he caught 5 passes for 73 yards last week, topped only by Chris Godwin in both categories. Now that our favorite dynasty receiver has been hit with the concussion protocol, it’s time for Miller to shine and I expect him to be a low-end WR2 this week.
Also, Mike Evans might score 45+.
Marvin Jones Jr
Another receiver thrust into a bigger role because of injury, Jones Jr has a chance to be a massive hit this week. Adam Thielen came up big in garbage time last week against the Packers as he finished as the WR3 with 31 PPR points. While I don’t expect Jones to be quite as productive, Stafford and the Lions will have to throw the ball to keep up with that looks to be a rejuvenated Aaron Rodgers. Jones Jr will be a value play and is firmly in my Top 24 receivers this week with Kenny Golladay out.
Slayton season is alive and well as the much-hyped sophomore broke out big last week to the tune of 6 catches for 102 yards and a touchdown. The Bears defense is not as fearsome as years past and Slayton is the clear No.1 option in the passing game for Daniel Jones. He is a solid start this week and should be a value play in DFS as well.
Julian Edelman didn’t have a huge Week 1 performance, but he has the chance to break out this week against a Seattle secondary that was absolutely roasted in the slot by 3Co favorite Russell Gage. Newton seemed like the Cam of old and hurt the Dolphins through the ground, but I expect him to rely on the pass more this week and target Edelman early and often. He’s a WR2 for this matchup.
I have a simple rule when it comes to Wide Receivers facing the Patriots: bench them. Last week we learned that, despite a weak linebacker group, the Patriots defense will remain elite thanks to its generational secondary. Headed by reigning DPOY Stephon Gilmore, I expect the Seahawks to struggle to move the ball through the air as they run the offense through Chris Carson instead. Metcalf is a WR3 this week.
A bad start to the season is going to get worse for Parker in Week 2. Don’t let Jamison Crowder’s amazing Week 1 fool you: the Bills secondary is once again elite and locking up outside receivers. Parker is nowhere near the PPR extraordinaire that Jamison Crowder is and I’d be surprised if he breaks 4 catches this week. There are many better options this week, don’t start Parker.
I know a lot of people are being forced into some difficult decisions, but don’t start Aiyuk unless you absolutely need to. Sure, pretty much the entire 49ers receiving room is injured, but don’t expect Jimmy G to light up the Kets with Brandon Aiyuk. Instead, expect a run-heavy gameplan centered around the Jets beating themselves (and they will) as the 49ers wait for their playmakers to return in a couple of weeks. There are better options out there this week than Aiyuk.
Fuller has always been boom or bust, and he went Boom in Week 1. This week, I see him being a bust. The Ravens secondary locked down a Browns offense that scored 35 points against the Bengals by taking advantage of their weak O-Line. Expect the Ravens to et to Watson early an often, limiting Fuller’s upside.
A bad knee and a matchup against Marshon Lattimore? I’m avoiding Henry Ruggs in all of my leagues this week and I wouldn’t rely on him as more than a boom-or-bust WR3, much like Will Fuller.