Published: Nov. 7, 2018 at 11:22 a.m.
Updated: Nov. 9, 2018 at 05:07 p.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 10: Wide receivers


Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate weekly look at NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. Fantasy superstars such as Todd Gurley and Antonio Brown will not be featured. All player matchups are based on PPR scoring system. NFL researchers Matt Frederick and Michael Florio have contributed to the column. For your final starting lineup decisions, check our weekly fantasy football lineup rankings.

Byes: Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings

Start 'Em

Start of the Week - Tyler Boyd vs. New Orleans Saints

The Bengals will be without A.J. Green this week, leaving Boyd as the top option in the pass attack for Andy Dalton. That's good news for the talented Pitt product, who'll face a Saints defense that's surrendered eight touchdowns to slot receivers and the most PPR points (55.2 PPG) to opposing wideouts on the road this season.

Josh Gordon vs. Tennessee Titans

Gordon, listed as a start 'em last week, produced his best fantasy stat line since 2013! He's played on 86 percent of the snaps since Week 7, and he's scored 13-plus PPR points in three of his last five games. I'd keep him active against the Titans, who have allowed nine scores and almost 30 PPR points a game to receivers lined out wide in 2018.

Calvin Ridley vs. Cleveland Browns

Ridley had a solid rebound game last week, scoring 19.7 PPR points after being held under 10 in his previous three contests. I'm expecting another nice outing this week in what could be a high-scoring game against the Browns. Their defense has allowed the third-most yards (1,247) and 10 scores to enemy receivers who are lined out wide.

Larry Fitzgerald vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Fitzgerald has averaged 10 targets and scored a combined 40 PPR points in his last two games, so he's back in the good graces of fantasy fans. I'd keep him active against the Chiefs, as game script could mean a lot of second-half throws from Josh Rosen. If the rookie keeps peppering Fitzgerald with targets, the veteran should do well.

DeSean Jackson vs. Washington Redskins

Revenge! Jackson's level of production has been uneven at times, but he has scored at least 11.3 PPR points in four of his last five games. He's facing his former team, the Redskins, who have allowed nine touchdowns and 30.5 PPR points to receivers lined out wide. That's where Jackson has run 170 of his 206 routes (82 percent) in 2018.

Start 'Em: Jarvis Landry vs. Atlanta Falcons, Marquez Valdes-Scantling vs. Miami Dolphinss
Sleepers: Dede Westbrook at Indianapolis Colts, Maurice Harris at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sit 'Em

Sit of the Week - Kenny Golladay vs. Chicago Bears

Golladay is a tough wideout to sit during the bye weeks, but I would consider the move against a tough Bears defense. Since Week 1, when their defense allowed two top-14 PPR wideouts against the Packers, Chicago has had just one receiver finish better than 21st at the position against them. Don't be surprised if Babytron disappoints.

Golden Tate vs. Dallas Cowboys

Tate's first game as a member of the Eagles could be a bust for fantasy owners, as a difficult matchup against the Cowboys is next on the schedule. Their defense has allowed just three touchdowns, an average of 44.1 yards and 9.7 PPR points per game to opposing slot receivers this season. I'd consider Tate a risk-reward flex option.

Corey Davis vs. New England Patriots

Davis was heavily targeted in last week's win over the Cowboys, which could cause some fantasy fans to start him against the Patriots. I would avoid that temptation, however, as a matchup against CB Stephon Gilmore isn't favorable. In fact, he's listed as Pro Football Focus' top cover corner out of 111 qualifiers. I'd sit Davis.

Jordy Nelson vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Nelson has been a massive disappointment in the stat sheets this season, scoring fewer than six PPR points in all but three of his first eight games. While he did produce a touchdown and 14.3 points in a game earlier this season against the Chargers, their defense has still been tough on opposing receivers who are split out wide overall.

Adam Humphries vs. Washington Redskins

Humphries went off in the stat sheets last week, scoring a season-high 28.9 PPR points in a loss to the Panthers. I wouldn't chase the points, however, as the Redskins have allowed just one touchdown and an average of 10.7 PPR points per game to slot receivers. That's where Humphries has lined up on 83.3 percent of his routes this season.

Sit 'Em: Randall Cobb vs. Miami Dolphins, Mohamed Sanu at Cleveland Browns
Busts: T.Y. Hilton vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, Allen Robinson vs. Detroit Lions

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. You can follow Michael on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram for all of the latest fantasy football news, notes and in-depth analysis!


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