World Eater Week Nine Starts and Sits - Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers

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By: Ryan Hawks (@RyanWorldEater)
After a one-week hiatus, World Eater Fantasy Football is back with start/sit advice for fantasy squads everywhere. Injuries continue to mount across the league, and last minute trades have undoubtedly shaken up some team’s lineup decisions. In our first installment, we’ll focus on quarterbacks and wide receivers. Read on, and take these words as the law!


World Eater Week Nine Starts and Sits – Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers


Quarterbacks


Start


Drew Brees at Tampa Bay Buccaneers


The New Orleans Saints have been a completely different team from what we are used to the past few weeks. We haven’t seen Drew Brees have to throw for 300 yards and score every time he has the ball. The defense has been playing surprisingly well, and their run game is rolling.

While that is a good thing for the Saints overall, it isn’t as nice for fantasy teams with Brees on their roster. In two of the last three games, he has scored under 15 points, and only has three touchdowns, to four interceptions during that span.

This should be a vintage Brees game though. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a high powered offense that should be able to force Brees to air it out more than recent weeks. In addition to that, they’ve been really vulnerable to big plays, something the entire Saints offense should feast on.

Teams should confidently start Brees this week in an excellent matchup.

Hidden Gem Alert: Jacoby Brissett at Houston Texans


A surprise streaming starter this week is Indianapolis Colts newly crowned full-time starter for the rest of the season, Jacoby Brissett. He has not been a viable fantasy starter this season, but this week is a nice matchup that could turn into a shootout in Houston.

Many starting caliber quarterbacks are on bye this week, like Philip Rivers and Tom Brady. Then, injuries to guys like Aaron Rodgers and Carson Palmer have made the market for signal callers really thin this season. Brissett could be a nice option to fill a void for a starter this week.

The Texans are giving up the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Last week, Russell Wilson put up over 36 fantasy points against them. A few week before that, Alex Smith earned over 26 fantasy points playing against the Texans.

Teams that have a bad matchup or quarterback on bye, should consider streaming Brissett this week. They will be pleasantly pleased by his performance.

Sit


Carson Wentz vs. Denver Broncos


Second year player Carson Wentz is a player who is taking the league by storm this season. He’s thrown multiple touchdowns in all but two games this season, including throwing for three or more in three of his last four games.

Throwing lanes will be tough to come by this week though, as Wentz goes up against the Denver Broncos and their lockdown corners Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. He does have Zach Ertz, and the Broncos are giving up the third highest point total to tight ends this season.

Still, Ertz is just one guy, and Wentz has thrived this season being able to spread the ball around. This undoubtedly lower his ceiling this week. While he might not bunk out completely, this could be the game where his streak of multiple touchdown passes comes to an end.

With Watson being added to the list of the quarterback apocalypse this year, alternate options will be very limited. Still, tailor expectations for Wentz, and if possible, keep him out of starting lineups this week.

Marcus Mariota vs. Baltimore Ravens


At the beginning of the season, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota was pegged as a breakout candidate. So far, while he hasn’t been horrible, he hasn’t really lived up to his hype either. He has been limited the past few weeks by injury, but even when healthy, he hasn’t done much.

This week, Mariota is going up against a Baltimore Ravens defense that terrorized Miami Dolphins backup quarterback Matt Moore last week. They intercepted him twice, taking it to the house both times, and sacked him three times. Their secondary is underrated, and should be able to contain the Titans subpar receiving corps without too much trouble.

Mariota’s hasn’t gone over 20 points in standard leagues even once this season. He is unlikely to break that trend this week either. Best to find other options under center for this week.

Wide Receivers


Start


Sammy Watkins at New York Giants


Los Angeles Rams big-play receiver Sammy Watkins is taking a while to get acclimated to the offense. Aside from his Thursday night explosion where gained 106 yards and scored two touchdowns, Watkins has combined for 158 yards and no touchdowns the other six games he played this season.

To be fair, he’s had a brutal slate of corners going against him the past three weeks. From weeks five through seven he faced Richard Sherman on the Seattle Seahawks, Jalen Ramsay of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Patrick Peterson with the Arizona Cardinals.

This week, he goes up against the New York Giants. Initially, it seems like a bad matchup. Their top cornerback, Janoris Jenkins has been shutting down opposing receivers all year. However, news came out earlier this week that Jenkins has been suspended indefinitely by the G-Men.

Even with Jenkins eliminating number one receivers from games, the Giants are still middle of the road in pass coverage, giving up the 17th most points to wide receivers in fantasy. This will likely get worse without him in the lineup.

Watkins has a good shot to go off this week, and is likely to have a great game in a nice matchup.

T.Y. Hilton at Houston Texans


Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton has been on both sides of this list through the season. Without his best friend Andrew Luck at quarterback, the reigning leader in receiving yards from 2016 has been struggling to find rhythm here in 2017.

He’s been relegated to boom or bust this season, and more often than not, he’s been more of a buster. The Texans are vulnerable to big plays this season, something Hilton makes his money off of.They are giving up the seventh most fantasy points to wide receivers, so this week, he could finally eat.

The worry here is that the game might be a bit toned down now that Watson is gone for the season. Part of the reason that Houston is giving up so many yards could be that the Texans have been lighting up the scoreboard. Teams have been having to throw the ball downfield to keep up with Watson and their explosive offense.

Regardless, Hilton needs to be in lineups in a week where a lot of big names like Antonio Brown are on bye. Make sure he is in lineups for one of the few weeks he’ll boom.

Sit


Nelson Agholor vs Denver Broncos


Another week, another column on advising a sit against the Denver Broncos secondary. Philadelphia Eagles receiver Nelson Agholor has come on strong lately, along with the entire Eagles offense. Until last week, Agholor had three straight games where he scored at least two.

This week, he will start a new streak – of games under ten points. He might even go two straight under three points. The Broncos are giving up the fifth fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. Part of this is because they don’t just have one, but two shutdown corners on the roster in Talib and Harris Jr.

This means that Agholor is unlikely to escape their coverage, and quarterback Wentz is going to have to look elsewhere to throw the ball. Teams need to not get caught rolling the dice on Agholor this week, because they will get burned.

A.J. Green at Jacksonville Jaguars


Moving on, if the Denver Broncos secondary looks depressing for opposing wide receivers, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is probably considering faking an injury so he doesn’t have to play this week. He goes up against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who also have a cornerback duo giving wide receivers fits.

The duo of A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey are giving up the fewest points of any team to wide receivers. It’s not just the corners that are causing this, but also the Jaguars beastly pass-rush. In fact, they are second in the league at causing pressure. This causes quarterbacks to have to get the ball out quickly and throw into tight coverage.

Green thrives off of big plays where he makes contested catches. This plays to Jaguars strengths completely. Quarterback Andy Dalton has a history of crumbling under pressure, and even in all his years playing in the league, he hasn’t seen a defense like this one.

Teams probably can’t bench a big name like Green, but tailor expectations, and don’t be surprised to see a donut next to his name after this game is over with.

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