Fantasy football owners who drafted Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green can’t be too happy right now.  Both receivers were first round picks, and because of injuries, they’ll likely both be sitting out this week.

Johnson, a consensus top-five pick, has done nothing so far to justify his lofty preseason ranking.  Since exploding for 164 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1, the man known as “Megatron” has accumulated just 184 yards in the four games since, and he has zero scores to go with that paltry yardage total as well.  A high-ankle sprain has been the culprit over the last two games and fantasy owners everywhere can only hope he gets the rest he needs in order to get him to full strength.  He isn’t doing the Lions nor fantasy owners any favors by playing gimpy.  Johnson had just three catches for 19 yards while being used as a “decoy” vs. the Jets and Bills, and he clearly aggravated the injury on his lone reception last week.  Johnson “hopes” to play on Sunday vs. the Vikings, but the general sense is that he’ll sit this one out, and could possibly sit out through the Lions’ Week 9 bye.  Being 3-2 affords them some wiggle room.

Green is in a similar situation to Johnson, though he’s been all but ruled out this week.  The fourth-year pro aggravated his toe injury in Bengals’ practice on Wednesday and it looks like he could miss multiple games.  Green hurt the digit in the team’s Week 2 win over the Falcons, but came right back and played vs. the Titans the following week.  Choosing to play him there may come back to haunt the Bengals, because the way it sounded, his toe seems much worse this time around.  Back in Week 2, the team was calling it a “sprained ligament”, but now they’re saying it’s “a little bit more [than turf toe]”.  This is not what you want to hear if you’re the Bengals or own Green in any of your fantasy leagues.  Unlike Johnson, Green has already had his bye, so if he’s going to rest, it’s gonna be during a game week.  Green’s owners will just have to hope to hear some good news in the next few days.

With two big pass catchers on the mend, it puts owners in a real bind, so I’ve decided to do a wide receivers-only edition of “Start ’em and Sit ’em”…

 

START ‘EM

Golden Tate, LionsDuh.  I had him in my “starts” last week, and boy did he make me look good.  With Calvin Johnson non-existent vs. Buffalo, Tate had seven receptions for 134 yards and caught his first touchdown of the season.  That performance came on the heels of an eight-catch, 116-yard showing vs. the Jets.  We all saw what Tate was capable of in Seattle, and that was with a run-first team.  In a pass-happy Lions’ offense, Tate all of a sudden becomes a top 20 wide receiver for as long as Megatron is sidelined.

Rueben Randle, Giants: If you had to guess, who would you say leads all NFL receivers in red zone targets?  No, it’s not Demaryius Thomas, Jordy Nelson, or Antonio Brown.  It’s none other than third-year pro Rueben Randle, who has a whopping 12 of them.  Randle has garnered exactly 10 total targets in three straight games and his 40 overall targets is tops on the Giants.  This week’s matchup is an appetizing one for Eli Manning‘s new favorite receiver, as the Giants travel to Philly to face an Eagles’ defense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts.  The Eagles are also giving up two red zone TDs per game, which ties them for 20th in the league.

Mohamed Sanu, BengalsThe same reasoning that I gave for starting Golden Tate also applies here.  Without A.J. Green in the lineup, it’s expected that the Bengals will employ a run-heavy attack, but Andy Dalton is gonna have to throw it at some point.  Marvin Jones and Tyler Eifert remain out as well, which will make Sanu the No. 1 non-RB receiving option on Sunday.  When Green went down in Week 2, Sanu ended up finishing with three catches for 84 yards.  Throw in a Week 3 passing touchdown, and the 25-year-old has three straight games of at least 13 fantasy points.  Carolina is 21st vs. opposing receivers, which adds to Sanu’s FLEX appeal in Week 6.

Other “Starts” among wide receivers: Vincent Jackson (TB), James Jones (OAK), Anquan Boldin (SF)

 

SIT ‘EM

Larry Fitzgerald, CardinalsEveryone should know by now that “Larry Fitz” is hanging on by a thread in terms of fantasy relevance.  On the season, Fitz has 13 catches for 164 yards and zero scores.  There are 75 receivers who have bested his 29 fantasy points this year, including guys like Jason Avant, Donnie Avery, Robert Woods, and Travis Benjamin.  It has been quite the precipitous drop for the future Hall of Famer, and the Cards’ QB situation this week won’t make things any easier on the 10-year vet.  It looks like both Carson Palmer (shoulder) and Drew Stanton (concussion) may sit this week, leaving rookie Logan Thomas to run the offense.  Even though Washington offers a nice matchup on paper, Larry Fitzgerald is unstartable until he and the Cardinals’ quarterbacks can show us some consistency.

Other “Sits” among wide receivers: Sammy Watkins (BUF), Miles Austin (CLE), Cordarrelle Patterson (MIN)

 

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  1. Ditka vs God says:
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    First?

    Love the focus on WRs only! Now in a situation where I dont have 2 or 3 obvious starts at WR, please pick 2 for a PPR league: B Marshall (no brain), DeSean, Golden “Wasn’t me” Tate, Mo Sanu. I have a flex spot for any of those guys with other options of : Lamar Miller, Shane Vereen, Benny Cunningham, J. McKinnon (starting Sproles and Bishop Sankey at RB).

    Thanks in advance! Again, great write up.

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Ditka vs God: Tate and Jackson and Lamar at FLEX. I would start Vereen over Sproles too. Cant really start Sproles anymore unless its a massive bye week

  2. Beachgirl says:
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    Great read – need some advice -Replace Megatron with Mike Wallace or M Sanu
    TIA

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Beachgirl: Thanks! Wallace

  3. Dom B says:
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    should I do this trade first here is my roster at quarterback I have Aaron Rodgers and at running back I I have Andre Ellington Eddie Lacy Doug Martin and Fred Jackson and at wide receiver I have Kelvin Benjamin Roddy White Michael Crabtree ty Hilton Kendall Wright should I do the trade me sending Doug Martin and he send Steve Smith Jr

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Dom B: Sure. Dont really like Martin

  4. cubjet says:
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    Need 2 out of these 3…
    Michael Floyd
    Kendall Wright
    Justin Hunter

    Am leaning towards wright and hunter against Jacksonville. What are your thoughts?

    Thanks in advance.

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @cubjet: First 2

  5. mcBlunty says:
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    need 1 for a 3rd flex spot, full ppr M Wheaton, Torrey Smith, Chris Johnson, J Stewart, thanks

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @mcBlunty: Wheaton

  6. Donald Trump says:
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    Would you rather start Sammy Watkins or Justin hunter? Yes, I am actually facing this dire situation.
    Sankey or sjax?
    Fmffl

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Donald Trump: Hunter and SJax

  7. Tyler says:
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    Start one at flex this week, half ppr: Hartline, McKinnon, John Brown

    Thanks

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Tyler: Hartline

  8. thesportsguy says:
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    Couple of choices

    RB2 – SJax or J Hill?
    WR – need 2 of 4 – Torrey Smith, Michael Floyd, Reuben Randle, Markus Wheaton

    Then, need a flex with what is left…

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @thesportsguy: Sit Hill and Torrey

  9. Phil says:
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    Martin or Asiata?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Phil: Martin

  10. Kyle says:
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    Would you trade calvin and ellington

    For

    Garcon and Forte

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Kyle: fair deal

  11. Bart says:
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    Hey seth man!

    At flex storm johnson who faces Tennesee who gives up yardage to opposing RB’s or ben Tate?

    Start or sit Crabtree & Kelvin benjamin?
    We start 3 WR’s; wr1 is demaryius thomas- if I sit crabs or k benjamin I can slot in either Andrew Hawkins , Odell beckham or cordarrelle patterson

    Thanks man!

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Bart: Tate, Benjamin, Hawkins

  12. zach says:
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    Would you drop Decker for Randle in a 10 team ppr?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @zach: Im ok with that

  13. TheMizer says:
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    Greetings Seth,
    Two quick questions for my 16 team PPR
    First Romo(Seattle) or Glennon

    Second pick 3 receivers M. Floyd, Devante Adams, Markus Wheaton, Jordan Mathews, Cordarralle Patterson, John Brown or Storm Johnson. Really hard choice this week I hate Floyd if Palmer isnt the QB.

    Thank you.

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @TheMizer: Id stick with Romo. Wheaton, Johnson and Floyd (if Palmer plays, which is doubtful). If not, Patterson

  14. Husky8585 says:
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    Own both Megatron and AJ Green, not to mention Michael Floyd who has been victimized by qb musical chairs.

    Rolling out Antonio Brown, Keenan Allen, Rueben Randle this week and hoping for the best.

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Husky8585: I think you’ll be okay. AJ, Mega AND Brown? thats quite the WR corps

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Husky8585: was about to say, if even a 12 teamer, that’s nearly impossible if it’s redraft, and even in 10 you had to go WR/WR/WR and still get really lucky to get brown with 3rd round pick.

  15. Jim says:
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    PPR Bye week fill in: Mcfaden or Rainy

    Also Pick 2:
    Edelman
    Garcon
    Wallace
    Sanu

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Jim: Rainey, Wallace, Garcon

  16. Steve Stevenson says:
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    I like the Randle start too but in order to do it I’d have to bench Wallace or Roddy. Who’s the sit out of those 3? Standard scoring, 5pt bonus at 100yds.

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: I wouldnt start Randle over those 2

  17. Dom B says:
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    Out of these WR which two to start Kelvin Benjamin, Micheal Crabtree, Roddy White, Kendall Wright

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Dom B: Benjamin and Roddy

  18. BR808 says:
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    Yo yo! I was just offered Demarco Murray for Leshawn & Golden Tate??? My team sits at 4-1 with

    Luck
    McCoy
    Andre Williams / Sankey
    Jordy
    Golden
    Julius Thomas
    Crabtree

    Thanx for the consideration!

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @BR808: I’d stay put.

  19. Dimitri says:
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    I was offered Golden Tate for K. Moreno. Should I take it?

    My team is J. Cutler, E. Manning, M. Lynch, A. Foster, R. Bush, K. Moreno, M. Ball, Julio Jones, D, Jackson, R. Randle, M. Colston, James Jones, A. Robinson, G. Olsen

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Dimitri: Yes, I would. You have plenty of RB depth

  20. Kevin says:
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    Start one WR, one RB, and one Flex…..PPR

    Sproles, Crabtree, Vereen, Allen Robinson, Storm Johnson

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Kevin: Crabtree, Vereen, Robinson

  21. John Rambo Jr says:
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    Sankey or B Quick in my flex?

    Sankey hasn’t shown up yet, but against JAX he’s got a real shot. Is Greene inactive for the game?

    Thanks in advance,
    JRJ

    • SethDaSportsMan

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      @John Rambo Jr: Greene is inactive. Id still go with Quick. No harm in waiting to see what Sankey’s workload is like today

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