Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 9: Best and Worst WR Plays This Weekend
There's no need to fret over your Start 'Em, Sit 'Em decisions for Week 9—we've got the best and worst wide receiver plays of the weekend covered.
Read on to find out which wideouts you need to start, and which ones need to stay put on your bench.
Start 'Em: Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns
For all the trade chatter surrounding Gordon, the Browns made the smart decision to keep him on the roster. He's a potential franchise cornerstone, and he's proven it in his recent play.
In six games this season, Gordon has caught 32 passes for 582 yards, a healthy 97 yards per game. Remember, he's done that with a lot of quarterback turmoil. He put up huge numbers against the Kansas City Chiefs, catching five passes for 132 yards.
He's a star, and he's going to continue to play like one this week. He's facing a Baltimore Ravens defense that has struggled, at times, this season. The Ravens give up 238.7 yards per game through the air, which is 16th best in the league.
It seems like Jason Campbell is providing some stability at the quarterback position. Against the Chiefs last week, he threw for a respectable 293 yards, two touchdowns and zero picks.
Gordon is a must-start every week going forward. He has great speed and is capable of putting up huge numbers. Put him in your lineup now and you won't regret it.
Sit 'Em: Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills
Stevie Johnson is back at practice after suffering a hip injury, according to Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550:
Fred Jackson, Stevie Johnson and Kyle Williams have all returned to practice after missing Wednesday. #Bills— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) October 31, 2013
Despite that, starting Johnson this week is a bad move. For one, the Bills still do not know who is going to be starting at quarterback, via their official team Twitter page:
Doug Marrone: "We're going to see today where we're at with Thad" Decision coming later today, Jeff Tuel or Matt Flynn could be in the mix.— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 1, 2013
Marrone: "We're looking to play the best QB that gives us a chance (to win)"— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 1, 2013
No matter who starts, none of the quarterbacks inspire confidence. Beyond that, Johnson just hasn't been that good this year. He's averaging just 55 yards per game and has only eclipsed 100 yards once this season.
The Kansas City Chiefs also have one of the best defenses in football. They give up only 205.8 yards per game through the air, which is fourth best in the league. They give up an average of just over 12 points per game.
It would be shocking if Johnson puts up big numbers, just like it would be shocking if the Bills win. I know there are a lot of players on bye this week, but if you can help it, avoid Johnson. He would be a burden on your lineup.
Start 'Em: Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans
Looking for a sleeper to cure you of the bye week blues? Look no further. Jake Locker and Kendall Wright have developed excellent chemistry, and that should continue against a weak St. Louis Rams defense.
According to Matthew Berry of ESPN, since 2012, when Locker is healthy and playing, Wright leads the Titans in targets and receptions.
He has only one touchdown this season, but in his last three games, he's had 241 yards receiving. Jake Locker is back and healthy, and Wright responded immediately with his best game, catching nine passes for 98 yards two weeks ago against the tough San Francisco 49ers defense.
Now, they'll face the Rams, which is good news for Titans fans. The Rams give up an average of nearly 25 points per game, and even gave up 20 points to the woeful Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Titans should win this game, and Wright will be a big reason why. I expect him to have eight catches for 100+ yards and a score. He's a perfect bye week replacement.
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