Week 9 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Mario Manningham and 10 WRs to Start or Sit
Wide receivers are a very unpredictable, inconsistent group in fantasy. I put this list together based on matchups, recent play, their QBs play and finally on pure gut feeling in some cases.
In Week 8, Calvin Johnson and Steve Smith were the top two scorers, which was not a surprise. Rounding out the top five, though, were Laurent Robinson, Nate Washington and Victor Cruz, three names who weren't at the top of anybody's fantasy draft board.
I tried to leave the obvious starters off this list.
Here are 10 receivers you should start or sit in Week 9.
Start Mario Manningham
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With Hakeem Nicks nursing a hamstring, Mario Manningham should slip into the New York Giants' No. 1 receiver spot.
On Sunday New York plays the New England Patriots, who have the league's worst passing defense, allowing 323 yards per game.
Last week, Manningham was targeted nine times and had six catches for 63 yards with a TD against the Miami Dolphins.
Sit Anquan Boldin
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Anquan Boldin had seven catches for 145 yards against the Arizona Cardinals last week.
This week, though, he will be facing the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are a little better on defense. Pittsburgh's pass defense ranks No. 1 in the league.
Boldin should not fare so well in this game.
Start Pierre Garcon
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Pierre Garcon is Curtis Painter's go-to receiver. During last Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans, Garcon was targeted 15 times.
This week, he's matched up against the Atlanta Falcons, who rank 23rd in the league against the pass.
Painter will look to get Garcon the ball early and often.
Sit Steve Johnson
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There should be a rule in fantasy football where you don't start a good receiver who is going against Darrelle Revis.
Steve Johnson led the Bills last week with six catches 57 yards. I would expect Revis to hold him to this or possibly lower.
Revis has shut down better receivers than Johnson.
Start Miles Austin
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Miles Austin has not really been involved in the Dallas Cowboys' offense the last two weeks. Austin is healthy, and I expect him to be targeted a lot more against the Seattle Seahawks.
Austin was left out of Dallas' previous two games because RB DeMarco Murray went off for more than 200 rushing yards against the St. Louis Rams, and then there was the blowout against the Philadelphia Eagles where no Cowboy really got the ball.
This week, Dallas plays the Seattle Seahawks, who rank 18th in the league against the pass. Austin should be able to make some noise during this game.
Sit Lance Moore
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Don't be fooled by Lance Moore's seven catches for 74 yards and a TD against the St. Louis Rams last week; most of it was in garbage time.
Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham remain Drew Brees' top two targets.
This week the New Orleans Saints take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who will try their best to make it a running, defensive game.
Start Santonio Holmes
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I feel the same way about Santonio Holmes as I do with Miles Austin. Holmes has not been very involved in the last few games; I expect that too change.
The New York Jets go against the Buffalo Bills, who give up a lot of points (except for last week) and have the league's 24th ranked passing defense.
Last game, it was Plaxico Burress' game; this week it will be Holmes'.
Sit Julio Jones
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Julio Jones looks to be back on track to play against the weak Indianapolis Colts. If he's healthy, it may look like a favorable matchup.
The thing is, though, while Jones has been out, the Atlanta Falcons have been concentrating more on the run, featuring Michael Turner in each game with success.
Jones is also going to need some time to get back into the scheme of things.
Start Darrius Heyward-Bey
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Darrius Heyward-Bey is the Oakland Raiders' No. 1 receiver.
Even though the recently acquired Carson Palmer may not know all of the playbook, he still should remember how to throw it long, and that's all he has to do with Heyward-Bey.
Heyward-Bey might not be much of a possession receiver but he knows how to speed down the field and get open. He just needs to remember how to hang onto the ball sometimes.
Palmer should target Heyward-Bey against the Denver Broncos and the league's 19th-ranked pass defense.
Sit Plaxico Burress
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This is a tricky one. While Plaxico Burress proved that he can be a great red-zone target against the San Diego Chargers, he also put the league on notice.
Although the Buffalo Bills look like a good opponent to start Burress against, you have to keep in mind that the Bills are going to be game-planning even more for Plaxico.
Burress may be used as a decoy against the Bills, with Santonio Holmes getting most of the targets.