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The Shot Caller's Report - Wide Receivers
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 3
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Bye Weeks: Detroit, Miami

Marquez Valdes-Scanting

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Marquez Valdes-Scantling / Geronimo Allison @ DAL

With Davante Adams hobbled and a question mark for this week, I think both MVS and Allison are potential WR3/FLEX plays. Valdes-Scantling has already compiled 29 targets this season as the second fiddle and Allison made an impact last week against Philly when Adams went down. If Adams plays I think itís mostly as a decoy, and the fact that Green Bay is near the bottom of the league in rushing means this is like to be a pass-heavy gameplan. I always want as many shares of an Aaron Rodgers led offense as possible, so letís see what happens!

Robby Anderson @ PHI

Word of warning. Anderson is only in this spot if Sam Darnold starts this week, otherwise stay far away from this entire offense. If Darnold is good to go, there are no secondaries in the NFL that have given up more fantasy points to receivers than this Philly team and Anderson is the kind of deep threat guy that could feast this week. The Eagles have surrendered a 100+ yard receiver in each game this season (they actually gave up two against the Falcons) and their secondary continues to be banged up. The Jets have been nearly unwatchable on offense this season, so this is always a risk, but Anderson has the potential to make an impact.

Auden Tate vs ARI

I think Iíve decided to just make this section of my SCR weeks as the ďdarkhorseĒ pick of the week. Last time out I failed miserably with a rookie who had a chance to shine due to being a glutton for punishment, Iím doing it again! This time itís Auden Tate, the 2018 7th rounder from Florida State. With A.J. Green on the shelf indefinitely, and John Ross just put on IR with a shoulder injury, Tate is thrust into a major passing game role. The loss of Ross leaves upwards of 8 targets a game for the taking, and Tate gets the chance to soak them up. Tateís production wouldnít come out of nowhere, as heís seen 16 targets over the last two games and turned those into a decent 138 yards. The matchup with Arizona is a juicy as it gets, as this has the potential to be a ďdefense optionalĒ kind of game. Iím rolling with Tate as a WR3 in one of my leagues, so Iíll join you on this merry adventure!

Grab Some Pine

D.K. Metcalf vs LAR (THU)

Despite seeing a decent dose of targets (especially in the red zone), Metcalf has been a one-trick pony for the Seahawks. With a route tree limited to fades and deep fly patterns, Metcalf has only caught 10 of his 23 targets (43%) and a 1-6-0 line last week in a potential blow-up spot against Arizona was a low point. This Seattle passing game is running through Lockett and Dissly, with Metcalf being used to clear things out underneath. Although heís due to hit on one of these red zones looks real soon, heís a blank in PPR leagues, and has too low of a floor in standard leagues to trust as a starter right now.

Jared Cook vs TB

WIthout Brees, this New Orleans passing game is Thomas and Kamara, and frankly no one else. After being drafted as a TE1, Cook has been a tremendous disappointment, failing to find the endzone or surpass 37 yards. Heís even been useless in PPR leagues with only 8 total receptions on the season. The passing scheme will continue to feature safe, short throws, an area of the field where Cook canít utilize his speed to its full potential. Even before Brees went down Cook didnít seem to have a defined role in the offense. I donít see that changing this week, or in the near future. If the position wasn't such devoid of depth Cook might be waiver fodder.

JuJu Smith-Schuster vs BAL

The ship seems to have sailed on JuJu as a reliable WR1 this season. With Roethlisberger on the shelf, zero weapons to take pressure off him, and an offense currently relying on gimmicks and short passes to move the ball, things look bleak. In 16 games last season Smith-Schuster saw fewer than 10 targets only 6 times. Heís yet to get to 9 in any game this season. Nursing a toe injury, and hitting the road against a grumpy Ravens team, itís really hard to imagine JuJu being much more than a low end WR2 at best.

Good luck this week!

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