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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 5 Wide Receivers

By Colby Cavaliere | 10/7/21 |
Bye Weeks: N/A
QBs | RBs | WRs

Marquise Brown

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Marquise Brown vs IND

Well look whoís quietly sitting in the top-12 in standard leagues. Thatís right, Hollywood Brown has strung together a solid start to the year with 50+ yards in each game, and three total scores. With Lamar Jackson slinging it (5th in yards/attempt at 8.7), the Ravens have been forced to adjust their offense and become more aggressive in the passing game. Brownís elite speed is a great match with Jacksonís arm, and with rookie Rashod Bateman not quite ready, Brown has become a must start in all formats.

Emmanuel Sanders @ KC

Buffalo signed the crafty vet for games like this. In what could be a classic 45-40 shootout, Sanders should find plenty of room to roam in the KC secondary, as the Chiefs have been worked by Mike Williams and DeVonta Smith the last two weeks. Sanders has heated up recently, tallying 168 yards and two scores against Washington and Houston. With the weekís highest implied total at 56.6, I want as many fantasy shares in this game as I can get.

DeVante Parker vs TB

If targets are king, then Parker has to be worth a look this week. Currently 21st in targets among receivers, Parker finally found paydirt last week against the Colts. Though he hasnít been able to secure many of them, Parker has still seen no fewer than 7 targets in a game, and with Will Fuller on the shelf for a few weeks, and a leaky Tampa secondary on tap, Parker has to make for a decent WR3 with upside.

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DK Metcalf vs LAR (THU)

Itís October, and spooky season is nearly upon us. While we might have nightmares of ghost and goblins, Metcalf sees a Rams #5 jersey with Ramsey on the back. In two regular season games last year Ramsey held Metcalf to 8 catches for 87 empty yards. Sure, Metcalf had a big statistical game when these two met in the playoffs, but his 51-yard touchdown came on a scramble drill, and the final score came in garbage time with the game out of hand. These games come down to how quickly the rush can get to Wilson, and I think Seattle is outmatched.

Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster vs DEN

With Roethlisberger falling apart right before our very eyes itís impossible to start any of these guys with great confidence in this matchup. Claypool is hobbled, JuJu hasnít been relevant all season, and Johnson has needed every one of his 35 targets to be effective. Denverís defense isnít as good as it looks on paper, but the Steelers have been so bad on offense it doesnít matter much. Iíd be shocked if 40 total points were scored in this game, so proceed with caution.

T.J. Hockenson @ MIN

It took a few weeks, but teams have quickly realized that Hockenson is the only threat worth monitoring in the Detroit passing game. Sure the attention has opened things up for the young receivers, but Hockenson owners have suffered the last two weeks as Hock has just 6 receptions for 52 yards. Missing practice time this week also isn’t ideal, so what looked like a fruitful season a few weeks ago, might just be circling the drain. Still seeing a high target share makes him a tough sit, especially at the position, but it wouldn’t be crazy to consider your options.

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