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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 2 Wide Receivers

By Steve Schwarz | 9/14/23
Bye Weeks: N/A
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Grab a Helmet

Keenan Allen

1) Keenan Allen and Mike Williams @ Tennessee

You canít run against the Titans, but you can certainly throw the ball successfully. They ranked dead last in 2022 against fantasy wide receivers and in Week 1, the Saints managed to produce three double-digit wideouts; Chris Olave, Mike Thomas and Rashid Shaheed. Justin Herbert throwing to Keenan Allen and Mike Williams certainly should be able to post big numbers, but Iím still staying away from their 2023 No. 1 draft choice, Quentin Johnston due to lack of volume in Week 1.

2) A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith vs. Minnesota

The Eaglesí pass offense was nowhere to be seen in Week 1. The team got off to a big lead and the OC called way too conservative a game plan. That wonít happen in the Eagles home opener. The fans wonít allow it. The Vikings ranked 31st last season allowing 39.7 FPts/G to opposing wideouts. Both Brown and Smith crack 100 yards and Brown scores at least once.

3) Michael Thomas @ Carolina

Iím assuming you donít need me to tell you to start rising star Chris Olave. Thomas saw a respectable eight targets in Week 1 and against an equally inept Panthersí pass defense should see just as much work. This time Thomas might even score.

Grab some Pine

1) Brandin Cooks vs. New York Jets

I donít want you to start Dak Prescott and Iím warning you off the Dallas receivers as well. CeeDee Lamb can still be started, barely, but not Brandin Cooks or Michael Gallup. Sure, Cooks has amassed a lot of 1,000-yard seasons, but I donít spit into the wind or tug on Supermanís cape. The only reason to start Lamb is that Gardner doesnít travel from side to side so Dallas coaches can free him up. That means Cooks versus Gardner and thatís a no-go.

2) George Pickens vs. Cleveland

Yes, I know Diontae Johnson (hamstring) will be sidelined, but that doesnít make the Brownsí pass defense less dangerous, it makes them more dangerous. Their attention will not be divided between the two talented receivers. The Browns ranked No. 5 against wideouts in 2022 and didnít hurt their numbers in Week 1 holding Tee Higgins to zero catches on eight targets and JaíMarr Chase to five catches for 39 harmless yards.

3) Justin Jefferson @ Philadelphia

OK, you aren’t going to sit Jefferson in your season-long leagues, I know that, but I’m not starting “JJ” in any daily fantasy games. The Vikings have a bad history in Lincoln Financial Field and the Eagles focused their defense to stop Jefferson last season holding his to six catches for 48 yards on a dozen targets. I’d be more tempted to take a flyer on Jordan Addison and T.J. Hockenson because of how the Eagles will defend the Vikings’ pass game.

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