Start or Sit Quincy Enunwa in Fantasy Football Week Five?
Week four is in the books, and that means that the fantasy football season is already at its quarter pole. Even though that’s not what the quarter pole is, we use that term anyway. Quincy Enunwa wasn’t the wide receiver that most people thought would be the valuable wide receiver for the Jets this season. Robby Anderson has somehow seen his year get worse after screaming and spitting at a cop in the offseason. With Quincy Enunwa as the only usable pass catcher for the Jets, and a tough matchup against the Broncos, should you start or sit Quincy Enunwa this week?
Quincy Enunwa has produced like crazy so far this season at a massive target volume per game. His 37 targets on the season top target hogs like Keenan Allen and Amari Cooper, and he’s been the most productive wide receiver on the offense. While he’s been extraordinarily useful overall, a lot of that has to do with his overwhelming target volume. Of the top-forty fantasy football wide receivers this season, he ranks 42nd on a fantasy point per target basis. He’s been less efficient than Antonio Callaway, Randall Cobb, and Willie Snead. It’s been target volume, not any sort of inherent efficiency, that has allowed for Enunwa’s production. This week, however, is a week where the production volume is likely to take a bit of a nosedive.
Enunwa has escaped the best cornerbacks that wide receivers fear in this league, as he’s played two-thirds of his snaps out of the slot this season. Unfortunately, he gets Chris Harris, who Pro Football Focus called the “prototype” slot cornerback last year. Harris and the Denver Broncos allow the seventh-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers on the season, including holding uber-WR Tyreek Hill to just 54 yards last week. Harris will more than likely draw Enunwa on two-thirds of his snaps. He’ll be facing tough coverage, and Sam Darnold doesn’t like those throws at all. He throws just 15% of his passes into tight windows, which ranks in the bottom half of the league. Darnold also takes his time (fifth-longest time to throw in the league), which usually ends up with wide receivers getting open. Against Chris Harris, it’s unlikely that Enunwa gets open.
Quincy Enunwa has had a great first quarter of the season, but this week he has a tough matchup that will make life difficult on him. It’s unlikely that he breaks out this week, and he was likely your WR4 or WR5. That makes it easier to make the decision as to whether or not you should start or sit Quincy Enunwa this week. He’s a firm sit, given the difficult matchup.
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