Fantasy Football Week 7: Start or Sit Landry, Funchess, or John Brown?

Week 7 Start or Sit: Jarvis Landry, Devin Funchess, or John Brown?

Every week at Football Absurdity, we like to help you with your start or sit decisions. However, we have found that highlighting just one player at the fringe helps exactly one player in every league. In the interest of spreading the wealth, we have changed the format. We will now provide you start or sit advice and details on three players you should start and three you should sit on the periphery of usefulness. We are here for the people, and we only want to help you! Without further ado, the WR starts this week: Should you start or sit Landry, Funchess, or John Brown?

Jarvis Landry at Tampa Bay
Fewer players have done less with more in fantasy football this season than Jarvis Landry. Landry, a supposed PPR stud, has been nothing of the sort recently, boasting a 37.9% catch rate over his last three games. The catch rate doesn’t really concern me: Mayfield is an accurate QB, and Landry has hands like vice grips. He still averages 10+ targets a game, and even had nine targets in his disastrous two-catch game last week. This week he gets Tampa Bay, who get crushed by opposing wide receivers. The average line for a WR who gets at least five targets against TB is 98.5 yards and 0.75 TD per WR. If you’re wondering if you should start or sit Jarvis Landry, the TB in TB Bucs stands for “Totally Bad (Against Wide Receivers).” Start him.

Devin Funchess at Philadelphia
The last time we saw Philly, they were completely demolishing an abortive experiment in football ineptitude called “The New York Football Giants.” That hasn’t been the typical game for the Philly defense this year, as they allow the ninth-most fantasy points to wide receivers on the season. Funchess isn’t good at much on a football field (if anything at all), but he is big and can come down with footballs. Nine wide receivers in six weeks have at least 11 fantasy points against the Philly defense, and Devin Funchess is definitely a wide receiver (I have been assured, despite talent and size, that he is not a tight end). Cam is accurate enough to get him the ball (and not a lick more accurate) and throws it Funchess’s way 7.75 times per game over the last month. That’s plenty for him to go two catches, 30 yards and a touchdown (or two?!). You should debate whether to start or sit Devin Funchess weekly. This week, he gets the start recommendation.

John Brown versus New Orleans
John Brown was an amazing story this season. The oft-injured wide receiver seemingly shook the injury bug. Last week, it all came crashing down, as he had just three targets. That game was weird as all get out… Marcus Mariota was sacked eleven times. ELEVEN. Nothing about the Ravens offense should be analyzed as they were just intermissions for a Titanic snuff film. He had plenty of opportunities to produce before last week… Quoth the Raven: an average of ten targets over the previous four. I can see an owner wondering whether they should start or sit him, as Brown has pulled in just six catches for 86 yards over the last two games. The Saints literally give up the most fantasy points to wide receivers, allowing nine double-digit fantasy games before they matched up against a Washington squad that somehow put their offense behind their logo and team name as the second and third worst things about them. Start John Brown, he’ll get back to his week winning ways.

If you are trying to decide between them, let these rankings help you decide “should I start Jarvis Landry, Devin Funchess or John Brown?”

  1. Jarvis Landry
  2. John Brown
  3. Devin Funchess

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