WR START: David Mooney, Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
Building a rapport with Justin Fields has helped Mooney become the Bears’ top receiving option over Allen Robinson. He’s passed up the veteran receiver and gave the rookie quarterback a wideout with upside. That made him a better receiver for when he has a better quarterback throwing him the ball.
One could argue that Andy Dalton right now, is better and Mooney’s classification as a WR2 in Week 12 is only strengthened now. Against the lowly Lions, there’s a chance he could have his third straight week with big fantasy points.
WR SIT: Marquez Callaway and Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints vs. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills defense looked bad last week, in particular their run defense. Their secondary though, held their own. Michael Pittman and T.Y. Hilton combined for four receptions for 49 scoreless yards. So from a defensive standpoint, Tre’Davious White and Jordan Poyer did their jobs. That makes it a precarious spot for the Saints’ top two receivers, Callaway and Smith who don’t have the splash of stats you’d like to see, but both have been quietly moving up the flex rankings because Callaway has three straight games with a score.
WR SIT: Hunter Renfrow / Bryan Edwards, Las Vegas Raiders at Dallas Cowboys
Based on the target share, we think that Renfrow will get covered by Trevon Diggs. Renfrow has been targeted 30 times over the last four games with 25 receptions and two touchdowns. Bryan Edwards has not been as fruitful. He’s had two goose eggs and also two touchdowns in the last four games So there’s more inconsistency with Edwards.
Since that’s how we’re reading it, we expect Diggs to either lock down one side and cover whomever lines up on that said, or for him to start on Renfrow and switch in case Edwards goes off. Given the way that Derek Carr has been playing, we think it’s wise to bench both.