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Start Robby Anderson or Mike Williams?

Plus, can you trust Washington’s defense this week?

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Q: In a full PPR league, I have two decisions to make: Robby Anderson or Mike Williams, and TJ Hockenson or Hayden Hurst? (Chris Herndon getting hurt threw a wrench in my plans this week)
— @a_a_ron_att

I’m lukewarm on both Robby Anderson and Mike Williams this week which predictably makes this a tough choice and a good question. Well done! I really hate Anderson’s matchup against the Cowboys as they’ve been the best defense so far this year at limiting wide receiver fantasy production and are giving up the fewest yards to the position. Williams is coming off a game where he saw 13 targets but only managed to catch six of them, which is not great. I think this Steelers secondary though can be picked on and if Williams sees another target share like he did last week, he’s the clear favorite among the two.

Go with Hockenson. All signs point to him and Mark Andrews playing Sunday and while Hurst has seen some work with Andrews in, he’s nothing more than a second fiddle. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Hockenson get a few red zone targets in a Monday night game that’s likely to feature a lot of scoring.

Q: Cowboys DST @ Jets or Eagles DST @ Minnysowtah?
— @NFLClark

Oh I’m 100% going with the Cowboys defense here. Say whatever Kirk Cousins/Mike Zimmer offense slander you want, the Vikings have a much better chance at scoring points and not turning the football over than Sam Darnold’s enlarged spleen. The Jets are giving up the second most points to defenses so far and while that will get better with Darnold at the helm, it’s a far cry from the Vikings who are giving up the 14th fewest points.

Q: How risky is Wash. d/st ?
— @afern401

I don’t this it’s risky at all. The 2019 Toilet Bowl might be a high scoring game with both offenses facing pass defense that are terrible, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of turnovers and sacks to be handed out this game. The Dolphins offensive line is so far allowing the fourth most sacks, something I think a defensive front of Ryan Kerrigan and Jonathan Allen can take advantage of. Added bonus: Dolphins are throwing the second most interceptions and have allowed the second most defensive touchdowns. Again, I don’t think they’re risky at all.

Q: What do I do with Diggs and Gurley. PPR league
— @Mpsprtsnut

Pray for Diggs to get traded in real life? The Patriots desperately need help at receiver... Honestly, at this point I think Diggs sits on your bench until he shows he can actually do something. I know on paper the Eagles look like a juicy matchup given their secondary struggles, but do you really trust Mike Zimmer and this Vikings offense to pass the ball to TWO different receivers? Even against the Giants, Diggs only saw half as many targets as Adam Thielen did. I would expect a similar breakdown this week. Diggs might have a big week this week, but I’m not risking a starting spot on him on the 15% chance that he does.

As for Gurley, even if he was fully healthy, he might be a fade this week against a 49ers run defense that’s still hasn’t allowed a rushing touchdown. A banged up Gurley is even more worrisome. Obviously monitor up until Sunday his injury report but I would treat him as nothing more than a flex this week. That way if he plays and gets you production, great, but you’re not relying on him to be an RB1 or 2.

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