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NFL Matchups - Week 11 Preview

Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks

Venue: CenturyLink Field(Seattle)Thu. 11-15 @ 8:20 pm ESTOver/Under: 49.5

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Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks (-2.5), Thursday, 8:20 pm EST.

Last meeting (9/10/17): The Packers won 17-9. Russell Wilson threw for 158 yards. Chris Carson rushed for 39 yards on six carries. Doug Baldwin caught four passes for 63 yards. Aaron Rodgers threw for 311 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. Ty Montgomery rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Randall Cobb caught nine passes for 85 yards.

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers - Rodger threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns versus the Dolphins. Rodgers wasn’t at his best versus the Dolphins, but you could barely notice due to the effectiveness of the run game. Rodgers is still dealing with lingering issues due to his knee injury that was suffered at the beginning of the season. He gets a tough test versus the Seahawks secondary who have allowed the second fewest points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season. However, Rodger is still one of the best QBs in the game and is a weekly must start. QB1.

Aaron Jones - Jones rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns versus the Dolphins. Jones had his best game of the year as the lead back in Green Bay. There is no longer a question to whether he is the top dog in the backfield. He gets a Seahawks team that can stifle the run, but has been mostly middle of the pack this year against opposing running backs. RB1.

Davante Adams -  Adams caught four passes for 57 yards and two touchdowns versus the Dolphins. The Packers didn’t need to air it out as much, but Adams still put up a big game for fantasy owners. He has been one of the most consistent receivers in the game this season. QB1.

Randall Cobb - Out.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling - Valdes-Scantling caught six passes for 44 yards versus the Dolphins. Valdes-Scantling possess a nice blend of size and athleticism that could be huge for him in fantasy. Last week he was tied for the most targets on the team and hauled in the most catches. Without Cobb in the lineup, he could be on his way for a big day. WR3.

Jimmy Graham - Graham caught one pass for 30 yards versus the Dolphins. Graham’s production was done last week, but that could be related to an apparent knee injury he is dealing with. Graham is expected to travel with the team to on Thursday, but may be limited if he does play. TE2.

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson - Wilson threw for 176 yards and three touchdowns versus the Rams. Wilson also rushed for 92 yards on nine carries in the game. Wilson was effective, but unspectacular versus the Rams. The Seahawk mostly relied on their strong running game to take the pressure off of him. This will likely be the call sign again versus a Packers defense that is better versus the pass than the run. QB2.

Chris Carson - Did not play versus the Rams. Carson was a full participant in practice on Tuesday making it likely he is available on Thursday night. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, this muddles the backfield and could make all three backs less valuable. RB3.

- Davis rushed for 58 yards on 11 carries and caught four passes for 22 yards and a touchdown versus the Rams. With Carson returning, Davis’ value shrinks as it may be hard to predict who will be the lead back. RB4.

Rashaad Penny - Penny rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries versus the Rams. Penny was very good against a tough Rams front seven. Carson returning will make things a bit more difficult, but the Seahawks used a high pick on Penny and in spite of his struggles they have been trying to get him more involved. RB2.

Doug Baldwin - Baldwin caught five passes for 39 yards versus the Rams. Baldwin has been more involved in recent weeks, but Wilson continues to spread the ball around so much it is hard to rely on any one receiver in this offense. Add in that Baldwin has a very tough matchup versus Jaire Alexander this week and he is a WR4.

Tyler Lockett - Lockett caught five passes for 67 yards and a touchdown versus the Rams.

Nick Vannett - Vannett caught one pass for eight yards and a touchdown versus the Rams. Vannett scored, but it was his only target of the game making his big offensive explosion a few weeks ago seem more flukey than anything else. TE2.

Prediction: Packers win 27-20.

Houston Texans vs. Washington Redskins

Venue: FedEx Field(Landover)Sun. 11-18 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 42.5

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Houston Texans at Washington Redskins (+3), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (9/7/14): The Texans won 17-6. Robert Griffin III threw for 267 yards. Alfred Morris rushed for 91 yards on 14 carries. Niles Paul caught four passes for 86 yards. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 206 yards and a touchdown. Arian Foster rushed for 103 yards on 27 carries. Andre Johnson caught six passes for 93 yards.

Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson - Watson has been hit or miss this season, but he has had two weeks to prepare for the Redskins defense that just allowed Ryan Fitzpatrick to go for 400 yards passing. There is upside, but also some risk. QB1.

Lamar Miller - Miller put up a dud before the bye, but had been getting the majority of the touches out of the backfield. This isn’t a great matchup as the Redskins have been stout against the run, allowing the fifth fewest rushing yards this season to opposing running backs. RB2.

D’Onta Foreman- I returning to practice and is worth a stash if you have room on your bench.

DeAndre Hopkins - Hopkins has been fantastic all season long. He is top five in points and top ten in targets for wide receivers this season and should feast versus the Redskins. WR1.

Demaryius Thomas -  Thomas had a decent debut before the bye in his first game for Houston, but now he has had two weeks to prepare and get up to speed on the playbook. That being said, he has been inconsistent this season and is a volatile play. WR3.

Keke Coutee - Coutee is expected to return after missing the last game with a hamstring injury. He gets a nice matchup versus Fabien Moreau who can get burnt out of the slot. Coutee is a sneaky play this week and while he is a WR3, I prefer him to teammate Thomas in most formats.

Washington Redskins

Alex Smith - Smith threw for 178 yards and a touchdown versus the Buccaneers. Smith was conservative and played poorly versus an atrocious defense in Tampa Bay. There is no reason to think that the Redskins will change this game script this week. QB3.

Adrian Peterson - Peterson rushed for 68 yards on 19 carries versus the Buccaneers. Peterson has been the focal point of the offense for a while, but with the Redskins missing multiple offensive lineman and playing a tough run defense in Houston, he is a low end RB2.

Chris Thompson - Did not play versus the Buccaneers. Likely out again.

Kapri Bibbs - Bibbs rushed for 28 yards on three carries and caught two passes for 13 yards versus the Buccaneers. With Thompson expected to miss another game, Bibbs will continue to take a water down version of his role. That doesn’t make him playable though. RB4.

Jamison Crowder - Did not play versus the Buccaneers. Likely out again.

Josh Doctson - Doctson caught four passes for 46 yards and a touchdown versus the Buccaneers. Doctson is clearly the best receiver on the team and with both Crowder out and Richardson done for the year, he should get more targets. However, this offense can’t sustain any production offensively and he is a low end WR3.

Maurice Harris - Harris caught five passes for 52 yards versus the Buccaneers. With Crowder still hurting, Harris is getting a bunch of run and should continue to be useful in deeper PPR formats. However, his value is capped by Smith and the conservative offense. WR4.

Jordan Reed - Reed caught four passes for 51 yards versus the Buccaneers. Reed had a decent game and has been able to stay healthy most of the season. However, he is held back by the quarterback play, like most of the offense. TE2.

Prediction: Texans win 22-13.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens

Venue: M&T Bank Stadium(Baltimore)Sun. 11-18 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 0

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Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (No Line), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last meeting (9/13/18, Week 2): The Bengals won 34-23. Joe Flacco threw for 376 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Alex Collins rushed for 35 yards on nine carries. John Brown caught four passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. Andy Dalton threw for 265 yards and four touchdowns. Joe Mixon rushed for 84 yards on 21 carries. Tyler Boyd caught six passes for 91 yards and a touchdown.

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton - Dalton threw for 153 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions versus the Saints. Without A.J. Green in this offense, Dalton looked lost and was eventually replaced. This could become a theme for him. The Ravens are coming off of a bye and have a fantastic defense, so bench Dalton this week. QB2.

Joe Mixon - Mixon rushed for 61 yards on 11 carries versus the Saints. Mixon will likely be the focal point of the offense moving forward, but teams will also now likely key on him. He has a tough matchup this week versus a Baltimore defense that is rested and has allowed the second fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.

Giovani Bernard - Bernard rushed two times for six yards and caught two passes for 30 yards versus the Saints. Just a handcuff.

A.J. Green - Out at least a few more weeks.

Tyler Boyd - Boyd caught three passes for 65 yards versus the Saints. With Green out, Boyd becomes the top receiver in the offense. He led the team in receptions and receiving yards last week and should most weeks until Green returns. That being said, he takes a hit because of Green’s injury as defenses have less to account for. He is still a WR2, but there is not as safe of a floor as there has been.

John Ross - Ross caught two passes for 39 yards and a touchdown versus the Saints. Ross led the team in targets, but only managed two catches. He has a ton of talent, but struggles in routes and is still very raw. He has a great matchup this week however versus Jimmy Smith who has struggled since returning to the Ravens. WR3.

C.J. Uzomah - Uzomah caught three passes for 23 yards versus the Saints. Uzomah just doesn’t get enough targets week to week to be useful. TE2.

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco - Flacco is dealing with a hip injury and will likely be a game time decision. If he can’t go it will be either Lamar Jackson or Robert Griffin III, but there is no indication that either is the next man up. Expect the Ravens to pound the ball this week no matter who the quarterback is. QB3.

Alex Collins - Collins should get a ton of work with Flacco ailing. Collins had taken over as the lead dog prior to the bye so expect that to continue against a Bengals defense allowing the third most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. RB1.

Michael Crabtree - Crabtree has been a low ceiling, but high floor receiver this season, but with the quarterback situation unsure, the floor lowers. WR4.

John Brown - Brown is the antithesis of Crabtree, high upside, but low floor. Over his last five games he has one 25+ point game and four stinkers. He is a lottery ticket this week. WR4.

Willie Snead - With the QB situation unsure, stay away from the entire passing game including Snead. WR5.

Prediction: The Ravens win 13-10.

Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts

Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium(Indianapolis)Sun. 11-18 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 48

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Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts (-2.5), Sunday, 1:00 pm EST.

Last Meeting (11/26/17): The Titans won 20-16. Marcus Mariota threw for 184 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Derrick Henry rushed for 79 yards on 13 carries. Delanie Walker caught four passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. Jacoby Brissett threw for 196 yards. Frank Gore rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Jack Doyle caught seven passes for 94 yards.

Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota - Mariota threw for 228 yards and two touchdowns versus the Patriots. Mariota looked better than he has all season in the shocking blowout of the Patriots. He still struggles at times with his decision making, but he finally looked healthy. He gets a Colts defense that just let Blake Bortles throw for over 300 yards. QB1.

Dion Lewis - Lewis rushed for 57 yards on 20 carries versus the Patriots. Lewis is clearly emerged as the lead back in the offense, but Henry is still getting the goalline work. That is bad news for fantasy owners as they can’t expect this conservative offense to dole out enough fantasy points for both players. RB2.

Derrick Henry - Henry rushed for 58 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries versus the Patriots. Henry is second fiddle to Lewis on the depth chart now, but he is still the big back that gets the touchdowns. That makes him viable in standard formats, but he is a still a tough play. RB3.

Corey Davis - Davis caught seven passes for 125 yards and a touchdown versus the Patriots. Davis was fantastic again, but this time he got the targets to make a real fantasy impact. His 10 targets dwarfed the rest of the team as no other player had more than three. He should get plenty of work in this one again. WR2.

Jonnu Smith - Smith caught three passes for 45 yards and a touchdown versus the Patriots. Smith was only salvaged by a four yard touchdown strike, but with only three targets, he is not a big enough part of the offense. TE2.

Indianapolis Colts  

Andrew Luck - Luck threw for 285 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception versus the Jaguars. Luck was great once again versus a tough Jacksonville defense. He has now had six straight 20+ point games and has quietly reemerged as a top QB in the league. The Titans are a tough test again for Luck allowing the fourth fewest points per game to opposing QBs, but with the way he and the offense is playing, it is hard to sit him. QB1.

Marlon Mack - Mack rushed for 29 yards on 12 carries versus the Jaguars. Mack struggled to find running room versus the Jags front seven, but is the clear #1 back in the offense at this point. His test is even tougher this week versus the Titans who allow the third fewest points per game to opposing running backs. RB3.

T.Y. Hilton - Hilton caught three passes for 77 yards versus the Jaguars. Hilton is still the only wide receiver on the Colts worth mentioning, but he has a tough matchup versus Adoree Jackson who has been great this season. That being said, he is highly targeted in this offense that is moving the ball very effectively. WR2.

Jack Doyle - Doyle caught three passes for 36 yards versus the Jaguars. This was a disappointing outcome for Doyle who was covered well in the game. That being said, this is just a bump in the road and Doyle remains a big part of this offense. TE1.

Eric Ebron - Ebron caught three passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns versus the Jaguars. Ebron had a big game as the Jacksonville defense focused their attention on the running game and Doyle. In spite of the return of Doyle, Ebron continues to put together the best season of his career. TE1.

Prediction: The Titans win 24-20.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Venue: EverBank Field(Jacksonville)Sun. 11-18 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 47.5

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Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars (+5.5), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (1/14/18, Divisional Playoffs): The Jaguars won 45-42. Blake Bortles threw for 214 yards and a touchdown. Leonard Fournette rushed for 109 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. T.J. Yeldon caught three passes for 57 yards. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 469 yards, five touchdowns, and an interception. Le'Veon Bell rushed for 67 yards on 16 carries. Antonio Brown caught seven passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger - Roethlisberger threw for 328 yards and five touchdowns versus the Panthers. Roethlisberger just torched the Panthers on Thursday Night Football for his best game of the year by far. He gets a Jacksonville defense that should rebound a bit with A.J. Bouye returning, but he is still a QB1.

Le'Veon Bell - Did not report to the Steelers by the Tuesday deadline and will be ineligible to play the rest of the season.

James Connor- Connor rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries versus the Panthers. Connor suffered a concussion during the game, but he is expected to practice on Wednesday which is a good sign he will be able to play versus the Jags. He has a tough matchup, but his play has helped lessen the blow of not having Bell. RB2.

Jaylen Samuels - Samuels rushed for seven yards on five carries, but caught three passes for 22 yards and a touchdown versus the Panthers. If Connor can’t play, Samuels would be the next man up, but he would be an RB3.

Antonio Brown - Brown caught six passes for 96 yards and a touchdown versus the Panthers. Brown continues to put up great numbers each week and while he would have a tough matchup this week, he is always a WR1.

JuJu Smith-Schuster - Juju caught three passes for 90 yards and a touchdown versus the Panthers. Smith-Schuster has put up double digit fantasy points in all but one game this season and while the return of Bouye doesn’t help, his target share and the offensive upside keeps him as a WR2.

Vance McDonald - McDonald caught four passes for 44 yards and a touchdown versus the Panthers. McDonald got involved in the schelacking of Carolina, but he only has three double digit fantasy games this year. That being said, the Jaguars struggle covering the tight end, allowing the fifth most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. McDonald is an interesting TE2 this week that is worth throwing into a GPP if you are trying to save money.

Jesse James - James caught one pass for an eight yards score versus the Panthers. James may have scored, but he is not fantasy viable.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Blake Bortles - Bortles threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns versus the Colts. Bortles has been much better in his last couple of games, but this offense will be run first with Fournette back in tow. He gets a Steelers defense allowing the sixth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, but is still a QB2.

Leonard Fournette - Fournette rushed for 53 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries and caught five passes for 56 yards and another score versus the Colts. Fournette came back with a bang in a great effort versus Indy. He will be the main offensive weapons moving forward as long as he is healthy. It is a tough matchup versus the Steelers who allow the sixth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, but he is an RB1 as long as he is on the field.

Carlos Hyde - Hyde rushed for five yards on three carries versus the Colts. He is now just a handcuff.

T.J. Yeldon - Yeldon caught five passes for 56 yards versus the Colts. Yeldon will get work in the passing game from time to time,, but not enough to be a viable fantasy commodity.

Donte Moncrief - Moncrief caught three passes for 98 yards and a touchdown versus the Colts.Moncrief continues to be the top receiver in this offense but has a tough matchup versus a rejuvenated Joe Haden . The Jags may have to throw to win, so he should get targets. WR3.

Dede Westbrook - Westbrook caught five passes for 30 yards versus the Colts. Westbrook has been hit or miss this year in large part because of Bortles’ struggles. He has a tough matchup this week versus Mike Hilton who has been fantastic out of the slot this season. WR4.

Keelan Cole - Cole did not catch a pass versus the Colts. This falloff has been crazy, but there just isn’t enough in this offense to support more than one or two receiving options. WR6.

James O'Shaughnessy - O’Shaughnessy caught five passes for 46 yards versus the Colts. This was the first time he has been viable, but we need to see more to believe it will stick. TE2.

Prediction: The Steelers win 31-20.

Carolina Panthers vs. Detroit Lions

Venue: Ford Field(Detroit)Sun. 11-18 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 51.5

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Carolina Panthers at Detroit Lions (+4), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last Meeting (10/8/17): The Panthers won 27-24. Cam Newton threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns. Jonathan Stewart rushed for 21 yards on 18 carries. Ed Dickson caught five passes for 175 yards. Matthew Stafford threw for 229 yards and two touchdown. Ameer Abdullah rushed for 31 yards on 10 carries. Marvin Jones caught six passes for 54 yards.

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton - Newton threw for 193 yards, two touchdown and an interception versus the Steelers. Newton struggled in the blowout loss at Pittsburgh. He was constantly under pressure and the team was down so quick that a comeback was impossible. He gets a struggling Lions defense this week so it should be a good time to bounceback. QB1.

Christian McCaffrey - McCaffrey rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and caught five passes for 61 yards and two touchdowns versus the Steelers. McCaffrey had a monster day in the loss to the Steelers. He now has three straight 20+ point games and continues to be the focal point of this offense. The Lions stuffed the run last week versus the Bears, but there is no stopping McCaffrey who can hurt you in so many ways. RB1.  

C.J. Anderson - Cut by the Steelers this week. Cameron Artis-Payne becomes the backup in the running game.

Devin Funchess - Funchess caught three passes for 32 yards versus the Steelers. This was a disappointing outcome in such a high scoring affair. Funchess is still an inconsistent receiver, but typically he is the most targeted in the passing game. With Darius Slay likely out again, Funchess has a great matchup, but his play keeps him at a boom or bust WR3.

Torrey Smith - Did not play versus the Steelers. Smith may make his return this week, but it is unclear if he has been surpassed by rookie D.J. Moore who is easily the most talented receiver in the offense, but is still raw. WR4.

D.J. Moore - Moore caught four passes for 20 yards versus the Steelers. Moore was tied with Funchess for most targets to a receiver, but in spite of immense talent he remains the third or fourth option in the passing game. He is a long term stash and a good buy low target in keeper formats for rebuilding teams. WR4.

Greg Olsen - Olsen caught four passes for 40 yards versus the Steelers. Olsen led the team in targets which is good news in spite of the poor numbers. Olsen and Cam have a good working relationship, so he will stay as a TE1 this week versus a struggling Lions defense.

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford - Stafford threw for 274 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions versus the Bears. Stafford really struggled versus the Chicago defense that put a ton of pressure on him. That being said, he still put up decent fantasy numbers. He gets a Carolina defense that was just torched by Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers and has allowed the fifth most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. QB1.

Kerryon Johnson - Johnson rushed for 51 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and caught six passes for 38 yards and another score versus the Bears. Johnson ran hard and looked good against a stout Bears defense that has been the best defense in the league against running backs. He gets a Panthers team that is pretty stout as well against the run, allowing the 10th fewest points per game to opposing backs, but his workload and talent keeps him as an RB2.

Theo Riddick - Riddick caught six passes for 60 yards versus the Bears. Riddick has taken a lot of the Golden Tate targets in the passing game and has reemerged as a force in the passing game. However, the Panthers have been very good against the receiving running back this season allowing the second fewest passing yards this year to the position. RB3.

Marvin Jones - Jones caught three passes for 55 yards versus the Bears. Jones suffered a knee injury in the contest, but it has been diagnosed as a bone bruise. He may miss this contest though, so keep and eye on his status.

Kenny Golladay - Golladay caught six passes for 78 yards and a touchdown versus the Bears. In spite of a tough matchup, Golladay returned to being a big part of the passing game. With Jones banged up, he should be the focus of the passing game this week. WR2.

Prediction: Panthers win 30-22.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium(Atlanta)Sun. 11-18 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 47.5

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Dallas Cowboys at Atlanta Falcons (-3.5), Sunday, 1:00 pm EST.

Last Meeting (11/12/17): The Falcons won 27-7. Dak Prescott threw for 176 yards. Alfred Morris rushed for 53 yards on 11 carries. Jason Witten caught seven passes for 59 yards. Matt Ryan threw for 215 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Tevin Coleman rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Julio Jones caught six passes for 57 yards.

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott - Prescott threw for 270 yards and a touchdown versus the Eagles. Prescott looked about as good as he has all season in the victory in Philadelphia. The addition of Cooper has certainly helped his cause. He gets a Falcons defense that allowed the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks but is even worse against the run which could mean the Cowboys look to grind it out if the score is close. QB2.

Ezekiel Elliott - Elliott rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and caught six passes for 36 yards and another score versus the Eagles. Elliott carved up a good Philadelphia front seven on his way biggest game of the season. He now gets an atrocious Falcons defense that is allowing the second most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. RB1.

Amari Cooper - Cooper caught six passes for 75 yards versus the Eagles. Cooper has stepped right into the #1 receiver role for the Cowboys and been very good in the process. He has a matchup versus the Falcons best corner in Desmond Trufant , but that isn’t a huge obstacle. However, Cooper has the tendency to disappear randomly, so there is risk to this WR2.

Cole Beasley - Beasley caught four passes for 37 yards versus the Eagles. With Cooper in tow, Beasley has taken a massive hit to his fantasy value. He was still second on the team in targets in front of Allen Hurns and Michael Gallup , but his production will be inconsistent at best. WR4.

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan - Ryan threw for 330 yards two touchdowns versus the Browns. Ryan was decent in the loss at Cleveland when his defense really let him and the team down. That will continue to be a common theme throughout the season as the Falcons have been ravaged by injuries and poor play defensively. However, for fantasy, the Falcons offense will continue to be a boon since they’ll have to score to stay in games. QB1.

Devonta Freeman - On IR

Tevin Coleman - Coleman rushed for 44 yards on 11 carries versus the Browns. With the Falcons falling behind early, they had to get away from the run. That seems less likely to happen this week versus a conservative Cowboys defense, so Coleman should be very involved. RB2.

Ito Smith - Smith rushed for 11 yards on four carries versus the Browns. Seems like just a handcuff at this point. The Cowboys allow the ninth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing RBs, so I would not be sticking him in my lineup this week. RB4.

Julio Jones - Jones caught seven passes for 107 yards and a touchdown versus the Browns. Jones has now scored a touchdown on back to back weeks and has been among the top receivers once again this season. He has a very tough matchup with Byron Jones , but is still an elite player at the positions. WR1.

Mohamed Sanu - Sanu caught six passes for 47 yards versus the Browns. Sanu had a decent game, but is mostly third fiddle in the passing game for Atlanta. WR4.

Calvin Ridley - Ridley caught three passes for 37 yards versus the Browns. Ridley was largely kept under wraps by the Browns, but he has a nice matchup this week versus Chidobe Awuzie who has struggled in coverage. There is some risk, but Ridley is a WR2.

Austin Hooper - Hooper caught 10 passes for 56 yards versus the Browns. Hooper has been hit or miss this season with four game of 16+ points and five with less than eight. However, in the landscape of today’s game at tight end, he is worth running out most weeks unless you have a better option. Low-end TE1.

Prediction: Falcons win 30-18.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants

Venue: MetLife Stadium(East Rutherford)Sun. 11-18 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 52

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants (-2.5), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last Meeting (10/1/17): The Buccaneers won 25-23. Eli Manning threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns. Wayne Gallman rushed for 42 yards on 11 carries. Odell Beckham caught seven passes for 90 yards. Jameis Winston threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns. Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 83 yards on 16 carries. Cameron Brate caught four passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.  

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ryan Fitzpatrick - Fitzpatrick threw for 406 yards and two interceptions versus the Redskins. Fitzmagic was able to move the ball in Washington, but they played a game of “bend, don’t break” that held him from having a big game. He gets a Giants defense that has been awful recently versus the pass. Boom or bust QB1.

Peyton Barber - Barber rushed for 61 yards on 13 carries versus the Redskins. Barber was decent versus a tough Redskins front seven, but he gets a reprieve this week versus a Giants defense that has allowed the eighth most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this year. RB2.

Jacquizz Rodgers - Rodgers caught eight passes for 102 yards versus the Redskins. Rodgers was able to be a big force in the passing game as the receivers were the focus of the defense. He will likely not be as involved this week versus the Giants however.

Ronald Jones - Did not play versus the Redskins. Seems unlikely to play again this week.

Mike Evans - Evans caught three passes for 51 yards versus the Redskins. Evans has really struggled in recent weeks since Fitzpatrick took the reins back from Winston. However, he is getting consistent targets and should have a great opportunity to rebound versus the Giants. WR2.

DeSean Jackson - Jackson caught five passes for 67 yards versus the Redskins. Jackson has been up and down all year and is extremely hard to project. Probably safest to stay away. WR4.

Chris Godwin - Godwin caught seven passes for 103 yards versus the Redskins. Godwin had a big week in Washington, catching all seven of his targets. He has a great matchup this week versus a struggling Janoris Jenkins , so he is a risky WR3.

Adam Humphries - Humphries caught two passes for 53 yards versus the Redskins. A week after leading the receivers for Tampa, Humphries was only targeted three times. He has a tough matchup versus the Giants strongest corner this week

OJ Howard-  Howard caught one pass for 15 yards versus the Redskins. This was super disappointing as Howard has had a breakout season this year, but was only targeted twice in a game in which Fitzpatrick threw fore than 40 times. He has another tough matchup with the Giants who are allowing the ninth fewest points per game to opposing tight ends this season, but he is still a TE1 because of his upside.

New York Giants

Eli Manning - Manning threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns versus the 49ers. Manning wasn’t great in spite of the numbers, but he did just enough to have a nice fantasy day versus a bad defense. He gets an equally bad defense in the Buccaneers who are allowing the second most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. It is risky, but Manning is a QB1.

Saquon Barkley - Barkley rushed for 67 yards on 20 carries and caught four passes for 33 yards versus the 49ers. Barkley had his worst game of the season as the 49ers did everything they could to keep him from beating them. That is an anomaly as he has scored at least 20+ fantasy points in every other game this season and there is no reason to think the Bucs will be able to contain him. RB1.

Odell Beckham Jr.- Beckham caught four passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns versus the 49ers. Beckham was great once again making a couple great catches and almost pulling in another touchdown on a circus catch. He is an every week starter as an elite WR1.

Sterling Shepard - Shepard caught two passes for nine yards and a touchdown versus the 49ers. Shepard saved his day by scoring the winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter. He has some great matchups down the stretch, but is held back by the offense and QB play. This is another great matchup, but he is a boom or bust WR3.

Evan Engram - Engram caught four passes for 46 yards versus the 49ers. Engram has been disappointing this season marred by injury and underwhelming performance on the field. He gets a great chance to turn things around versus a Tampa Bay defense allowing the second most points per game to opposing tight ends. TE1.

Prediction: The Giants win 33-30.

Oakland Raiders vs. Arizona Cardinals

Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium(Glendale)Sun. 11-18 @ 4:05 pm ESTOver/Under: 40.5

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Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals (-4), Sunday, 4:05 pm EST.

Last meeting (10/19/14): The Cardinals won 24-13. Carson Palmer threw for 253 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Andre Ellington rushed for 88 yards on 24 carries. Michael Floyd caught three passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. Derek Carr threw for 173 yards. Darren McFadden rushed for 48 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Brice Butler caught one pass for 55 yards.

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr - Carr threw for 243 yards versus the Chargers. Carr has been dreadful this year and the Raiders offense has gone into conservative mode as a result. That has led to fewer interceptions (though he should have had one last week,) but it really hurts the entire offense. Carr has had only one double digit scoring week in his last four contests and gets a Cardinals defense that has allowed the third fewest fantasy points per game to opposing QBs this year. QB3.

Jalen Richard - Richard caught five passes for 52 yards versus the Chargers. Richard is getting work in the passing game, but this offense has been atrocious and there is no reason to think that changes any time soon. RB3.

Doug Martin - Martin rushed for 61 yards on 15 carries and caught three passes for 31 yards versus the Chargers. Martin is the only productive member of the offense outside of Cook right now. That being said, the Cardinals are awful versus the run and have allowed the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, so Martin is  risky RB2. this week.

Jordy Nelson - Nelson did not record a catch on one target versus the Chargers. Nelson is dealing with a bone bruise and sounds unlikely to play. Even if he is active there is no wide receiver that is worth anything in fantasy for the Raiders. Not even Brandon LaFell who caught four passes for 47 yards versus the Chargers.

Jared Cook - Cook caught four passes for 52 yards versus the Chargers. Cook is the only receiver in Oakland that is fantasy viable at the moment, but even he is a risky play with the way this team is being run. TE2.

Arizona Cardinals

Josh Rosen - Rosen threw for 208 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions versus the Chiefs. Rosen struggled once again in spite of playing one of the worst secondaries in the league and being down. It is a fantastic matchup this week versus a Raiders defense and team that has obviously quit, but Rosen hasn’t done enough to be fantasy viable outside of a desperation play in 2QB leagues. QB3.

David Johnson - Johnson rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries and caught seven passes for 85 yards and another score versus the Chiefs. Johnson continues to shoulder the Cardinals offense and the team seems happy with that. He gets a Raiders defense allowing the fifth most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, so look for a huge week. RB1.

Larry Fitzgerald - Fitzgerald caught six passes for 50 yards versus the Chiefs. Fitzgerald is obviously the #1 receiver in the offense, but that doesn't mean much with Rosen at this point. He will get enough targets to have a shot at a big day and the Raiders are refusing to guard players, so he is a risky WR3.

Christian Kirk - Kirk caught two passes for eight yards versus the Chiefs. There just isn’t enough firepower in this offense for more than one receiver. WR5.

Prediction: Cardinals win 20-9.

Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Venue: StubHub Center(Carson)Sun. 11-18 @ 4:05 pm ESTOver/Under: 46.5

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Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers (-7), Sunday, 4:05 pm EST.

Last Meeting (10/22/17): The Chargers won 21-0. Trevor Siemian threw for 207 yards and an interception. C.J. Anderson rushed for 44 yards on 14 carries. A.J. Derby caught six passes for 66 yards. Philip Rivers threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns. Melvin Gordon rushed for 38 yards on 18 carries. Hunter Henry caught four passes for 73 yards.  

Denver Broncos

Case Keenum - Keenum has had two weeks to prepare for this game, but he has also been the 26th best fantasy quarterback behind quarterbacks like Alex Smith and Derek Carr . Enough said. QB3.

Phillip Lindsay - Lindsey will likely be the focal point of the offense this week versus a Chargers defense that can be run on. However, the defense will likely struggle in this one so there is a chance that the Broncos have to abandon the run. Add in the fact the Broncos are getting back Royce Freeman and will give passing down work to Devontae Booker , Lindsey is no more than a middling RB2.

Emmanuel Sanders - Sanders has been the top receiver in the Denver offense and there is no reason to think that changes any time soon. He has a tough matchup versus Casey Hayward , but is still a high end WR2 due to his target share.

Courtland Sutton - Sutton was disappointing in his first game after the Broncos traded away Demaryius Thomas , but that shouldn’t deter you from buying low on him. Sutton is a physically gifted receiver that has great size, speed, hands, and body control. All he needs is a quarterback to throw to him. He has a nice matchup versus Michael Davis and should be a part of any comeback the Broncos muster after falling behind. WR3.

Jeff Heuerman - Heuerman had a monster day in the week before the bye week, but it was his first game with double digit fantasy points or more than four catches, so it is hard to believe it will continue. He is worth a stash, but he is hard to start unless you are desperate. TE2.

Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers - Rivers threw for 223 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception versus the Raiders. Rivers wasn’t great versus the Raiders, but he didn’t need to be as the Chargers cruised to an easy win. He will have to do more here versus an underrated secondary in Denver. The Chargers may likely attack via the ground game instead making Rivers a high-end QB2 this week.

Melvin Gordon - Gordon rushed for 93 yards on 18 carries and caught five passes for 72 yards and a touchdown versus the Raiders. Gordon continues to be a workhorse for the Chargers offense and that should continue this week versus a Denver defense that has improved upfront, but is still weak. RB1.

Austin Ekeler - Just a handcuff for now.

Keenan Allen - Allen caught six passes for 57 yards and a touchdown versus the Raiders. Allen ha not been a star this season, but he has been very consistent ntallying double digit fantasy points in all, but one game this year. He has a tough matchup this week versus Chris Harris Jr, but is still a WR2.

Tyrell Williams - Williams caught four passes for 46 yards versus the Raiders. Williams has been explosive at time this year, but last week the Chargers were in cruise control versus the Raiders. This week he can take it back up another notch versus Tramaine Brock who is Denver’s worst corner. WR3.

Prediction: The Chargers win 27-16.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome(New Orleans)Sun. 11-18 @ 4:25 pm ESTOver/Under: 55

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Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints (-8), Sunday, 4:25 pm EST

Last Meeting (10/11/15): The Eagles won 39-17. Drew Brees threw for 335 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Mark Ingram rushed for 57 yards on 12 carries. Willie Snead caught six passes for 141 yards. Sam Bradford threw for 333 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. DeMarco Murray rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Josh Huff caught four passes for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz - Wentz threw for 360 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception versus the Cowboys. Wentz was efficient versus the Cowboys, but unspectacular in the loss. Wentz has been pretty good for fantasy this season, posting five 20+ point fantasy games in the last six weeks. He gets a New Orleans secondary allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterback this year also. QB1.

Corey Clement , Wendell Smallwood , Josh Allen - This situation is a clusterf and there is no standout player or role right now. The Saints have allowed the fourth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, so just stay away from all of these guys unless you are desperate.

Darren Sproles - Out.

Alshon Jeffery - Jeffery caught four passes for 48 yards versus the Cowboys. Jeffery was very good against a great corner in Byron Jones last week and he is the unquestioned weapon in this offense. He gets a great matchup versus Eli Apple , who has not been good since being traded from the Giants. WR1.

Golden Tate - Tate caught two passes for 19 yards versus the Cowboys. Tate was only on the field for 18 offensive snaps versus Dallas which was extremely disappointing. However, he should be worked in more and more and he has a fantastic matchup this week versus P.J. Williams who has been atrocious this season. WR3 with high upside.

Nelson Agholor - Agholor caught five passes for 83 yards versus the Cowboys. Agholor came back from the dead for a decent game versus Dallas. However, as Tate works himself more into the system, he should return to the frustrating player we have come to know and hate. WR4.

Jordan Matthews - Matthews caught three passes for 40 yards versus the Cowboys. He was on the field more than Tate, but that should change. WR5.

Zach Ertz - Ertz caught 14 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns versus the Cowboys. There should be no discussion at this point that Ertz is the #1 tight end in the game because of his usage and talent. TE1.

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees - Brees threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns versus the Bengals. Brees picked apart the Cincy defense and made it look too easy. He has a tougher test this week, but the Eagles are much better versus the run than they are the pass, so look for Brees to air it out a bunch. QB1.

Mark Ingram - Ingram rushed for 104 yards on 13 carries and caught three passes for 58 yards and a touchdown versus the Bengals. Ingram enjoyed running all over the pitiful Bengals from seven and had a fantastic run after the catch on his TD. This will be a tougher matchup versus an Eagles defense allowing the fifth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running back, but he is still an RB2.

Alvin Kamara - Kamara rushed for 56 yards and two touchdowns versus the Bengals. Kamara didn’t have the most flashy day, but still was a fantasy monster versus the Bengals. Even with Ingram in tow, he gets so much volume through the passing and running game that he crushes it every week. He has three straight 25+ points game in a row, so he is an easy RB1.

Michael Thomas - Thomas caught eight passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns versus the Bengals. Thomas was fantastic once again in the route of Cincinnati. He should be highly targeted once again versus the Eagles. WR1.

Tre'Quan Smith - Smith was not targeted in the game versus the Bengals. What. The. Heck?!? Smith was a forgotten man in spite of being on the field more than any other wide receiver. That shouldn’t continue, but he is obviously a risky play with so many other mouths to feed. He has a nice matchup versus Rasul Douglas , who has struggled this year, but is a boom or bust WR3.

Benjamin Watson - Watson caught one pass for one yard versus the Bengals. This is who Watson is, boom or bust. TE2.

Prediction: Saints win 40-24.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears

Venue: Soldier Field(Chicago)Sun. 11-18 @ 8:20 pm ESTOver/Under: 45.5

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Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (-3), Sunday, 8:20 pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/31/17): The Vikings won 23-10. Matt Trubisky threw for 178 yards. Tarik Cohen rushed for 13 yards on three carries. Dontrelle Inman caught five passes for 94 yards. Case Keenum threw for 189 yards and a touchdown. Latavius Murray rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Stefon Diggs caught six passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.

Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins - Cousins had a let down the week before the bye, but has now had two weeks to prepare for the tough Bears defense. The Bears will likely bring pressure, but Cousins is excellent against the blitz and should have no problem finding his main man Thielen for some big plays. He is also getting back Diggs from injury as well. QB1.

Dalvin Cook - Cook had a nice game in his return from injury, but the majority of the production did come on one 70-yard touchdown. That being said, that is the kind of player Cook is, a game breaker. Now healthy, he should get the larger majority of the work, making Latavius Murray a handcuff. However, the Bears have the best run defense in the league allowing the fewest points per game tot opposing running backs. RB2.

Stefon Diggs - Diggs is set to return after missing the game versus the Lions prior to the bye week. Diggs has been very good this season with some stinkers mixed in. While he has had two games with less than 10 points, he also has had four 20+ point games and should have a a nice blend of floor and ceiling again this week. WR2.

Adam Thielen - Thielen has been the #1 receiver this season as Cousins loves to throw to the slot receiver. There is no reason to think that will change barring an injury. WR1.  

Kyle Rudolph - Since Week 4, Rudolph has not had a double digit fantasy game for the Vikings. This is extremely disappointing for fantasy owners as Cousins had been a big user of the tight end in Washington. Unfortunately, he is the third look on most passing plays and the other mouths get feed more often. TE2.

Chicago Bears

Mitchell Trubisky - Trubisky threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns versus the Lions. Trubisky had a great fantasy day versus the Lions, but that had more to do with Darius Slay being out and the rest of the Lions secondary playing like they were as well. Trubisky is not a very good passer and struggles against good defenses. That will likely be the case this week as the Vikings have allowed the 10th fewest points per game to opposing quarterbacks and have had two weeks to prepare for this one. QB2.  

Jordan Howard - Howard rushed for 21 yards on 11 carries versus the Lions. The Lions made a point of trying to stuff the run and while it worked, it allowed the Bears to throw on them much more easily. Howard will face another tough game here as the Vikings will likely do the same and have allowed the eighth fewest points per game to opposing running backs and the second fewest yards. RB3.

Tarik Cohen - Cohen rushed for 15 yards and a touchdown on seven carries and caught six passes for 29 yards versus the Lions. Cohen struggled along with Howard in the game and this one will likely be the same unfortunately. Cohen has some upside because he can break big play, but he is still a risky play. RB3.

Allen Robinson - Robinson caught six passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns versus the Lions. Robinson had his best game of the year versus Detroit reminding us of the talent he flashed in Jacksonville. Those games may be few and far between, but he is the #1 in the offense and a WR3 versus Xavier Rhodes this week.

Anthony Miller - Miller caught five passes for 122 yards and a touchdown versus the Lions. Miller went off versus the Lions as they focused on stopping the run game. He will find difficulty doing that again versus Trae Waynes and the Vikings secondary this week and is back to being a WR4.

Trey Burton - Burton caught four passes for 40 yards versus the Lions. Burton had a disappointing output in a game where Trubisky was actually throwing the ball around a bit. However, he has been a pretty stable tight end this year, scoring double digit points in five of his last six games and usually being among the top targets in the passing game. TE1.

Prediction: The Vikings win 24-13.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Rams

Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum(Los Angeles)Mon. 11-19 @ 8:15 pm ESTOver/Under: 63.5

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Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Rams (-3.5), Monday, 8:15 pm EST.

Last Meeting (10/26/14): Austin Davis threw for 160 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. Tre Mason rushed for 32 yards on seven carries. Kenny Britt caught two passes for 52 yards. Alex Smith threw for 223 yards. Jamaal Charles rushed for 67 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Dwayne Bowe caught six passes for 64 yards.

Kansas City

Patrick Mahomes - Mahomes threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns versus the Cardinals.  Mahomes had a poor game for him as the Chiefs were in cruise control the entire game. He will ratchet it up again this week in what should be a showcase of offensive superpowers. QB1.

Kareem Hunt - Hunt rushed for 71 yards on 16 carries versus the Cardinals. Hunt did not have a standout game versus the Cardinals and faces a tough test this week in Los Angeles. However, the Rams have allowed the ninth most rushing yards to running backs this season and Hunt has been great this season as the fifth best running back. RB1.

Tyreek Hill - Hill caught seven passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns versus the Cardinals. Hill continues to be one the best receivers in fantasy this season, posting double digit fantasy points in all but one game and three 30+ point games this season. WR1.

Sammy Watkins - Did not play versus the Cardinals. Watkins is likely to return this week after being held out for precautionary reasons last week. He has been hit or miss this year, but has posted double digit fantasy points in six of the eight games he has played this year. If active he is a risk/reward WR2.

Travis Kelce - Kelce caught six passes for 46 yards versus the Cardinals. Kelce had a pretty quiet day for the most part, but has been fantastic this year, posting double digit fantasy points in every game since the Week 1 stinker. TE1.

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff - Goff threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns versus the Seahawks. Goff continues to succeed in this potent Rams offense even in tough matchups. This game versus the Chiefs is not a tough matchup and he is a good bet to put up his fourth straight 20+ point game. QB1.

Todd Gurley - Gurley rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries versus the Seahawks. Gurley continues to be the #1 player in fantasy and gets the Chiefs who are allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Cha-Ching! RB1.

Brandin Cooks - Cooks caught 10 passes for 100 yards and had a nine yards carry for a score versus the Seahawks. Cooks hsa been a top ten receiver this year and should continue to be proftbale week in and week out with Kupp now out. He has a decent matchup versus Orlando Scandrick this week, so fire him up. WR1.

Robert Woods - Woods caught four passes for 89 yards versus the Seahawks. Woods has been a very consistent force in the Rams passing game this season, scoring double digit points in every game since Week 1. He doesn’t have the ceiling of Cooks, but he has a very safe floor. WR2.

Cooper Kupp - Out for the year after tearing his ACL.

Josh Reynolds - Reynolds did not get targeted in the game versus the Seahawks. With Kupp done for the season, Reynold regains the role that led him to a two touchdown day versus Green Bay in Week 8. He won’t likely repeat that, but he should be swooped up in all formats in case he breaks back out. WR4.

Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett - Both tight ends caught touchdowns Seahawks. With Kupp out, the tight ends may play a bigger role, but right now neither has distinguished themselves above the other.

Prediction: Rams win 33-30.

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