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NFL Matchups - Week 12 Preview

Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions

Venue: Ford Field(Detroit)Thu. 11-22 @ 12:30 pm ESTOver/Under: 45.5

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Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (+3), Thursday, 12:30 pm EST.

Last meeting (11/11/18, Week 10): The Bears won 34-22. Matthew Stafford threw for 274 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Kerryon Johnson rushed for 51 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Kenny Golladay caught six passes for 78 yards. Mitch Trubisky threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns. Jordan Howard rushed for 21 yards on 11 carries. Allen Robinson caught six passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

Chicago Bears

Mitchell Trubisky - Trubisky threw for 165 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions versus the Vikings. Trubisky was helped out by a fantastic showing from the Bears defense on Sunday night which meant he didn’t have to do much in the victory. He is dealing with a shoulder injury and woke up on Wednesday with limited movement and added pain. He is unlikely to play this week which means Chase Daniel s will likely start.

Jordan Howard -  Howard rushed for 63 yards on 18 carries versus the Vikings. Howard carried the majority of the load for the Bears running game once again against Minnesota and looked good doing so. He has a Lions defense that has been poor against the run this season, but has toughened up over the last few games including the Week 10 matchup where they held Howard to less than two yards per carry. Low-end RB2.

Tarik Cohen - Cohen rushed for 27 yards on seven carries and caught three passes for 23 yards versus the Vikings. Cohen is a big play threat, but at this point that is all he is, a threat. Over the last three games, he has put up two awful performances and the only decent one was buoyed by a early touchdown. RB3.

Allen Robinson - Robinson caught three passes for 39 yards versus the Vikings. Robinson Struggled against Xavier Rhodes , but was still second on the team in targets. He has another tough test this week with Darius Slay , so he is more of a WR3.  

Anthony Miller - Miller caught two passes for 25 yards and a touchdown versus the Vikings. Miller only sa three targets, but the score sved his day a bit. He is held back by the offense and Trubisky, but has a ton of talent. However, he is still a low-end WR3.

Taylor Gabriel - Gabriel caught seven passes for 52 yards versus the Vikings. Gabriel had his best game in a while and led the Bears in targets. With Rhodes locking down Robinson, Gabriel got more looks, but that won’t likely be a consistent part of the Bears offense. WR5.

Trey Burton - Burton caught one pass for nine yards versus the Vikings. This was a truly disappointing game for Burton. He only received one target in the contest and was largely ignored in the game script. Trubisky is not good with progressions and when Burton isn’t the first or second read, it is unlikely he gets a look. TE2.

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford - Stafford threw for 220 yards and a touchdown versus the Panthers. With Johnson likely out, the brunt of the offense will likely resty on Stafford’s broad shoulders. The Bears are softer versus the pass than the run, but that is not saying much. QB2.

Kerryon Johnson - Johnson rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown in 15 carries versus the Panthers. Johnson is doubtful to play after suffering knee injury versus the Panthers. LeGarrette Blount will fill in for the dynamic rookie, but is not interesting against the league’s top defense.  

Theo Riddick - Riddick caught five passes for 30 yards versus the Panthers. With Johnson out, Riddick may get a few extra looks, but the emergence of Ellington makes him a bit less alluring. RB3.

Kenny Golladay - Golladay caught eight passes for 113 yards and a touchdown versus the Panthers. With Jones out, Golladay thrived as the centerpiece of the offense. He should get another big workload with both Kerryon and Jones likely out.

Marvin Jones - Did not play versus the Panthers. Doubtful to play Monday.

Bruce Ellington - Ellington caught six passes for 52 yards versus the Panthers. Ellington filled in for Jones in versus Carolina and is a nice diet version on Golden Tate over the middle. He should see a lot of Bryce Callahan and Prince Amukamara , so it may be a slower day, but he is an interesting GPP play. WR4.

Prediction: The Bears win 20-17.

Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys

Venue: AT&T Stadium(Arlington)Thu. 11-22 @ 4:30 pm ESTOver/Under: 40.5

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Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys (-7), Thursday, 4:30 pm EST.

Last Meeting (10/21/18, Week 7): The Redskins won 20-17. Dak Prescott threw for 273 yards and a touchdown. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 33 yards on 15 carries. Michael Gallup caught three passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. Alex Smith threw for 178 yards and a touchdown. Adrian Peterson rushed for 99 yards on 24 carries. Kapri Bibbs caught four passes for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Washington Redskins

Alex Smith - Out for the season after breaking multiple bones in his leg.

Colt McCoy - McCoy threw for 54 yards and a touchdown versus the Texans. McCoy actually looked pretty good off of the bench for the Skins, but struggled once pressure came and the Texans settled in against him. He showed some chemistry with tight end Jordan Reed and slot receiver Trey Quinn . It is hard to grab McCoy in most formats outside of 2QB formats, but the Redskins offense has been awful for fantasy this year and McCoy can’t be much worse for the team’s production than Alex Smith was. QB2.

Adrian Peterson - Peterson rushed for 51 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries versus the Panthers. Peterson ran well versus a tough Texans front seven and should continue to get a ton of carries to help protect McCoy in the offense. He has a tough test versus the Cowboys front seven that has allowed the seventh fewest fantasy point to the running back position this season, but he is an RB2.

Chris Thompson - Did not play versus the Panthers. Seems unlikely to play versus the Cowboys.

Jamison Crowder - Did not play versus the Panthers. Seems unlikely to play versus the Cowboys.

Josh Doctson - Doctson caught three passes for 32 yards versus the Panthers. Doctson was second on the team in targets, but was unable to get enough separation to make any big plays. He will find the same difficulty against one of the best corners in the league in Byron Jones this week. WR4.

Trey Quinn - Quinn caught four passes for 49 yards versus the Panthers. Quinn was activated from injured reserve and played in 71% of the offensive snaps for the Redskins. He was just the flavor of the week for the Redskins offense who has struggled to maintain any fantasy receiver this season. WR6.

Jordan Reed - Reed caught seven passes for 71 yards and a touchdown versus the Panthers. Reed was rejuvenated when McCoy entered the game for the injured Smith. We need to see more to be sure that this is chemistry and not a fluke, but he is an interesting TE2.

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott - Prescott threw for 208 yards and ran in a touchdown versus the Falcons. Prescott played another conservative game and relied on the running game to pave the path to victory. Dak has done a good job of not turning the ball over, but that doesn’t spark a ton of fantasy value. He gets a pretty good secondary in the Redskins this week, so he remains a low-end QB2.

Ezekiel Elliott - Elliott rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown as well as caught seven passes for 79 yards versus the Falcons. Elliott was a workhorse versus one of the worst run defenses in the league as the Cowboys rode him to victory. He gets a tougher test in the Redskins who have allowed the 10th fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this year, but he is a must start RB1.

Amari Cooper - Cooper caught three passes for 36 yards versus the Falcons. This was a disappointing game for Cooper, but he led everyone, except Elliott, on the team in targets and has been their biggest red zone target since he was traded to Dallas. He gets a tough matchup versus Josh Norman , but is a good bet to rebound some. WR2.

Cole Beasley - Beasley caught five passes for 51 yards versus the Falcons. Beasley continues to get a fair amount of looks in the short and intermediate passing game where Dak can make high percentage throws. This could be a good spot for Beasley in deeper PPR formats as Fabian Moreau can get beat in coverage. WR4.

Michael Gallup - Gallup caught one pass for 10 yards versus the Falcons. Gallup has not gotten a ton of looks with Cooper in town, but he has talent and has a tremendous matchup this week versus Danny Johnson who has been atrocious in coverage as of late. Definitely a GPP lottery ticket. WR4.

Prediction: The Cowboys win 17-13.

Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome(New Orleans)Thu. 11-22 @ 8:20 pm ESTOver/Under: 60

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Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (-13), Thursday, 8:20 pm EST

Last Meeting (9/23/18, Week 3): The Saints won 43-37. Drew Brees threw for 396 yards and three touchdowns. Alvin Kamara rushed for 66 yards on 16 carries. Michael Thomas caught 10 passes for 129 yards. Matt Ryan threw for 374 yards and five touchdowns. Tevin Coleman rushed for 33 yards on 15 carries. Calvin Ridley caught seven passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns.

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan - Ryan threw for 291 yards, one touchdown, and an interception versus the Cowboys. Ryan struggled finishing off drives versus Dallas, but was otherwise efficient. He gets a Saints defense allowing the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks and this game should bea shootout. QB1.

Devonta Freeman - On IR

Tevin Coleman - Coleman rushed for 58 yards on eight carries versus the Cowboys. Coleman looked pretty good, but the Falcons fell behind and they ended up having to abandon the run game. He may fall into a similar issue versus the high-powered Saints. RB2.

Ito Smith - Smith rushed for 10 yards on six carries versus the Cowboys. Like Coleman, Smith suffered as the team fell behind. Again, that is likely to repeat itself this week. RB4.

Julio Jones - Jones caught six passes for 118 yards and a touchdown versus the Cowboys. Jones has now scored touchdowns in three consecutive weeks which makes his TD drought a distant memory. He gets a Saints secondary that has more holes in it than swiss cheese. WR1.

Mohamed Sanu - Sanu caught four passes for 56 yards versus the Cowboys. Sanu had a decent game versus Dallas, but has been pretty useless in fantasy with Ridley and Jones taking most of the work. However, he gets P.J. Williams covering him in the slot and that is a recipe for feasting on Thanksgiving night. It is a risky play, but Sanu is a WR3 with a ton of upside here.

Calvin Ridley - Ridley caught three passes for 32 yards versus the Cowboys. Ridley has struggled as the league catches up to him and Ryan realizes that he is allowed to throw touchdown passes to Julio. He has a nice matchup versus Eli Apple who has not been great since being traded to New Orleans by the Giants. WR2.

Austin Hooper - Hooper caught four passes for 27 yards versus the Cowboys. Hooper has been hit or miss this season, but while the Falcons will likely throw a lot versus New Orleans, the Saints have been great against the tight end this season, only allowing the third fewest fantasy points per game to the position. TE2.

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees - Brees threw for 363 yards and four touchdowns versus the Eagles. Brees was fantastic again for the Saints as they dismantled the Eagles defense. He complete passes to six different receivers and was able to pick on the weakest parts of the Eagles secondary. He gets another great matchup this week versus a Falcons defense allowing the third most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. QB1.

Mark Ingram - Ingram rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns versus the Eagles. Ingram rolled over a pretty good Eagles front seven. Ingram has been great since returning from suspension and now gets a Falcons defensive front allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. RB1.

Alvin Kamara - Kamara rushed for 71 yards on 13 carries and caught a 37 yard versus the Eagles. Kamara continues to be an elite back in both the running and passing games. His combination of speed and elusiveness makes him difficult to get a hold of and bring down. He should feast versus the Falcons. RB1.

Michael Thomas - Thomas caught four passes for 92 yards and a touchdown versus the Eagles. With so many other big performances versus Philadelphia, you may have overlooked how great Thomas was. He has now scored double digit fantasy points in all, but one game this season and he has seven games of at least 19 fantasy points. WR1.

Tre’Quan Smith- Smith caught 10 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown versus the Eagles. Tre’Quan ad another breakout performance, but has started the week on the non-participants list for the first two days of practice. The injury to his thigh is not considered serious, but with a short week, he will need to practice on Wednesday to calm fantasy owners. If he plays, he is a WR2, but if he is out, Keith Kirkwood and Austin Carr become interesting plays.

Prediction: The Saints win 44-29.

Oakland Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens

Venue: M&T Bank Stadium(Baltimore)Sun. 11-25 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 42.5

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Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Ravens (-10.5), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last meeting (10/8/17): The Ravens won 30-17. Joe Flacco threw for 222 yards. Javorius Allen rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Mike Wallace caught three passes for 133 yards. E.J. Manuel threw for 159 yards and a touchdown. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Michael Crabtree caught six passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr - Derek Carr threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns versus the Cardinals. Carr played one of his better games versus the Cardinals, but if you think that will continue this week in Baltimore, I have some magic beans you might be interested in. QB3.

Jalen Richard and Doug Martin - The Ravens have allowed the second fewest points per game to opposing running back and the tandem of Richard and Martin  have yet to score a touchdown this season.

Raiders Wide Receivers- Just don’t do it.

Jared Cook - Cook continues to be the only fantasy viable play in Oakland. However, that will be hit or miss because of the putried offense. With having to travel to Baltimore, I would probably just stay away from this whole game. TE2.

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco - Flacco did not play versus the Bengals. Likely out again.

Lamar Jackson - Jackson threw for 150 yards and an interception, but gained 117 yards on 27 carries versus the Bengals. With Jackson starting his first game in the NFl, the Ravens took a run first approach that suits him better. That should be expected again versus Oakland. While Jackson could rack up some more rushing yards, the Raiders have allowed the second fewest rushing yards this season to opposing quarterbacks though that is partially because the only really athletic QBs they have played have been Russell Wilson in Week 6 and Baker Mayfield in Week 4. He is an interesting streamer candidate, but I wouldn’t play him outside of 2QB leagues. QB3.

Alex Collins - Collins rushed for 18 yards and a touchdown on seven carries versus the Bengals. Collins started the game and scored a touchdown, but then was rarely heard from again. Apparently, the Ravens like the pairing of Edwards with Lamar Jackson in the option game which is bad news for Collins even in a great matchup. RB3.

Gus Edwards - Edwards rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries versus the Bengals. Edwards came out of nowhere to have a huge game. Edwards appears to have leapfrogged Collins for the time being because of his chemistry with Jackson in the option offense. It is a risky play if the Ravens go back to Collins, but he is a high-end RB3.

Michael Crabtree , John Brown , Willie Snead - Snead led the receivers by catching five passes for 51 yards versus the Bengals. Unfortunately for the wideouts in the offense, Jackson doesn’t give them much fantasy relevance. Snead is a WR4 for now and the others are boom or bust WR5s.

Prediction: The Ravens win 24-0.

New England Patriots vs. New York Jets

Venue: MetLife Stadium(East Rutherford)Sun. 11-25 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 46.5

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New England Patriots at New York Jets (+9.5), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/31/17): The Patriots won 26-6. Bryce Petty threw for 232 yards. Bilal Powell rushed for 46 yards on 13 carries. Jermaine Kearse caught five passes for 59 yards. Tom Brady threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Dion Lewis rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. Brandin Cooks caught five passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.

New England

Tom Brady - Brady and the Patriots had one of their worst games of the season versus the Titans prior to the bye week. Now they have had two week to prepare for the Jets, so expect them to take out their frustrations out on New York. QB1.

Sony Michel - Michel enters the week without an injury designation. This is a nice sign for the rookie back that was hampered prior to the bye week. He should get plenty of run versus the Jets especially after the Patriots break away in this one. RB2.

James White - White put up a disappointing game versus the Titans in Week 10, but so did a lot of Patriots players. Prior to Week 10, he had put up nine straight double digit scoring weeks and three straight games of 25+ points. With Michel back healthy, he likely won’t go off, but it is in the range of outcomes. RB2.

Julian Edelman - Since returning to the Patriots in Week 5, Edelman has put up double digit fantasy points in each game. He get Buster Skrine , who is the Jets worst corner and has struggled covering players out of the slot. WR1.

Chris Hogan - Hogan has never lived up to the promise that people in fantasy circles had for him. Now there are too many mouths to feed and Hogan is too inconsistent with limited targets to start in most formats. WR5.

Josh Gordon - Since acclimating to the offense, Gordon has put up at least four catches in each of the last four games for the PAtriots. He was also on the field for 83% of the offensive snaps for New England in Week 10, the most of any Patriots wide receiver. He has a decent matchup with Trumaine Johnson and should fall into the WR2 tier.  

Rob Gronkowski - Gronk has missed three of the last four games with injury, but is expected to be active after the bye week. Gronk has not been himself this season, but if healthy, he represents a big challenge for defenses, especially with a loaded Patriots’ offense that is full of other weapons to account for. If you drafted Gronk in the second or third round, you are disappointed with the outcome of his season thus far, but you can’t sit him in most leagues. TE1.

New York Jets

Sam Darnold - The Jets have also had two weeks to prepare and lick their wounds after being embarrassed at home versus the Bills. Darnold is reportedly pain-free and out of a walking boot and wants to play Sunday, but reports are that the Jets aren’t sure they want to risk him reinjurying his foot. If he is inactive, Josh McCown would start for New York, but neither are worth playing even in 2QB formats unless you are desperate. QB3.

Isaiah Crowell - Crowell continues to split carries in the back field even after the loss of Bilal Powell to what may be a career ending injury. Crowell is a north-south type runner that can turn on the Jets. However, this is a game that will likely force the Jets away from the running game. RB3.

Elijah McGuire - McGuire has looked good since returning to the team. While the Jets will likely be forced to abandon the run game, McGuire’s strengths are in the passing game. The Patriots are weaker against receiving backs than they are against traditional running backs. However, McGuire is more of a desperation play because we don’t know how this offense will fare with the muddled and mediocre quarterback situation. RB3.

Robby Anderson , Jermaine Kearse , Quincy Enunwa - The Jets wide receivers have not been very consistent this season and there is no reason to think that changes. All of these guys are risky plays even in a game where the Jets will have to air it out. WR4s.

Prediction: The Patriots win 33-10.

New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Venue: Lincoln Financial Field(Philadelphia)Sun. 11-25 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 48

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New York Giants at  Philadelphia Eagles (-6), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (10/11/18, Week 6): The Eagles won 34-13. Carson Wentz threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns. Wendell Smallwood rushed for 51 yards on 18 carries. Nelson Agholor caught three passes for 91 yards. Eli Manning threw for 281 yards and an interception. Saquon Barkley rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries and caught nine passes for 99 yards.

New York Giants

Eli Manning - Manning threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns versus the Buccaneers. Manning has now put up four straight weeks of double digit fantasy points and two straight games of multiple touchdowns. He gets an Eagles team that is thin in the secondary and was just embarrassed by the Saints offense. Manning is still a QB2, but on the higher end of the tier.

Saquon Barkley - Barkley rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries and caught two passes for 10 yards and a touchdown versus the Buccaneers. Barkley continues to push for the Rookie of the Year crown with fantastic efforts in spite of poor quarterback play. He only has one game this season with less than 20 fantasy points and is an easy bet to return RB1 numbers each week.

Odell Beckham Jr.- Beckham caught four passes for 74 yards and a touchdown versus the Buccaneers. Beckham has had some moments of struggle with Eli under center, but he has still been a top tier wide receiver in fantasy. That shouldn’t change versus an Eagles defense that is having a hard time fielding a healthy secondary. WR1.

Sterling Shepard - Shepard caught two passes for 22 yards versus the Buccaneers. Shepard has had great matchups in recent weeks, but is not getting many looks in the passing game. This is another nice matchup, but you can’t trust that he will receive enough targets to make a difference. WR4.

Evan Engram - Engram caught two passes for 66 yards versus the Buccaneers. Engram has been disappointing this season and was only able to make last week look decent with a late catch and run. The targets and production have been down this season, so until we see more, he drops into the TE2 tier.

Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz - Wentz threw for 156 yards and three interceptions versus the Saints. Wentz really struggled versus the pressure of the Saints offense and made poor decisions forcing the ball into coverage. He gets a chance to rebound this week versus a Giants defense that just let the Bucs score 35 on them. QB1.

Josh Adams - Adams rushed for 53 yards and a touchdown on seven carries versus the Saints. Adams appears to have taken the lead back role in Philly over Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood . That is a good sign, but it is unlikely that he will distinguish himself enough to move into RB2 range this week even against a Giants team that can be run on. RB3.

Alshon Jeffery - Jeffery caught four passes for 33 yards versus the Saints. Jeffery struggled along with Wentz. He was second on the team in targets, but couldn’t break away enough versus Lattimore and the Saints coverage. He has a nice matchup this week versus a struggling Giants secondary and B.W. Webb . WR2.

Nelson Agholor - Agholor did not catch a pass on three targets versus the Saints. As predicted, he is no longer relevant.

Golden Tate - Tate caught five passes for 48 yards versus the Saints. A week after only being on the field for 29% of the offensive plays for Philadelphia, Tate was on the field for 71% of the offensive snaps and led the team in targets, catches, and receiving yards. Now that Tate has become a bigger part of the offense, he is worth being started. However, don’t expect big weeks every week, Tate tends to occupy a lot of the same areas as Ertz and last week is likely more of a fluke in terms of Ertz’s production. WR3.

Zach Ertz - Ertz caught two passes for 15 yards versus the Saints. Ertz had a unusually quiet week for the Eagles, but that shouldn’t be a common occurrence for him. If we see him lose this amount of targets to Tate in a second straight week, it may be time to start panicking though. I am just not there yet. TE1.

Prediction: The Eagles win 27-24.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Venue: Raymond James Stadium(Tampa)Sun. 11-25 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 54.5

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San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3.5), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last meeting (10/23/16): The Buccaneers won 34-17. Jameis Winston threw for 269 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 154 yards on 26 carries. Mike Evan caught eight passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Colin Kaepernick threw for 143 yards, one touchdown, and on interception. Kaepernick also rushed for 84 yards on nine carries. Shaun Draughn caught five passes for 37 yards and a touchdown.

San Francisco 49ers

Nick Mullens - Mullens showed his true colors in the matchup before the bye week versus the Giants. He struggles throwing into coverage and doesn’t have good arm strength. He gets a fantastic matchup this week versus a Tampa Bay defense allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, so he is an interesting QB2.

Matt Breida - Now healthy, Breida is the unquestioned leader of the backfield in San Francisco. He gets a fantastic matchup this week versus a Tampa Bay defense that is allowing the eighth most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs and should be relied upon heavily to take the pressure off of Mullens. QB2.

Marquise Goodwin - Goodwin is a big play guy, but will struggle more and more with Mullens weak arm leading the offense. The Niners put together some plays to get him the ball, but it is unlikely we will see any big weeks with Goodwin. WR4.

George Kittle - Kittle has been great this season no matter who was throwing him the ball. The Bucs have allowed the second most points per game to opposing tight end this season, so it is a great matchup as well. TE1.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston - Winston threw for 199 yards, two touchdowns and an interception versus the Giants. Winston took over for Fitzpatrick after he struggled in the beginning of the game and looked pretty decent against a weak Giants defense. He gets another weak defense in the 49ers who have allowed the ninth most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season. High-end QB2.

Ryan Fitzpatrick - Fitzpatrick was benched after throwing three interceptions versus the Giants. He will return to backup duties now.  

Peyton Barber - Barber rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries versus the Giants. Barber had arguably his best game of the season versus the Giants last week and should continue to get the majority of the work out of the backfiled moving forward. The 49ers are better against the run than the pass, but can be beaten on the ground as well. RB2.

Mike Evans - Evans caught six passes for 120 yards and a touchdown versus the Giants. After a couple of dud games, Evans came out and put on a show versus the Giants. This wa a nice reminder of why Evans was taken so highly in fantasy drafts and while he gets a matchup with Richard Sherman , he should get plenty of looks to turn in another nice effort. WR2.

DeSean Jackson , Chris Godwin , Adam Humphries - All three receivers have some risk and reward to them. Unfortunately, it is hard to predict who of the receivers will get the most snaps and targets. Humphries is the safest bet of the group, but Godwin has the higher ceiling. Jackson will get looks as well, but they are all low-end WR3s with volatility.

OJ Howard-  Will miss the rest of the season after injuring his ankle versus the Giants.

Cameron Brate - Brate will take over the top tight end role with Howard on IR. Brate has been fairly unproductive this season, but Jameis Winston loves his tight ends and that should be good news for him. He could be a sneaky TE1 rest of the way.

Prediction: Tampa Bay wins 30-19.

Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Venue: Paul Brown Stadium(Cincinnati)Sun. 11-25 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 46.5

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Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (-3), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last Meeting (11/26/17): The Bengals won 30-16. DeShone Kizer threw for 268 yards. Isaiah Crowell rushed for 95 yards on 16 carries. Corey Coleman caught three passes for 64 yards. Andy Dalton threw for 214 yards and two touchdowns. Joe Mixon rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. A.J. Green caught five passes for 66 yards.  

Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield - Mayfield is coming off of his best performance as a pro before the bye week and gets a Bengals defense that has been truly atrocious versus the pass this year. The Bengals have allowed the second most points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season, making Mayfield an interesting streamer pickup. QB2.

Nick Chubb - Chubb was also fantastic versus the Falcons in the victory before the bye week. He gets a Bengals defense that has been very bad versus the run as well, allowing the second most points per game to opposing running backs. RB1.

Duke Johnson Jr.- Johnson has become a bigger part of the offense since the firings of Hue Jackson and Todd Haley. He wasn’t huge part of the gameplan in Week 10, but he got into the endzone which helped his day. The Bengals have struggled versus receiving backs, allowing the seventh most receiving yards and second most receiving touchdowns to the position this year. RB2.

Jarvis Landry - Landry had an oddly quiet day prior to the bye week with only one catch on five targets. That should change in the matchup with Darius Phillips who is the Bengals worst corner. WR2.

David Njoku - Njoku also struggled in the game versus Atlanta as the Browns focused on the running game more than the passing game. However, the Bengals are also bad versus the tight end position, allowing the third most points per game to the position, so fire him back up. TE1.

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton - Dalton threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns versus the Ravens. Dalton played fairly well considering he was missing his top receiver and how good the Ravens defense can be. He gets a Browns defense that is very good in the secondary and can bring pressure. QB2.

Joe Mixon - Mixon rushed for 14 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries versus the Ravens. Mixon struggled to find running room versus the stout front seven of the Ravens. He gets a much easier test this week versus a Browns defense that allows the seventh most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. RB1.

Giovani Bernard - Bernard rushed for five yards on two carries and caught four passes for 20 yards versus the Ravens. Bernard is nothing more than a handcuff now that Mixon has returned to full health.

A.J. Green - Did not play versus the Ravens. Green is questionable heading into Week 12, but is likely to play according to some sources within the organization barring any setbacks. This would be great for a number of the offensive weapons, namely Mixon, Dalton, and Boyd. He would have a tough matchup with TJ Ward, but Green is a WR1 no matter the matchup.

Tyler Boyd - Boyd caught four passes for 71 yards versus the Ravens. Boyd was very good when you consider the attention paid to him with Green out. With Green returning, he may lose a few targets, but the Browns defense will have to account for Green which should free up Boyd more. WR2.

John Ross - Ross caught two passes for 27 yards and a touchdown versus the Ravens. Ross takes a hit with Green returning and he would revert back to being largely irrelevant. WR5.

C.J. Uzomah - Uzomah caught three passes for 41 yards versus the Ravens. Uzomah has yet to take much of a role with the Bengals in spite of Cincinnati losing both Tyler Kroft and Tylre Eifert for the season. TE.3

Prediction: The Browns win 24-14.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers

Venue: Bank of America Stadium(Charlotte)Sun. 11-25 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 46.5

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Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers (-3.5), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/4/16): The Seahawks won 40-7. Cam Newton threw for 182 yards and a touchdown. Jonathan Stewart rushed for 50 yards on 11 carries. Ted Ginn Jr. caught five passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. Russell Wilson threw for 277 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. Thomas Rawls rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns Jermaine Kearse caught five passes for 68 yards.

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson - Wilson threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns versus the Packers. Wilson was forced to throw more in this contest as the Seahawks needed to come from behind to win versus the Packers. He has now put up multiple touchdown games in each of his last six contests and gets a Panthers defense that has not played well as of late. QB1.

Chris Carson - Carson rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries versus the Packers. Carson has established himself as the lead back in Seattle again, but there are looming concerns about the offensive line and the growing workload of Penny. He has a tough matchup this week with Carolina who are allowing the eighth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, but the nature of the offense and the workload keeps him as an RB2.

Mike Davis - Davis rushed for 26 yards on four carries versus the Packers. Just a handcuff for now.

Rashaad Penny - Penny rushed for eight passes for 46 yards on eight carries versus the Packers. Penny is slowly gaining more carries and could be an interesting stash if the trend continues. RB4.

Doug Baldwin - Baldwin caught seven passes for 52 yards and a touchdown versus the Packers. Baldwin has struggled this year with injuries and consistent targets, but this was a nice reminder of who he can be. He led the team in targets and catches and made difficult plays look easy. He gets tough matchup with Captain Munnerlyn and his lack of consistent targets makes him a WR3.

Tyler Lockett - Lockett caught five passes for 71 yards versus the Packers. Lockett is a big play threat that can be more than that, but with both Baldwin and a

Moore healthy, he loses the extra targets. He is a boom or bust WR3.

David Moore - Moore caught four passes for 57 yards versus the Packers. Moore was second on the team in targets for Seattle last week. Moore isn’t a special player, but he has a rapport with Wilson that means he will get work. He gets a bump in PPR formats, but is more of a high-end WR4.   

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton - Newton threw for 357 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception versus the Lions. Newton left the game briefly with an ankle injury, but was able to return and put up a nice fantasy day in the loss. The injury may limit his ability to run the ball, but he was not on the early injury reports for the week, so it shouldn’t stop him from playing. He gets a Seahawks defense allowing the third fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, but is still a QB1.

Christian McCaffrey - McCaffrey rushed for 53 yards on 13 carries and caught six passes for 57 yards versus the Lions. McCaffery didn’t have a huge game versus a Lions defense that played much better than expected. However, his ability to be a factor in both the running and passing games makes him such a dynamic player that he is an RB1 in what would normally be a very tough matchup versus the Seahawks defense.  

Devin Funchess - Funchess caught two passes for 39 yards versus the Lions. Funchess continues to struggle with consistency and while he was tied for the most targets on the team, he had multiple drops and this could be the beginning of the end of him being the #1 wide receiver on the Panthers. WR3.

D.J. Moore - Moore caught seven passes for 157 yards and a touchdown versus the Lions. Moore finally broke out versus the Lions showing off his ability to make amazing catches and then turn them into big plays. He has a great matchup this week versus Shaquille Griffin who has struggled at times in coverage. WR3.

Greg Olsen - Olsen caught two passes for nine yards and a touchdown versus the Lions. Olsen was not a big part of the game plan versus the Lions and only received three targets. That won’t likely be a common theme as Newton and Olsen have a good chemistry. He should get enough opportunities to remain a low-end TE1.

Prediction: The Seahawks win 22-17.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills

Venue: Ralph Wilson Stadium(Orchard Park)Sun. 11-25 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 37

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Jacksonville Jaguars at Buffalo Bills (+3.5), Sunday, 1:00 pm EST.

Last Meeting (1/7/18, Wild Card Playoffs): The Jaguars won 10-3. TyRod Taylor threw for 134 yards and an interception. LeSean McCoy rushed for 75 yards on 19 carries and caught six passes for 44 yards. Blake Bortles threw for 87 yards and a touchdown. Leonard Fournette rushed for 57 yards on 21 carries. Dede Westbrook caught five passes for 48 yards.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Blake Bortles - Bortles threw for 104 yards versus the Steelers. Bortles attempted to let the defense and running game carry the load which unfortunately failed for the Jags. He gets a Bills defense that allows the fewest points per game to opposing quarterbacks and has had two weeks to prepare for the game. QB3.

Leonard Fournette - Fournette rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries versus the Steelers. Fournette led the Jags offense that featured a total of 43 rushing attempts between Fournette, Bortles, Carlos Hyde and T.J. Yeldon . The Jaguars offense is built around the running game and there is no reason to think that will change versus a Bills defense that allows the ninth most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. RB1.

Dede Westbrook - Westbrook caught two passes for 19 yards versus the Steelers. Westbrook is one of Bortles favorite targets, but things have been very quiet in the passing game since rumors flew around that Bortles may be on the hot seat and Fournette returned. He has a nice matchup versus the Bills’ worst corner in Rafael Bush , who has struggled in coverage out of the slot. WR3, but the lack of usage is concerning to say the least. WR4.  

Donte Moncrief - Moncrief caught one pass for 11 yards versus the Steelers. Moncrief has been the most consistent receiver for the Jaguars this season, but like the offense, he has been hit or miss most of the season. He gets a tough matchup this week versus Tre’Davious White, so it is best to avoid him. WR5.

D.J. Chark - Chark caught two passes for 15 yards versus the Steelers. Chark led the team in targets and has apparently surpassed Keelan Cole in the offense. Chark was a preseason favorite of the team and has been a recommended stash most of the year. With the Jaguars basically out of playoff contention, they may continue to get him more time to see what they have in him for the future. WR5.

Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen - Allen is expected to return to the starting role after missing the last four games with an injury. He only has one game with more touchdowns than interceptions and one game with more than 200 yards passing, so don’t expect things to get better now for him or the offense versus a good Jacksonville defense. QB3.  

LeSean McCoy - McCoy has had two weeks to rest and think about things other than an anemic offense and losing carries to Chris Ivory . That day dream is now over as he faces the Jaguars defense that has allowed the fifth fewest points per game to opposing running backs and looked like it’s old self last week. RB3.

Zay Jones - Jones looked great in the game versus the Jets before the bye week, but that was with Matt Barkley throwing the ball. He led the team in targets and catches, but now that Allen is back in charge, it could be a long day for him again. WR4.

Prediction: The Jaguars win 13-6.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Venue: StubHub Center(Carson)Sun. 11-25 @ 4:05 pm ESTOver/Under: 43.5

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Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Chargers (-12.5), Sunday, 4:05 pm EST.

Last meeting (9/8/14): The Cardinals won 18-17. Philip Rivers threw for 238 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. Ryan Mathews rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Antonio Gates caught six passes for 81 yards. Carson Palmer threw for 304 yards and two touchdowns. Andrew Ellington rushed for 53 yards on 13 carries. Michael Floyd caught five passes for 119 yards.

Arizona Cardinals

Josh Rosen - Rosen threw for 136 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions versus the Raiders. Rosen was able to get into the endzone versus Oakland, but was otherwise very conservative in the game. That is unlikely to repeat itself from a production standpoint versus the Chargers. QB3.

David Johnson - Johnson rushed for 137 yards on 25 carries versus the Raiders. Johnson continues to lead the Cardinals offense in being the only fantasy relevant player that is consistent enough to start week-to-week. RB1.

Larry Fitzgerald - Fitzgerald caught two passes for 23 yards and two touchdowns versus the Raiders. Fitzgerald continues to be largely irrelevant with Rosen under center. Fortunately, he gets a majority of the red zone targets, I just don’t know how many there will be for the Cardinals moving forward. WR4.

Christian Kirk - Kirk caught three passes for 77 yards and a touchdown versus the Raiders. It was a nice day for Kirk who was the beneficiary of a third of Rosen’s completions. However, the Cardinals passing game is one of the worst in the NFL and Kirk can’t be trusted week to week. WR4.

Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers - Rivers threw for 401 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions versus the Broncos. Rivers wasn’t at his best versus the Denver pass rush, but still managed to throw multiple touchdowns once again. He has not had a game with less than 14 fantasy points this year and is a pretty safe QB1.

Melvin Gordon - Gordon rushed for 69 yards on 18 carries and caught six passes for 87 yards versus the Broncos. Gordon continues to get a ton of run on the ground and through the air. He gets a Cardinals team that is allowing the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. RB1.

Keenan Allen - Allen caught nine passes for 89 yards and a touchdown versus the Broncos. Allen had a big day in the loss to Denver. He is the top target in the offense and has fantastic chemistry with Rivers. In two receiver sets, he will see a lot of Patrick Peterson , but the Chargers will likely run more three receiver sets to get him in the slot and up on Bene’ Benwikere which is a much better matchup. WR1.

Tyrell Williams - Williams caught two passes for 22 yards versus the Broncos. With Allen moving into the slot, Tyrell will see more Peterson than not. That isn’t good for Williams’ fantasy value this week as Peterson has returned to being a top tier corner in the NFL. WR4.

Mike Williams - Williams two passes for 56 yards versus the Broncos. Williams ia a big play guy at this point, but those have been few and far between. WR4.

Antonio Gates - Gates caught five passes for 80 yards and a touchdown versus the Broncos. It was a throwback Sunday for Gates, but that was more fluky than any of us would like to admit. TE2.

Prediction: The Chargers win 29-13.

Miami Dolphins vs. Indianapolis Colts

Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium(Indianapolis)Sun. 11-25 @ 4:25 pm ESTOver/Under: 52

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Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts (-7.5), Sunday, 4:25 pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/27/15): The Colts won 18-12. Matt Hasselbeck threw for 99 yards. Frank Gore rushed for 85 yards and two touchdown on 15 carries. T.Y. Hilton caught four passes for 64 yards. Ryan Tannehill threw for 329 yards and an  interception. Lamar Miller rushed for 31 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Jarvis Landry caught seven passes for 111 yards.

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill - Tannehill has been named the starter for this week now that he is healthy again. That is good news for most of the offensive weapons and makes Tannehill an interesting streamer in deeper formats versus a Colts team that has given up points bad offenses in recent weeks. QB2.

Kenyan Drake - Drake was a popular play in Week 10 after a big Week 9 games. Hate to say I told you so. Drake has not been a strong play most of the season as the team obviously prefers the old crusty vet in Frank Gore . RB4.

Frank Gore - Gore once again led the Dolphins backfield versus the Packers in Week 10. Coming out of the bye, Drake is dealing with a lingering injury and Gore is primed to lead the backfield once again. The Colts have been ok versus the run this year, only allowing four rushing touchdowns, which hurts the ceiling of Gore. RB3.

DeVante Parker - Parker was on his way to another breakout game versus the Packers prior to the bye week, but struggled to make big plays with Osweiler under center. He has had a good rapport with Tannehill in the past, but is still a risky play. WR3.

Kenny Stills - Stills has struggled a bit since returning from injury. That could change with Tannehill returning, but we will need to see it first. WR6.

Danny Amendola - Amendola has been one of the few players that enjoyed the conservative offense under Osweiler, but with Tannehill returning and the Colts being pretty good against the clot receiver, he may struggle in this one. WR5.

Indianapolis Colts  

Andrew Luck - Luck threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns versus the Titans. Luck has quietly been a monster this season. Over his last seven games, he has thrown at least three touchdowns and scored at least 21 fantasy points in each game. He gets a Dolphins defense that was reeling before the bye. QB1.

Marlon Mack - Mack rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries versus the Titans. Mack continues to be the lead dog in the running game in Indy. He gets a great matchup here as well as the Dolphins are allowing the fifth most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. RB1.

T.Y. Hilton - Hilton caught nine passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns versus the Titans. Hilton went off versus Tennessee in the blowout last week. It has been an up and down season for T.Y., but it appears he is finally healthy and a huge part of the dynamic passing game for Indy. WR2.

Dontrelle Inman - Inman caught four passes for 34 yards and a touchdown versus the Titans. Inman has surpassed Chester Rogers and Ryan Grant in the offense. However, he faces a tough test in Xavien Howard who has been pretty good in coverage this season. WR4.

Jack Doyle - Doyle caught four passes for 34 yards versus the Titans. This was the second disappointing week for Doyle as he only received four targets. This was mostly due to game script as the Colts jumped all over the Titans early. He should be fine. TE1.

Eric Ebron - Was not targeted in the victory over the Titans. Ebron was the forgotten man in the blowout, but like Doyle, that won’t happen often. TE2.

Prediction: Colts win 33-17. 

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos

Venue: Sports Authority Field at Mile High(Denver)Sun. 11-25 @ 4:25 pm ESTOver/Under: 47

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Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos (+3), Sunday, 4:25 pm EST.

Last Meeting (1/17/15, Divisional Playoffs): The Broncos won 23-16. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 339 yards. Fitzgerald Toussaint rushed 12 times for 39 yards and a touchdown. Martavis Bryant caught nine passes for 154 yards. Peyton Manning threw for 222 yards. C.J. Anderson rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Emmanuel Sanders caught five passes for 85 yards.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger - Roethlisberger threw for 314 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions versus the Jaguars. He also ran in a touchdown in the game. Big Ben struggled early in the game, but rallied the offense to a victory in Jacksonville. He will have a tough test this week versus a Broncos defense that will bring the heat, but he is still a QB1.

James Connor- Connor rushed for 25 carries on nine carries versus the Jaguars. Connor dropped multiple passes and struggled to run the ball versus a stout Jacksonville defense. It could have been a much better day for Connor, who should rebound this week versus a Denver defense that can be beat on the ground. RB1.

Antonio Brown - Brown caught five passes for 117 yards and a touchdown versus the Jaguars. Brown was slowed down by Jalen Ramsey initially, but broke out for a huge TD that kept the Steelers alive in the game. He continues to be one of the best receivers in the game. WR1.

JuJu Smith-Schuster - Juju caught eight passes for 104 yards versus the Jaguars. Smith-Schuster carved up the Jaguars from the slot, but will have a tougher matchup this week with Chris Harris Jr lining up against him. However, the target share and ability to make big plays after the catch keep him as a WR2.

Vance McDonald - McDonald caught three passes for 27 yards and a touchdown versus the Jaguars. The Steelers can be hit or miss with the tight ends, but McDonald is the one to play if you are going to go that route. The Broncos have given up the seventh most fantasy points per game to the tight end position this year, so it is not a bad play. TE1.

Denver Broncos

Case Keenum - Keenum threw for 205 yards versus the Chargers. Keenum was his usual disappointing self versus Los Angeles, relying on the running game to keep them in the game. He gets a Steelers defense that can be beat through the air, but has played better as of late. Keenum is a low ceiling/low floor type of Q, best reserved for your bench. QB3.

Philip Lindsey- Lindsey rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries versus the Chargers. Lindsey was the more effective runner for Denver in LA, but continues to share carries with Freeman. He gets a tough test versus the Steelers defense who are allowing the ninth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs and the third fewest receiving yards to back this season. RB2.

Royce Freeman - Freeman rushed for 23 yards and a touchdown on seven carries versus the Chargers. Freeman is almost a 50/50 partner in the backfield with Lindsey, but doesn’t get the targets in the passing game to boost up his value. Once the Broncos fall out of it, he will likely see more of the bench than the field. RB3.

Emmanuel Sanders - Sanders caught four passes for 56 yards versus the Chargers. It was a relatively quiet day for Sanders in a game where the Broncos played from behind much of the day. He has a tough matchup this week versus slot corner Mike Hilton , who has been great in coverage this year. WR2.

Courtland Sutton - Sutton caught three passes for 78 yards versus the Chargers. Sutton showed off some of his big play ability in the game versus LA, making two huge catches that directly contributed to the Broncos winning the game. That ability will translate into some big fantasy days eventually, but that may be more for the future than the present. He does have a nice matchup versus Coty Sensabaugh , who is the Steelers worst corner, but he is boom or bust play this week. WR3.

Prediction: Steelers win 27-13

Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings

Venue: U.S. Bank Stadium(Minneapolis)Sun. 11-25 @ 8:20 pm ESTOver/Under: 47.5

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Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (-3.5), Sunday, 8:20 pm EST.

Last Meeting (916/18, Week 2): The game ended in a 29-29 tie. Kirk Cousins threw for 425 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception. Dalvin Cook rushed for 38 yards on 10 carries. Adam Thielen caught 12 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. Aaron Rodgers threw for 281 yards and a touchdown. Jamal Williams rushed for 59 yards on 16 carries. Jimmy Graham caught six passes for 95 yards.

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers - Rodgers threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns versus the Seahawks. Rodgers did everything he could to help his team win, but the line and his receivers failed him a few too many times versus Seattle. He gets a tough test again with the Viking that are coming off of a brutal loss to the Bears. However, he is a QB1 every week.

Aaron Jones - Jones rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and caught five passes for 63 yards and a touchdown versus the Seahawks. Jones was fantastic again for the Packers and appears to finally be the every down back. He gets a tough Vikings front seven, but can do so much in the running and passing game that he remains an RB1.

Davante Adams - Adams caught 10 passes for 166 yards versus the Seahawks. Adams was fantasy superstar once again making huge plays and helping keep his team in the game. He has a tough matchup with Xavier Rhodes , but is a must start WR1.

Randall Cobb - Did not play versus the Seahawks. May return this week after practicing on Wednesday, but is unlikely to be fantasy relevant in most formats. WR5.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling - Valdes Scantling caught one pass for eight yards versus the Seahawks. MVS has a ton of talent, but has yet to show much of it in a game. With Cobb returning that may hurt his value a bit as well. WR4.

Jimmy Graham - Likely out.

Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins - Cousins threw for 262 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions versus the Bears. Cousins really struggled versus the tough Bears pass rush and secondary. It was easily his worst performance as a Viking, but he has a better matchup versus the Packers this week. QB1.  

Dalvin Cook - Cook rushed for 12 yards on nine carries versus the Bears. Cook was swallowed up by the league’s best run defense, but now gets a better matchup versus Green Bay. Cook has shown some of the talent that made him a breakout player last season before the injury, but has been marred by other injuries this season. Now healthy, he should begin to round back into form. RB2.

Stefon Diggs - Diggs caught 13 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown versus the Bears. In spite of a tough matchup, Diggs was great in the failed comeback attempt versus Chicago. He will have a tough matchup this week versus one of the best cover corners in the league in Jaire Alexander , but is still a WR2.

Adam Thielen - Thielen caught seven passes for 66 yards versus the Bears. Thielen handed in a disappointing performance for him versus Chicago, but it was still pretty decent. He should return to being the top fantasy player on the team and one of the best in the league this week. WR1.

Kyle Rudolph - Rudolph caught two passes for 13 yards versus the Bears. At this point, Rudolph just isn’t getting the targets to be useful in any format. TE2.

Prediction: The Vikings win 27-23.

Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans

Venue: NRG Stadium(Houston)Mon. 11-26 @ 8:15 pm ESTOver/Under: 41.5

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Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans (-6.5), Monday, 8:15 pm EST.

Last Meeting (9/16/18, Week 2): The Titans won 20-17. Deshaun Watson threw for 310 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Lamar Miller rushed for 68 yards on 14 carries. Will Fuller caught eight passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. Blaine Gabbert threw for 117 yards and a touchdown. Derrick Henry rushed for 56 yards on 18 carries. Corey Davis caught five passes for 55 yards.

Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota- Mariota threw for 85 yards and an interception versus the Colts. Mariota left the game with an injury, but is optimistic he will be able to play this week versus the Texans. It may be best to not mess around with this one though as this is the second time this season Mariota has dealt with a nerve issue that has affected his ability to throw. QB2 if he plays.

Dion Lewis- Lewis rushed for 24 yards on 10 carries versus the Colts. Lewis was back to splitting carries with Henry a week after looking like he had secured the role. The Texans have been much better this year against receiving backs than traditional back allowing just 362 receiving yards to the position, which hurts Lewis’ upside. RB3.

Derrick Henry- Henry rushed for 46 yards on nine carries versus the Colts. Henry split the workload this week, but was unable to find the endzone like he did in Week 10. The split is killing the value of both running backs and while that may be beneficial from a real life standpoint, it’s a killer in the fantasy game. RB3.

Corey Davis- Davis caught two passes for 30 yards versus the Colts. Davis struggled versus Indy especially with Mariota out. Davis has a ton of talent, but is a boom or bust receiver because of the offense he is stuck in. WR3.

Tajae Sharpe- Sharpe caught five passes for 37 yards and a touchdown versus the Colts. Sharpe returned from injury and put up a nice game. Most of the damage was done with Gabbert under center however, so it is unlikely to see it repeating this week if Mariota returns. WR4.

Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson- Watson threw for 208 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions versus the Redskins. Watson struggled mightily versus a tough Redskins defensive that brought a ton of pressure to him. Watson had his first turnovers since Week 6 and gets an equally tough defense in Tennessee that has allowed just the sixth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season. QB2.

Lamar Miller- Miller rushed for 86 yards on 20 carries versus the Redskins. Miller performed well against a stout Redskins run defense. Miller continues to face little competition from other back in the team except for in the occasional short yardage situation. He gets a very tough run defense this week versus the Titans who have allowed the fourth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. RB2.

D’Onta Foreman- Out  

DeAndre Hopkins- Hopkins caught five passes for 56 yards and a touchdown versus the Redskins. Hopkins showed off his playmaking ability early in the game, but then was largely kept in check in the second half. That won’t happen very often as Hopkins is one of the best in the game. WR1.

Keke Coutee- Coutee caught five passes for 77 yards versus the Redskins. Coutee returned from injury and put up a nice game out of the slot. With Will Fuller out for the year and the recently acquired Demaryius Thomas way past his prime, Coutee is a sneaky play in most formats. WR3.

Prediction:  The Texans win 22-13.

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