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NFL Matchups - Week 13 Preview

New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys

Venue: AT&T Stadium(Arlington)Thu. 11-29 @ 8:20 pm ESTOver/Under: 53


New Orleans Saints (-7) at Dallas Cowboys, Thursday, 8:20pm ET

Saints: Run D – 3rd Pass D – 21st

Cowboys: Run D – 8th Pass D – 20th

Last Meeting (10.04.15): Saints win 26-20 OT

It’s been three years since these two teams have played, so history has no real relevance here. The Saints are drubbing every one of their opponents and they’re doing it both on the ground and through the air. Dallas defense has been playing well, but are they for real or are they overachieving? The Saints defense has been strong both against the run and the pass and Dallas is going to have to step up in a major way to keep pace. The problem for the Cowboys is that the best way to attack the Saints right now is through the air, picking on corners like P.J. Williams and Eli Apple , but do they have the personnel to make enough of an impact?

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees – He hasn’t been as strong on the road as he has at home, but Brees is still averaging 242 yards per game with a 9:1 TD:INT over five road games this season. The Cowboys defense has played well during their three-game win streak but, overall, they still rank 20th against the pass and have allowed an average of 291.7 passing yards per game over that span.

Alvin Kamara – Surprisingly held out of the end zone last week, Kamara had nine touchdowns over the five games prior and continues to be leaned on heavily in the offensive game plan. He’s only caught two passes over the last two games, but that should change this week as the Cowboys rank 24th against running back pass plays.

Mark Ingram – The Saints would be wise to test the health of defensive tackle Maliek Collins who is still somewhat hampered by a lingering knee issue by rushing Ingram up the middle repeatedly in order to set up the play-action. Without Sean Lee , Dallas run-stopping hasn’t been as strong, though Leighton Vander Esch e has been solid in his starting role. If the Saints pound the rock up the gut early, though, the Cowboys are likely to overcommit and open up holes elsewhere for the Saints.

Michael Thomas – This is going to be a huge test for Byron Jones as Thomas is looking to bounce back from his worst game of the season. The key for him in this game will be the play of the other receivers. If they give the rest of the Cowboys secondary enough trouble, Thomas won’t have to put up with too many double-teams and should find himself in enough one-on-one situations to wreak some havoc.

Tre'Quan Smith – He played the game of his life two weeks ago and was then lost to a foot injury last week. The fact that the Saints removed him from the injury report Wednesday is encouraging and if he can reconnect with Brees and be that reliable third-down, move-the-chains guy again, both he and Thomas should be able to thrive.

Austin Carr – The return of Tre’Quan Smith likely means Carr will share snaps out of the slot with the rest of the team’s fringe wideouts. Working in Carr’s favor are his speed and reliable hands which have made im a solid red zone target. He’s gotten into the end zone in each of the last two games and could be an interesting GPP dart in DFS contests.

Tommylee Lewis – He’s a bit of an unknown for many as he was just recently activated from IR and saw limited action last week. Of course, that limited action proved to be a 28-yard touchdown and he could see his snap count increase should the Saints look to more three and four-receiver sets. With so much still to prove, however, he’s not someone you can trust just yet, but do keep him on the radar moving forward.

Keith Kirkwood – Signed off the practice squad a few weeks ago, he’s been seeing a fair amount of the snaps while the team looks for a strong third and fourth receiving option. Of course, snaps are one thing and targets are another. With just three targets per game over the three games he’s plays, plus the addition of Lewis to the receiving corps, he’s not a reliable fantasy option.

Benjamin Watson – Weeks 7 and 9 were great for Watson, but he’s been ghosted by Brees and the passing game lately, having seen just four targets over the last three games. The Cowboys do rank 20th in coverage against the tight end according to DVOA numbers, so maybe there’s an outside chance he sees a few extra looks this week.

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott – Over this three-game win streak, Prescott has averaged 255.7 passing yards per game with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Even more important is that he’s rushed for a touchdown in each game as well, making him a stable option in both seasonal and DFS. However, the Saints passing defense has tightened up lately in coverage while also increasing the effectiveness of their pass rush. The results have been solid as they’ve allowed just 217.3 passing yards per game and just 12.7 points per game.

Ezekiel Elliott – This is really where it all hangs in the balance for the Cowboys. The rushing numbers against the Saints are not abundant by any means, but that actually has more to do with the fact that they jump out to such big, quick leads and the opposition feels compelled to abandon the run and play catch-up by throwing heavily. Zeke is the Cowboys offense and they’re going to need to get him going in both the run and passing game. If he has success, this game will be tight. If the Saints game-plan to shut him down, it could be a long night for Dallas.

Amari Cooper – The addition of Cooper has transformed this offense and offers a much more balanced attack. However, he’s going to be shadowed by Marshon Lattimore most of the time and might struggle to gain the separation he needs to be successful. The Cowboys don’t have enough weapons to use him as a decoy so you can expect them to move Cooper around as much as possible to free him up from coverage.

Michael Gallup – Things have been tough for the rookie wideout as he is still dealing with his brother’s suicide which occurred two weeks ago in Atlanta. He’s been targeted 11 times in the last two games but he’s managed just three catches for 29 yards and it’s difficult to imagine that he’s focused on the game. He’ll see a lot of Eli Apple in this match-up and he is not a recommended fantasy option right now.

Cole Beasley – This could be an interesting week for Beasley as Prescott is going to need to lean a little more heavily on someone while Lattimore covers Cooper and the Saints look to shut down Zeke. Working in Beasley’s favor is that he’ll face-off with P.J. Williams , arguably the worst cover guy in the league. A strong game from him could help the Cowboys sustain some drives, slow down the pace and help keep Brees off the field more.

Blake Jarwin – He’ll serve as the Cowboys lead tight end with Geoff Swaim out, but he doesn’t see a lot of targets and he’ll likely be used more to block and help free up Elliott in the ground game.

Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants

Venue: MetLife Stadium(East Rutherford)Sun. 12-2 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 44.5


Chicago Bears (-4.5) at New York Giants, Sunday, 1:00pm ET

Bears: Run D – 1st Pass D – 2nd

Giants: Run D – 17th Pass D – 28th

Last Meeting (11.20.16): Giants win 22-16

The last time these teams faced each other was late in the 2016 season and while there are still some hold-over personnel like Eli Manning and Jordan Howard , the coaches were ben McAdoo and John Fox. Both teams have gone through complete overhauls and are running vastly different schemes. New Bears coach Matt Nagy loves to use a lot of pre-snap motion and misdirection which deviates from the old-school plodding offense Fox use to run and Pat Shurmur has the Giants heavily reliant on Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham . At 3-8, though, the Giants have seemingly raised the white flag and dealt away some parts of their defense which has changed the way teams attack them. The question is, will Nagy make the same adjustments or will he make the same mistakes he made when he failed to adjust in the Miami game?

Chicago Bears

Mitchell Trubisky – He is still dealing with a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder, but Trubisky actually put in a limited practice Thursday and his overall status for Sunday will largely be decided on his level of practice Friday. The team isn’t going to risk the long-term health of their franchise quarterback, so assume that, if he plays, he should be just fine to use in fantasy as well. How much passing he’ll need to do is not yet known, but if Matt Nagy game plans according to the Giants weaknesses, then he won’t need to throw a ton.

Chase Daniel – He was more than just serviceable in his Thanksgiving Day start as he threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns against the Lions. Until we hear the results of practice reports from Friday, we should expect to see Daniel under center. He is nothing more than a QB2 option in superflex leagues.

Jordan Howard – Highly underutilized in this offense because he doesn’t fit the mold of the pass-catching, versatile running back Nagy seems to want. However, this is the perfect opportunity for him to get some serious work and give a little redemption for Nagy who should have used this game plan to beat Miami in Week 6 but didn’t. If he gets the ball, he’s going to thrive against this Giants run defense.

Tarik Cohen – He’ll see his usual workload in this game if Nagy rolls out the same plan of attack as he’s used all year. Just keep in mind that the Giants rank ninth against running back pass plays and limit them to an average of just 34.1 yards per game. Yeah, that’s another reason for Nagy to use Howard.

Allen Robinson – The Bears move Robinson all over the field, so he’ll see a combination of Janoris Jenkins , B.W. Webb and Grant Haley in coverage. That’s a win for Robinson and hopefully it means he’s going to see an increase in targets after getting just four from Daniel last week. He’s only two weeks removed from his 133-yard, two-score game against the Lions, so hopefully that’s fresh in everyone’s mind still.

Taylor Gabriel – He’ll likely spend the majority of time opposite Jenkins who is seriously overrated as a cover corner these ways. He’s seen 17 targets over his last two games and turned them into 14 catches for 101 yards, but hasn’t sniffed the end zone since Week 4. Unfortunately for him, the Giants rank No. 1 against the opposition’s WR2, so the outlook isn’t exactly all that rosy for him this week.

Anthony Miller – He’s been a fantastic addition to the Bears this season and has become very productive out of the slot. Grant Haley hasn’t been strong in coverage at all this season and is obviously the reason the Giants rank 29th against the slot and give up an average of 57.7 yards per game to them.

Trey Burton – The Bears big free agent acquisition at tight end hasn’t exactly been the world-beater we thought he was going to be, has he? He had a nice run earlier in the season, but his targets have diminished lately and he’s had just one trip into the end zone in his last five games. The Giants have been surprisingly strong against the tight end this season, so don’t expect much here.

New York Giants

Eli Manning – While Eli has done a better job of getting the ball out of his hands quicker, he’s going to have a tough time keeping it together against the Bears pass rush. He’s only thrown for 300 yards three times this season and he’s only thrown three or more touchdown passes in a game just once. That’s obviously not good for fantasy. The supportive ground game certainly helps and Eli’s numbers have gotten padded by Barkley’s help, but there’s really no way you should be relying on him in this game.

Saquon Barkley – How amazing has he been all year? Seriously. With the horrible offensive line and the spotty play by Eli, Barkley has managed to post ridiculous numbers this season in spite of the deck being stacked against him regularly. He’s coming off back-to-back 100-yard efforts and has five touchdowns over the two-game span, but it’s difficult to imagine he’s going to be able to carry this momentum this week. The Bears have allowed an average of just 69.7 rushing yards per game over the last three weeks and rank 10th against running back pass-plays this season. He’s still a must-start in all seasonal formats, but you may want to avoid him in DFS contest.

Odell Beckham – You obviously never sit Beckham in seasonal formats because he transcends match-ups. It doesn’t matter who is covering him and there is no one in the Bears secondary who makes us nervous enough to worry. The problem this week is that it’s difficult to imagine this as a week where you’re going to see OBJ break the 100-yard threshold as Eli is going to spend most of the day running for his life.

Sterling Shepard – His targets have dramatically diminished this season as Eli pretty much looks for dump-offs to Barkley or wherever the end of Beckham’s route is. Maybe you’ll get a red zone look or two if the Giants are inside the 10-yard line, but he’s not going to be someone to lean on.

Bennie Fowler – moderately used slot receiver who, at best, is a GPP dart in any other match-up but this one.

Evan Engram – He’s out again with a hamstring injury.

Rhett Ellison – He’s a blocking tight end who gets the occasional target, but, at best, he’s a low-end option even with Engram out.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Atlanta Falcons

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium(Atlanta)Sun. 12-2 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 48.5


Baltimore Ravens (-1.5) at Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, 1:00pm ET

Ravens: Run D – 6th Pass D – 5th

Falcons: Run D – 31st Pass D – 29th

Last Meeting (10.19.14): Ravens win 29-7

The only three hold-overs from the last time these two teams played each other are Joe Flacco , Matt Ryan and Julio Jones . John Harbaugh was coaching the Ravens, but the Falcons have gone through a serious coaching overhaul since that last game, so it makes little sense to cite what happened. Instead, we can focus on what to expect in this game.

The Falcons defense has been pummeled throughout the season, particularly on the ground, so you can expect the Ravens to attack heavily early on. That should open some of the passing game, but considering what we’ve seen from the Ravens aerial assault the last two games, it might just be safer to run the ball all day. The Falcons are going to have issues running the ball, so it’s going to be about how the Atlanta offensive line holds up against the heavy blitzes the Ravens continuously use. If the coverage is tight, they can be successful. If it’s not, this could get ugly, even at home for the Falcons.

Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson – The passing has been less than spectacular as he’s amassed just 328 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions over his first two starts, but the rushing yards – all 190 of them – have been a huge boost to his fantasy value along with his one rushing touchdown. We expect more of the same from Jackson this week against the Falcons whose run defense is like a sieve. Their pass defense isn’t exactly strong either so if there was ever a time for Jackson to show off his arm a little, now would be the time.

Gus Edwards – He’s been dealing with an ankle issue over the past week, but managed to put in full practices both Thursday and Friday. He’ll take the lead in a typically crowded backfield, but with the Falcons giving up 164.3 rushing yards per game over the last three weeks, there should be more than enough to go around.  

Kenneth Dixon – All the Dixon-thruthers are rejoicing as he was finally activated from IR and placed on the 53-man roster. Alex Collins had his season end with a corresponding move to IR, regardless of whether or not he was really hurt. Not that we or anyone else with half a brain are expecting much from Dixon in this first game back, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him annoyingly poach some work. The hope is that it doesn’t occur inside the red zone, but we’re confident enough in Jackson’s selfishness to believe he keeps the red zone rushes for himself.

Ty Montgomery – Somehow, he’s still a thing in the NFL. The only reason he is on your roster is if you’re playing in some 20-team league with ginormous rosters. If you aren’t, you better drop him.

Michael Crabtree – Well the six targets last week were certainly better than the three from the week before, but this passing game is dying on the field and there’s really nothing we can do about it. Jackson will find it somehow, and this would be a nice week to see it, but in the meantime, you need to avoid the Ravens receviers.

John Brown – Just go back and re-read the Crabtree blurb and change target numbers accordingly.

Willie Snead – Rinse and repeat.

Nick Boyle – Yep, pretty much the same for the tight end…

Hayden Hurst – …and the other tight end.

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan – What’s killing fantasy owners right now is the conflicted feelings between starting Matty Ice at home – 348.3 yards per game with a 15:2 TD:INT – or benching Matt Ryan because of this Ravens defense. Not really sure how you sit him without a clear-cut better alternative, but we certainly understand the fear.

Tevin Coleman – Another guy we wish we could say “start with confidence,” but Coleman has actually been a pretty big disappointment since taking over for Devonta Freeman . No wonder the Falcons were so gung ho about getting Ito Smith some touches.

Ito Smith – Speaking of which, guess who hasn’t done anything in the last three games. OK, fine, he’s posted a seven yards-per-game average over that time, so it’s not exactly nothing. Pretty close though. At least close enough to say, “move along, nothing left to see here.”

Julio Jones – This should actually be a classic as two veterans square off. I was wrong up above when saying who the hold-overs from 2014 were because Jimmy Smith was there as well and helped limit Jones to 53 yards on five catches. All this time later, the edge is clearly with Jones and he remains a must-start regardless of match-up.

Mohamed Sanu /Calvin Ridley – We can actually put these guys together because whether it’s Ridley on the outside or Sanu in the slot everyone considers the WR 2 or 3 on this team, the Ravens cover both pretty well. According to DVOA numbers, they rank fifth against the WR2 and 14th against the WR3, neither of which giving up more than 46 yards per game. They are being avoided in DFS and are probably best riding the pine for you in your seasonal leagues.

Austin Hooper – Here’s the other bright spot in the receiving game as the ravens rank 21st in coverage against the tight end and are allowing an average of 64.6 yards per game to them. Hooper and Ryan have had a much better on-field rapport this season and you can expect that, once inside the red zone, especially inside the 10, Ryan will be looking for the big-bodied tight end.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Green Bay Packers

Venue: Lambeau Field(Green Bay)Sun. 12-2 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 43.5


Arizona Cardinals at Green Bay Packers (-14)

Cardinals: Run D – 21st Pass D – 9th

Packers: Run D – 23rd Pass D – 17th

Last Meeting: (01.16.16 NFC Divisional Playoff) Cardinals won 26-20 OT

Carson Palmer wound up out-dueling Aaron Rodgers the last time the two teams met with Palmer going 25-of-41 for 349 yards three scores and two picks in the game while Rodgers finished with 24-of-44 for 261 yards, two scores and a pick. The Packers were anchored in the backfield by Eddie Lacy and James Starks who combined for 19 carries for 112 yards on the ground while the big receiving numbers went to Jeff Janis with a seven-catch, 145-yard, two-touchdown game. The Cardinals didn’t have much success on the ground with David Johnson gaining just 35 yards on 15 carries while Larry Fitzgerald hauled in eight catches for 176 yards and a score with Michael Floyd nabbing three catches for 26 yards and two scores.

Arizona Cardinals

Josh Rosen – It has been an up and down (mostly down) year for the rookie first rounder and the switch to Byron Leftwich at OC hasn’t really made a marked improvement as of yet. On the season he has more INTs than TDs (11-10) and he’s posted just a 55.5 completion percentage which both aren’t great. He will have to return to the 35-40 attempts he was at earlier in the year if the Cards want to keep this close but don’t expect a sparkling game even if he reaches those numbers.

David Johnson – Johnson’s season has improved since the change at OC but he still hasn’t found the endzone in the last two weeks either on the ground in through the air. The yardage is nice with four-straight games with 20 or more touches and 79 or more yards combined rushing and receiving. He does draw a decent matchup against a ho hum Packers rush D this week so posting 100 combined yards might be possible.

Larry Fitzgerald – Like much of the Cards’ offense this year has been a disappointment for Fitz and now he’s posted two-straight game with just two catches each for a total of 53 yards, however three of those have gone for scores. Fitzgerald has nabbed five touchdowns this year all of which have come in four of the last five games. The Packers rank 21st against opponents’ WR1 and 22nd against their WR2s which could bode well for another solid scoring chance for the savvy veteran.

Christian Kirk – Kirk continues to produce solid game after solid game with only four games under 40 yards receiving this year and averaging 13.4 yards per catch. With Fitzgerald coming back to life in the last few weeks, it’s starting to open some space for Kirk on the opposite side and he’s used that space to nab seven catches for 118 yards and a score in the last two games combined. He too gets the benefit of a mediocre secondary this week and so it should be another Kirk type game with 60 yards and perhaps a score by the time the horn sounds.

Chad Williams – Williams is generally the third receiver in the Arizona offense but that hasn’t produce much in the way of targets or really any stats since he’s caught just 11 balls for 113 yards and one score in eight games all season on 31 targets. He won’t be much of a factor again this week against Green Bay.

Ricky Seals-Jones – The tight end was a big time sleeper pick heading into the season but that just hasn’t panned out, and especially in the last two weeks with just two combined catches for 10 yards. In standard leagues he hasn’t had one double-digit scoring week all season and in PPR leagues he’s had two. The Packers rank 24th against the position in DVOA and have given up the fifth fewest fantasy points to TEs this season. Not looking like a good week for Seals-Jones.

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers – It’s been a pretty tough schedule for Rodgers and company in the last month’s-worth of games with road tilts in Foxborough, Seattle, and Minnesota, with the Dolphins at home thrown in. In two of the last three games he’s failed to reach the 200-yard mark which isn’t what you expect from their offense. In general though he’s been what you expect with a 20:1 TD:INT ratio and more than 3,200 yards putting him on pace for another 4,700-plus yard season. The Cardinals rank 9th against the pass and Patrick Peterson has been every bit the lock down corner he’s expected to be making this another tricky test. Rodgers should be up for a 230-yard two touchdown game.

Aaron Jones – Since the Rams game this time last month, Jones has managed to produce at least 85 yards of offense in each game including three of 95+ with six total touchdowns in that five-game span. Jones now gets rewarded with likely the easiest matchup he will see all season as the Cardinals give up 144 yards a game on the ground (third most in the league). He is an RB1 this week and should have no problem racking up the yards and a couple of scores in all likelihood.

Jamaal Williams – With Aaron Jones being the lead back, Williams won’t see enough of the field to give him any value whatsoever. He has five total carries in the last three games for 13 total yards.

Davante Adams – Adams has faced the best corners the opponents have to offer this year and he’s lived up to his billing as an elite WR1, ranking sixth in receptions (77), eighth in yards (1,022), and fourth in TDs (10). This week he gets one of the best in the game in Patrick Peterson , but PP may have a tough time slowing down the shifty Adams on Sunday. Given what Adams has done the last few games 19 catches, 292 yards and three scores in the last three games, Adams should again be a WR1 this week.

Geronimo Allison – On IR

Randall Cobb – Cobb hasn’t played since the beginning of November against the Pats and since has been dealing with a hamstring injury. He is questionable again this week after limited practice Wednesday but even if he plays his presence may not matter that much. Cobb has had four or more catches in every game he’s played but only one of those saw him go for more than 40 yards and only once did he get to pay dirt. If he plays it might be another multiple catch game, but don’t expect much more than that.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling – MVS was all the rage about a month ago and since he’s fallen out of favor seemingly with Rodgers and McCarthy. The last three games have seen him catch eight balls for 55 yards with six and 44 coming in the Dolphins game. He also hasn’t scored since this time last month either. MVS has become an ever-riskier fantasy play and they may not be different this week unless Cobb is healthy and MVS is coming out of the slot.

Jimmy Graham – Graham was the big-ticket free agency piece Green Bay added but in the last little more than a month, Graham just hasn’t been used very much at all. In four of the last five games, the tight end has two or fewer catches including three with just one catch. The Cardinals have given up the eighth-fewest points to tight ends this season so it might be another bleh game from Graham unless he hits pay dirt, which he’s only done twice this season.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Detroit Lions

Venue: Ford Field(Detroit)Sun. 12-2 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 55


Los Angeles Rams (-10) at Detroit Lions

Rams: Rush D – 29th Pass D – 7th

Lions: Rush D – 22nd Pass D – 31st

Last Meeting: (10.16.16) Lions won 31-28

Matthew Stafford led the Lions to a win over the Case Keenum led Rams two years ago with 23-of-31 passing for 270 yards and four scores in the game. Meanwhile his counterpart missed only five passes all day with a 27-of-32 line for 321 yards, three touchdowns, and one pick in the losing effort. Zack Zenner led the Lions rushing attack with 14 carries for 58 yards and grabbing two catches for 19 yards as well. Golden Tate had a big game with eight catches for 165 yards and a score while Anquan Boldin nabbed eight balls for 60 yards and a score as well. For the Rams Todd Gurley had the same day on the ground as his counterpart and added four catches for 39 yards. Kenny Britt was the Rams leading pass catcher with a 7-136-2 stat line with Brian Quick going for 5-61-0.

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff – The last time we saw Goff on the field was in the epic Monday Night showdown against the Chiefs and game just added to his impressive November stats. In November he’s completed 68% of his passes for 1,122 yards and nine touchdowns to just one pick, and that’s in just three games. Now he gets another tasty matchup against a very soft Lions pass defense and a plethora of weapons at his disposal. Expect a big game from Goff yet again as they will have to keep winning to land home field advantage in the NFC playoffs.

Todd Gurley – Gurley has been the best RB in football pretty much all season but in the last three weeks, they have started to back off his workload just a tad, as Dom Murtha talked about in the RB Workload piece. He hasn’t gone over 16 carries in that span but has still caught at least three passes a week. Interestingly enough last week, the third-highest scoring game in NFL history, was the only game all season that he didn’t find the endzone in, however that should be the exception not the rule going forward. Gurley gets a favorable matchup against Detroit this week and so a 150 total yard effort should be gettable for him.

Malcolm Brown – There has been some talk about handcuffing Gurley with Brown since the Rams will likely rest Gurley later in the season, but that hasn’t come to fruition yet. Brown got four carries in Week 11 and that was the first time in three games he saw the field.

Brandin Cooks – Cooks is on a tear since Week 9 and has posted the fourth-highest fantasy points per game of any wide receiver since that time. That includes three-straight 100-plus yard games and two total touchdowns. He gets a very nice matchup this week against a defense giving up the eighth-most points to wide receivers this year even with Darius Slay on the field. Cooks is Goff’s favorite target right now and there’s no reason that should change this week in Detroit.

Cooper Kupp – On IR

Josh Reynolds – The second-year wideout had a bit of a coming out party against the Chiefs in Week 11 with a six-catch, 80-yard, and a touchdown game of course the Rams were without Kupp and so Reynolds stepped into that role. He gets a nice matchup this week facing a team that ranks 30th against WR2s this season. He is definitely a WR3/Flex option this week.

Robert Woods – Woods is the most consistent performing of the Rams wide receivers, especially in the last five games. In that span he has either four or five catches in each game and between 70-89 yards in each contest as well. The only downside is the lack of touchdowns as the one he scored in Week 11 was his first since Week 4. Woods is however, one of just 12 receivers to have 10 or more double-digit point games in fantasy this season, in PPR formats. The whole Rams’ receiving corps should feast this week in and that includes Woods.

Gerald Everett – The biggest beneficiary from the Kupp injury could perhaps be Everett. Without the typical red zone target on the field, the Rams have shifted looks elsewhere, resulting in three touchdowns for Everett in the last two games stemming from five catches and 64 receiving yards. The tight end spot isn’t typically a feature of Sean McVay’s scheme but Everett is changing that and now gets a matchup against the 26th-ranked Lions against opposing TEs.

Tyler Higbee – Higbee is the oft-forgotten other TE on the Rams and one that has seen an increasing catch total each of the last four weeks going from one to two to three to six in Week 11. Those six catches came on seven targets, which was actually more than Everett has seen of late and against Seattle Higbee found the endzone. Everett has more upside but Higbee see more consistent looks.

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford – Stafford continued his up-and-down season last week in a rough showing against the Bears on Thanksgiving Day as for just the second time this year he failed to put a ball in the endzone and turned it over a couple of times. On the year he has three 300+-yard passing games (last year he had five plus two at 290-299) and a 17-10 TD:INT ratio while being on pace for a 4,200-yard season. The loss of Golden Tate via trade and still a lack of a consistent running game has put a lot of onus on Stafford in the second half of the year. The Rams pass defense isn’t as good as expected and if Aqib Talib misses another game it could open some spaces for Kenny Golladay , Bruce Ellington , and TJ Jones .

Kerryon Johnson – Johnson missed the Thanksgiving Day game with a left knee sprain and he’s now missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday ahead of the Rams game. If he makes a turnaround late in the week he could see some snaps against the 29th ranks rush defense but that seems unlikely at this point.

LeGarrette Blount – The journeyman back had his best game of the year on Thanksgiving against the toughest rush defense in the league with a 19-carry, 88-yard, two-touchdown showing and he could be in line for a similar workload against the Rams this week if Johnson can’t in fact go by Sunday. He becomes another flier and Flex play if he’s in a “starting” role against the porous Rams’ rush defense.

Theo Riddick – Riddick continues to only be an option in leagues and formats that are of the PPR variety. Riddick hasn’t seen more than four carries in any game this year but has six games with five or more catches including each of the last four contests. He has yet to find the endzone in any game but in PPR leagues he’s put up four double-digit games including three-of-the-last-four.

Kenny Golladay – The second-year wideout is the unquestioned top target in the Lions’ passing game with Marvin Jones on IR and Golden Tate traded mid-season. He’s averaged an impressive 15.5 yards per catch this year and did well in the last three games (two of which were against Chicago) with 19 catches on 36 targets for 281 yards and two scores. Golladay will draw coverage from either Aqib Talib or Marcus Peters which could limit his production, but with the amount the Lions throw the rock, there are always garbage time touchdowns and big plays available.

Bruce Ellington – Since coming over from Houston in the mid-season trade, Ellington has two-straight six-catch games though the yardage isn’t great with him totaling 52 and 28 yards respectively. The targets are the important thing though as he can always get loose and add to the yardage. With the rebuilt receiving corps in Detroit the targets should be there the rest of the way for Ellington even with a tough matchup this week if the Rams are at full-strength.

TJ Jones – Jones is a warm body for Stafford to look at and deflect some coverage elsewhere. That’s about it. Despite playing 10 of the 11 games this year he has just eight catches on 12 targets for 78 yards total. He’s got no value in any format.

Michael Roberts – Roberts has shown some promise this year, emphasis on some. He had a two touchdown game in Week 7 and has led the Lions’ tight ends in targets each of the last five weeks, however he’s failed to do much of anything with those chances. He is also questionable for the game with a shoulder ailment.

Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Venue: Paul Brown Stadium(Cincinnati)Sun. 12-2 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 45


Denver Broncos (-4) at Cincinnati Bengals

Broncos: Rush D – 13th Pass D – 3rd

Bengals: Rush D – 28th Pass D – 26th

Last Meeting: (11.19.17) Bengals won 20-17

About this time last year the Bengals managed to snatch a victory from the Broncos using Andy Dalton ’s 15-for-25 for 154 and three touchdown day to seal the three-point win. A.J. Green led the Bengals receivers with four grabs for 50 yards and a score while Alex Erickson went for 2-42-1 in the game. Joe Mixon was the lead rusher for Cincinnati for 20 carries for 49 yards. Denver was led in passing by one Mr. Brock Osweiler to the tune of 23-of-42 for 254 yards and one touchdown and one pick. Demaryius Thomas was the leading receiver with a 5-64-1 line and Devontae Booker led the team in rushing with 14 carries for 44 yards but it was C.J. Anderson that scored on the ground with a 13-37-1 line.

Denver Broncos

Case Keenum – Keenum has been relatively steady as he goes this year though the touchdown production hasn’t been great with just 13 in 11 games. The last two games however haven’t been great with 197 and 205 yards respectively and two total touchdowns. That should change this week however as he gets the soft Bengals pass defense to cut through.

Phillip Lindsay – The rookie out of Colorado has taken the Broncos backfield by storm this year and has at least 85 yards of offense in five straight games and in eight of 11 games this season. He’s only topped 20 touches once this year but that hasn’t stopped the production from happening in both standard and PPR formats. The same should hold true this weekend against a bad Bengals that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to RBs this season.

Royce Freeman – Freeman at this point in the year needs a touchdown to make him a viable fantasy play since in the last two months he’s only topped 60 yards once and that was October 1 against Kansas City. He does have two scores in the last three games and he gets the Bengals defense to run against but with Lindsay taking most of the snaps, it still limits Freeman’s upside.

Devontae Booker – With two total touches for 10 total yards in the last two games and just five touches in the game prior to those, Booker is an afterthought in the Broncos backfield. There’s no relevance to speak of here.

Emmanuel Sanders – Sanders is clearly the top target in the Denver receiving corps and has backed that up with 17 catches in the last three games for 189 yards and a score. Interestingly though he has had his four best games against teams that are tough against WRs in Seattle, LA Rams, Arizona, and Pittsburgh. Cincinnati has given up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks and the 11th-most to wideouts which is an intriguing combination for Sanders to put up numbers with.

Courtland Sutton – Sutton was supposed to take over for the departed Demaryius Thomas following the trade and in one way he has in that he’s led the Broncos in routes run over the last month but that hasn’t turned into production. In three straight games he had three grabs for 78, 57, and 78 yards but then last week it was a one-catch for 14 yards day. Against the Bengals he’s in a boom-or-bust spot though the low-floor is hard to count on in anything other than desperate situations or GPPs.

Matt LaCosse – With Jeff Heuerman now on IR the TE spot flows to LaCosse now. Last week he snagged his first career touchdown capping off a three-catch day for 34 yards. While Heuerman kind of came out of nowhere following the trade of Demaryius Thomas , LaCosse may now do the same though given that he has 14 catches total in 11 games this year and one score in three years in the league, it’s more likely that that was a one-off performance.

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton – On IR with a thumb injury

Jeff Driskel – Driskel had to come in to take over for the injured Andy Dalton and wound up going 17-for-29 for 155 yards and one score. There isn’t much to go off of here as all of his career numbers have come this year despite this being the third season in the league. One good sign here is that he is likely to get A.J. Green back, according to mid-week reports, which should help in moving the ball against the third ranked pass defense in the league.

Joe Mixon – Mixon has had a good run (excuse the pun) since returning from the injury and in the last four games has averaged 109 yards from scrimmage on just under 19 touches per game. However that was with Andy Dalton at the helm and not Jeff Driskel . This week might be the best week for them to break in a new QB while using Mixon as a main part of the offense since the Broncos allow 110 yards a game on the ground so far this season. Expect quite a few dump off passes heading Mixon’s way to add to his production.

Giovani Bernard – Gio hasn’t been terribly effective or really even utilized since returning from his injury and has just 12 touches in the last three games combined. He won’t factor into fantasy lineups on Sunday.

A.J. Green – While he is still considered questionable for the game on Sunday and hasn’t been medically cleared to play, despite limited participation in practice back-to-back days, he does expect to play on Sunday. Green was a definite WR1 each week before the injury and while the injury situation with both him and Andy Dalton muddies the water, you still have to trust that if he’s on the field, he’s going to produce as he has double-digit games in every one he’s played in this season.

Tyler Boyd – Boyd had his best game since Green went down with the injury three weeks ago last week against Cleveland with a seven-catch for 85 yards and a score day. The third season for the Pitt Alum has him on pace for 91 catches, 1,223 yards, and nine scores though that may drop a bit with Jeff Driskel now at the helm. Denver is a tough matchup for top and second wide receivers so this might not be the best of games for the breakout 24-year-old.

John Ross – Did you know that Ross has a touchdown in three straight games and four scores in the last five games? It’s a good thing he’s scoring because the catch and yardage totals don’t add to much with him not having a single game with more than three catches this season and only one game with more than 40 yards as well. The speedster out of Washington has had a hard time gaining a foothold in the offense into his second year but that has changed of late, until Green comes back that is. The Broncos defense will be a tough nut for him to crack this week.

C.J. Uzomah – Since being a no-show against the Bucs the fourth-year TE has put together three consecutive multiple catch games totaling 12 in that span. With the new QB taking over, Uzomah could be counted on to be the safety valve in the passing game which could come in handy against a team that is middle of the road against the TE in Denver.

Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins

Venue: Sun Life Stadium(Miami Gardens)Sun. 12-2 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 40


Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins (-5.5)

Bills: Rush D – 15th Pass D – 1st

Dolphins: Rush D – 18th Pass D – 22nd

Last Meeting: (12.31.17) Bills won 22-16

TyRod Taylor was the Bills quarterback the last time these two met, going 19-for-27 for 204 yards and a touchdown while adding six carries for 35 yards on the ground. Mike Tolbert and Marcus Murphy split the lead in rushed with seven a piece for 39 and 41 yards respectively. Meanwhile Charles Clay led the team in receiving with six grabs for 64 yards and the other tight end in Nick O’Leary had the lone passing touchdown on one, 26-yard catch. Miami had Jay Cutler on the field briefly for just two pass attempts while David Fales threw it 42 times, completing 29 of them for 265 yards and one each of a touchdown and interception. Kenyan Drake rushed 14 times for 75 yards while Jarvis Landry led the receiving efforts with a 9-92-1 line.

Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen – Allen played in his first game since mid-October last week and it was an interesting one. He managed to lead the Bills to a win, while posting an 8-for-19 for 160 yards and one touchdown passing line with 75 of those yards and the score coming on one play. He also rushed a total of 13 times for 99 yards, eight for 84 were scrambles against the solid Jags defense. Miami is an easier test defense-wise than Jacksonville but there still isn’t an abundance of talent around him so he’s still relegated to boom or bust superflex designation.

LeSean McCoy – Clearly Jacksonville was going to be a tough test for McCoy with the stout rush defense but against the Jets he flashed what he is still capable of with 26 carries for 113 yards and his only two touchdowns of the year. Now he gets a matchup against one of the softest rush defenses in the league and so you can expect one of his better showing and possible a trip to the endzone if he’s lucky.

Chris Ivory – McCoy is the main horse in the Bills backfield and that doesn’t leave much for the likes of Ivory to do much with. He had just three touches against Jacksonville but did see 10 total against the Jets. It will have to be a run-heavy game play for Ivory to see much of the field but he still isn’t worth playing in any format.

Kelvin Benjamin – Benjamin saw just two targets on nine routes and caught one of them for 32 yards. In four straight games before the Jets game he had 40 or more receiving yards in each but hasn’t had  score since Week 2. He just isn’t viable in pretty much any format again this week.

Zay Jones – In the last two weeks we’ve seen the high and the low of Jones with a career day against the Jets with eight catches for 93 yards and a score before not catching a single pass against the Jags last week with Josh Allen back under Center. Jones is talented but the passing situation just isn’t great for the Bills and that limits his consistency and upside on a weekly basis.

Robert Foster – Foster, the rookie from Alabama, has been a bit of a surprise the last two games with five catches for 199 yards and a touchdown. Granted a huge chunk of that came on one catch, a 75-yard touchdown last week, but he’s clearly capable of big plays. The Dolphins have been vulnerable to big plays this year meaning Foster may get a couple of big plays again this week.

Charles Clay – He is considered questionable for the game against the Dolphins but if he plays, he should see 3-4 catches for 30-40 yards given that that’s what he averaged per game when healthy this year. Jason Croom and Logan Thomas will see snaps if Clay can’t go but they aren’t fantasy viable.

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill – Tannehill got his feet wet with a start last week and missing five-straight games with a shoulder injury. His 17-for-25, 204-yard, and two touchdown effort went in vain as they lost to the Colts but it was a solid effort after a fairly long layoff. Clearly there is more hope that Tannehill can move the ball better than Brock Osweiler did but this week it’s a tough test against a defense allowing the second-fewest yards per attempt and fewest yards per game in the form of the Bills.

Kenyan Drake – Drake put together his best overall game of the season last week with 96 total yards and two scores, one on the ground and one receiving. That came after he was limited in practice to start the week with a shoulder issue. Well the limited status remains the case this week but it worked last week so... Though this is a tougher rush defense in Buffalo than the Colts posed a week ago.

Frank Gore – He’s seen more than 50% of snaps in the backfield in recent weeks and against the Colts that paid off for nearly 80 yards on 15 total touches a week after gaining 102 yards on 15 touches against the Packers. Gore is clearly still capable of putting up solid games the problem is with splitting time it’s hard to count on him for more than partial work.

DeVante Parker – There’s been really no value to Parker so far except for the one big game against Houston. Since that return game, he’s had nine total catches and 61 total yards without a score. Perhaps the return of Tannehill will help but again the Bills are a far tougher task than the Colts and Parker only logged 3-10-0 against Indy last week.

Kenny Stills – Stills came out recently being unhappy with his role in the offense and the general lackluster play of the Fins in general which is understandable given how they’ve struggled all season. Stills has caught just one pass in four of the last five games he’s played and 91 total yards in that span for one touchdown. Things were better in the first month of the season for him so perhaps the return of Tannehill will help but the O-line is in disarray too which won’t help for sure.

Jakeem Grant – Grant doesn’t garner enough targets on a weekly basis to make him worth a roster spot on fantasy teams.

Mike Gesicki – The rookie tight end just hasn’t been able to grab footing in the offense as evidenced by his two total catches in the last three games for a total of 10 yards. There’s just not enough there to render him usable in fantasy formats.

Cleveland Browns vs. Houston Texans

Venue: NRG Stadium(Houston)Sun. 12-2 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 47.5


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Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Venue: EverBank Field(Jacksonville)Sun. 12-2 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 47


Indianapolis Colts (-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, 1:00pm ET

Colts: Run D – 5th Pass D – 23rd

Jaguars: Run D – 9th Pass D – 11th

Last Meeting (11.11.18, Week 10): Colts win 29-26

Just a few weeks ago when these division rivals squared off, Blake Bortles had one of his best games of the year as he threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns. Leonard Fournette had just returned from his season-long absence and racked up 109 all-purpose yards with one rushing and one receiving touchdown while Bortles also connected with Donte Moncrief on an 80-yard catch-and-run for the other touchdown. The Jaguars defense held a surging Marlon Mack in check, but Andrew Luck kept the Colts rolling with 285 yards and three touchdowns, two to Eric Ebron and one to Mo Allie-Cox. It came down to the wire, though as the Jaguars were driving late in the fourth quarter, but Rashad Greene lost a fumble at the Colts’ 35-yard line to close out the game.

This time around, both teams are dealing with a number of issues as injuries, suspensions and benchings are all in-play. The Jaguars defense continues to struggle both against the run and the pass lately, so look for the Colts to be aggressive with their play-calling here and expect the Jaguars to try and test the Colts secondary which has been their weakness all year.

Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck – How do you argue with eight-straight games with at least three touchdown passes? You don’t. Especially when we’re hearing Jalen Ramsey could be out. If that’s the case, you can probably expect Luck to look for T.Y. Hilton downfield plenty in addition to his work with the tight ends.The team may lean on him a little more than usual should Marlon Mack miss this game.

Marlon Mack – Currently in the league’s concussion protocol. We won’t know if he plays until closer to Sunday.

Jordan Wilkins – He’ll handle the work between the tackles if Mack is unable to play and could be the guy you want to own in this backfield. Since the loss of Marcell Dareus and the trade of Dante Fowler , the Jaguars have been much more vulnerable up the middle.

Nyheim Hines – He’ll handle the third-down work and pass-catching duties should Mack miss the game. There’s definite upside in a PPR format, but not a guy you want to put your trust into fully. Even when Mack was pout earlier in the year, Hines wasn’t seeing consistent targets or touches.

T.Y. Hilton – He’s got a bit of a groin issue and didn’t practice Wednesday, so keep an eye on the injury reports. If Ramsey is playing, Hilton will have to deal with him for much of the day. He’s definitely beatable, but he did hold Hilton to just 77 yards on three catches the last time they faced.

Chester Rogers – He’s barely seeing three targets per game over the Colts last five and there is little to believe he will suddenly start being a target-monster of any sort.

Dontrelle Inman – He’s the No. 2 receiver on this team, but he’s still barley seeing five targets per game. He’s got some speed and maybe has some red zone upside, but there’s not much to get excited about.

Eric Ebron – He’s dealing with a back issue and is listed as questionable, but if he’s playing, you have to roll with him given all the red zone work. Any yards he picks up are gravy. You just want to keep getting these touchdowns.

Mo Allie-Cox – A calf injury has him listed as questionable and the team just signed Clive Walford , their fifth tight end on the 53-man roster. If Allie-Cox plays, you can look to him as a possible option. You won’t get much out of him, but he also sees work inside the red zone.

Clive Walford – He was just signed by the Colts so it’s doubtful he makes much of a lasting impression on his first game.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Cody Kessler – The Jaguars finally benched Blake Bortles , fired their OC Nathaniel Hackett and are now looking to Kessler to help carry them to the finish line, regardless of wins and losses. Kessler hasn’t played since Week 7 and he didn’t look that good either, throwing for just 156 yards with one touchdown and one pick. He’s a journeyman who makes journeyman mistakes and provides you with journeyman results. Best not to get too excited or invest.

Carlos Hyde – With Leonard Fournette suspended, the Jaguars are going to have to readjust their game plan moving forward. Hyde will likely take the early-down work and should be able to move the ball in a reasonable fashion. He’ll probably also see the goal-line action as well. Let’s not forget that when he started for the Browns earlier in the season, he had five touchdowns in his first four games.

T.J. Yeldon – Have you ever seen a guy fill in so admirably for a hurt player and then immediately get shifted to third-string upon the injured player’s return? Yeldon will see a few carries, but his role is that of the third-down, pass-catching back. That, of course, boosts his value for PPR formats, especially when the Colts rank 30th in the league against running back pass-plays and give up an average of 63.4 yards per game.

Donte Moncrief – Tough to pass judgment on the Jags receivers given Bortles ineptitude and the change at OC this week. Moncrief looks like the top target, but it will remain a run-first offense. He did catch three balls for 98 yards and a touchdown the last time they played and there’s still that revenge-game narrative everyone loves. Kessler is going to have to pass the ball at some point, so why not lean on Moncrief a little?

Dede Westbrook – He hasn’t seen a world of targets during his time with the Jaguars, but he has seen nine red zone looks over his last five games. He’s got an okay match-up with Kenny Moore coming out of the slot, so when the team is inside the red zone, look for him to get positioning and a one-on-one match-up.

Keelan Cole – Just a third body at this point. He doesn’t see the looks he used to see late last season and there’s nothing really to get too excited about.

James O’Shaughnessy – Maybe the occasional ball will come his way, but O’Shaughnessy is not someone you rely on for a whole lot of offensive production.

Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Venue: Raymond James Stadium(Tampa)Sun. 12-2 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 54.5


Carolina Panthers (-3.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, 1:00pm ET

Panthers: Run D – 7th Pass D – 27th

Buccaneers: Run D – 27th Pass D – 32nd

Last Meeting (11.01.18, Week 9): Panthers win 42-28

The Bucs just made another in-game switch at quarterback the week before and put Ryan Fitzpatrick back at the helm. He threw for 243 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions and showed just how vulnerable the Panthers defense was in the middle as he hit tight end O.J. Howard for two scores and slot receiver Adam Humphries for another two scores. They couldn’t get anything going on the ground and really spent much of the day playing catch-up. Meanwhile, the Panthers just flat-out dominated. Christian McCaffrey found the end zone twice and Cam Newton threw for 247 yards and found both Curtis Samuel and Greg Olsen for touchdowns. This game was never really close and the follow-up is going to have all sorts of question marks once again as the personnel for the Bucs is all sorts of different. More than likely, it’ll look exactly the same in the end as the Panthers are solid, the Bucs defense is still atrocious and their offense still needs a lot of work.

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton – He’s still listed as questionable with the same shoulder issue, but there’s nothing to worry about here. Not only will Newton play, but he’ll thrive in the match-up as the Bucs continue to own the worst defense in the game. They haven’t given up a world of yardage through the air over the last three weeks, but they’ve still given up 26 passing touchdowns on the year. And let’s not forget Cam’s penchant for running in his own. He hasn’t done it in four games, but that doesn’t mean he won’t here or light them up like a Christmas tree. Hell, he hasn’t thrown for fewer than two touchdowns since Week 1.

Christian McCaffrey – The question was asked the other day: Is McCaffrey unfadeable? The answer is yes. He had 157 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns the last time these two teams faced each other and he’s got nine touchdowns over his last five games, including last week’s gem where he racked up 237 all-purpose yards and two scores. Do we even need to discuss the match-up for him against a team that has allowed 142.3 rushing yards per game over their last three, have coughed up 14 rushing touchdowns and rank 20th against running back pass plays? Probably not.

Devin Funchess – He missed practice Wednesday with the same back issues that caused him to miss Week 12 against the Seahawks and he remains questionable for this week. Obviously, it’s a solid match-up on paper, but the guy hasn’t topped more than 74 receiving yards in any game this season.

D.J. Moore – How much fun has this kid been to watch over these last two weeks. With Funchess banged-up, Newton is utilizing the Maryland rookie a lot more and fantasy owners are reaping mad benefits here. He’s been targeted 17 times over the last two games and has responded with 15 catches for 248 yards and a touchdown. He was highly underutilized the last time these teams squared off, but should turn things around in this one, whether Funchess is even in or out.

Curtis Samuel – The Panthers haven’t really been using Torrey Smith as much more than a blocker downfield and an added distraction for the secondary so that frees up Samuel for some serious pass-catching work. He’s got 17 targets over the last four weeks and he’s turned that into 13 catches for 115 yards and three touchdowns along with a 33-yard score on a jet sweep. He is dealing with a hamstring injury right now so keep tabs on his practice schedule.

Greg Olsen – He’s got the questionable tag on him right now after missing practice Wednesday with his foot issues, but that’s par for the course. He never practices on Wednesdays, so the level of concern is minimal right now. The last time he faced the Bucs, he rooked them for 76 yards and a touchdown on six catches and they continue to allow the third-most fantasy points per game to the position.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston – He was riding the pine the last time the Bucs faced the Panthers and last year he had mixed results, throwing for just 210 yards and two picks in the first game and 367 yards and one touchdown in the second. He’s the king of making bad decisions, but the Panthers have allowed an average of 285.3 passing yards per game over the last three weeks and they’ve given up seven touchdowns to tight ends over the last seven games. With little to no ground game support, you can expect him to chuck the ball downfield all game long.

Peyton Barber – He’s only been successful against the weakest of run defenses this season so don’t expect much out of him this week. Maybe he sees 10 touches and maybe he rushes for 40 yards? But that’s probably about it.

Mike Evans – He’s working off back-to-back 100-yard efforts with one touchdown, but it should be noted that he and Winston have only hooked up for that one score out of the 10 touchdowns Winston has thrown this season. Maybe they’re just getting into a groove and maybe this match-up against James Bradberry will prove positive for Evans, but just keep in mind where the majority of targets have gone.

DeSean Jackson – DJax is sporting the questionable tag with a thumb injury and was limited in practice Wednesday. Even if he plays, he may not be trustworthy given the nature of the injury. He only caught two passes for 32 yards the last time these teams faced each other and with so many other options on the team, it is likely he gets passed over for targets.

Adam Humphries – He enjoyed his best game of the season the last time these teams squared off, catching eight passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns. He’s caught two more since then giving him four over his last four games and he’s been heavily targeted in the red zone over the last month. The panthers have Captain Munnerlyn as their slot corner so keep Humphries active. It’s such a favorable match-up.

Chris Godwin – With the possibility that DJax will either be limited or out, Godwin steps up as the next in line for targets on the outside. He’ll have a favorable match-up against Donte Jackson and should see ample work as the Bucs usually play from behind and are forced to chuck the ball all over the field.

Cameron Brate – As stated before, the panthers have given up seven touchdowns to tight ends over the last seven games and two of them went to O.J. Howard when they played each other. With Howard ion IR, it defaults to Brate which makes him one of the best tight end plays this week.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders

Venue: Coliseum(Oakland)Sun. 12-2 @ 4:05 pm ESTOver/Under: 55


Kansas City Chiefs -14 at Oakland Raiders

Chiefs: Rush D – 32nd Pass D – 13th

Raiders: Rush D – 30th Pass D – 30th

Last Meeting: (12.10.17) Chiefs win 26-15

Alex Smith went 20-for-34 for 268 yards and a pick in the game while the Chiefs were led on the ground by the now departed Kareem Hunt who had 25 carries for 116 yards and a score. Charcandrick West was his backup with three rushes for 25 yards and a score. Three KC receivers finished with 70+ yards in Tyreek Hill , Travis Kelce , and Albert Wilson . Oakland had a subpar effort from Derek Carr with 24-for-41 for 211 yards, a touchdown, and two picks. The Raiders only ran the ball 11 times total but managed 70 yards on those carries with a score from Marshawn Lynch . Jared Cook and Michael Crabtree were the standouts in receiving with Cook posting a 5-75-1 line and Crab going for 7-60-0.

Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes – What is there left to say about the rookie phenom? The last time we saw him on the field, he was dueling throw-for-throw with Jared Goff on MNF in L.A. He gets an incredibly soft pass defense to face this week in Oakland and given what he’s done to better defenses it’s easy to see the path to another big game for the wunderkind.

Kareem Hunt – It was a big news week regarding Hunt this week when TMZ released a video of an incident he was involved in in February. Swiftly he was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List and then later that same day, released from the Chiefs.

Spencer Ware – Ware had been mentioned for a while as a good handcuff for Hunt assuming Hunt would be rested later in the season, now he’s the main back since Hunt is no longer on the team. Ware has experience being the lead back in the Andy Reid system with 1,368 total yards to his credit in 2016. His first start this year comes against an Oakland defense that has given up 134.6 rushing yards per game which is the most in the league. Ware is clearly a safe RB2 this week and going forward.

Damien Williams – He is now the backup RB on the depth chart but the only way he sees the field is if he spells Ware at any point.

Tyreek Hill – The diminutive wideout has been on some sort of run of late with 17 catches, 332 yards, and four touchdowns in the last two weeks. It’s the second time this season he’s posted four scores in two games. Oakland ranks 30th in DVOA against the pass this year and has given up seven TDs to WRs in the last four games.

Sammy Watkins – Out for Sunday’s game

Chris Conley – Conley hadn’t really been needed much of the season until Watkins didn’t play in Week 11. Against the Rams, he had eight targets, seven catches, 78 yards, and two scores for clearly his best game of the season. With Watkins out again, and a good matchup against Oakland it’s shaping up for a decent week for Conley.

Travis Kelce – Kelce is coming off his best game of the year and his fourth 100-yard game of the season. The Raiders have given up the eighth-most fantasy points to TEs since Week 6. That combined with his pace of 100-plus catches and 1,300 yards for the season, shape this up to be a good matchup for Kelce.

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr – Against Baltimore, Carr had one of his worst completion percentage games in his career at a mark of 47.1%. His struggle has been well documented of late and in the last four games he’s thrown just three touchdowns and topped 200 yards just once. He will have a better matchup this week than he has in the past couple, though the Chiefs pass D is getting quite a bit better over the last few weeks.

Doug Martin – Martin has been consistent to be sure with 10-15 carries a week and 51-72 yards each game following the bye week. That being said, his lone touchdown on the year came last week. The Raiders want to keep running the ball and Martin will be the one that does the bulk of that running and the Chiefs do have one of the worst rush defenses in the league.

Jalen Richard – Richard has been the main pass catching back in the Oakland backfield this season but only saw three touches against the Ravens. The Chiefs are fairly weak against the run especially against pass catching backs like Richard is typically. He works as a flex play in PPR leagues.

Jordy Nelson – The last two games have seen Nelson not catch a single ball and three games before that, he only caught five total passes. There just really isn’t much relevance to Nelson’s game at this point in the season.

Seth Roberts – He is clearly the third or fourth target on the Raiders which isn’t a great spot to be in in general. Even with the Chiefs softish pass defense, Roberts in the slot should only really see three or four targets.

Martavis Bryant – He is doubtful for Sunday’s game and even if he plays there aren’t enough looks going his way to play him.

Jared Cook – Cook has been the surprise all season atop the TE position and now it’s been touchdowns that have been boosting his production. He’s still the top target in the Oakland which is something plus the Chiefs have been giving up quite a few points to tight ends the second half of the season which gears him up for a solid outing.

New York Jets vs. Tennessee Titans

Venue: LP Field(Nashville)Sun. 12-2 @ 4:05 pm ESTOver/Under: 40.5


New York Jets at Tennessee Titans -8

Jets: Rush D – 19th Pass D – 15th

Titans: Rush D -11th Pass D – 25th

Last Meeting: (12.13.15) Jets win 30-8

Ryan Fitzpatrick was in New York the last time the two teams played and put up a solid 263 yards with three touchdowns with each going to a different receiver. Chris Ivory led the team in rushing with 101 on the ground but failed to score. Eric Decker brought in seven-catches for 74 yards and a score while Brandon Marshall caught six for 125 and a score. Tennessee had Marcus Mariota at the helm but he failed to score and put up 274 yards and a pick. The Titans put up 24 total yards rushing in the contest while Delanie Walker led the team with 71 yards receiving.

New York Jets

Sam Darnold – Darnold (foot) is officially questionable for the game on Sunday and Head Coach Todd Bowles won’t name a starter until game day making it a tricky call. However the last few times he’s been on the field, it hasn’t gone well with a 2:7 TD:INT ratio in the last three games. That alone makes him a risky proposition even if he plays given how good the Titans pass defense can be at times.

Josh McCown – McCown is in a better spot to play on Sunday as he isn’t carrying an injury designation into the game and practiced in full on Friday. It’s not like McCown has been good in replacing Darnold though with a 1:3 TD:INT ratio and in the game against the Bills posted a QBR of 4.6.

Isaiah Crowell – Crowell has only gone over 50 yards twice this year and both of those games were his 103-yard and 219-yard games. Of his 582 yards on the year, 322 have come in those two outings. That doesn’t look good heading into a matchup against a very good rush D in Tennessee this weekend.

Elijah McGuire – McGuire has shown decreasing yardage totals in each of his three games played and just isn’t getting enough touches to produce valuable games at this point.

Robby Anderson – Aside from the game against the Broncos, there just hasn’t been anything of note about Anderson’s season in 2018. He only has one game with more than three catches this year though he has seen 10, 7, and 5 targets in the last three weeks. There’s not enough value here to make him playable.

Jermaine Kearse – Kearse had his best game of the year from an FP standpoint last week and has had nine or more targets in three of the last four games. Aside from Herndon, Kearse might be the most dependable option in the passing game on the Jets.

Quincy Enunwa – The third WR in the Jets offense is a lonely place to be sometimes. Enunwa has made the most of it in the last two weeks with back-to-back four catch games with a 73-yard game against the archrival Patriots a week ago.

Chris Herndon – Herndon continues to be a reliable piece of the Jets passing game with an eight-target, seven-catch game last week. The Titans are the toughest team against opposing TEs this season so his run of good games might come to an end.

Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota – If Phillip Rivers hadn’t had the game he had, Mariota’s Monday Night performance would have been the best completion percentage in a game in NFL history. He’s completed 72.4% or more of his passes in four of his last five outings and has posted a 7:2 TD:INT ratio in that span. He gets a leaky Jets D this week and that could help his yardage totals as he’s only gone over 300 twice this year.

Dion Lewis – Lewis’ main draw is the passes he catches out of the backfield as he’s on pace for 63 receptions for the year. The last two games haven’t been great from a yardage perspective but he does get a favorable matchup against the Jets rush D that was just gashed by the Patriots a week ago.

Derrick Henry – The bruising back is playing second fiddle of sorts to Lewis and to really make value Henry depends on finding pay dirt which he hasn’t done in three games. The Jets defense may provide a good chance to find the endzone though but again he will need that to rack up meaningful points.

Corey Davis – Davis is starting to show the big play wideout form we’ve expected to see from him in the last few games. In two of those contests, Davis has 11 catches for 221 yards and two scores and now he gets the sieve that is the New York secondary. Mariota and Davis should team up to bring him WR2 production once more.

Tajae Sharpe – He is listed as questionable for the game with an ankle issue but against the Colts two weeks ago, a similar defense to the Jets, he saw seven targets for five catches and 37 yards and a score. If he’s on the field he will play behind Davis in the wide receiver corps.

Jonnu Smith – The tight end returned to the endzone for the third time in four games but this score as a 61-yard catch and run for his biggest play of the year. The Jets let the listless Gronk back into the endzone last week and Smith could find his way there again this week, though that’s not to compare Smith to Gronk.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks

Venue: CenturyLink Field(Seattle)Sun. 12-2 @ 4:25 pm ESTOver/Under: 46


San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks -9.5

49ers: Rush D – 14th Pass D – 24th

Seahawks: Rush D – 20th Pass D – 10th

Last Meeting: (11.26.17) Seahawks win 24-13

Russell Wilson provided all three touchdowns scored for Seattle in the game with two through the air and one on the ground with both passing ones going to the tight ends. Eddie Lacy paced Seattle in rushing with 17-46-0 and Wilson had 7-25-1 on the ground. Paul Richardson led the receiving corps with a 4-70-0 line with Jimmy Graham and Nick Vannett combining for five catches for 63 yards and both receiving touchdowns. This game was the very beginning of the Jimmy Garoppolo era in San Francisco after he came into to relieve C.J. Beathard in this game and went 2-for-2 for 18 yards and a score. Carlos Hyde was the lead back posting a 16-carry, 47-yard day with Marquise Goodwin leading the receivers with a four-catch, 78-yard game.

San Francisco 49ers

Nick Mullens – Ever since the shining debut on Thursday Night Football against Oakland, it’s been going downhill for the undrafted rookie from Southern Miss. In his next two games his yardage has dropped, completion percentage has dropped, and he’s thrown just two total touchdowns to four interceptions. Now he gets a test against a defense allowing the fifth-fewest FP to opposing QBs on the season, though they have allowed two passing touchdowns in five straight games.

Matt Breida – While the passing game has been getting worse, Breida has anchored the rushing attack well in the last two games. Two back-to-back 100-yard outings to go with two straight 30-plus yard receiving games as well. He has two total touchdowns in that span and now faces a defense that’s allowed 120 or more yards rushing in three of the last four games with a rushing touchdown allowed in four straight. That sets up well for Breida.

Marquise Goodwin – Goodwin has been ruled out (personal) for Sunday’s game in Seattle

Pierre Garcon – Garcon (knee) has been ruled out for another game.

Kendrick Bourne – Bourne will once again be one of the top two WR options on Sunday with Garcon and Goodwin out. That being said, he’s got just one game with more than 35 yards this season and hasn’t found the endzone in two weeks either. If he’s the WR1 on Sunday, he’s got a slightly better matchup as Seattle ranks 17th vs. WR1 compared to 12th vs. WR2s.

Dante Pettis – Pettis made the most of his chances against a soft pass defense last week with four catches on seven targets for 77 yards and a score. He will be counted on again in a big role for the Niners this week and he could be looking at a decent game once more depending on which side of the field he’s on the most.

Trent Taylor – Even with the top two targets off the field the last few weeks, Taylor hasn’t done anything. Taylor has three total catches for 25 total yards over the last four games. Nothing to see here follks.

George Kittle – Kittle has been a workhorse all season and is one of just three tight ends this season with nine or more double-digit games this season. The second-year tight end has back-to-back double-digit target games hauling in 15 of his 25 targets for 83 and 48 yards respectively. Now he gets a mediocre defense against TEs and should remain the top of the heap in passing game in SF this week.

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson – Wilson is starting to get into playoff form over the last few games with a 7:0 TD:INT ratio in the last three with increasing passing yards and completion rate in each. He’s also one of only four QBs to have multiple scores in 10 or more games this year making him a consistent scorer in the QB spot for season-long and DFS.

Chris Carson – Carson may not be a true “bell cow” back but he does see the most work in the Seattle backfield and has a score in three of the last four games including two 80+ yard games as well. San Fran has a solid rush D so it might be tough sledding this week against the team giving up the third-fewest FP to RBs since Week 8.

Mike Davis – Davis carries a questionable tag in to Sunday’s contest but aside from that he hasn’t done much with his chances in the last few weeks. He hasn’t found the endzone since the first game against the Rams and in the last two contests he has just 10 total touches. Not much fantasy value to speak of here.

Rashaad Penny – According to OC Brian Schottenheimer, Penny should have a larger role in Sunday’s game, but we’ve heard that before and it hasn’t come to fruition. We’ve also heard that he’s not picking up the playbook well. Mixed messages generally mean it’s just a diversion tactic and since Penny’s only been relevant one game this year, side with the he’s not going to do much side of things.

Tyler Lockett – Lockett has been the most consistent wideout for Seattle this year with a touchdown in all but three games and in the last three he’s got five catches in each and at least 67 yards in each as well. This is a good matchup for fourth-year receiver with San Fran giving up the 12th-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts this year. Expect WR2 numbers in this one.

Doug Baldwin – Baldwin won’t carry an injury designation into Sunday’s game, but he has been hampered by various lower body injuries much of the season. With him playing more healthy the last two weeks he’s seen 10 and seven targets respectively and nabbed his first touchdown of the year against the Packers. He will likely take a back seat once more to Lockett in the passing game.

David Moore – Moore has been a solid third-option in Seattle this season and is coming off of back-to-back four-catch games including a 103-yard and a touchdown effort against Carolina. The Niners are the third-worst team in the league against WR3s so it’s possible to see Moore in the endzone by game’s end this Sunday.

Nick Vannett – The start of the year was a good one for the Seattle TE unit, but mainly because of Will Dissly . In the last three games Vannett has only been slightly relevant because of the touchdown he had three weeks ago. He just doesn’t get enough work to be relevant.

Minnesota Vikings vs. New England Patriots

Venue: Gillette Stadium(Foxborough)Sun. 12-2 @ 4:25 pm ESTOver/Under: 49.5


Minnesota Vikings at New England Patriots -5

Vikings: Rush D – 4th Pass D – 8th

Patriots: Rush D – 10th Pass D – 19th

Last Meeting: (09.14.14) Patriots win 30-7

Despite the high point total for the Patriots, Tom Brady only had 149 yards on 14-of-21 passing with one touchdown that went to Julian Edelman . Steven Ridley went for 101 yards on 25 yards and a score while the aforementioned Edelman went for 6-81-1 with Rob Gronkowski posting a 4-32-0 game. The Vikings were led by the former Brady backup in Matt Cassel who went 19-for-36 for 202 yards and one score but four interceptions. Matt Asiata rushed 1                3 times for 36 yards while catching five passes for 48 yards and the lone score for the Vikings. Kyle Rudolph led the receiving efforts with five catches for 53 yards.

Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins – Cousins has a history of being a so-so QB in the big time games but this year that hasn’t necessarily been the case as his best games have come against the best competition. This week against the Pats on the road the Vikings need Cousins to come up with one of those performances again. He ranks in the top-10 of the major passing categories to this point which bodes well for his chances against the porous New England defense.

Dalvin Cook – Since coming back from his hamstring injury, he’s had one good run, a 70-yarder three weeks ago. Other than that there just hasn’t been anything there to write home about. If you take that run out, he’s had 28 carries for 60 yards with the only brought spot being his three catches for 47 yards and a score last week. New England has been good against the run this year, so its shaping up to be another lackluster day for Cook.

Latavius Murray – As bad as things have been for Cook of late, they may be worse for Murray. In the last three games he’s carried the rock 25 times for 69 yards with one catch for 16 yards. Again the Pats are tough against the run and with the expected game flow, Murray likely won’t factor much.

Adam Thielen – The breakout star got back into the 100-yard category last week against the Packers with an 8-125-1 line after two weeks of missing the century mark. He’s clearly the top receiving threat in the Vikings offense and although New England is known for attacking the strength of the opponent, they rank 24th against WR1s this year which bodes well for Thielen.

Stefon Diggs – Diggs has been a target monster the last four weeks with 55 passes coming his way in that span, which is nearly half of his season total at this point. He also has three straight games with a touchdown. That being said, he is questionable for Sunday, though expected to play despite missing the first two practices of the week. The Patriots are actually much better against WR2s, ranking 13th in DVOA on the season and Diggs should see a lot of Stephon Gilmore on Sunday.

Aldrick Robinson – On the season he has just 10 catches but four of them have gone for touchdowns and he continues to remain a wild card in the scoring category week-to-week. If Diggs doesn’t make it on the field, his value will increase.

Kyle Rudolph – Rudolph is coming off his best week since Week 2 with seven catches (on seven targets) for 63 yards but no score. In fact Rudolph hasn’t been to the endzone since Week 3 against Buffalo but does get a nice matchup against the Patriots this week who have given up the fifth-most points to the position this season.

New England Patriots

Tom Brady – It was another steady as he goes performance for TB12 last week going 20-for-31 for 283 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Jets, mainly because they ran the ball quite a bit. He has his work cut out for him this week as the Vikings haven’t given up 200 yards to opposing quarterbacks in four straight games now including against Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees in that stretch.

Sony Michel – The Patriots decided to run the ball quite a bit in Week 12 and Michel was the main benefactor of that effort with 21 carries for 133 yards and a score. The yardage total was the most in a game for a New England back since Jonas Gray in 2014 which is saying something. Like his quarterback, Michel has a tough matchup this week as the Vikings have only giving up 100+ yards rushing once this season and have only allowed three touchdowns on the ground in total.

James White – The full return of Michel has hurt White quite a bit in the past two weeks to the tune of 16 total touches but still better than 100 yards of offense. It was mainly a rough day accuracy-wise for Brady on Sunday which led to the diminished yardage total against the Jets in the passing game, though he did put up 73 rushing yards his most in a game this season. The passing game will have to be on point this weekend for White to reach his potential we’ve come to expect from him in PPR formats.

Rex Burkhead – Burkhead is returning from the IR this week following an extended absence with a neck injury. He is expected to see the field some but will be the third man out of the backfield and thus that makes him a non-factor in his return game.

Julian Edelman – In what was supposed to be an easy matchup against the Jets, Edelman saw his fewest targets of the season with five but did catch four for 84 yards including a 21-yard score. The previous three weeks saw him be targeted 10, 10, and 12 times and hit the century mark twice. It’s more likely that he sees a repeat of the Jets game than either of the three previous weeks given how unyielding the Vikes D is.

Josh Gordon – In the last six weeks, Gordon has snagged no fewer than four balls in a game and has gone for 70 or more yards four times. Gordon can be a home run hitter even against a stout Vikings pass defense and so he remains with WR3 upside this week even with a tough matchup.

Chris Hogan – Hogan caught his first passes in three games last week after being shutout against the Packers and Titans. It’s clear that he has fallen out of favor in the passing game and there’s no value to speak of once again this week.

 Rob Gronkowski – Gronk managed to make a return to trip to the endzone last week, his first since Week 1 while catching three of seven targets for 56 yards. That might be the game to get him going and guarding the tight end is actually the weakest part of the Vikings defense as they rank 14th in fewest points allowed to the position this year.

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Venue: Heinz Field(Pittsburgh)Sun. 12-2 @ 8:20 pm ESTOver/Under: 52


Los Angeles Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.5)

Chargers: Rush D – 16th Pass D – 6th

Steelers:  Rush D – 12th Pass D – 16th

Last Meeting: (10.12.15) Steelers won 24-20

Michael Vick was the quarterback for the Steelers in this one and put up a 13-for-26 for 203 yards with a score and a pick game line. Le’Veon Bell led the Steelers in rushing with 111 yards and a score on 21 carries. One big play was all it took for Markus Wheaton to lead the team in receiving with a 72-yard touchdown grab. The Chargers got a Philip Rivers type game from him with 365 yards passing with two scores and a pick in the losing effort. Melvin Gordon was the lead rusher with 15 carries for 42 yards and seven catches for 52. Antonio Gates was still in his touchdown scoring days and grabbed nine catches for 92 yards and found the endzone twice.

Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers – Rivers is coming off a history setting performance last week with the best completion percentage game in NFL history (min. 20 attempts) at 96.9% completing 28-of-29 passes. Clearly this week will be a tougher test for the Chargers than last week was as the Steelers blitz on the highest percentage of plays in the NFL and have been tough on wide receivers of late. He’s still a must start though given the anticipated point total and his season to this point.

Melvin Gordon – Gordon is listed as out for this game with an MCL Sprain.

Austin Ekeler – Ekeler steps in to the starting lineup for the second time this season with Gordon out and he’s in a pretty good spot given the shootout potential here. Last week he only had five carries for 35 yards on the ground but did log 10 catches for 68 even with Gordon playing. In PPR leagues he’s a must start against a Pittsburgh defense that has given up 162 and 127 yards in back-to-back games and a rushing touchdown in six of the last seven games played.

Justin Jackson – Jackson will be the backup for Sunday Night and is coming off a 7-57-0 game in Arizona in Week 12. That’s probably the most work he’ll see against Pittsburgh which severely limits his fantasy value.

Keenan Allen – It may not be as big of a season as many expected from Allen, but if he scores this week, it’ll be four games in a row finding the endzone. He’s seen 38 targets over the last four games which is the most in any four-game stretch this season. Allen has turned those chances into 28 catches for 342 yards and three scores. Pittsburgh gives up the fifth-fewest fantasy points to the position this year but that shouldn’t hold Allen back with the high-scoring potential in the game.

Mike Williams – Both of Rivers’ touchdowns last week went Williams way in the red zone giving him a four-catch, 25-yard day with two scores. Williams led the Chargers receivers in routes run, though not the full route tree. The size and athleticism of Williams has proven to be a winning combination in the red zone and Rivers should be looking his way once again this week at Heinz Field.

Tyrell Williams – Williams will be questionable come game day for a second week in a row this week and the quad injury is now getting to the lingering stage. His production has dropped off from earlier in the season but when healthy still garnered six targets in back-to-back games despite not doing much with the chances.

Travis Benjamin – Benjamin had the best of game of his season last week with three catches for 47 yards and the only reason he saw that much work was because Tyrell Williams was hampered by the quad. There’s no value here.

Antonio Gates – He’s only had one game with more than two catches, against Denver two weeks ago, this season. The tight end spot in general hasn’t played a role for the Chargers all season and that won’t change this week.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger – Last week was the most passing yards in a game for Big Ben this season, it was also his most completions and attempts in a game and his second-highest completion percentage in the wild game at Mile High. Roethlisberger has drawn heat recently for not being as efficient as he could be with a 3:5 TD:INT ratio in the last two games and it could be a challenge this week to turn that around given the stoutness of the Chargers pass defense this year, ranking sixth, and them getting Joey Bosa back on their D-line.

James Conner – It’s been a few weeks since his patented monster games have happened, but in fairness he simply hasn’t gotten as many touches in that span either. The last two games total have provided one more total touch than his last big game against the Ravens (32=31) and with the reduced work, he’s finding it harder to break off huge efforts. The Chargers rush defense has given up three 100 yard games in the last five games played and four total touchdowns in that span.

Antonio Brown – Even though this is a tough matchup against a team ceding the third-fewest points to opposing wideouts this year, Brown is a matchup proof receiver. Against Jalen Ramsey , the best cover corner in football, he had a 5-117=1 game and there are only two games in which he hasn’t found the endzone including last week. With him averaging 11 targets a game to this point, you can expect another double-digit target game for number 84.

JuJu Smith-Schuster – The second year wideout from USC had himself a career day last Sunday in Denver with 13 catches for 189 yards and 1 score that came on a 97-yard catch-and-run that tied his record for longest play in Steelers history. Smith-Schuster actually has more catches and yards than Brown does and has gone over 100 yards six times this season already. The WR1 numbers are for real and should continue this Sunday Night against the Chargers.

Ryan Switzer – Switzer has been off and on this season with two games with seven or more targets including last week’s tally of eight. The problem is that he’s only ever produced one game of 35 or more yards even on a day with seven targets. There are looks here but no production to go with it.

Vance McDonald – The tight end has seen four or more targets in four straight games and scored in two of the last three. The yardage might not be top flight, with no games better than 47 yards since the Cleveland game, but the chances he’s getting still make him a decent option at the position.

Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Venue: Lincoln Financial Field(Philadelphia)Mon. 12-3 @ 8:15 pm ESTOver/Under: 45


Washington Redskins at Philadelphia -6.5

Redskins: Rush D - 26th Pass D – 12th

Eagles: Rush D – 24th Pass D – 18th

Last Meeting: (10.23.17) Eagles Won 34-24

Carson Wentz was making a case for league MVP with his performance the last time these two divisional rivals met with a 268-yard, four-touchdown game through the air and 63 yards on the ground too. The rest of the rushing yards were split between LeGarrette Blount and Wendell Smallwood with 29 and 25 yards respectively and four different receivers catching a touchdown. Zach Ertz led the way with a 5-89-1 game. Meanwhile Kirk Cousins went 30-for-40 for 303 yards and three scores in the game with two of those touchdowns going to Jordan Reed . Chris Thompson led the team in rushing yards with seven carries for 38 yards while snagging five catches for 26 yards and the other touchdown through the air.

Washington Redskins

Colt McCoy – McCoy got his first start in a few seasons on Thanksgiving against Dallas and it was a decent showing, except for the three interceptions. The 268 yards and two scores kept them in the game for most of it despite ultimately ending in a loss. This week he gets another primetime showing against an up and down Eagles pass defense but don’t expect much more than what he did last week in Dallas.

Adrian Peterson – AP is questionable for Monday after being limited or DNP this week in practice. That combined with coming off one of his poorer showings this season last week lowers his upside against the Eagles on Monday Night. Also Chris Thompson could be back for the game which will reduce his snaps.

Chris Thompson – Thompson has missed the last four games with a rib injury but he is expected back for Monday’s tilt which could be a good matchup for the running back. Thompson will clearly split snaps with Peterson but being that Thompson is the main pass-catcher out of the backfield, it bodes well for him as the Eagles have given up 6.5 catches per game to the position this season.

Kapri Bibbs – Bibbs will likely have a hard time seeing the field this week with Thompson coming back.

Jamison Crowder – Crowder has missed the last seven games with an ankle injury but has a shot at returning in Week 13. Before getting injured he caught 13 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown. If he is cleared to play, it will still be hard to find enough value to play him this week no matter the format.

Josh Doctson – Apparently all it took to make Doctson a visible receiver on the field was a change at quarterback. He saw a season-high 10 targets last week and caught six of them for 66 yards, which was also a season-high. If McCoy keeps looking his way in Week 13 against a secondary that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to wideouts per game, he could be a WR3 or flex option.

Trey Quinn – Quinn has been relevant the last two weeks with 10 combined targets and nine catches for 75 yards and a score, which came last week. He is questionable for the game with an ankle issue but if he is a go, he could be worth a dart throw in a favorable matchup.

Jordan Reed – Reed has had back-to-back 70+-yard receiving efforts including his first score since Week 1 two weeks ago when McCoy came in for the injured Alex Smith . As highlighted above, Reed had a big game against the Eagles in the last meeting getting in the endzone twice. That being said, the Eagles give up just the third-fewest points to TEs this season.

Vernon Davis – Davis could be in for another good game if Reed can’t go on Monday. Davis had two catches for 73 yards and score with the TD coming on a 53-yard catch-and-run. The last game he saw looks had him see seven targets, catching five of them for 62 yards. If Reed can’t go, Davis is a viable option.

Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz – Wentz has been a proficient passer this season with a completion percentage of 69.7% including topping 70% in five of his last six games. However that hasn’t shown up in the scoring numbers with just 16 TDs in nine games played compared to 33 in 13 games last year with just one more pick than he has right now (7-to-6). On paper the secondary for the Skins sounds challenging with Josh Norman and Haha Clinton-Dix and D.J. Swearinger all roaming but overall they have been ho hum allowing 20 or more points to opposing QBs five times in the last eight games.

Josh Adams – Adams was named the main back for the Eagles last week and did nothing to disappoint with 22-84-1 line while also having a big touchdown run called back because of a penalty. He also had seven carries for 53 yards and a score against the Saints, who are one of the best rush defenses in the league. The Skins rank 12th against the rush but Adams should be able to punch through for a score and likely better than 70 yards.

Corey Clement – Clement has been the backup basically all season and has had double-digit carries only twice this year and only sees a handful of catches each game as well. He doesn’t have enough workload to be a viable fantasy option.

Alshon Jeffrey – Jeffrey has been struggling of late with just 5.4 targets per game in the last four and only one game over 40 yards in that span and none over 50 yards. It’s been more than a month since he’s found the endzone. The acquisition of Golden Tate and the lack of volume from Wentz in general has hurt Jeffery and now he gets a matchup against a decently tough secondary. He’s no longer a WR2 option.

Golden Tate – The target issue hasn’t been there for Tate in the last two games as he’s seen eight passes come his way in each of those games. The production hasn’t followed yet with just nine catches for 78 yards from the 16 looks. It’s clear that Philadelphia is trying to give their new addition all of the chances he needs to try and be successful but even in Detroit it’s been since the last game in September for him to go over 50 yards or find the endzone.

Nelson Agholor – Agholor had 13 targets in the two games against Jacksonville and Dallas and now has had one target total in the last two games combined. He just hasn’t been a factor since Tate’s arrival in Philadelphia and that won’t change this week either.

Jordan Matthews – Matthews ranked fourth among wideouts in snaps last week and saw just one target in his 14 snaps of playing time. There’s no reason to look at Matthews.

Zach Ertz – The lone guy in the passing game that doesn’t seem to be affected by the downturn in Wentz’s production is Ertz. Between the Cowboys and Giants games, Ertz piled up 21 catches for 236 yards and three touchdowns. He’s had four double-digit catch games and one nine catch game already this year and now faces a team that statistically has given up the 10th-fewest points to TEs this year, but hasn’t faced anyone of Ertz’s caliber yet.


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