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NFL Matchups - Week 2 Preview

Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Venue: Paul Brown Stadium(Cincinnati)Thu. 9-13 @ 8:20 pm EDTOver/Under: 44


Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals (+1), Thursday, 8:20 pm EST.

Last meeting (12/31/17): Bengals won 31-27. Andy Dalton threw for 222 yards and three touchdowns. Joe Mixon rushed for 96 yards on 18 carries. Tyler Boyd caught five passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. Joe Flacco threw for 203 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Alex Collins rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Benjamin Watson caught seven passes for 61 yards.

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco - Flacco threw for 236 yards and three touchdowns versus the Bills. It is easy to look good when you play a defense like the Bills. Flacco was given all sorts of time in the pocket and he used that to shred the Buffalo secondary. Flacco gets a shaky Cincinnati secondary but he is still a QB2.

Alex Collins - Collins rushed for 13 yards and a touchdown on seven carries versus the Bills. Collins didn’t lead the backfield in touches, but he did when the score was still somewhat close. He is the #1 in Baltimore for now. The Bengals played well upfront but that looks to be largely due to the ineffectiveness of the Colts run game. RB2.

Javorius Allen - Allen rushed for 17 yards and a touchdown on four carries versus the Bills. Allen is the handcuff and change of pace guy if Collins is healthy.

Kenneth Dixon - Dixon rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries versus the Bills Dixon is interesting to watch. He could be the best of all these backs but will need an injury to Collins to have a shot.

Michael Crabtree - Crabtree caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown versus the Bills. Both Crabtree and Snead had six targets but after a little while it was apparent that the Ravens didn’t need to throw. Crabtree is obviously the safest of the three receivers, but his upside is a bit limited. WR3.

John Brown - John Brown caught three passes for 44 yards and a touchdown versus the Bills. Brown has the highest upside of the group, but his value will be very fluid and hard to predict and as always with him, injury history could hurt him. WR4.

Willie Snead - Snead caught four passes for 49 yards and a touchdown versus the Bills. Snead will likely be the third receiver in this offense until Brown or Crabtree gets hurt.

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton - Dalton threw for 243 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception versus the Colts. Dalton threw a pick on his first pass but calmed down after that and was able to work off of the play action to beat the defense. The run game is obviously going to be the focal point of the offense, but it remains to be seen if the offensive line is much better or just had a good day versus a poor defense. QB2.

Joe Mixon - Joe Mixon rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries versus the Colts. He also caught five passes for 54 yards. Mixon was the main man in this game. When he gets room to run, he can be explosive. The fact he received six more targets in the passing game is huge for his value moving forward. The Ravens defense will be a good test for the second-year player. His volume keeps him as an RB2.

Giovani Bernard - Bernard had one catch for 11 yards versus the Colts. Now just a handcuff/change of pace back.

A.J. Green - A.J. Green caught six passes for 92 yards and a touchdown versus the Colts. Green was still the top target for Dalton and there is no reason to believe that changes. If Ross can develop on the other side, that would help shed some double coverages now and again. WR1.

John Ross - Ross caught one pass for a three-yard score versus the Colts. The touchdown was nice and good to see him looked at in the red zone but only two targets in the entire game is troubling. Hopefully we will see more this week, but the Ravens secondary is stacked, so you can’t play him just yet. WR5.

Tyler Eifert - Eifert caught three passes for 44 yards versus the Colts. Eifert appears to be healthy and the top tight end in the passing game for now. He should get enough looks to be a TE1 this week.

Prediction: Ravens win 24-16.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Venue: Heinz Field(Pittsburgh)Sun. 9-16 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 52.5


Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers (-5), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last meeting (10/15/17): Steelers won 19-13. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 252 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Le’Veon Bell rushed for 179 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries. Antonio Brown caught eight passes for 155 yards and a touchdown. Alex Smith threw for 246 yards and a touchdown. Kareem Hunt rushed for 21 yards on nine carries. Hunt also caught five passes for 89 yards.

Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes : Mahomes threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns versus the Chargers. Mahomes did a good job getting the ball to his best playmaker in Hill early on. He really only spread the ball around to three players: Hill, Kelce, and Watkins, which will limit other’s value but he should early on that he knows how to use his weapons. Low-end QB1 vs Pittsburgh.

Kareem Hunt : Hunt rushed for 49 yards on 16 carries versus the Chargers. Hunt struggled to find running room versus the Chargers defense but should be able to in Pittsburgh. Hunt is still the guy in Kc and a #1 RB.

Tyreek Hill : Hill caught seven passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns. He also added a return score in the game versus the Chargers. Hill showed no let down with Alex Smith gone and is clearly the top receiving option for Mahomes. WR1.

Sammy Watkins : Watkins caught three passes for 21 yards versus the Chargers. Watkins was third on the team in targets but was unable to make any big plays. Big plays won’t come easy either against Pittsburgh's premier secondary. WR4 this week.

Travis Kelce : Kelce caught only on of his six targets for six yards versus the Chargers. Kelce will be fine rest of the way. TE1.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger - Roethlisberger threw for 335 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions versus the Browns. Big Ben was nicked up and dealt with rough weather in the opener versus the Browns. Neither should be concerns this week and as long as the Steelers protect him, he should have fun against a less than average KC secondary. QB1.

Le'Veon Bell - Still Sitting Out.

James Conner - Connor rushed the ball 35 times for 135 yards and two touchdowns versus Cleveland. He also caught five passes for 57 yards. No Le’Veon, no problem. Connor was an absolute horse leading the NFL in touches Week 1. Expect more of the same as the Steelers will get him the ball, on the ground and through the air. RB1.

Antonio Brown - Brown caught nine passes for 93 yards and a touchdown versus the Browns. Brown had 16 targets versus Cleveland. 16!!! WR1.

JuJu Smith-Schuster - Smith-Schuster caught five passes for 119 yards versus Cleveland. Juju showed why he is so dangerous and still the second option in the passing game. Touchdowns tend to elude him but he is a stud out of the slot.

James Washington - A stash pick at this point.

Jesse James - James caught three passes for 60 yards versus the Browns. James will be always hit or miss, like most TE2s.

Prediction: Pittsburgh wins 30-17.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Washington Redskins

Venue: FedEx Field(Landover)Sun. 9-16 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 46.5


Indianapolis Colts at Washington Redskins (-6), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last meeting (11/30/14): The Colts won 49-27. Colt McCoy threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns. Alfred Morris ran for 67 yards on 17 carries. Jordan Reed caught nine passes for 123 yards. Andrew Luck threw for 370 yards, five touchdowns and an interception. Dan Herron rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Donte Moncrief caught three passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns.

Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck - Andrew Luck threw for 319 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception versus the Bengals. While Luck was not the superstar of old, he did a good job with a lot of pressure in his face. It was a good sign to see he was able to do so while also not getting hurt. The offense should open up as Luck and the team gets more comfortable. QB2.

Marlon Mack - Did not play versus the Bengals. Questionable heading into this week. If he plays, Mack should lead the backfield against an improved (though that isn’t saying a lot) run defense of the Redskins. However, he could share the load with both Wilkins and Hines which makes him a flex play at best.

Jordan Wilkins - Wilkins rushed for 40 yards on 14 carries versus the Bengals. Wilkins led the rushing but struggled to find room behind the awful offensive line in Indy. If Mack is out, Wilkins becomes an interesting flex option, if not, he needs to be benched.

Nyheim Hines - Hines rushed for 19 yards on five carries versus the Bengals. He added five catches for 33 yards in the game as well. Hines led the receiving out of the backfield and should some good playmaking ability and more importantly, he held on to the ball. Like Wilkins, Hines isn’t startable if Mack plays.

T.Y. Hilton - T.Y. Hilton caught five passes for 46 yards and a touchdown versus the Bengals. With Luck looking more like his old self but I need to see the offense open up more to put Hilton as a WR1. WR2.

Ryan Grant - Grant caught eight passes for 59 yards versus the Bengals. Grant returns to Washington after being highly utilized by Luck in Week 1. Grant isn’t a physical specimen but he has good hands and runs good routes. Luck should continue to find him on the field because of that route running ability.

Jack Doyle - Doyle caught seven passes for 60 yards versus the Bengals. Doyle is the top TE on the team and has a nice rapport with Luck. He should get a fair amount of red zone targets as well. TE1.

Eric Ebron - Ebron caught four passes for 51 yards and a touchdown versus the Bengals. Ebron looked good but that has disappeared before as well. TE2.

Washington Redskins

Alex Smith - Smith threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns versus the Cardinals. Smith did not try and do too much in his Washington debut, working the middle and short routes to exploit the weak spots of the Arizona defense. The Colts secondary made Andy Dalton look good. QB1 this week.

Adrian Peterson - Peterson rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries versus the Cardinals. Peterson looked better than he has in years behind a healthy Washington offensive line. While he was a bit overshadowed by teammate Chris Thompson , he is able to handle a larger workload that Thompson isn’t. He gets a Colts defense that can’t tackle anyone. RB1 this week.

Chris Thompson - Thompson rushed for 65 yards on five carries and caught six passes for 63 yards and a touchdown versus Arizona. Thompson looked fantastic in his first action back since breaking his leg last year. He should the speed and elusiveness that helped him start to break out in 2017. The Colts have an atrocious time against opposing RBs, so he is an RB2 with upside.

Jamison Crowder - Crowder caught three passes for 32 yards versus the Cardinals. Crowder got a little work early but Alex Smith spread the ball around the offense equally, only favoring Thompson out of his targets. I still believe that Crowder will emerge as his favorite target of the wideouts but until we see that all of the wide receivers are flex plays rather than WR2s or 3s.

Josh Doctson - Doctson caught one pass for 11 yards versus the Cardinals. Doctson was the forgotten man versus the Cards but that is largely due to fame script not forcing the Redskins to push the ball down the field. He will have bigger games but is a boom or bust WR5.

Paul Richardson - Richardson caught four passes for 22 yards versus Arizona. Like Crowder, Richardson was a victim of the success Smith had at spreading the ball around. He will get opportunities but is more volatile. WR4/5.

Jordan Reed - Reed caught four passes for 48 yards and a touchdown versus the Cards. Reed appears to be a huge beneficiary of Smith running the offense. Smith has always favored the tight end and as long as Reed is healthy he should get plenty of targets, especially in the red zone.

Prediction: Redskins win 27-24.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Venue: Raymond James Stadium(Tampa)Sun. 9-16 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 44


Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+3.5), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (11/22/15): Buccaneers won 45-17. Jameis Winston through for 246 yards and five touchdowns. Doug Martin rushed for 235 yards on 27 carries. Mike Evans caught four passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. Mark Sanchez threw for 261 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. DeMarco Murray rushed for 64 yards on 13 carries. Brent Celek caught seven passes for 79 yards.

Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz - Most likely out.

Nick Foles - Foles threw for 117 yards and an interception versus the Falcons. Foles did not look great but did enough not to cost the Eagles the game. That being said, he has looked putrid so far this year in preseason and Week 1, so he is a low-end QB2.

Jay Ajayi - Ajayi ran for 62 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries versus the Falcons. Ajayi started a bit slow but then was easily the best back on the field Thursday night. He showed the ceiling of his potential as he hit holes hard and gained yards after contact. He had more carries than all the other Eagles combined, so it appears this is no committee as long as he is healthy. RB1 this week versus a soft Tampa run defense.

Corey Clement - Clement rushed five times and picked up 26 yards against the Falcons. Clement is just the handcuff at this point.

Darren Sproles - Sproles rushed for 10 yards on five carries and caught four passes for 22 yards versus the Falcons. While the stat sheet doesn’t show it, Sproles looked really good for the Eagles. He showed surprising strength, shedding would be tacklers in the open field. He is not a fantasy commodity right now but if this does turn into a committee, he will be interesting.

Alshon Jeffery - Out until Week 3.

Nelson Agholor - Agholor caught eight passes for 33 yards versus the Falcons. Foles and the Eagles made a point of getting Agholor the ball. While he didn’t have any big plays, that is a matter of time if he is going to regularly see double digit targets with Jeffery out. WR2.

Mike Wallace - Wallace only saw three targets and couldn’t haul in any. He had a bad drop that would have resulted in a big play. Without Wentz to air it out, Wallace has little value. WR6.

Zach Ertz - Ertz caught five passes for 48 yards versus Atlanta. Ertz had a bad drop but was otherwise decent and obviously a huge plan of the game script. Ertz received 10 targets and will continue to be one of the main cogs of the passing game TE1.

Dallas Goedert - Goedert caught one pass for four yards. Goedert also had a bad drop but he did receive more targets that a typical second tight end. He will continue to be used a fair amount with Jeffery out. TE2.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston - Suspended through Week 3.

Ryan Fitzpatrick - Fitzpatrick threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns versus the Saints. FitzMagic was a vintage form of someone better than he used to be versus the Saints, which caught everyone by surprise. He worked all three levels of the Saints defense and was just untouchable. The Eagles defense played very well last week and has had a lot of time to prepare, so those expecting a repeat will likely be very disappointed. QB2.

Peyton Barber - Barber rushed for 69 yards on 19 carries versus New Orleans. Barber was the only back to receive more than two carries. He carved up the Sains front seven in short but impress bursts. He will likely find less running room versus the Eagles who stifled the Falcons running backs and was one of the best in the league last season. Low-end RB2.

Ronald Jones - Was inactive versus the Saints. Well, that’s not a good sign. Looks like Jacquizz Rodgers is the handcuff for now.

Mike Evans - Evans caught seven passes for 147 yards and a touchdown versus the Saints. Evans shook off the haters and the Saints secondary for a big day. He got nice separation off the line and in route and had no drops, a problem that plagued him last season. The Eagles can get beat in the secondary but it is usually by people with higher end speed. High end WR2.

DeSean Jackson - Jackson caught five passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns versus the Saints. Jackson just destroyed the Saints defense for big play after big play. He caught all of his targets and routinely got behind the coverage. The Eagles can lose over top coverage at times, so Jackson has some upside. That being said, he is only a WR3 because I don’t trust Fitzpatrick.

Chris Godwin - Godwin caught three passes for 41 yards and a touchdown versus New Orleans. Godwin didn’t have the same targets share as the other wideouts but he made use of his four targets he got with Fitz behind center. This could be a breakout year for the second-year wideout but with Jackson playing well too, he has competition as well. WR4.

O.J. Howard - Howard caught two passes for 54 yards versus the Saints. Howard has a ton of upside and while he didn’t get a ton of looks, he made due with what he saw, unlike Cameron Brate was unable to haul in either of his targets versus New Orleans. Howard is a TE2.

Prediction: Eagles win 24-13

Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets

Venue: MetLife Stadium(East Rutherford)Sun. 9-16 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 44


Miami Dolphins at New York Jets (-3), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (10/22/17): Dolphins won 31-28. Josh McCown threw for 209 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Bilal Powell rushed for 43 yards on nine carries. Matt Forte caught five passes for 41 yards. Matt Moore threw for 188 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Jay Ajayi rushed for 51 yards on 23 carries. Jarvis Landry caught seven passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill - Tannehill threw for 230 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions versus the Titans. Tannehill looked pretty decent against a defense that is pretty good in Tennessee. He gets a Jets defense that was surprisingly strong versus the Lions. I don’t believe wither will be as good Week 1. QB2.

Kenyan Drake - Drake rushed for 48 yards on 14 carries versus Tennessee. Drake out-touched Gore 17-9 but was less productive. I think this share may get a bit more even ifr Drake struggles again. RB2.

Frank Gore - Gore rushed for 61 yards on nine carries versus the Titans. A guy to hild but you don’t want to start him yet. RB3.

DeVante Parker - Looks doubtful once again.

Kenny Stills - Stills caught four passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns versus the Titans. With Parker out, Stills was the main attraction in the passing game. The Jets can be beat through the air, so expect Stills to shine again. WR2.

Jakeem Grant - Grant caught five passes for 38 yards versus Tennessee. Obviously, he is a part of the passing attack until Parker returns. WR4.

Danny Amendola - Amendola caught four passes for 26 yards versus the Titans. Amendola was highly targeted out of the slot and will likely be a reliable outlet for Tannehill. Golden Tate just worked the Jets D out of the slot, so Amendola is a sneaky WR4.

AJ Derby and Mike Gesicki - Derby was on the field more but Gesicki was more a part of the offense. I believe in the latter quite a bit more.

New York Jets

Sam Darnold - Darnold threw for 198 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception versus the Lions. Darnold threw a pick six in his first throw in the NFL but rallied to show great composure and why he was drafted so highly versus the Lions. Miami’s defense should be pretty porous through the air, so Darnold moves up to a QB2.

Isaiah Crowell - Crowell rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries versus the Lions. Crowell broke off a big run late that accounted for a lot of the damage done on the ground versus the Lions but he was obviously the lead back. However, the Dolphins did a good job holding back Derrick Henry who is the superior back. Crowell drops to an RB3.

Bilal Powell - Powell rushed 12 times for 60 yards versus Detroit. Miami was truly atrocious last season versus receiving backs and it showed last week versus Lewis. That could play out again here for Bilial. RB3.

Robby Anderson - Anderson only caught one pass versus the Lions but it was a 41-yard touchdown strike. While his touchdown was impressive, it is a bit concerning that that was his only target. Darnold appeared to want to play in the short and intermediate passing game for Week 1. If that continues into Week 2, then it will be time to panic. WR3.

Jermaine Kearse - Doubtful for Week 2.

Terrelle Pryor - Pryor caught all three of his targets for 49 yards versus Detroit. Pryor showed good speed and hands on a few plays but right now doesn’t figure to a big enough part of a bad offense to be viable in fantasy. WR5.

Quincy Enunwa - Enunwa caught six passes for 63 yards and a touchdown versus the Lions. Enunwa on the other hand was the top target for Darnold and was very good out of the slot and with the shorter routes. Could become increasingly valuable. WR3.

Prediction: Jets win 24-15.

Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans

Venue: LP Field(Nashville)Sun. 9-16 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 45


Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans (No Line), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last Meeting (12/3/17): Titans won 24-13. Tom Savage threw for 365 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. Lamar Miller rushed for 56 yards on 15 carries. DeAndre Hopkins caught eight passes for 80 yards. Marcus Mariota threw for 150 yards and a touchdown. Derrick Henry rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Delanie Walker caught five passes for 63 yards and a touchdown.

Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson - Watson threw for 176 yards, one touchdown, and an interception versus the Patriots. He also rushed for 40 yards in the contest. Watson struggled early on before flashing some of the talent that made him the highest scoring QB before his injury. He has another tough test in the Titans defense but the upside alone keeps him as a QB1.

Lamar Miller - Miller rushed for 98 yards on 20 carries versus New England. Miller is clearly the workhorse with Foreman out. but may have trouble finding running room against Tennessee. RB2.

D’Onta Foreman- Out until after Week 6.

DeAndre Hopkins - Hopkins caught eight passes for 78 yards versus the Patriots. He is clearly the focal point of an offense that looks like it will be high octane this year. WR1.

Will Fuller - Did not play versus New England. Questionable for Week 2 but is expected to play. The Titans can be beat deep, which is Fuller’s bread and butter but that makes him a high risk WR3.

Bruce Ellington - Ellington caught four passes for 37 yards and a touchdown versus the Patriots. If Fuller returns, his value takes a big hit. If not, he is a WR4.

Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota - Mariota threw for 103 yards and two interceptions versus Miami. Mariota was knocked out of the game versus the Dolphins with an elbow injury and he appears to be questionable heading into the week. The Texans have a very good pass rush but a beatable secondary. He is a risky QB2 if he does play.

Dion Lewis - Lewis rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries versus the Dolphins. He also recorded five passes for 35 yards. Lewis was the focal point of the offense, being productive on the ground and through the air. He will continue that trend this week versus Houston who will be bringing pressure and that will make him a valuable outlet for whoever is QB. RB2.

Derrick Henry - Henry rushed for 26 yards on 10 carries versus Miami. Henry could not find a lot of running room in the interior of the Dolphins line but he should get plenty of opportunities versus Houston to offset the pass rush. RB2.

Rishard Matthews - Did not receive a target versus Miami. Matthews was protected a bit since he missed so much time in preseason. His role should expand more this week. WR3.

Corey Davis - Davis caught six passes for 62 yards versus the Dolphins. Davis looked as good as advertised especially considering he played with two different QBs and the on and off again game due to weather. He is poised for a breakout this year. WR2.

Delanie Walker - Out for the season.

Luke Stocker and Jonnu Smith - With Walker out, one of these guys should inherit the role. No real idea on who it will be yet.

Prediction: Texans win 18-14.

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Buffalo Bills

Venue: Ralph Wilson Stadium(Orchard Park)Sun. 9-16 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 43


Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo Bills (+7.5), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last Meeting (11/19/17): Chargers won 54-24. TyRod Taylor threw for 158 yards and a touchdown after replacing Nate Peterman who threw five interceptions. LeSean McCoy rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Zay Jones caught four passes for 68 yards. Philip Rivers threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns. Melvin Gordon rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Keenan Allen caught 12 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns.

Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers - Rivers threw for 424 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception versus the Chiefs. Rivers was more conservative early on but game script forced him to open it up in the second half. Outside of a bad interception in the second half, he put together a really nice game. He gets a Buffalo squad that may be one of the worst teams in the league and his defense should keep it closer which may lower his upside. High-end QB2.

Melvin Gordon - Gordon rushed for 64 yards on 15 carries and caught nine passes for 102 yards versus the Chiefs. Gordon was fantastic as usual for the Chargers versus the Chiefs. The score forced the Chargers to abandon the run but that shouldn’t happen this week versus the Bills. RB1.

Austin Ekeler - Ekeler caught five passes for 87 yards and a touchdown versus the Chiefs. He also added 39 yards rushing. Ekeler was involved early on in the game as the Chargers fell behind the Chiefs but that won’t the case often. He is still just the change of pace back as long as Gordon is healthy.

Keenan Allen - Allen caught eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown versus the Chiefs. Allen was a focal point of the offense as the Chargers fell behind early. He should continue to receive the majority of the targets to the wide receivers and is easily a WR1 as long as he is healthy.

Mike Williams - Williams caught five passes for 81 yards versus the Chiefs. While Mike Williams trailed Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin in total snaps, he led them in targets. He will be a big redzone target and is looking like he will be a breakout player in his second year now that he is healthy. He should get a fair amount of Phillip Gaines , which is a matchup he can exploit. WR3.

Tyrell Williams caught two passes for eight yards and a touchdown versus Kansas City. Williams had a rough day, dropping a pass and only receiving five targets in spite of being on the field more often than his last namesake. Williams appears to be a lesser part of the offense now that Mike Williams is healthy. WR5.

Antonio Gates - Gates caught two passes for 16 yards. Gates saw his first action in Week 1 and i still shaking off the rust. Bigger games will come. TE2.

Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen - Allen threw for 74 yards versus the Ravens. Allen cam in relief of Peterman but was much better. He looked like an unseasoned rookie, afraid to step up into the pocket and very ancy with the ball in his hands. The Chargers will likely come after him as the starter, so stay away. QB3.

Nathan Peterman - Peterman threw for 24 yards and two interceptions versus the Ravens. The offense was absolutely atrocious with Peterman at the helm. He is now backing up Allen on the depth chart.

LeSean McCoy - McCoy rushed for 22 yards on seven carries versus the Ravens. McCoy was bottled up as the Ravens forced the ball into the QBs hands. They also did a good job of covering McCoy in the passing game, which is disappointing. McCoy has a chance to get a ton of volume but this offense is a mess right now which limits his upside to an RB2.

Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones - The targets show these two will be the main pass catchers but until Allen takes over and shows some competence, they aren’t startable outside of the deepest of league.

Charles Clay - Did not record a catch versus the Ravens. This is super frustrating as Jason Croom and Logan Thomas both got targets. Stay away from this whole offense.

Prediction: Chargers win 31-10.

Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium(Atlanta)Sun. 9-16 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 44


Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (-6), Sunday, 1:00 pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/31/17): Falcons won 22-10. Cam Newton threw for 180 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. He also ran for 59 yards on 11 carries. Devin Funchess caught two passes for 48 yards and a touchdown. Matt Ryan threw for 317 yards and a touchdown. Tevin Coleman rushed for 23 yards on 11 carries. Devontae Freeman caught nine passes for 85 yards and a touchdown.

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton - Newton threw for 161 yards versus the Cowboys. He also rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Newton didn’t look great through the air but was effective enough with his feet to help the Panthers pull one out and not hurt his fantasy owners too much. That being said, the loss of Olsen is a big deal and the fact rookie DJ Moore didn’t receive a target at all is troubling. Low-end QB1.

Christian McCaffrey - McCaffrey rushed for 50 yards on 10 carries. He also caught six passes for 45 yards against the Cowboys. McCaffrey looked great catching the ball but wasn’t as sharp running between the tackles. He could revert to being just a receiving back which will hurt his value a little. That being said, he should see a ton of targets from Newton, especially without Olsen healthy. RB2.

C.J. Anderson - Anderson rushed for 45 yards on seven carries versus the Cowboys. Anderson did a nice job finding and then hitting the holes when given opportunities. He could be the thunder to McCaffrey’s lightening but will ultimately not get enough red zone looks with Newton to have a ton of value. RB3.

Devin Funchess - Funchess caught three passes for 45 yards versus the Cowboys. Funchess led the receivers in targets, but the struggles of the offensive line made it difficult to run certain routes. This may be a long season with the line banged up. WR3.

D.J. Moore - Did not record a pass against the Cowboys. The gave him a rush which is weird. Hopefully they get him more involved in the passing game but until then, he needs to be benched.

Greg Olsen - Out for at least a few weeks, maybe much longer.

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan - Matt Ryan threw for 251 yards and an interception versus the Eagles. Ryan really struggled versus a strong Eagles pass rush that kept him under pressure much of the game. He also did not show his usual strong arm and was obviously not on the same page as his receivers. The worst part was the bad decisions. Ryan refused to throw it to anyone other than Julio with the game on the line to the point where he kept throwing into coverages with no windows. This was unusual game management for the veteran QB. I am a bit worried about Ryan right now versus a good Panthers defense. QB2.

Devonta Freeman - Freeman rushed for 36 yards on six carries before exiting with an injury versus the Eagles. He is questionable but appears to be likely to play. With Freeman back, the Falcons will likely try to rely a lot on him like in their last matchup. RB1.

Tevin Coleman - Coleman rushed for 19 yards and a touchdown on nine carries against Philadelphia. Coleman could play a bigger role as the Falcons may want to rest Freeman a bit more. RB3.

Julio Jones - Jones caught 10 passes for 169 yards versus the Eagles. Jones was constantly looked for in the passing game. Didn’t matter if he was triple covered, Ryan jammed the ball in there. It is one of the reasons the Falcons lost at the end of the game.

Mohamed Sanu - Sanu caught four passes for 18 yards versus the Eagles. Sanu is still a low end WR3 in PPR but the ceiling is pretty good. He is always going to get at least 20-50 yards and 4-6 receptions.

Calvin Ridley - Did not play a single snap on offense. Uhhhhhhh… this is not promising at all. He is still stash worthy but if you need to you can drop him.

Austin Hooper - Hooper caught three passes for 24 yards versus Philadelphia. Hooper was the top targeted tight end but he doesn’t like he is worth rostering in most formats.

Prediction: Falcons win 18-14.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers

Venue: Lambeau Field(Green Bay)Sun. 9-16 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 46


Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (No Line), Sunday, 1:00 pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/23/17): Vikings won 16-0. Case Keenum threw for 139 yards and a touchdown. Latavius Murray rushed for 69 yards on 21 carries. Stefon Diggs caught five passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. Brett Hundley threw for 130 yards and two interceptions. Jamal Williams rushed for 58 yards on 15 carries. Lance Kendricks caught four passes for 36 yards.

Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins - Cousins threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns versus the 49ers. Cousins took advantage of a poor 49ers secondary for a nice day, hitting both Diggs and Thielen in the intermediate and short passing game consistently. He gets a Packers defense that played well in the second half versus the Bear but he should still be a QB1.

Dalvin Cook - Cook ran for 40 yards on 16 carries versus San Francisco. He also hauled in six catches for 55 yards. Cook didn’t look great on the ground but excelled in the passing game and showed the versatility that made him a breakout before the injury. He gets a Packers front seven that was just gashed versus Chicago. RB1.

Latavius Murray - Murray rushed for 42 yards on 11 carries versus the 49ers. He got a bit more work down the stretch in what was a closer game than expected but as Cook shakes the rust off, Murray should resume more of a backup role.

Stefon Diggs - Diggs caught three passes for 43 yards and a touchdown versus San Francisco. Diggs showed a ton of chemistry with Cousins in preseason but in Week 1, he made one big play but otherwise was overshadowed by Thielen. I expect this trend to continue versus Green Bay. WR2.

Adam Thielen - Thielen caught six passes for 102 yards versus the 49ers. Thielen looks like the top target for Cousins who loves to throw the short and intermediate routes to the slot. Thielen should get plenty of work week-to-week. WR1.

Laquon Treadwell - Treadwell caught two passes for 18 yards versus the Niners. Good to see him on the field but he is a long way from being viable in fantasy.

Kyle Rudolph - Rudolph caught one pass for 11 yards and a touchdown versus the 49ers. Only received two targets, which is troubling, but Cousins tends to like the tight end a lot, so I wouldn’t worry yet. TE1.

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers - Rodgers threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns versus the Bears. Rodgers left the first half with an injury but thrived in the second half. He is considered questionable, but I would expect him to play unless there is a setback. QB1.

Aaron Jones - Suspended for Week 2.

Jamaal Williams - Williams rushed 15 times for 47 yards versus the Bears. Williams got the majority of the carries but looked pedestrian against the Bears. He will need a big week versus a stout Vikings front seven if he is going to fend off Aaron Jones who returns from suspension next week. I am not confident in him at all. RB3.

Ty Montgomery - Montgomery caught two passes for 21 yards and rushed for seven yards on two carries versus the Bears. Clearly just the backup.

Davante Adams - Adams caught five passes for 88 yards and a touchdown versus the Bears. Clearly one of the top targets in a great offense. Tough matchup but still a WR1.

Randall Cobb - Cobb caught nine passes for 146 yards and a touchdown versus the Bears. He has gone from “on the block” back to a WR2. Obviously has a lot of trust from Rodgers. Would take a big hit like all the other wideouts if Rodgers was out. WR2.

Geronimo Allison - Allison caught five passes for 69 yards and a touchdown versus the Bears. Week 1 was a big step for Allison but Rodgers health will be key for him. WR3.

Jimmy Graham - Graham caught two passes for eight yards versus Chicago. Only received four targets and they weren’t down the field. Hopefully this was more about game script than anything else. TE1.

Prediction: Packers win 24-22.

Cleveland Browns vs. New Orleans Saints

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome(New Orleans)Sun. 9-16 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 49.5


Cleveland Browns at New Orleans Saints (-9), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (9/14/14): Browns won 26-24. Drew Brees threw for 237 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Mark Ingram rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Jimmy Graham caught 10 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Brian Hoyer threw for 204 yards and a touchdown. Terrance West rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Andrew Hawkins caught six passes for 70 yards.

Cleveland Browns

Tyrod Taylor - Taylor threw for 197 yards and a touchdown versus the Steelers. He also rushed for 77 yards and another score in the game as well. Taylor worked the short passing game to keep Cleveland in the contest versus Pittsburgh but he did a lot of damage on the ground, which helped save some value. He gets a defense that was just torched by Ryan Fitzpatrick . QB1.

Carlos Hyde - Hyde rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries versus the Steelers. Hyde was established as the main ball carrier for Cleveland but while the Bucs offense rolled over New Orleans, it wasn’t necessarily through the ground. Hyde should have a decent day but he is more of an RB2.

Duke Johnson Jr.- Johnson rushed for 17 yards on five carries versus the Steelers. Change of pace and receiving back for now.

Nick Chubb - Chubb rushed for 21 yards on three carries versus Pittsburgh. Just a handcuff as of now.

Jarvis Landry - Landry caught seven passes for 107 yards versus the Steelers. Landry is obviously the top target for Tyrod, who loves the shorter and intermediate routes that he will run out of the slot. Landry is a WR1.

Josh Gordon - Gordon caught one pass for 17 yards and a touchdown. Gordon only hauled in one pass but he made it special. Now that the rust is shaken off and the weather won't be an issue, look for a bigger target share for Gordon. WR2.

Antonio Callaway - Barely on the field. Long term stash.

David Njoku - Njoku caught three passes for 13 yards. The overall numbers aren’t impressive but he was the second most targeted receiver and will be a big part of the offense. TE1.

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees - Brees threw for 439 yards and three touchdowns versus the Bucs. In spite of playing really well, Brees lost in a shootout to Tampa as his defense let him down. Without Ingram there, he was more relied on and was able to carve up the Bucs defense. He should have no problem attacking the Cleveland defense as well. QB1.

Mark Ingram - Suspended through Week 4.

Alvin Kamara - Kamara rushed for 29 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries and caught nine passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. Easily proved he is a stud even without Ingram around. RB1.

Mike Gillislee - Gillislee rushed for nine yards on three carries versus Tampa. He also fumbled making him a negative player in fantasy. No value.

Michael Thomas - Thomas caught 16 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown versus Tampa Bay. Clearly the #1 receiver in New Orleans and a WR! Moving forward.

Cameron Meredith - Was inactive versus the Bucs. Surprising to see him not even suit up. Obviously, he is far behind the other wideouts.

Ted Ginn - Ginn caught five passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. With no Meredith and Smith quiet, Ginn was a big part of the passing game. Appears like that is his role. WR3.

Tre’Quan Smith- Did not record a catch versus Tampa. I still think he is a stash and he was on the field while Meredith was not.

Benjamin Watson - Caught all four of his targets but in a game where Brees threw 45 times, he only got four looks. TE2.

Prediction: Saints win 33-24.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams

Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum(Los Angeles)Sun. 9-16 @ 4:05 pm EDTOver/Under: 45.5


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

Last meeting (12/3/17): Rams won 32-16. Jared Goff threw for 220 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Todd Gurley rushed for 74 yards on 19 carries. Gurley also caught six passes for 84 yards. Blaine Gabbert threw for 221 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Kerwynn Williams rushed for 97 yards on 16 carries. Larry Fitzgerald caught 10 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown.

Arizona Cardinals

Sam Bradford - Bradford threw for 163 yards, one fumble, and one interception. Bradford really struggled with the offense in the first half, amassing less than 20 yards passing. Things improved slightly in the second half but it was still ugly behind a poor offensive line. He gets a great Rams defense this week, so he is virtually unplayable. QB3.

Josh Rosen - In the wings.

David Johnson - Johnson rushed for 37 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. He also caught five passes for 30 yards. Johnson looked good at times but struggled along with the entire offense. It won’t get much better versus Aaron Donald and the Rams but the upside alone will keep him as an RB1.

Larry Fitzgerald - Fitzgerald caught seven passes for 79 yards versus the Redskins. He led all Cardinals with 10 targets and is easily Bradford’s favorite target. That being said, the overall stagnation of the offense makes it difficult to believe that Fitzgerald is much more than a low end WR2, especially this week versus a great Rams defense. WR3.

Christian Kirk - Kirk played a lot versus the Redskins but he only was able to catch one pass for four yards. Apparently, Bradford only has eyes for Fitzgerald right now. Kirk has some upside so he should be stashed in most leagues.

Ricky Seals-Jones - Seals-Jones caught three passes for 19 yards. Bradford took some shots with him but were unable to connect. With the way the offense looks right now, Seals-Jones is a waiver wire guy right now. TE3

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff - Goff three for 233 yards and two touchdowns versus the Raiders. Goff started off slow but went off on the Raiders in second half. He did a great job scanning the field and exploiting the front two levels of the defense. He gets a poor Arizona secondary but with Gurley as the focus, he’s a QB2.

Todd Gurley - Gurley rushed for 108 yards on 20 carries and grabbed three passes for 39 yards and a touchdown. Gurley was the horse for the Rams offense as the pulled away from the Raiders in the second half. He gets a Cardinals defense that struggled against Adrian Peterson . RB1.

Brandin Cooks - Cooks caught five passes for 87 yards versus the Raiders. Cooks set aside all doubts that he will be productive in LA with an impressive outing that overshadowed fellow wideouts Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods . He should be a WR2 versus the Cardinals.

Robert Woods - Woods caught three passes for 37 yards versus the Raiders. Woods was tied for the team lead in targets, which is good but was only able to haul in three of them, which is bad. It appears there will be enough target for everyone though, so hopefully this let down is a minimal issue. WR3.

Cooper Kupp - Kupp caught five passes for 52 yards and a touchdown versus Oakland. Kupp had nine targets in the game and Goff loves to work in the short routes that Kupp excels at. He should have a nice matchup versus Arizona. WR3.

Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett - gulp, neither had a reception. Ignore both for now.

Prediction: Rams win 38-10.

Detroit Lions vs. San Francisco 49ers

Venue: Levi's Stadium(Santa Clara)Sun. 9-16 @ 4:05 pm EDTOver/Under: 48


Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers (-6), Sunday, 4:25 pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/27/15): The Lions won 32-17. Blaine Gabbert threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns. DuJuan Harris rushed for 73 yards on 11 carries. Vance McDonald caught five passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. Matthew Stafford threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns. Ameer Abdullah rushed for 39 yards on eight carries. Calvin Johnson caught six passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford - Stafford threw for 286 yards, one touchdown, four interceptions versus the Jets. Stafford was absolutely horrible and once the Lions were down, he attempted to throw his way out of it, leading to two second half interceptions that were very bad. Reportedly, the Jets figured out his signals, which allowed them to be in great coverage and blitz without repercussion. Stafford gets a bad San Francisco secondary this week, so it should be a nice rebound game. QB2.

LeGarrette Blount - Blount rushed for -3 yards on four carries. Blount left the game early in the second half after apparently hyperextending his knee. He is questionable for this week, which would be a good one to be active. Unfortunately, even if he does play, this looks like it will be a timeshare. RB3.

Kerryon Johnson - Johnson rushed five times for 17 yards and caught three passes for 20 yards versus the Jets. Johnson led the team in carries but that was likely because Blount left the game. He shows good promise but he is stuck in a committee. If Blount misses the game, he would be an RB2 versus the 49ers.

Theo Riddick - Riddick rushed for 20 yards on four carries and caught five passes for 15 yards. Riddick is the receiving back in the committee, a role he has all to himself. Still the split doesn’t help anyone. If Blount is out, he is an interesting flex option.

Golden Tate - Tate caught seven passes for 79 yards and a touchdown versus the Jets. While the offense; largely struggled, Tate was one of the few bright spots. He is a favorite target of Stafford’s and does a lot of damage from the slot. He is a high-end WR2 versus the 49ers.

Marvin Jones - Jones caught four passes for 20 yards versus the Jets. With the offense struggling, Jones did not step up in any way. He was clearly hurt by Kenny Golladay and his big night. Jones has a decent floor but this may be the season that both the floor and the ceiling lower. WR4.

Kenny Golladay - Golladay caught 12 passes for 114 yards. This was the game that Golladay truthers (ME) have been looking for. Golladay has great hands and a nice speed/power comb and was my big post hype sleeper this season. WR3 with upside.

San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo - Garoppolo threw for 261 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions versus the Vikings. Jimmy G threw a pick six in the contest but was otherwise ok. This is not the Jimmy G we saw at the end of the year but having to open on the road in Minnesota is a tough task to ask for. He is a QB1 this week versus a Jets defense that got beat by Sam Darnold .

Alfred Morris - Morris rushed for 38 yards on 12 carries versus Minnesota in Week 1. Morris split carries with fellow back Matt Breida but it was Morris that got the goal line work. That being said, Morris looked slow and plotting versus a good Viking front seven. He gets a Lions defense that just got burned by the Jets, so it is not an awful matchup. RB3.

Matt Breida - Breida rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries versus the Vikings. Breida rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries. Unlike Morris, Brieda showed that he still has gas in the tank. He will eventually take a larger role from Morris but for this week he is an RB3.

Marquise Goodwin - Left the game with a thigh injury. Appears to just be a really bad bruise. His status for Week 2 is up in the air.

Pierre Garcon - Garcon caught two passes for 21 yards versus the Vikings. Garcon is still developing a rapport with Garoppolo, so things should improve. However, he did get the most targets for the Niners, including a red zone opportunity but once Goodwin returns, that likely will change. WR4.

Dante Pettis - Pettis caught two passes for 61 yards and a touchdown versus Minnesota. Aside from the production, Pettis looked great in routes. A couple of times he was wide open for big plays including in the redzone. We already knew he had speed but if he has this kind of polish, we may have underestimated Pettis as a rookie.

George Kittle - Kittle caught five passes for 90 yards versus the Vikings. With Jimmy G under pressure, Kittle became a favorite target of the quarterback. The Jets did not give up much to tight ends in Week 1, but his volume keeps him at a TE1.

Prediction: Lions win 33-22.

New England Patriots vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Venue: EverBank Field(Jacksonville)Sun. 9-16 @ 4:25 pm EDTOver/Under: 45


New England Patriots at Jacksonville Jaguars (+2.5), Sunday, 4:25 pm EST

Last Meeting (1/21/18; AFC Championship): Patriots won 24-20. Blake Bortles threw for 293 yards and a touchdown. Leonard Fournette rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Allen Hurns caught six passes for 80 yards. Tom Brady threw for 290 yards and two touchdowns. Dion Lewis rushed for 34 yards on nine carries. Brandin Cooks caught six passes for 100 yards.

New England Patriots

Tom Brady - Brady threw for 277 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception versus the Texans. Brady looked Brady-esque versus Houston, however, this is a tough matchup versus the Jags. You start Brady no matter what but don’t be surprised by a letdown week. QB1.

Sony Michel - Sat out Week 1 and is questionable for Week 2. However, with the loss of Jeremy Hill for the year, his role could be decent as soon as he is ready. I wouldn’t start him in most leagues if he is active this week as the Jaguars are fantastic against the run but this is good news for Michel owners.

Rex Burkhead - Burkhead rushed for 64 yards on 18 carries versus the Texans. Burkhead is the clear #1 for now. That may change over the season, whether by injury or being outplayed but enjoy this while Bill Belichick allows it to last. This is a tough week versus the Jags. RB3.

James White - White rushed for 18 yards on five carries but caught four passes for 38 yards and a touchdown versus the Texans. White has assumed the passing down and relief back role. That will have a ton of value in PPR leagues. He could also get some more work with Hill done for the year and Michel still working his way back. PPR RB2.

Julian Edelman - Suspended through Week 4.

Chris Hogan - Hogan caught one pass for 11 yards. With all the commotion about Hogan this offense, this was really disappointing. He was completely overshadowed by Phillip Dorsett who look like the #1 receiver at this time. #3.

Phillip Dorsett - Dorsett caught seven passes for 66 yards and a touchdown. Dorsett had his first big game of his career. He may lose time when Edelman returns but this week + has been fun to watch.

Cordarrelle Patterson - Mostly a returner.

Rob Gronkowski - Gronk caught seven passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. The tight end is a good spot for the Patriots to try and attack the amazing defense in Jacksonville. TE1.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Blake Bortles - Bortles threw for 176 yards, one touchdown, and an interception versus the Giants.

Leonard Fournette - Fournette left Sunday’s game versus the Giants with a hamstring injury. While he is aiming to play, T.J Yeldon is a must grab in case he doesn’t. RB1 if Fournette plays.

Keelan Cole - Cole caught three passes for 54 yards versus the Giants. The numbers weren’t great but the Jaguars may have to throw more versus the Patriots to stay in the game than they did versus New York. WR3.

Donte Moncrief - Moncrief caught 1 pass for 14 yards versus the Giants. Moncrief is just awful and only the #2 in Jacksonville because of his contract. WR6.

D.J. Chark - Did not play.

Dede Westbrook - Westbrook caught six passes for 51 yards versus the Giants. While Westbrook is technically the #3 in Jacksonville, he tends to run the short and intermediate routes which Bortles prefers. He is a risky flex play against a Patriots defense that had trouble guarding the slot against Houston.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins - ASJ caught three passes for 25 yards versus the Jags. ASJ was not much of a factor and falls into the tier of TD dependent tight ends that are kind of a crapshoot. TE2.

Prediction: Jaguars win 18-17. 

Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos

Venue: Sports Authority Field at Mile High(Denver)Sun. 9-16 @ 4:25 pm EDTOver/Under: 46


Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos (-5.5), Sunday, 4:25 pm EST.

Last Meeting (11/26/17): The Raiders won 21-14. Trevor Siemian threw for 149 yards and two touchdowns. C.J. Anderson rushed for 12 yards on five carries. Cody Latimer caught three passes for 48 yards and a touchdown. Derek Carr threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown. Cordarrelle Patterson caught three passes for 72 yards.

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr - Carr threw for 303 yards and three interceptions versus the Rams. Carr really struggled to begin the game, throwing an early interception and then completely fell apart in the final quarter. Carr did air it out a bunch and found a connection with Jared Cook but the team will have to be better if they want to compete. The Broncos got torched through the air by Russell Wilson , so Carr is a sneak QB2 this week.

Marshawn Lynch - Lynch ran for 41 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries versus the Rams. He should get more as he was limited due to an illness that struck after the opening series. Gruden wants to establish the run, so as long as he is recovered, expect a lot of touches for Beast Mode. RB2.

Jalen Richard - Richard rushed for 24 yards on five carries and caught nine passes for 55 yards. Richard came in for mop up duty and put together a pretty nice line. Unfortunately for the Raiders, they may be in that position a lot this season, so Richard is a sneaky PPR play in deeper formats.

Doug Martin - Appears to be just a handcuff for now.

Amari Cooper - Cooper caught one pass for nine yards versus the Rams. This was a disappointing game for Cooper who had moments where he beat coverage and wasn’t seen by Derek Carr . Cooper is always boom or bust, so you have to be willing to take the good with the bad. Denver’s secondary is soft, so he is a boom or bust WR2.

Jordy Nelson - Nelson caught three passes for 23 yards versus the Rams. Nelson was also largely ignored by Carr as the team looked to beat the Rams with running backs and tight ends. It was good to see Nelson back on the field and while he isn’t the player he once was, he could be a good fantasy player as a WR3.

Jared Cook - Cook caught nine passes for 180 yards versus the Rams. Gruden loves Cook and it showed on Monday night as he received 12 targets in the passing game. Cook is a athletic freak but has yet to use that consistently as a receiver. It appears he may finally be getting that break out. TE1.

Denver Broncos

Case Keenum - Keenum threw for 329 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions versus the Seahawks. Some of the stat line is encouraging but he also really struggled throwing the ball in spots. While the fantasy numbers look good enough, when he faces tougher defenses, this will be an issue. However, the Raiders are not a tough defense, so he slides into QB2 range.

Royce Freeman - Freeman rushed for 71 yards on 15 carries versus the Seahawks. Freeman’s line looks ok but a lot of the production was superficial at the end of the ball game. He was largely overshadowed by Phillip Lindsey, who was largely an unknown. Freeman will have a role but it may not be as alone as we had anticipated. RB2 vs Oakland.

Phillip Lindsey- Lindsey rushed for 71 yards on 15 carries versus the Seahawks. He also caught two passes for 31 yards and a touchdown. Lindsey came out of nowhere to pick up more touches than Freeman and leapfrog Devontae Booker completely. Lindsay is a nice compliment to Booker as he is faster and can catch the ball well out of the backfield but if this trend continues, then he will obviously be the back to own. RB2/3 versus Oakland.

Demaryius Thomas - Thomas caught six passes for 63 yards and a touchdown versus Seattle. Thomas was his usual reliable self for the Broncos but he was overshadowed by Sanders’ big night. Keenum obviously trusts the veteran wideouts more than anyone else, so both should continue to get plenty of looks. He has a really juicy matchup against Rashaan Melvin , who looked awful Monday night. WR2.

Emmanuel Sanders - Sanders caught a team high 10 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown. Sanders torched the Seahawks running out of the slot and appears to have a very nice rapport with Keenum. He gets a Raiders defense that looks pretty pitiful, especially in the secondary. WR2.

Courtland Sutton - Sutton caught two passes for 45 yards. He is apparently far ahead of fellow rookie DeSean Hamilton. However, there is not enough in this offense for him to be viable outside of dynasty formats.

Jake Butt and Jeff Heuerman - Neither tight end established themselves above the other. Butt is the better bet long term but right now you can’t trust either.

Prediction: Broncos win 27-20. 

New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys

Venue: AT&T Stadium(Arlington)Sun. 9-16 @ 8:20 pm EDTOver/Under: 42


New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (-3), Sunday, 8:20 pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/10/17): Cowboys won 30-10. Dak Prescott threw for 332 and three touchdowns. Alfred Morris rushed for 62 yards on 19 carries. Rod Smith caught five passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. Eli Manning threw for 228 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Wayne Gallman rushed for 59 yards on 12 carries. Evan Engram caught four passes for 54 yards.

New York Giants

Eli Manning - Eli threw for 224 yards and an interception versus the Jags. Eli struggled against the elite Jags defense, throwing bad pick-6 that squashed the Giants. However, he gets a Cowboys defense that struggle in the secondary and Eli has a ton of weapons now with a healthy Odell and the addition of Barkley. QB1.

Saquon Barkley - Barkley rushed for 106 yards on 18 carries versus the Jags. A lot of that production cam in one big play. That being said, it was an amazing display of what he will be against less defenses, like the Cowboys. RB1.

Odell Beckham Jr.- Beckham caught 11 passes for 111 yards. Beckham had a pretty great game in his return from injury, especially matched up against Jalen Ramsey . The Cowboy don’t nearly have the kind of defensive firepower that Jacksonville does, so expect big things as usual from Odell. WR1.

Sterling Shepard - Shepard caught five passes for 48 yards versus the Jaguars. In spite of being the third or fourth best option on many plays, Shepard still got seven targets versus the Jags. With so much attention on other pieces, Shepard should have some decent opportunities to make a big play or two.

Evan Engram - Engram caught two passes for 18 yards against Jacksonville. Engram was held down by the Jaguars but now he gets a Cowboys defense that is not nearly as good. It remains to be seen if he can sustain 2017’s breakout with so many mouths to feed but I will bet on the talent. TE1.

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott - Prescott threw for 170 yards and rushed for 19 more against the Panthers. This offense is now built around Zeke. The Cowboys struggled to protect Dak which forced him out of the pocket where he was less accurate. He gets a Giants defense that is not very good, so he should rebound but he doesn’t have much of a ceiling with the supporting cast. QB2.

Ezekiel Elliott - Elliott rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries versus the Panthers. The Cowboys will continue to lean on Elliott with so few impact offensive players. They struggled in the ground game versus Carolina because of offensive line issues and the Panthers defense. However, if Connor Williams can rebound a little at guard the Cowboys should be able to run over the Giants front seven. Big week coming for Zeke.

Michael Gallup - Gallup caught one pass for nine yards versus the Panthers. Gallup only got one target versus the Panthers. That will change down the line but for right now he is just a stash. WR5.

Allen Hurns - Hurns caught one pass for 20 yards against the Panthers. It was surprising to see Hurns only get three targets during the game. That should change against the Giants. WR3.

Cole Beasley - Beasley caught seven passes for 79 yards versus the Panthers. Beasley was the top wideout for the Cowboys versus the Panthers. I guess we should have seen that coming. Beasley and Dak have had a good rapport since Prescott took over the starting role. It will likely be inconsistent but he is a decent PPR WR3.

Terrance Williams - Williams caught on pass for six yards versus Carolina. Williams time appears finally to be over. Thank God.

Prediction: Giants win 33-27

Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears

Venue: Soldier Field(Chicago)Mon. 9-17 @ 8:15 pm EDTOver/Under: 43.5


Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears (-3.5), Monday, 8:15 pm EST.

Last Meeting (9/27/15): Seattle won 26-0. Jimmy Clausen threw for 63 yards. Matt Forte rushed for 74 yards on 20 carries. Zach Miller caught one pass for 21 yards. Russell Wilson threw for 235 yards and a touchdown. Thomas Rawls rushed for 104 yards on 16 carries. Jimmy Graham caught seven passes for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson - Wilson threw for 298 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. Wilson lost Doug Baldwin early on in the game and in spite of that, he almost carried the Seahawks to a victory over the Broncos. He did this in spite of being chased around the backfield because of his porous offensive line. The Bears have a very nice defense and pass rush, so it may be another long day for Wilson but he always finds a way to return value. QB1.

Chris Carson - Carson rushed for 51 yards on seven carries versus the Broncos. Carson was the best back running the ball for the Seahawks and it appears he may now get the early down work while ceding the passing down work to Penny. That being said, if the line doesn’t open holes, Carson will have massive struggles. RB3.

Rashaad Penny - Penny really struggled in the running game, gaining eight yards on seven carries. He did catch four passes for 35 yards however. Penny appears to have fallen behind Carson in terms of carries after this dismal performance. However, he is a more dynamic back and could do enough to be viable in PPR leagues by just catching the ball. The Bears defense was very good against Ty Montgomery and Jamal Williams last week, so I would avoid using Penny Week 2. RB5.

Doug Baldwin - Out for at least a couple of weeks if not more.

Tyler Lockett - Lockett caught three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown versus the Broncos. Lockett did not gain much extra attention after Baldwin left the game. He is still very boom or bust but he should gain some more targets now and that gives him more chances to BOOM! WR3.

Brandon Marshall - Marshall caught three passes for 46 yards and a touchdown versus Denver. With Baldwin out for a bit, Marshall moves up the depth chart. While he is no longer the stud he once was, he was lauded in camp for his performance and he has a big body and hands that scream red zone target. The Bears have a very good defense but Marshall is an interesting flex play this week.

Will Dissly - Who is Dissly? He caught three passes for 105 yards and a touchdown versus the Broncos. Dissly isn’t the prototypical receiving tight end but with Baldwin out, he may occupy a lot of the shorter routes that Wilson likes to throw on the run. He is a TE2 still but one more big game puts him up a tier.

Chicago Bears

Mitchell Trubisky - Trubisky threw for 171 yards and rushed for 32 more and a score versus the Packers. The defense did a lot of the talking and work early on but the offense fell stagnant when the defense didn’t bail them out in the second half. Trubisky is still learning how to play the position in the NFL after a poor rookie season, so there will be growing pains, however, the ability to move help soften the blow a little. The Seahawks just made Case Keenum look nice from a fantasy perspective, so Trubisky has a chance. QB2.

Jordan Howard - Howard rushed for 82 yards on 15 carries and caught five passes for 25 yards. Howard is going to be a workhorse in this Bears offense and Seattle is not great up front. They did just let Philip Lindsey run over them. RB1.

Tarik Cohen - Cohen has game breaking ability but right now he looks like just the change of pace back and receiving back. That will have value in games they trail. However, I don’t think this will be one of them. RB4.

Allen Robinson - Robinson caught four passes for 61 yards. Robinson looked good in his first game back from last year’s ACL injury and he led the Bears in targets. That being said, Trubisky will hold him back from time to time with his own inconsistencies. Robinson is used to playing with uneven quarterback play, so I would expect him to continue to give WR2 numbers.

Anthony Miller - Miller caught two passes for 14 yards against the Packers. With the offense shutting down in the second half with the lead, Miller became a forgotten man. However, while Miller isn’t a big part of the offense right now, he should be able to leapfrog Taylor Gabriel at some point especially if he continues to show the flashes he did last Monday night. Stash him now.

Trey Burton - Burton received six targets but only hauled in one for 15 yards. Burton was supposed to be a big part of the game plan but Trubisky had a hard time getting it to him. The offense also went more conservative in the second half as it tried to milk the clock and preserve the lead, unsuccessfully. Burton should continue to see a lot of target and this would be a good buy low point. TE1.

Prediction: Bears win 20-17. 


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