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NFL Matchups - Week 4 Preview

Minnesota Vikings vs. Los Angeles Rams

Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum(Los Angeles)Thu. 9-27 @ 8:20 pm EDTOver/Under: 49

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Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Rams (-6.5), Thursday, 8:20 pm EST.

Last meeting (11/19/17): Vikings won 24-7. Jared Goff threw for 225 yards. Todd Gurley rushed for 37 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Robert Woods caught eight passes for 81 yards. Case Keenum threw for 280 yards and a touchdown. Latavius Murray rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Adam Thielen caught six passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.

 

Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins - Cousins threw for 296 yards, a touchdown, and an interception versus the Bills. Cousins struggled versus the Bills especially with the pass rush which led to two fumbles on the day. With the right side of the line struggling, things may be just as difficult for Cousins with Aaron Donald playing at an elite level. That being said, the plethora of weapons that he has and the offense’s ability to move the ball keeps him in the QB1 tier.

Dalvin Cook - Inactive versus Buffalo. Questionable versus the Rams on Thursday. RB1 if active.

Stefon Diggs - Diggs caught four passes 17 yards. While the final numbers don’t look good, Diggs still got 10 targets in the game and should continue to see a lot of work week in and week out. WR2.

Adam Thielen - Thielen caught 14 passes for 105 yards. Thielen continues to be the favorite target in the passing game for Cousins who loves to throw to the slot receiver. Thielen is a WR1 no matter the matchup.

Laquon Treadwell - Treadwell caught four passes for 33 yards. It is good to see Treadwell is getting more targets, but right now he is the fourth or fifth best option in the passing game. WR5.

Kyle Rudolph - Rudolph caught five passes for 48 yards and a touchdown. The deficit kept the Vikings throwing and Cousins looked for his tight end six times in the effort. It is a bit surprising to see Rudolph only get the fourth most targets, but he is still is a TE1 moving forward.

 

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff - Goff threw for 354 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception versus the Chargers. Goff has been very good this season thus far being efficient and opening up the offense. However, he gets a tough test versus the Vikings who are allowing the third fewest fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. Low-end QB1.

Todd Gurley - Gurley rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries versus the Chargers. He also caught five passes for 51 yards. Gurley gets the Vikings who are allowing the fewest points per game, but is an RB1 every week.

Brandin Cooks - Cooks caught seven passes for 90 yards versus the Chargers. Cooks continues to see a ton of targets and be very productive, but has a tough matchup this week versus Xavier Rhodes and a defense allowing the eighth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. WR2.

Robert Woods - Woods caught 10 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns versus the Chargers. Woods had been the least productive receiver prior to this game versus the Chargers in spite of leading the team in targets each week. That changed in Week 3. He will see a lot of Trae Waynes on Thursday, which should mean a good amount of targets once again. WR2.

Cooper Kupp - Kupp caught four passes for 71 yards and a touchdown versus the Chargers. Kupp continues to thrive out of the slot and while the production may have some low points throughout the season, his matchup versus a struggling Mike Hughes should make him a decent bet this week. WR3.

Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett - Higbee got a touchdown, but neither are getting enough targets to be more than a lottery ticket.

 

Prediction: Rams win 31-27.

Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots

Venue: Gillette Stadium(Foxborough)Sun. 9-30 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 47.5

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Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-7), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last meeting (12/11/17): The Dolphins won 27-20. Tom Brady threw for 233 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Rex Burkhead rushed for eight yards and a touchdown on five carries. Danny Amendola caught six passes for 76 yards. Jay Cutler threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns. Kenyan Drake rushed for 114 yards on 25 carries. Jarvis Landry caught eight passes for 46 yards and two touchdowns.

 

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill - Tannehill threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns versus the Raiders. Tannehill has looked great to start the season and looks fully recovered from the knee injury that cost him all of last season. He gets a struggling Patriots defense allowing the seventh most fantasy points per game this year. QB1.

Kenyan Drake - Drake rushed for three yards on five carries versus the Raiders. Both running backs struggled to get going versus the Raiders front seven and the passing game was so good, the Dolphins abandoned the run for the most part. The split between Drake and Gore has been frustrating and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon. At this point Drake is a high risk/high reward RB3.

Frank Gore - Gore rushed for 12 yards on six carries versus the Raiders. Like Drake, Gore struggled versus the Raiders run defense. Unlike Drake, Gore has little to no upside. RB4.

DeVante Parker - Parker caught two passes for 40 yards versus the Raiders. Parker finally made his season debut in Week 3, but he wasn’t a big part of the offense against Oakland. This could be just the Dolphins letting him acclimate after missing time or this could be in response to the very great play of wide outs Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant . Right now the Dolphins have a bunch of productive receivers on the team so there may not be a big target share for Parker in the first few weeks. WR5.

Kenny Stills - Stills caught three passes for 61 yards and a touchdown versus the Raiders. Stills led the Dolphins in targets in Week 3, which is to be expected moving forward as well even with Parker returning to the field. Stills doesn’t have huge upside and there may be games that leave him wanting, but he has the safest floor of any Dolphins receiver and with the PAtriots allowing the eighth most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, he is a pretty safe bet to return at least WR3 numbers.

Danny Amendola - Amendola caught three passes for 42 yards versus the Raiders. Amendola has not been a very productive member of the offense in Miami so far as he runs a lot of the shorter routes which tend to be the third or fourth look for Tannehill. With Parker returning now, there will be a bit of a playing time crunch for some of the receivers and the lack of upside on Amendola may force him to be the odd man out more often than not. WR6.

Albert Wilson - Wilson caught two passes for 74 yards and a touchdown and threw a 52 yards touchdown versus the Raiders. Wilson had a big day for the Dolphins in Week 3, but it was on two big plays that are unlikely to be commonplace for him. He is a boom or bust WR5.

Jakeem Grant - Grant caught two passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns versus the Raiders. Grant caught only two passes, but they made big impacts for the Dolphins. However, like Wilson, he doesn’t figure to get a ton of those opportunities week to week. WR5.

Mike Gesicki - Gesicki caught three passes for 31 yards versus the Raiders. Gesicki appears to be slowly passing A.J. Derby , but right now there are too many mouths to feed in the passing game for him to be impactful. TE3.

 

New England

Tom Brady - Brady threw for 133 yards, a touchdown, and an interception versus the Lions. Brady really struggled versus the Lions on Sunday mostly due to the poor play of his offensive line. Brady should have a bounceback game as the PAtriots will look to avoid falling three games behind the Dolphins in the division, however, the Dolphins are allowing the third fewest points per game to opposing QBs. That may be a bit misleading as they have faced poor competition in Marcus Mariota , rookie Sam Darnold , and Derek Carr . Brady is still an elite QB1.

Sony Michel - Michel rushed for 50 yards on 14 carries versus the Lions. With Burkhead out, Michel has a real opportunity to seize the role in New England and he played some of the part last week when he out carried all other backs 14-5 in te running game. The offensive line woes may slow him down from time to time, but if he is getting the lion share of the carries, he should be very productive against a Dolphins defense allowing the eighth most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs.

Rex Burkhead - Place on IR

James White - White rushed for 37 yards on four carries and caught three passes for 14 yards and a touchdown versus the Lions. White was relegated to the change of pace and receiving back role versus Detroit and that could continue. Or it could completely change. With Bill Belichick calling the shots, it is hard to tell, but right now he is an RB3 with boom or bust potential.

Julian Edelman - Suspended through Week 4.

Chris Hogan - Hogan caught three passes for 31 yards versus the Lions. Hogan has been very up and down this season and has struggled in spite of playing every offensive snap last week. This could be the last chance to establish himself as the #1 wideout with Edelman returning next week. WR3.

Josh Gordon - Was inactive versus the Lions. It is unknown whether he will play this week versus Miami, but if he does, he would jump into the WR2 tier.

Phillip Dorsett - Did not record a catch on five targets versus the Lions. Dorsett is quickly falling out of fantasy viability with the pending returns of Edelman and Gordon.

Rob Gronkowski - Gronk caught four passes for 51 yards versus the Lions. Gronk continues to be the bright spot and should thrive as NEw England gets playmakers back that draw the attention of defenses. That may not be until Week 5, but he is a TE1 no matter the matchup.

 

Prediction: Patriots win 27-18.

Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys

Venue: AT&T Stadium(Arlington)Sun. 9-30 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 43.5

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Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys (-3), Sunday, 1:00 pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/26/16): Cowboys won 42-21. Matthew Stafford threw for 260 yards and an interception. Zach Zenner rushed for 67 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. Eric Ebron caught eight passes for 93 yards. Dak Prescott threw for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. Dez Bryant caught four passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns.

 

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford - Stafford threw for 262 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception versus the Patriots. Stafford played well versus New England, playing off the of the play action very well. Stafford gets a Cowboys team that has allowed the sixth most passing touchdowns this season. QB1.

LeGarrette Blount - Blount rushed for 48 yards on 16 carries versus the Patriots. Blount and Johnson both got the same amount of carries, but it is clear that Blount is not the better player. That being said, it appears the Lions want to split the carries for now which makes Blount an RB3 for now.

Kerryon Johnson -  Johnson rushed for 101 yards on 16 carries versus the Patriots. Johnson had over six yards per carry and was tough to bring down. It would seem that it is a matter of time before the Lions start giving him the bulk of the carries, but until we see that start to trend, Johnson is a low-end RB2.

Theo Riddick - Riddick caught three passes for 36 yards versus the Patriots. Riddick appears to be the odd man out in this offense for now. RB5.

Golden Tate - Tate caught six passes for 69 yards and a touchdown versus the Patriots. Tate may not be the most flashy player anymore, but he is still gets a ton of targets in this offense and is very trusted by Stafford. He gets a Cowboys secondary allowing the 10th most fantasy points per game to opposing WR. WR2.

Marvin Jones - Jones caught four passes for 69 yards versus the Patriots. Once again, Jones was outperformed by Golladay. Jones continues to get looks, but as Golladay continues to breakout, he will have a smaller and smaller target share. He has a tough matchup this week versus Byron Jones , Pro Football Focus’ top rated corner, so it is a good week to fade the vet. WR4.

Kenny Golladay - Golladay caught six passes for 53 yards and a touchdown versus the Patriots. While Jones faces a tough test, Golladay is likely to see a lot of Chidobe Awuzie who has struggled a lot this season. Golladay’s blend of hands and speed makes him a high upside play every week and he is starting to push higher in the ranks. WR2.

Luke Willson - Willson caught two passes for 10 yards versus the Patriots. Willson is just not a big enough part of the offense right now.

 

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott - Prescott threw for 168 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions versus the Seahawks. The offense is running very conservatively, but that doesn’t excuse the awful play of Prescott. Until he shows something more, he is a QB3.

Ezekiel Elliott - Elliott rushed for 127 yards on 16 carries versus the Seahawks. The Lions are allowing the sixth most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs so far this year. RB1.

Michael Gallup , Allen Hurns , Cole Beasley , Terrance Williams - There is just now wide receiver that is separating themselves from the pack yet.

 

Prediction: Lions win 27-13.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears

Venue: Soldier Field(Chicago)Sun. 9-30 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 46.5

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears (-3), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last Meeting (9/17/17): Buccaneers won 29-7. Mike Glennon threw for 301 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Tarik Cohen rushed for 13 yards on seven carries. Kendall Wright caught seven passes for 69 yards. Jameis Winston threw for 2014 yards and a touchdown. Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Mike Evans caught seven passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ryan Fitzpatrick - Fitzpatrick threw for 311, yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions versus the Steelers. Fitzpatrick really struggled against the blitz and pressure the Steelers brought which was responsible for multiple interceptions that he threw. With Winston returning from suspension, Fitzpatrick moves to the hot seat, but it would seem that he should have at least one more week to hold down the starting role. He gets a great Bears defense that is allowing the seventh fewest fantasy points per game to opposing QBs, so he is a low end QB2.

Jameis Winston - Winston returns from suspension this week, but it would be surprising to see him take over the starting role right away. However, after Fitzpatrick’s poor performance on Monday Night Football, one would have to imagine that it will be a short leash for Fitzmagic.

Peyton Barber - Barber rushed for 33 yards on eight carries versus the Steelers. Barber didn’t have a ton of work thrown his way as the Steeler jumped out to a big lead in the first half, but he didn’t look great either when he did get touches. This should be a much closer game, so Barber should have plenty of opportunities, but with the offensive line struggling Barber may have trouble finding big holes. Low-end RB2.

Ronald Jones - Jones has yet to be active in any game yet this season, but if Barber continues to struggle, it shouldn’t be long before Jones gets a shot.

Mike Evans - Evans caught six passes for 133 yards and a touchdown versus the Steelers. Evans continues to be the top target in the passing game and is fifth in the league in receptions and second in receiving yards for wide receivers. The target share and the likelihood the Bucs will be trailing a lot this season makes him a WR1 most weeks.

DeSean Jackson - Jackson caught three passes for 37 yards versus the Steelers. With Fitzpatrick struggling with the pressure, Jackson had little time to run route which did not allow him to make any big plays. This may become a trend as defenses see how the Buccaneers offensive line struggles to pick up the blitz. The Bears bring a lot of pressure to opposing QBs which makes this matchup tough for a boom or bust receiver like Jackson. WR4.

Chris Godwin - Godwin caught five passes for 74 yards and a touchdown, but lost a fumble in the loss to the Steelers. Godwin received double digit targets and was not punished by the team for a bad fumble early in the game. Godwin is becoming a bigger part of the offense and while Jackson shined early in the season, Godwin should shine more here on out. WR3.

OJ Howard- Howard caught six passes for 72 yards versus the Steelers. Howard is the playmaker of the Bucs tight ends, but unfortunately Brate got the touchdown. In most games Howard should be the more productive one with the targets he is getting, Howard is a TE1.

Cameron Brate - Brate caught three passes for 34 yards and a touchdown versus the Steelers. Brate saw four targets versus the Steelers which twice the amount he saw through the first two games. However, a lot of his work came after falling so far behind, so it appears for right now Brate is a TE3 at best.

 

Chicago Bears

Mitchell Trubisky -  Trubisky threw for 220 yards and an interception versus the Cardinals. With the Bears falling behind early, Trubisky was forced to be more aggressive in the passing game. Unfortunately, he looked awful doing so. The Bears appear to prefer to not rely on him throwing the ball and that is probably best for the offense as a whole. QB3.

Jordan Howard -  Howard rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries versus the Cardinals. With Trubisky struggling, the Bears will likely continue to try and ride Howard and the running game.He gets a Bucs defense allowing the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs. RB1.

Tarik Cohen - Cohen rushed for 53 yards on five carries versus the Cardinals. Cohen got eight carries versus the Cards which is about on par with what he has been seeing. Until he becomes a bigger part of the offense, Cohen is an RB5.

Allen Robinson - Robinson caught three passes for 50 yards versus the Cardinals. Robinson say saw seven target, but Trubisky struggled with his accuracy in the intermediate and deeper routes. Robinson has a ton of talent, but unless Trubisky improves, Robinson will continue to underperform. WR3.

Taylor Gabriel - Gabriel caught six passes for 34 yards versus the Cardinals. Gabriel saw 10 targets, but like Robinson, he as at the whim of Trubisky’s inability to complete passes. WR5.

Anthony Miller - Miller caught four passes for 35 yards versus the Cardinals. Miller dislocated his shoulder in the game versus Arizona and is unlikely to play this week.

Trey Burton - Burton caught four passes for 55 yards versus the Cardinals. Burton continues to get a little work, but not enough for him to put up big numbers. Low-end TE1.

 

Prediction: Bears win 19-13.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Atlanta Falcons

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium(Atlanta)Sun. 9-30 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 51.5

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Cincinnati Bengals at Atlanta Falcons (-5), Sunday, 1:00 pm EST

Last Meeting (9/14/14): Matt Ryan threw for 231 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. Stephen Jackson rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries. Julio Jones caught seven passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. Andy Dalton threw for 252 yards and a touchdown, Gio Bernard rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. Mohamed Sanu caught three passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.

 

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton - Dalton threw for 354 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions versus the Panthers. Dalton was uneven early on in the game, but really struggled as he attempted to comeback late in the contest versus Carolina. He gets a Falcons secondary that was just torched by New Orleans and is dealing with some injuries, but with potentially missing A.J. Green , he is a low-end QB2.

Joe Mixon - Out

Giovani Bernard - Bernard rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries versus the Panthers. Bernard was the only running back of consequence for the Bengals with Mixon out. The Falcons have allowed the fifth fewest points per game to opposing RBs this year, so Bernard is a lower end RB2 in spite of the role to himself.

Mark Walton - In spite of being mentioned by Marvin Lewis earlier in the week, Walton did not receive a touch versus the Panthers. He is nothing more than a stash right now.

A.J. Green - Green caught five passes for 58 yards versus the Panthers. Green left Sunday’s game with a groin injury and the Bengals are not releasing much information about his status. If he plays he is a WR1, but it seems iffy at best right now.

John Ross - Ross caught three passes for 16 yards versus the Panthers.In spite of Green missing the second half last week, Ross didn’t see an uptick in production. He did receive seven targets, but even if Green is out, he is nothing more than a boom or bust WR4.

Tyler Boyd - Boyd caught six passes for 132 yards and a touchdown versus the Panthers. With Green out, Boyd took full advantage of the opportunity excelling in the short and intermediate routes out of the slot. If Green is he should get a bunch of targets and gets a nice matchup against struggling slot corner Brian Poole . WR3.

Tyler Eifert - Eifert caught six passes for 74 yards versus the Panthers. Eifert separated himself from Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah with eight targets. It will be more teeling if he can do this two weeks and a row, but if he does he becomes a TE1 as long as he is healthy.

 

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan - Ryan threw for 374 yards and five touchdowns versus the Saints. Ryan looked much better versus the struggling Saints secondary, but now gets a Bengals defense that has allowed the sixth fewest passing yards and seventh fewest touchdowns this year to opposing QBs. QB2.

Devonta Freeman - Did not play versus the Saints. Questionable heading into Week 4. RB1 if he plays versus a Bengals defense struggling against the run.

Tevin Coleman - Coleman rushed for 33 yards on 15 carries versus the Saints, but did catch a touchdown. Coleman didn’t look great between the tackle versus New Orleans, but with Freeman out, he is the main ball carrier. If Freeman returns, then he drops back into RB3 territory, but if Freeman is out again, Coleman is a high end RB2 versus a Bengals defense allowing the fifth most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs.

Julio Jones - Jones caught five passes for 96 yards versus the Saints. The emergence of Ridley is largely about the double teaming of Jones, but the better Ridley plays, the less teams will be able to do that. He is a WR1 every week in spite of the double coverage. 

Mohamed Sanu - Sanu caught four passes for 36 yards and a touchdown versus the Saints. Sanu was an afterthought in the shootout with the Saints, but he has a greater matchup than teammate Calvin Ridley with Darqueze Dennard likely guarding him out of the slot. WR4, but a sneaky DFS play.

Calvin Ridley - Ridley caught seven passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns versus the Saints. Ridley broke out versus the Saints and while he showed off the talent that made him a first rounder, this matchup versus the Bengals and Dre Kirkpatrick is more difficult and the Falcons will likely run quite a bit. WR4.

Austin Hooper - Hooper caught three passes for 23 yards versus the Saints. Too many mouths to feed in this Atlanta offense for Hooper to get regular targets. TE2.

 

Prediction: Falcons win 30-17.

New York Jets vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Venue: EverBank Field(Jacksonville)Sun. 9-30 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 38

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New York Jets at Jacksonville Jaguars (-7.5), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (10/1/17): The Jets won 23-20. Blake Bortles threw for 140 yards, a touchdown, and an ointerceptions. Leonard Fournette rushed for 86 yards on 24 carries. Fournette also caught four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Josh McCown threw for 224 yards and an interception. Bilal Powell rushed for 163 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Robbie Anderson caught three passes for 59 yards.

 

New York Jets

Sam Darnold - Darnold threw for 169 yards and two interceptions versus the Browns. Darnold really struggled versus the Browns pass rush and was nice enough to throw a pick at the end of the game to give them their first win in two years. With Jacksonville on the other side of the ball, there is no format he is worth starting in. QB3.

Isaiah Crowell - Crowell rushed for 34 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries versus the Browns. Crowell had a big fantasy day versus in a revenge game versus his former team, but he didn’t necessarily look great doing it. That being said he will likely continue to split carries with Powell and get the goalline work which helps. He has a very tough matchup with the Jaguars which keeps him as an RB3.

Bilal Powell - Powell rushed for 73 yards on 14 carries versus the Browns. Powell looked like the better back, but was denied the scoring opportunities. This completely caps his upside and it seems unlikely the Jags will give either back much running room. RB4.

Robby Anderson - Anderson caught two passes for 22 yards versus the Browns. Anderson just has not clicked with Darnold at all, which is disappointing after a breakout seemed imminent. Until they show some chemistry together, Anderson is a WR4/5.

Quincy Enunwa - Enunwa caught four passes for 57 yards versus the Browns. Enunwa appears to be the favorite target for Darnold and he has taken full advantage of it. Darnold’s uneven play and the matchup versus Jacksonville’s elite secondary make him a WR4 this week, but he appears to be the guy to own for the Jets.

Jermaine Kearse - Kearse made his season debut and received six targets which was second on the team. While this wouldn’t be a good week to start Kearse, his snap count and target share are worth monitoring. WR6.

Terrelle Pryor - Pryor caught one pass for 25 yards versus the Browns. With the return of Kearse, Pryor’s days may be numbered a bit.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Blake Bortles - Bortles threw for 155 yards versus the Titans. A week after shocking the Patriots, Blake Bortles returned to being Blake Bortles . He struggled with his accuracy and made poor decisions against a tough Tennessee defense. He gets a Jets defense allowing the seventh fewest points per game to opposing QBs, so he falls into the QB3 tier.

Leonard Fournette - Fournette missed Week 3, but is expected to practice on Wednesday and should be angling to play this weekend. He should get a big dose of touches and returns to being an RB1.

TJ Yeldon- Yeldon rushed for 44 yards on seven carries and caught six passes for 46 yards versus the Titans. Yeldon is dealing with his own injury and appears to be questionable. With Fournette returning he wasn’t going to have much value anyhow. RB5.

Keelan Cole - Cole caught five passes for 40 yards versus the Titans. Cole continues to led the team in targets and be the leader of the wide receiver corps. That being said, he will have disappointing games from time to time due to Bortles. His target share keeps him at a high-end WR3.

Dede Westbrook - Westbrook caught three passes for 31 yards versus the Titans. Donte Moncrief may be the WR2 in name, but Westbrook is the better receiver and should continue to get more targets week to week. WR4.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins - ASJ caught three passes for 18 yards versus the Titans. Unfortunately there is not enough firepower in this offense to support ASG. TE2.

 

Prediction: Jaguars win 24-6.

Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts

Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium(Indianapolis)Sun. 9-30 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 47

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Buffalo Bills vs. Green Bay Packers

Venue: Lambeau Field(Green Bay)Sun. 9-30 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 45

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Buffalo Bills at Green Bay Packers (-10), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last Meeting (12/14/14): BIlls won 21-13. Aaron Rodgers threw for 185 yards and two interceptions. Eddie Lacy rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Randall Cobb caught seven passes for 97 yards. Kyle Orton threw for 158 yards and an interception. Fred Jackson rushed for 71 yards on 20 carries. Sammy Watkins caught one pass for 28 yards.

 

Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen - Allen threw for 196 yards and a touchdown. He also scored two rushing touchdowns versus the Vikings. Allen looked much better in Week 3 in spite of playing against a very good Minnesota defense. He still needs to work on his pocket awareness, but these are steps in the right direction. He gets a Packers team allowing the sixth most fantasy points to opposing QBs, but is still a QB3 for now.

LeSean McCoy - Did not play versus the Vikings. McCoy looks to be trending in the right direction and he gets a Packers defense that just allowed Adrian Peterson to rush for over 100 yards and two TDs on them. If he plays he is a high-end RB2.

Chris Ivory - Ivory rushed for 56 yards on 20 carries. Ivory performed decently in the relief role with McCoy out, but if McCoy returns then he has no value. If McCoy doesn’t play, the volume alone makes him an RB3.

Kelvin Benjamin , Zay Jones , Andre Holmes -  This was a more interesting week for the Bills receivers. Jones only received one target, but Benjamin made two awful drops, one of which should have been a touchdown. None are worth starting, but with Allen performing better, there is a chance someone emerges soon.

Charles Clay - Clay caught two passes for 18 yards versus the Vikings. Clay does not get enough targets to right now to be viable in most formats. TE3.

 

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers - Rodgers threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns versus the Redskins. Rodgers really struggled with his own mobility due the knee injury from Week 1 and his line and receivers didn’t do him any favors versus Washington. He gets a good Bills secondary this week, but is still a QB1.

Aaron Jones - Jones rushed for 42 yards on six carries versus the Redskins. Jones was expected to be worked in slowly, but ended up leading the backfield in carries. As the season moves along, expect Jones to start taking more and more of the workload. RB3.

Jamaal Williams -   Williams rushed five times for 29 yards versus the Redskins.
Williams only had four carries in the game and while he may get some of the short yardage work, it appears that his lack of versatility may hurt him with this offense. RB4.

Ty Montgomery - Montgomery rushed for 16 yards on four carries and caught six passes for 48 yards versus the Redskins. Montgomery was effective as a pass catcher and could have a lot to gain if Randall Cobb continues to struggle. He is worth rostering, but not starting yet. RB4.

Davante Adams -  Adams caught seven passes for 52 yards and a touchdown versus the Redskins. Adams has a very tough matchup with the Bills, but is still a WR1.

Randall Cobb - Cobb caught four passes for 23 yards versus the Redskins. Cobb made some really bad drops and had a fumble in this game. He was already on the hot seat coming into the season, so this kind of struggle is not good for his playing time. The Bills don’t dover the slot receiver well, but he is a boom or bust WR3.

Geronimo Allison - Allison caught two passes for 76 yards and a touchdown versus the Redskins. Most of Alison’s production came on a wide-open 64 yards touchdown in which the corner covering him thought he had over the top help and gave up on the coverage. That being said, Allison has been productive this year and if Cobb continues to struggle, that can only help his target share. WR3.

Jimmy Graham - Graham caught five passes for 45 yards versus the Redskins. Graham was inches from scoring a TD in this one, but was lost in the shuffle during much of the comeback. It appears the amount of mouths to feed in the offense is hurting him a little. Still a TE1, but barely right now.

 

Prediction: Packers win 33-16.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tennessee Titans

Venue: LP Field(Nashville)Sun. 9-30 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 41.5

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Philadelphia Eagles at Tennessee Titans (+4), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (11/23/14): Eagles won 43-24. Zach Mettenberger threw for 345 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Bishop Sankey rushed for 37 yards on 10 carries. Delanie Walker caught five passes for 155 yards. Mark Sanchez threw for 307 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. LeSean McCoy rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Jordan Matthews caught six passes for 77 yards.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz - Wentz threw for 255 yards, a touchdown and an interception versus the Colts. In spite of an unimpressive line, Wentz looked pretty good in his first game back from the ACL injury that cost him the second half of last season. Unfortunately for him he gets a Titans defense that looked very good last week and is starting to gel. QB2.

Jay Ajayi - Did not play versus the Colts. Ajayi is expected to return this week at Tennessee and while he should carry the larger share of the load, there is a chance the Eagles play it safer with him and limit his touches versus a tough Titans run defense that is allowing the eighth fewest points per game to opposing RBs. RB2.

Corey Clement - Clement rushed for 56 yards on 16 carries versus the Colts. Although Clement led the rushing attack versus Indy, he struggled to get going in the contest. With Ajayi returning, he will go back to being the change of pace and receiving back which leaves little room for upside. RB4.

Darren Sproles - Did not play versus the Colts. Sproles is expected to return this week, but he doesn’t get enough touches as of yet to be a difference maker in fantasy. RB5.

Wendell Smallwood - Smallwood rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries versus the Colts. Smallwood will likely head back to the practice squad after Ajayi and Sproles returns.

Alshon Jeffery - Did not play versus Indianapolis. Jeffery has yet to be cleared for contact making it unlikely he returns this week.

Nelson Agholor - Agholor caught four passes for 24 yards versus the Colts. Agholor only got five targets in the game as Wentz relied more heavily upon the tight ends. The Eagles need to get him more involved as he is a playmaker on this offense. Until we see it though, he is a WR4.

Jordan Matthews - Matthews caught two passes for 24 yards versus the Colts. Matthews signed a deal with the Eagles last week and was involved a little in the offense. He likely won’t have a big role, but he is worth monitoring week to week.

Zach Ertz - Ertz caught five passes for 73 yards versus the Colts. Ertz received 10 targets in the passing game and will obviously profit a ton with Wentz back in the fold. TE1.

Dallas Goedert - Goedert caught seven passes for 73 yards and a touchdown versus the Colts. This was a pleasant surprise as Goedert saw a ton of action with Wentz back. If this trend continues this week, he could make a case for TE1 status, but for now, he is a TE2.

 

Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota - Mariota threw for 100 yards and rushed for 51 yards on seven carries versus the Jaguars. Mariota wasn’t supposed to play versus the Jaguars, but backup Blaine Gabbert got a concussion which forced Mariota back on the field. Mariota is still struggling with an elbow injury and cannot make all the throws expected of him according to head coach Mike Vrabel. With a tough matchup in Philly expect them to send a lot of pressure and stack the box to force him to throw. QB3.

Dion Lewis - Lewis rushed for 26 yards on nine carries versus the Jaguars. Right now it is hard to figure out if wither Lewis or Henry will grab the lion share of the touches out of the backfield. It appears as if the Titans are ok with them splitting it as of now. The Eagles have been very good against opposing running backs this year, but have allows five receiving touchdowns to them which is tied for the second most in the league. Lewis is the back to play this week if you are deciding between the two. RB3.

Derrick Henry - Henry rushed for 57 yards on 18 carries versus the Jaguars. Henry had a hard time getting much going versus Jacksonville, but he got the majority of the between the tackles work. He likely gets that role again, but the Titans are stout up front, especially in the red zone where they have allowed the fewest rushing TDs to opposing RBs this season. RB3.

Rishard Matthews - Matthews caught one pass for three yards versus the Jaguars. With Mariota injured, there is no way you can play Matthews, who hasn’t been very involved in the offense this season. WR6.

Corey Davis - Davis caught two passes for 34 yards versus the Jaguars. Davis is extremely talented, but the offense is stagnant and the passing game is on the back burners for now. WR4.

Taywan Taylor - Taylor caught four passes for 30 yards versus the Jaguars. Taylor led the team in targets and catches in Week 3, but the offense isn’t prolific enough to roster him yet. WR6.

 

Prediction: Eagles win 14-9.

Cleveland Browns vs. Oakland Raiders

Venue: O.co Coliseum(Oakland)Sun. 9-30 @ 4:05 pm EDTOver/Under: 45

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Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders (-2.5), Sunday, 4:05 pm EST.

Last meeting (9/27/15): The Raiders won 27-20. Derek Carr threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns. Latavius Murray rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. Amari Cooper caught eight passes for 134 yards. Josh McCown threw for 341 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Isaiah Crowell rushed for 36 yards on 10 carries. Gary Barnidge caught six passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.

 

Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield - Mayfield threw for 201 yards and scored a two point conversion in the win over the Jets. Mayfield came in to replace TyRod Taylor after Taylor left the game with a concussion and played well enough to take the job from him. Mayfield looked composed and athletic versus the Jets and has extra time to prepare for a Raiders team that was just torched by the Dolphins. QB2.

Carlos Hyde - Hyde rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries versus the Jets. Hyde continues to be the workhorse of this Browns offense and with Mayfield taking over the Browns will look to pound the ball to take pressure off of the rookie. That being said, the Raiders shut down the Dolphins run games last week. Still, with the workload he is getting Hyde is an RB2.

Duke Johnson Jr.- Johnson continues to just be a change of pace and third down back for now.

Nick Chubb - Just a handcuff and a stash at this point.

Jarvis Landry - Landry caught eight passes for 103 yards versus the Jets. Landry received the second most targets in the entire NFL in Week 3 and with Gordon gone, that should be a theme moving forward. WR1.

Antonio Callaway - Callaway caught four passes for 20 yards versus the Jets. With Josh Gordon gone, Callaway received 10 targets in the passing game. Even though he only caught four passes, that is big that he is getting a  much larger target chare than Rashard Higgins . We need to see him develop more of a chemistry with Mayfield, but he is boom or bust WR4.

David Njoku - Njoku caught two passes for 36 yards versus the Jets. It was a bit disappointing to see Njoku only receive two targets versus the Jets, but with added time with the first team, hopefully Mayfield will learn to rely on the physically gifted tight end. This will be a big week in determining his value moving forward. TE1.

 

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr - Carr caught 345 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions versus the Dolphins. Carr continues to struggle with interceptions and decision making when under pressure. That is not a good thing against an underrated Browns defense that brings the heat and is allowing the second fewest fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. I would expect the Raiders to attack on the ground if they can. QB3.

Marshawn Lynch - Lynch rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Lynch continues to be a workhorse for the Raiders offense and that will need to be the case this week to offset the pass rush and secondary of the Browns. The Browns are giving the seventh most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs and it is all in the running game as they have really held receiving backs down. Lynch is a top end RB2.

Amari Cooper - Cooper caught two passes for 17 yards versus the Dolphins. Cooper had a massive week in Week 2 and two duds in Week’s 1 & 3. That is kind of what you get from him and it should frustrate fantasy owners to no end. Boom or Bust WR2/3.

Jordy Nelson - Nelson caught six passes for 173 yards and a touchdown versus the Dolphins. The overall stat line looked great versus the Dolphins, but it is the target share NElson is getting that is most intriguing. He received the most targets in Week 3, but we have seen a different player on the Raiders be the main target in each of the first three weeks, so it is hard to trust. I am willing to bet he delivers at least WR3 numbers.

Martavis Bryant - Bryant caught two passes for 30 yards versus the Dolphins. It is good to see Bryant involved, but we need to see more targets if he is going to be productive in this anemic offense. WR5.

Jared Cook - Cook caught five passes for 31 yards versus the Dolphins. After a big Week 1, Cook has had mediocre weeks. Carr may try to get back to him as an outlet, but the Browns have allowed the fourth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends this year TE2.

 

Prediction: Cleveland win 24-17.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals

Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium(Glendale)Sun. 9-30 @ 4:05 pm EDTOver/Under: 39

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Seattle Seahawks vs Arizona Cardinals (+3), Sunday, 4:05 pm EST.

Last meeting (12/31/17): The Cardinals won 26-24. Drew Stanton threw for 145 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Kerwynn Williams rushed for 75 yards on 23 carries. Larry Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 55 yards. Russell Wilson threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns. rushed for 48 yards. Doug Baldwin caught four passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

 

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson - Wilson threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns versus the Cowboys. Wilson continues to get a lot done on his own, but had a productive running game behind him in Week 3. With the Cardinals being terrible versus the run, this may be a game in which Wilson doesn’t have to throw, but he could set up more play action and big plays. QB1.

Chris Carson - Carson rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries versus the Cowboys. It seems like everytime you start to believe one guy in the Seattle backfield is about to take over, Pete Carroll does a switch-a-roo. Carson carried the load versus the Cowboys and would seem like the best guy to continue doing that, but that could switch on a dime. The Cardinals have allowed the most points per game to opposing RBs, so Carson is a risky RB2.

Rashaad Penny - Penny rushed for five yards on three carries versus the Cowboys. A week after leading the team in carries, Penny was an afterthought versus the Cowboys. If we knew he was going to get 15 touches, he would be an RB2, but there is no guarantee of that after Carson out touched him 34-5 last week. RB4.

Doug Baldwin - Out

Tyler Lockett - Lockett caught four passes for 77 yards and a touchdown versus the Cowboys. Since Baldwin has been out, Lockett has stepped into the #1 receiver role and looked good doing it. He gets Patrick Peterson this week, but the opportunities and playmaking ability keep him in the WR2 tier.

Brandon Marshall - Marshall caught two passes for 30 yards versus the Cowboys. Marshall continues to see a fair amount of targets, but he has yet do much with it. While he hasn’t looked bad, Wilson hasn't been targeting him in the red zone where he can be a matchup problem. Jamar Taylor should guard him a bunch and Taylor has been awful this season, so Marshall is sneaky WR4.

Will Dissly - Dissly caught one pass for four yards versus the Cowboys. Back to obscurity, Dilly Dilly!

 

Arizona Cardinals

Josh Rosen - Rosen threw for 36 yards and an interception after replacing Bradford versus the Bears. Rosen came in late in the game to replace Sam Bradford and has been named the starter. We haven’t had a chance to really see much of Rosen, but he can’t be much of a downgrade from what they have been running out there. QB3.

David Johnson - Johnson rushed for 31 yards on 12 carries and caught four passes for 30 yards and a touchdown versus the Bears. Johnson has been mired in a stagnant offense with Sam Bradford , but hopefully a change to Rosen can change his future. Upside and the hope that they feed him to take the pressure off of the rookie keeps him as a RB1

Larry Fitzgerald - Fitzgerald caught two passes for nine yards versus the Bears. Fitzgerald had been hit or miss with Bradford, but hopefully Rosen can help the vet turn it around. Right now the offense is a bunch of question marks. WR3?

Christian Kirk - Kirk caught seven passes for 90 yards versus the Bears. Kirk was targeted a bunch before and after Rosen came in. We don’t know what that means in the grand scheme of things, but Kirk should be rostered in all formats as a stash for now. WR4.

Jermaine Gresham and Ricky Seals-Jones - Neither of these guys are worth rostering for now.

 

Prediction: Seattle wins 20-7. 

New Orleans Saints vs. New York Giants

Venue: MetLife Stadium(East Rutherford)Sun. 9-30 @ 4:25 pm EDTOver/Under: 50

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New Orleans Saints at New York Giants (+3.5), Sunday, 4:25 pm EST.

Last Meeting (9/18/16): The Giants won 16-13. Drew Brees threw for 263 yards and a touchdown. Mark Ingram rushed for 30 yards on nine carries. Brandin Cooks caught seven passes for 68 yards. Eli Manning threw for 368 yards. Shane Vereen rushed for 42 yards on 14 carries. Sterling Shepard caught eight passes for 117 yards.

 

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees - Brees threw for 396 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for two more scores versus the Falcons.  Brees looked like a vintage version of himself versus the Falcons, tearing apart their secondary for a huge day. He gets a Giants defense that may be missing starting corner Eli Apple this week. QB1.

Mark Ingram - Suspended through Week 4.

Alvin Kamara - Kamara rushed for 66 yards on 16 carries and caught 15 passes for 124 yards versus the Falcons. Kamara continues to be a workhorse in every aspect of the game and that shouldn’t change with Mark Ingram not due back until next week. RB1.

Michael Thomas - Thomas caught 10 passes for 129 yards versus the Falcons. Thomas continues to thrive in the Saints offense and with the Giants a bit banged up, he should have another big day. WR1.

Cameron Meredith - Meredith caught one pass for 11 yards and a touchdown versus the Falcons. Meredith made his season debut in Week 3 and his only catch was a touchdown that barely made it over the plane. He is a risky play until we see him get more targets, but that should start happening more as he is at least healthy now.

Ted Ginn Jr.- Ginn caught three passes for 12 yards and a touchdown. A score salvaged his day, but Ginn wasn’t very productive in spite of receiving the second most targets for a wide receiver on the Saints. Ginn should continue to get a fair amount of targets which will keep him in WR3 territory.

Tre’Quan Smith- Did not record a catch versus the Falcons. Just a stash at this point.

Benjamin Watson - Watson caught five passes for 71 yards versus the Falcons. Watson had a nice day in the shootout, but it hard to believe he will always be this involved. TE2.

 

New York Giants

Eli Manning - Manning threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns versus the Texans. Eli looked good against the poor secondary of Houston, but now gets the Saints who are allowing the most points to opposing QBs. QB1.

Saquon Barkley - Barkley rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries versus the Texans. Barkley has been money in each game. Even when the running game is shut down, he catches the ball. Barkley should be a highly involved part of the offense versus the porus Saints defense. RB1.

Odell Beckham Jr.- Beckham caught nine passes for 109 yards versus the Texans. Beckham gets one of the worst secondaries in the league this week in what should be a very high scoring affair. WR1.

Sterling Shepard - Shepard caught six passes for 80 yards and a touchdown versus the Texans. With Engram out for a while with a knee injury, Shepard will see an increase of targets in the passing game making him a very interesting WR2 this week against a Saints secondary that has been continuously torched this season.

Evan Engram - Out with an MCL sprain. Rhett Ellison will be the like tight end for the Giants, but he will find it hard to be productive with the other mouths to feed in the offense.

 

Prediction: Saints win 40-37.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Venue: StubHub Center(Carson)Sun. 9-30 @ 4:25 pm EDTOver/Under: 47.5

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San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Chargers (-10.5), Sunday, 4:25 pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/20/14): Chargers won 38-35. Philip Rivers threw for 356 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions. Brandon Oliver rushed for 53 yards on 13 carries. Eddie Royal caught 10 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. Colin Kaepernick threw for 114 yards and a touchdown. Frank Gore rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. Anquan Boldin caught seven passes for 61 yards.

 

San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo - Out for the season with an ACL tear.

C.J. Beathard - Will take over the starting quarterback’s role after the Garoppolo injury. Losing Jimmy G is a huge deal for the entire offense. Beathard had moment last season where he looked competent, but was atrocious in preseason. He is as likely to be pulled as he is to finish the game. QB3.

Alfred Morris - Morris rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Morris will likely see a lot of carries along with Breida as the Niners attempt to take the pressure off of Beathard. However, the Chargers will likely stack the box to force the Niners to throw. This may get ugly and if that happens, then Morris will cede a lot of snaps to Breida. RB3.

Matt Breida - Breida rushed for 90 yards on 10 carries versus the Chiefs. Breida has looked good to start the season and could get a lot of work in this one in both the running and passing games. However, it is hard to know what this offense will be like without Jimmy G. RB3.

Marquise Goodwin - Goodwin caught three passes for 30 yards and a touchdown versus the Chiefs. Goodwin seemed to help Jimmy G, but without him it is hard to trust anyone in this offense. WR4.

George Kittle - Kittle caught five passes for 79 yards versus the Chiefs. I would expect Kittle to get a lot of targets as an outlet for Beathard. I still wouldn’t start any Niners this week, but Kittle is the best bet along with Breida. TE2.

 

Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers - Rivers threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns versus the Rams. Rivers gets an amazing matchup versus a Niners defense allowing the sixth most fantasy points per game and that hasn’t intercepted any passes yet this year. QB1.

Melvin Gordon - Gordon rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries versus the Rams. Gordon should get a lot of work versus the Niners on Sunday as one would expect the Chargers to jump all over San Francisco. Gordon has been great this year and is a no doubt RB1. 

Austin Ekeler - Ekeler rushed for 47 yards on four carries versus the Rams. Ekeler could be a sneaky play in deeper formats or PPR this week as the Charger may get out to a big lead and then start taking staarters out in the fourth. If that happen Ekeler could see a lot of touches for the Chargers. RB3.

Keenan Allen -Allen caught three passes for 44 yards versus the Rams. Allen was held under wraps by the stout Rams defense, but this week the Niners should have a lot of trouble slowing him and the Chargers down. The Niners have given up the seventh most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. WR1.

Mike Williams - Williams caught four passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns versus the Rams. Williams broke out versus the Rams. He scored an early touchdown, but appeared to get injured on the play. He was able to return and get in the end zone once more for a big day for fantasy owners. The matchup Jimmie Ward should prove pretty costly for the 49ers. WR2.

Antonio Gates - Gates caught three passes for 45 yards versus the Rams. Gates hasn’t had any big days yet, but the Niners are giving up the fourth most point per game to opposing tight ends, so this would be a great opportunity for him. Sneaky TE1.

 

Prediction: Chargers win 44-9.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Venue: Heinz Field(Pittsburgh)Sun. 9-30 @ 8:20 pm EDTOver/Under: 51

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Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers (-3), Sunday, 8:20 pm EST

Last Meeting (12/10/17): Steelers won 39-38. Joe Flacco threw for 269 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Alex Collins rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Mike Wallace caught three passes for 72 yards. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 506 yards and two touchdowns. Le’Veon Bell rushed for 48 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Antonio Brown caught 11 passes for 213 yards.

 

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco - Flacco threw for 277 yards and a touchdown versus the Broncos. Flacco has been up and down this season, but he is airing it out more than he ever has. The Steelers have been awful versus the pass this year until last week versus Tampa when they used blitzes and outside pressure to get to Fitzpatrick. There will be a lot of pressure on the offensive line to keep Flacco protected, which has been a problem at times. Flacco is a high end QB2

Alex Collins -Collins rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries versus the Broncos. Collins is clearly the better back, but still is sharing duties with Allen and not getting the goalline work. That may be the fate of him this year, but there is hope eventually John Harbaugh will realize the error in his ways. RB2.

Javorius Allen -  Allen rushed for seven yards and a touchdown on six carries and caught three passes for 19 yards and a touchdown versus the Broncos. Allen continues to be a thorn in Collins’ owners sides, but these touchdowns are a bit flaky and at some point that will catch up with him. RB3.

Michael Crabtree - Crabtree caught seven passes for 61 yards versus the Broncos. Crabtree continues to get a ton of targets and lead the passing offense with John Brown . The Steelers are giving up the third most fantasy points per game to opposing WRs. WR2.

John Brown - Brown caught five passes for 86 yards versus the Broncos. Brown continues to thrive in Baltimore largely because he has stayed healthy. If he can continue to stay on the field, he should continue to produce well and have the occasional huge week. WR2.

Willie Snead - Snead caught three passes for 39 yards versus the Broncos. Snead is clearly the third option in this offense and it will be hard to trust him as long as both Crabtree and Brown are healthy. WR4.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger - Roethlisberger threw for 353 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception versus the Buccaneers. Big Ben was great in the victory over Tampa. While Baltimore has been good against the pass this season, they are dealing with injuries right now and Rothlisberger should be able to take advantage with all the weapons he has. QB1.

Le'Veon Bell - The Steelers are reportedly listening to offers on Bell. Let’s see what happens next...

James Conner - Connor rushed for 61 yards on 15 carries versus the Bucs. Connor was not the focal point last week and likely won’t be again as the Ravens have been very good against the run this season, allowing the fifth fewest points per game and the fewest to receiving backs. RB2.

Antonio Brown - Brown caught six passes for 50 yards and a touchdown versus the Bucs. This was not the most flashy game for Brown, but he got into the endzone on a slick move to begin the route of Tampa. He is always a WR1.

JuJu Smith-Schuster - Smith-Schuster caught nine passes for 116 yards versus the Buccaneers. Juju is turning into one of the most consistent receivers in the league. He led the team in targets and now has 100 yard receiving games in each of the first three games. WR2.

James Washington - Washington caught two passes for 25 yards versus the Bucs. Just a stash for now.

Vance McDonald - McDonald caught four passes for 112 yards and a touchdown versus Tampa Bay. McDonald made a big stiff arm that resulted in a long touchdown in the game. It is hard to trust him or Jesse James as the Steelers can switch up with tight end they trust at any moment. TE2.

 

Prediction: Steelers win 27-17

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos

Venue: Sports Authority Field at Mile High(Denver)Mon. 10-1 @ 8:15 pm EDTOver/Under: 55.5

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Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (+5.5), Monday, 8:15 pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/31/17): The Chiefs won 27-24. Mahomes threw for 284 yards and an interception. Kareem Hunt rushed once for a 35 yard touchdown. Albert Wilson caught 10 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown. Paxton Lynch threw for 254 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. C.J. Anderson rushed for 61 yards on 18 carries. Demaryius Thomas caught six passes for 57 yards and a touchdown.

 

Kansas City

Patrick Mahomes : Mahomes threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns versus the Niners. Mahomes has scored at least three touchdowns in each game this season and has looked fantastic doing it. The defense is bad enough to force the Chief to continue to throw all game, which is great for the offensive players fantasy value. QB1.

Kareem Hunt : Hunt rushed for 44 yards and a two touchdowns on 18 carries versus the 49ers. Hunt found the endzone for the first time this season versus the Niners and he added a second score for good measure later in the game. He gets a Broncos defense that was just run over by Chris Carson for 100 yards and a score. RB1.

Tyreek Hill : Hill caught two passes for 51 yards versus the Niners. It is a bit preturbing to see Hill only get five targets in the passing game, but I am not worried yet. Hill will see a lot of Bradley Roby , so that should fix things right up. WR1.

Sammy Watkins : Watkins caught five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown versus San Francisco. This was a big week for Watkins who saw eight targets and made the Niners pay. He has now had two good games in a row, but Denver has a better pass defense than both San Francisco and Pittsburgh, so I would bank on him repeating the success against Chris Harris Jr. WR3. 

Travis Kelce :Kelce caught eight passes for 114 yards versus the 49ers. Kelce torched the Niners and gets one of the worst defenses in the league against the tight end in Denver. TE1.

 

Denver Broncos

Case Keenum - Keenum threw for 192 yards and a touchdown versus the Ravens. Keenum looked awful versus the aggressive defense of the Ravens. He gets a better matchup versus the Chiefs who are allowing the second most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs this year, but his shaky play keeps him as a low end QB2.

Royce Freeman - Freeman rushed for 53 yards and a touchdown versus the Ravens. Freeman led the backfield for Broncos, but it was largely due to the fact Lindsey was ejected in the second quarter. Expect Lindsey to get more of the work this week as long as he isn’t being punished by the team. RB3.

Phillip Lindsay - Lindsey rushed for 20 yards on four carries versus Baltimore. Lindsey was ejected from the game in the first half, but should have a field day this week against the Chiefs who are allowing the second most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs this year. There is some risk the team sidelines him a bit early on to send a message, but he has been the best back on the team this year, so I expect him to play a lot. RB2

Demaryius Thomas - Thomas caught five passes for 63 yards versus the Ravens. Thomas caught all of his targets which is a double-edged sword in ways. It is always good to be reliable as a receiver, but five targets isn’t a lot for a team that was behind much of the game. Thomas is held back by Keenum and is slipped out of the top receiver role in Denver. WR3.

Emmanuel Sanders - Sanders caught five passes for 38 yards and scored a 35 yard rushing touchdown against the Ravens. Sanders continues to be the top target for Keenum who likes the high percentage route that Sanders runs. He should have plenty of opportunities to make plays in what should be a blowout for KC. WR2.

Courtland Sutton - Sutton caught two passes for 37 yards versus the Ravens. Just a stash for now.

Jake Butt - Butt caught two passes for eight yards versus the Ravens. The Chiefs are terrible against the tight end, but Butt is more of a lottery ticket of GPP play in an offense that has a hard time supporting that many options. TE2.

 

Prediction:  41-19.

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