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NFL Matchups - Week 5 Preview

Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots

Venue: Gillette Stadium(Foxborough)Thu. 10-4 @ 8:20 pm EDTOver/Under: 51.5

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Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots (-10.5), Thursday, 8:20 pm EST.

Last meeting (10/18/15): Patriots won 34-27. Tom Brady threw for 312 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. LeGarrette Blount rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown. Danny Amendola caught seven passes for 105 yards. Andrew Luck threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns. Frank Gore rushed for 78 yards on 13 carries. T.Y. Hilton caught six passes for 74 yards and a touchdown on six catches.

 

Indianapolis Colts  

Andrew Luck - Luck threw for 464 yards and four touchdowns versus the Texans. Luck finally really spread the field against the poor Texans defense. He now gets a New England secondary allowing the sixth most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks.

Marlon Mack - Mack did not play versus the Texans. Sounds like he may be unlikely to play with the game being early in the week. If he does play, it would make all the running backs less valuable.

Jordan Wilkins - Wilkins rushed for 16 yards on eight carries versus the Texans. Wilkins struggled to find running room versus the Titans and while the Patriots have been average versus the run, they have been very good in preventing touchdowns on the ground. Wilkins is an RB4 this week.

Nyheim Hines - Hines rushed for 10 yards on four carries and caught nine passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns versus the Texans. Hines is the most complete back in the Colts backfield and even if Mack were able to play, he seems to have a locked role in the passing game. RB2 in PPR.

T.Y. Hilton - Hilton caught four passes for 115 yards versus the Texans. Hilton was injured in last week’s game and did not participate in practice on Tuesday. He seems to be a longshot to play on Thursday.

Ryan Grant - Grant caught five passes for 64 yards versus the Texans. While Grant would seem to be the likely beneficiary but he didn’t really get much of an uptick. While the Patriot have allowed a lot of points to fantasy wide receivers, it is hard to believe that Grant is much more than a WR3.

Chester Rogers - Rogers caught eight passes for 85 yards versus the Texans. Rogers benefited from Hilton being out, catching the number of passes last week that he had caught total over the first three weeks. If Hilton is out, he should see a ton more work and would be a WR3 versus the PAtriots.

Zach Pascal - Pascal caught six passes for 56 yards and a touchdown versus the Texans. Pascal played much more than he normally would have versus Houston after Hilton got hurt. While he would likely be in line for more work, he is an unknown and hard to trust that he would see double digit targets again. WR5.

Jack Doyle - Doyle did not play versus the Texans. Seems unlikely to play versus New England.

Eric Ebron - Ebron caught five passes for 40 yards and a touchdown versus the Texans. With Doyle and Hilton out, Ebron should see a ton of targets versus New England. TE1.

 

New England

Tom Brady - Brady threw for 274 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions versus the Dolphins.

Sony Michel - Michel rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries versus the Dolphins. With Burkhead done for the season, Michel came in and was the workhorse for the backfield. He will lose time on passing downs to James White , but this no longer appears to be a committee situation. The Colts have given up the seventh most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs, so Michel firmly fits in the RB2 tier this week.

Rex Burkhead - On IR

James White -White rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown and caught eight passes for 68 yards and a touchdown versus the Dolphins. Edelman likely hurts White a little bit, but White is a trusted part of the offense and should be a RB2/3 in PPR league moving forward.

Julian Edelman - Returns from suspension this week. Edelman should immediately get a ton of work out of the slot especially if Gronk is out. WR2.

Chris Hogan - Hogan caught one pass for 25 yards versus the Dolphins.Hogan has been very disappointing this year. While the return of Edelman could hurt, it is really the presence of both him and an acclimating Josh Gordon that really makes it difficult to believe that things will turn it around. WR4.

Phillip Dorsett - Dorsett caught four passes for 55 yards and a touchdown versus the Dolphins. With Edelman back, Dorsett will have trouble finding much in the way of consistent targets. WR5.

Josh Gordon - Gordon caught two passes for 32 yards in his debut for the Patriots versus the Dolphins. Gordon is still learning the offense, but this is a good sign that he got something thrown his way in his first game as a Patriot. Hopefully we will see an increase in targets this week. WR3.

Cordarrelle Patterson - Patterson caught three passes for 54 yards and a touchdown versus the Dolphins. With Edelman back, Patterson’s fantasy value becomes iffy at best. WR6.

Rob Gronkowski - Gronk caught four passes for 44 yards versus the Dolphins. Unlikely to play this week after injuring his ankle. Dwayne Allen becomes a cheap DFS play.

Prediction: Patriots win 44-27.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Venue: Arrowhead Stadium(Kansas City)Sun. 10-7 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 49

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Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last Meeting (11/6/16): Chiefs won 19-14. Blake Bortles threw for 252 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Chris Ivory rushed for 107 yards on 18 carries. Marqise Lee caught four passes for 84 yards. Nick Foles threw for 187 yards and a touchdown. Charcandrick West rushed for 39 yards on 13 carries. Travis Kelce caught five passes for 58 yards.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Blake Bortles - Bortles threw for 388 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception versus the Jets. Bortles continues to play well outside of the Week 3 los to the Titans. He gets an atrocious defense in Kansas City that has allowed the fifth most fantasy points to fantasy QBs and with Fournette out, he will be asked to do a little more. High-end QB2.

Leonard Fournette - Out

T.J. Yeldon - Yeldon rushed for 52 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown versus the Jets. Yeldon inherits the role for the 23890 time this season as Fournette is dealing with injury. The Chiefs have allowed the second most points per game to opposing RBs this season, so fire Yeldon up in all formats as an RB2.

Keelan Cole - Cole caught two passes for 15 yards versus the Jets. This was a disappointing game for Cole as other receivers on the team went off. It may have been more to do with the plan of attack versus the Jets secondary. He gets a nice matchup versus Orlando Scandrick who has been one of the worst outside corners in the league. WR3.

Donte Moncrief - Moncrief caught five passes for 109 yards and a touchdown versus the Jets. Moncrief had a big game versus Trumaine Johnson last week, but it was largely on one big play in which he burned the Jets corner. He is obviously the is the least talented receiver on the team, so in spite of nice numbers in Week 4, he is a WR5.

D.J. Chark - Chark caught one pass for six yards versus the Jets. Stash.

Dede Westbrook - Westbrook caught nine passes for 130 yards versus the Jets. Westbrook has passed all of the other Jacksonville wideouts as the top target in the offense. He dwarfed the other receivers with 13 targets and Bortles love his route out of the slot. He gets a tougher matchup versus Kendall Fuller this week, but is positioned as a WR2.

 

Kansas City

Patrick Mahomes - Mahomes threw for 304 yards and a touchdown and also ran in a score versus the Broncos. Mahomes has been so dominant this season that last week at Denver, he “disappointed” fantasy owners with on 23 points. This may be a more difficult week versus an elite Jaguars defense allowing the second fewest point per game to opposing QBs, but he is still a QB1 until a team can actually show he can be stopped.

Kareem Hunt - Hunt rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and caught three passes for 54 yards versus the Broncos. Hunt is now back on track after two good weeks in a row. However, he gets a tough test against a Jaguars defense allowing the fifth fewest points per game to opposing RBs. The Jags have only allowed one touchdown this season to running backs, so Hunt is an RB2 this week.

Tyreek Hill - Hill caught nine passes for 54 yards versus the Broncos. Hill didn’t into the endzone versus the Broncos, but still put up a nice day and led the team with 13 targets. Even with a tough matchup against Jalen Ramsey , Hill is a must play especially since Ramsey has not been as dominant and the Chiefs will likely try to move him around to avoid the matchup if possible.

Sammy Watkins - Watkins left Monday’s game with a hamstring injury. Watkins is practicing on Wednesday, so it appears he ha avoided serious injury. However with a matchup against the Jags secondary, it is hard to start him in spite of success prior to getting hurt. WR4.

Travis Kelce - Kelce caught seven passes for 78 yards and a touchdown versus the Broncos. Kelce received 12 targets versus Denver, but the Jaguars have been fantastic versus the tight end this year. Jacksonville is allowing the fewest points to the position this season and that is including having faced Gronk and a healthy Evan Engram . Kelce is still a must start, but not a DFS play I would pay up for. TE1.

 

Prediction: Jaguars win 27-24.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns

Venue: FirstEnergy Stadium(Cleveland)Sun. 10-7 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 45.5

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Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns (+3), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last Meeting (12/17/17): Ravens won 27-10. Joe Flacco threw for 288 yards and a touchdown. Javorius Allen threw for 70 yards on 13 carries. Mike Wallace caught six passes for 89 yards. DeShone Kizer threw for 146 yards and two interceptions. Isaiah Crowell rushed for 72 yards on five carries. Josh Gordon caught five passes for 47 yards.

 

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco - Flacco threw for 363 yards and two touchdowns versus the Steelers. Flacco is having the best season of his career and has benefited by the additions of his top three receivers. He gets a Browns team that was just torched by the Raiders pitiful  offense. High end QB2.

Alex Collins - Collins rushed for 42 yards on 11 carries and caught a three yard touchdown versus the Steelers. Collins is typically the lead rusher, but loses touches in the passing game to Buck Allen, but last week that wasn’t the case. The backs shared both workloads which is a bit surprising. It will be interesting to see if that trend continues, but I would expect it to revert to what we have seen previously. Cleveland has given up the 10th most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs this year so Collins is an RB2.

Javorius Allen - Allen rushed for 30 yards on 10 carries versus the Steelers.  While Allen got double digit carries, it would be surprising to see him continuously get as many carries as Collins moving forward. While the Browns have been poor against the run this season, they have actually been pretty good so far against receiving backs. Cleveland has yet to allow a receiving touchdown to an opposing running back which caps Allen’s value. RB4.

Michael Crabtree - Crabtree caught three passes for 29 yards versus the Steelers. Last week Brown and Snead got the majority of the production in the game versus Pittsburgh. However, this week, this week Crabtree is the receiver with the easier matchup in E.J. Gaines and should be looking for a big day. WR2.

John Brown - Brown caught three passes for 116 yards and a touchdown versus the Steelers. Brown continues to excel this year in the Ravens uptempo offense. However he will likely see a lot of Denzel Ward , who has been one of the top corners in the league and with Denzel Ward and Damarious Randall over top, I would be skeptical he can repeat the big plays we have seen. Brown is a WR3.

Willie Snead - Snead caught six passes for 56 yards versus the Steelers. Snead saw seven targets and was able to be productive in the short and intermediate routes. He should be again with a matchup against T.J. Carrie out of the slot, but he is still third fiddle to Brown and Crabtree. WR4.

Hayden Hurst - Should make his NFL debut this week, but he is just a stash in deep formats for now.

 

Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield - Mayfield threw for 295 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions versus the Raiders. Mayfield was uneven as you would expect a rookie QB to be against Oakland. He had moments of brilliance, but also made two very poor decisions that led to his two interceptions. Mayfield is a premium athlete and looks like he can develop into a very good quarterback, but he is not there yet. He gets a Ravens team allowing the third fewest points per game to opposing QBs and will be welcoming back Jimmy Smith to the fold. QB3.

Carlos Hyde - Hyde rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries versus the Raiders.Hyde continues to be the workhorse of the offense and be very productive, but last week we saw the upside from rookie Nick Chubb . That upside will be tantalizing to the Browns and one would expect Hyde to lose touches little by little. Still, Hyde has had big workloads every week and that should continue for a little bit. Against the Ravens, he is a low end RB2 because they’re allowing the third fewest points per game to opposing RBs.

Duke Johnson Jr.- Johnson caught four passes for 45 yards versus the Raiders. He is just not a big part of the offense.

Nick Chubb - Chubb rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns on three carries versus the Raiders. Chubb showed why the Browns invested in him in the 2018 Draft with two huge TD runs. That will pay dividends down the road, but right now he doesn’t get enough carries to be used in fantasy. Keep stashing him because his time will come.

Jarvis Landry - Landry caught four passes for 34 yards and a touchdown versus the Raiders.Landry had an ok day, but still received double digit targets for the Browns against the Raiders. With Mayfield throwing the ball and willing to spread the field and the target share Landry receives, he is a WR1 every week even against a tough matchup versus Baltimore.

Antonio Callaway - Callaway caught three passes for 54 yards versus the Raiders. Callaway is a bit raw and will frustrate fantasy owners week to week. However, there is a ton of upside. He has top flight speed and can stretch the field for the Browns and nine targets he received last week speaks to Mayfield’s desire to get him the ball. He is high risk, but there is a high reward. WR4.

Rashard Higgins - Higgins caught four passes for 61 yards versus the Raiders. Higgins is an interesting play in deeper formats. He isn’t a game changer in terms of talent, but should get regular targets and enough production game to game to be a WR4 .

David Njoku -Njoku caught five passes for 52 yards and a touchdown versus the Raiders. Njoku was third on the team in targets versus the Raiders and seems to be a big part of the offense. He offers some some decent upside as a big body that could turn into a red zone threat for the Browns. However, for right now he is a lower-end TE1.

 

Prediction: Ravens win 24-20.

Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions

Venue: Ford Field(Detroit)Sun. 10-7 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 51

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Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions (+1.5), Sunday, 1:00 pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/31/17): Lions won 35-11. Brett Hundley threw for 172 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Jamaal Williams rushed for 82 yards on 22 carries. Randall Cobb caught four passes for 45 yards and a touchdown. Matthew Stafford threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns. Ameer Abdullah rushed for 18 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Golden Tate caught seven passes for 104 yards and a touchdown.

 

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers - Rodgers threw for 298 yards, one touchdown, and an interception versus the Bills. This was a opportunity for Rodgers versus the Bills, but he did not look great. However, the Packers were able to rely on the defense and the running game to breeze past the Bills. They may try to do the same in Detroit as the Lions have allowed the ninth fewest points per game to opposing QBs. However, this could go either way and is largely dependent on the both ability of the Lions defense to stop the Packers and the if the potent Lions offense can get out of their own way. Rodgers is still a QB1, but there are arguments to use other QB1s this week if you have the options.

Aaron Jones - Jones rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries versus the Bills. He split carries with Williams and Montgomery, but is clearly the best fit for the offense. He obviously needs to be a bigger part of the offense and I would expect him to start stealing more of Williams and Montgomery’s carries. The Lions have been awful versus the run allowing the third most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs this year and the second most rushing TDs. RB2

Jamaal Williams -   Williams rushed for 27 yards on 11 carries versus the Bills.Williams is an unimpressive North to South rusher that is obviously not the best fit for what the Packers want to do. He will still get carries, but Jones should start to syphon some off. On the bright side, in spite of the fantastic play of rookie DT Da’Shawn Hand, the Lions front seven is awful and he is the clear short yardage back which gives him flex appeal in standard formats. RB4.

Ty Montgomery - Montgomery rushed for 18 yards on five carries and caught two passes for 56 yards versus the Bills. Montgomery is not a good running back from the traditional sense, but what he can do in the passing game is a step above most. His rushing won’t be valuable, but in a PPR league he has flex appeal as a James White -lite type player.

Davante Adams -  Adams caught eight passes for 81 yards versus the Bills. Adams continues to be very productive in spite of Rodgers not playing very well and uneven production around him. He is a must start every week WR1.

Randall Cobb - Did not play versus the Bills. Cobb is not practicing on Wednesday, but is doing football activities. If he was to play, he would be a WR3.

Geronimo Allison - Allison caught six passes for 80 yards versus the Bills. Allison was very productive in the offense, but left with a concussion and is in league protocol. If he doesn’t clear protocol, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown would become interesting lottery tickets. If he plays he falls in the WR3 tier with a boost if Cobb doesn’t play also.

Jimmy Graham - Graham caught three passes for 21 yards and a touchdown versus the Bills. This is another disappointing game for Graham that was salvaged by a TD. If both Cobb and Allison are out, he would become much more interesting, but the only thing keeping him in the TE1 tier is the lack of depth at the position.

 

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford - Stafford threw for 307 yards and two touchdown versus the Cowboys. The problem with the Lions has not been Stafford as he has been very good this season. Game script and the defense have let him down this year, but this game could turn into a shootout and that would be great for fantasy owners. QB1.

LeGarrette Blount - Blount rushed for 12 yards on seven carries versus the Cowboys. Blount continues to get work but looks old and ineffective. It is just a matter of time before Johnson absorbs this role completely. RB5.

Kerryon Johnson -  Johnson rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown on nine carries versus the Cowboys. Johnson looks like the real deal for Detroit, who have been looking for a full time back since Barry Sanders retired. He should start siphoning carries from Blount and that will put him in the RB1 discussions. For now though he is an RB2.

Theo Riddick - Riddick caught four passes for 20 yards versus the Cowboys. Riddick just isn’t getting the opportunities to be interesting and would need an injury to improve his stock.

Golden Tate - Tate caught eight passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns versus the Cowboys. Just as there were whispers if Tate may be becoming a smaller part of the offense, he explodes for a huge day versus Dallas. He is a very reliable target for Stafford and will have these huge games in the process. He does have a tough matchup versus a very corner in Jaire Alexander , but is still a WR2 due to a great mix of floor and ceiling.

Marvin Jones - Jones caught three passes for 56 yards versus the Cowboys. The emergence of Golladay and the presence of Tate is hurting the ability for Jones to get a larger target share which he needs to order to be more productive. That being said, the Lions love to air it out which keeps Jones as a WR3.

Kenny Golladay - Golladay caught four passes for 74 yards versus the Cowboys. This wasn’t a banner game for Golladay, but he has been very consistent as well as shown the potential for more. He has a juicy matchup this week up against Josh Jackson , so he is a WR2.

 

Prediction: Lions win 33-30.

Miami Dolphins vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Venue: Paul Brown Stadium(Cincinnati)Sun. 10-7 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 48.5

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Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals (-6), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last Meeting (9/29/16): Bengals won 22-7. Ryan Tannehill threw for 189 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. Jay Ajayi rushed for 33 yards on six carries. Kenny Stills caught one pass for 74 yards and a touchdown. Andy Dalton threw for 296 yards and a touchdown. Jeremy Hill rushed for 71 yards on 21 carries. A.J. Green caught 173 yards and a touchdown on 10 receptions.

 

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill - Tannehill threw for 100 yards and an interception versus the Patriots. Tannehill really struggled versus the Patriots. He gets a chance to rebound versus a Bengals team that in spite of the way they played last week, actually has a decent secondary. Tannehill was impressive before this setback, so he remains an QB2.

Kenyan Drake - Drake rushed for three yards on three carries versus the Patriots. This is super frustrating. Drake received a total of four touches versus New England, but it may have more to do with game script with the Dolphins getting trounced. Drake should return back to the main ball carrier role versus a Bengals defense that gets Vontaze Burfict back this week, but has also given up the fifth most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs. RB2.

Frank Gore - Gore rushed for 41 yards on 11 carries and caught two passes for 16 yards and a touchdown versus the Patriots. Expect Gore to return to back up duty and steal just enough touches to annoy Drake owners. RB4.

DeVante Parker - Did not play versus the Patriots. At what do we finally give up on this dude? He isn’t good when he is healthy. WR5.

Kenny Stills - Stills caught three passes for 40 yards versus the Patriots. Stills is the #1 receiver in the offense and should see a ton of Dre Kirkpatrick which is a decent matchup. The Bengals don’t give up a ton to opposing wide receivers in fantasy in larger part because of the impressive play of their safeties that keep great over the top coverage. WR3.

Albert Wilson - Wilson caught four passes for 19 yards versus the Patriots. Wilson has a chance to shine this week versus William Jackson who has really struggled this year in coverage. That being said, the over the top coverage has been very good and I would expect the Dolphins to run the ball versus the Bengals. Wilson is a WR4.

Danny Amendola - Amendola caught two passes for 21 yards versus the Patriots. There just isn’t a ton of room for Amendola in this game plan and the Bengals actually defend well out of the slot. WR6.

Jakeem Grant - Grant caught two passes for 17 yards versus the Patriots.Grant is a gimmicky player and is lottery ticket in DFS for a cheap price, but can’t be trusted in most season long leagues.

Mike Gesicki - Gesicki caught one pass for nine yards versus the Patriots.Gesicki is just not involved  enough in the offense to warrant much in fantasy. TE3.

 

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton - Dalton threw for 337 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception versus the Falcons. Dalton continues to air the ball out without Joe Mixon in the lineup. This is a Dolphins defense that has been hit or miss versus the pass this season, but allows the 10th most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, so I would expect the Bengals to try and pound the ball. QB2.

Joe Mixon - Did not play versus the Falcons. He could make his return this week and would be a decent play if he did. The Bengals aren’t going to mess around if he isn't ready to go and with Bernard ailing, there shouldn’t be a huge split. Watch the injury reports, but if he plays he is an RB2.

Giovani Bernard - Bernard rushed for 69 yards and two touchdowns versus the Falcons. Bernard couldn’t finish the game versus the Falcons because of injury, so he may be iffy to play this week. If Mixon is back than he is no longer playable in most format, but if Mixon is out and he is healthy, he jumps back into RB2 range.

Mark Walton - Walton rushed for nine yards on five carries versus the Falcons. Walton is only interesting if both Mixon and Bernard are out, but the Bengals would likely activate Thomas Rawls as well.

A.J. Green - Green caught four passes for 78 yards and a touchdown versus the Falcons. Green is no longer the top targeted wide receiver in the offense, but he is still the most dangerous and the one Dalton looks for in the red zone. WR1.

Tyler Boyd - Boyd caught 11 passes for 100 yards versus the Falcons. Boyd saw 15 targets, almost doubling A.J. Green ’s total targets. Boyd is quickly turning into the Cincinnati version of JuJu Smith-Schuster , a monster out of the slot. He gets Minkah Fitzpatrick which is a tough assignment, but the target share and production is nothing to argue with. WR2.

John Ross - Ross caught two passes for 52 yards and a touchdown versus the Falcons. Ross has a ton of talent, but he makes a ton of mental mistakes and runs bad routes. He has a great matchup with Torry McTyer, who has been atrocious in coverage, so he is an interesting lottery ticket this week in GPPs. WR4.

Tyler Eifert - Out after breaking his ankle.

C.J Uzomah and Tyler Kroft - One of these guys could emerge as the replacement for Eifert, but it is hard to bet on who. Kroft has some track record from last season, but Uzomah has gotten more targets this year.

 

Prediction: Bengals win 30-28.

Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills

Venue: Ralph Wilson Stadium(Orchard Park)Sun. 10-7 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 39.5

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Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills (+3.5), Sunday, 1:00 pm EST.

Last Meeting (10/11/15): Tyrod Taylor threw for 109 yards and a touchdown. Taylor also rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown. Chris Hogan caught three passes for 52 yards and a touchdown. Marcus Mariota threw for 187 and an interception. Mariota also rushed for 47 yards on five carries. Justin Hunter caught four passes for 38 yards.

 

Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota - Mariota threw for 344 yards, two touchdown, and an interception while also rushing for 46 yards and a score versus the Eagles. Mariota was great against an Eagles team that is ferocious against the run. However, the Bills are the worst team in the NFL against the run and allow the fifth fewest points per game to opposing QBs which will likely lead to the a ground and pound attack for Tennessee. QB2.

Dion Lewis - Lewis caught nine passes for 66 yards versus the Eagles. Lewis was easily the most productive running back for the Titans versus Philly, but the Bills give up way more yards between the tackles. They allow the most rushing yards and rushing TDs in the league to opposing running backs, which makes Lewis an RB3, but Henry more valuable this week.

Derrick Henry - Henry rushed for 24 yards on eight carries versus the Eagles. Henry was stymied by one of the toughest defensive fronts in the game, but now gets an atrocious run defense in Buffalo. RB2.

Corey Davis - Davis caught nine passes for 161 yards and a touchdown versus the Eagles. The Bills don’t allow much through the air, but that is not necessarily because they have a good pass defense. It is mostly because they are just so bad defending the run that teams don’t need to throw. The Bills have actually struggled late in games because they tend to only roster four active corners which has bit them if one gets injured (or randomly retires at halftime.) Davis’ workload with Rishard Matthews gone keeps him as a WR2, but there is risk.

Taywan Taylor - Taylor caught seven passes for 77 yards versus the Eagles. Taylor is obviously benefiting from Matthews leaving, but this game doesn’t project to be one where the Titans have to throw much. WR4.

Tajae Sharpe - Sharpe caught two passes for 27 yards and a touchdown versus the Eagles. Sharp is a stash for future weeks, but there just won’t be a ton of action for him in Buffalo. WR6.

 

Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen - Allen threw for 151 yards and two interceptions versus the Packers. Allen regressed back to the quarterback we saw in his debut. He has talent, but is still raw and needs to learn some pocket presence. The Titans have a good secondary, so this is unlikely to be a big week for him. QB3.

LeSean McCoy - McCoy rushed for 24 yards on five carries versus the Packers. McCoy is being underutilized right now and that may be because the Bills wanted to ease him in after returning from injury. This is a risky matchup for him as the Titans give up the sixth fewest points per game to opposing RBs, but really struggle in covering them in the passing game. Tennessee has allowed the most receiving yards and touchdowns to opposing running backs this season. He is a high risk/high reward RB2.

Kelvin Benjamin - Benjamin caught one pass for 34 yards versus the Packers. Benjamin continues to struggle to get open and with drops. Right now he and the Bills passing game looks awful. If we took away the name value, we wouldn’t even talk about him. WR6.

Zay Jones - Jones caught four passes for 38 yards versus the Packers. Jones is the #1 in this offense, but that doesn’t mean much when the quarterback play is poor and the offense can’t move the ball. WR5.

Charles Clay - Clay caught four passes for 40 yards versus the Packers.Clay may be the only playable person in this offense other than McCoy and that is really a stretch as well. TE2.

 

Prediction: Titans win 24-6.

New York Giants vs. Carolina Panthers

Venue: Bank of America Stadium(Charlotte)Sun. 10-7 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 43.5

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New York Giants at Carolina Panthers (-7), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last meeting (12/20/15): The Panthers won 38-35. Cam Newton threw for 340 yards and five touchdowns. Cameron Artis-Payne rushed for 59 yards on 14 carries. Ted Ginn caught six passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Eli Manning threw for 245 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception. Rashad Jennings rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Odell Beckham caught six passes for 76 yards and a touchdown.

 

New York Giants

Eli Manning - Manning threw for 255 yards and a touchdown versus the Saints. Manning really struggled to stretch the field against the Saints who allowed him to throw underneath, but wouldn’t let the Giants take off the top of the defense. He has a tough matchup versus the Panther who are coming off a bye and have only allowed the sixth fewest points per game to opposing QBs this year. QB2.

Saquon Barkley - Barkley rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown and caught six passes for 56 yards versus the Saints. Barkley didn’t break any big plays, but his ability to contribute in both the running and passing games make hima very high floor player with a huge ceiling no matter the matchup. RB1.

Odell Beckham Jr.- Beckham caught seven passes for 60 yards versus the Saints. Beckham was still productive even with the Giants being unable to make big plays versus New Orleans. The Panthers have a good defense, but not great corners, so he should be able to rebound here. WR1.

Sterling Shepard - Shepard caught 10 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown versus the Saints. Shepard had a nice day versus the Saints and will continue to see a lot of targets with Evan Engram out for a bit. He did have a cyst removed from his back this week, but it doesn’t sound like that will keep him from playing this week. WR2.

Evan Engram - Out

 

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton - Newton is coming off a bye, but that doesn’t solve the problems on the Carolina offensive line. Newton has helped carry his team so far and will likely do so again. The Giants haven’t allowed a lot of yards through the air, but they have given up the most yards on the ground to opposing QBs this season. QB1.

Christian McCaffrey - McCaffrey is a well rounded back that excels in the passing game, but is now starting to get more carries. The Giants have been awful versus opposing running backs this year allowing the fifth most fantasy points per game to the position. RB1.   

C.J. Anderson -  Just a handcuff now.

Devin Funchess - Funchess is a frustrating commodity in fantasy. He has size and decent speed with huge hands. However, he still struggles with separating, concentration, and routes. His target share keeps him viable, but improvements have to be made for him to get out of the WR3 tier.

D.J. Moore - Moore has yet to break out because the Panthers are not giving him a ton of time in the offense instead opting to give Jarius Wright targets. Maybe the bye week changes that, but we will have to see it first. WR4.

Greg Olsen - Out

 

Prediction: Panthers win 20-17.

Denver Broncos vs. New York Jets

Venue: MetLife Stadium(East Rutherford)Sun. 10-7 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 42.5

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Denver Broncos at New York Jets (-1), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/14/17): Broncos won 24-0. Josh McCown threw for 46 yards and an interception. Bilal Powell rushed for 35 yards on 13 carries. Robbie Anderson caught three passes for 27 yards. Trevor Siemian threw for 200 yards and a touchdown. C.J. Anderson rushed for 48 yards on 22 carries. Demaryius Thomas caught eight passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.

 

Denver Broncos

Case Keenum - Keenum threw for 245 yards and an interception versus the Chiefs. Well this was telling. If you can’t score against the Chiefs, you just aren’t very good at your job. The Jets aren’t a cakewalk of a matchup either. Keenum is unplayable in almost every format. The only way you can start him in a two QB league where you are being killed by bye weeks. QB3.

Royce Freeman - Freeman rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown versus the Chiefs. Freeman and Lindsey split carries, but it was Freeman who was more impressive in this one. Lindsey is the better receiver, so he will continue to lose out, but performances like this keeps the pressure off of Keenum and keeps him getting carries each week. The Jets are worse against the run than they are against the pass, so expected the Broncos to give him plenty of carries. RB3.

Phillip Lindsay - Lindsay rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown versus the Chiefs. Lindsay returned a week after getting ejected from a game to lead the backfield with 14 touches. Lindsay is a well-rounded back and will contribute on the ground and through the air. RB2.

Demaryius Thomas - Thomas caught four passes for 24 yards versus the Chiefs. Thomas still has talent, but once again this season he has no one to throw to him. That keeps him moving down my ranks each week. WR4.

Emmanuel Sanders - Sanders caught seven passes for 45 yards versus the Chiefs. Sanders is the top target in the offense, but with Keenum struggling, it is impossible to feel confident about rolling him out in your lineup week to week. WR3.

Courtland Sutton - Sutton caught three passes for 51 yards versus the Chiefs. Sutton is the replacement for the Chiefs and is worth rostering as a stash in dynasty or keeper formats, but unless Thomas or Sanders gets hurt, he won’t be very productive week to week.

Jake Butt - IR

Jeff Heuerman - Heuerman caught four passes for 57 yards versus the Chiefs. With Butt out, Heuerman received seven targets and could become a safety valve for Keenum making him an interesting gamble if you are in a deep league or have lost a TE like Evan Engram . The Jets have been very good against opposing tight ends, so this isn’t the week to roll him out though.

 

New York Jets

Sam Darnold - Darnold threw for 167 yards and a touchdown versus the Jaguars. Darnold struggled versus the elite Jacksonville defense only scoring a TD in garbage time. He gets a Broncos secondary that is a bit underrated and just slowed down the Chiefs passing game. I would expect the Jets to run more in this one. QB3.

Isaiah Crowell - Crowell rushed for 0 yards on four carries versus the Jaguars. The Jets fell behind early versus Jacksonville making Crowell more of a spectator for the game. That shouldn’t happen this week and he should get back to splitting touches with Powell. He isn’t a special runner, but the volume makes him an RB3.

Bilal Powell - Powell rushed for 26 yards on eight carries and caught four passes for 26 yards versus the Jaguars. Powell was more productive than Crowell, but that was a low bar last week. The Broncos aren’t great against opposing RBs, but they are better receiving backs than North-South type backs like Crowell. RB3.

Robby Anderson - Anderson caught two passes for 18 yards versus the Jaguars. Playing against the Jags stiffles any fantasy receiver, but Anderson and Darnold have little chemistry and until he shows something, you have to bench him. WR4.

Quincy Enunwa - Enunwa caught four passes for 66 yards versus the Jaguars. Enunwa continues to be the top target in the passing game for the Jets, but with the struggles of the offense, that may not always turn into much. His target share alone keeps him as a WR3, but there is upside.

Jermaine Kearse - Kearse caught two passes for 23 yards versus the Jaguars. Just not enough firepower in this offense for Kearse at the moment. WR5.

 

Prediction:  Jets win 16-13.

Atlanta Falcons vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Venue: Heinz Field(Pittsburgh)Sun. 10-7 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 58

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Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/14/14): Steelers won 27-20. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 360 yards. Le’veon Bell rushed for 47 yards on 20 carries. Antonio Brown caught 10 passes for 123 yards. Matt Ryan threw for 310 yard, two touchdowns, and an interception. Steven Jackson rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries. Harry Douglas caught 10 passes for 131 yards.

 

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan - Ryan threw for 413 yards and three touchdowns versus the Bengals. The defense continues to let the Falcons down, but that is great for Ryan and the offense. This is another matchup that should turn into a shootout for him. QB1.

Devonta Freeman - Did not play versus the Bengals. Freeman is expected to return this week. This will muddy the water for him and Coleman. Hopefully we can glean some more information in terms of whether Freeman will handle his usual role or be worked in more slowly. In spite of giving up points this season, the Steelers have actually only allowed the ninth fewest points per game to opposing RBs this year. RB2.

Tevin Coleman - Coleman rushed for 51 yards on 14 carries versus the Bengals. Coleman will likely return to his previous role this week at Pittsburgh and now falls back to being a RB3, though with considerable upside.

Julio Jones - Jones caught nine passes for 173 yards versus the Bengals. He may not have any touchdowns yet, but Julio has been fantastic once again. The TDs are fluky and should come, but even without them, he is a WR1.

Mohamed Sanu - Sanu caught six passes for 111 yards versus the Bengals. Sanu was very productive in the shootout with Cincy and while that won’t be consistent week to week, the matchup with Cameron Sutton looks like one he can exploit for another nice week. WR3

Calvin Ridley - Ridley caught four passes for 54 yards and two touchdowns versus the Bengals. All Ridley does is score touchdowns. It helps he is on the opposite side of Jones. He gets the Steeler defense which is allowing the second most points per game this year to opposing wide receivers. WR2.

Austin Hooper - Hooper caught one pass for 19 yards versus the Bengals. Hooper just doesn’t have the targets to be productive. TE3.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger - Roethlisberger threw for 274 yards, a touchdown, and an interception versus the Ravens. Surprisingly, Big Ben was stifled by the Ravens defense, but now he gets an Atlanta defense allowing the fourth most points per game to opposing QBs. QB1.

Le'Veon Bell - Reportedly will report to the Steelers after the Week 7 bye.

James Connor- Connor rushed for 19 yards on nine carries versus the Ravens. Connor has been a bit disappointing in this prolific offense since Week 1, but this is a nice “get right game” versus a defense allowing the sixth most fantasy points per game versus opposing RBs. RB2.

Antonio Brown - Brown caught 62 yards and a touchdown versus the Ravens. Brown hasn’t had the huge game yet, he is a must start every week. WR1.

JuJu Smith-Schuster - Juju caught four passes for 60 yards versus the Ravens. Juju wasn’t as productive as has been, but the Ravens defense was very stout versus the Steelers last week. This week he should return to form. WR1.

James Washington - Washington caught two passes for 10 yards versus the Ravens. Just a stash or lottery ticket type play.

Vance McDonald - McDonald caught five passes for 62 yards versus the Ravens. McDonald appears to have passed over Jesse James at this point, however, with the Steelers that could change. With the state of the tight end position tight now, he is a TE1 right now.

Prediction: Steelers win 37-30.

Oakland Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Venue: StubHub Center(Carson)Sun. 10-7 @ 4:05 pm EDTOver/Under: 52.5

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Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers (-5.5), Sunday, 4:05 pm EST.

Last meeting (12/31/17): The Chargers won 30-10. Derek Carr threw for 243 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 101 yards on 19 carries. Amari Cooper caught three passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. Philip Rivers threw for 387 yards and three touchdowns. Melvin Gordon rushed for 93 yards on 17 carries. Keenan Allen caught nine passes for 133 yards and a touchdown.

 

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr - Carr threw for 437 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions versus the Browns. Carr wasn’t especially sharp versus Cleveland, but both offenses were opening it up as much as they could. Carr continue to struggle with accuracy, but he has playmakers around him and when the game script is good, he can be very productive. He gets a Chargers defense that just gave up almost 300 yards passing to C.J. Beathard and is allowing the tenth most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. QB2.

Marshawn Lynch - Lynch rushed for 130 yards on 20 carries versus the Browns. Lynch isn’t the same BeastMode from his younger days, but he is the workhorse of this offense and the Raiders need him to set up the play action for Carr. He should be heavily featured versus the Chargers until the Raiders fall behind. RB2.

Amari Cooper - Cooper caught eight passes for 128 yards and a touchdown versus the Browns. Cooper is the football version Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He is either going to be good or awful and there is no way to predict it. He is a boom or bust WR3.

Jordy Nelson - Nelson caught five passes for 48 yards and a touchdown versus the Browns. Nelson continues to be productive and is turning into one of Carr’s favorite targets. He is not the player he once was in Green Bay, but the Raiders will be forced to throw a lot this year and Nelson should be the most consistent receiver in the offense. WR3.

Jared Cook - Cook caught eight passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns versus the Browns. Cook is going to continue to be highly targeted in this offense as an outlet for Carr. There will be weeks where he disappoints, but with the lack of tight ends in fantasy he is squarely a TE1.

 

Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers - Rivers threw for 250 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception versus the Niners. The Niners kept Rivers off balance, but this Raiders defense just almost lost a shootout to Baker Mayfield . Rivers should have a field day versus Oakland. QB1.

Melvin Gordon - Gordon rushed for 104 yards on 15 carries and caught seven passes for 55 yards and a touchdown versus the Niners.Gordon continues to thrive as the bellcow for the Chargers and is a must start RB1.

Austin Ekeler - Ekeler rushed for 25 yards and caught two passes for 31 yards and a touchdown versus the Niners. Ekeler is mostly just a handcuff for Gordon, but there are weeks were he can be a flex option if you are needy. This is one of those weeks versus a Raiders team that is allowing eighth most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season RB3.

Keenan Allen - Allen caught seven passes for 63 yards versus the Niners. Allen is an every week WR1.

Mike Williams - Williams caught one pass for 15 yards versus the Niners. This was a disappointing game for Williams who was out produced by teammate Tyrell Williams . However, he gets a nice matchup versus Gareon Conley who has struggled in coverage. WR3.

Antonio Gates - Gates caught two passes for 27 yards and a touchdown versus the Niners. Gates is a TE2 that needs to score to have value in fantasy and the Raiders have only allowed one TD to tight ends so far this season.

 

Prediction: Chargers win 37-17.

Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers

Venue: Levi's Stadium(Santa Clara)Sun. 10-7 @ 4:25 pm EDTOver/Under: 40.5

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Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (-4.5), Sunday, 4:25 pm EST.

Last Meeting (11/5/17): The Cardinals won 20-10. Drew Stanton threw for 201 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Adrian Peterson rushed for 159 yards on 37 carries. Larry Fitzgerald caught five passes for 70 yards. C.J. Beathard threw 294 yards and an interception. Carlos Hyde rushed for 41 yards on 12 carries. Hyde also caught nine passes for 84 yards.

 

Arizona Cardinals

Josh Rosen - Rosen threw for 180 yards and a touchdown versus the Seahawks. Rosen didn’t take a lot of chances and the offense deferred to DJ. Good news for Johnson moving forward. Bad news for everyone else. QB3.

David Johnson - Johnson rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries versus the Seahawks. The Cardinals apparently finally figured out that if they want to compete in games, they need to get the ball to their best player. As long as they don’t revert back, Johnson returns to must start RB1 status.

Larry Fitzgerald - Fitzgerald caught three passes for 28 yards versus the Seahawks. Fitzgerald is struggling with a hamstring injury, but he still played the whole game last week. That being said, Rosen and the passing game is so anemic that you can’t play any receiver in Arizona right now, even versus a bad Niners defense. WR4.

Christian Kirk - Kirk caught four passes for 28 yards versus the Seahawks. See above WR6.

Ricky Seals-Jones - Seals-Jones caught two passes for 52 yards versus the Seahawks. Seals-Jones made a couple of nice plays, but he has a small target share and the offense just doesn’t the legs to support him right now. TE2.

 

San Francisco 49ers

C.J. Beathard - Beathard threw for 298 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions versus the Chargers. Beathard actually was decent versus the Chargers and while he threw two picks, neither were really his fault as they came off of dropped/tipped passes by his own receivers. The Niners will hope to not make him do too much, but they apparently have faith in the Jimmy G replacement to let him throw when needed. QB3.

Alfred Morris - Morris rushed for 14 yards on four carries versus the Chargers. Morris has been struggling with his own injuries, but apparently looking good to go this week versus a very bad Cardinals front seven. His lack of upside keeps him as an RB3, but he should have a fairly decent floor.

Matt Breida - Breida rushed for 39 yards on nine carries and caught three passes for 32 yards versus the Chargers. Breida is the most talented back on the team, but he is dealing with a shoulder injury that is hampering him, especially between the tackles. This offense is likely to be a mess this year, but the Cardinals are allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, so he is an RB2.

Marquise Goodwin - Goodwin caught two passes for 24 yards versus the Chargers. Goodwin is dealing with multiple leg injuries right now and seems unlikely to play after not practicing on Wednesday.

Pierre Garcon - Garcon caught four passes for 52 yards versus the Chargers. Garcon stepped up a bit, but with Beathard running this offense, it is hard to trust any receivers outside of Kittle. WR5.

George Kittle - Kittle caught six passes for 125 yards and a touchdown versus the Chargers. Kittle is the most trustworthy fantasy commodity in this offense right now. He led the team in catches and targets and is the safety blanket for Beathard. TE1.

 

Prediction: 49ers win 18-13.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks

Venue: CenturyLink Field(Seattle)Sun. 10-7 @ 4:25 pm EDTOver/Under: 50

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Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks (+7), Sunday, 4:25 pm EST.

Last Meeting (11/17/17): The Rams won 42-17. Jared Goff threw for yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Todd Gurley rushed for yards and three touchdowns. Robert Woods caught six passes for 45 yards and a touchdown. Russell Wilson threw for yards and a touchdown as well as rushed for 39 yards on five carries.J.D. McKissic gained for 38 yards on three catches.

 

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff - Goff threw for 465 yards and five touchdowns versus the Vikings. Call him a system QB if you want, but he is mastering this great system. The amount of talent on this offense and the tutelage of Sean McVay has turned Goff from a “bust” to an MVP contender. QB1.

Todd Gurley - Gurley rushed for 83 yards on 17 carries and caught four passes for 73 yards and a touchdown versus the Vikings.Gurley is doing it all this season and is probably the biggest competition for the MVP that Gurley has. RB1.

Brandin Cooks - Cooks caught seven passes for 116 yards and a touchdown versus the Vikings. Cooks has been a consistent receiver for Goff and should have no problem versus Shaq Griffin who has struggled. WR1.

Robert Woods - Woods caught five passes for 101 yards and a touchdown versus the Vikings. Woods had another great game versus the Vikings as the trio of receivers and Gurley make it so hard on defenses to defend everyone. That should continue to plague defenses, but the Seahawks have very good over the coverage even without Earl Thomas . WR3.

Cooper Kupp - Kupp caught nine passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns versus the Vikings. Kupp should have a field day out of the slot versus the Seahawks and is actually my favorite play in DFS out of this trio with no Earl Thomas or Mychal Kendricks playing. WR1.

Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett - Neither are consistent enough to be interesting.

 

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson - Wilson threw for 172 yards versus the Cardinals. Wilson wasn’t forced to open up the offense and the Seahawks forced the ball down Arizona’s throats with the running game. That won’t be the case this week if they want to keep up with the Rams. The volume will keep him as a QB1.

Chris Carson - Carson did not play versus the Cardinals. Carson missed last week with an injury, but is expected back this week. However, the Rams have allowed the 10th fewest points per game to opposing RBs and if the Seahawks want to compete in this game, they will likely end up abandoning the run. RB3.

Rashaad Penny - Penny rushed for 49 yards on nine carries versus the Cardinals. Just not a factor yet.

- Davis rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries versus the Cardinals. Likely just the handcuff to Carson.

Doug Baldwin - Baldwin caught five passes for 41 yards versus the Cardinals. Baldwin looked good in his return. While he probably isn’t 100%, he should see a lot of targets in this game as the Seahawks should be chasing the Rams all game long. WR2.

Tyler Lockett - Lockett caught five passes for 53 yards versus the Cardinals. Lockett lost some targets with Baldwin back, but he was still productive in the passing game. This one will be a nice look into how much Baldwin being back hurts him down the line. WR3.

Brandon Marshall - Marshall caught one pass for five yards versus the Cardinals. Marshall obviously was the most hurt by the return of Baldwin, but should still get some look in a shootout. WR5.

 

Prediction: Rams win 38-27.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Venue: Lincoln Financial Field(Philadelphia)Sun. 10-7 @ 4:25 pm EDTOver/Under: 46.5

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Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (-3), Sunday, 4:25 pm EST.

Last meeting (1/21/18; NFC Championship Game): Eagles won 38-7. Case Keenum threw for 271 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Jerick McKinnon rushed for 40 yards on 10 carries. Stefon Diggs caught eight passes for 70 yards. Nick Foles threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns. Jay Ajayi rushed for 73 yards on 18 carries. Zach Ertz caught eight passes for 93 yards.

 

Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins - Cousins threw for 422 yards and three touchdowns versus the Rams. The Rams stifled the running game of the Vikings and Cousins was forced to throw a lot. He will be in a similar position this week as the Eagles sport one of the best front sevens in the league, but can be beat through the air. QB1

Dalvin Cook - Cook ran for 20 yards on 10 carries versus the Rams. Once again, Cook struggled to find running room and is apparently still hampered by his hamstring injury from earlier this season. Things won’t improve much this week either versus the Eagles that are allowing second fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Low-end RB2.

Stefon Diggs - Diggs caught 11 passes for 123 yards versus the Rams. Diggs had a nice bounceback in Week 4 on the back of the Vikings having to throw to stay in the game versus the Rams. He has a premium matchup versus Jalen Mills who has played like one of the worst corners in the league. WR1.

Adam Thielen - Thielen caught eight passes for 135 yards and a touchdown versus the Rams. Thielen left the game versus the Rams with an injury, but was able to return and score a nice touchdown in the game. He should continue to see a ton of targets out of the slot. WR1.

Laquon Treadwell - Treadwell caught four passes for 47 yards versus the Rams. Treadwell just doesn’t see enough action to be fantasy viable unless Diggs or Thielen goes down.

Aldrick Robinson - Robinson caught two passes for 33 yards and two touchdowns versus the Rams. This was a huge fluke. Don’t buy it.

Kyle Rudolph - Rudolph caught five passes for 57 yards versus the Rams. In a game where Cousins threw 50 times, Rudolph only received six targets. This was largely due to the Vikings playing catch up. Expect him to rebound this week in Philly.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz - Wentz threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns versus the Titans. Wentz has looked good in spite of the Eagles struggling a bit since his return. He has looked strong and been accurate. The return of Jeffery should continue to help. The Vikings have struggled defensively against the pass surprisingly this year allowing seventh most fantasy points per game to the position. QB1.

Jay Ajayi - Ajayi rushed for 70 yards on 15 carries versus the Titans. Ajayi was good in his return from injury versus a very good Tennessee front seven. He will have another tough test versus the Vikings that haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown to an opposing running back yet this season. RB2.  

Corey Clement - Clement did not play versus the Titans. Is an RB3 if he plays, which is in doubt right now.

Darren Sproles - Sproles did not play versus the Titans. If Sproles returns, he isn’t worth starting in most leagues.

Wendell Smallwood - Smallwood rushed for 39 yards on five carries and caught three passes for 15 yards versus the Titans. Right now Smallwood is just a placeholder for Clement and Sproles.

Alshon Jeffery - Jeffery caught eight passes for 105 yards and a touchdown versus the Titans. Jeffery looked great in his return, but unfortunately injured himself again and did not practice on Wednesday. However, it doesn’t appear this will force him out of the game against the Vikings who have struggled in coverage this year. WR2.

Nelson Agholor - Agholor caught five passes for 22 yards versus the Titans. Agholor wins the most perplexing line of the week award! The Eagles attempted to get the ball to him (12 targets,) but he just wasn’t on the same page as Wentz. That being said, until we see him an Wentz establish some chemistry, he is a boom or bust WR4.

Jordan Matthews caught one pass for 56 yards and a touchdown versus the Titans. It was a nice play for Matthews who seems to have a little chemistry with Wentz, but with only three targets and one catch, you can’t expect much here. WR5.

Zach Ertz - Ertz caught 10 passes for 112 yards versus the Titans. Ertz continues to be highly targets and one of the favorite options in the passing game for Wentz. As long as he is healthy he is a TE1.

Dallas Goedert - Goedert caught two passes for 13 yards versus the Titans. He caught his only two targets in the game, so he appears to have gone back to being irrelevant.

 

Prediction: Vikings win 24-22.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Houston Texans

Venue: NRG Stadium(Houston)Sun. 10-7 @ 8:20 pm EDTOver/Under: 45.5

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Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans (-3.5), Sunday, 8:20 pm EST.

Last Meeting (10/5/14): The Cowboys won 20-17. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 154 yards and an interception. Arian Foster rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. DeAndre Hopkins caught six passes for 63 yards. Tony Romo threw for 324 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. DeMarco Murray rushed for 136 yards on 31 carries. Dez Bryant caught nine passes for 85 yards and a touchdown.

 

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott - Prescott threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns versus the Lions. Prescott was actually decent versus the Lions last week and he gets a nice matchup versus the Texans who are allowing the ninth most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. QB2.

Ezekiel Elliott - Elliott rushed for 152 yards and caught four passes for 88 yards and a touchdown versus the Lions. The offense runs through Zeke and will here. Even if they fall behind the Cowboys will feed Zeke enough to make him an RB1.

Michael Gallup , Allen Hurns , Cole Beasley , Terrance Williams - I keep hearing people debate the wide receiver on the Cowboys to own. Here is the answer: There isn’t one.

Geoff Swaim - Swaim caught three passes for 39 yards and a touchdown versus the Lions. Swaim appears to be a favorite target for Dak, but even so, he isn’t worth owning in this passing offense. TE2.

 

Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson - Watson threw for 375 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception and rushed for 41 yards and a score versus the Colts. After struggling in Week 1, Watson has begun to return to form with three straight 20+ point weeks in fantasy. With the weapons he has in this offense and his dual threat ability, he should have no issue repeat that this week, especially with Sean Lee out a few weeks.

Lamar Miller -Miller rushed for 49 yards on 14 carries versus the Colts. Miller did not play at the end of the game versus the Colts with an undisclosed injury. He did not practice on Wednesday but was seen riding a stationary bike. If he can’t go Alred Blue will step up. If he can, he is an RB1.

Alfred Blue - Blue rushed for 31 yards on 13 carries versus the Colts. If Blue is the guy this week, than he is likely no more than a flex play as he cannot do the things that Miller can in the passing game.

D’Onta Foreman- Out until after Week 6.

DeAndre Hopkins - Hopkins caught 10 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown versus the Colts. Hopkins continues to excel no matter the matchup. This is a tough one with Byron Jones playing at an elite level for Dallas, but Nuk is a must start no matter what. WR1.

Will Fuller - Fuller caught four passes for 49 yards and a touchdown versus the Colts. Fuller has scored a touchdown in all three of his games this season and with a great matchup versus a struggling Chidobe Awuzie , this game should be the fourth in a row.

Keke Coutee - Coutee caught 11 passes for 109 yards versus the Colts. If you read last week’s article, you saw me recommending Coutee. If you didn’t then you overpaid this week in faab. Coutee is great out of the slot and adds another dimension to this Texans offense. The production may be hit or miss, but with how bad the defense is, the Texan may be in a lot of shootout this year. However, I don’t it playing out like that this week. WR4.

 

Prediction: Texans win 30-13.

Washington Redskins vs. New Orleans Saints

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome(New Orleans)Mon. 10-8 @ 8:15 pm EDTOver/Under: 52.5

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Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints (-7), Monday, 8:15 pm EST.

Last Meeting (11/19/17): The Saints won 34-31. Kirk Cousins threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns. Samaje Perine rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Josh Doctson caught four passes for 81 yards. Drew Brees threw for 358 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Mark Ingram rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Coby Fleener caught five passes for 91 yards.

 

Washington Redskins

Alex Smith - Smith has had two weeks to prepare for the Saints defense that has allowed the second most fantasy points per game this year. That being said, while Smith does a great job protecting the ball and has a nice floor, he doesn’t have much upside as the Redskins have stretched the field a ton this season. Smith has yet to have a 20 point game this season. QB2.

Adrian Peterson - Peterson will likely get plenty of carries as the Redskins attempt to keep the Saints offense off the field, but New Orleans has actually been very good against the run this year allowing the eighth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season and the third fewest yards to the position. Peterson is also still dealing with an ankle injury that he sustain prior to the bye week and could be limited by that as well. RB3.

Chris Thompson - Thompson has developed into the favorite target of Alex Smith this season and should see a ton of work in the passing game. While the Saints have defended back catching the ball well this season, his volume alone should make him an RB2 at the worst.

Jamison Crowder - Crowder has not had the start to the season that many (including myself had hoped for,) however, both other receivers are banged up and he has a fantastic matchup versus P.J. Williams , who is playing some of the worst football in the NFL. WR3.

Josh Doctson - Doctson is dealing with an undisclosed injury and missed practice on Wednesday. Keep an eye on his status for the game, but if we get to the weekend without a clear sign, it’s best not to risk taking a zero. WR4.

Paul Richardson - Richardson is dealing with a shoulder injury as well, but it doesn’t sound like it will keep him from playing. He has a nice matchup versus a struggling Ken Crawley that has been burned two straight weeks by Calvin Ridley and Sterling Shepard , so Richardson is a nice play especially in DFS where he will be cheap. WR3.

Jordan Reed - Reed has stayed healthy so far in 2018, which is huge for him. Smith has done a nice job of getting him enough targets for him to put at least 9.5 points in each of his first three games. If the Redskins get into a shootout, Reed will need to be a big part of the offense for the Redskins to keep up. TE1.

 

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees - Brees threw for 217 yards versus the Giants. Brees struggled versus the Giants especially in the red zone where he was uncharacteristically inefficient. However, he has been fantastic most of the season and in spite of the Redskins allowing the fewest fantasy points per game this season to opposing QBs, he is a must start QB1.   

Mark Ingram - Returns from suspension this week versus the Giants. We don’t quite know what Ingram’s role will be coming off of suspension this week, but he should be fair involved in the offense to at least spell Kamara from the huge workloads he has been seeing. RB2.

Alvin Kamara - Kamara rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries and caught five passes for 47 yards versus the Giants. Kamara continues to be a beast this year and that shouldn’t stop with Ingram returning even if he takes some of the touches away. The Redskins are allowing the sixth fewest points per game to running backs this season, but he is still a must start RB1.

Michael Thomas - Thomas caught four passes four 47 yards versus the Giants. Thomas was stymied by the Giants corners last week and gets an equally tough test this week in Quinton Dunbar . However, the upside is so great and there should be a fairly safe floor to keep him as a WR1.

Cameron Meredith - Meredith caught three pases for 32 yards and a touchdown versus the Giants. Meredith has two touchdowns in his first two games this year, but his target share still isn’t very impressive yet. It may take a few more weeks for him to get more involved, but Fabien Moreau isn't a huge obstacle for him in this game. WR3.  

Ted Ginn Jr.- Ginn did not haul in a catch on three targets versus the Giants. This was a bit shocking that Ginn only received three targets but he was well covered by the Giants. With Meredith now in tow and Ingram returning the floor has lowered for Ginn and the ceiling isn’t super high either. WR4.

Tre’Quan Smith- Smith did not haul in a catch on two targets versus the Giants. Just a stash.

Benjamin Watson - Watson caught one pass for 23 yards versus the Giants. Watson has been hit or miss so far this season and the Redskins are covering the tight end very well so far, allowing the fourth fewest points per game to the position this year. TE2.

 

Prediction:  Saints win 27-24.

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