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NFL Matchups - Week 8 Preview

Miami Dolphins vs. Houston Texans

Venue: NRG Stadium(Houston)Thu. 10-25 @ 8:20 pm EDTOver/Under: 44.5

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Miami Dolphins at Houston Texans (-7.5), Thursday, 8:20 pm EST.

Last meeting (10/25/15): The Dolphins won 44-26. Brian Hoyer threw for 273 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Arian Foster rushed for 59 yards on 18 carries. Nate Washington caught nine passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan Tannehill threw for 282 yards and four touchdowns. Lamar Miller rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Jarvis Landry caught five psses for 83 yards and two touchdowns.

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill - Out.

Brock Osweiler - Osweiler threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns versus the Lions. Osweiler was pretty good versus a rested Detroit defense, but will be missing his top two receivers in Stills and Wilson and could also be missing Amendola as well. The Dolphins will likely try and pound the ball versus Houston, so Osweiler is a low end QB2.

Kenyan Drake - Drake ran for 72 yards and a touchdown on six carries versus the Lions. 54 of the yards Drake gained came on one play, which is the only way he can be effective with so few touches in the offense. Until we see a change in the amount of touches he is getting versus Gore, Drake is an RB3.

Frank Gore - Gore rushed for 29 yards on 10 carries versus the Lions. Gore continues to lead the backfield in Miami, but he is doing it by so little that he doesn’t garner a lot of use in fantasy. Add in the fact that Gore doesn’t catch the ball and he is an RB3.

DeVante Parker - Did not play versus the Lions. With the Dolphins struggling at wide receiver, Parker will have to play this week versus the Texans. That being said, Parker will be a popular DFS play on the early week slate as he has always been fantasy kryptonite to many within the industry, so he should be more chalky than people think with limited upside. WR4.

Kenny Stills - Out.

Danny Amendola - Amendola caught six passes for 84 yards and a touchdown versus the Lions. With so many receivers out for Miami, Amendola will likely become the #1 receiver in the offense and should be an interesting play in Houston. WR2.

Jakeem Grant - Grant caught two passes for 32 yards versus the Lions. Grant is a high upside play, but with a low floor considering he only saw two targets last week. Grant is an interesting DFS play as a lottery ticket, but not a safe play in season long leagues.

Albert Wilson - Out.

Mike Gesicki - Gesicki caught three passes for 44 yards versus the Lions. Gesicki is dealing with a shoulder injury, but seems likely to play this week. Even if he does he play, Gesicki’s target share has been spotty at best this season and he would be a lower end TE2.

Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson - Watson threw for 139 yards and a touchdown versus the Jaguars. Watson has been dealing with partially collapsed lung that not only forced him to take a bus to and from Jacksonville, but also forced the Texans to take a more run heavy approach in the offense. That could likely be the case again this week  versus a Dolphins defense that is much better versus the pass than the run. QB2.

Lamar Miller - Miller rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries versus the Jaguars. With the Texans attempting to protect Watson, the team feed Miller against a good Jacksonville defensive front. That should repeat itself on a short week versus a Dolphins defense allowing the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. RB1.

D’Onta Foreman- Out.

DeAndre Hopkins - Hopkins caught three passes for 50 yards and a touchdown versus the Jaguars. Hopkins didn’t see a ton of targets with the Texans playing more conservative, but Hopkins is a WR1 no matter who the Texans are playing.

Will Fuller - Fuller caught six passes for 68 yards versus the Jaguars. Things have been a bit slow going in recent weeks for Fuller and the expectation in this game is that the Texans will be more conservative again. A matchup versus Xavien Howard is also a tough one, so Fuller is a boom or bust WR3. this week.

Keke Coutee - Likely out.

Prediction: Texans win 22-13.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Venue: Wembley Stadium(London)Sun. 10-28 @ 9:30 am EDTOver/Under: 43

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Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars (+3), Sunday, 1:00 pm EST.

Last Meeting (9/7/14): The Eagles won 34-17. Chad Henne threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns. Toby Gerhart rushed for 42 yards on 17 carries. Allen Hurns caught four passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Nick Foles threw for 322 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. LeSean McCoy rushed for 74 yards on 21 carries. Jeremy Maclin caught four passes for 97 yards and a touchdown.

Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz - Wentz threw from 310 yards and two touchdowns versus the Panthers. Wentz started out string, but the offense got conservative versus the Panthers. Wentz continues to put up good numbers, but there was a tentativeness in his play last week. He gets a Jaguars defense that is only allowing the fourth fewest points per game this season. QB2.

Corey Clement - Clement rushed for six yards on eight carries versus the Panthers. Clement struggled to find running room versus the Panthers front seven. He is also stuck in a virtual even timeshare which makes it difficult for to get enough touches to be fantasy relevant. The Jaguars have only allowed an average of 15.3 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, which split between two players is a pretty low ceiling for a back like Clement. RB3.

Wendell Smallwood - Smallwood rushed for 32 yards on nine carries versus the Panthers. Smallwood looked like the better back versus Carolina. The Jaguars have a good defense, but have been susceptible to the run and Lamar Miller just chewed them up for 100 yards rushing. Smallwood has a limited ceiling since he is splitting time with Clement, but he is a low end RB2.

Alshon Jeffery - Jeffery caught seven passes for 88 yards and a touchdown versus the Panthers. Alshon continues to see a ton of targets including in the red zone. He will have a tough matchup this week versus Jalen Ramsey , but is a WR2 due to the volume of work he receives.

Nelson Agholor - Agholor caught six passes for 20 yards versus the Panthers. Agholor continues to see a fair amount of targets. However, he tends to see the majority of them in the short passing game and he has yet to be put in the position to make big plays with them. That likely won’t change this week versus A.J. Bouye and the Jags. WR4.

Zach Ertz - Ertz caught nine passes for 138 yards versus the Panthers. Ertz led the team in targets again. He is a trusted target for Wentz and should be relied upon no matter the matchup. TE1.

Dallas Goedert - Goedert caught four passes for 43 yards and a touchdown versus the Panthers. In spite of good numbers last week, Goedert’s involvement in the offense is sporadic at best. He is mostly a lottery ticket play when desperate. TE2.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Blake Bortles - Bortles threw for 61 yards before being replaced versus the Texans. Bortles was benched in the second half of last week’s game and it appears that the Jaguars may make a change after the Week 9 bye. The Eagles allow the 10th most fantasy points per game opposing QBs, but you can’t play Bortles outside of 2QB leagues.

Cody Kessler - Kessler threw for 156 yards, one touchdown, and one interception versus the Texans. Kessler is a must pick up for team in 2QB leagues as he could be the starter after this week.

Leonard Fournette - Out.

Carlos Hyde - Hyde did not play versus the Texans. Hyde was traded late last week so he was not familiar enough with the playbook. He should be ready to suit this week, but the workload may not be huge right away. Add in that the Eagles are great against the run and that is a recipe for disaster for the newly acquired back. RB3.

T.J. Yeldon - Yeldon rushed for 28 yards on 12 carries and caught five passes for 40 yards and a touchdown versus the Texans. Yeldon will likely lead the Jaguars backfield while in London, but the Eagles have allowed the second fewest points per game to opposing RBs. RB3.

Keelan Cole - Cole caught two passes for 21 yards versus the Texans. In spite of only hauling in two catches, Cole received seven targets. That is encouraging, but he also has a matchup versus Ronald Darby , who has been the Eagles best corner this year. WR4.

Donte Moncrief - Moncrief caught seven passes for 76 yards versus the Texans. Ugh… back to Moncrief leading the way for the Jaguars receivers. Moncrief continues to get work in the passing game while more interesting receivers are largely ignored. He gets Jalen Mills this week, which is a nice matchup and his target share makes him a WR3.

D.J. Chark - Chark caught four passes for 31 yards versus the Texans. Chark had his best day as a professional versus the Texans, but it is unlikely he carves a role for himself without an injury or two. That being said, he should be rostered in most keeper and dynasty leagues.

Dede Westbrook - Westbrook caught four passes for 17 yards versus the Texans. Westbrook had a disappointing day, but is usually a favorite target of Bortles out of the slot. He should return to that role this week versus the Eagles  and Dexter McDougle , who has struggled this year in coverage. WR3.

Prediction: Eagles win 22-16.

Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Venue: Arrowhead Stadium(Kansas City)Sun. 10-28 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 53.5

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Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs (-10), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (10/1/18, Week 4): The Chiefs won 27-23. Patrick Mahomes threw for 304 yards and a touchdown. Kareem Hunt rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Travis Kelce caught seven passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. Case Keenum threw for 245 yards and an interception. Philip Lindsey rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Jeff Heuerman caught four passes for 57 yards.

Denver Broncos

Case Keenum - Keenum threw for 161 yards, one touchdown, and an interception versus the Cardinals. The Broncos relied on their defense and running game to slaughter the Cardinals. Keenum wasn’t forced to throw much and while he was on the hot seat coming into last week, the release of Chad Kelly (legal trouble) seems to have solidified his starting spot for now. The Chiefs allow the sixth most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs making Keenum a QB2.

Philip Lindsey- Lindsey rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries versus the Cardinals. Lindsey continues to split the workload in the backfield for Denver, but is clearly been the better back overall. However, the Broncos appear fine with splitting the carries which keeps him from breaking out of the RB2 tier.

Royce Freeman - Freeman rushed for 37 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries versus the Cardinals. In spite of being outperformed, the Broncos continue to give Freeman about half the work in the running game. Freeman doesn’t have the game changing ability that Lindsey does, so he needs more volume to be a more productive back. That doesn’t appear to be happening. RB3.

Demaryius Thomas - Thomas caught five passes for 42 yards versus the Cardinals. Thomas has a very nice matchup, but could be dealt in a trade prior to this game. If he plays, he is a WR3 with upside versus a poor Kansas City secondary, but fantasy owners need to keep an eye on a potential move.

Emmanuel Sanders - Sanders caught six passes for 102 yards and a touchdown and also threw a 28 yards touchdown versus the Cardinals. Sanders injured his ankle towards the end of the game last week, but appears to be ok. He is the top target in the passing game, but can struggle along with the offense if the game plan is conservative or Case Keenum play poorly. Still the volume keeps him as a WR2.

Courtland Sutton - Sutton caught one pass for 28 yards and a touchdown versus the Cardinals. Right now Sutton doesn’t have much of a role in the offense, but if Thomas is dealt either this week or before the trade deadline next week, he would instantly become fantasy relevant. He is worth a pick up in formats where you can afford to stash someone.

Kansas City

Patrick Mahomes - Mahomes threw for 358 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception versus the Bengals. Mahomes continues to thrive in the Chiefs offense and while his Week 4 matchup with the Broncos wasn’t amazing, he still managed 22.9 points in the contest. He is a must start every week. QB1.  

Kareem Hunt - Hunt rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 55 yards and two touchdowns versus the Bengals. Hunt has been fantastic and had his best game of the year versus the Bengals. He now gets a Broncos defense that is best attacked on the ground. RB1.

Tyreek Hill - Hill caught seven passes for 68 yards and a touchdown versus the Bengals. Hill didn’t need to have a big day as the Chief jumped all over the Bengals early. He still put up respectable numbers anyhow, leading the team in receptions and targets. He gets a good Broncos secondary, but with this offense on fire, he is a WR1.

Sammy Watkins - Watkins caught four passes for 74 yards versus the Bengals. Watkins is a boom or bust player, but the power of this offense is worth banking on week to week. He gets a nice matchup this week with Bradley Roby as well. WR3.

Travis Kelce - Kelce caught five passes for 95 yards versus the Bengals. Kelce hasn’t been the monster we are used to, but he is still very productive in a uptempo offense. TE1.

Prediction:  Chiefs win 33-16.

Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Venue: Heinz Field(Pittsburgh)Sun. 10-28 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 49

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Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (-8.5), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last meeting (9/9/18, Week 1): Game ended in a 21-21 tie. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 335 yards and three interceptions. James Connor rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries. JuJu Smith-Schuster caught five passes for 119 yards. TyRod Taylor threw for 197 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. Carlos Hyde rushed for 62 yards on 22 carries. Jarvis Landry caught seven passes for 106 yards.

Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield - Mayfield threw for 215 yards and two touchdowns versus the Buccaneers. The Browns have a virtually a completely different offense since they played the Steelers in Week 1 with Baker Mayfield headlining. Mayfield was effective, but unspectacular versus the Bucs. There have been improvements to Mayfield’s game and he gets a Steelers defense allowing the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs, but his lack of polish as a pro keeps him in the QB2 tier.

Nick Chubb - Chubb ran for 80 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries versus the Buccaneers. Chubb got his first action as a starter last week following the trade of Carlos Hyde and he did not disappoint. He should continue to get a ton of carries, but the Steelers allow the fourth fewest points per game to opposing RBs making him a high end RB2.

Duke Johnson Jr.- Johnson caught four passes for 23 yards versus the Buccaneers. Even with Hyde out of the picture, Johnson couldn’t get more than carries. That likely won’t change this week either. RB5.

Jarvis Landry - Landry caught 10 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown versus the Buccaneers. Landry received 15 targets in the passing game versus the Bucs. This was a pleasant surprise as Landry hadn’t been getting a ton of looks over the last few games. While it isn’t guaranteed to continue, the Steelers may force the Browns to throw which would mean a ton of chances for Landry. WR1.

Antonio Callaway - Callaway caught one pass for 14 yards versus the Buccaneers. A week after costing Mayfield and the Browns a huge day, Callaway was the forgotten man in the offense. There is physical talent there, but he is too inconsistent for MAyfield to trust. WR4.

David Njoku - Njoku caught four passes for 52 yards and a touchdown versus the Buccaneers. Njoku has turned into one of the most reliable targets for Mayfield and has now turned in four straight double digit point games. He is even developing into a red zone threat for the Browns. TE1.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger - Since Week 1, Big Ben has been one of the best fantasy quarterbacks in the game with four 20+ point efforts in five games. Coming off of the bye week, he should be fresh and prepared to pick apart a Browns secondary that gave him trouble in Week 1. QB1.

Le'Veon Bell - No idea if or when he will report.

James Connor- Connor is still the lead back in Pittsburgh and coming into this matchup with Cleveland. He has put up two straight 100 yard games with multiple touchdowns. This is another nice matchup before a difficult stretch, so enjoy it while it lasts. RB1.

Antonio Brown - Brown has six touchdowns through six game and is coming off  back-to-back 100 yards games in Weeks 5 and 6. He gets a tough secondary in Cleveland, but is always a WR1.

JuJu Smith-Schuster - Juju has scored at least 10 point in each games this season and has topped 20 in half of his games. While the Browns secondary is very good, he gets T.J. Carrie who has struggled in coverage out of the slot. WR1.

Prediction: Steelers win 27-19.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Venue: Paul Brown Stadium(Cincinnati)Sun. 10-28 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 54.5

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals (-4.5), Sunday, 1:00 pm EST.

Last Meeting (11/30/14): The Bengals won 14-13. Andy Dalton threw for 176 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. Gio Bernard rushe for 49 yards on 10 carries. A.J. Green caught four passes for 57 yards and a touchdown. Josh McCown threw for 190 yards and an interception. Doug Martin rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Mike Evans caught four passes for 49 yards.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston - Winston threw for 365 yards and two interceptions and rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown versus the Browns. Winston had a awful afternoon versus the Browns, but was able to not hurt the Bucs so much that they lost the game. Winston still has a powerful arm, but questions about his accuracy and decision making still loom larger. However, the Bucs aren’t going anywhere and will use him to see if he is part of the long term plan. He gets a Bengals defense allowing the fifth most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs, so he is a boom or bust QB1.

Peyton Barber - Barber rushed for 30 yards on 11 carries versus the Browns. Barber led the backfield versus the Browns, but the snaps were fairly even between he, Jones, and Jacquizz Rodgers . Barber also suffered an injury, but it does not appear to be serious. Expect the committee to continue, but if Barber plays at Cincy,  he should be an RB2 versus a Bengals defense allowing the sixth most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs.

Ronald Jones - Jones rushed for 13 yards on six carries versus the Browns. Jones got some praise from head coach Dirk Koetter on Monday, saying his the rookie RB has “improved a ton.” However, with Barber healthy, Jones is no more than a desperation flex play, however, if Barber was to miss time, he would be an RB2.

Mike Evans - Evans caught seven passes for 107 yards versus the Browns. Evans continues to be the top target in the passing game for the Bucs and while he hasn’t scored a touchdown since Winston returned rom suspension, he has a nice matchup this week versus Dre Kirkpatrick in a game the Bucs will likely have to throw in. WR1.

DeSean Jackson - Jackson caught two passes for 25 yards and scored a rushing touchdown versus the Browns. Jackson salvaged his day with the rushing TD, but was otherwise ineffective versus a good Browns secondary. He should bounceback versus Cincy, but he is a boom or bust option at this point. WR3.

Chris Godwin - Godwin caught five passes for 59 yards versus the Browns. Godwin was very effective with the targets he got from Winston and has posted double digit fantasy weeks in all but one game this year. He has a low ceiling, but it is becoming apparent that he has a fairly safe floor. WR3.

OJ Howard- Howard caught five passes for 67 yards versus the Browns. Howard was second on the team in targets and is developing into a trusted receiver for Winston. He over doubled Cameron Brate ’s targets which is a good sign as well. Howard has a nice mix of safety and floor, which is great at the tight end position. TE1.

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton - Dalton threw for 148 yards, one touchdown, and one interception versus the Chiefs. In spite of the score, Dalton was not aggressive down the field and struggled with accuracy versus the Chiefs. He now gets a great opportunity to rebound versus the Buccaneers who are allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. QB1.

Joe Mixon - Mixon rushed for 50 yards on 13 carries versus the Chiefs. While the Buccaneers have a terrible defense, they have actually allowed the fifth fewest rushing yards to opposing running backs. So while Mixon has the role entirely to himself, he is more of an RB2 this week

Giovani Bernard - Bernard did not play versus the Chiefs. Bernard is questionable heading into Week 8, but is unlikely to be much of a factor even if he does play.

Mark Walton - Just a handcuff.

A.J. Green - Green caught seven passes for 117 yards versus the Chiefs. Green received more targets in the passing game than all other Bengals receivers combined. He now gets the Bucs secondary who are allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing WRs. WR1.  

Tyler Boyd - Boyd caught three passes for 27 yards versus the Chiefs. Boyd had a relatively quiet day in the loss to Kansas City. However, he four 20+ point efforts in four of his last six games and the Bucs are atrocious versus the pass. WR2.

John Ross - Unlikely to play.

C.J. Uzomah - Uzomah caught two passes for 13 yards and a touchdown versus the Chiefs. With both Tyler Kroft and Tyler Eifert out, Uzomah is the only tight end on the roster worth monitoring. He gets the worst defense in the league versus the tight end this week, so while the targets have been inconsistent, he is a TE1 this week.

Prediction: 40-27.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Carolina Panthers

Venue: Bank of America Stadium(Charlotte)Sun. 10-28 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 44

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Baltimore Ravens at Carolina Panthers (+1.5), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (9/28/14): The Ravens won 38-10. Cam Newton threw for 197 yards and a touchdown. DeAngelo Williams rushed for 34 yards on 11 carries. Jeremy Cotchery caught five passes for 80 yards. Joe Flacco threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns. Justin Forsett rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Steve Smith caught seven passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco - Flacco threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns versus the Saints. Flacco was effective versus New Orleans and would have done enough to send the game into overtime if not for Justin Tucker missing the PAT. It was a nice bounceback game for him after struggling a bit in the previous two contests. He gets a Panthers team that plays well on at home this week however. QB2.

Alex Collins - Collins rushed for 38 yards on 11 carries versus the Saints. Collins carried most of the work out of the backfield and even caught a few passes in the running game. This is now two straight weeks that he has outperformed Buck Allen. The Panthers are good against the run, but the can struggle up the middle making Collins the play over Allen. RB2.

Javorius Allen -  Allen caught three passes for 21 yards versus the Saints. Allen has been a non factor in the running game over the last couple of games and now he isn’t even getting the lionshare of the receptions out of the backfield. He is worth stashing in case the latter changes, but for right now, he is not playable. RB4.

Michael Crabtree - Crabtree caught five passes for 66 yards versus the Saints. Crabtree is not a world beater, but he has a very safe floor having scored double digit fantasy points in all, but one game this season for the Ravens. A tough matchup versus Donte Jackson makes him more of a safe WR3 this week though.

John Brown - Brown caught seven passes for 134 yards and a touchdown versus the Saints. Brown was fantastic versus the Saints. Not only did he have a big day, but he was caught every target that was thrown his way. He has a great matchup this week as well versus James Bradberry who has struggled in coverage and is susceptible to the double move. WR2.

Willie Snead - Snead caught three passes for 23 yards versus the Saints. Snead really struggled versus the Saints and he gets Captain Munnerlyn in the slot so it could be another frustrating week. WR4.

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton - Newton threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns versus the Eagles. After a slow start, Newton was fantastic and led the Panthers to victory in a fourth quarter comeback. He is reportedly dealing with some shoulder soreness, but that shouldn’t keep him out this week. He gets a fantastic defense in the Ravens that are allowing the second fewest points per game to opposing QBs. That being said Newton’s ability to throw and run keeps him as a QB1.

Christian McCaffrey - McCaffrey rushed for 29 yards on seven carries and caught six passes for 51 yards versus the Eagles.  McCaffrey struggled running the ball, but he can do so much in the passing game that he continues to be a very good fantasy player. He gets the best defense in the NFL versus opposing RBs, but is still an RB2 because of his versatility.

Devin Funchess - Funchess caught six passes for 62 yards and a touchdown versus the Eagles. Funchess has enjoyed back to back good weeks, but that is about to end. The Ravens have an elite defense and should have no problem locking up Funchess and the rest of the wide receivers on the team. WR.3

Greg Olsen - Olsen caught two passes for five yards and a touchdown versus the Eagles. Olsen scored a late TD which help salvage his day, but he was otherwise useless. However, the one weakness of the Ravens defense is against the tight end. Baltimore has allowed the ninth most receiving yards to tight end and Olsen is a reliable red zone threat for Newton. It is a bit risky, but Olsen is a TE1.

Prediction: Ravens win 18-17.

Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants

Venue: MetLife Stadium(East Rutherford)Sun. 10-28 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 42

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Washington Redskins at New York Giants (+1), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/31/17): The Giants won 18-10. Kirk Cousins threw for 158 yards and three interceptions. Kapri Bibbs rushed for 47 yards on 12 carries. Josh Doctson caught four passes for 37 yards. Eli Manning threw for 132 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. Orleans Darkwa rushed for 154 yards and a touchdown. Rhett Ellison caught five passes for 63 yards.

Washington Redskins

Alex Smith - Smith threw for 178 yards and a touchdown versus the Cowboys. Smith continues to run a what amounts to a high school offense with a quarterback missing an arm. The Giants have made big trades selling off players, so there are holes in the defense, but until we see Smith do more than just dump the ball off, he is  low-end QB2.

Adrian Peterson - Peterson rushed for 99 yards on 24 carries versus the Cowboys. Peterson has been the focal point of the offense without Thompson healthy. He now gets a Giants defense that has lost Damon “snacks” Harrison in a trade to Detroit, so look for the Redskins to pound the ball with Peterson to help keep the Giants offense off the field.

Chris Thompson - Did not play versus the Cowboys. Thompson was not on the practice field on Wednesday and is looking unlikely to play. RB2 if active, but that appears like a longshot.

Kapri Bibbs - Bibbs rushed 13 yards on two carries and caught four passes for 43 yards and a touchdown versus the Cowboys. If Thompson is out, Bibbs is an RB3 as he absorbed a lot of the receiving work out of the backfield.

Jamison Crowder - Likely out.

Josh Doctson - Doctson caught three passes for 42 yards versus the Cowboys. With both Richardson and Crowder out, Doctson was the number one receiver in the offense. That still didn’t parlay into much and the Redskins have yet stretch the field this season. He has upside, but until we see Smith throw the ball more than a couple times a game down field, he is a lottery ticket at best. WR4.

Paul Richardson - Did not play versus the Cowboys. There was no structural damage in the injured shoulder, but he is questionable at best versus the Giants and a low ceiling option even if healthy due to the offense. WR4.

Jordan Reed - Reed caught two passes for 43 yards versus the Cowboys. Even with so many receiving options out, Reed was not a big part of the game plan. With Alex Smith running this offense, there is just not enough fire power for him to be more than a high-end TE2.

New York Giants

Eli Manning - Manning threw for 399 yards and a touchdown versus the Falcons. Manning wasn’t great, but he was effective and did stretch the field a bit versus a poor Atlanta secondary. The Redskins secondary is better than Atlanta’s, but it isn’t elite, so Eli should have the weapons to score some points. QB2.

Saquon Barkley - Barkley rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown and caught nine passes for 51 yards versus the Falcons. Barkley is just amazing when he gets the ball in his hands and the Giants will continue to make sure he gets plenty of touches. The Redskins have allowed only the sixth fewest points per game to opposing RBs, but Barkley is still an RB1.

Odell Beckham Jr.- Beckham caught eight passes for 143 yards and a touchdown versus the Falcons. Beckham has a matchup this week versus Josh Norman , but Norman isn’t the corner he once was and Beckham is a stud. WR1.

Sterling Shepard - Shepard caught five passes for 167 yards versus the Falcons. Even with the return of Engram, Shepard still received eight targets and had a big day versus Atlanta. He now lineups up against Greg Stroman, who has been terrible this year in coverage. WR2.

Evan Engram - Engram caught two passes for 16 yards versus the Falcons. Engram struggled in his first game back from injury, but it was good to see him get back in the field. There are so many mouths to feed in this offense, but Engram has a ton of upside and the lack of depth at the position keeps him as a TE1.

Prediction: Giants win 23-17.

New York Jets vs. Chicago Bears

Venue: Soldier Field(Chicago)Sun. 10-28 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 45

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New York Jets at Chicago Bears (-7), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last Meeting (9/22/14): The Bears won 27-19. Jay Cutler threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns. Matt Forte rushed for 33 yards on 13 carries. Alshon Jeffery caught eight passes for 105 yards. Geno Smith threw for 316 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Chris Ivory rushed for 33 yards. Jeremy Kerley caught seven passes for 81 yards and a touchdown.

New York Jets

Sam Darnold - Darnold threw for 206 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions versus the Vikings. Darnold added a rushing score, but was otherwise terrible versus a Vikings defense that put pressure on him. He gets a Bear defense this week that has the most interceptions against opposing quarterbacks this season. QB3.

Isaiah Crowell - Crowell rushed for 29 yards on 11 carries versus the Vikings. With Powell out for the season, Crowell will get the lion share of the carries in New York. That is the good news. The Bad news is that the Bears have allowed just the eighth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. RB2.

Bilal Powell - On IR.

Trenton Cannon - Cannon caught four passes for 69 yards versus the Vikings. Cannon has an elite name and he will get a decent amount of work in the passing game, but this isn’t the week to mess around with him considering how strong the Bears are versus opposing backs. RB4.

Robby Anderson - Anderson caught three passes for 44 yards versus the Vikings. Anderson led the Jets receivers in targets with 10, but struggled along with Darnold in windy conditions. He gets a matchup versus Kyle Fuller who has been great in coverage, so don’t expect much this week. WR4.

Jermaine Kearse - Kearse did not record a catch versus the Vikings. With Enunwa out and Terrelle Pryor cut, Kearse should figure more in the passing game, but a matchup this week with Prince Amukamara won’t help his stock much. WR4.

Quincy Enunwa - Out.

Chris Herndon - Herndon caught four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown versus the Vikings. With the injuries sustained by the Jets, Herndon has emerged as a reliable target for Darnold and could become fantasy viable due to the volume he will see. He received seven targets in the passing game last week and should be a threat to get that most weeks now. TE2.

Chicago Bears

Mitchell Trubisky - Trubisky threw for 333 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions versus the Patriots. Trubisky put up a great fantasy day in the shootout with New England, but the actual performance on the field left a lot to be desired. He struggled with his accuracy, completing just over 50% of his passes and he relied heavily on his legs. Days like this will likely be few and far between in spite of recent success as the Bears defense should keep most other offenses in check and the overall scoring low. Trubisky is a QB2, but it is largely due to the lack of depth at the position.

Jordan Howard - Howard rushed for 39 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries versus the Patriots. Howard continues to get the larger share of the between the tackles work for the Bears, but is now ceding more and more work to Cohen. This matchup isn’t a great one with the interior of the Jets line being stronger than the Bears. Howard should get plenty of opportunities, but game script should keep this one from being a high scoring affair. RB2.

Tarik Cohen - Cohen rushed for 14 yards on six carries and caught eight passes for 69 yards and a touchdown versus the Patriots. Cohen is getting more touches in the passing game and becoming a PPR force. He benefits from Trubisky liking the shorter routes. Cohen is a high upside play, but now enjoys a safer ceiling with the added touches. RB2.

Allen Robinson - Robinson caught one pass for four yards versus the Patriots. Robinson is a great talent, but he is held back by Trubisky struggling with accuracy. In a game where the Bears had to throw to stay competitive, Robinson was on the bench more than expected as well. He may still be struggling through injury, but this is concerning to say the least. He gets Darryl Roberts in coverage, who has been a great corner this year, so Robinson is a high risk/high reward WR3.

Anthony Miller - Miller caught two passes for 35 yards versus the Patriots. Miller led the wide receivers in targets and is becoming more of an option in the passing game. Trubisky’s struggles kept him at bay, but don’t let go of your shares just yet. WR4.

Kevin White - White caught two passes for 64 yards versus the Patriots.White out performed fellow receivers Taylor Gabriel and Josh Bellamy with less targets in the passing game, but the majority of his production came late on a Hail Mary play at the end of the game. That being said, it is nice to see the former first round pick even get on the field.

Trey Burton - Burton caught nine passes for 126 yards and a touchdown versus the Patriots. Finally Burton has turned into a big target threat for Trubisky. With Trubisky’s struggles, Burton should see more action than he did to start the season as top outlet receiver and red zone target. TE1.

Prediction: Bears win 24-12.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Detroit Lions

Venue: Ford Field(Detroit)Sun. 10-28 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 49.5

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Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions (No Line), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last Meeting (1/7/17; Wild Card Game): Seahawks won 26-6. Matthew Stafford threw for 205 yards. Zach Zenner rushed for 34 yards. Marvin Jones caught four passes for 81 yards. Russell Wilson threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Thomas Rawls rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. Doug Baldwin caught 11 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown.

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson - Wilson has struggled to be an overly effective fantasy quarterback in larger part due to the conservative approach of the offense and a shaky offensive line. Coming off of the bye week, this is unlikely to change versus the Lions. QB2.

Chris Carson - Carson has emerged as the lead back in Seattle, but he faces competition from and Rashaad Penny . Coming off of the bye, he is an interesting play versus a Lions defense allowing the fifth most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs. RB2.

Doug Baldwin - Baldwin bounced back in a good way in Week 6 after struggling coming off of injury. He should return to being a steady receiver for Wilson after a week of rest. However, the Lions are only allowing the 10th fewest points per game to opposing wide receivers. WR2.

Tyler Lockett - In spite of years of being a boom or bust type of play in fantasy, Lockett has emerged as a reliable threat in the passing game for Wilson. He has scored at least double digit fantasy points in each game this year, but still has the upside with his ability to stretch the field. WR2.

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford - Stafford threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns versus the Dolphins. Stafford was very effective i the passing game for the versus Miami, but that was in larger part because game script did not force him to air it out very much. The Lions pounded the ball last week and could again versus a Seahawks defense allowing the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks.  QB2.

LeGarrette Blount - Blount rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries versus the Dolphins. Blount continues to get work in the running game, but he this is no longer a straight committee. He retains value as the goalline back, but is no more than an RB3.

Kerryon Johnson - Johnson rushed for 158 yards on 19 carries versus the Dolphins. Johnson appears to finally be the #1 back in Detroit, but he still has Blount stealing valuable carries. The Lions will likely pound the ball again this week and Johnson will be a big part of that. RB1.

Golden Tate - Tate caught four passes for 36 yards versus the Dolphins. The Lions didn’t throw much versus the Dolphins, but Tate was still the most effective wideout. While the love for Golladay is warranted, Tate is still a valuable target out of the slot. WR2.

Marvin Jones - Jones caught three passes for 29 yards versus the Dolphins. Jones is still getting looks in the passing game, but he not the third option on most routes. There will be good games here and there, but they will be hard to predict. This is one I am not banking on for him. WR4.

Kenny Golladay - Golladay caught two passes for 37 yards versus the Dolphins. It was a quiet day for Golladay because of the game script, but he should bounceback this week versus Shaq GRiffin and the Seahawks. May not be a huge day, but the potential is always there for him. WR2.

Prediction: Lions win 20-17.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Oakland Raiders

Venue: O.co Coliseum(Oakland)Sun. 10-28 @ 4:05 pm EDTOver/Under: 50.5

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Indianapolis Colts at Oakland Raiders (+3), Sunday, 4:05 pm EST.

Last meeting (12/24/16): The Raiders won 33-25. Andrew Luck threw for 288 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Frank Gore rushed for 72 yards on 13 carries. T.Y. Hilton caught four passes for 105 yards. Derek Carr threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns. DeAndre Washington rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns. Michael Crabtree caught seven passes for 90 yards.

Indianapolis Colts  

Andrew Luck - Luck threw for 156 yards and four touchdowns versus the Bills. Luck benefited by the atrocious play of Bills QB Derek Anderson to set up easy scores on the way to a big day. He gets another great opportunity this week versus a Raiders defense that may dismantle itself more before game time. QB1.

Marlon Mack - Mack rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 33 yards and a touchdown versus the Bills. Mack had a monster game and appears to be the lead dog in the Colts backfield going forward. He gets a Raiders defense allowing the seventh most fantasy points per game. RB1.

Jordan Wilkins - Wilkins rushed for 46 yards on six carries versus the Bills. Just a handcuff with Mack back.

Nyheim Hines - Hines rushed five times for 47 yards versus the Bills. The most disappointing part for Hines is the fact that he only had one reception for negative yards. The Raiders are awful versus opposing backs, but right now Hines is merely just a stash until MAck gets hurt again or we see a change in usage for the backfield.

T.Y. Hilton - Hilton caught four passes for 25 yards and two touchdowns versus the Bills.

Ryan Grant - Did not play versus the Bills. With Hilton back and Doyle returning, there is unlikely to be enough targets for Grant to be interesting once her returns from his own injury. WR5.

Chester Rogers - Rogers caught four passes for 40 yards versus the Bills. Rogers caught all four of his targets, but the fact he only saw four is a bit concerning. With doyle coming back as soon as this week, it will be interesting to see if he can continue to get enough of the target share to keep him fantasy viable. WR3.

Jack Doyle - Did not play versus the Bills, but appears to be back on track to play again. Doyle has missed a bunch of games, but if he returns he should be a TE1 again.

Eric Ebron - Ebron caught three passes for 31 yards versus the Bills. Even with Doyle returning, Ebron should continue to get enough looks, especially in the red zone to be a TE1.

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr - Usually when you come off of a bay week, you are rested and relaxed. Carr has to be stressed out beyond belief after his top running back was placed on IR and his top receiver was traded to the Cowboys. There is even a chance he is traded in the near future. I don’t want much of anything to do with this Raiders offense. QB3.

Marshawn Lynch - On IR.

Doug Martin - and Jalen Richard - If you are needing a spark, Richard is probably your best bet out of these Raiders running backs, but if anyone is telling you that he will definitely be the most productive, they are lying to you. Jon Gruden apparently has a thing for Martin and there is no telling who is going to get the most looks until this game is played out. Avoid both unless desperate.

Jordy Nelson - Nelson becomes the obvious #1 receiver in this offense that will likely continue to purge player (possibly including him.) On the bright side, there aren’t many players left to throw to and Nelson gets a fantastic matchup with Quincy Wilson who has been atrocious in coverage. WR2.

Jared Cook - With Cooper and Lynch gone, the Raiders will have to rely on what’s left and Cook is pretty much it. Cook was already getting a nice share of the targets and it is now bound to go up. TE1.

Prediction: Colts win 30-10.

Green Bay Packers vs. Los Angeles Rams

Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum(Los Angeles)Sun. 10-28 @ 4:25 pm EDTOver/Under: 56.5

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Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Rams (-9.5), Sunday, 4:25 pm EST.

Last Meeting (10/11/15): The Packers won 24-10. Nick Foles threw for 141 yards, one touchdown, and four interceptions. Todd Gurley rushed for 159 yards on 30 carries. Stedman Bailey caught three passes for 73 yards. Aaron Rodgers threw for 241 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Eddie Lacy rushed for 27 yards on 13 carries. James Jones caught two passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers - Rodgers has had two weeks to recover from the knee injury that has plagued him this season, so he should be as healthy as he has been since suffering the injury Week 1. He gets a tough test in the Rams defense this week that has allowed the fifth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing QBs, but he is a QB1 regardless.

Aaron Jones - jones has clearly been the best back in the Packers backfield, but that hasn’t stopped head coach Mike McCarthy from running a committee. The combination of that and the Rams only allowing the seventh fewest fantasy points per game to opposing RBs keeps Jones as an RB3.

Jamaal Williams -  Williams continues to get work in the running game in spite of underwhelming performances. The committee is frustrating to fantasy owners and Packers fan alike, but eventually Green Bay should turn to Jones more. RB4.  

Davante Adams -  Adams continues to be a target monster in this offense and with Rodgers throwing him the ball there is no reason to think that he won’t be a WR1 every week.

Randall Cobb - Cobb returned to practice this week and should be in line for Sunday’s game after missing time before the bye week. However, he draws Nickell Robey-Coleman who has been one of the league’s best corners in the slot this season, so it may be a rough return to the field for Cobb. WR4.

Geronimo Allison - Allison also returned to practice this week, but he will face some added competition from Marquez Valdes-Scantling who played well in his absence. If we new for sure that Allison or Scantling were going to get the majority of snaps, we could bank on them being at least a WR3, but until we see the snaps this week, it is a crapshoot. WR4.

Jimmy Graham - Graham had his best game as a Packer for versus the Niners prior to the bye week, but that could be in part due to the competition and the fact both Cobb and Allison were out. With both likely returning and against the Rams defense, Graham could return to mediocrity. However, at the tight end position he is still in the lower end of the TE1 tier.

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff - Goff threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns versus the 49ers. The Rams just poured it on with Gurley which didn't leave much reason for Goff to throw. However, the Packers could turn this game into a shootout and that would be beneficial to fantasy owners who have been underwhelmed by Goff’s fantasy value the last three games. QB1.

Todd Gurley - Gurley rushed for 63 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries and caught four passes for 23 yards and a touchdown versus the 49ers. Gurley is an absolute stud, but credit should be shared with the Rams offensive line that has been fantastic this season. He will continue to get a ton of work week in and week out. RB1.

Brandin Cooks - Cooks caught four passes for 64 yards and a touchdown versus the 49ers. Cooks returned from injury to put up a pretty good game considering that the Rams did not need to throw very much. He has a tough matchup with Tramon Williams , but is at worst a WR2.

Robert Woods - Woods caught five passes for 78 yards versus the 49ers. Woods continues to lead the Rams in targets virtually every week and while the overall fantasy numbers haven’t jumped off the charts most weeks, there are better days coming for him. With Kupp unlikely to play, Woods should be the main target for Goff and a matchup against struggling corner Kevin King should be very fruitful. WR1.

Cooper Kupp - Did not play versus the 49ers. Likely out this week.

Prediction: Rams win 33-27.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals

Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium(Glendale)Sun. 10-28 @ 4:25 pm EDTOver/Under: 42.5

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San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals (-1), Sunday, 4:25 pm EST.

Last Meeting (10/7/18, Week 5): The Cardinals won 28-18. Josh Rosen threw for 170 yards and a touchdown. David Johnson rushed for 55 yards and two touchdowns. Christian Kirk caught three passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. C.J. Beathard threw for 349 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Alfred Morris rushed for 61 yards on 18 carries. George Kittle caught five passes for 83 yards.

San Francisco 49ers

C.J. Beathard - Beathard threw for 170 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions versus the Rams. Beathard really struggled versus the Rams defense last week giving away three turnovers. He gets a Cardinals team that is beatable through the ground, so it would be surprising to see the Niners air it out much in this one. QB3.

Raheem Mostert - Mostert rushed for 59 yards on seven carries versus the Rams. Mostert was the most effective back versus the Rams and should be in line for more work this week at Arizona. That being said, it is hard to predict what Kyle Shanahan and the Niners will do in terms of divvying up the carries. Mostert is an RB2 this week, but has a really low floor.

Alfred Morris - Morris rushed for 25 yards on nine carries versus the Rams. A week after not getting a touch for the Niners, Morris led the backfield in carries. If he does again, he could be a viable fantasy option, but at some point the Niners need to let the young backs take control and this would be a good week to do that versus a Cardinals team allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.

Matt Breida - Breida rushed for 15 yards on five carries, but lost a fumble versus the Rams. Breida screwed a lot of fantasy owners as he not only had the fewest carries, but gave negative value in most formats. Breida is struggling with injury right now and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him inactive this week.  

Marquise Goodwin - Goodwin caught two passes for 24 yards versus the Rams. Goodwin struggled to get free in the passing game, but at this point there is no other receiver worth starting in the passing game for the Niner other than tight end George Kittle . WR3.

George Kittle - Kittle caught five passes for 98 yards and a touchdown versus the Rams. Kittle continues to be virtually the only bright spot for this beat up Niners team. He is the favorite target for Beathard and should continue to get plenty of looks moving forward. TE1.

Arizona Cardinals

Josh Rosen - Rosen threw for 194 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions versus the Broncos. Rosen really struggled with the pass rush and his decision making versus the Broncos. He has had extra time to prepare for this one after being embarrassed by Denver. However, until we see the Cardinals line protect him and Rosen perform, he is a QB3 in spite of a great matchup.

David Johnson - Johnson rushed for 39 yards on 14 carries versus the Broncos. Even with the struggles of the offense at least the Cardinals haven’t reverted back to the lack of touchches that DJ got earlier in the season. He is a true workhorse and the only player on the team worth starting each week.

Larry Fitzgerald - Fitzgerald caught four passes for 40 yards and a touchdown versus the Broncos. Fitzgerald led the team in target and catches versus the Broncos. That being said, the Cardinals don’t want Rosen throwing 39 times a game which puts a damper on the upside of Fitz. WR3.

Christian Kirk - Kirk caught three passes for 57 yards versus the Broncos. Kirk struggled to get into route versus the Broncos defense and Rosen struggling to get the ball out of his hand. Kirk has shown a ton of upside, but the offense holds him back. WR4.

Prediction: Niners win 19-13.

New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings

Venue: U.S. Bank Stadium(Minneapolis)Sun. 10-28 @ 8:20 pm EDTOver/Under: 52.5

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New Orleans at Minnesota Vikings (-1), Sunday, 8:20 pm EST.

Last Meeting (1/14/18; Divisional Round): The Vikings won 29-24. Drew Brees threw for 294 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. Alvin Kamara rushed for 43 yards on 11 carries. Michael Thomas caught seven passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Case Keenum threw for 318 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Latavius Murray rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Stefon Diggs caught six passes for 137 yards and a touchdown.

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees -  Brees threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns versus the Ravens. This was a lackluster line for Brees, but the Ravens have one of the best defenses in the league. He gets the Vikings defense that has allowed the ninth most fantasy points this season to opposing QBs, so it should be a nice bounceback game this week. QB1.

Mark Ingram - Ingram rushed for 32 yards on 12 carries versus the Ravens. Ingram struggled to find running versus Baltimore as he trailed Kamara in carries. This was disappointing, but it was also against of the league’s best run defenses. The Vikings have a tough run defense as well, but Ingram should be able to rebound enough to be an RB2.

Alvin Kamara - Kamara rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown versus the Ravens. In spite of the level of competition, Kamara was great again versus Baltimore. He didn’t contribute much in the passing game, but that should return again. Kamara is an RB1 every week.

Michael Thomas - Thomas caught seven passes for 69 yards and a touchdown versus the Ravens. It was tough sledding for the receivers for New Orleans versus the ravens, but Thomas produced like he always does. This week he gets a struggling secondary in Minnesota. WR1.

Cameron Meredith - Meredith did not have a target versus the Ravens. This was surprising that Meredith didn’t even get a target in the game. With Ginn out, it appears that Smith will inherit the majority of the role and that Meredith will have to fight for scraps. WR4.

Ted Ginn Jr.- On IR

Tre’Quan Smith- Smith caught three passes for 44 yards versus the Ravens. Smith had a letdown game after dominating the Redskins the week before. That being said, the Vikings have struggled versus the pass and Tre’Quan appears to be the heir apparent to Ted Ginn ’s role. A lot of upside here. WR3.

Benjamin Watson - Watson caught six passes for 43 yards and a touchdown versus the Ravens. Watson took a lot of the work that Meredith would have gotten had he been on the field the majority of the game. That being said, Watson is risky because he can disappear at times. TE2.

Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins - Cousins threw for 241 yards and two touchdowns versus the Jets. Cousins was effective, but did not need to air it out once the Vikings took a big lead versus the Jets. He has been a top 5 QB this year and there is no reason to think that will change with no running game and what should be a shootout. QB1.

Dalvin Cook - Cook did not play versus the Jets. Appears unlikely to play this week.

Latavius Murray - Murray rushed for 69 yards and two touchdowns versus the Jets. Murray handled the load once again and did a decent job. However, the Saints are actually decent against the run allowing the third fewest fantasy points per game this year. RB2.

Stefon Diggs - Diggs caught eight passes for 33 yards versus the Jets. Diggs led the team in targets, but failed to haul many in and with the score out of hand, he wasn’t able to turn things around. He gets newly acquired Eli Apple this week, who should be a good guy to pick on since he is still learning how to play with his new team after being traded to New Orleans by the Giants. WR1.

Adam Thielen - Thielen caught nine passes for 110 yards and a touchdown versus the Jets. Even in a blowout, Thielen still gets a ton of work and versus the Saints this week he has a tremendous matchup versus P.J. Williams who has played like one of the worst corners in football. WR1.

Kyle Rudolph - Rudolph caught four passes for 16 yards versus the Jets. This has been a disappointing season this year for Rudolph as he had been largely forgotten about by Cousins. This week may not change that as the Saints have allowed the fifth fewest points per game to opposing tight ends. However, the upside in the offense keeps him as a TE1.

Prediction: Vikings win 29-27.

New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills

Venue: Ralph Wilson Stadium(Orchard Park)Mon. 10-29 @ 8:15 pm EDTOver/Under: 44.5

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New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills (+14), Monday, 8:15 pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/24/17): The Patriots won 37-16. Tyrod Taylor threw for 281 yards. LeSean McCoy rushed for 71 yards on 17 carries. Deonte Thompson caught four passes for 91 yards. Tom Brady threw for 224 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Dion Lewis rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Rob Gronkowski caught five passes for 67 yards and a touchdown.

New England

Tom Brady - Brady threw for 277 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception versus the Bears. Brady hasn’t been his flawless self this season, but he has three straight 20+ points game and gets a bad Bills team.

Sony Michel - Doubtful to play Monday. Is unlikely to play.

James White - White rushed for 40 yards on 11 carries versus the Bears. With Michel likely out, White steps into the lead back role with Kenjon Barner the only other back on the active roster. His combination of running and receiving ability makes him a must start in all formats. RB1.

Julian Edelman - Edelman caught five passes for 36 yards and a touchdown versus the Bears. Edelman led the wideouts in targets versus Chicago. He has been great since returning from suspension and is clearly one of Brady’s favorite targets. WR2.

Chris Hogan - Hogan caught six passes for 63 yards versus the Bears. Hogan actually had a decent game versus Chicago and with both Michel and Gronk likely out, he could put up another nice game. Boom or Bust WR3.

Josh Gordon - Gordon caught four passes for 100 yards versus the Bears. Gordon doesn’t look as explosive as we have seen in the past, but he getting more and more involved with the offense. As that continues to happen and Gordon shakes off the rust, he could become a monster. WR2.

Rob Gronkowski - Did not play versus the Bears. Is unlikely to play.

Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen - Out.

Derek Anderson - Anderson threw for 175 yards and three interceptions versus the Colts. Anderson looked atrocious in his first start filling in for Allen. While the Patriots allow the seventh most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs, Anderson is a QB3.

LeSean McCoy - In concussion protocol. If he can play, he is likely a low end RB2.

Chris Ivory - Ivory rushed for 81 yards on 16 carries versus the Colts. If McCoy is out, Ivory takes his place as an RB2.

Kelvin Benjamin - Benjamin caught four passes for 71 yards versus the Colts. It wa easily the best game Benjamin has had and he and Anderson go back a long way. In spite of that, there is no player on this team that is safe and only McCoy is worth starting, including Zay Jones . WR4.

Prediction:  Patriots win 37-12.

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