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NFL Matchups - Week 15 Preview

Houston Texans vs. New York Jets

Venue: MetLife Stadium(East Rutherford)Sat. 12-15 @ 4:30 pm ESTOver/Under: 43.5

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Houston Texans at New York Jets (+6), Saturday, 4:30 pm EST.

Last Meeting (11/22/15): The Texans won 24-17. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 216 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Chris Ivory rushed for 36 yards on eight carries. Eric Decker caught four passes for 81 yards. T.J. Yates threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns. Alfred Blue rushed for 58 yards on 21 carries. DeAndre Hopkins caught five passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns.

Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson - In spite of the low fantasy point total, Watson was pretty good in the victory over the Colts. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, both Miller and Alfred Blue ran in short touchdowns that could have been points for Watson. He has scored at least 18 point in each of his last three games, so he is a pretty safe play versus the Jets. QB1.

Lamar Miller - Miller struggled to find running room versus the Colts, but was still able to get into the endzone to salvage his day. He is the unquestioned leader of the Houston backfield and will get enough carries to retain RB2 status versus the Jets.

DeAndre Hopkins - Hopkins struggled along with the rest of the offense in this one, but like Miller, he salvaged his day with a touchdown. Things have been a bit more slow going recently, but he has still had double digit fantasy points in every game this season. WR1.

Demaryius Thomas - Outside of the two touchdown game a few weeks ago, Thomas has been pretty worthless since being traded to Houston. With Coutee likely coming back this week, that is unlikely to change. WR5.

Keke Coutee - Coutee is expected to return this week after missing multiple games with a hamstring injury. He can be a weapon out of the slot and has been productive when on the field. He has a nice matchup with Buster Skrine in the slot, so he has some upside. WR4.

New York Jets

Sam Darnold - Darnold returned from injury last week, but reinjured himself in the contest, but was able to finish the game. Darnold and the Jets offense was conservative, but he was able to lead them down the field in a comeback victory. This was a good sign for his future fantasy value, but as far as this week goes, the Texans have a very good defense that should hold him in check. QB3.

Isaiah Crowell - Crowell left Sunday’s game with a foot injury and seems unlikely to play this week.

Elijah McGuire - McGuire stepped in for Crowell and played decently well in his absence. However, even if Crowell is out, the Texans feature a very strong run defense that has allowed the seventh fewest points per game to opposing running backs this season. RB3.

Robby Anderson - Anderson led the receiving corps for the Jets, hauling in four passes on seven targets. When on the field, Anderson has been boom or bust this season. However, if Enunwa misses the game, he would be the most likely beneficiary. WR4.

Quincy Enunwa - Enunwa was on his way to a nice day until leaving with an ankle injury. With a short week, he seems unlikely to play, but even if he did he would have a really tough matchup with Johnathan Joseph . WR4.

Prediction: Texans win 30-13.

Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos

Venue: Sports Authority Field at Mile High(Denver)Sat. 12-15 @ 8:20 pm ESTOver/Under: 45.5

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Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos (-3), Saturday, 8:20 pm EST

Last Meeting (11/18/15): The Broncos won 26-23. Peyton Manning threw for 290 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. Ronnie Hillman rushed for 111 yards on 20 carries. Demaryius Thomas caught 10 passes for 111 yards. Josh McCown threw for 213 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Duke Johnson rushed for 38 yards on nine carries. Travis Benjamin caught nine passes for 117 yards.

Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield - The overall line wasn’t impressive, but Mayfield showed why he is the future of the Browns in short spurts versus Carolina, making some big throws that led to scores for the Browns. He has a tougher test this week versus a Broncos team that brings a ton of pressure and has racked up the fourth most sacks in the NFL this season. His production will be dependant on how he can deal with the pressure. QB2.

Nick Chubb - Chubb didn’t have a big day, but was impressive once again versus a tough front seven of the Panthers. He gets an easier test versus the Broncos and the Browns will need him to run well to help keep the pressure off of Mayfield. RB1.

Jarvis Landry - Landry had another good day in spite of getting limited targets. He is clearly the #1 receiver in the offense and should be a big target for Mayfield as he deals with the Denver pass rush. WR1.

Breshad Perriman - Perriman had a nice day, but both his big catches came on his only two targets of the day. Perriman has as much value as the rest of the wide receivers in Cleveland not names Landry, very little. WR5.

David Njoku - In spite of a nice start to the season, Njoku has just not been a big part of the offense. He has only had one double digit scoring week over his last six games. However, this is a premium matchup versus a Denver defense that has allowed the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends and was just torched by George Kittle .

Denver Broncos

Case Keenum - Keenum continues to be in charge of a conservative offense that is hamstrung by his own inaccuracy. He has a tough matchup versus a Cleveland secondary that is filled with a lot of talent. QB3.

Philip Lindsey- Lindsey had a surprisingly quiet day versus the Niners, but was able to salvage it with a touchdown. He has a chance to bounce back versus a Browns defense that is allowing the fifth most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this year. RB1.  

Courtland Sutton - Sutton struggled in what was supposed to be his breakout game after the Broncos lost Emmanuel Sanders . Unfortunately, he dealt with an injury and was unable to convert his six targets into much. He is questionable this week with the injury and with a short week, he may be better off on your bench. WR4.

DaeSean Hamilton - Hamilton was very good, running the majority of his routes out of the slot replacing Sanders. Sanders was very productive in that position with Keenum and Hamilton runs great routes and has nice size for the position. Hamilton is going to be very valuable going forward. WR3.

Tim Patrick - Patrick surprisingly led the Broncos in targets. He is a big target for Keenum, but there is unlikely going to be enough targets week to week for all these receivers in Denver. WR4.

Prediction: The Browns win 27-24.

Tennessee Titans vs. New York Giants

Venue: MetLife Stadium(East Rutherford)Sun. 12-16 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 43.5

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Tennessee Titans at New York Giants (-2.5), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last meeting (12/7/14): The Giants won 36-7. Eli Manning threw for 260 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. Andre Williams rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Odell Beckham caught 11 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. Zach Mettenberger threw for 125 yards and an interception. Jake Locker rused for 28 yards on two carries. Derek Hagan caught six passes for 62 yards.

Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota - Mariota played a conservative game as Derrick Henry ran all over the Jacksonville defense. Mariota doesn’t have a ton of upside, but this won’t happen again. That being said, the conservative nature of the offense and his own limitation keep him in the low end QB2 tier.

Derrick Henry - Henry reminded all of us what he could have been in fantasy if he ever got a full workload with a once in a lifetime game. Unfortunately, most fantasy owners had him on the bench (unless you were playing me apparently.) This game may mean more carries for Henry over Dion Lewis , but there is no guarantee the Titans won’t revert back to a committee. RB2.

Corey Davis - With Henry running wild, the Titans didn’t throw much. I would imagine this would be a decent bounceback game for Davis, but much of that relies on Mariota and the game script. WR3.

New York Giants

Eli Manning - Manning benefited from the Redskins offense turning the ball over in their own end, giving him short fields for some easy scores. He has a much tougher matchup this week versus a Titans defense allowing the seventh fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this year. QB3.

Saquon Barkley - Barkley continues to be masterful when he touches the ball. He carved up a very good front seven of the REdskins on his way to the most rushing yards in a game of his career. He has a tough matchup here versus the Titans, but he is a must start RB1 every week.

Odell Beckham Jr.- Beckham was a surprise inactive last week, but is hoping to be active this week in Tennessee. If active, he is a WR1.

Sterling Shepard - If not for a late touchdown, Shepard would have been a non-factor in a game were Beckham wasn’t even on the field. WR5.

Evan Engram - With Beckham out, Engram was able to be pretty productive versus the Redskins. This has been a disappointing season for Engram, but if Beckham is out again, he would be worth a flyer in some formats. TE2.

Prediction: The Titans win 17-15.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Baltimore Ravens

Venue: M&T Bank Stadium(Baltimore)Sun. 12-16 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 46.5

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Baltimore Ravens (-8), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (10/12/14): The Ravens won 48-17. Joe Flacco threw for 306 yards and five touchdowns. Justin Forsett rushed for 111 yards on 14 carries. Steve Smith caught five passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. Mike Glennon threw for 314 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Doug Martin rushed for 45 yards on 11 carries. Louis Murphy caught seven passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston - Winston started off hot versus the Saints, but faltered in the second half. Winston has delivered decent fantasy numbers since taking the starting role back over from Ryan Fitzpatrick . He has a very tough matchup this week versus one of the league’s best pass defenses in Baltimore. QB2.

Peyton Barber - Barber struggled to find running room versus the Saints. He has an even tougher test this week versus the Ravens who have allowed the third fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. RB3.

Mike Evans - After starting the year off hot, Evans has been more hit or miss than a consistent part of most fantasy rosters. That is in larger part due to the quarterback play an emergence of other options in the offense. That being said, Evans is a physical beast and can go off at any time. This isn’t a great matchup, but Jimmy Smith has struggled at times covering larger receivers. WR2.

DeSean Jackson - Likely out.

Adam Humphries - Humphries had been pretty consistent there for a few weeks, but disappointed in what should've been a fantastic matchup against New Orleans. This is a much tougher matchup versus the Ravens, so he is best to avoid. WR5.

Chris Godwin - Godwin really struggled to get open versus Marcus Lattimore and the Saints. This won’t be a much better matchup with Marlon Humphrey covering him. WR4.

Cameron Brate - Brate had a great day, snagging both of Winston’s touchdown passes. This won’t likely repeat regularly as they were the only two catches of the day and he has yet to register more than three receptions in a game this season. TE2.

Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson - Jackson has been officially named the starter even with Flacco back. He is still raw as a passer, but has shown some flashes that will make him very interesting down the stretch and into next season. He gets a fantastic matchup this week versus a Bucs team that has allowed fourth most points per game to opposing quarterbacks this year. QB2.

Joe Flacco - Now just an elite backup QB.

Gus Edwards - Edwards led the backfield versus the Chiefs, but Kenneth Dixon is starting to eat into the touches. Edwards has some value, but Dixon is the better upside play this week versus Tampa. RB2.

Kenneth Dixon - Dixon was great in limited carries versus Kansas City, but according to head coach John Harbaugh, that should begin to change. Dixon is clearly the more talented back in Baltimore and the workload should start to reflect that. He gets a fantastic matchup this week versus a Bucs team that has allowed fourth most points per game to opposing running backs this year. RB2.

Michael Crabtree , John Brown , Willie Snead - With Jackson a the QB, the Ravens will have a more run heavy approach and none of these guys are startable at the moment. WR5s.

Prediction: The Ravens win 26-16.

Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears

Venue: Soldier Field(Chicago)Sun. 12-16 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 45

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Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (-5.5), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (9/9/18, Week 1): The Bears won 24-23. Mitch Trubisky threw for 171 yards. Jordan Howard rushed for 82 yards on 15 carries. Allen Robinson caught four passes for 61 yards. Aaron Rodgers threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns. Jamal Williams rushed for 47 yards on 15 carries. Randall Cobb caught nine passes for 142 yards and a touchdown.

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers - Rodgers was better without McCarthy running the offense on the way to a two-score victory over the Falcons. It wasn’t much of a test defensively for the Packers. However, that changes this week versus a fantastic defense in Chicago. He was able to beat them for three scores to start the season, but I wouldn’t count on that happening in Chicago. QB2.

Aaron Jones - With Mike McCarthy gone, the Packers actually feed Aaron Jones a bit more than they had been doing. He has now scored seven rushing touchdowns since their week 7 bye. However, the Bears have one of the best run defenses in the league, so there won’t be much running room this week like there was versus the porous Falcons D. Jones is still an RB2, but there is a ton of risk.

Davante Adams -  Adams continues pile up the fantasy points in the best season of his career. He is clearly the top option for Rodgers in the offense and in spite of a tough matchup versus Kyle Fuller , he is a must start WR1.

Randall Cobb -Cobb returned from injury and was the second most targeted player in the offense versus the Falcons. This was a good showing for Cobb considering how disappointing his season has been. However, he matches up with Sherrick McManis in the slot who has been fantastic this year. WR5.

Jimmy Graham - Likely out this week after not practicing Wednesday.

Chicago Bears

Mitchell Trubisky - Trubisky was once again buoyed by his great defense in the victory over the Rams. He has had brief moments where he was good this year, but he has also shown his lack of development. He is a boom or bust QB2 versus a struggling Packers defense.  

Jordan Howard -  Howard was pretty good versus a tough front seven of the Rams, rushing for 100 for the first time this season. The Bears are very committed to the run and should attempt to establish it again to help keep the Packers offense off the field RB2.

Tarik Cohen - Cohen has been very hit or miss this season. However, he has three straight double digit point fantasy games in larger part due to the amount of passes he can catch out of the backfield. RB2.

Allen Robinson - Robinson led the receivers in targets, but Trubisky’s reluctance to throw down the field and his inability to be consistent with his accuracy hold Robinson back. WR3.

Trey Burton - Burton has been an afterthought in this offense for a while. TE2.

Prediction: The Bears win 18-17.

Detroit Lions vs. Buffalo Bills

Venue: Ralph Wilson Stadium(Orchard Park)Sun. 12-16 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 39.5

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Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills (-2.5), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last Meeting (10/5/14): The Bills won 17-14. Kyle Orton threw for 308 yards and a touchdown. Fred Jackson rushed for 49 yards on 10 carries. Sammy Watkins caught seven passes for 87 yards. Matthew Stafford threw for 231 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. George Winn rushed for 48 yards on 11 carries. Golden Tate caught seven passes for 134 yards and a touchdown.

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford - Stafford played a conservative game versus the Cardinals, only throwing 23 times in the contest. The Lions controlled the pace of the game and shutdown the Cards. He gets a tough test versus a Bills defense that is allowing the fewest points per game to opposing QBs, so it is best to stay away.

Zach Zenner and LeGarrette Blount - Zenner and Blount shared carries versus the Cardinals and Zenner was clearly the better back. There is a chance that Johnson returns this week, but if he remains out, Zenner becomes an interesting play this week.

Kerryon Johnson -  Johnson missed another game with injury, but is looking like he is getting ready for a return. If he plays, he is an RB2 versus a Bills defense allowing the ninth most fantasy points per game this season.

Kenny Golladay - Golladay struggled versus Patrick Peterson in the game against the Cardinals. Golladay has been very hit or miss since the Lions traded Golden Tate and lost Marvin Jones . He is a premium talent, but the struggles may continue this week versu Tre’Davious White and the Bills good pass defense. WR3.

Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen - Allen has been truly atrocious throwing the ball, but has retained a bunch of fantasy value in the running game. He now has three straight games of at least 18 points and has moved himself into QB2 territory. There is a ton of risk here considering the Lions have only allowed 62 total rushing yards to quarterbacks this season. Low-end QB2.

LeSean McCoy - Most likely out.

Chris Ivory - Ivory will take on the lead back role with McCoy out. Ivory is a bruiser and has looked good in limited time this season. However, the Lions have been decent against the run as of late only allowing one back over the century mark (Todd Gurley ) since Week 9. RB3.

Zay Jones - Jones struggled versus the Jets in spite of leading the team in targets. This is the life with Alen throwing the ball, but it is a good sign that he is getting so many targets. That being said, he will see a lot of Darius Slay , which takes him down a peg or two. WR4.

Robert Foster - Foster has been very good since the return of Allen. He has a much better matchup than Jones as well versus Mike Ford . Foster has a ton of risk, but is worth the gamble in deeper formats. WR3.

Prediction: The Lions win 17-13.

Miami Dolphins vs. Minnesota Vikings

Venue: U.S. Bank Stadium(Minneapolis)Sun. 12-16 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 44.5

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Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings (-7), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/21/14): The Dolphins won 37-35. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 259 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Matt Asiata rushed for 58 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Greg Jennings caught three passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Tannehill threw for 396 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception. Lamar Miller rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Charles Clay caught six passes for 114 yards.

Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins - Cousins struggled for the second straight week versus the Seahawks. Cousins had been very good this season, but faltered in Seattle. He gets a chance to redeem himself versus a Dolphins with pretty poor corners. QB1.

Dalvin Cook - Cook seems to finally be rounding back into pre-injury form, receiving his most touches since Week 1. The firing of the offensive coordinator this week may lead to a recommitment to the running game as well. He gets a Dolphins defense that has allowed the seventh most fantasy points and the fourth most rushing yards per game to opposing running backs this season. RB1.

Stefon Diggs - Diggs returned from injury and put up a nice game in a tough matchup versus the Seahawks. He has a nice matchup this week versus Torry McTyer, who is the Dolphins worst corner. With the Vikings looking to run the ball more, Diggs may not get all the targets fantasy owners want, but he is still a WR2.

Adam Thielen - Thielen put up one of his worst fantasy games this year versus Seattle, but was still decent. He has scored at least 12 fantasy points in every game this season and has nine touchdowns on the year. He is still the favorite target of Cousins and a change in offensive philosophy won’t change that. WR1.

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill - In spite of getting injured versus the Patriots, Tannehill was able to finish and put up a decent line. A good portion of the production was buoyed by the insane game winning play that involved laterals and a missed tackle by Gronk. He gets a much tougher test this week versus a Vikings defense allowing the fifth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. QB2.

Kenyan Drake - Drake was the final nail in the Patriots coffin, but was otherwise useless in the game. Even Brandon Bolden was more productive before the final play. At this point, you can’t trust Drake. RB4.

Frank Gore - Gore was the main ball carries versus New England, but lost out on the goalline carries to Brandon Bolden . Bolden hadn’t had two carries all season prior to this game, so he isn’t much of a challenge to Gore or Drake. However, the Vikings have allowed the seventh fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season, so the upside is limited further than it already has been. RB3.

DeVante Parker - Parker was unable to break free in the game as the Patriots made a point of not letting him get open. He will likely have just as tough of a time versus Xavier Rhodes this week. WR4.

Kenny Stills - Stills had a monster game as the Patriots attention was focused elsewhere. Still had been largely disappointing all season long, but this was a reminder of the chemistry he has shown in the past with Tannehill. It is hard to trust him with this matchup, but he is a WR3.

Prediction: The Vikings win 27-13.

Oakland Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Venue: Paul Brown Stadium(Cincinnati)Sun. 12-16 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 46

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Oakland Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals (-3), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (9/13/15): The Bengals won 33-13. Andy Dalton threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Jeremy Hill rushed for 63 yards and two touchdowns. Tyler Eifert caught nine passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Matt McGloin threw for 142 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Latavius Murray rushed for 44 yards on 11 carries. Amari Cooper caught five passes for 47 yards.

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr - Carr was pretty good versus on the road versus Pittsburgh. Carr is playing for his future with the team and has now put up eight straight games without an interception and back to back multi-touchdown games. He gets a Bengals defense allowing the second most points per game to opposing quarterbacks. He is a risk/reward QB2.

Doug Martin - With Jalen Richard ailing, Martin should continue to get the majority of the touches out of the backfield. Martin has the most red zone carries in the NFL over the last two weeks and faces a Bengals defense allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season. There is risk, but he an RB2 this week.

Jordy Nelson - Nelson has emerged as the top play of the Raiders wide receivers with Carr playing better. He has two straight double digit games, but has a tough matchup this week versus the Bengals best corner in William Jackson . WR3.

Andre Roberts - Roberts was tied with Nelson for the most target for Raiders wide outs versus Pittsburgh. Roberts is a low upside play, but could get some looks versus Darqueze Dennard out of the slot. WR5.

Jared Cook - With the offense starting to be productive, Cook has been great again. He now has double digit fantasy points in each of his last four games and back to back 100 yard receiving games. He is obviously the safest play on this offense. TE1.

Cincinnati Bengals

Jeff Driskel - Driskel was better than he had been in Week 13, but that isn’t saying much. He faces a Raiders defense that is allowing the sixth most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season, but that isn’t a reason to start him as the Bengals will likely try and ground it out versus Oakland. QB3.

Joe Mixon -With Driskel running the offense, Mixon should continue to get a ton of carries and targets as the offense takes a more conservative approach. The Raiders allow the eighth most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, so it should be a nice day for him. RB2.

Tyler Boyd - Boyd is the only receiver on the Bengals that matters now that A.J. Green is done for the year. Driskel is more comfortable throwing the short and intermediate routes where Boyd eats. He has a fantastic matchup versus Marcus Gilchrist , who has struggled this year in coverage. There is obvious risk with Driskel throwing the ball, but Boyd is WR2.

Prediction: The Raiders win 22-13.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Atlanta Falcons

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium(Atlanta)Sun. 12-16 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 44

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Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons (No Line), Sunday, 1:00 pm EST.

Last Meeting (11/27/16): The Falcons won 38-19. Carson Palmer threw for 289 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. David Johnson rushed for 58 yards on 13 carries and caught eight passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. Matt Ryan threw for 269 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Devonta Freeman rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Taylor Gabriel caught four passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns.

Arizona Cardinals

Josh Rosen - Rosen continues to struggle to put up fantasy numbers even when the Cardinals are less than conservative. Rosen has talent, but he is extremely raw and prone to mistakes. He has a great matchup here versus a Falcons’ defense allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, but is still just a QB3.  

David Johnson - Johnson struggled to get things going on the ground, but excelled in the passing game. Johnson has a ton of talent, but has struggled along with the rest of the offense and has been poorly utilized. He gets a Falcons defense that is atrocious against the run, so he remains an RB1.

Larry Fitzgerald - Fitzgerald led the receivers with nine targets and that should continue moving forward. However, with Rosen under center, Fitzgerald will most likely be more hit than miss. WR4.

Trent Sheffield and J.J. Nelson - With Christian Kirk done for the season, both Sheffield and Nelson saw seven targets a piece. This is encouraging for them, but with Rosen running the offense, it is hard to trust any receiver in this offense.

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan - Ryan was very good against a reeling Packers defense, throwing for his first three touchdown game since Week 9 versus the REdskins. While the Cardinals are bad, they actually have performed well against the pass this year allowing the third fewest points per game to opposing QBs in larger part because they are so bad versus the run. Ryan is a risky play in one quarterback formats this week in spite of what some may think. QB2.

Devonta Freeman - On IR, eligible to return.

Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith - The two backs split carries almost 50/50 versus the Packers. Smith was the more productive of the two and could be passing Coleman on the depth chart. This is a fantastic matchup and both backs are flex worthy, but there is risk considering the split.

Julio Jones - Remember when Julio didn’t score touchdowns? Since breaking the dam in Week 9, Jones has scored five touchdowns in six games and been one of the top receivers in fantasy outside of getting shut down in Week 13. He has a tough matchup with Patrick Peterson , but he is a must start every week. WR1.

Calvin Ridley - Over his last five games, Ridley has only score more than seven fantasy points once. Ridley has boom or bust this season, so now is not the time to bet your fantasy playoffs on him. WR4.

Mohamed Sanu - If Ridley is boom or bust, Sanu is the opposite, a steady Eddy. He isn’t sexy, but he is going to get his handful of catches and 50-60 yards. WR4.

Austin Hooper - Hooper left Sunday’s game versus the Packers with a knee injury and is looking doubtful to play versus the Cardinals. If he plays, Hooper has upside, but he also has the tendency to disappear. TE2.

Prediction: The Falcons win 27-10.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Indianapolis Colts

Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium(Indianapolis)Sun. 12-16 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 47

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Dallas Cowboys at Indianapolis Colts (No Line), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last meeting (12/21/14): The Cowboys won 42-7. Matt Hasselbeck threw for 126 yards and a touchdown. Daniel Herron rushed for three yards on seven carries. Hakeem Nicks caught nine passes for 72 yards. Tony Romo threw for 218 yards and four touchdowns. DeMarco Murray rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown. Jason Witten caught seven passes for 90 yards and a touchdown.

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott - Prescott had one of the more surprising lines of the week versus the Eagles. Taking advantage of the plethora of injuries that Philadelphia has in the secondary, Prescott aired is out over 50 times. He had three touchdowns and three turnovers in the affair, but was able to do enough to win the game. He will likely revert back to a game manager this week versus the Colts, but he showed the upside we have been missing. QB2.

Ezekiel Elliott - Elliott did not practice on Wednesday as he rested the stinger he sustained in the game last week. This isn’t expected to keep him out this week, but fantasy owners should grab Rod Smith just in case. RB1.

Amari Cooper - Cooper had a field day versus the graveyard that is the Eagles secondary. Cooper has been fantastic since being traded to the Cowboys. He won’t have these kind of explosions all the time, but he has moved into WR1 territory based on his target shares and playmaking ability.

Michael Gallup - Gallup was second in targets amongst the wide receivers. He is clearly the #2 now, but there won’t often be enough production in the passing game to make him more than a GGP play at times. WR4.

Indianapolis Colts  

Andrew Luck - Luck rebounded versus the Texans after posting his first dud of the season versus Jacksonville in Week 13. He has thrown at least two touchdowns in every game except one this season. While this is a tough test versus a Cowboys defense that is playing at an elite level, it is hard to bench one of the most consistent QBs in fantasy this year. QB1.

Marlon Mack - Mack struggled to find running room versus the Texans, but was able to get into endzone to help his overall line. Mack has been mediocre as of late, but is getting the majority of touches out of the backfield. He has another tough test versus the Cowboys who are allowing the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season. RB2.

T.Y. Hilton - Hilton went off versus the Texans secondary. Hilton no has five straight games with at least double digit fantasy points since the Colts bye week. He has a tough matchup versus the Byron Jones who has been elite this season, so Hilton is a WR2 this week.

Eric Ebron - Ebron continues to get a ton of targets in the offense and now that Jack Doyle is out for the season, he should be option 1B for Luck in the Colts passing game. TE1.

Prediction: The Cowboys win 24-20.

Washington Redskins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Venue: EverBank Field(Jacksonville)Sun. 12-16 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 36

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Washington Redskins at Jacksonville Jaguars (-7), Sunday, 1:00 pm EST.

Last meeting (9/14/14): The Redskins won 41-10. Chad Henne threw for 193 yards, one touchdown, and an interception and rushed for 17 yards. Allen Robinson caught four passes for 75 yards. Kirk Cousins threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Alfred Morris rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Niles Paul caught eight passes for 99 yards and a touchdown.

Washington Redskins

Josh Johnson - Johnson was signed last week to replace Colt McCoy and has already passed Mark Sanchez on the depth chart. That being said, you can’t trust him in a matchup versus the Jaguars who have had 10 days to prepare after being embarrassed by the Titans. QB3.

Adrian Peterson - Peterson only received 10 carries as the Redskins fell behind and were forced into a more pass friendly offense. That likely won’t happen this week, but Peterson is stuck in neutral with the rest of the offense. RB3.

Chris Thompson - Thompson got more work as the REdskins were forced to air it out a bit more. That may be the case more this week as well, but right now there isn’t fantasy player on the Redskins worth starting. RB4.

Jamison Crowder - Crowder made his return and was productive in spite of only hauling in two catches. The whole offense is a joke right now, but Crowder is worth rostering, just not starting right now.

Josh Doctson - In concussion protocol. Likely out.

Jordan Reed - Doubtful

Jacksonville Jaguars

Cody Kessler - Kessler was not very good in spite of having to throw a bunch once the Jags fell behind early. Kessler isn’t a good quarterback, he is just the best they have right now. QB3.

Leonard Fournette - Fournette struggled to find running room versus the Titans and then the Jags had to abandon the run due to game script. He should rebound nicely here versus a Redskins defense that was just torched on the ground for 170 yards by Saquon Barkley . RB1.

Dede Westbrook - Westbrook looks like the new favorite target for Kessler. However, the Jaguars won’t likely be in a position to throw 40+ times again this week as the defense should keep the anemic Redskins in their place. Westbrook has some upside, but he is more of a WR3.

Donte Moncrief - Moncrief was tied with Westbrook with 10 targets, but the Titans  did a good job of not letting the Jags back in the game. He will face off against Josh Norman , so he won’t likely have a big game.

Prediction: The Jaguars win 13-10.

Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers

Venue: Levi's Stadium(Santa Clara)Sun. 12-16 @ 4:05 pm ESTOver/Under: 44

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Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (+5), Sunday, 4:25 pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/2/18, Week 13): The Seahawks won 43-16. Nick Mullens threw for 414 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Justin Wilson rushed for 61 yards on 15 carries. Dante Pettis caught five passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Russell Wilson threw for 185 yards and four touchdowns. Chris Carson rushed for 69 yards on 13 carries. Jaron Brown caught three passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns.

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson - Wilson struggled mightily versus the Vikings defense. He did enough to not lose the game as the defense and running game bailed him out. He should be able to redeem himself this week versus a Niners defense he threw four touchdowns against two weeks ago. QB1.

Chris Carson - Carson ran all over the Vikings defense in the victory. If his last four games he has scored double digit fantasy points in each contest. Carson isn't a high upside back, but he is getting a ton of touches in an offense that wants to run the ball. RB2.

Rashaad Penny - Just a handcuff.

Doug Baldwin - Did not play on Monday night. Doubtful for this week.

Tyler Lockett - With Baldwin out, Lockett returned to being the most targeted wide receiver. He has been boom or bust much of the season, but has now scored double digit fantasy points in each of his last four games. WR2.

San Francisco 49ers

Nick Mullens - Mullen was pretty good in the first half versus a tough pass rush against Denver. Things fell apart in the second half for him however. He had a good game versus Seattle a few weeks ago, but getting seen or the second time may not be good for the unseasoned QB. QB3.

Matt Breida - Likely out.

Jeff Wilson - Wilson was decent versus the Broncos in his first ever start. Wilson has shown he can carry the load and with Breida likely out, he should do it again. He gets a Seattle defense that is middle of the pack versus the run, but gives up a ton of yards to opposing receiving backs. RB2.

Dante Pettis - Pettis has turned into the favorite wide receiver of Mullens. Pettis is a big play guy who was able to make a bunch of big plays in Seattle a couple of weeks ago. There is risk, but he is a WR3.

George Kittle - Kittle racked up 210 yards receiving in the first half versus Denver only to be shut out completely in the second half. Once Denver concentrated on taking him away, that spelled the end to the almost record breaking day. Seattle has been very good against the tight end this season, but Kittle is a must start every week because of his target share and workload. TE1.

Prediction: The Seahawks win 30-10.

New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Venue: Heinz Field(Pittsburgh)Sun. 12-16 @ 4:25 pm ESTOver/Under: 53.5

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New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers (+1), Sunday, 4:25 pm EST

Last Meeting (12/17/17): The Patriots won 27-24. Tom Brady threw for 298 yards, one touchdowns, and an interception. Dion Lewis rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Rob Gronkowski caught nine passes for 168 yards. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 281 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Le’veon Bell rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. JuJu Smith-Schuster caught sox passes for 114 yards.

New England

Tom Brady - Brady was fantastic, carving up the Dolphins secondary in the loss in Miami. Brady has been pretty consistent all season, with only two games with last than 14.9 points. He gets a Steelers team that is reeling after just losing to Derek Carr and the Raiders at home. QB1.

Sony Michel - Michel continues to lead the running game, but a disturbing trend has emerged in the New England backfield with James Develin stealing the goalline carries. Unfortunately, this lowers Michel’s ceiling, but he is still an RB2 versus the Steelers.

James White - White was not very involved in the game plan versus Miami. This is a rare affair, but can happen as Bill Belichick loves to mix things up in the backfield. White should return to being an RB2 this week.

Julian Edelman - Edelman continues to be the favorite target of Brady. Since returning from suspension, Edelman has scored at least 12 fantasy points in every game, but one this season. He should have no problem getting there again. WR2.  

Josh Gordon - Gordon has scored at least 12 fantasy points in each of his last five games since acclimating to the offense in New England. He hasn’t had the monster game yet, but Brady relies on him down the field. He gets a nice matchup with Coty Sensabaugh who has struggled on the outside at times this season. WR2.

Rob Gronkowski - Gronk had his first big game since Week 1 this year. It was a bit overshadowed due the ugly mistackle on the final player of the game, but Gronk finally looks healthy(ish) and was a big part of the offense. While he has disappointed most fantasy owners this year, he is still a TE1 based on the ceiling he possesses.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger - Big Ben was injured in the game versus the Raiders, but is expected to play versus the Patriots. Ben was good when he was on the field, but the Steelers got conservative and allowed the Raiders to stay in the game. The Steelers will likely have to open it up more with the Patriots coming to town, so expect a big game for Ben if healthy. QB1.

James Connor- Likely out again.

Jaylen Samuels - Samuels led the backfield versus the Raiders and was unimpressive in the running game. However, he was able to make up for that in the passing game. If Connor is out again, he is a PPR RB2.

Antonio Brown - Brown was held in check by the Raiders in a surprising stinker of a game. The Raiders let Smith-Schuster run wild, but made a point of not being beat by Brown. That won’t happen very often and Brown is still one of the best receivers in fantasy. WR1.

JuJu Smith-Schuster - Juju had a field day versus the Raiders, carving them up out of the slot. He has now scored double digit fantasy points in all but one game this season and he has three 30+ point games in that span. He will see a lot of J.C. Jackson, so expect another big day. WR1.

Prediction: The Patriots win 33-30.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Los Angeles Rams

Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum(Los Angeles)Sun. 12-16 @ 8:20 pm ESTOver/Under: 52.5

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Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams (-9), Sunday, 8:20 pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/10/17): The Eagles won 43-35. Carson Wentz threw for 291 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception. Jay Ajayi rushed for 78 yards on 15 carries. Torrey Smith caught six passes for 100 yards. Jared Goff threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Todd Gurley rushed for 96 yards and two touchdown on 13 carries. Cooper Kupp caught five passes for 118 yards and a touchdown.

Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz - Doubtful to play.

Nick Foles - Foles will likely step in for Wentz who is dealing with a back issue. Foles was awful to start the season, so it appears he no longer has his magic fairy dust from the championship run last season. Facing a tough Rams defense is not the way anyone wants to start things off. QB3.

Josh Adams - Adams struggled to find running room versus the Cowboys defense. He is clearly the lead back in Philly, but this is not a good matchup as the Rams will likely try and force foles to throw by stacking the box. RB3.

Alshon Jeffery - With Foles returning as QB, most of the receivers in this offense lose a ton of value. Pair that up with Jeffery squaring off with Aqib Talib and it is a recipe for your bench. WR3.

Golden Tate - Tate was bottled up versus the Cowboys. The Cowboys made sure that he wouldn’t beat them. With Foles taking over as QB, Tate may lose a little value, but he can also be an important outlet receiver for Foles. WR2.

Zach Ertz - The Cowboy did a good job of taking Ertz out of the game plan, but that is something that is unlikely to happen often. Foles will likely rely on him quite a bit, so expect him to continue to return TE1 numbers.

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff - Goff was truly atrocious versus the fierce Bears defense. He  made a ton of mistake when dealing with pressure and cost his team a chance to win. He should rebound nicely this week as the Eagles are down a ton of corners in their secondary. QB1.

Todd Gurley - Gurley struggled for the first time this season versus the Bears. Gurley has put up MVP numbers this year and while last week was disappointing, he should continue to be a monster for fantasy. RB1.

Brandin Cooks - Cooks struggled along with Goff in the game at Chicago. Cooks and the rest of the offense should bounceback this week versus a Eagles defense that is on their fourth and fifth corners. WR1.

Robert Woods - In spite of Goff’s poor performance, Woods put up decent enough numbers. He should have a field day though this week versus the Eagles swiss cheese secondary. WR1.

Josh Reynolds - Reynolds received seven targets in the game versus Chicago. He hasn’t put up much production since the team lost Kupp, but if he is going to do anything this is the week versus a beat up eagles defense. WR3.

Prediction: The Rams win 37-20.

New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers

Venue: Bank of America Stadium(Charlotte)Mon. 12-17 @ 8:15 pm ESTOver/Under: 50.5

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New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers (+6.5), Monday, 8:15 pm EST.

Last Meeting (1/7/18, Wild Card Playoffs): The Saints won 31-26. Cam Newton threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns. Jonathan Stewart rushed for 51 yards on 11 carries. Greg Olsen caught six passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. Drew Brees threw for 376 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Alvin Kamara rushed for 23 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Michael Thomas caught eight passes for 131 yards.

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees -  Brees struggled in the game at Tampa, but did enough in the second half to help the team comeback and salvage his fantasy day. It was his second straight shaky performance, but he should get a chance to redeem himself versus a Panthers secondary that has struggled a lot as of late. QB1.

Mark Ingram - Ingram split carries with Kamara, but was able to get into the endzone, which helped salvage a disappointing fantasy day. He has a tough test this week versus a Panthers defense that has allowed the sixth fewest fantasy points per game. RB2.

Alvin Kamara - Kamara did not have a big day, but was productive enough to not hurt too many fantasy owners. Kamara isd a special player that can do so much in all aspects of the game. This is a tough matchup, but he is a must start RB1.

Michael Thomas - In spite of Brees’ struggles, Thomas still put up a noce fantasy day to rebound from a couple of bad games. Thomas is the top receiver in New Orleans and there no longer appears to be any competition for targets in the receiver corps. He should have a big day in Carolina. WR1.

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton - Newton put up his worst game of the season versus the Browns. Cam has still been very good this year for fantasy, scoring double digit points in every game this season. This was the first time since week that he hasn’t thrown at least two touchdowns, so he should bounce back fine. QB1.

Christian McCaffrey -  McCaffrey continues to be a monster for fantasy.  He has put up at last 21 fantasy points in all but one of his last seven games and he has averaged over 30 points during those seven weeks. He has a tough test versus a stout Saints run defense, but he can hurt defenses in so many ways, he is a must start. RB1.

D.J. Moore - Moore struggled along with Newton, but has clearly jumped Devin Funchess as the #1 receiver in the offense. Moore is extremely talented, but can be a bit sloppy in routes. He has scored at least double digit fantasy points in each of the last four weeks and has a nice matchup versus Eli Apple . WR2.

Ian Thomas - Thomas saw 11 targets in the loss to Cleveland. Filling in for Greg Olsen , THomas has been pretty productive over the last two weeks. However, the Saints have been great against the tight end this season, allowing the third fewest fantasy points per game to the position. TE2.

Prediction: The Saints win 34-17.

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Venue: Arrowhead Stadium(Kansas City)Thu. 12-13 @ 8:20 pm ESTOver/Under: 54.5

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Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5), Thursday, 8:20 pm EST.

Last meeting (9/9/18, Week 1): The Chiefs won 38-28. Patrick Mahomes threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns. Kareem Hunt rushed for 49 yards on 16 carries. Tyreek Hill caught seven passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Philip Rivers threw for 424 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Melvin Gordon rushed for 64 yards on 15 carries. Keenan Allen caught eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.

Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers - Rivers struggled in what should have been a fantastic matchup versus the Bengals. While some of that could be a result of missing Melvin Gordon , he gets a fantastic opportunity to bounceback versus a dreadful defense in Kansas City against a Chiefs team giving up the fifth most fantasy points per game. QB1.

Melvin Gordon - Gordon was unable to go versus the Bengals and is a game time decision versus the Chiefs. If he starts, he is an RB1, but if he cannot go, Justin Jackson becomes an interesting play with Ekeler in concussion protocol and unlikely to play this week.

Austin Ekeler - Out.

Justin Jackson - Jackson struggled in limited touches versus the Bengals. However, if Gordon cannot go, he will have virtually the entire backfield to himself versus a Chiefs defense that is allowing the third most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. RB2.

Keenan Allen - Allen was great once again, in spite of Rivers struggling. He has now scored at least 17 points in each of the last six games since the Chargers bye week. The The Chiefs have given up a ton of points through the air this season, so expect another good game for Allen. WR1.

Tyrell Williams - Williams has struggled since the bye week, catching a total of 12 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown in his last six games. Rivers has spread the ball around quite a bit to the receivers not named Keenan Allen and that has put a damper on Wiliams’ fantasy value. There is upside in an affair that should be high scoring, but Williams is a gamble. WR4.

Mike Williams - Williams did not do a ton of damage versus the Bengals, but he did receive the second most targets in the game for the Chargers. He has been a boom or bust player most of the season, but could be a worthy gamble this week in Kansas City considering this should be a shootout. WR4.

Kansas City

Patrick Mahomes - Mahomes has been absolutely insane this season, putting up at least 20 points in every game except one this season. He gets a Chargers defense that has allowed the fourth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this year, but he is the top fantasy quarterback rest of the way.

Spencer Ware - Ware left Sunday’s game versus the Bengals with a shoulder injury, but he was able to return to the game in spite of it. He is expected to play this week, but missed practice on Tuesday. If for some reason he is not able to go, Damien Williams would be the starter and become an instant flex play. Ware has been good enough in the high-powered offense since taking over for Kareem Hunt . RB2.

Tyreek Hill - Hill was fantastic once again for the Chiefs. He led the team with 14 targets and has been one of Mahomes’ favorite targets all season long. With Watkins still hurt, he is the only receiver in the Chiefs offense that matters. WR1.

Sammy Watkins - Unlikely to play versus the Chargers.

Travis Kelce - Kelce continues to be one of the best tight ends in the league. Since the disappointing Week 1 game versus the Chargers, he has scored at least double digit points in every game this year.. It will be hard for the Chargers to shut Kelce down a second time. TE1.

Prediction: Chiefs win 33-26.

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