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NFL Matchups - Week 7 Preview

Tennessee Titans vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Venue: Wembley Stadium(London)Sun. 10-21 @ 9:30 am EDTOver/Under: 45

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Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Chargers in London (-6.5), Sunday, 9:30 am EST.

Last Meeting (11/6/16): The Chargers won 43-35. Marcus Mariota threw for 313 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. DeMarco Murray rushed for 51 yards and a touchdown. Kendall Wright caught two passes for 64 yards. Philip Rivers threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns. Melvin Gordon rushed for 196 yards and a touchdown. Antonio Gates caught five passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.

 

Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota - Mariota threw for 117 yards versus the Ravens. The Ravens really baffled Mariota, but even when he had chances, he struggled to convert. Mariota has always lacked consistency, but there are questions about his health that may also contributing to the lack of performance. Right now it is really hard to start him. QB2.

Dion Lewis - Lewis ran for nine yards on five carries versus the Ravens. Lewis has barley been involved in the gameplans for the Titans in recent weeks and now is being completely out-outched by Henry. However, he gets a Chargers defense allowing the fourth most receiving yards to opposing running backs, so he is a borderline flex this week.

Derrick Henry - Henry rushed for 21 yards on seven carries versus the Ravens. Henry struggled to find running room versus a tough Ravens defense and may struggle again in this one as the Chargers front seven is pretty good. The Titans will likely try and pound the ball to protect Mariota, but right now this entire offense is stalled and can’t be trusted. RB3.

Corey Davis - Davis caught one pass for 24 yards versus the Ravens. Davis only received four targets in the game, but that was actually double of anyone else on the team versus Baltimore. He should see more volume this week, but anemic offense holds his value down toa WR3.

Tajae Sharpe and Taywan Taylor - Sharpe caught two passes for 33 yards and Taylor caught one pass for 13 yards versus the Ravens. Worth monitoring and stashing in deeper formats, but right now there isn’t enough firepower in this offense for either of these guys.

 

Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers - Rivers threw for 207 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception versus the Browns. With Browns struggling to defend against the run, Rivers was not forced to throw much. The Titans are a very good team defensively, but Rivers is still a high-end QB2 this week.

Melvin Gordon - Melvin Gordon rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns versus the Browns. Last week was the Melvin Gordon show as he showed everyone what he can do when he is fed. Gordon is one of the few true studs at the position and is virtually always an RB1.

Austin Ekeler - Ekeler rushed for 60 yards on seven carries versus the Browns. Ekeler got more work than he usually would in the blowout and with the Titans struggling offensively, he could get \a fair amount of work here. It is hard to start him, but Ekeler is a risky RB4.

Keenan Allen - Allen caught four passes for 41 yards versus the Browns. Allen was largely held in check, but that had a fair amount to do with the game script. He should be fine this week in spite of a tough matchup with Logan Allen. WR1.

Tyrell Williams - Williams caught three passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns versus the Browns. Williams led all the wide receivers on the team in snap count and in spite of only getting four targets, he went off. He will likely get a lot of Adoree Jackson which is a tough matchup the way the second-year corner looks so far. WR3.

Mike Williams - Williams caught one pass for four yards versus the Browns. Williams was targeted more than Tyrell, but has really struggled the last few weeks. This may be just a sophomore slump or something more considering his injury history. Keep an eye on Mike. WR4.

 

Prediction: Chargers win 31-16.

New England Patriots vs. Chicago Bears

Venue: Soldier Field(Chicago)Sun. 10-21 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 49.5

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New England Patriots at Chicago Bears (+3), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last Meeting (10/26/14): The Patriots won 51-23. Jay Cutler threw for 227 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Matt Forte rushed for 114 yards. Martellus Bennett caught six passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. Tom Brady threw for 354 yards and five touchdowns. Jonas Gray rushed for 86 yards. Rob Gronkowski caught nine passes for 149 yards and three touchdowns.

 

New England

Tom Brady - Brady threw for 340 yards and a touchdown versus the Chiefs. In spite of a big scoring game, Brady didn’t deliver gawdy fantasy numbers, but he was very good when he needed to be and added a rushing touchdown to help boost up the line a bit. He has delivered at least 19 fantasy point in his last three games. He gets a Bears defense that was just beaten by Brock Osweiler , so he should be fine. QB1.

Sony Michel - Michel rushed for 206 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries versus the Chiefs. The Patriots used a run first approach with Michel and he went off for his biggest fantasy day of his short career. This likely won’t be repeated this week as the Bears sport a very tough run defense allowing the second fewest points per game to the position. RB2.

James White - White rushed for 39 yards on six carries and caught five passes for 53 yards versus the Chiefs. White continues to be an all around back for the Patriots, but this week he gets a Bears defense that is allowing the fewest receptions to opposing RBs. RB3.

Julian Edelman - Edelman caught four passes for 54 yards and a touchdown versus the Chiefs. Edelman received the most targets of any of the receivers and while the numbers aren’t outstanding, he did receive Brady’s only touchdown toss. He is a WR2 moving forward.

Chris Hogan - Hogan caught four passes for 78 yards versus the Chiefs. Hogan actually out produced the majority of the receivers on the team, but Hogan has been very unreliable this season with only two double digit point games this season. WR4.

Phillip Dorsett - Did not record a target versus the Chiefs. Appears Dorsett is no longer viable.

Josh Gordon - Gordon caught five passes for 42 yards versus the Chiefs. The overall numbers don’t look good at all, but Gordon received nine targets in this game so a breakout is imminent. WR3.

Cordarrelle Patterson - Patterson caught one pass for 13 yards versus the Chiefs. Patterson is no longer viable with the mouths to feed in the offense.

Rob Gronkowski - Gronk caught three passes for 97 yards versus the Chiefs. Gronk struggled a bit in this game and hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 1. That being said, you can’t bench Gronk ever. TE1.

 

Chicago Bears

Mitchell Trubisky -  Trubisky threw for 316 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception versus the Dolphins.

Jordan Howard -  Howard rushed for 69 yards on 14 carries versus the Dolphins. Howard led the backfield once again, but is slowly losing carries to Cohen. Combine that with the fact that he had a fumble in overtime that cost the Bears the game, he may be looking at more time lost. He is still getting enough carries to be interesting, but he is dropping in the RB2 tier.

Tarik Cohen - Cohen rushed for 31 yards and a touchdown and caught seven passes for 90 yards versus the Dolphins. Cohen started off the year slow, but he has now put up 20+ point games in back to back weeks. He has leapfrogged Howard in the RB2 tier.

Allen Robinson - Robinson caught five passes for 64 yards versus the Dolphins. Robinson looked fantastic last week, but the talent was never in question. It appears that the offense is finally starting to click behind Trubisky, which would make Allen a WR2, but there is still a ton of risk for regression. WR3.

Anthony Miller - Miller caught one pass for 29 yards and a touchdown versus the Dolphins. Miller is just a stash at this point, but there is a ton of talent there.

Trey Burton - Burton caught four passes for 23 yards and a touchdown versus the Dolphins. This wasn’t a great game for Burton, but he got in the end zone and at least he is being targeted in the red zone. Low-end TE1.

 

Prediction:  Patriots win 29-18.

Cleveland Browns vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Venue: Raymond James Stadium(Tampa)Sun. 10-21 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 49.5

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Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (11/2/14): The Browns won 22-17. Mike Glennon threw for 260 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Bobby Rainey rushed for 87 yards. Mike Evans caught seven passes for 124 yards and two touchdown. Brian Hoyer threw for 300 yards, two touchdown, and two interceptions. Terrance West rushed for 48 yards. Taylor Gabriel caught five passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.

 

Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield - Mayfield threw for 238 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions versus the Chargers. Mayfield wasn’t at his best last week and he is dealing with an ankle issue that could limit his mobility. That being said, he has an amazing matchup this week versus the atrocious Buccaneers defense that is allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. High-end QB2. 

Carlos Hyde - Hyde rushed for 34 yards on 14 carries versus the Chargers. Hyde struggled versus the Chargers, but now gets a Buccaneers defense allowing the ninth most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. As long as he continues to get the workloads he has been seeing he is an RB2.

Duke Johnson Jr.- Johnson rushed for 36 yards on two carries and caught four passes for 73 yards versus the Chargers. It was nice to see Johnson get some run, but considering how things have played out for him this year, it is hard to believe that it will continue. RB5.

Nick Chubb - Chubb rushed for 25 yards on three carries versus the Chargers. Just a high value stash.

Jarvis Landry - Landry caught two passes for 11 yards versus the Chargers. This was a really disappointing line for Landry who was barely targeted in a game where the Browns had to throw. He does get a chance to shine versus a poor Tampa secondary, but is just a WR2 this week until we see some chemistry between him and Mayfield.

Antonio Callaway - Callaway caught two passes for nine yards versus the Chargers. Callaway was truly awful versus the Chargers, dropping multiple passes that could have been touchdowns. Fortunately for him, Mayfield seems to love him. This is a great matchup, so Callaway is a WR but he has a low floor to go allowing with that huge ceiling.

Damion Ratley - Ratley caught six passes for 82 yards versus the Chargers. Ratley filled in for Rashard Higgins and had a great day. Unfortunately, he is dealing with an injury as well. It is hard to know what we will get from him in this week’s game if he does play, but he is an interesting lottery ticket in GPPs and deeper formats. WR5.

David Njoku - Njoku caught seven passes for 55 yards and a touchdown versus the Chargers. Since Mayfield took over, Njoku has become the top target in the passing game. In the landscape of tight ends, this is a rare occurrence and he is now a TE1 every week.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston - Winston threw for 395 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions versus the Falcons. Winston did not miss a beat in this one as he spread the ball around and put up a huge day for fantasy owners versus a banged up Falcons defense. However, now he gets a Browns secondary allowing the fourth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. He is a QB1 this week, but there is risk against a Cleveland team that has allowed only nine TDs through the air this season and forced the same amount of interceptions.

Peyton Barber - Barber rushed for 82 yards on 13 carries and caught four passes for 24 yards and a touchdown versus the Falcons. After appearing like the tide might be turning against Barber, he led the backfield in carries and targets and was very productive versus Atlanta. He gets a Browns front seven allowing the seventh most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs. RB2

Ronald Jones - Jones rushed once for three yards versus the Falcons. Just a stash.

Mike Evans - Evan caught four passes for 58 yards versus the Falcons. After starting off the year strong, Evans in struggling with Winston being back under center. He had almost half the amount of target that Godwin and Jackson each had. This is a disturbing trend for him going versus a very good corner in Denzel Ward this week. WR3.

DeSean Jackson - Jackson caught four passes for 77 yards versus the Falcons. Jackson was tied with Godwin with nine targets in the passing game. Winston shared the wealth a bit, but he still has eyes for the vet. That makes him a lottery ticket WR3 versus Cleveland.

Chris Godwin - Godwin caught six passes for 56 yards and a touchdown versus the Falcons. Godwin has been hit or miss this season, but Winston is definitely trying to hit him a bunch. This will; be a tough matchup versus the Browns, so he is a WR4.

OJ Howard- Howard caught four passes for 62 yards and a touchdown versus the Falcons. Howard returned from injury and was highly involved in the game plan for Tamp. He should be a good target for Winston in the passing game especially as the Browns are much better in coverage versus the wide receivers than they are tight ends. TE1.

Cameron Brate - Brate caught one pass for 15 yards and a touchdown versus the Falcons. With Howard back, Brate is no longer viable in fantasy. TE3.

 

Prediction: Buccaneers win 27-24.

Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Venue: EverBank Field(Jacksonville)Sun. 10-21 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 42.5

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Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars (-5), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last meeting (12/17/17): The Jaguars won 45-7. T.J. Yaes threw for 128 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. Alfred Blue rushed for 55 yards. DeAndre Hopkins caught four passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. Blake Bortles threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns. Corey Grant rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown. Keelan Cole caught seven passes for 186 yards and a touchdown.

 

Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson - Watson threw for 177 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions versus the Bills. Watson struggled versus the Bills and now goes to Jacksonville to play a Jaguars defense that was just embarrassed by the Cowboys and has only allowed the sixth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. QB2.

Lamar Miller - Miller rushed for 46 yards on 15 carries versus the Bills. Miller struggled in his first game back from injury and ceded about a third of the workload to Blue. That may be a matter of working him back in, but it is a tough matchup versus a Jags defense allowing only the eighth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. RB3.

Alfred Blue - Blue rushed for 26 yards on seven carries versus the Bills. Blue doesn’t get enough touches with Miller back to be interesting this week. Still worth holding onto in deeper formats in case Miller gets hurt again and Forman takes longer to get on the field.

D’Onta Foreman- Out.

DeAndre Hopkins - Hopkins caught five passes for 63 yards and a touchdown versus the Bills. Hopkins continues to flourish with Watson back and while he gets a matchup with Jalen Ramsey this week, he is a must start WR1.

Will Fuller - Fuller caught two passes for 33 yards versus the Bills. Fuller has now had back to back stinkers and while he has enormous upside, if defenses can take away the deep ball, he can struggle like this. He draws A.J. Bouye who is playing better than his elite counterpart so far this season, so Fuller is a boom or bust WR4.

Keke Coutee - Coutee caught three passes for 33 yards versus the Bills. Coutee busted after two nice first weeks. The slot receiver may struggle from time to time when the offense stall. However, the weakest part of the Jags defense is their coverage out of the slot, which should make for a nice week for the rookie. WR3.

Ryan Griffin - Griffin did not catch a pass versus the Bills. Well, that answers the question of whether a Texans tight end could emerge as a consistent fantasy option....

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Blake Bortles - Bortles threw for 149 yards, one touchdown, and an interception versus the Cowboys. In a game where the Jaguars were in garbage time from the word “go,” Bortles was absolutely putried. He struggled with accuracy and pushing the ball down the field. Bortles has reverted to the Bortles we all remember and can’t be trusted outside of 2QB leagues. QB2.

Leonard Fournette - Did not play versus the Cowboys. Fournette is expected to practice on Thursday, but that doesn’t mean he will play this week. If he does, he is a risky RB1 because of the chance of reinjury and the Jags working him back in more slowly. If he can’t play than T.J. Yeldon becomes and interesting flex play as long as he is healthy enough to go.

Keelan Cole - Cole caught four passes for 41 yards versus the Cowboys. Cole was tied with Westbrook for the most targets, but was unable to make any big plays with them. He gets a Texans defense that is better on the outside receivers than the slot guy, so don’t expect Cole to breakout this week either. WR3.

Donte Moncrief - Moncrief did not catch a pass versus the Cowboys. Moncrief had a monster game two weeks ago, but then was more like the invisible man against Byron Jones and the Cowboys. He gets a really tough test this week again with Kareem Jackson , so don’t bet on him. WR4.

D.J. Chark - Just a stash in keeper and dynasty leagues.

Dede Westbrook - Westbrook caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown versus the Cowboys. Westbrook led the Jacksonville receivers in targets (tied with Cole) and scored their only touchdown in garbage time. Westbrook has been the most consistent receiver for the Jags, but Bortles inconsistencies infect the rest of the team. WR3.

 

Prediction: Jaguars win 23-18.

Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Jets

Venue: MetLife Stadium(East Rutherford)Sun. 10-21 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 47

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Minnesota Vikings at New York Jets (+3), Sunday, 1:00pm EST

Last Meeting (12/7/14): The Vikings won 30-24. Geno Smith threw for 254 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. Chris Ivory rushed for 73 yards. Percy Harvin caught six passes for 124 yards and a touchdown. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 309 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Matt Asiata rushed for 54 yards. Jarius Wright caught four passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.

 

Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins - Cousins threw for 233 yards, one touchdown, and one interception versus the Cardinals.

Dalvin Cook - Did not play versus the Cardinals. Cook was a late scratch versus Arizona and it is becoming more and more worrisome that he will recover his form from last season. Even when he has played, his usage has left a lot to be desired. At this point, even if he plays, he is an RB3 until we see something more.

Latavius Murray - Murray rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown versus the Cardinals. Murray was great versus the porous Cardinals front seven. If Cook is out, he will get a Jets defense that allowed Marlon Mack to run on them for over seven yards a carry. If Cook is out, he is an RB2.

Stefon Diggs - Diggs caught three passes for 33 yards versus the Cardinals. Diggs struggled in coverage versus Patrick Peterson and the Vikings were able to pound the rock versus the Cards. That won’t happen a ton, but he is clearly the #2 in the passing game. The Jets allow the seventh most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, but he will see a lot of Morris Claiborne , who has been very good in coverage. That being said, the offense has enough firepower to keep Diggs as a WR2.

Adam Thielen - Thielen caught 11 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown versus the Cardinals. Thielen accounted for over half the passing offense versus the Cardinals. He is the top target for Cousins, who loves the short and intermediate routes out of the slot and has a fantastic matchup versus Parry Nickerson , who has struggled immensely covering the slot receiver this season. WR1.

Kyle Rudolph - Rudolph caught four passes for 37 yards versus the Cardinals. With the Vikings focused on running the ball, Rudolph did not get a ton of high value targets. The season has been hit or miss this year for him, but considering the dearth of options at tight end this year and the bye weeks, it is hard not to just continue to roll him out there this week.

 

New York Jets

Sam Darnold - Darnold threw for 280 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception versus the Colts. Darnold has been pretty good in his rookie season with little fanfare. The Jets have really simplified the offense and rely on a strong running game to set up the play action and take pressure off of him. He gets a Viking defense allowing the eighth most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs, but is still a QB2.

Isaiah Crowell - Crowell rushed for 40 yards on 13 carries versus the Colts. A week after running all over the Broncos, Crowell struggled to finding running room versus Indianapolis. Things likely won’t improve versus a Vikings front that has allowed only one rushing touchdown and is allowing the ninth fewest fantasy points per game to running backs. RB3.

Bilal Powell - Powell rushed for 59 yards on 16 carries versus the Colts. Powell continues to split carries with Crowell, but also the added benefit of being the passing down back and in this game, the Jets will likely be trailing or in a shootout, so Powell is a low end RB2.

Robby Anderson - Anderson caught three passes for 39 yards versus the Colts. A week after a big week versus Denver, Anderson disappointed once again. He dropped what could have been a huge touchdown and had less targets than both Kearse and Pryor. However, with both Pryor and Enunwa injured, Anderson has a good shot to gain extra targets. WR3.

Jermaine Kearse - Kearse caught nine passes for 94 yards versus the Colts. Kearse stepped in for the injured Jets receivers and had a fantastic day. He offers a big body and target for Darnold and could become a very interesting fantasy commodity if the other guys miss time. WR4.

Terrelle Pryor - Pryor caught five passes for 57 yards and a touchdown versus the Colts. Pryor was injured in the game and did not practice on Wednesday. It appears he is unlikely to play this week.

Quincy Enunwa - Out 3-4 weeks.

Chris Herndon - Herndon caught two passes for 56 yards and a touchdown versus the Colts. With Pryor and Enunwa hurt, Herndon has a chance to be a sneaky DFS play if you’re looking to punt the position or if you are desperate in season long leagues because of injuries and/or bye weeks. TE2.

 

Prediction: Vikings win 38-24.

Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis Colts

Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium(Indianapolis)Sun. 10-21 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 43

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Buffalo Bills at Indianapolis Colts (-7.5), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/10/17): The Bills won 13-7. Jacoby Brissett threw for 69 yards and a touchdown. Frank Gore rushed for 130 yards. Marlon Mack caught two passes for 21 yards. Nate Peterman threw for 57 yards and a touchdown. LeSean McCoy rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown. Kelvin Benjamin caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown.

 

Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen - Out.

Derek Anderson - Anderson will start this week for the Bills after Nate Peterman looked like Nate Peterman after Josh Allen was injured. Anderson may be a slight upgrade over Peterman, but he is unlikely to rejuvenate the Bills offense even against a shoddy Colts secondary. QB3.

LeSean McCoy - McCoy rushed for 73 yards on 16 carries versus the Texans. With Allen out, McCoy definitely takes a hit, but the Bills should rely heavily on the veteran to take pressure off of whoever inherits the role. RB2.

Kelvin Benjamin - Benjamin caught two passes for 43 yards versus the Texans. Benjamin wasn’t useful with Allen. He won’t be with Anderson either. WR6.

Zay Jones - Jones caught three passes for 35 yards and a touchdown versus the Texans. Jones has showed some signs of life, but this offense has been death to all participants. WR4.

Charles Clay - Clay caught four passes for 20 yards versus the Texans. Clay continues to get a few looks here and there, but the offense is just too anemic to get him out of the lower end of the QB2 tier.

 

Indianapolis Colts 

Andrew Luck - Luck threw for 301 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions versus the Jets. Luck continues to be a valuable fantasy commodity even when the team as a whole struggles. He gets a Bills defense that is playing very good against the pas right now, but Luck’s ability to stretch the field keeps him as a top tier option through the bye weeks. QB1.

Marlon Mack - Mack rushed for 89 yards on 12 carries versus the Jets. Mack was very good in his return from injury and led the team in carries. It appears the Colts will roll with him moving forward, but it is hard to trust him after his health woes and Hines taking a lot of the passing down work. RB3.

Jordan Wilkins - Did not play a snap on offense versus the Jets. Back to being a handcuff.

Nyheim Hines - Hines rushed three times for 12 yards versus the Jets. Hines will now work as change of pace and receiving back, but he could turn into a James White type of player. He can be an interesting PPR bye week filler if you are desperate, but hopefully you have better options. RB3.

T.Y. Hilton - Did not play versus the Jets. If he plays he is a WR2.

Ryan Grant - Grant caught two passes for 24 yards versus the Jets. Grant is dealing with his own injury and has not picked it up any since Hilton went down. It is best if you ignore him WR4

Chester Rogers - Rogers caught four passes for 55 yards and a touchdown versus the Jets. Rogers has had an uptick in targets since Hilton has been injured and done well with them. If Hilton returns, he is a shaky play, but if Hilton continues to miss time, he is a WR2.

Jack Doyle -  Did not play versus the Jets. If he returns, he is a low end TE1 and would likely hurt Ebron’s output.

Eric Ebron - Ebron caught four passes for 71 yards and a touchdown versus the Jets. Without Doyle in the lineup, Ebron has been one of the best tight ends in fantasy. He is a TE1 if Doyle continues to miss time, but would be a risky start if Doyle returns this week.

 

Prediction: Colts win 25-9.

Detroit Lions vs. Miami Dolphins

Venue: Sun Life Stadium(Miami Gardens)Sun. 10-21 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 0

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Detroit Lions at Miami Dolphins (+2.5), Sunday, 1:00 pm EST.

Last Meeting (11/9/14): The Lions won 20-16. Ryan Tannehill threw for 207 yards, one touchdowns, and an interception. Darren Williams rushed for 34 yards. Jarvis Landry caught seven passees for 53 yards. Matthew Stafford threw for 280 yards, two touchdown and an interception. Joique Bell rushed for 44 yards. Calvin Johnson caught seven passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.

 

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford - Teams coming off bye weeks have been hit or miss this season, but give a veteran like Stafford two weeks to prepare and he should be able to light up a defense that just was torn apart by Mitch Trubisky and the Bears offense. QB1.

LeGarrette Blount - Blount has been outperformed as of late by rookie Kerryon Johnson . It should just be a matter of time before the touches start to shift from a timeshare to Johnson being the lead dog. RB4.

Kerryon Johnson -  Johnson has split carries in the last few games, but he is clearly the best back in this offense. The Dolphins have been awful versus the run this season, allowing the sixth most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs. RB1.

Theo Riddick - Riddick is still used on passing downs, but he is losing most of his carries to the tandem of Johnson and Blount and he isn’t getting many targets in the passing game. RB5.

Golden Tate - He isn’t the star that he once was, but Tate is still been very consistent this year. Before Week 5 versus Green Bay he had recorded at least 12 points in each of the first four weeks. Expect him to get back to that this week versus Miami. WR2.

Marvin Jones - Jones was iffy to play in Week 5, but still was able to haul in a touchdown with his only catch of the game. He has definitely taken a backseat to Tate and Golladay this season, but can be very useful in deeper formats or by eweek struggles. This week he has a fantastic matchup versus Torry McTyer, who has been dreadful in coverage. Fire up Jones everywhere. WR2.

Kenny Golladay - Golladay is having a breakout season. He is averaging over five catches a game, 85.6 yards per game, and has scored in three of the first five games this year. Don’t expect things to slow down this week. In spite of a tough matchup with Xavien Howard , Golladay is a must play every week at this point. WR2.

 

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill - Did not play versus the Bears. Tannehill is at practice, but did not throw in front of reporters on Wednesday. The Lions have been so poor against the run this year, they actually have the fewest pass thrown against them this year. That is a trend that should continue this week as the Dolphins should pound the rock no matter whether they play Tannehill or go with Brock Osweiler . Osweiler threw for 380 yards and a two touchdowns versus the Bears., but neither are trustworthy outside of 2QB leagues. QB2.

Kenyan Drake - Drake rushed for 57 yards on 13 carries and caught four passes for 21 yards versus the Bears. Even when Drake gets aas many touches as Gore, he disappoints. This is been a frustrating season so far for Drake owners, but this is a premier matchup for him. The Lions are allowing the third most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. High risk/High reward RB3.

Frank Gore - Gore rushed for 101 yards on 15 carries versus the Bears. Say what you want about Gore being old and that he shouldn’t be getting the most carries. No, seriously. I am tired of being the only one in the room saying it. Ok, back to the analysis. In football and candy, dibs is 8/10ths of the law, so since Gore continues to get the most work, we need to adjust our expectations. This a great matchup, so Gore is ahead of Drake in the RB3 tier. 

DeVante Parker - Did not record a catch versus the Bears. Things were thrown for a loop with Osweiler starting last week, but Parker still didn’t get a catch. Let’s stop talking about him now.

Kenny Stills - Still caught one pass for 35 yards versus the Bears. Stills was the forgotten man with Osweiler throwing the ball. Osweiler allowed his receivers to do a lot of the heavy lifting as he was more focused with completing short and intermediate passes. If Tannehill is back Stills should return to WR3 status, but without him, he is a WR4.

Danny Amendola - Amendola caught eight passees for 59 yards versus the Bears. Amendola led the team with 11 targets this week. This is probably an abbreviation with Osweiler under center, but if it is a trend that continues or Osweiler grabs this role long term, Amendola becomes very interesting. WR4.

Albert Wilson - Wilson caught six passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns versus the Bears. Wilson went off versus the Bears, taking to short passes to the house on the way to a monster day. Wilson has been pretty good this year, but is a bit boom or bust. That being said, he should see a fair amount of Teez Tabor , who is one of the worst corners in the NFL right now. WR3.

Mike Gesicki - Gesicki caught one pass for 11 yards versus the Bears. Nick O’leary got into the action a bit with Os at QB. I would expect either to be interesting this week.

 

Prediction: Lions win 33-27.

Carolina Panthers vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Venue: Lincoln Financial Field(Philadelphia)Sun. 10-21 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 45.5

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Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles (-4.5), Sunday, 1:00pm EST.

Last Meeting (10/12/17): The Eagles won 28-23. Carson Wentz threw for 222 yards and three touchdowns. LeGarrette Blount rushed for 67 yards. Alshon Jeffery caught four passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. Cam Newton threw for 239 yards, a touchdown, and three interceptions. Cam Newton threw for 239 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. Newton also rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown. Kelvin Benjamin caught nine passes for 99 yards.

 

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton - Newton threw for 275 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception versus the Redskins. Newton was great until the final drive that stalled versus Washington, but now will need to perform in the passing game against an Eagles defense that does not get beat on the ground much. His ability to move the ball through the air and ground keeps him as an QB1.

Christian McCaffrey -  McCaffrey rushed for 20 yards on eight carries and caught seven passes for 46 yards versus the Redskins. McCaffrey found no running room on the ground, but continues to find success catching the ball. He is fourth in the NFL for target for a running back and while the Eagles allow the third fewest points per game to RBs , they have allowed the ninth most receiving yards to backs. RB1.

Devin Funchess - Funchess caught five passes for 74 yards and a touchdown versus the Redskins. Funchess made a great touchdown catch that reminds everyone why people were so high on him coming out of college. He is the top wide out in this offense and gets an Eagles team allowing the eighth most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, WR2.

D.J. Moore - Moore caught four passes for 59 yards versus the Redskins. It is good to see Moore get involved in the offense, but he was still only on the field 45% of the time which was 25% less than Torrey Smith . That being said, he is the most talented receiver on the team and if we continue to see that percentage going up, then it is time to buy. WR4.

Torrey Smith - Smith caught five passes for 43 yards and a touchdown versus the Redskins. Smith was on the field a ton for the Panther, but he is at best the #4 option in the passing game. WR4.

Greg Olsen - Olsen caught four passes for 48 yards versus the Redskins. Olsen returned from injury and received the third most targets for the Panthers. That is a nice sign for the vet, but he faces an Eagle defense that is allowing less than five points per game to the tight end position. Olsen is a high-end TE2 this week.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz - Wentz threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns versus the Giants. Wentz continues to be very productive and show the talents that made him a top pick a few years ago. The Panthers have been pretty good against the pass this season, however, allowing the third fewest passing yards this year. Wentz is still a QB1, but on the lower end of the spectrum. 

Corey Clement - Clement rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries versus the Giants. Clement was returning from injury so that may be the reason he received seven less carries than Smallwood, so that is something to monitor this week. If he splits time or gets less carries, than he will be frustrating to roster. He looked like the better back, so hopefully talent wins out. RB3.

Wendell Smallwood - Smallwood rushed for 51 yards on 18 carries versus the Giants. Smallwood led the Eagles backfield versus the Giants and wasn’t overly impressive. He has a role in this offense without Ajayi in it, but one would have to imagine that Clement begins to take some of those touches away now that he is healthy. RB4.

Alshon Jeffery - Jeffery caught eight passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns versus the Giants. Jeffery had a monster day versus the Giants secondary. It was in larger part due to the huge discrepancy in target share among the wide receivers. Jeffery had 12 targets in the game while all other wide receivers had nine combined. If this continues, he will be a monster week in and week out. He is a WR1 this week with so many good wideouts on bye.

Nelson Agholor - Agholor caught three passes for 91 yards versus the Giants. Agholor didn’t get a lot of targets, but he made the most of the ones he did versus the Giants. With the game out of hand early, the Eagles didn’t need to air it out much, but it was nice to see him put together a good line. He gets a struggling Captain Munnerlyn , so he is a risky WR3.

Zach Ertz - Ertz caught seven passes for 43 yards and a touchdown versus the Giants. The end result wasn’t great, but very few tight ends in the game get his volume of targets and have the upside of Ertz. TE1.

 

Prediction:  Eagles win 27-17.

New Orleans Saints vs. Baltimore Ravens

Venue: M&T Bank Stadium(Baltimore)Sun. 10-21 @ 4:05 pm EDTOver/Under: 49.5

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New Orleans Saints at Baltimore Ravens (-2.5), Sunday, 4:05 pm EST.

Last meeting (11/24/14): The Ravens won 34-27. Joe Flacco threw for 243 yards and a touchdown. Justin Forsett rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Torrey Smith caught five passes for 98 yards. Drew Brees threw for 420 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Mark Ingram rushed for 27 yards. Kenny Stills caught eight passes for 98 yards.

 

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees - Brees has had two weeks to prepare and celebrate his NFL record. Now he gets one of the NFL’s best defenses coming off of a shutout. However, Brees is a QB1 in spite of a very tough matchup.

Mark Ingram - Ingram was the workhorse for the Saints in Week 5, but if fantasy owners think that will be the case all the time, then they are in for a big surprise. Ingram should split the workload like last year, but the Ravens are allowing the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing RBs, so it won’t be a repeat of Week 5 most likely. RB2.

Alvin Kamara - Kamara got some extra rest in Week 5 to offset his heavy workload during Ingram’s suspension, but with a week of rest he should be ready to go. The Ravens are an elite run defense, but Kamara is so dynamic that you must start him every week. RB1.

Michael Thomas - Thomas has been fantastic this season and while the Ravens offer a great run defense he should get enough chances to be a WR1.

Cameron Meredith - Meredith was the third most productive receiver versus the Redskins in Week 5, but he was tied for the most targets on the team. A lot of attention will be on Smith, but Meredith is a sneaky play that people won’t expect especially because the weakest point of the Ravens secondary is out of the slot. WR3.

Ted Ginn Jr.- Likely out again.

Tre’Quan Smith- With Ginn out, Smith went off versus the Redskins. I had been telling you all since the beginning of the season to stash Tre’Quan, so hopefully you were able to slide him in you lineup on Monday. However, the matchup this week versus baltimore, is not one that will make Week 5 repeatable. WR4.

Benjamin Watson -  Watson is in the glob of TE2s that are touchdown dependant.

 

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco - Flacco threw for 238 yards, one touchdown, and an interception versus the Titans. Flacco struggled versus the tough Titans secondary and the Ravens let Collins do a lot of the work for them. This week, Flacco gets a bad New Orleans secondary that is allowing the third most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. QB1.

Alex Collins - Collins rushed for 54 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries versus the Titans. Collins was the lead dog in Tennessee, but now gets a Saints front seven allowing the fewest rushing yards this season to opposing running backs. RB4. 

Javorius Allen -  Allen rushed once for one yards and caught three passes for 18 yards versus the Titans. It was surprising to see Allen only receive four touches versus the Titans, but if the Ravens are going to be successful via the running back position this week, it will likely be through him. RB3.

Michael Crabtree - Crabtree caught six passes for 93 yards and a touchdown versus the Titans. Crabtree was all over the place versus the Titans. He has a tough matchup this week versus Marcus Lattimore, so it hard to bank on this dart throw. WR3.

John Brown - Brown caught two passes for 28 yards versus the Titans. Well, last week was very disappointing as Brown was unable to make a big play. However, this week he will get a lot of chances versus Ken Crawley , who has been atrocious this season and allowed a ton of big plays in the passing game. WR2.

Willie Snead - Snead caught seven passes for 60 yards versus the Titans. Snead continues to be productive out of the slot for the Ravens and he gets a great matchup this week versus P.J. Williams who has played awful against the slot this season. WR3.

Hayden Hurst - Hurst did not record a catch versus the Titans. Hurst is a stash, but right now there just are too many mouths to feed. TE2.

 

Prediction: Saints win 33-30.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins

Venue: FedEx Field(Landover)Sun. 10-21 @ 4:25 pm EDTOver/Under: 41.5

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Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (-1.5), Sunday, 4:25 pm EST.

Last Meeting (11/30/17): The Cowboys won 38-14. Kirk Cousins threw for 251 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Samaje Perine rushed for 38 yards. Ryan Grant caught five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. Dak Prescott threw for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Alfred Morris rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown. Dez Bryant caught five passes for 61 yards and a touchdown.

 

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott - Prescott threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 82 yards and another score versus the Jaguars. Prescott found success largely on the backs of his defense and Blake Bortles ineffectiveness. He gets a Redskins defense that has been up and down this season, but he is still took skay to start in most cases. QB2.

Ezekiel Elliott - Elliott rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown versus the Jaguars. Elliott continues to be the workhorse of this offense and will continue to be heavily relied upon against the Redskins. Washington has been very stout against the run, allowing the 10th fewest fantasy points per games to opposing RBs, but Elliott is a must start RB1 each week.

Michael Gallup - Gallup caught one pass for 27 yards versus the Jaguars. Gallup continues to find little chemistry with Prescott, but he should be in for increased playing time if Tavon Austin misses the game. Stash him in keeper and dynasty formats as well as deep leagues.

Allen Hurns - Hurns did not log a catch versus the Jags. Hurns continues to disappoint fantasy owners and shouldn’t be rostered.

Cole Beasley - Beasley caught nine passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns versus the Jaguars. Beasley has emerged as the top target for Dak. He has a tougher matchup this with with Fabien Moreau, which makes him a risky WR3.

 

Washington Redskins

Alex Smith - Smith threw for 163 yards and two touchdowns versus the Panthers. SMith got out to a fast start and then the offense got a bit conservative rest of the way. He gets a Dallas defense that has played well lately, so while he has a safe floor, the upside is capped per usual. QB2.

Adrian Peterson - Peterson rushed for 97 yards on 17 carries versus the Panthers. He is currently dealing with a number of minor injuries, but was able to play through them last week for a decent day. He has been up and down this year and can;t be relied upon to be a workhorse or be involved in the offense tremendously each week. That being said, the Redskins are banged up and if he plays they will likely feed him to take some of the burden off of Alex Smith . RB2

Chris Thompson - Did not play versus the Panthers. Thompson practiced in a limited capacity on Wednesday which make questionable for this week. It sounds like he should play and he would be a RB2 versus Dallas because of the huge target share he gets from Alex Smith .

Jamison Crowder - Did not play versus the Panthers. Likely out.

Josh Doctson - Doctson caught three passes for 20 yards versus the Panthers. Even with Crowder and Thompson out, Doctson was unable to have a big day He is a very talented receiver, but he and Smith have no chemistry and Smith doesn’t take the deep shots he needs to be valuable. A matchup with the league’s best corner in Byron Jones should bury him this week. WR5.

Paul Richardson - Richardson caught three passes for 31 yards and a touchdown versus the Panthers. Richardson was able to make his day decent with a touchdown, but was otherwise quiet. He will likely see a lot of Anthony Brown which is a much better matchup than Jones, but still tough.

Jordan Reed -Reed caught five passes for 36 yards versus the Panthers. If you told me that Reed would be healthy through Week 6, I would probably have predicted he would be having a monster start to the season. However, he has largely been an afterthought. He received a team and season high noine targets last week, but still only managed 36 yards receiving. There is still talent there, but Smith hasn’t gotten him the ball in spots where he can make plays. TE2.

Vernon Davis - Davis caught three passes for 48 yards and a touchdown versus the Panthers. He and Alex Smith partied like it was 2009 last week. That being said, you can’t play the aging vet even if Smith still has eyes for him. TE2.

 

Prediction: Cowboys win 17-15.

Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers

Venue: Levi's Stadium(Santa Clara)Sun. 10-21 @ 4:25 pm EDTOver/Under: 53

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Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers (+9.5), Sunday, 4:25 pm EST.

Last Meeting (12/31/17): The 49ers won  34-13 Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 292 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Carlos Hyde rushed for 90 yards and two touchdown. George Kittle caught four passes for 100 yards. Sean Mannion threw for 169 yards. Malcolm Thomas rushed for 54 yards and caught three passes for 75 yards.

 

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff - Goff threw for 201 yards and an interception versus the Broncos. Goff was held in check by the Broncos, but it had a lot to do with how effective the run game was. The loss of Kupp will hurt, but Goff has a fantastic matchup with the Niners this week who are allowing the sixth most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. QB1.

Todd Gurley - Gurley rushed for 208 yards and two touchdowns versus the Broncos. Gurley ran all over the Broncos defensive front. Gurley is one of the best backs in football behind one of the best offensive lines in football. RB1.

Brandin Cooks - Cooks caught two passes for 53 yards versus the Broncos. Cooks didn’t have a huge day, but still was productive in poor conditions and in a game that Goff struggled in. He gets an atrocious 49ers secondary, so expect a nice bounceback. WR1.

Robert Woods - Woods caught seven passes for 109 yards versus the Broncos. Woods continues to be great week in and week out for the Rams. He leads the team in targets, receiving yards, and receptions. He should have a great day versus the 49ers. WR1.

Cooper Kupp - Out.

 

San Francisco 49ers

C.J. Beathard - Beathard threw for 245 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception versus the Packers. Beathard was very good and his own receivers didn’t cost him picks as they did in his first two starts. He obviously enjoyed playing with goodwin, but the Rams have allowed the ninth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing QBs this season, so Beathard is a QB2. 

Alfred Morris - Morris only played one snap versus the Packers. This was extremely shocking considering how involved he has been in the offense up until now. Head coach Kyle Shanahan stated that it was game script and nothing more, but the uncertainty makes him an RB4.

Matt Breida - Breida rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries versus the Packers. Breida led the Niners backfield, but virtually split carries with Mostert. The Rams allow the 10th fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, so Breida is a RB3 this week.

Raheem Mostert - Mostert rushed for 87 yards on 12 carries versus the Packers. If it wasn’t for the fact I live in the Bay Area and my wife is a huge 49ers fan, I wouldn’t have known who this guy was. He looked good splitting carries with Breida. He would be hard to start, but he should be rostered in most formats as Morris has been unimpressive this season. RB4.

Marquise Goodwin - Goodwin caught four passes for 126 yards and a touchdown versus the Packers. Goodwin was a huge boost to the Niners and Beathard. He did a great job of getting open in space and then gaining yards after the catch. He may struggle in this one versus the Rams who will likely double cover him, but Marcus Peters has really struggled with receivers that have good double moves, which Goodwin does. There is a some risk here, but he is a WR2.

George Kittle - Kittle caught four passes for 30 yards versus the Packers. This was not one of Kittle’s best games, but he still was tied for the most targets on the team and should be heavily involved in the passing game each week. TE1.

 

Prediction: Rams win 29-20.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Venue: Arrowhead Stadium(Kansas City)Sun. 10-21 @ 8:20 pm EDTOver/Under: 58.5

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Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs (-6), Sunday, 8:20 pm EST.

Last Meeting (10/4/15): The Bengals won 36-21. Alex Smith threw for 386 yards. Jamaal Charles rushed for 75 yards. Jeremy Maclin caught 11 passes for 148 yards. Andy Dalton threw for 321 yards and a touchdown. Gio Bernard rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown. Mohamed Sanu caught four passes for 84 yards.

 

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton - Dalton threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns versus the Steelers. Dalton wasn’t great versus the Steelers, but gets a fantastic matchup versus a Chiefs defense that has allowed the fifth most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. This should be a fun game to watch for those that love offense. QB1. 

Joe Mixon - Mixon rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries versus the Steelers. Mixon didn’t get a ton of carries, but with Bernard out again and a matchup versus the Chiefs who allow the second most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, he should have as many as he can handle. RB1.

Giovani Bernard - Likely out.

Mark Walton - Just a handcuff.

A.J. Green - Green caught seven passes for 85 yards versus the Steelers. Green continues to thrive and has put up at least 15+ points in five of his six games this year. The Chief will double him a lot, but that doesn’t keep him out of the WR1 tier. 

Tyler Boyd - Boyd caught seven passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns versus the Steelers. Boyd has taken a massive step forward this season. He has become a favorite target for Dalton out of the slot. The Chiefs are awful in coverage and will have problems covering Boyd in this one. WR2.

John Ross - Did not play versus the Steelers. Is a lottery ticket in DFS if he plays.

C.J. Uzomah - Uzomah caught six passes for 54 yards versus the Steelers. With both Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft out, Uzomah becomes an interesting play versus a Chief team allowing the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. TE1.

 

Kansas City

Patrick Mahomes - Mahomes threw for 352 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions versus the Patriots. Mahomes struggled at times, but this offense is just so potent and he has such a great arm that no defense can hold him forever. He gets a Bengals defense allowing the seventh most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. QB1.

Kareem Hunt - Hunst rushed for 80 yards on 10 carries and caught five passes for 105 yards and a touchdown versus the Patriots. Hunt was excellent in every aspect of the game versus New England. It was the first time this year we got a reminder of the dynamic player we saw much of last season. He gets a Bengals team that can struggle versus opposing backs. RB1.

Tyreek Hill - Hill caught seven passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns versus the Patriots. It was like Hill was invisible to Patriots defenders as he just torched them all night. Maybe they should have gotten that unruly fan to cover him since he definitely saw him until security threw him out. Hill is WR1 no matter the matchup.

Sammy Watkins - Watkins caught two passes for 18 yards versus the Patriots. Watkins struggled versus the Patriots corners last week, but he gets a Bengals defense that has struggled as of late as well. He should be able to get back on track somewhat. WR3.

Travis Kelce - Kelce caught five passes for 61 yards versus the Patriots. Kelce was held in check by the Patriots. However, the Chiefs allow the third most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends, so Kelce should have a nice day. TE1.

 

Prediction: Chiefs win 34-30.

New York Giants vs. Atlanta Falcons

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium(Atlanta)Mon. 10-22 @ 8:15 pm EDTOver/Under: 54.5

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New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons (-5.5), Monday, 8:15 pm EST.

Last Meeting (9/20/15): The Falcons won 24-20. Matt Ryan threw for 363 yards and a touchdown. Tevin Coleman rushed for 32 yards and a touchdown. Julio Jones caught 13 passes for 135 yards. Eli Manning threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns. Andre Williams rushed for 43 yards. Odell Beckham caught seven passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.

 

New York Giants

Eli Manning - Manning threw for 281 yards and an interception versus the Eagles. Manning looked about as bad as he ever has against Philadelphia and that is saying something. It is not all his fault as his line play has been truly atrocious, but if not for the amazing playmakers on the team, he would be truly worthless. That being said, he gets a Falcons defense that has allowed the second most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this year and has just been devastated with injuries. QB1.

Saquon Barkley - Barkley rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown and caught nine passes for 99 yards versus the Eagles. Barkley continues to be superstar contributing in every aspect of the offense. He gets a Falcons team allowing the fifth most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. RB1.

Odell Beckham Jr.- Beckham caught six passes for 44 yards versus the Eagles. Beckham was held back by Manning’s poor play versus Philly, but still received double digit targets. He should continue to get a ton of targets and since he is facing the depleted Falcons secondary, he should bounceback this week. WR1.

Sterling Shepard - Shepard caught three passes for 37 yards versus the Eagles. Like Beckham, Shepard suffered with Manning playing so poorly. Unfortunately for him, Evan Engram is expected back in this one, which puts a damper on a great matchup. He is a risky WR3.

Evan Engram - Did not play versus the Eagles. Engram stated this week that he feels good and it sounds like he should return this week. Engram is a nightmare matchup for the best defenses, so if he plays he is an easy TE1.

 

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan - Ryan threw for 354 yards and three touchdowns versus the Buccaneers. Ryan torched the poor Tampa secondary in a nice bounceback game for him. He now has four 27+ point games in four of the last five contests. He gets a Giants defense that can be beat for big plays and he has all the weapons he needs to do that. QB1.

Devonta Freeman - On IR, but could be designated to return.

Tevin Coleman - Coleman rushed for 35 yards and caught a six yard touchdown versus the Buccaneers. Coleman becomes the lead back for the Falcons with Freeman on IR. There is a lot of pub for Smith right now, but Coleman should get the first shot to handle the load. The Giants are allowing the 10th most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs., so Coleman is an RB1.

Ito Smith - Smith rushed for 22 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries versus the Buccaneers. Smith will get more work with Freeman on IR, but until we see the workload become consistent, he shouldn’t be started unless you are beat up by injuries or by  weeks. RB3.

Julio Jones - Jones caught 10 passes for 143 yards versus the Buccaneers. Jones continues to be great in spite of not getting into the endzone. He has a great matchup this week versus Janoris Jenkins who has struggled in coverage. WR1.

Mohamed Sanu - Sanu caught two passes for 46 yards and a touchdown versus the Buccaneers. Sanu scored a touchdown before exiting with an injury last week. He appears to be on track to return and would have a nice matchup versus B.W. Webb who is not good in coverage versus the slot. Sanu is a sneaky WR3. if he plays.

Calvin Ridley - Ridley caught three passes for 47 yards versus the Buccaneers. Ridley also left last week with an injury, but is expected to be able to play. He will lineup against Eli Apple who has played much better this season., but can get beat over the top and with the safety help likely rolling to Julio, Ridley will have chances for big plays. WR3.

Austin Hooper - Hooper caught nine passes for 71 yards and a touchdown versus the Buccaneers. Hooper got added work because both Ridley and Sanu were out. With them likely returning, he returns to mediocrity. TE2.

 

Prediction:  Falcons win 30-27.

Denver Broncos vs. Arizona Cardinals

Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium(Glendale)Thu. 10-18 @ 8:20 pm EDTOver/Under: 41.5

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Denver Broncos at Arizona Cardinals (+1), Thursday, 8:20 pm EST.

Last meeting (10/5/14): The Broncos won 41-20. Drew Stanton threw for 118 yards. Andre Ellington rushed for 32 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. Peyton Manning threw for 479 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. Ronnie Hillman rushed for 64 yards. Demaryius Thomas caught eight passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns.

 

Denver Broncos

Case Keenum - Keenum threw for 322 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception versus the Rams. Keenum was decent versus a tough Rams defense, but still struggles with stretching the field. There is now talk of him getting benched for Chad Kelly , but with a short week coming up the Broncos will roll with him for one more game. QB3.

Philip Lindsey- Lindsey rushed for 18 yards on four carries and caught six passes for 48 yards versus the Rams. Lindsey received less than half of the carries, but still out-touched Freeman because of the passing game. The Cardinals have allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, but have mostly struggled between the tackles. Lindsey is a low end RB2 this week, but I would put him just below Freeman.

Royce Freeman - Freeman rushed for 22 yards on nine carries versus the Rams. Freeman did not find much running room versus the stout front seven of the Rams, but gets a Cardinals defense allowing the second most rushing yards and the most rushing touchdowns this season to opposing running backs. RB2.

Demaryius Thomas - Thomas caught three passes for 57 yards and a touchdown versus the Rams. Thomas has been hit of miss this season with Keenum guiding the offense. He will likely see a ton of Patrick Peterson , who is playing at an elite level right now. WR4.

Emmanuel Sanders - Sanders caught seven passes for 115 yards and a touchdown versus the Rams. Sanders has been the most consistent target this year for Keenum. He has caught at least four passes and has double digit in each game so for this season. The upside is limited in this offense, but Sanders is a low-end WR2.

Courtland Sutton - Sutton caught three passes for 58 yards versus the Rams. Sutton has talent, but there isn't enough in this offense to sustain him week to week. He is just a stash for now.

Jeff Heuerman - Heuerman caught three passes for 23 yards versus the Rams. Even with Jake Butt done for the year, Heuerman hasn’t been able to see consistent targets. TE3.

 

Arizona Cardinals

Josh Rosen - Rosen threw for 240 yards and an interception versus the Vikings. Rosen was very efficient, but did not stretch the fieldmuch versus Minnesota. This seems like it will continue to be a trend, especially versus the Broncos, who are much better versus the pass than they are versus the run. QB3.

David Johnson - Johnson rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown versus the Vikings. Johnson started off the year slow, but now he has a dream schedule rest of the way including a matchup this week versus a Broncos defense allowing the third most fantasy points per game and the most rushing yards against to opposing running backs. RB1.

Larry Fitzgerald - Fitzgerald caught five passes for 39 yards versus the Vikings. Fitzgerald is still leading the Cardinals in targets, but the offense is inconsistent under Rosen as the team takes a more conservative approach. WR3.

Christian Kirk - Kirk caught six passes for 77 yards versus the Vikings. Kirk now has two straight productive weeks, but with Rosen running the offense, he is a boom or bust WR3.

Ricky Seals-Jones - Seals-Jones caught five passes for 69 yards versus the Vikings. Seals-Jones is just a low ceiling TE2 that isn’t worth owning in most formats.

 

Prediction: The Broncos win 17-14.

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