The Eagles/Chiefs game has a projected total of 47.5, and the Chiefs are favored by 5.5 points. The game script points to Carson Wentz having to put it on his arm and try to bring his team back from a deficit. With the loss of CB Ronald Darby, the Eagles defense might not be able to hold the Chiefs offense, which might keep the Eagles offense in catch-up mode. More attempts for Wentz means more opportunity for fantasy points. The loss of Eric Berry is huge for the Chiefs defense, and Wentz can take advantage while they try to plug that hole. The middle of the field will be easier to navigate for Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz. Marcus Peters plays the opposite side that Alshon Jeffery primarily plays, and since he usually doesn’t shadow, expect Jeffery to only see him on a handful of snaps.
Sam Bradford had an incredible game against the Saints on Monday night, but even though most if it was a product of the Saints’ terrible defense, he did make some very accurate throws. This week he goes into Pittsburgh, with a projected total of 45.5 and with the Steelers favored by less than a touchdown. With the Steelers’ solid front seven, I expect the run game to be less effective than it was against the Saints, and Bradford having to do a little more to keep the Vikings in the game and eventually catching up in the 4th quarter. Stefon Diggs has the advantage over Joe Haden, and Adam Thielen is going up against undrafted second year player Mike Hilton who got cut from two teams last year in the slot. Hilton did okay last week, but he went up against Duke Johnson, who isn’t quite the WR Thielen is.
With the loss of Eagles’ CB Ronald Darby there are no defensive backs to cover Tyreek Hill, and the rest of the Eagles secondary played pretty bad last week as well. I expect Alex Smith to distribute the ball, play within the game plan, and be pretty efficient. With the amount of times Terrelle Pryor got open deep last week, I can’t imagine what Tyreek Hill is going to do in this game. Just for some clarity, Pro Football Focus rated the top three Eagles corners who are projected to start this game at 36.1, 50.2, and 63.2 out of 100. Kareem Hunt might not have much success against the Eagles’ front seven, but he should be effective in the passing game, helping Smith out. Start Smith with confidence this week.
Palmer??!?! How dare I put Palmer on this list after his terrible Week 1? He’s going up against the Colts this week, and every single one of his receivers will have a plus matchup. He’s out David Johnson, but Arizona is still favored by more than a touchdown. I expect Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown to go full ham on the Colts. Goff was able to throw for 300 yards, and I think Palmer will get back into the groove against this depleted secondary. The Colts were also one of the worst teams in Week 1 to pressure the quarterback, so that did not change since last year. If you’re streaming QBs, you can’t look at one performance and decide that you’re not starting that QB anymore. You have to look at things week by week, and Palmer shouldn’t disappoint this week.
Buffalo are seven point underdogs in Carolina this week, so Taylor is most likely going to have to try and come back in this one. More scrambles, more throws, more fantasy points. His floor of 40 rushing yards keeps him an every-week streaming option, and you just hope for one passing touchdown to give you a decent day. The Panthers have good corners, but Shady and Charles Clay are Taylor’s main guys anyway, and they should help him stay afloat in this game. He doesn’t turn the ball over much, so you have a good chance of him not killing your week. The Panthers aren’t favored to destroy the Bills, even at home, so if it remain close, Taylor should rack up some points.