Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars (London)
Texans RBs: The Jaguars have allowed 5.31 yards per carry over the last four weeks, so it’s a good matchup for Carlos Hyde. He had 19 carries in 3 of his last 4 games, so there’s a good chance he gets volume this week. The hope is that he gets in the end zone, as he’s been TD dependent. Duke Johnson is a TD-dependent, full PPR desperate flex option with a low floor – that’s a lot of qualifiers right there.
Texans WRs: You’re starting DeAndre Hopkins, even though he might be shadowed by A.J. Bouye. Kenny Stills runs most of his routes on the right side of the field where the Jaguars have allowed the 6th most fantasy points over the last four weeks. Still couldn’t get the targets last week, but it only takes one long pass with him to return a good week. Robby Anderson didn’t necessarily come through last week, but I mentioned last week that the Jaguars were susceptible to long passing plays. He’s a low-end WR3 with upside in this matchup, and as long as Will Fuller is out.
Texans TEs: Darren Fells had 12 or more PPR fantasy points in 4 of his past 6 games, including a couple of 2 TD games; he is the TE8 on the year. He has a neutral matchup this week, but has upside on this offense.
Texans QB: You’re starting Deshaun Watson as a high-end QB1.
Jaguars RBs: You’re starting Leonard Fournette.
Jaguars WRs: Dede Westbrook is practicing, even though he left last week’s game after aggravating his shoulder injury. He’s a PPR WR3, but risky because of a potential re-aggravation. Chris Conley is a high-upside flex option against a Texans defense giving up the most fantasy points to WRs, specifically the 2nd most fantasy points to perimeter WRs. Because of that DJ Chark gets an upgrade as a high-end WR2.
Jaguars QB: Because of the advantage the Jaguars’ WRs have against the Texans secondary, Gardner Minshew is a great streamer this week. The Texans have given up the 6th most fantasy points to QBs. Minshew’s rushing propensity also adds some security to his floor.
Washington Redskins @ Buffalo Bills
Redskins RBs: With Dwayne Haskins potentially taking over this week, the Redskins are going to try and establish the run with Adrian Peterson the way they’ve done over the last three weeks since Jay Gruden was fired. It’s actually not the worst matchup in the world; The Bills are giving up 4.4 yards per carry, and they’ve given up 7 rushing TDs over their 7 games. Peterson got volume against San Francisco – 20 carries for 81 yards… not bad. He gained 76 yards on only 14 carries last week in Minnesota on a bum ankle. We haven’t seen much good out of Haskins so far, but Peterson is a RB3/flex option because of the Redskins’ intent going into this game. He didn’t practice as of Thursday, but with 10 days rest until this game, it shouldn’t be an issue. Update: Haskins will start.
Redskins WRs: Terry McLaurin was on his way to having a great game last week until Dwayne Haskins entered the game. These two were college teammates and had plenty of time on the field together, but that needs to translate to the NFL before we can trust McLaurin the same way we did with Case Keenum under center. McLaurin is a high-risk, high-reward WR3 because of the QB change and the tough matchup; the Bills have given up the 5th least fantasy points to WRs.
Bills RBs: It’s a bit of a mystery whether it’ll be Frank Gore or Devin Singletary in the backfield in a positive game script, which we should expect in this matchup. The Bills are favored by 9.5 points, so it’s possible Gore is the one on the field. Singletary dominated snaps last week, but the Bills were down in the second half. The touches went Gore’s way in the running game, while Singletary got the receptions. Still, Singletary does have some upside in PPR leagues; the Redskins have given up the 2nd most receptions and 2nd most receiving yards to RBs over the last four weeks.
Bills WRs: John Brown has a good matchup this week. The numbers show that the Redskins have stepped it up against WRs lately, but they went up against the Dolphins (mostly Josh Rosen) and 49ers (no WRs) before Minnesota last week. In that matchup, Stefon Diggs caught 7 of 7 for 143 yards. Brown and Diggs actually run routes from the same spots percentage-wise, so Brown has a good chance of succeeding this week. He’s a solid WR3. Cole Beasley caught only three balls in each of the last three weeks, so he’s a tough play, but he did score in each of the last two weeks. Tough start, but he’s a deep flex option against a vulnerable Redskins secondary.
Bills QB: The Redskins have allowed the 6th most rushing yards to QBs, so Josh Allen has a good chance of being successful on his runs. He ran for 45 yards last week against Philly, and that’s equivalent to a passing TD in 4-pt leagues. Over the first five weeks of the season, 4 QBs threw 3 TDs. Since then, they went up against Rosen/Fitzpatrick, Jimmy G, and Kirk Cousins with the run game working. Allen’s a great stream this week.
Bills DEF: Dwayne Haskins has thrown 4 interceptions this year, and both of his games were only for about a half each. Buffalo’s pass rush isn’t great, but coverage has been. They’re a top-5 defense play this week.
Tennessee Titans @ Carolina Panthers
Titans RBs: We saw what Tevin Coleman did against the Panthers last week, so roll out Derrick Henry as a RB2 with confidence. Carolina is ranked dead last in rush defense DVOA, according to Football Outsiders.
Titans WRs: Corey Davis had 9 yards receiving last week, but had the 8th most air yards with 138. He’ll likely get the James Bradberry shadow, so I might just want to avoid him. Because of the likely shadow, AJ Brown gets an upgrade. When Casey Hayward shadowed Davis in Week 7, Brown had 8 targets, which is all he needs to get it done for you; he’s a high-upside flex option in a good matchup.
Titans TEs: Delanie Walker isn’t practicing as of Thursday, so it’s likely you can start Jonnu Smith once again. Carolina has been solid against TEs, but they haven’t gone up against a good TE this year until George Kittle last week… and he caught 6 of 7 for 86 tards. Smith is a top-8 TE option this week.
Panthers RBs: The Titans are ranked…. nevermind. It doesn’t matter.
Panthers WRs: DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel have matchups we don’t necessarily have to stay away from. The Titans have given up the 11th most fantasy points to perimeter WRs; their strength has been defending slot receivers. Moore has had a more steady target share (averaging 9 over last three games) with Kyle Allen than Curtis Samuel, but Samuel did out-target Moore last week 11-9. Both are WR3s this week.
Panthers TEs: Olsen hasn’t been dependable, but it’s a decent matchup if you’re desperate at the position. Hope for the 4-catch, 7-target game he had in Week 6.
Panthers DEF: Carolina has one of the best pass rushes in the league, while the Titans have given up the most sacks this year. Take advantage of everyone who dropped them because of the bye and matchup this past week. The Panthers are a defense you can likely continue to use after this week. Top-5 play this week.
Chicago Bears @ Philadelphia Eagles
Bears RBs: Last week was an extremely encouraging week for David Montgomery, but that hopefulness can come to a screeching halt this week against the Eagles. They’ve given up the 4th least rushing yards in the league, and they haven’t even had their bye yet. 3.4 yards per carry combined with Montgomery’s 3.7 yards per carry isn’t necessarily a match made in heaven. He should be downgraded to a TD dependent flex option without much upside this week. The good thing is, he’s set free after this week matchup wise.
Bears WRs: Allen Robinson is a high-end WR2 despite his QB. He should be in lineups, especially against an Eagles team giving up the 2nd most fantasy points to WRs.
Bears DEF: Chicago isn’t a must-start on defense, just in case you did think that.
Eagles RBs: It’s a tough matchup for Jordan Howard this week, but it’s still possible the Eagles try and establish the run. Howard is TD dependent, but the Bears have given up 7 rushing TDs over the last four weeks. Latavius Murray and Josh Jacobs proved that this team can be run on if the team is persistent. Howard is a low-end RB2 this week. Miles Sanders has some upside, as the Bears have allowed the 5th most receptions to RBs this year; he has at least 3 receptions in each of the last four games, but his touch total hasn’t been there. He’s a low-floor, high-upside flex option.
Eagles WRs: Alshon Jeffery has a neutral matchup this week. He mostly sees Prince Amukamara, but also runs about 40% of his routes against Kyle Fuller. When he lines up on that right side against Fuller, he’ll have the advantage. The Bears give up the 6th most fantasy points to WRs who line up on that side compared to the 4th least on Amukamara’s side. He’s a borderline WR2/WR3 this week. With DeSean Jackson potentially playing this week, it’s tough to start him in his first game back unless you need massive upside; it’s worth noting that there have been multiple times in Jackson’s career where he had a big game in his first game after injury. Just know there’s a chance of re-aggravation.
Eagles TEs: Dallas Goedert is averaging more than 10 PPR points per game over the last three weeks, and is the TE5 over the last two weeks… Ertz is the TE20. This isn’t to say Goedert is taking over, but both are involved enough to the point where Goedert’s athleticism is allowing him to be featured in the red zone. Buffalo was giving up the 2nd fewest points to TEs, and Goedert still had a decent game. Chicago has given up the 10th most fantasy points to TEs, so it’s a playable matchup for him. Ertz is still a top-5 TE option.
Minnesota Vikings @ Kansas City Chiefs
Vikings RBs: Start Dalvin Cook.
Vikings WRs: It looks like Adam Thielen has a good chance to play after getting in a limited practice on Thursday. Kansas City has played very well against opposing perimeter WRs, but Thielen has got it done for you in every game, and even made sure to score a TD before he got hurt in Week 7. Continue to start Diggs as a WR2 off of his great run while Thielen isn’t 100%.
Vikings QB: Kirk Cousins’ doesn’t strike me as a great start this week, especially considering how bad the Chiefs have been at stopping the run. In games where Dalvin Cook was able to establish the running game, Cousins’ numbers took a hit. I would be looking for another option in this matchup, especially since Cousins likely won’t be chasing Patrick Mahomes’ scores.
Chiefs RBs: LeSean McCoy was the clear primary back in the offense last week until he fumbled, after which he didn’t see one snap. Damien Williams took over once that happened, so there’s no way to tell who will get the majority of looks this week between all three of their backs. This is a situation to avoid, especially considering the Vikings give up the 5th fewest fantasy points to RBs.
Chiefs WRs: Tyreek Hill was still very involved after Matt Moore took over for Mahomes, and his upside remains. The Vikings have given up the 10th most fantasy points to WRs, so Sammy Watkins can even be started as a low-end PPR WR3 after seeing 8 targets last week.
Chiefs QB: Moore is a deep option at QB, only because he has the weapons and system to support him. Matt Stafford threw for 364 yards and 4 TDs last week after Carson Wentz threw for 306 yards and 2 TDs the week prior against the Vikings.
Chiefs TE: Start Travis Kelce.
NY Jets @ Miami Dolphins
Jets RBs: Le’Veon Bell hasn’t seen the touches we were hoping for over the last couple of games, but a matchup against Miami can spark a change in the right direction. Start him as a RB1.
Jets WRs: Robby Anderson is a WR3 this week against a Miami team giving up the 9th most fantasy points to perimeter WRs. The Dolphins are in full tank mode, as they’ve put their best corner Xavien Howard on IR, even though he had no structural damage in the knee he injured on Monday night. Anderson could’ve been fine with Howard shadowing him, but without him, he can have an even bigger day. Jamison Crowder only saw 5 targets in each of the last two games, but there is a possibility for me. Still, he remains a WR4 and a desperate PPR flex option.
Jets TE: If Chris Herndon finally plays this week, he’s a decent start. We want to see how involved he is, how many snaps he’s in for, how many routes he’s running, etc, before we throw him in our lineups. But hey, if you’re desperate, you can do a lot worse; Herndon has a lot of upside. Update: Adam Gase isn’t optimistic about Herndon playing yet again.
Jets DEF: The Jets defense is a good start against the Dolphins on paper, but there’s nothing about the Jets that suggest they will have a good game defensively against them. It’s really more about the Dolphins inadequacy, and it seemed to me like they were good enough against the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Monday night to the point where the Jets aren’t going to be a tough matchup for them. If the Browns DEF is available, I’d likely start them over the Jets.
Dolphins RBs: This is one of the first Dolphins games that Vegas actually thinks will be close. That’s good news for Mark Walton, who can potentially rack up carries because of it. Walton played on 87% of snaps against Pittsburgh last week with Kenyan Drake out of the picture. He’s involved in both the run and pass game, and he should return value as a low-end RB2 at the very least in this matchup. The Jets are very banged up at LB right now, and they’ve given up the 2nd most rushing TDs this year. They’ve also given up the 4th most receptions and the 6th most receiving yards to RBs.
Dolphins WRs: Both DeVante Parker and Preston Williams are startable this week against the Jets – Parker as a low-end WR3 and Williams as a flex. The Jets have given up the 8th most fantasy points to WRs this year, and we know Ryan Fitzpatrick likes to sling it to his WRs on the outside. In the two starts with Fitzpatrick over the last two games, Parker is averaging 9 targets with Williams averaging 7.5.
Dolphins QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick is a streamer you can consider this week if you’re desperate.
Indianapolis Colts @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Colts RBs: Start Mack as a solid RB2; he’s averaging 22 carries over the last three games. Matchup isn’t great, but volume > matchup.
Colts WRs: TY Hilton didn’t practice on Thursday, but we don’t know that if the calf injury he was listed with was legit. Assuming he plays, he’s a low-end WR1 even in a tough matchup. Update: Hilton is out. I wouldn’t chase the other WRs this week – too much variance there.
Colts TEs: The Steelers have been vulnerable to the tight end position, and Eric Ebron didn’t practice on Thursday. If he’s unavailable for Sunday, Jack Doyle gets an upgrade to startable. Update: With Hilton out, the TEs get a boost. If both Hilton and Ebron are out, Doyle gets a big boost.
Steelers RBs: James Conner didn’t practice as of Thursday, and there’s a chance he misses on Sunday. It’s also possible that he doesn’t practice but still plays; we’ve seen it earlier this year. If Conner does miss, Jaylen Samuels becomes an every-down RB1 with Benny Snell also already declared out. Matchup doesn’t matter if Samuels is the guy on every down, and that will be the case if Conner misses. If Conner plays, he would be a low-end RB1 with chance of re-aggravation.
Steelers WRs: Juju Smith-Schuster has strung up a couple of games with Mason Rudolph to get our confidence back up. He’s back on the WR2 map, so start him. Diontae Johnson is a flex option; he seems to get it done in every game that Rudolph started and finished so far.
Detroit Lions @ Oakland Raiders
Lions RBs: Tra Carson didn’t practice on Thursday due to a hamstring injury, and Matt Patricia called him day to day. If he doesn’t go, we might be able to get Ty Johnson back in our lineups as much as we hate this backfield after last week. Johnson saw the most snaps of any Lions back last week, and he should see a bump in touches if Carson misses. The Raiders are stout against the run, but Matt Stafford should be able to move the ball against their secondary to put the entire team in good positions to potentially score. Touches + moving offense is why Johnson is a high upside flex option if Carson is out.
Lions WRs: Great matchup for Kenny Golladay; he’s in your lineup as a solid WR1. The Raiders are giving up the 6th most fantasy points to perimeter WRs, where Golladay lines up 83% of the time. Because of that, Marvin Jones becomes a high-upside WR3 this week.
Lions TEs: TJ Hockenson is a dart throw this week in a great matchup; Oakland gives up the 3rd most fantasy points to TEs. Darren Fells and Jimmy Graham combined for 10 catches for 123 yards and 3 TDs over the last two weeks.
Lions QB: Matt Stafford is a great streamer this week, but he was probably picked up for last week’s matchup. Would call him a top-7 option at QB this week.
Raiders RBs: Josh Jacobs escaped last week’s game without re-aggravation. This week, he has a great matchup. Detroit gives up the 2nd most fantasy points to RBs. Start Jacobs as a high-end RB2.
Raiders WRs: Darius Slay might be active this week after leaving last week with a hamstring injury, and whether he plays would affect Tyrell Williams’ play. Slay will likely shadow Williams if he plays, so he gets a downgrade, but Williams has scored in his only five games. There’s a chance Williams scores again, but he should be classified as a risky WR3 if Slay does play.
Raiders TEs: Start Dallen Waller; he saw 8 targets in each of the last two weeks, and he should continue to get volume against Detroit as a high-end TE1.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Seattle Seahawks
Bucs RBs: It’s really tough to start any of these guys; there’s no trend that supports either Ronald Jones or Peyton Barber to be startable this week.
Bucs WRs: Start your two Bucs’ WR1s in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, regardless of matchup. The Seahawks have been solid against the pass this year by the numbers, but even Matt Schaub was able to throw for 460 yards last week, which resulted in Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley combining for 222 receiving yards. There’s some upside here.
Bucs TEs: It looks like OJ Howard will be out this week after missing practice again on Friday. When Howard missed last week, Cameron Brate had a season-high 6 targets. Brate has a good matchup against Seattle, who has given up the 4th most fantasy points to TEs, so if you’re desperate, Brate is an option.
Bucs QB: Jameis Winston has a lot of upside this week after seeing what Matt Schaub (460 passing yards) was able to do against the Seahawks with a ton of attempts. Looks like a Jameis kind of game. This game can turn into a shootout between Wilson and Winston, so don’t be afraid of this matchup if you’re looking strictly at the QB numbers against Seattle prior to last week’s game. There’s a great chance that this is the highest scoring game of the week.
Seahawks RBs: Pretty tough matchup for Chris Carson this week. It would make a lot of sense for the Seahawks to move the ball through the air, as the Bucs are allowing only 2.95 yards per carry. Still, it’s tough to bench Carson, and I would still start him as a low-end RB1. Russell Wilson will likely find a lot of success against Tampa Bay’s vulnerable secondary, so the chances Carson has some very opportune carries near the goal line is high.
Seahawks WRs: Tyler Lockett remains a WR1, and has an amazing matchup this week. So does DK Metcalf, who didn’t do anything yardage wise, but had two red zone TDs last week. DK Metcalf lines up on the left side of the formation 57% of the time, and that’s where the Bucs are allowing the most fantasy points to WRs. Metcalf is a high-upside WR3 this week.
Seahawks QB: A ton of upside for Russell Wilson this week against a Buccaneers team giving up the 8th most fantasy points to QBs.
Cleveland Browns @ Denver Broncos
Browns RBs: Nick Chubb being successful on the ground on the Patriots last week (aside from his fumble) was very encouraging for him and that running game, and defending the run is where the Broncos are vulnerable. The Browns will look to feed Chubb this week; he’s a RB1.
Browns WRs: Odell Beckham Jr. has yet another matchup this week against Chris Harris. I would start him as a WR2, and would offset that with some upside elsewhere on my roster. Because of that shadow, Jarvis Landry gets an upgrade. With OBJ locked up with Stephon Gilmore last week, Landry saw 10 targets. When OBJ was shadowed by Marlon Humphrey in Week 4, Landry saw 10 targets as well. I would expect some volume once again this week for him, so I would start him as a high-end WR3, even in a tough matchup.
Browns DEF: With the change from Joe Flacco to Brandon Allen at QB for the Broncos, they might be more prone to turnovers. Cleveland has one of the best pass rushes in the NFL, and Denver has been bad at protecting the QB, giving up 24 sacks this year. They’re a great streamer this week.
Broncos RBs: Both Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman are risky plays this week, only because a) we have no idea how Brandon Allen will move the ball and b) he likely won’t target the RBs as much as Joe Flacco liked to. A lot of these RBs’ value came from that receiving volume, especially because they’re in a 50/50 split. They are both TD dependent flex options this week, but they still have upside as the Browns haven’t been great defending the run.
Broncos WRs: Because of the QB change, Courtland Sutton also can take a hit. He’s the clear #1 WR, but we can easily see DaeSean Hamilton see an uptick in targets out of the slot, or Noah Fant at TE. I would downgrade Sutton to a WR3 until we see him connect with Brandon Allen.
Green Bay Packers @ LA Chargers
Packers RBs: You’re obviously starting Aaron Jones this week, but Jamaal Williams can continue to be efficient against a struggling Chargers team. Williams’ floor is low, but Matt LaFleur trots him out on close to 50% of snaps each week. They are targeting the RB at the 5th highest rate, and their RBs have the 4th most targets among the position. You usually don’t want to start a RB getting around 10 touches per game, but this is a week where they might go run heavy, so the upside of 15 touches for Williams is there. Additionally, they are starting to mix Williams in inside the red zone, and the Chargers have allowed the 6th most red zone touches to RBs over the last four weeks. He’s a high-upside, low-floor RB3/flex with a good matchup. With a big bye week this week, if you’re going to throw a dart, might as well stick with what’s been working.
Packers WRs: I wouldn’t start anyone outside of Davante Adams, even if he doesn’t play. This offense hasn’t run through WRs, but they’ve still found success. The targets are spread out around the WR corp with Allen Lazard potentially breaking into the WR3 conversation, depending on if he’s pushing MVS and Geronimo Allison as a starter, which seems like it might be happening… we just don’t have the confidence to start him just yet, especially in a tough matchup against a Chargers secondary giving up the 9th fewest points to Packers WRs. If one of them does score, it’ll be too random to predict.
Packers QB: Aaron Rodgers is really starting to come on after a slow start to the season as far as his numbers go. This is the first time in a long time where he’s able to perform without his #1 WR. He has a tough matchup this week, but the fact that he’s mixing it up between his WRs, TEs, and RBs, there will be matchups he’s smart enough to take advantage of. Will continue to try and ride the hot hand in my lineup.
Chargers RBs: Melvin Gordon hasn’t looked good since returning from his holdout. Austin Ekeler has been involved the entire time, averaging more than 50% of snaps over the past three games. Gordon has dominated the rushing attempts, while Ekeler’s been the primary pass catcher with a nose for the end zone. Ekeler has more upside with how he’s playing, and in this good matchup, they are both RB2s. The Packers are allowing almsot 5 yards per carry for the season, and the 3rd most rushing TDs to go with the 5th most goal-to-go RB touches allowed. Let’s hope Gordon can get back into his former self in this game at home after the Chargers fired their OC.
Chargers WRs: Keenan Allen has been underperforming, but you still have to start him as a WR1. His turnaround game is coming, and it could be this week. Allen Robinson, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, Kenny Golladay all had 100+ yard receiving games against Green Bay. With the OC change, we could see Allen targeted more than he’s been over the last several games. Mike Williams is a high-end WR3 with upside; he’s been solid most weeks, and his TD regression is coming… just be patient. Green Bay has actually given up the 5th most fantasy points to perimeter WRs over the last four weeks, in addition to the 6th most fantsy points to slot WRs during that span. Both of these guys should benefit.
Chargers TEs: Hunter Henry is a top-5 TE option, and he has a great matchup this week. Green Bay is giving up the 7th most fantasy points to TEs, and gave up 4 TDs over the last two weeks to the position.
Chargers QB: Rivers is a streaming option this week, as his weapons have an advantage – WRs have done well against the Packers lately, as have the TEs, as have the RBs… so all Rivers needs to do is take advantage.
New England Patriots @ Baltimore Ravens
Patriots RBs: I wouldn’t necessarily stay away from this matchup with respect to Sony Michel, but he’s a TD dependent RB2. The Ravens have given up 7 rushing TDs in 7 weeks to the RB position, so there is a decent chance Michel gets a score. James White continues to be a PPR RB2 with a solid floor, but no real ceiling.
Patriots WRs: Julian Edelman is in, but we don’t know if and where Marlon Humphrey shadows. Still you’re playing Edelman has a low-end WR1, especially in PPR leagues. Phillip Dorsett has a chance to see most of Humphrey if he chooses to stay on the outside, but if Humphrey doesn’t shadow, Dorsett can still return WR3 numbers, and that’s what I would start him as; he ran one more route than Edelman last week even with Sanu back. Mohamed Sanu is entriguing, but I would wait until he plays a full complement of snaps and is more integrated into the offense after playing only 53% of snaps last week.
Patriots QB: Brady doesn’t have a great history in Baltimore, but this is a better matchup than it’s historically been. Still, only one QB has thrown more than 1 TD against the Ravens this year, and that was Patrick Mahomes. Brady’s a low-end QB1 start this week.
Patriots DEF: Even going up against Lamar Jackson, keep rolling with the Patriots defense. Don’t fix what ain’t broken.
Ravens RBs: We’ve seen that the Patriots defense can be run on, and that’s the Ravens identity. Bill Belichick is going to do his best to stop exactly that, so it’ll be interesting to see who wins that battle. Mark Ingram’s volume hasn’t been there this year, as he’s been extremely TD dependent. He scores more often than not, though, so start him as a low-floor RB2.
Ravens WRs: I wouldn’t go there with this Patriots secondary.
Ravens TEs: I’d start Mark Andrews if he’s my only TE this week, even in the tough matchup. Andrews hasn’t received less than 7 targets in any game this year, even when banged up. On paper, this looks like a terrible matchup against the Patriots, but they haven’t faced one quality TE all year long… until Sunday night.
Ravens QB: Lamar Jackson is tough to sit, and I would only do so if you have another legit option with a safe floor. Gardner Minshew and Josh Allen are names that I am okay with starting over Lamar this week, only to avoid complete disaster. Jackson has a high ceiling in any game he plays, but playing a high-floor QB over him is only to avoid a bad game against a very tough defense.
Dallas Cowboys @ NY Giants
Cowboys RBs: Start Zeke.
Cowboys WRs: Amari Cooper is a must-start in this matchup as a high-end WR1. Michael Gallup is a WR2 against the Giants; they’ve given up the 8th most fantasy points to perimeter WRs this year, and the 5th most specifically on the left side where Gallup runs a majority of his routes from. These two both had great games agains the Giants in Week 1.
Cowboys TEs: Jason Witten is a “just please give me some points, and can I pray for a TD” start this week.
Cowboys QB: Great matchup for Dak Prescott this week; he’s a high-end QB1.
Giants RBs: Start Saquon.
Giants WRs: Sterling Shepard is back this week; him, Golden Tate, Evan Engram, and Saquon Barkley will battle for target share. It’ll be interesting to see it play out, but the share Tate has received over the past few games without Shepard isn’t guaranteed. Still, the matchup in the slot isn’t one to stay away from, so he’s still a PPR WR3 along with Shepard.
Giants TEs: Start Engram, great matchup.