Fantasy Football Matchups - Week 4




Baltimore Ravens at Washington Football Team

45.5 O/U -13 (BAL)

Baltimore takes the short trip to D.C. to try and bounce back after their first loss, while the Football Team tries to end their losing streak back at home. The Ravens enter as huge favorites even after being held to 70 passing yards in their Monday night game, and Washington will be looking for an upset like their week 1 comeback victory over the Eagles.


Washington Football Team

Through the Air:

Dwayne Haskins leads the Football Team as a non-factor in fantasy teams, rostered in only the deepest of 2-QB leagues. Don’t start him this week, guys. Seriously. Despite what happened last week, the Ravens’ defense is good, including defending the pass. He’ll be looking for his main target Terry McLaurin, a WR1 starter who will get plenty of looks… if he’s healthy. He was a limited participant in practice on Thursday, so keep an eye on his status. Of course, a hobbled McLaurin who is playing is probably better than most replacements you’ll have, so fire him up if he plays. WRs Steven Sims and Dontrelle Inman aren’t the play this week. TE Logan Thomas is a TE2 this week, a potential option for streamers but not a guy to have a lot of confidence in.


On the Ground:

Washington is running with a bit of a committee at RB, with Antonio Gibson the lead rusher with over 10 carries per game, and Peyton Barber getting most of the short-yardage work. JD McKissic is the most targeted RB in the pass game, with 4 catches on 9 looks. Gibson has some low-end RB2 value due to his volume, but you can pass on the other two.


Baltimore Ravens

Through the Air:

Fire up Lamar Jackson if you’ve got him, as he faces a Washington defense that has allowed over 1000 yards already on the season and gave up 2 TDs to Kyler Murray two weeks ago. His leading WR is Marquise Brown, a low-end WR2, who is joined by Willie Snead and Miles Boykin, but the main man is the TE Mark Andrews, who has been held in check for the past two weeks but is a breakout candidate every week. Start him with full confidence.


On the Ground:

RB is a tough spot to call for the Ravens. Mark Ingram leads in carries, while Gus Edwards leads in yards, and JK Dobbins leads in TDs. Ingram is probably the best bet as a low RB2, while JK Dobbins is a mid-level RB3 with a slight boost in PPR leagues. They all should have a positive game script, so if in doubt you can feel comfortable sliding them into your lineup.


Extra Points:

Ravens D/ST is a great play this week, and conversely, don’t even bother picking up the WFT D/ST. The Ravens’ kicker Justin Tucker is a definite start as well. It should be interesting to see how Baltimore responds to last week’s loss.


Los Angeles Chargers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

43 O/U -7 (TB)

The Chargers and Buccaneers are both recovering after losing a top-round pick franchise QB. That’s about where the similarities end, as the Buccaneers are retooling for a potential playoff run, while Los Angeles is in full rebuilding mode. Tampa comes in riding high on a 2-game winning streak, while the Chargers have lost their last two in low-scoring affairs.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Through the Air:

Tom Brady leads the Buccaneers’ passing attack as a mid-level QB2. While they’re likely to be ahead most of the game, the Chargers’ defense should slow them down significantly, as they did against Kansas City. Tampa Tom will be looking to his main target, Mike Evans, while Chris Godwin is out with an injury. Start Evans as a locked-in WR1 option this week. He’ll also be targeting Scotty Miller and TEs OJ Howard and Rob Gronkowski, although none of them are good starting options this week. Scotty is a low-end streaming option at WR, but you can pass on the TEs and all the other WRs this week.


On the Ground:

At RB, the total production from the group has been great this season, but because of the distribution between Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones, it’s a tough spot to predict. Because of Fournette’s injury issue this week, along with Jones’ slightly higher volume, I’d give the nod to Jones this week, although anything can happen on Sunday. They’re both low-end RB2 to mid-level RB3 this week.


Los Angeles Chargers

Through the Air:

The Chargers are still looking to Justin Herbert as their signal caller, as Tyrod Taylor continues to recover from his collapsed lung. He’s a low-end QB2, but WR Keenan Allen should be plugged in across the board. He’s hauled in 20 passes on 29 targets in the two games with Herbert behind center, and that trend looks to continue with the Chargers likely even or trailing most of the game, based on the spread. Mike Williams doesn’t have the same chemistry with Justin, and you should leave him on your bench until Tyrod comes back. TE Hunter Henry is a must-start and should get the endzone looks if they make it to the goal line.


On the Ground:

At RB, the Chargers are led by Austin Ekeler, with Josh Kelley contributing significantly as well. Ekeler enters as a low-end RB1, so definitely start him up, and Kelley is a potential flex or RB3 play, and a good option if you have Henry or Conner and need a fill-in. Justin Jackson has been a non-factor, and that looks to continue this week as well.


Extra Points:

As a home favorite with a low total, the Buccaneers D/ST is a great option to start this week, and while the Chargers aren’t a great play, they’re a potential stream if you’re desperate. Both kickers are decent streams, Ryan Succop for the Bucs and Michael Badgley for the Chargers.


Seattle Seahawks at Miami Dolphins

54 O/U -6 (SEA)

Seattle travels to Miami as both teams look to follow up big wins in week 3. The forecast calls for rain, which probably won’t lead to an advantage either way as these are the two teams most accustomed to playing in a deluge. It’s a bit surprising that the spread is only 6, as I expect the Seahawks to win comfortably, but I’ll defer to the Vegas experts when doing my analysis.


Miami Dolphins

Through the Air:

Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins have had 9 days to prepare for this matchup, and he’ll look to his main targets in WR Devante Parker and TE Mike Gesicki. Both should be in your starting lineup this week, although you can probably pass on Fitzmagic himself, clocking in as a mid-tier QB2. He may be a good replacement for Roethlisberger if you’re getting roughed up by the bye week, though. Their other receiving threats have shown some flashes, but they’re too inconsistent to rely on to start this week.


On the Ground:

The Dolphins have been feeding Myles Gaskin, who had 22 carries last week and has caught 15 passes on 16 targets so far this season. He’s yet to score, but with that volume it seems like only a matter of time, and a game with a high total like this one is a prime candidate. Matt Brieda and Jordan Howard are the other RBs taking snaps, with Jordan Howard the goal line back tallying 3 TDs to go with his 12 total yards on 16 carries. No, that is not a typo. Gaskin is an RB2 this week, and the other two can be left on your bench.


Seattle Seahawks

Through the Air:

Seattle has been one of the most dynamic passing offenses to start the season. Russell Wilson has made Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf into solid WR1 level producers, and vaulted himself up to the top of the QB rankings. Start all three with full confidence. Of TEs Will Dissly, Greg Olsen, and Jacob Hollister, the chances are good that one will find the endzone, but Russell doesn’t look to his TEs enough to rely on volume in case you choose the wrong one, so leave them out of your lineup.


On the Ground:

With Chris Carson injured, the Seahawks will turn to Carlos Hyde this week to lead their backfield. Keep an eye on this, as there have been rumors that Seattle may try to get Carson back this week, but if he can’t go, Hyde is a solid start as a RB3 or Flex due to volume, although the Dolphins have had success against the run so far this season, not allowing an opposing RB over 60 yards on the season. Their pass game is where you want your eggs this week.


Extra Points:

Seattle’s D/ST is a good stream this week, although the high total does limit the expected ceiling. Don’t start the Dolphins’ group this week, however. And even with the high expected score, don’t depend on the kickers in this matchup. The weather won’t be great, and it’s likely the scores will come from TDs, limiting the opportunities for points. Looks elsewhere for a K stream this week.



Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals

49 O/U -3 (CIN)

Jacksonville aims to rebound this week after a big loss to the other Florida team (no, not the one you are thinking of, the other one). Cincinnati still hasn’t nabbed one this season and worse, tied with the Eagles last week in a maddening matchup. This is a showcase of how the future talent of the NFL overcomes odds and obstacles early in their careers.

Which Gen Z QB will shine?


Jacksonville Jaguars

Through the Air:

After losing twice in four days, will Gardner Minshew lose some of his confidence? He currently stands as the 11th most efficient QB in the league. He lost lead WR DJ Chark but has managed to spread the ball around to a slate of skilled WRs and TEs. This might bode well for Minshew, but it doesn’t make for any playable receivers from Jacksonville this week.


On the Ground:

James Robinson has put the Jags at 3rd for best-rushing offense in the league and he stands just behind Alvin Kamara for most missed tackles on a reception. He is a dynamic running back and a sure-start RB2 any week, but especially against this Bengals defense. They’ve given it up to running backs these past few weeks and that will surely continue.


Cincinnati Bengals

Through the Air:

For a moment it looked like we lost Joe Burrow last week but he came back and pushed the Bengals to all the glory that is a tie. Real talk, the Bengals have been less than a touchdown away from winning the first three games this season and my guess is Burrow is hungrier than ever. He’s been sacked almost more than any other QB this season and I think he’s coming to win this week. This doesn’t mean he’ll do you any favors on your fantasy team, but I am excited to see this guy play Week 4. First year WR Tee Higgens has continued to stand out and of course Tyler Boyd - who has the 6th most catches in the NFL so far - and AJ Green who still leads the team in targets are must plays. Given that the Jaguars are still dealing with transitions and rookie cornerbacks, all three receivers should feast.


On the Ground:

Joe Mixon has been underwhelming this far into the season having failed to reach the end zone and plodding along for a simple 3.2 yards per carry. Giovanni Bernard has stolen the show on the receiving side, but not enough to start him unless your team is in disrepair. It’s a murky situation likely not to clear up against the 9th best run defense in the league.


Extra Points:

You can typically find something better than everything these teams are offering at Defense of Kicker.


Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears

43 O/U -2.5 (IND)

Colts Defense exploited the Jets last week grabbing twice as many pick-sixes as the Jets did touchdowns all game. The Bears are doing something new in the QB department but this strategy hasn’t played out a full game yet. We’ll see how these teams collide in Chicago on Sunday.


Indianapolis Colts

Through the Air:

TY Hilton has dominated this Colts market share and may continue in spite of a tough Corner match up in Kyle Fuller. Keep him locked in your line up. Phillip Rivers can hold it together enough to get the job done for this offense but isn’t a QB to start in fantasy.


On the Ground:

If there was ever a time for Jonathan Taylor to prove himself, it’s this week against the Bears. His volume has not completely translated to production just yet, but could connect while facing a Bears defense that has let up an average of 21 ppg to running backs this year. Nyheim Hines continues to contribute to this backfield but not in a fantasy-play way at this moment.


Chicago Bears

Through the Air:

Trubisky hit the bench last Sunday and Nick Foles turned it on for the Bears who put up 20 points in the fourth quarter and took the Bears to 3-0. Anthony Miller has finally been activated in this offense but is still a wait and see. Meanwhile, Allen Robinson who led the team with 10 receptions, 123 yards and a touchdown last week, will face a tough defensive matchup which ranks 1st in the league against the pass. Temper all expectations here for now.


On the Ground:

David Montgomery is holding the backfield on his own now with Tarik Cohen out for the season with an ACL tear. He’ll be challenged by a tough Colts Defense but is a startable RB2 anyhow.


Extra Points:

The Defenses and Kickers for both teams won’t get you very far.


Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers

51.5 O/U -3.5 (AZ)

As an Arizona native, I am embarrassed to report that the Cardinals became the first team to lose to the Detroit Lions this season in last weeks’ matchup. Meanwhile, the banged-up Panthers rallied back to win it.


Arizona Cardinals

Through the Air:

Kyler Murray has currently thrown more interceptions than touchdowns but do not let that deter you one bit. He has the most rushes for 10+ yards at 8 and has thrown more than 35 passes in each game this season. He is generating the energy you want out of a QB and added another weapon to his arsenal after unlocking speedster Andy Isabela last week. This Carolina matchup is no joke though and DeAndre Hopkins landed himself on the injury report mid-week. Keep an eye on his situation and keep Murray in your lineup regardless.


On the Ground:

Kenyan Drake is on the field all the time but he is not the lead runner on the field - that would be Kyler Murray. Drake is getting a fair amount of volume but it’s just not happening for him yet. Stay with it. This Cardinals offense is going to keep producing and the wheels will start turning. This could be the week to grease the wheels as the Panthers have let up most points against the run.


Carolina Panthers

Through the Air:

Both DJ Moore and Robby Anderson have been exciting plays through the first three weeks. Moore is in 9th in targets but is only leading his teammate Robby Anderson by a hair. The two are competing for WR1 and likely a spot in the top 15 receivers in the league which is great news for whoever has these guys. Fire them up!

On the Ground:

Mike Davis has filled in suitably for the injured Christian McCaffrey. He is an extremely elusive runner and also takes his fair share in the pass game. He split his two touchdowns and 90+ scrimmage yards right down the middle between passes and runs last week. Running backs have faired well against the Cardinals so Mike Davis is a full-go on your team.


Extra Points:

The Arizona and Carolina defenses rank 11th and 13th respectively. As for Kicker options, both teams are rostering mediocre performers and you could find better talent elsewhere.


New York Giants at Los Angeles Rams

48 O/U -12.5 (LAR)

The Giants haven’t won all season and are looking quite pitiful. The Rams have scored almost 100 points in the first three games of the season and look to continue this offensive rampage week 4.


New York Giants

Through the Air:

Danny Dimes has lobbed his coin to the other team 4 times this season. When he’s not making interceptions or incomplete passes, he’s leading the team in rushing. That’s right! Since Saquon Barkely’s been out, Mr. Jones has run the ball for the most yardage. This should concern you because he should not be doing this. In fact, this should really concern you because currently averaging more yards in rush attempts than in passing yards. Woof! The Rams are the number one defense headed into this week and I totally get it. Stay away or you might get sacked too!


On the Ground:

Daniel Jones might be on the ground a lot. As for the running backs, it’s not much prettier. We haven’t seen Devonte Freeman or any running back be productive for this Giants Offense and frankly, that includes Saquon Barkley.


Los Angeles Rams

Through the Air

The Rams Offense is stacked and this week against the Giants it should rain for everyone. We haven’t seen the New York team play any offense quite as stacked as the Rams and without the ability to gain any momentum on offense the Giants will have a tough fight ahead. Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Tyler Higbee are all great plays. Even Jarrod Goff is a start this week if you need him.


On the Ground:

The Rams will play Week 4 without Cam Akers and instead play Darrell Henderson in a lead role with Malcom Brown ready to jump in. DH has been upside RB1 in his field time and could dig in against the Giants. So long as he maintains his pace and impresses he will keep this lead role for the Rams.


Extra Points:

The Rams Defense is the number one defense and a must-start against a frail Giants offense. Samuel Sloan kicks for the Rams and can kick on your team if your looking for a guy to start.


Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans

54 O/U -3.5 (HOU)

The Paul Rudd “Look at us” matchup of the week will showcase two 0-3 teams wondering how they each got here. Someone has to win in this one right? Well no. They could both tie. All kidding aside the desert sportsbooks believe this will be a high-flying contest.


Minnesota Vikings

Through the Air:

A complete disappearing act in week two is sandwiched in between some decent fantasy football performances for Kirk Cousins. I can’t believe I am writing this but Cousins could be a fantastic streaming option this week against a Texans squad that has given up an average of 2 TDs to opposing QBs this year. Cousins’ reliance on Adam Thielen means he and his 22 targets on the year will be in your lineup this week. After an up and mostly down offseason, Justin Jefferson went absolutely bonkers last week catching 7 balls on 9 targets for 175 yards and a touchdown. It feels like you are chasing points to roll with Jefferson this week but this is a great matchup to double down on.


On the Ground:

The Vikings offense begins and ends with Dalvin Cook who now has a rushing TD in 14 of his last 17 games.


Houston Texans

Through the Air:

This brutal opening schedule that Houston has had is a major reason why Watson is pressured at the 4th highest rate in the NFL. He will breathe a huge sigh of relief against a Vikings squad that struggles to get to the QB and has given up the 5th most passing yards this season with 899. Even though you may have trust issues with Will Fuller and he did pop up on this week’s injury report with a hamstring, his 18% target share, big play ability, and choice matchup means you should be rolling him out there this week. Brandin Cooks should also see a great matchup this week with 18% of the market share himself, while also leading this team in air yards. Should Fuller miss this game, both Cooks and Randall Cobb would get significant bumps. Cobb would be worth a WR4/FLEX play in that instance.


On the Ground:

The well documented brutal schedule for the Texans can explain a lot of why David Johnson is only the RB21 on the season, but this schedule is opening up and it starts this week against a Vikings squad who has surrendered a rushing touchdown in every game this season.


Extra Points:

A big fan of the Texans to get right in this one. If I was a betting man, I’d say Houston should walk away victorious in this one.


New Orleans Saints at Detroit Lions

54 O/U -4 (NO)

The motor city will host the battle of contrasting quarterbacks this Sunday as Drew Brees and his “dying” arm will face off against the gunslinger Matthew Stafford. How will these quarterbacks and their plays affect your fantasy football team this week? Let’s take a look.


New Orleans Saints

Through the Air:

Drew Brees is not able to push the ball down the field as he once was, but he could be getting back his #1 target this week in Michael Thomas and that coupled with the Lions surrendering the 8th most QB points on average make him a fine play in week four. It is hard to trust any of Emmanuel Sanders, Tre’Quan Smith, or even Jared Cook who is hobbled by injury, if Thomas does in fact return. The targets of this offense are highly concentrated at the top with Michael Thomas and then Alvin Kamara as the locked in top options for this offense.


On the Ground:

The overall RB1 will face a Detroit defense that has allowed 184 scrimmage yards on average to the RB position this year. If you are playing against Kamara this week, may God have mercy on your soul.


Detroit Lions

Through the Air:

As was mostly expected, the return of Kenny Golladay really opened things up for Matthew Stafford and the Lions’ passing attack. Golladay got through unscathed and played 73% of the snaps in week three against the Cardinals. Next up Kenny G and Stafford will get a Saints defense that has been gouged through the air, letting up eight passing touchdowns after three games. Only Dallas and Atlanta have surrendered more. Normally, with this kind of over/under a secondary weapon like Marvin Jones Jr. would be a sneaky play but I would fade him as I have a hunch Detroit will utilize T.J. Hockenson more as the second passing threat this week. Hockenson increased his snap percentage to 82% in week three and looks to be fully recovered from his ankle injury.


On the Ground:

At age 35, Adrian Peterson has 43 carries in just three weeks. Kerryon Johnson and Deandre Swift have been mixing in for this full blown committee in Detroit and for that reason, I am out on this backfield. That and the Saints boast a top 10 defense against the run.


Extra Points:

You man want to look elsewhere if you are still holding on to that Saints defense this week.


Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys

54 O/U -4.5 (DAL)

This game has all the makings of an absolute barn burner and it is honestly one of my favorite on the NFL slate. You have a confident 2-1 Cleveland squad who has been running through opponents on the ground visiting a 1-2 Dallas squad who is running the fastest-paced and pass-heavy offense in the league.


Cleveland Browns

Through the Air:

Baker Mayfield is maybe one of the most polarizing players in football and will be on the streaming radar this week against PFF’s 5th worst coverage unit in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys. Battling a back injury this week, Odell Beckham Jr.’s status will need to be monitored but he could not be walking into a better matchup with Dallas allowing 41.9 points per game to the wide receiver groups this year. This will put even Jarvis Landry on the radar for FLEX consideration especially if Kareem Hunt(groin) is forced to miss this week.


On the Ground:

Be sure to check Kareem Hunt’s status as Sunday rolls around because should he miss it will not only affect Landry, as mentioned, but will totally unleash Nick Chubb who remains a must start.


Dallas Cowboys

Through the Air:

With his teammates playing so bad on defense Dak Prescott has and should continue to feast in shootouts all year long. This means good things for the pass catchers in Dallas like must-start Amari Cooper who could see a major bump if Cleveland cornerback Denzel Ward is forced to sit with a groin injury. Michael Gallup is set to carry momentum from his breakout performance last week. You can fire him and CeeDee Lamb up as WR3/FLEX’s this week given the points available here. Dalton Schultz can also get a nod as a streaming TE as Cleveland has been surrendering the 4th most points to TEs.


On the Ground:

Ezekiel Elliott will face the 9th best rushing defense in the NFL so far in Cleveland so temper expectations for your first round stud.


Extra Points:

Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein has been a bright spot for this Dallas squad as one of the most beneficial free agency acquisitions that nobody is talking about from this past offseason.


Buffalo Bills at Las Vegas Raiders

52.5 O/U (-3.5) BUF

The undefeated Buffalo Bills, fresh off a thrilling victory over the Rams, will face a 2-1 Las Vegas Raiders squad looking to make their first season in the desert a memorable one. The fantasy implications are heavy in a game that sportsbooks believe will be a high scoring and close contest.


Buffalo Bills

Through the Air:

Continuing his torrid MVP-case, Josh Allen now has 14 total TDs in only three games when he had 27 touchdowns in all of 2019. He will now face a Las Vegas squad that has 27th ranked passing defense through three weeks. Admittedly, I didn’t even see how much Allen’s shiny new toy: Stefon Diggs would affect this offense. Diggs is responsible for four of Allen’s ten touchdowns and has established himself, garnering 25% of the team’s target market share. John Brown will be battling a calf injury but returned to practice this week and will face a Raiders team allowing over 17 points per game to his position this year. Gabriel Davis is coming off a nice 81 yard performance and his snap percentage has increased each of the last two weeks but unless John Brown misses you should not be firing up this weekend.


On the Ground:

With seven rushing TDs last year and already four this year, some would say that Josh Allen is this team’s most profitable running back. Singletary is coming off of his best game of the year against the Rams and he still only finished as the RB20. With Zack Moss coming back this week from a nagging toe injury, Singletary will be on the RB2 radar against the best defense to face for fantasy running backs. Vegas surrenders 35.8 points per game on average to RBs which makes Singletary a safe play and Moss flex-worthy in a desperate situation.


Las Vegas Raiders

Through the Air:

Derek Carr has not been streamable in any matchup this season and that won’t change this week. Moving on, neither 1st round pick Henry Ruggs or 3rd round pick Bryan Edwards is likely to play in week four given their injuries. This vaults waiver wire warrior Hunter Renfrow into the spotlight this week and a juicier matchup could not exist. Buffalo has been slaughtered by the slot this year surrendering over 100 yards and a touchdown to all of Jamison Crowder, Mike Gesicki, and Cooper Kupp. Darren Waller will be a must start as well, given his importance to this offense and the fact that he leads the NFL in targets amongst tight ends with 28.


On the Ground:

Josh Jacobs will get back to back tough draws in New England last week and Buffalo this week but he has averaged 26 touches per game including over three targets per game this season.


Extra Points:

Neither of the kickers in this matchup are in the top 12 this season and neither are the defenses. You can stream and feel more comfortable this week.


New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs

53 O/U -7 (KC)

Although some things have changed, some have remained the same in this rematch of Super Bowl hopefuls. The 3-0 Chiefs will host the New England Patriots. Cam Newton and Patrick Mahomes face off for the first time but this will be the 4th time Bellichick will face Andy Reid with Mahomes and the arsenal of weapons and what a matchup it projects to be.


New England Patriots

Through the Air:

Cam Newton, the fantasy QB8 on the year, is coming off of his worst game as a Patriot and will look to get right against a Chiefs defense that just held Lamar Jackson to QB23 numbers in week three. The good news for Cam is he is facing a Kansas City defense that will give up chunk run plays on the ground and he is averaging just under 50 yards per contest. The Chiefs have been much better against the pass than the run, but Julian Edelman’s 28% target market share makes him a trustworthy start in a game where the Pats will have to try and keep up. This offense seems very game-script dependent and that should be good news for N’Keal Harry who in week two against the pass heavy Seahawks saw 12 targets and then followed that up with only 4 targets against the Raiders in week three. This projects to be much more like the Seattle game and Harry could be FLEX’d in many circumstances.


On the Ground:

After a three touchdown performance against the Las Vegas Raiders, Rex Burkhead will face a Chiefs team that has given up 165 scrimmage yards on average to RBs this year. That’s the good news. The bad news for Burkhead and his fantasy GM’s is that his teammates Damien Harris(returning from IR) and James White(returning from a family tragedy) are back in the lineup this week. Sony Michel will also mix in a week after having his best game. I can understand running back desperation but if you can help it, the Patriots backfield should be a complete fade.


Kansas City Chiefs

Through the Air:

Mahomes has had his ups and downs against Bill and the Pats over the last couple years, but with all the opt-outs on the New England defense and following his incredible week three performance, Patrick is locked in your lineup. Also locked in are Tyreek Hill and his 19% target market share as well as Travis Kelce and his 22%. Sammy Watkins battled back from injury to continue his possession receiver role for the Chiefs averaging only 6.8 yards as his average depth of target. He does have a healthy 18% of the target market share but outside of PPR formats I am not considering Watkins this week. You should be stashing Mecole Hardman and monitoring his usage carefully because his upside, should something happen to any pass catcher ahead of him, is mouth-watering.


On the Ground:

Clyde Edwards-Helaire now has 55 carries in three games which is 5th most in the NFL and his slasher style has equated to 4.1 yards per carry which is 3rd best amongst the top 10 fantasy RBs this year. Volume + Offense make C.E.H. one of the best plays any given week.


Extra Points:

Harrison Butker is a lock for plenty of opportunities playing for the Chiefs week in and week out, especially in this over/under.


Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers

46 O/U -7 (SF)

The Eagles will attempt to put a full roster out on the field especially at wide receiver this week in another prime time NFL matchup of injury-riddled franchises. Philly will get no sympathy from the 49ers who will be without their star quarterback, running back, cornerback, and defensive end this Sunday night.


Philadelphia Eagles

Through the Air:

Carson Wentz has had offensive line issues and as mentioned, his pass catchers have been plagued by injuries but even in a clean pocket he is not getting it done with a QBR as #37 in the NFL this season from a clean pocket. Although on paper it looks like Wentz will be throwing to an injury ward at wide receiver, it will actually be Greg Ward lining up as the WR1 for Philly this week. Wentz will be without the following: DeSean Jackson(hamstring), Alshon Jefferey(foot), J.J. Arcega-Whiteside(lower body), Dallas Goedert(high ankle), and Jalen Reagor(thumb). No that was not a CVS receipt, that was the real-life Philly injury roundup. Even with the increased volume for Ward, I am only trusting Zach Ertz and Miles Sanders as pass catchers for the Eagles this week.


On the Ground:

Miles Sanders has been a complete workhorse and the only trustworthy Eagles since his return in week two, averaging 22.5 touches per game.


San Francisco 49ers

Through the Air:

After Jimmy G rolled his ankle in week two, Nick Mullens took over for Kyle Shanahan and led the 49ers to a convincing victory over the lowly Giants. Mullens when pressured is one of the worst QBs in football and will face an Eagles squad getting the 3rd most pressure in the NFL. The rookie Brandon Aiyuk, who even got some work in the rushing game last week, is worth a flex against a middle of the road Eagles passing defense. But with George Kittle back this week, Nick Mullens will know where his bread gets buttered. The 49ers are second in the league in RB targets with 30 behind only the Saints. This sets up will for both McKinnon who is practicing through a rib injury and Jeff Wilson. Both backs saw a pretty even split last week snatching three catches each.


On the Ground:

As mentioned the backfield in the absence of Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman was a pretty even split between Jerrick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson Jr. In this projected game script with the amount of injuries and the backup QB playing, expect the Niners to run frequently and rely on a mix of both RBs. Both are worth RB3/FLEX consideration this week.


Extra Points:

The 49ers D/ST can be fired up with confidence against an Eagles team that just looks lost. That confidence is extended to fantasy football’s 6th best kicker Robbie Gould. “Bad things happen in Philadelphia” and even though this game is in San Fran you can find better options at kicker and defense this week.


Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers

56.5 O/U -7 (GB)

As the Atlanta Falcons continue to gift wrap wins for their opponents this season, the Green Bay Packers continue to win in convincing fashion. Vegas believes this will be the highest scoring game of the week and the teams will collide at a fanless Lambeau Field on Monday Night Football.


Atlanta Falcons

Through the Air:

Although the real football Atlanta Falcons fans likely need your condolences and support in these trying times, the fantasy football GMs with Atlanta players on their roster have been pretty content. That starts with Matt Ryan who has posted QB8 numbers through three games and will face a Packers squad allowing 21.6(11th most) points per game to the position. As Julio Jones has been hampered by a hamstring, Calvin Ridley has feasted with 349 receiving yards and four touchdowns in three games. The overall WR1, Ridley has been a late addition to the injury report with an ankle and his injury designation will need to be monitored on Saturday given the Monday night timing of this contest. Julio has returned to practice after missing last week’s game with the aforementioned hamstring, he looks on track to play. The pass catching injuries don’t stop there as Russell Gage is nursing a concussion as well. He will get the extra day to rest and should any of these WRs miss the other two would get a massive bump in this projected fantasy football smorgasbord. Expectations should be tempered for Hayden Hurst as the Packers have played the TE well only allowing 6.5 points per game to this position.


On the Ground:

Todd Gurley is nowhere near the 2017 fantasy football MVP we all remember and even Adrian Peterson is forcing more missed tackles per attempt than Todd Gurley’s 6%. You can’t really bench him in this matchup given the potential injuries to his teammates and more importantly the Green Bay defense he faces allowing nearly 30 points to the position every week on average.


Green Bay Packers

Through the Air:

If you are concerned that Aaron Rodgers will fall off some fantasy relevant cliff, this is not that week. The Packers and the Seahawks are the only squads to post 35 or more points in every game this year and Atlanta is the best defense to have your fantasy quarterback face each week. Rodgers is likely to get his #1 target back as Davante Adams has returned to practice and is set to return on Monday night after a hamstring injury cost him to miss the 4th quarter of week two and all of week three’s action. Adams will be joined by Marquez Valdes-Scantling who should see a nice bump in usage this week given that Allen Lazard had core surgery this week and will be out indefinitely. Atlanta is surrendering 32 points per contest on average to the WR position in fantasy. The gifts don’t stop there for Green Bay as the Falcons also allow the second most points to the TE position and that makes Robert Tonyan a very intriguing streaming option this week.


On the Ground:

Aaron Jones is a good football player and should stay in your fantasy football lineup unless you hate touchdowns and points and winning.


Extra Points:

Mason Crosby is the second best kicker in all of fantasy football and there are so many points to be had in this game you gotta roll the seasoned vet out there. Neither defense can be trusted in such a perceived high scoring contest.


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