Fantasy Football Matchups - Week 7


As we head into the halfway mark of the fantasy football regular season, we here at The Fantasy Whisperers are here to help as much as possible. That includes this column where we try to give you a perspective on every fantasy relevant player in every matchup for the week 6 slate of games. For any additional start/sit advice make sure you DM us on Twitter or Instagram and for even more in depth analysis head on over to our YouTube channel where we post daily videos to prepare you to win your week.


Teams on BYE:

Baltimore Ravens

Indianapolis Colts

Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings





Steelers @ Titans

52 O/U -2 (PIT)

Two unbeaten teams clash in a possible AFC playoff preview, as the Steelers travel down to Nashville to take on the surging Titans. Both teams have been prolific in scoring, and look to have several fantasy relevant players each.

Titans Preview

Through the Air

Tennessee has been effective in the pass game this season, and Ryan Tannehill has done a good job of distributing the ball, with 6 players already over 100 yards on the season. This does complicate fantasy a bit, although a big reason for the distribution has been availability of his favorite targets. AJ Brown, Adam Humphries and Corey Davis have all missed time this season with injuries or sickness, but should all be available this week. Boot up Brown if you have him, but the other two are bye week filler in your flex at best, as their targets will likely be sporadic. Jonnu Smith is questionable with an ankle injury, and is probably worth starting if he’s active. You can stream his backup, Anthony Firkser, if he’s out. This is a tough matchup for Tannehill, against the solid defense of Pittsburgh, and he’s not as easy an option this week, but you should only bench him if you’ve got someone better, and that list isn’t very long. Start him up as a low-end QB1.

On the Ground

Derrick Henry is the truth. Even in this tough matchup, he’s sure to get plenty of volume and should start to wear down the defensive front by the second half. The tough matchup just moves him from a top-3 option to a top-5 option in fantasy.

Steelers Preview

Through the Air

Ben Roethlisberger has been effective in the pass game, and against the mostly pathetic pass defense of Tennessee, he should have a good day. He’s a QB1 this week. His WR corps is more difficult to assess. Juju Smith-Schuster has been ineffective as a pass-catcher, and it’s hard to recommend starting him. Chase Claypool, on the other hand, has made the most of his opportunity, taking on the lead WR role so far this season. I’d avoid Juju and Diontae Johnson in favor of Claypool, although finding the endzone should make for a solid day for any of them. Eric Ebron is a good streaming option this week at TE.

On the Ground

James Conner has handled the workload for Pittsburgh, and should continue to be a solid starter this week again. Fire him up as an RB1 with upside in the pass game as well. Benny Snell may take a few snaps, but shouldn’t be a threat to Conner’s production.

Extra points

These defenses are tough options this week since both offenses have been so effective so far this season, but the Steelers’ D/ST may have a good chance at turnovers, as they’ve forced multiple takeaways in 4 of their 5 games so far. Both Kickers should get some solid opportunities as well.

Browns at Bengals

50.5 O/U -3.5 (CLE)

These teams faced off Thursday night of week 2, with Cleveland leading most of the game and the Bengals staying just behind and playing catch-up all night. Heading to Cincinnati, it looks like this game may have a similar vibe. Both #1 pick QBs have improved as the season has gone on, and look to put on a show in this AFC North matchup.

Bengals Preview

Through the Air

Joe Burrow has turned it on, and looks to match his 300+ yard 3 TD night against the Browns in week 2 in this rematch. He’ll be relying on several receivers, and if he matches the 60+ attempts from the first game, there will be plenty of targets to go around. All the WRs are mid-level WR2/3 guys, but all of them will have TD upside in what should be a shootout (regardless of the low Vegas score). AJ Green, Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins are all on the fantasy radar as legitimate starting options, especially if you’re having bye week issues. Drew Sample is a mid-level TE2, and may be a good option if you’re having bye week trouble (or if your TE recently went down with injury…). Joe Burrow is a solid start at QB, in case that wasn’t clear.


On the Ground

Joe Mixon is banged up, and didn’t practice Thursday. That’s rough news for owners, since he’s been a reliable option most of the season, and likely in line for a big workload this weekend. Keep an eye on the injury report, and if he can go, you should start him up. If he’s out, Gio Bernard becomes an immediate RB2 with huge upside.

Browns Preview

Through the Air

Baker Mayfield has thrown 2 picks each of the past two weeks, and has yet to break 250 yards passing. Avoid him at QB. Odell Beckham has been a serviceable WR2 recently, and you can start him up there this week, but temper expectations. Jarvis Landry is more of a flex option for now. Austin Hooper can be started as a TE1 this week.

On the Ground

Kareem Hunt has done well with his increased workload, and despite a bad game overall from the Browns last week, should be a top-5 option at RB. Start him up with confidence. D’Ernest Johnson is the backup, but despite his 95 yards in week 4, he’s not a reliable option for your roster. Leave him on the wire.

Extra Points

Both kickers should get plenty of work, so feel free to stream them this week. I would avoid both D/STs, as this game could become a shootout very easily. This will likely be a fun game to watch for neutrals.




Cowboys @ Football Team

46 O/U -1.5 (DAL)

The tumbling Cowboys travel to the nation’s capital to face up against The Washington Football Team. Although this game has plenty of star power this is probably going to be a real barn burner.


Cowboys Preview

Though the Air

There were plenty who expected Andy Dalton could maybe keep this offense afloat with Dak going down with a gruesome ankle injury but that hope was short lived. Dalton is not on the streaming radar and his presence limits the stars on the Cowboys Offense. The 3 headed monsters of the Cowboys passing attack Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb are hurt the most by Dalton’s mediocre play. These 3 were probably starting for you every week with the potential to be a WR1 any given week but that is no longer. Still start them but temper your expectations.


On the Ground

Surprisingly Ezekiel Elliot fumbled the ball twice last week which probably resulted in his limited touches. I expect him to get right this game even though this D-Line is no joke but Zeke is going to be the life blood of this offense and his going to have to carry them to W’s.


Football Team Preview

Through the Air

Kyle Allen played well last week, he didn’t WOW you but he put up a decent stat line of 280 yards and 2 TDs. This matchup this week is pretty good on paper and IF you are really desperate, like really desperate you could put Allen in there as a risky QB2. Terry McLaurin saw 12 targets last week and should be in your lineup each week with this type of volume. Terry is in a smash spot this week so sit back and watch the fireworks. Dontrelle Inman is the #2 in Washington but is a WR4/5 in fantasy lineups.


On the Ground

Why wont Ron just give this backfield to Antonio Gibson already? Well it's probably because J.D McKissic is doing great things out of the backfield and offers a lot of upside in the passing game. I’m still a huge Gibson fan but his upside is severely capped with McKissic there. Gibson is a RB3 with some TD upside, while McKissic is a flex play.


Extra Points

I would start The Washington Football Team’s D/ST this week. They are a talented group and Andy Dalton’s struggles could create some scoring opportunities. On the other side the Dallas group is not good and not worth a start even against Kyle Allen.


Lions @ Falcons

56.5 O/U -2.5 (ATL)

Seems like we say this every week with the Falcons but this game really looks like it will be a shootout. Two QBs who love to sling the ball down field to their premier WRs


Lions Preview

Through the Air

It was rather disappointing last week for Matt Stafford but it was a result of game script and not poor play. This week the matchup couldn't get any better for Stafford, Kenny Galloday, and T.J Hockenson the Falcons are giving the most points through the air this season and that isn’t ending soon. Lock Stafford and Galloday as QB1, WR1 and TE2 in your lineups this week.


On the Ground

The Lions ran the ball a lot last week. D’Andre Swift and Adrian Peterson rewarded fantasy managers that had them in their lineups. This is still a 50/50 split backfield and both players as we saw last week can perform given a good matchup. I don't expect the same volume this week given the game script but this isn't a bad matchup. I lean to Swift in this one as the preferred start.


Falcons Preview

Though the Air

This Falcons offense plays better when Julio Jones is on the field, especially Matt Ryan. Ryan put up a huge 4 TDs performance last week. Julio will be there this week and that's good for Ryan and all pass options on the field. Calvin Ridley, Julio Jones and Hayden Hurst should be in your lineup this week in what should be a shootout in Atlanta.


On the Ground

Todd Gurley had 24 touches last week and fantasy managers are eager to see if this trend continues without Dan Quinn coaching this team. Gurley is still one of the most talented runners in the NFL and if his volume continues to climb watch out! Right now he is an RB2 with great upside especially if he gets near the goaline.


Extra Points

Younghoe Koo’s performance last week probably won a lot of managers their matchups last week putting up 20 points. He is one of the best kickers in the NFL and Fantasy so get him in your lineups. Matt Prater is also another kicker who could provide great streaming value this week.


Panthers @ Saints

51 O/U -7.5 (NO)

Teddy Bridgewater Revenge Game? The Panthers are looking to get above .500 and wait out one more week until the return of CMC. The Saints are just looking to remain a shell of what they once were.


Panthers Preview

Through the Air

Teddy Bridgewater has been a very good streaming option through 6 weeks this season when the matchup is right. Well this week the matchup is pretty good against a struggling Saints secondary, plus he should have some extra motivation returning to the Saints. D.J Moore and Robby Anderson have also been great for fantasy managers this season and should have another productive outing this week.


On the Ground

Mike Davis had a disappointing showing last week but aside from last week has been producing at a high level as he fills in for CMC. Mike Davis is yet again a RB2 this week and should get back to his normal level against the Saints.


Saints Preview

Through the Air

Without Michael Thomas on the field Drew brees has not been great at all this season. Everyone expected Michael Thomas back week 5 but then he was suspended by the team for throwing punches with a teammate. We certainly expected him to be back after the bye BUT he tweaked him hammy in practice on Wednesday and is 50/50 this week. That does not bode well for Drew Brees. Leave him on your bench especially since the way to attack this Panthers Defense is on the ground. Emmanuel Sanders could see another productive volume day if Thomas is out this week.


On the Ground

The only piece of the Saints offense I want right now is Alvin Kamara. This offense runs through him. He is the RB1 through 6 weeks and leads all RBs in targets and receiving yards, he should have yet another productive RB1 performance against one of the worst run defenses in the league. Latavius Murray could also have flex appeal this week handling his usual 10-15 carries a game and could easily find the endzone this week.


Extra Points

Joey Slaye was placed on the COVID list (close contact, not positive test) and doesn't look like he will be on the field this week.


Bills @ Jets

48 O/U -13 (BUF)

The Bills have lost back-to-back games and will head down the street to face the Jets this week. Let see if a loss to the Bills will be the final straw that breaks the camel's back and Adam Gase is let go.


Bills Preview

Though the Air

Josh Allen’s MVP campaign has fizzled out the last 2 weeks but still sits at QB3 in fantasy. Last week’s game had potential to be an exciting shootout between two strong armed QBs but the weather had other plans. Josh Allen is still a QB1 this year and you aren’t benching him against the Jets. Stefon Diggs is an every week WR1 and like Allen you are not sitting him against the Jets. John Brown and Cole Beasley are the other two WR on the team and have seen similar success when this team is clicking. If John Brown is out Cole Beasley is worth a flex start given the targets he has seen and his TD ability.


On the Ground

This backfield is nothing to write home about and I personally don’t feel good about relying on either Devin Singletary or Zack Moss. To put it simply this rushing attack sucks. Given bye week you might have to start Singletary and this is definitely a great matchup to do that against. Despite the great matchup I have him as an RB3 this week with little upside.


Jets Preview

Sam Darnold is looking like he will be back week 7…Cool, don’t start him. Jamison Crowder is dealing with a groin injury now and missed Thursday practice. If he plays, start him because he is a target monster and volume tends to produce even on bad offenses. Nobody else to write about here.


On the Ground

Its up to the eternal Frank Gore to carry the ball for the hapless Jets. He isn't a sexy start but there is some flex appeal there given the bye week situation. LaMichel Perine hopes to see his role increase as the weeks go on now that Bell was traded. Keep him on your bench as a stash for now.


Extra Points

Start any D/ST against the Jets.




Green Bay Packers @ Houston Texans

56 O/U -3.5 (GB)

A pissed off Aaron Rodgers will lead a Packers team licking its wounds into Houston to take on a much more explosive Texans team than we saw in the first few weeks of the season. Vegas expects fireworks as both teams have the highest implied team totals this week which is a great indication for fantasy football success.


Packers Preview:

Through the Air

Aaron Rodgers is in an absolute smash spot against a Texans defense that has been giving up monster performances to opposing QBs. The game quickly got out of hand from the Pack last week and when they were asked about if Tampa Bay exposed them most of the players responded with, “1 of 5.” Although the game was forgettable for all the offensive players, Davante Adams did receive 10 targets and now has 30 targets in just three games this season. Adams will get to face the Texans fresh off of truly alpha performances from A.J. Brown and Adam Thielen against them in the last three weeks. The generosity has extended to other wide receivers facing the Texans as well and that puts even Marquez Valdes-Scantling on the map this week with Houston allowing 9 scores to fantasy wide receivers this season. Robert Tonyan has been extremely limited this week with an ankle injury but should he suit up he would get a Texans secondary that has allowed 12.2 fantasy points per game to his position on average. If Tonyan can’t suit up I would like MVS even more.


On the Ground

Reach out to your league mate who is playing against Aaron Jones this week and offer my deepest condolences. Thoughts and prayers will be needed in droves for those facing Jones with his matchup against a Texans team that has been the second worst against enemy backs giving up 27.6 points per game. If you are the person facing Jones, well, this is awkward.


Texans Preview

Through the Air

Finally free of the shackles of Bill O’Brien, Deshaun Watson now has 3 or more touchdowns in back to back weeks and will get a banged up Packers secondary at home. The B.O.B. void at the top of the coaching staff has created more juice for Watson’s weapons as well. Will Fuller now has 8 or more targets in 3 of his 5 games played this year. He will look to build on his best game of the year last week catching 6 targets for 123 yards and a touchdown against the Titans. Over the last two weeks Brandin Cooks has seen 21 targets, racked up 229 yards, and scored two touchdowns. Both receivers can be started with pretty high confidence in a game Vegas believes will have the most points on the slate. The Randall Cobb revenge game narrative is fun but I would fade Cobb in favor of Darren Fells who now has scored in back to back games without fellow tight end Jordan Akins and will face a Packers squad that just put Gronk on the map last week.


On the Ground

Houston is bad against opposing running backs. Green Bay is worse. David Johnson is now averaging 19 touches over his last three weeks and will get a defense that allows 28 points per game to fantasy football running backs. LFG.


Extra Points

Fire up your kickers in this projected shootout and stay far away from these defenses.


49ers @ Patriots

45.5 O/U -2.5 (NE)

Prior to the season this game would have had all the makings of a heavyweight bout with two “contenders” going back and forth. After massive injuries to the 49ers and massive letdowns by the Patriots this seems like a game that both teams will desperately want to win and may have to rely on the trenches to do so.


49ers Preview

Through the Air

Jimmy Garopolo is not on the streaming radar this week against the elite New England secondary and although you cannot bench Goerge Kittle you are tempering expectations as Bill Bellichick already proved he can blank the other team’s best TE asset. Looking at you Darren Waller. I do think with the extra attention on Kittle, Deebo Samuel belongs on the WR3/FLEX radar this week. I am not as confident in Brandon Aiyuk this week.


On the Ground

Only four teams are considered a worse matchup for fantasy running backs than the Patriots. The 49ers putting Mostert on the IR, gives Jerrick McKinnon GMs some confidence, the New England defense and the late usage of JaMycal Hasty last week, tempers that confidence. McKinnon is on the RB2/RB3 borderline for me and that is mostly because of the Philly game he had during Mostert’s last absence in which he saw 92% of the RB snaps. I do however think Hasty is worth a “what the heck” FLEX this week given the long history of Shannahan loving RB timeshares.


Patriots Preview

Through the Air

Cam Newton has failed to score over 20 points in back to back starts which I am attributing to one down week and a COVID hangover in the other. Cam has historically been a top 5 QB when healthy and by all accounts he is healthy now. I think he is a locked-in fantasy starter but his lack of consistent weapons scare me for his overall passing numbers. I am fading all Patriots pass catchers in this matchup against an elite San Fran secondary.


On the Ground

If I lack faith in the pass catchers for the Pats, my faith is even more non-existent for the running back corps. If pressed and desperate to start one, it is James White who now has 17 targets and 15 catches over his last two starts. In PPR he is on the RB2/3 radar and in standard is worth a desperation FLEX.


Extra Points

The Patriots D/ST interest me this week as a streamer against a Jimmy G led squad given that Bill knows Jimmy very well from his time in New England and should be able to rattle him in this one.


Chiefs @ Broncos

48 O/U -9.5 (KC)

Neither Vegas nor myself have much confidence in this game being very competitive as Drew Lock and his banged up shoulder attempt to keep pace with Patrick Mahomes in this divisional battle.


Chiefs Preview

Through the Air

Not much to overthink here you are auto-starting Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill. If you are tempted to start one of Mecole Hardman or Demarcus Robinson I would actually lean Robnison’s way given that he played 95% of the team snaps last week. Mecole’s upside seems to be capped by a healthy Tyreek in the lineup. Robinson can be FLEX’d but only in desperation mode this week.


On the Ground

This could be close to the last week that Clyde Edwards-Helaire will see bell-cow usage after the Le’Veon Bell signing. There have been murmurs that Bell could or could not be active this week and may need to brush up on the playbook some more before seeing the field extensively which keeps C.E.H. on the RB1 radar.


Broncos Preview

Through the Air

Drew Lock’s return last week spells good news for the likes of Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick. I think Jeudy can continue to be started in the WR3 range and Patrick would see a significant boost if Noah Fant were to miss but he has now seen back to back full practices and looks to return. This scenario would put Patrick on the WR4/Desperation FLEX radar and Fant is a must start if he plays in a dire TE landscape.


On the Ground

The Chiefs have been susceptible at times against fantasy RBs as teams have tried to play keep away from the defending Super Bowl champs. I think if the Broncos want to have success against the Chiefs this week they will need to feed Melvin Gordon and to a lesser extent Phillip Lindsay. Both can be started this week with Gordon firmly an RB2 based on projected volume and Lindsay a FLEX.


Extra Points

Both Kickers have been excellent and deserve the nod in this game while I would only trust the Kansas City defense of the two this week.


Jaguars @ Chargers

49.5 O/U -8 (LAC)

The lowly Jags will head across the country to face the west-coast Chargers who are fresh off of a bye week and looking to build on the momentum of their rookie gunslinger Justin Herbert who is playing extremely well this season.


Jaguars Preview

Through the Air

In typical Jacksonville fashion this offense has been exciting at times and at other times it has been a complete letdown. 2020’s QB14 in fantasy, Gardner Minshew now gets a date with a Chargers defense that is missing Derwin James and has become a prototypical pass funnel. Teams are running against them at the 23rd lowest rate in the league but passing on them at the 6th highest rate. This could be a nice stream-worthy week for Minshew who is on the fringe of start-territory in single QB leagues especially given that the Chargers are allowing the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing QBs on average with 24.5 per game. While there have been boom games for the other WR’s in this offense, D.J. Chark remains the best “bust-proof” option this week. Fresh off of a 30% target market share last week, Chark is a must-start. While I am confident in Chark, I am less confident in Keelan Cole who will see a heavy dose of Desmond King who is one of the best slot-cornerbacks in the NFL right now. Laviska Shenault joins Cole in the bucket of not-startable WRs given his likely matchup with Casey Hayward.


On the Ground

The hype has cooled off on James Robinson and maybe rightfully so. Through the first four weeks, Robinson was the RB6 in fantasy football but over the last two weeks has only been the RB22. He has not been as impervious to the Jaguars negative game-script in recent weeks but is still averaging 18 touches per game and greater than 3 yards after contact per attempt which is a better mark than Zeke or Alvin Kamara. The Chargers are stronger against the run than the pass but Robinson is still on the RB2/3 borderline given injuries to other backs, his touch counts, and his grip on the backfield market share.


Chargers Preview

Through the Air

Determined to not be outdone by Joe Burrow as the best rookie QB, Justin Herbert has been putting on a show in recent weeks since taking over the offense from Tyrod Taylor. Herbert has been averaging just under 300 yards per game over his four starts and now has back to back games with 3 or more touchdowns. Fresh off of a bye, Herbert will draw a Jaguars defense that has allowed the 5th most passing touchdowns and passing yards to opposing QBs in 2002 so far. Even with one week of Tyrod Taylor, a bye week, and a game in which he left early against the Saints, Keenan Allen’s 52 targets are the 9th most in the NFL. He has established rapport with Herbert and his coach said the back injury will not be an issue going forward. Prior to the bye and with Allen leaving the game early, Mike Williams exploded against the Saints for 109 yards and two touchdowns. In just 5 games, Herbert has established a desire to push the ball down the field as only Russell Wilson has more deep passing touchdowns(8) than Herbert(5). This bodes well for Williams and he can be started as a WR3 with week-winning upside facing a Jaguars defense that lives in the bottom 10 in most if not all passing defense categories. Hunter Henry remains one of the few safe options at TE in fantasy football as he has double-digit PPR fantasy points in all but one game this year.


On the Ground

The rushing attack for the Chargers added a new intriguing chapter in their matchup with the Saints a couple weeks ago. After showing relevancy, even with Austin Ekeler in the lineup, Joshua Kelley was relegated to backup duty in the first game without Ekeler. Justin Jackson saw 20 touches which he nearly turned into 100 yards. Kelley was coming off of fumbles in back to back weeks but it was noteworthy that Justin Jackson saw 6 targets to Kelley’s one in that contest. Going forward until we can see more volume, Jackson is the preferred start given his projected use in the passing attack and is on the RB2 radar. In a game the Chargers figure to control as more than touchdown favorites, Kelley is on the FLEX radar this week as well.


Extra Points

The desert sportsbooks believe the Chargers will handle the Jaguars at home in this one and given the fact that four teams are on bye their D/ST is on the streaming radar this week despite not scoring more than 4 points in their last 4 games.


Buccaneers @ Raiders

53.5 O/U -3 (TB)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers led by the ageless Tom Brady and a fierce defense travel to Las Vegas to play the Raiders fresh off an upset victory over the Chiefs and well rested after their bye week. These teams and their contrasting styles face off in what should be a high scoring and close affair on Sunday afternoon.


Buccaneers Preview

Through the Air

Although Tom Brady hasn’t been the most consistent fantasy QB, averaging only 19 fantasy points per game, He has had multiple touchdowns in 4 of 6 games this season. This week he faces a Raiders team that is in the bottom 10 in terms of points allowed to opposing quarterbacks with 20.2 points per game. With Lamar Jackson and Ryan Fitzpatrick on bye you can start Brady as a fringe starter based on the matchup alone. Chris Godwin returned from injury last week to face the Packers. Godwin now has played in three games this year and has 6 targets or more, 5 catches or more, and has eclipsed 45 yards in every one of them. He will look to reward patient Fantasy GM’s this week against a Raiders defense that is giving up 23.5 fantasy points per game to enemy wide receivers. Mike Evans has become a very touchdown dependent wide receiver in fantasy football this year with Brady and especially with Chris Godwin in the lineup. In the three games with Godwin, Evans has seen no more than four targets and caught no more than 2 passes. Without Godwin, Evans has seen 8 or more targets in every game and eclipsed 100 yards in two of three. He has eight red zone targets on the year and you cannot bench him in this matchup but last week’s non-existent floor is why so many fantasy football “experts” advised to sell high on Evans. Rob Gronkowski is slowly, but surely becoming a thing. He has 6 or more targets in three of his last four games and has not dipped below an 81% snap rate in the last month. Fresh off his best game of the year, Gronk can be started in most single TE leagues facing a Vegas defense that just got torched by Travis Kelce to the tune of 12 targets, 8 catches, 108 yards and a touchdown.


On the Ground

After Tampa Bay signed Leonard Fournette the narrative was “Ronald Jones’ clock is ticking.” All Jones has done since that moment, aided by a nagging Fournette injury, is rush for over 105 yards in three straight contests and rack up 71 total touches in that span. His 19 touch per game average is the 9th best in the NFL and Jones will look to build on his RB14 start to 2020 by facing a Raiders defense that has given up the third most points per game on average to his position this year. If Fournette is active it will be hard to trust him until we can get some more usage on film with both he and Jones in the lineup. Given the matchup a desperation FLEX is all Uncle Lenny could be for you and your squad.


Raiders Preview

Through the Air

The good news for Raiders fans and Derek Carr’s fantasy football outlook is that he has the best QBR among deep ball passers, has averaged 19 fantasy points per game, and has thrown for 261 or more yards and 2 or more touchdowns in his last four games. The bad news is that he will now face a Tampa Bay defense that is the number one most efficient defense against the pass. The Buccaneers pass defense has only allowed a single QB to register a top 22 finish in fantasy football this year. If you were thinking of streaming Derek Carr this week think again. This fade extends over to exciting rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs who has not seen more than 5 targets in any game this season. If there is a way to attack the Tampa defense in the air it would be via the tight end position. The Buccaneers rank #7 vs opposing WRs in fantasy but #12 against fantasy TEs. This is better news for Darren Waller who you are starting regardless of matchup but expectations should not be sky high in this one.


On the Ground

Josh Jacobs’ 24 touches per game are second to only Derrick Henry and he is an automatic start but it is noteworthy that Tampa has yet to allow an opponent running back to eclipse 60 yards on the ground this season. It will be tough sledding for Jacobs this week.


Extra Points

The Tampa Bay D/ST has scored 7 or more fantasy points in their last five games and has double digit points in three of those five. They are the #3 defense in most formats and deserve the nod yet again this week.


Seahawks @ Cardinals

56.5 O/U -3.5 (SEA)

The NFL has now flexed this divisional matchup into the primetime Sunday night slot and real and fantasy football fans alike are salivating at the showdown between Kyler Murray and the 4-2 Cards against Russell Wilson and the 5-0 Hawks.


Seahawks Preview:

Through the Air

Russell Wilson, now fully cooking, will look to build on an MVP season that has seen him throw three or more touchdowns in 4 of 5 games this year. If Russ is the Chef, then he is cooking with maybe the best set of ingredients in the league in D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Even after the bye, Metcalf is the #3 WR in standard and Lockett is the #15 in PPR. All three of Wilson, Metcalf, and Lockett are locked into your starting lineup.


On the Ground

Speaking of locked in, Chris Carson now has 19 or more PPR points in 4 of his 5 games this season. He will get an Arizona defense that has allowed the 9th most rushing yards to opposing running backs this season.


Cardinals Preview:

Through the Air

Fantasy football’s QB1, Kyler Murray is facing the second most profitable defense for fantasy quarterbacks this season. It should be a field day for him and D’Andre Hopkins as Seattle’s mark of 38.4 fantasy points surrendered to enemy WRs is 6 more points than any other team is allowing. This puts even Christian Kirk on the FLEX map again this week after a blow up game against the Cowboys last week.


On the Ground

After the demise of Kenyan Drake was popularly debated all over fantasy football twitter, Drake absolutely destroyed the Dallas “defense” last week to the tune of 164 yards and two touchdowns. He will get a much tougher task this week against the pass funnel defense that is Seattle. Given the way teams have shredded their secondary over the first quarter of the season it makes sense as to why Seattle has allowed the 9th fewest points to fantasy backs this year. Given the RB landscape you are absolutely starting Drake but don’t expect the game he had against Dallas in this one.


Extra Points

With elite kickers like Justin Tucker and Rodrigo Blankenship on bye, both of these kickers provide excellent upside in a divisional battle with a massive 56 point over/under.


Bears @ Rams

46 O/U -5.5 (LAR)

Monday Night Football will feature the surprisingly 5-1 Chicago Bears traveling to Los Angeles to face the 4-2 Rams. The game features two of the best pass rushers in football with Khalil Mack of the Bears and Aaron Donald of the Rams. They will spell bad news for not only the opposing offenses but could limit your fantasy players upside in this tilt.


Bears Preview

Through the Air

Nick Foles is not on the streaming radar and simply because he doesn’t throw touchdowns. Since his 3 touchdown second-half against Atlanta after the Bears benched Mitch Trubisky, Foles has yet to throw more than a single touchdown in any game and has an interception in all of his contests this year. Aaron Donald and company also have the 5th most sacks in the NFL this season with 20. Foles’s deficiencies have limited Allen Robinson’s upside but he has still been a top 20 option at the position in fantasy this year. Robinson has 9 or more targets in every game this year and has only dipped below 50 receiving yards once. He can be trusted this week again because he is the only option in the Bears passing attack but be warned the Rams are the toughest matchup for enemy fantasy WRs this year. Led by Jalen Ramsey the Rams have only given up 16.3 points per game to WRs in 2020 on average. Playing on 66% or more of the snaps in his last four games and registering 5 or more targets while racking up 3 scores in that span as well, Jimmy Graham will be once again a fine streaming option at the tight end position especially since the Rams have been in the bottom half in points allowed to fantasy tight ends.


On the Ground

Since the Bears lost Tarik Cohen to a season-ending knee injury, David Montgomery has averaged 17 touches per game and most importantly has not seen below 5 targets in three straight weeks. His RB1 usage has not matched up to RB1 fantasy points just yet but volume is king in this game and the Rams have surrendered the 5th most receiving yards to opposing running backs this year and he should be started with confidence.


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Through the Air

Jared Goff has 2 or more touchdowns in four of his six games this year and is the QB11 in fantasy football but should be benched this week against a Bears defense that allows the lowest completion percentage to opposing signal callers. The suffocating Bears defense could spell trouble for the Rams pass catchers as well. Only three defenses allow fewer points to fantasy football WRs than the Bears. You may not have better options than Robert Woods or Cooper Kupp but they will fall out of the WR2 range for me this week and become more volume-based FLEX plays against the Bears. The tight ends Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett do more to limit each others upside than they do for your fantasy football team these days and should be avoided if possible.


On the Ground

Even after promising a “hot hand” approach against the 49ers last week Sean McVay gave Darrell Henderson the bulk of the work against San Francisco. Henderson got 14 carries to Malcom Brown’s 2 and rookie Cam Akers not only didn’t see a carry, he only registered 2 snaps. This backfield is likely to be a headache more weeks than not but I do believe you can trust Henderson for now. He has 12 or more carries in 4 of his last 5 games and even though the Bears have been middle of the road against running backs this year, they have given up the 4th most rushing TDs.


Extra Points

With these two mistake-prone QBs and a lower over/under than most games on the slate, I don’t mind streaming both of these defenses. The squads are loaded with big name talent and should drive most of the action in this game.


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