Week 4

Note: The charts show my comfort level for starting each player at that position.  If you see a “+” sign next to a player, that means I can see them playing better than the level I have them listed at.  I tend to rank players at their floors, so no minus signs will be necessary.  Read through the comments for each game to get the detail behind the charts.  Good luck!

On Bye: 49ers, Jets

Thursday Night Football:

Eagles

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Packers

QB1 Aaron Rodgers
Carson Wentz QB2

RB1
RB2

Aaron Jones +

WR1 Davante Adams

WR2

Alshon Jeffery

WR3 MVS +
Zach Ertz

TE1

Jimmy Graham ?

Nelson Agholor

Flex
Nope

Defense

Start
Sanders, Howard, Hollins Toss Up Williams, Allison

Comments:

The Eagles head to Lambeau Field in hopes of avoiding a 1-3 start.  The Packers Defense has been among one of the biggest surprises in the league so far this year by getting sacks and generating turnovers consistently.  This makes Carson Wentz just a QB2 for me this weekend.  With DeSean Jackson out another week, he’ll rely heavily again on Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor. We’re starting Ertz as our TE1 as usual, and Agholor will be a capable Flex again. It sounds like Alshon Jeffery will be back for this one, so he could be plugged in as a WR3. With the way the Packers secondary has been playing, both Agholor and Jeffery have the potential to be duds in this one.  The running game is still in a three way committee between Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders and Darren Sproles.  Howard got the goal-line TD while Sanders looked better but still fumbled twice, losing one.  All three running backs are too risky for me to trust right now.  I’m most confident in Ertz living up to his TE1 status, but I’ll be willing to roll out Agholor or Jeffery if you need to. Even with Ertz, we need to limit our expectations as the Packers have been very successful in stopping TEs so far.

The Packers offense has played well in spurts through three games but remains a work in progress.  This could be the first game where we see things begin to click consistently against a vulnerable Eagles secondary.  Aaron Rodgers is primed for his best game of the year so far, which should mean Davante Adams is going to get back on track as an elite WR1. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is the clear number two weapon in the passing game and should be able to get open deep down field a few times, making him an exciting WR3 with upside.  Aaron Jones can be your RB2 with upside here.  I’m thinking we saw a lot of Jamaal Williams last week so that Jones could be fresh and ready to roll on the short week, not to mention the Broncos game was in Green Bay’s control for the majority of the contest. Jamaal should be added in all leagues though.  The big questions in Green Bay’s offense will come from the secondary weapons in the passing game.  Jimmy Graham now has gone two straight games without a reception.  Geronimo Allison has also dudded in 2 of 3 games.  Both guys would be gambles in our lineups but I’m open to Rodgers throwing for multiple scores in this one.  The best bets are ARod, Davante, MVS and Aaron Jones to live up to their hypes.


Sunday Early Games:

Titans

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Falcons

QB1 Matt Ryan
Marcus Mariota QB2

RB1
Derrick Henry + RB2

Devonta Freeman

WR1 Julio Jones

WR2

WR3 Calvin Ridley
Delanie Walker

TE1

Austin Hooper

Flex Mohamed Sanu
Nah

Defense

Nah
Humphries, Davis, Brown Toss Up

Comments:

The Titans offense is in flux these past two games.  Marcus Mariota threw for 304yds last week, but was wildly inefficient.  He has not thrown an Interception this year so far, so he’s got that going for him.  He’s struggling to get the ball downfield, relying on quick and short targets to Delanie Walker and Adam Humphries last week. The Falcons defense is not exactly a scary matchup, but there have been murmurings about moving on to Ryan Tannehill.  If Mariota struggles again, we could be seeing Tannehill pretty soon.  He’ll be a low end QB2 play in Superflex leagues this week.  We’re starting Derrick Henry as our RB2.  Hopefully the Titans can establish him early and keep the Falcons offense on the sideline. Henry has 4TDs in three games so far, so he might be matchup proof. Delanie Walker is the only other Titan worth starting as your TE1. The WRs in Corey Davis, AJ Brown and Adam Humphries are all too risky to trust right now. Things could change with Ryan Tannehill if it comes to that, so monitor this closely.

The Falcons are a hard team to figure out.  They’ve looked terrible for 2 games, solid for one.  With this game at home, I’m open to this being another good week for Matt Ryan and his weapons. We’re starting Julio JonesCalvin Ridley only caught 1 ball for 6yds last week, but should be expected to bounce back here. It’s a bit worrisome to see he was only targeted once, but I’m willing to go back to him as my WR3. Mohamed Sanu was a bright spot last week, catching all 6 of his targets for 75yds.  If he’s available, he could be scooped up for your bench for emergency flex starts. Devonta Freeman had his best game of the year so far last week, rushing for 88yds and catching 3 passes for 7yds. He’ll continue to be a low end RB2 with upside.  He’ll eventually fall into the endzone, so be patient. Austin Hooper blew up last week and should probably be locked into your TE1 spot.  Just ride the ups and downs, the highs are too high to miss. I’m liking the Falcons here at home.  Everybody should eat.


Patriots

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Bills

QB1
Tom Brady + QB2

Josh Allen

RB1
James White RB2

WR1
Julian Edelman

WR2

Phillip Dorsett

WR3 John Brown

TE1

Gordon, Michel, Burkhead

Flex Beasley, Gore
Start

Defense

Maybe
Toss Up Dawson Knox

Comments:

This will be the first time the Patriots get truly tested in 2019.  The Bills are one of the best defensive units at the moment and could keep Tom Brady in check.  Brady is just a QB2 for me this week.  Julian Edelman is questionable with a chest/rib injury, so monitor his status leading up to the game.  If he plays, start him.  If he’s out, this moves Phillip Dorsett into must start territory.  Josh Gordon also would get a boost as a solid WR3/Flex. It would also mean the running backs are in for a lot of work.  James White will be back and should be your RB2 in PPR.  Rex Burkhead is flirting with RB2/Flex consideration.  Sony Michel has been disappointing but he’s scoring TDs at least.  I’m least excited to start Michel, but all three of these guys are in play here.  If Edelman is indeed out, rookie Jacobi Meyers would step into the spotlight. He replaced Edelman last week in the second half, catching 2 of 3 targets for 38yds, so I’m open to Meyers as a sneaky waiver wire add this week, as Edelman has struggled staying healthy throughout his career. The Patriots are still expected to win, but we should lower our expectations on the road against a good divisional opponent that is also 3-0.

The Buffalo Bills are at home and should give the Patriots a good fight.  I’m even open to an upset here.  Josh Allen continues to play well and is a fringe QB1.  John Brown and Cole Beasley are also playing well as his top targets, so both guys are in play.  Brown is a boom/bust WR3 and Beasley is a high floor PPR WR3. We saw rookie TE Dawson Knox get more involved last week, so I’m open to him as a waiver wire add and a potential TE1 streamer.   Zay Jones is still nowhere to be found.  Frank Gore has RB2/Flex potential, but we’ll need to monitor the status of rookie Devin Singletary. If Singletary is out, Gore should get enough volume to warrant an RB2/Flex play.  The Patriots Defense is yet to allow an offensive TD this year, but their opponents have been somewhat of a joke.  This will be a good test to see where the Bills are really at.  I’m cautiously optimistic.


Chiefs

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Lions

Patrick Mahomes

QB1
QB2

Matthew Stafford +

RB1
RB2

Kerryon Johnson

Sammy Watkins

WR1

WR2

Hardman/Robinson

WR3 Kenny Golladay +
Travis Kelce

TE1

TJ Hockenson

RBs

Flex Marvin Jones
Nah

Defense

Nope
Toss Up Danny Amendola

Comments:

The Chiefs remain an all in Offense.  We’re starting as many guys as we can here, starting with Patrick Mahomes of course. His receiving weapons are all in play with Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins, Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman.  The only questions with this offense are around the health of their running backs.  We must monitor the practice reports all week for Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy.  If either one is out, Darrel Williams will enter the RB2/Flex territory.  Darrel should be owned in all leagues and could even be the best back of the bunch.  If both Damien and McCoy are out, Darwin Thompson becomes an interesting Flex play and should also be owned in all leagues.  We need to be patient with Darwin.  This offense is too good to ignore right now.

The Lions are off to an impressive 2-0-1 start.  Against the Chiefs, we’ll see just how good this offense really is.  Matthew Stafford is a fringe QB1 streamer this week and a solid QB2 in Superflex.  He’s been clicking with Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, both WR3/Flexes with upside this week. Kerryon Johnson‘s usage spiked last week with CJ Anderson out of the picture.  He’ll be an RB2 with upside here and most weeks going forward.  The guys we have to think about are TJ Hockenson and Danny Amendola.  If the Chiefs are expected to ball out as usual, the Lions may be forced to throw more.  I’m open to seeing some results similar to the Lions first game against the Cardinals. If you don’t have very good options at TE, I’m open to a flier on Hockenson.  Amendola can be an emergency Flex play in PPR leagues.  This game could be a high scoring bonanza if Matthew Stafford gets to let it fly like the good old days.


Raiders

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Colts

QB1
Derek Carr QB2

Jacoby Brisett +

RB1
Josh Jacobs RB2

Marlon Mack

WR1

WR2

Tyrell Williams

WR3
Darren Waller

TE1

Eric Ebron

Flex Zach Pascal
Nope

Defense

Start
JJ Nelson Toss Up Doyle, WRs

Comments:

The Raiders travel to Indy at 1-2.  The offense struggled last week in Minnesota, but the lone bright spot continued to be Darren Waller. He’ll remain the only must start fantasy option for the Raiders.  I’m open to Derek Carr playing as a QB2 in Superflex leagues.  I suppose Tyrell Williams is a fringe must start WR3/Flex.  He has caught a touchdown in all 3 games so far.  The Colts can be taken advantage of on the ground, so we should expect Josh Jacobs to bounce back for us as an RB2.  Outside of these guys, nobody else should be used.  Hunter Renfrow should see more work with the release of Ryan Grant, so I’m open to him as a stash.  JJ Nelson played well last week, so we’ll monitor him in this one. If the Raiders can establish the run early, I’m open to a solid offensive output for the Raiders as a whole.

The Colts are playing well and could actually be 3-0.  Jacoby Brissett had his most impressive game of his career last week and should be able to continue that success.  It may be difficult without TY Hilton(quad) this week, so we’ll just need to monitor those practice reports. If Hilton plays, you’ll start him as a WR3.  If not, we’ll be looking at the TEs Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle as must start TE1s.  Ebron has the higher upside, but Doyle can be a high floor option in PPR leagues.  We’re not quite sure who steps up if Hilton is out, but that’ll be between Zach Pascal, Chester Rogers and Parris Campbell.  I can’t say for sure if either one of these guys sticks out more than the other.  Pascal did catch a touchdown last week, Campbell the week before.  Either way, it’s a risk to use any of them.  Marlon Mack is a solid RB2 and may help shoulder the load if Hilton is out.  I still like Brissett as a fringe QB1, but he’ll look best as a QB2 in Superflex leagues. The Colts are favored to win and move to 3-1, so let’s hope for an efficient offensive performance.


Chargers

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Dolphins

Philip Rivers

QB1
QB2

Austin Ekeler RB1
RB2

Keenan Allen

WR1

WR2

Mike Williams +

WR3 Preston Williams

TE1

Justin Jackson

Flex
Start

Defense

N O
Travis Benjamin Toss Up

Comments:

Whoever plays the Dolphins will have the broken record fantasy takes; start everyone.

Philip Rivers can be your QB1.  Keenan Allen is the overall WR1 right now.  Austin Ekeler is losing some steam, especially with the Melvin Gordon holdout likely ending soon, but he’ll be an RB1 until that day comes.  Mike Williams will likely have his best game of the year so far.  Even Justin Jackson deserves a start here, as backup RBs have feasted against Miami in the second half.  I could even see Travis Benjamin getting loose for a deep TD. The Chargers have lost two games in a row, so this is perfect timing to play the Dolphins.

Things got a little better last week with Josh Rosen under center.  The only player we can somewhat trust is rookie Preston Williams.  He worked well all camp with Rosen and should continue to see a heavy workload.  Kenyan Drake might also be worth a flex spot in PPR leagues.  He outsnapped Kalen Ballage 46 to 25 last week, so it appears the coaching staff knows he needs more work. I get it if you prefer to stay away from all Dolphins, but if Preston Williams or Kenyan Drake are available, they might be worth a bench spot.


Redskins

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Giants

QB1
Case Keenum QB2

Daniel Jones +

RB1
Peterson/Thompson RB2

Wayne Gallman –

WR1

WR2

Terry McLaurin

WR3 Sterling Shepard +

TE1

Evan Engram

Quinn/Richardson

Flex Darius Slayton
Nah

Defense

Nah
Davis Toss Up

Comments:

The whisperings for Dwayne Haskins are growing louder.  Case Keenum was seen in a walking booth on Wednesday after his 5 turnover game on MNF.  He is expected to play and could be a low end QB2 for us in Superflex.  The only guy we can call a must start will be Terry McLaurin.  He’s scored a touchdown in all three games so far and is the clear go-to weapon.  If you’re in a crunch at RB, Chris Thompson can help us out in PPR leagues as an RB2/Flex.  Adrian Peterson could help us out as a low end RB2 in this one with the Giants defense being as bad as it is.  We saw Paul Richardson get things going on MNF last week, so he could be a boom/bust flex play.  Trey Quinn is also a high floor PPR play of about 8-10pts.  I’m not excited to get any of these Redskins in my lineup outside of Terry McLaurin, but I’m open to seeing this offense have similar success to what we saw in weeks 1 and 2.

Daniel Jones gives the Giants a jolt of energy not only on offensive, but throughout the roster.  He’ll be a solid QB2 in Superflex and is a fringe QB1 this week against the Redskins.  If you’re in a 1QB league, I might wait to see one more game before we take the plunge and start him.  Jones provides a high floor with his legs so I’m open to him being a fringe QB1 the rest of the way.  He’ll rely heavily on Evan Engram again.  Engram has moved into the top tier of TEs for me, so congrats. Sterling Shepard also gets a boost to WR3/Flex consideration.  Keep in mind, Golden Tate returns next week from suspension, so check your waiver wire to see if he’s available.  If you managed to pick up Wayne Gallman this week, you’re probably starting him as an RB2/Flex.  I’m not excited about it, but the volume should be there for him.  Things looks good for the Giants to move to 2-2 here at home.


Browns

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Ravens

QB1 Lamar Jackson
Baker Mayfield QB2

RB1
Nick Chubb RB2

Mark Ingram +

Odell Beckham Jr

WR1

WR2

WR3 Marquise Brown
Demetrius Harris

TE1

Mark Andrews

Flex
Nah

Defense

Start
Jarvis Landry Toss Up Snead/Boyle/Hurst

Comments:

The Browns offense is reeling behind their awful offensive line play.  Baker Mayfield is also playing poorly on top of this.  He’ll be a low end QB2 in Superflex leagues this week and should most likely be benched in 1QB leagues until we see some improvement first.  The only core pieces of the Browns offense we can rely on for fantasy right now is Nick Chubb and Odell Beckham Jr.  Chubb can be your RB2 this week.  It’s been encouraging to see his increased involvement in the passing game this year. You can’t bench OBJ so stay patient.  The only other Brown worth considering is TE Demetrius Harris.  He scored the lone touchdown last week but was also targeted in the redzone again late in the game.  His 6’7″ frame is ideal for this area, so I’m open to him as a TE1 streamer while Njoku is out.  I’m probably benching Jarvis Landry until we see this offense succeed.  This will be a gut-check week for the Browns.  They need to avoid a 1-3 start but will have their hands full on the road in a tough divisional game.

Lamar Jackson had a bad game last weekend but still finished as a QB1.  He’s a QB1 lock every week, so don’t get cute.  Mark Ingram is looking great so far this year and is likely your RB2, but has RB1 upside every week.  The rest of the Ravens offensive playmakers are a bit risky, starting with Marquise Brown.  I think you have to start him though, as he’s the true number one target option in this offense.  Mark Andrews is dealing with a foot injury and was limited last weekend.  He’s being limited in practice this week so he’ll be game-time decision it looks like.  This should put Nick Boyle on your radar. He caught 4 for 58yds last week and is the Ravens best blocking tight end, leaving him on the field the most.  If Andrews is able to play, you can start him but just know he’ll be a boom/bust option.  No other Ravens should be in your starting lineups, but we’ll need to monitor Willie Snead, Hayden Hurst, Justice Hill and Gus Edwards. I’m expecting a better passing day from Lamar this weekend and not so many goal-line TDs from Ingram, so Lamar and Marquise are in play for DFS.


Panthers

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Texans

QB1 Deshaun Watson
Kyle Allen QB2

Christian McCaffrey RB1
RB2

WR1 DeAndre Hopkins

WR2

Moore/Samuel

WR3 Will Fuller
Greg Olsen

TE1

Akins/Fells

Flex Carlos Hyde
Nope

Defense

Startable
Toss Up Duke/Coutee

Comments:

Cam Newton is dealing with a Lisfranc Injury and will be out for a little while, giving Kyle Allen another start.  He’ll be usable in Superflex leagues as your QB2.  He’ll be a risky QB1 play in standard leagues and might be better for a DFS lineup.  We’re locked with Christian McCaffrey as our RB1, so no questions there.  We can start Greg Olsen as our TE1 again, he’s been on fire lately.  We should be starting both DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel as WR3/Flexes.  I’m more excited about Samuel because Allen likes to take his deep shots.  Samuel also got more targets last weekend.  Moore only had one target but took it to the house for a 52yd TD.  His value might take a hit with Allen at QB, but get him in your lineups if you can. I’m ok with leaving him on my bench though until we see Moore get more targets. This offense funnels through CMC/Olsen/Moore/Samuel, so nobody else is worth monitoring for now.

The Texans improved to 2-1 last weekend and now get a Cam Newton free Panthers team at home.  Deshaun Watson is your QB1 and DeAndre Hopkins is your WR1, no questions.  Will Fuller is still healthy and playing nearly 100% of the snaps, so fire him up as your WR3/Flex.  The questions begin with the other complementary players in Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson, Kenny Stills, Keke Coutee and the tight ends. Hyde scored a touchdown last weekend and will be a TD dependent RB2/TE again. Duke Johnson has yet to be unleashed and is not startable until we see more volume.  Kenny Stills is playing more than Coutee but both guys are too risky to trust at this moment.  Stills could make your day with one play and might be a sneaky DFS option.  The tight ends Darren Fells and Jordan Akins combined for 3TDs last weekend and could both be streamed if you’re desperate at TE.  It’s hard to guess which one is the better add or play though.  Fells seems more consistent with targets but Akins is a better big play threat. I’d stick with our studs Watson/Hopkins and Fuller for sure.  Hyde is startable as well, but really needs a TD to come through.  The Texans defense could be in play with Kyle Allen at quarterback.  He’s still an unknown and could deliver some turnovers.  Either way, I like the Texans here.

Sunday Late Games:

Bucs

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Rams

QB1
Jameis Winston QB2

Jared Goff +

RB1
RB2

Todd Gurley

Mike Evans

WR1
Chris Godwin

WR2

Cooper Kupp

WR3 Cooks/Woods
OJ Howard

TE1

Flex
Nope

Defense

Startable
Barber, Jones Toss Up Gerald Everett

Comments:

Seahawks

@

Cardinals

Russell Wilson

QB1
QB2

Kyler Murray +

RB1 David Johnson
Chris Carson + RB2

Tyler Lockett

WR1

WR2

DK Metcalf

WR3 Fitzgerald/Kirk
Will Dissly

TE1

David Moore

Flex
Startable

Defense

Nope
Penny/Prosise Toss Up

Comments:

Vikings

@

Bears

QB1
QB2

RB1
Dalvin Cook RB2

WR1

WR2

Adam Thielen

WR3 Allen Robinson

TE1

Stefon Diggs

Flex Cohen/Montgomery
Start

Defense

Start
Cousins Toss Up Trubisky

Comments:

Jaguars

@

Broncos

QB1
Gardner Minshew QB2

Joe Flacco –

RB1
Leonard Fournette RB2

Phillip Lindsay

WR1

WR2

DJ Chark

WR3 Sutton/Sanders
James O’Shaughnessy

TE1

Dede Westbrook

Flex Royce Freeman
Start

Defense

Startable
Conley Toss Up

Comments:

Sunday Night Game:

Cowboys

@

Saints

Dak Prescott

QB1
QB2

Teddy Bridgewater

Ezekiel Elliott RB1 Alvin Kamara
RB2

Amari Cooper

WR1 Michael Thomas

WR2

WR3
Jason Witten

TE1

Randall Cobb

Flex
Startable

Defense

Nah
Devin Smith Toss Up Jared Cook, Latavius

Comments:

Fine SNF matchup here with the Cowboys going to New Orleans.  The Cowboys have a very simple offense for fantasy football.  You’re starting Dak Prescott as your QB1, Ezekiel Elliott as your RB1, and Amari Cooper as your WR1.  The questions begin with Randall Cobb and Jason Witten. Cobb had a touchdown called back last week and only secured 2 of 4 targets for 23yds.  I would assume he’ll bounce back and can offer us WR3/Flex numbers in PPR leagues.  Jason Witten did not score last weekend but put up a respectable 3 catches for 54yds.  He’ll be a low end TE1 streamer in PPR leagues.  Devin Smith is an interesting as a deep flex option, but is a risky boom/bust play that might be better for DFS lineups.  This Dallas offense is rolling, so start your Boys.  If Tony Pollard is available, he can be worth a stash but requires an Elliott injury to be fantasy relevant.

Teddy Bridgewater was successful in his first start with the Saints.  He’ll be a low end QB2 option in Superflex leagues.  We should expect the Saints to continue to lean on and feature Alvin Kamara, so he’s an uber stud RB1.  Michael Thomas takes a slight dip in value but can still perform as a low end WR1. Jared Cook is nowhere to be found in this offense and could be benched for better options, but I’m open to him finally putting up some numbers.  Everybody else on the Saints is too risky to trust with Bridgewater at quarterback.  The Dallas Defense is still one of the better units, so we might see Bridgewater struggle here, even though it’s in the Superdome.  All signs points to Alvin Kamara needing a huge night to take out the Cowboys.


Monday Night Game:

Bengals

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Steelers

QB1
Andy Dalton + QB2

Mason Rudolph

RB1
Joe Mixon + RB2

James Conner

WR1 Juju Smith-Schuster
Tyler Boyd

WR2

WR3

TE1

Ross/Tate

Flex Johnson/Washington
Maybe

Defense

No
Tyler Eifert Toss Up Vance McDonald

Comments:

The 0-3 Bengals head to 0-3 Pittsburgh for a divisional sh*t show.  I’m more confident in the Bengals offense at this moment, so Andy Dalton can be your QB2 in Superflex leagues.  He might even be worth a stream in standard 1QB leagues.  He’s been the one thing holding it all together for the Bengals.  Joe Mixon can be your RB2 as usual.  He bounced back last week, giving us some hope going forward.  Tyler Boyd is a must start WR2 with upside, while John Ross has some WR3/Flex upside against a suspect Steelers secondary.  The trade for Minkah Fitzpatrick may improve this unit, so Ross is a boom/bust option for sure.  Auden Tate stepped up big last week, catching 6 of 10 targets for 88yds.  Tate is worth an add in all leagues and could be in for a nice game with teams focusing more on Mixon/Boyd/Ross.  The attention from TEs Tyler Eifert and CJ Uzomah could also open things up for Tate to have some plus matchups outside.  Eifert can be streamed as your TE1 but is a boom/bust option.  The Bengals are not a great team this year but can be useful in fantasy.

The Steelers are disappointed after fumbling away the win last week in San Francisco.  Even against a bad defense, we need to limit our expectations for this offense.  You’re starting Juju Smith-Schuster and James Conner for sure.  Juju is a WR2 while Conner is an RB2. Mason Rudolph struggled throwing the ball downfield last week, so this makes me less excited for James Washington.  I’m more interested in rookie Diontae Johnson going forward.  He’s a better route runner overall and can get open quick. Diontae should be added in all leagues.  We’re waiting to see if Vance McDonald will play with his shoulder injury.  Because it’s a MNF game, it might be best to have a hedge in place.  Mike Tomlin seems optimistic he can play, but make sure to monitor those practice reports.  The Steelers offense should look better this week against a bad Bengals defense, so I’m open to this being a solid outing overall.

Thanks for reading,

Good Luck!!

– KGB