Week 5

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: Lions, Dolphins

Thursday Night Football:

Rams

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Seahawks

Jared Goff

QB1 Russell Wilson
QB2

RB1
Todd Gurley RB2

Chris Carson

Cooper Kupp

WR1
Woods/Cooks

WR2

Tyler Lockett

WR3 DK Metcalf
Gerald Everett?

TE1

Will Dissly

Flex
Maybe

Defense

Probably Not
Toss Up Brown, Penny

Comments:

Another juicy Thursday night matchup here between two 3-1 division rivals.  The Rams have a pretty straightforward fantasy evaluation, starting with Jared Goff.  He’s struggled lately going back to last year, so he could be hit or miss in this one.  He’s had fumbling issues and has been lacking consistency, but be’ll be a fringe QB1 play this weekend and can be trusted in QB1 leagues.  He’ll be relying heavily on his trio of WRs in Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks.  All three of these guys should be in your lineups.  Kupp is the best play of the bunch, especially in PPR leagues.  Woods blew up for the first time last week and moves back up into the WR2 range.  Cooks remains a boom/bust WR2 and is probably due for a big game.  You’re starting Todd Gurley as your RB2 as long as he’s healthy.  He’s not getting the volume he’s used to, be they are valuable touches.  The only question mark would be with Gerald Everett.  He played one of the best games of his career last weekend and could be streamed as your TE1 if you need help.  I’m not sure what to do with that defense after last week, so I’d look for a better team to start over them.  If you can’t find help, I’m OK with leaving them as your starter.  Continue to bank on the Kupp/Goff connection, hope for a Cooks night, and expect floor games for Gurley and Woods at least. Malcolm Brown is just about dropable at this point.  Maybe we start to see more Darrell Henderson as the season goes on, so I’m open to stashing him if he’s available.

The Seahawks also have a pretty straightforward fantasy evaluation.  We’re starting Russell Wilson as our QB1.  Tyler Lockett is a fringe WR1 in PPR leagues and probably finds the endzone this week.  DK Metcalf is still a boom/bust WR3 but I’m open to him playing well this weekend, so find a way to get him in. Chris Carson rebounded last weekend and forced 23 missed tackles against the Cardinals. The Rams allowed Ronald Jones to run well last week so I’m open to Carson putting another solid game together.  Rashaad Penny is most likely back in this one but shouldn’t be used in lineups just yet.  They’ll probably ease him on the short week so I wouldn’t worry too much about Carson’s volume going down too much.  Will Dissly has been playing very well this year and is now a must start TE1 going forward.  There shouldn’t be any other Seahawks we are considering for our lineups.  I don’t feel great about the Seahawks defense but this game is at home and Goff has been generous with turnovers lately.  I expect Seattle to get Carson up to almost 20 touches and Wilson to take a handful of deep shots with Lockett, Metcalf and Dissly.  Start these guys and enjoy what looks like another fun TNF.


Sunday Early Games:

Cardinals

@

Bengals

Kyler Murray

QB1
QB2

Andy Dalton

David Johnson RB1 Joe Mixon
RB2

WR1
Larry Fitzgerald

WR2

WR3 Tyler Boyd

TE1

Tyler Eifert?

KeeSean

Flex Auden Tate
Nah

Defense

Nah
Isabella, Sherfield, Cooper Toss Up Bernard

Comments:

Both of these teams are winless so far, but offer fantasy value.  The Bengals are one of the worst defenses in the league, so fire up Kyler Murray as your QB1.  David Johnson will be a stud this weekend and has RB1 overall in his range.  With Christian Kirk likely out, Larry Fitzgerald is the clear main target and should be started in all formats.  We have some rookies to consider this week in KeeSean Johnson and Andy Isabella.  I’m actually open to both of these guys being flex plays.  Isabella is a big play outside WR and can make our day with one play.  He hasn’t played too much this year so his upside is unknown, but with Kirk out, this could be his breakout game.  KeeSean Johnson has played quite a bit and should get more volume with Kirk out.  He saw 10 targets in Week 1, but just 9 in the last three games combined. Both guys are a dice roll and may be better plays in DFS.  Trent Sherfield and Pharoah Cooper are both options for more snaps as well, so the situation is pretty muddy behind Fitz. I’m really liking this matchup for David Johnson to set the tone early and get Murray in some efficient throwing situations throughout the game.

The Bengals offensive line is a major problem right now, allowing 8 sacks on MNF.  Andy Dalton had been playing like a low end QB1 but now should be viewed as a QB2 in superflex leagues.  I’m open to streaming Dalton in QB1 leagues, but it feels quite risky after that poor MNF game.  The Cardinals defense is still without Patrick Peterson and among the league’s worst units, so the Bengals offense could get back on track here.  You’ll start Joe Mixon as your RB2 and hope for the best.  Tyler Boyd can be viewed as your WR3 with upside, especially with John Ross now on IR.  This makes Auden Tate a flex consideration.  Tate should not be on waiver wires, so make sure he’s not available.  Tyler Eifert is a streaming option this week because the Cardinals are struggling to cover all TEs so far this year.  Both teams are desperate for their first win, so we could see a fantasy explosion type game here.


Bills

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Titans

QB1
Josh Allen ? QB2

Marcus Mariota –

RB1
Frank Gore RB2

Derrick Henry

WR1

WR2

John Brown

WR3
Dawson Knox?

TE1

Delanie Walker

Cole Beasley

Flex Brown/Davis
Start

Defense

Maybe
Singletary Toss Up Humphries, Lewis

Comments:

This one might be one of the more boring noon games.  We’re still waiting to see if Josh Allen gets the nod to play, I’m assuming he will.  If he plays, he’ll be just a QB2 for me in Superflex leagues. Frank Gore is playing well and can be your RB2, might be better as a flex.  We could see Devin Singletary return this week so he might take a few carries away from Gore, but I’m not using Singletary yet.  TJ Yeldon would take a back seat but could still see some third down work, not enough interest for fantasy though.  If Josh Allen is in, I’m liking John Brown as a WR3/Flex.  Cole Beasley seems safe enough if Matt Barkley gets the start, so I’m open to Beasley as my WR3/Flex in PPR leagues.   Dawson Knox is a TE1 streamer if Josh Allen plays.  Seems like too much of a risky to trust with Barkley.  I feel best about starting the Buffalo Defense for sure.  Hopefully Allen gets cleared and plays well to boost your Bills players, but this seems like a tough grind it out type game.

The Titans stole one last weekend in Atlanta, earning Marcus Mariota some confidence.  Mariota is just a QB2 in Superflex leagues and could struggle against this defense, so limit expectations.  You’re starting Derrick Henry every week as your RB2 with upside.  The WRs are tricky with AJ Brown and Corey Davis.  Both guys are boom/bust WR3s for me this week, so I’m probably leaving them on my bench with this tough matchup. Brown is showing some elite big play ability but is not getting enough volume yet.  He might be worth a stash if he’s available.  I’d probably see if I could sell high on Davis right now.  Delanie Walker is startable as your TE1 and could see a lot of short receptions here.  Nobody else should be considered for fantasy.  Bank on lots of Henry touches and the short throws to Walker.  Tennessee needs to hit on some big plays with Brown/Davis to win this game, but it feels like too big of a risk.  Let’s see how they perform against an elite defense first.


Bears

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Raiders

QB1
Chase Daniel – QB2

Derek Carr –

RB1
Tarik Cohen RB2

WR1

WR2

Allen Robinson

WR3

TE1

Darren Waller

David Montgomery

Flex Williams/Jacobs
START

Defense

Maybe
Toss Up

Comments:

This game is being played at London with a twist, this time at Noon.  Chase Daniel is going to start with Trubisky out.  He’ll be a low end QB2 in Superflex leagues.  Not exciting, but worth a look if you need help there.  We’ll see him rely heavily on quick passes to Tarik Cohen, so he’ll be an RB2 for me in PPR leagues. Cohen had two of best games last year with Daniels starting, so make sure he’s in your lineups.  Allen Robinson will be the go-to WR for Daniels and is worth a WR3 spot.  This could be the week we see David Montgomery finally pay off, so he’ll be an RB2/Flex option here.  We should expect the Bears to focus on the ground game and get Daniels to limit risks with efficient pass plays sprinkled in. The Bears have a BYE next weekend so I’m thinking we see a very vanilla game plan with plenty of rushing attempts.  You don’t need me to tell you to start the Bears Defense.

Most of the Raiders offense will be off limits for me in fantasy.  Derek Carr is a low end QB2 in Superflex leagues, but even that feels risky.  Darren Waller will continue to be the only one we can trust in PPR leagues as your TE1. I’m probably leaving Tyrell Williams and Josh Jacobs on my bench against this defense, but I’m open to both if you don’t have better options.  I just can’t see any reason for optimism in this one, so hopefully you have a solid bench with players to use instead of Raiders.  This will be an uneventful game with lots of punts.


Buccaneers

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Saints

Jameis Winston

QB1
QB2

Teddy Bridgewater

RB1 Alvin Kamara
RB2

Chris Godwin

WR1 Michael Thomas
Mike Evans

WR2

WR3
OJ Howard

TE1

Jared Cook?

Flex
Probably Not

Defense

Maybe
Barber, Jones, Brate Toss Up Ginn, Murray, Smith

Comments:

Probably the best game of the Noon slate.  Tampa usually plays well in New Orleans, so I’m open to some good things happening here.  You’re starting Chris Godwin and Mike Evans without hesitation.  This feels like a Godwin game again, with Marshon Lattimore shadowing Mike Evans.  The Saints Defense has been playing very well so far, making Jameis Winston just a QB2 for me in Superflex leagues.  OJ Howard is a low end TE1 for me, but I’m open to him having his best day of the year with the attention given to Godwin and Evans.  The running backs continue to be confusing for fantasy, but it seems like Ronald Jones is finally gaining steam and making a push for the starting job.  He should not be on waivers, so see if he’s available. The Saints stifled Ezekiel Elliott last week so we should probably not rely on Jones or Peyton Barber this week. Keep an eye on Cameron Brate.  He’s TD dependent, but his connection with Winston should not be ignored.  Bank on Godwin and Evans to do what they’ve been doing and give Tampa a chance to steal a crucial road game with first place on the line.

This is not a fun fantasy offense anymore with Teddy Bridgewater at the helm.  He’ll be a low end QB2 in Superflex leagues against the vulnerable Bucs secondary.  Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas will continue to have the offense funneled through them. Outside of these two, we should not trust any other Saints player.  Jared Cook has been disappointing this year and might be the only guy worth a shot as your TE streamer, but that feels risky.  The Saints will rely on their defense and look to capitalize on Winston turnovers.  Bridgewater just needs to continue managing the game and not turn the ball over.  First place of the NFC South is on the line here, so enjoy this one.


Vikings

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Giants

QB1
Kirk Cousins QB2

Daniel Jones –

Dalvin Cook RB1
RB2

Wayne Gallman

WR1

WR2

Thielen/Diggs

WR3

TE1

Evan Engram

Flex Tate/Shepard
Start

Defense

Nah
Rudolph, Smith, Mattison Toss Up

Comments:

I’m not gonna speculate on the Stefon Diggs trade rumors, but it’s definitely a thing.  Kirk Cousins has been awful this year and needs to take advantage of this Giants defense.  He’ll be a QB2 for me in Superflex leagues.  You gotta roll with Dalvin Cook and even Adam Thielen in this one.  Cook had a respectable outing against a good Bears defense, so expect Cook to get back on track here.  Thielen shared his thoughts on the disappointing passing game and could be in for a nice day.  Diggs is a huge question mark.  You probably have to start him if you got him with this nice matchup.  We can’t trust any other Vikings players, so hopefully Cousins can get things turned around and make his stud WRs happy.  I like the Vikings in this one, especially Cook.

There are whispers about Saquon Barkley playing this weekend.  If he plays, you’ll start him.  If not, Wayne Gallman can be your RB2 but we should limit our expectations against a good Vikings defense.  Daniel Jones will be just a QB2 for me in Superflex leagues.  We may see him struggle a bit with this defense.  He’ll rely on Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate. Engram remains a TE1.  Tate is back from suspension and may be the best option for Jones in this one, so fire him up in PPR leagues as your WR3/Flex.  Shepard could be shadowed by Xavier Rhodes so I feel less optimistic about him, but he can be your WR3/Flex as well.  Everything hinges on Daniel Jones against this solid defense, so I understand if you want to bench your Giants besides Engram.


Jets

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Eagles

QB1 Carson Wentz
Sam Darnold? QB2

Le’Veon Bell RB1
RB2

WR1

WR2

Robby Anderson

WR3 Alshon Jeffery

TE1

Zach Ertz

Jamison Crowder

Flex Howard/Sanders/Agholor
Nah

Defense

Herndon Toss Up DJax, Goedert

Comments:

Hopefully the Jets get Sam Darnold back this weekend.  If he plays, he’ll be a QB2 in Superflex leagues against this awful Philly secondary.  If Darnold does play, it’ll elevate Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder to WR3/Flexes.  You’re starting Le’Veon Bell either way as your RB1.  We’ll just need to monitor the reports leading up to kickoff for Darnold.  Chris Herndon is back from suspension so if you need TE help, make sure he’s not on waivers.  I’ll probably keep him on my bench until we see him for a game or two, but this is a nice matchup for him if you need to start a TE.  If Darnold is out, only Bell is usable.

Carson Wentz is playing well and should be your QB1 in standard leagues. We should fire up Alshon Jeffery as our WR3 with upside now that he’s had some time to recover.  Nelson Agholor was useless against the Packers but I’m open to him as a Flex play in PPR leagues.  You’re starting Zach Ertz so no questions there.  Jordan Howard scored 3TDs last weekend and should be in your lineups as a RB2/Flex option.  Miles Sanders is just a flex play for me.  Sanders is getting enough carries to warrant a flex play, but would need to break off a big play to score a TD.  It sounds like DeSean Jackson will still be out, so I’m open to Dallas Goedert getting some more looks, especially around the end zone.  If you were desperate at TE, he could be an option.  The Jets may have Darnold back, but I like the Eagles at home here.


Ravens

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Steelers

Lamar Jackson

QB1
QB2

Mason Rudolph –

RB1
Mark Ingam + RB2

James Conner

WR1

WR2

Juju Smith-Schuster

Marquise Brown

WR3
Mark Andrews

TE1

Flex Samuels +, Johnson,
Start

Defense

Nah
Snead/Boykin/Hill/Edwards Toss Up McDonald, Washington

Comments:

Pretty straightforward fantasy offense for Baltimore.  We’re starting Lamar Jackson as our QB1.  We’re starting Mark Ingram as our RB2 with upside, although the Steelers defense may be better against the run than the pass.  We’re starting Mark Andrews as our TE1, who seems to be feeling better with that foot injury.  We probably have to keep rolling out Marquise Brown as our WR3/Flex.  It would be a shame to miss another huge day from him.  Willie Snead is an interesting idea in this one, as the Steelers have struggled against slot WRs lately.  We can’t trust any of the complimentary players in Gus Edwards, Justice Hill and Miles Boykin.  The Ravens will have a bad taste in their mouths after losing two games in a row, so expect a bounce back offensive performance.

The Steelers finally found something offense with using more Jaylen Samuels.  They featured him last week with 10 carries, 8 receptions and even 3 pass completions from the wildcat.  We should expect more Samuels going forward, especially now that James Conner has a banged up ankle.  He might even be better than Conner right now, so make sure he’s not available on the waiver wire.  If Conner plays, he’s just a low end RB2 for me, while Samuels can be a Flex in PPR leagues.  Mason Rudolph is a QB2 in Superflex leagues.  He’ll need to get Juju Smith-Schuster going after the disappointing MNF game.  Juju is just a WR2 for me. Rudolph has been clicking with rookie Diontae Johnson, who now enters WR3/Flex territory. He’s scored long TDs in back to back games now and will continue to benefit from attention going to Juju.  We have to monitor Vance McDonald’s practice reports with his shoulder injury.  If he plays, he could be streamed as your TE1.  The Steelers offensive approach may be changing to a two-back offense, which will help Rudolph be more efficient and take the pressure off of him.  Steelers at home would love nothing more to take out the Ravens, so I’m open to some success here.


Patriots

@

Redskins

Tom Brady

QB1
QB2

RB1
James White RB2

WR1
Julian Edelman

WR2

Josh Gordon

WR3 Terry McLaurin?
Ben Watson?

TE1

Dorsett/Michel

Flex Chris Thompson
START

Defense

NOPE
Burkhead Toss Up

Comments:

Give me all the Patriots.  We’ll make this quick.  You’re starting Tom Brady as your QB1, James White as your RB2, Julian Edelman as your WR2, Josh Gordon as your WR3. Phillip Dorsett led the team in targets last week and can be your WR3/Flex with upside.  Sony Michel has been disappointing but gets the goal-line opportunities.  He’s not ideally an RB2, but more of a flex.  The Redskins defense is not good so expect the Patriots to eat, especially after being held down last week at Buffalo.  Ben Watson returns from suspension and could be streamed as a TE1.  If you need TE help, pick him up if he’s available.  Rex Burkhead is a bit banged up so I’m not sure we can trust him even in this juicy matchup.  I love Tom Brady, James White and the WRs here.  Maybe Michel gets enough in garbage time to save your day.  Roll em out.

We’re not quite sure who the starting quarterback will be, but does it really matter against this Patriots D?  Chris Thompson is a fringe RB2 in PPR leagues.  Terry McLaurin is the best player but will go up against Stephon Gilmore, so that feels risky.  I think I’d rather just stay away.


Jaguars

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Panthers

QB1
Gardner Minshew + QB2

Kyle Allen

RB1 Christian McCaffrey
Leonard Fournette RB2

WR1

WR2

DJ Chark

WR3 DJ Moore
James O’Shaughnessy

TE1

Greg Olsen

Dede Westbrook

Flex Curtis Samuel
Start

Defense

Maybe
Armstead/Conley Toss Up

Comments:

Who would have thought we’d be seeing a Gardner Minshew vs Kyle Allen game? The Jaguars have a stable offense with Minshew at the helm.  He’s a QB2 in Superflex leagues, not quite ready to trust him in standard leagues.  We will continue to fire up Leonard Fournette as our RB2, he’ll find the end-zone soon.  DJ Chark seems to be a safe WR3 with upside going forward.  Dede Westbrook bounced back last week and can be used as a WR3/Flex in PPR leaugues.  James O’Shaughnessy has a really low floor and low ceiling, but he’s scored in back to back games and gets looks near the end-zone, so I’m open to him as a TE1 streamer, although the Panthers linebackers are very good against TEs.  Go ahead and start the Jags Defense.  We shall continue to monitor rookie Ryquell Armstead.  He’s the clear backup to Fournette and should be owned by Fournette owners as a handcuff.  Chris Conley is an intriguing DFS option but likely too much of a risk in standard leagues.  Minshew is playing well, so continue to expect good things from this offense.

Kyle Allen struggled last week but led the team to an impressive win at Houston.  He’ll be a low end QB2 option in Superflex leagues.  Christian McCaffrey is the best player in fantasy and probably real life football right now. DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel are both boom/bust WR3s.  The Jags have allowed both Joe Flacco and Marcus Mariota to throw for over 300 yards these past two weeks, so I’m open to seeing some downfield success here for Allen.  Greg Olsen is a low end TE1 option as usual. The Panthers are a funnel offense, so no other players shall be considered here.  I’m open to this being an exciting game, but there are plenty of unknowns and outcomes with both of these young QBs.


Falcons

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Texans

Matt Ryan

QB1 Deshaun Watson
QB2

RB1
Devonta Freeman RB2

Julio Jones

WR1 DeAndre Hopkins

WR2

Mohamed Sanu

WR3
Austin Hooper

TE1

Calvin Ridley

Flex Will Fuller
Nah

Defense

Maybe
Ito Smith Toss Up Coutee +, Johnson, Hyde

Comments:

These are two of the most disappointing teams so far this year, both at 1-3.  The Falcons will continue to be led by Matt Ryan and the passing game, so fire him up as your QB1.  He’s been in a groove lately with Austin Hooper, who is now a must start TE1.  Julio Jones remains in our lineups as our WR1.  Calvin Ridley has been a bust for two weeks in a row, but could get back on track here.  He’ll be a high risk high reward play, but I’m open to him bouncing back. Mohamed Sanu has picked up for Ridley and now enters the WR3/Flex range in PPR leagues.  He led the team in targets last weekend and should be owned in all leagues.  Devonta Freeman had a rough statline on the ground last week, but made up for it with 8 receptions.  Continue to start him as your RB2 with upside, especially in PPR leagues.  He’ll find the endzone eventually. Ito Smith remains his handcuff after vulturing a goalline TD last week.  The Falcons need this one badly to stay relevant in the NFC South, so expect their best effort.

The Texans offensive line continues to limit this offense.  Deshaun Watson has been hit or miss because of it, but makes up for it with his legs.  He’s thrown for 3TDs in two games and 0TDs in the other two.  He’s rushed for a TD in both games he did not throw one though.  The Falcons defense is not good so we expect to see the good Watson this weekend.  We’re starting DeAndre Hopkins of course as our WR1.  Will Fuller has been disappointing but has been very close on a few deep balls, so make sure he’s in your lineup this weekend as your WR3 with upside.  Kenny Stills is likely out with a hamstring, so this makes me like Fuller a little more.  With Stills out, this means more work for Keke Coutee, who should be owned in all leagues.  He’ll be a better PPR play with the short passing game, but we could also see him stretch the field the way they used Stills.  Coutee will be a WR3/Flex in this one.  Carlos Hyde continues to lead the team in carries and can be a low end RB2/Flex option.  We’re still not seeing much volume for Duke Johnson, but he still looks good with his limited touches.  He’s probably best left on the bench, but could be used as a Flex in case of emergency in PPR leagues. Both teams are desperate for a win and to avoid a 1-4 start, so I’m expecting a lot of offense in this one.  Fantasy Bonanza of the Week.  Get your guys in.


Sunday Late Games:

Broncos

@

Chargers

QB1
Joe Flacco QB2

Philip Rivers +

RB1
Phillip Lindsay RB2

Austin Ekeler +

WR1 Keenan Allen
Emmanuel Sanders

WR2

Courtland Sutton

WR3
Noah Fant

TE1

Royce Freeman

Flex Melvin Gordon +
Nah

Defense

Startable
Toss Up Williams ?, Inman

Comments:

The Broncos are 0-4 and are in much need of win to get the monkey off their back.  Joe Flacco is actually playing well, so it’s not all his fault.  He played very well last weekend against Jacksonville, throwing for 303yds and 3TDs.  He’ll be a QB2 in Superflex leagues.  He’s been clicking with Emmanuel Sanders, who’s a WR2 in PPR leagues.  Courtland Sutton is also playing great, scoring 2TDs last weekend with 6 receptions for 62yds.  He’s now a solid WR3 start.  Noah Fant caught his first career TD last week and has been getting a steady 3-5 targets per game, so he could be streamed if you are desperate. Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman remain in a 50/50 split.  I like Lindsay better in PPR leagues as your RB2 with upside.  Royce has been steadily involved with the passing game, catching 13 passes over the last three games.  He’s yet to find the endzone this year, so maybe he hits this weekend.  Find a way to get him in your lineups as a low end RB2. No other Broncos should be on our radar.  The offense is juicy enough for fantasy purposes, it’s just that damn defense.

The Chargers will be unleashing Melvin Gordon this weekend!  His volume is unknown, so I’m giving him a low end RB2/Flex rank with upside.  He’s the best back they have in the redzone, so I’d bet he finds a TD or two.  We’re still trusting Austin Ekeler in our lineups as a RB2 with upside, especially in PPR leagues. Keenan Allen is a must start WR1, no questions there. Mike Williams is a question mark right now, he’s been limited in practice this week.  If he plays, he can be your WR3/Flex.  Philip Rivers is a low end QB1 option, best used as your QB2 in Superflex leagues.  I’m thinking we see more emphasis on the ground game and getting Melvin Gordon back into the mix. The Chargers have been known to mess up against bad teams, so I’m open to Denver playing tough and sneaking the victory.


Packers

@

Cowboys

QB1
Aaron Rodgers + QB2

Dak Prescott +

RB1 Ezekiel Elliott
Aaron Jones + RB2

WR1
Geronimo Allison

WR2

Amari Cooper –

MVS

WR3
Jimmy Graham

TE1

Jason Witten

Jake Kumerow?

Flex Randall Cobb
Maybe

Defense

Maybe
Davante Adams? Toss Up Devin Smith, Gallup +

Comments:

We’ll get the elephant out of the room; Davante Adams.  We’re not sure if he’s going to play yet.  If he plays, I’ll still probably play him but with limited expectations.  If he’s out, which seems most likely, we’ll see more opportunities for Jimmy Graham, MVS and Geronimo Allison.  Either way, Aaron Rodgers is a low end QB1 for me this weekend.  He seems to play at his best in this Dallas Stadium. If Adams is out, I like Jimmy as your TE1, Geronimo and MVS are both WR3s with upside.  Perhaps we see a lot of Jake Kumerow if Adams is out, but he’ll be a big dice role in redraft leagues.  Maybe he’s best used in DFS lineups.  I’m liking Aaron Jones the most in this offense for this week. It looks like Jamaal Williams will be out, so they’ll have rookie Dexter Williams up as the backup, so Jones should get plenty of touches.  Perhaps they use FB Danny Vitale a bit more in the passing/third down work, but I still like Jones as your RB2 with upside.  The Packers defense took a step back last weekend but could be streamed here again, as the Cowboys are likely without starting LT Tyron Smith.  RT La’el Collins has also missed practice but is likely to play, so he’ll probably be less than 100%.  The Packers could struggle without Davante Adams, but I’m thinking Rodgers can spread the ball out and keep the Cowboys guessing.

The Cowboys offense came to a screeching halt last weekend against a sound Saints defense.  Dak Prescott faces a tough Packers secondary and is likely missing his LT as we mentioned above, so he’s more of a QB2 for me in Superflex leagues.  The Packers are vulnerable in the running game, so expect a lot of Ezekiel Elliott. Amari Cooper will likely be matched up with Jaire Alexander, which could complicate things for him and Dak. The Packers will be without their other starting CB Kevin King, so we might see more from Randall Cobb (revenge game?) and Devin Smith. Michael Gallup has been back at practice this week and is going to be a gametime decision.  If he plays, I like Gallup the most out of this group.  You could start Cobb as a low end PPR WR3 if you need the help.  I still like Jason Witten as a low end TE1.  I’m a little nervous about the matchup with Green Bay’s secondary, so I feel best about Zeke and the run game here.  This will be the focus of the Cowboys for sure, but if Green Bay gets off to a hot start, they could force more passes.  Monitor Gallups status leading up to the game, he could be the key for this offense.  These two teams usually play each other very well, so enjoy.


Sunday Night Game:

Colts

@

Chiefs

Jacoby Brissett

QB1 Patrick Mahomes
QB2

RB1
Marlon Mack? RB2

Damien Williams +

TY Hilton

WR1 Sammy Watkins

WR2

Demarcus Robinson

WR3 Mecole Hardman
Doyle/Ebron

TE1

Travis Kelce

Chester Rogers

Flex LeSean McCoy
Nope

Defense

Maybe
Hines, Campbell, Wilkins Toss Up Darrel Williams

Comments:

This should be fun.  The Colts faltered last weekend to 2-2 and need this game to show they are a contender without Luck.  Jacoby Brissett is tied for the league lead with 10 passing touchdowns.  It sounds like TY Hilton will be back, so I’m liking Jacoby as a QB1 this week. Assuming Hilton plays, he’ll have WR1 upside this week, so get him in.  Marlon Mack is a little banged up but it sounds like he’ll be good to play this weekend.  I’d be a bit worried about the game script going pass heavy to keep up with the Chiefs, so Mack is just a low end RB2 for me here.  If you have a better play, I’m open to benching Mack.  We might see more Nyheim Hines in passing situations this weekend, so he’ll be a PPR RB2/Flex play for me. Because of the scarcity at the TE position, I like both Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron as low TE1 plays.  Doyle has a safer PPR floor and Ebron remains a boom/bust TD dependent option.  I’m still not sure what other WRs outside of TY we can trust.  I like both Chester Rogers and Zach Pascal, so if you’re in a pinch, one of them could be used.  If the Colts are to win this game, we’ll need a big Jacoby game, so bank on the passing for fantasy.

The Chiefs survived a scare in Detroit last weekend with Patrick Mahomes throwing 0 TDs.  Mahomes is still your QB1, no question there. Damien Williams has been practicing in full all week so he’ll be back this week and should be in your lineups as your RB2 with upside.  This makes LeSean McCoy more of a low end RB2/Flex play. I’m still a big fan of Darrel Williams, but I’m not sure how they’ll use him in this one.  If he was dropped or is available, he is definitely worth the stash.  We’re starting Sammy Watkins with WR1 upside, as well as Demarcus Robinson with WR2 upside.  Mecole Hardman is a bit of a dice role after his bummer last week, but can be used as your WR3/Flex.  Travis Kelce is a baller and is your TE1. I’m expecting Mahomes to come out swinging after last weekends 0TD game, so start your Chiefs.  Hopefully the Colts can keep up and make a good game out of it.


Monday Night Game:

Browns

@

49ers

QB1
Baker Mayfield + QB2

Jimmy Garoppolo

Nick Chubb RB1
RB2

Matt Breida

Odell Beckham Jr.

WR1

WR2

Jarvis Landry

WR3

TE1

George Kittle

Flex Goodwin/Coleman/Pettis
Startable

Defense

Maybe
Toss Up Mostert, Samuel

Comments:

The Browns dumbed down the offense last week and finally featured Nick Chubb, leading to a crucial win in Baltimore.  Chubb should now be considered an elite RB1 going forward.  Baker Mayfield has the upside to go off any week, but he’ll be a high end QB2 for me this week in Superflex leagues.  I’m open to using him in 1QB leagues now that teams need to give Chubb more attention. Baker clicked really well with Jarvis Landry last week for 8 receptions and 167yds, so Landry is back in our lineups as a WR3/Flex. The usage for Odell Beckham has been frustrating so far.  They’re not being creative enough with scheming plays his way, so hopefully we see a step forward this weekend.  He’s still your WR1 and usually plays his best in primetime.  I’m not sure we can count on any other Browns offensive play makers for fantasy.  You could stream the Browns defense, they’ve been getting good pressure on QBs and forcing some TOs.  Baker needs to continue leaning on Chubb and the run game, while limiting mistakes and risks.

The undefeated 49ers will be turned up for their home primetime showcase.  We’ll get the obvious out of the way; George Kittle.  He’s your TE1 and is bound to hit the endzone soon.  The Browns secondary is still a bit banged up, so I’m open to seeing an efficient day for Jimmy Garoppolo, especially with Tevin Coleman back in the mix. Jimmy G is just a QB2 in Superflex for me, but Coleman can be used as your RB2/Flex in PPR leagues.  He should be featured again in the passing game and help the offense be more efficient.  We still have a RBBC here, with Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson.  We are unsure if we see all four running backs get snaps, but we for sure will see Breida get the most outside of Coleman.  Breida is a low end RB2/Flex play.  I still love Mostert’s game, so stash him if you can.  All it takes is an injury to Breida or Coleman and Mostert is back in our lineups.  Jeff Wilson seems to have a clear goal-line role, so there’s potential he gets those snaps again.  I think it’s safest to bet on Coleman in PPR, and maybe Breida as a low end RB2/Flex play.  The WRs are also in somewhat of a committee.  Marquise Goodwin probably plays the most snaps, but is a low volume, big play WR.  Dante Pettis has been playing through some nagging injuries but now seems fresh after the BYE, so maybe we see him re-establish himself as the best WR.  If he’s available, go pick him up.  And then we have Deebo Samuel.  Not sure what his usage will look like after the BYE, but it seems like he’ll be the clear #3.  I’m not starting Deebo, but this will be a telling game for his future this year.  If I had to start one, I’d probably start Pettis.  The 49ers have a lot of skill players to toy with, so I’m thinking they move to 4-0 and show the world that they are a contender.


Thanks for reading,

Good Luck!!

– KGB