Week 4 Dope Sheet
Byes: Panthers, Redskins
Vikings @ Rams (-7, 49.5)
Start: Todd Gurley, Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Jared Goff, Rams D
Flex: Kyle Rudolph likely a TE1 this week, monitor Dalvin Cook/Latavius Murray situation
Bench/Monitor: Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett, Vikings D, not excited to start Kirk Cousins
The Vikings limp into LA after their embarrassing loss at home to the Bills. The Rams will be without starting CB Aqib Talib and maybe even Marcus Peters. This should be good news for Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, both guys you’ll be starting even though it’s a tougher matchup. The Rams have been allowing good fantasy days for TEs, so Kyle Rudolph can be your TE1 this week. If you have Kirk Cousins, I wouldn’t fire him up as your QB1 but if you do just be sure to limit expectations as he has a wide range of outcomes in this game. I would rather be streaming someone like Tannehill or Flacco this weekend. We’re monitoring Dalvin Cook’s status, but he was able to practice on Tuesday so he looks good to go. If Cook plays, I’d expect the Rams rush defense to bottle things up as they have been doing, so limit your expectations for Cook as your Flex/RB2. He’ll need to be involved in the passing game in order to be a successful play this week. If Latavius Murray gets the start, he will be a Flex play at best. For the Rams, Jared Goff and his WRs are rolling. I’m fine with starting Goff and all 3 of the WRS in Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. They can all be slated as WR3s even against this good Vikings defense. Todd Gurley is a lock as your RB1, no questions there. If you have the Rams D you have to keep rolling with them. I’m assuming the Rams will be able to get pressure on Cousins and possibly force some turnover. This game is in LA as well, so the Rams should be able to win this game with the way their offense is rolling.
Sunday Early Games
Jets @ Jaguars (-7.5, 38.5)
Start: Leonard Fournette, Jags D
Flex: Bilal Powell, Quincy Enunwa, Keelan Cole, Austin Seferian Jenkins is streamable
Bench/Monitor: Sam Darnold, Blake Bortles, Isaiah Crowell, Terrelle Pryor, Robby Anderson, TJ Yeldon, Corey Grant, Dede Westbrook, Donte Moncrief
Leonard Fournette practiced on Wednesday is on track to play this week so if he’s good to go, get him in the lineup. If Fournette sits again, I’d consider TJ Yeldon no more than a Flex. The Jets defense has played well this year so Blake Bortles is not a preferred streamer this week. This will trickle down into our decisions to lean towards sitting Keelan Cole and Austin Seferian Jenkins, but they both could be used if need be. Seferian Jenkins does play his old team so maybe it’s a nice revenge day for him and worth a TE1 streamer. I wouldn’t trust starting Donte Moncrief or Dede Westbrook either so they’ll remain on our benches. We will continue to monitor Corey Grant’s touches and usage. Start the Jags D! Rookie QB on the road against the best pass defense does not bode well for Sam Darnold. I’ve been into Flexing Quincy Enunwa the first three weeks but I wouldn’t blame you if you sat him in this one. He could have a nice 10pt PPR floor with the short passing game though, and he still is Darnold’s most targeted WR. I wouldn’t start Robby Anderson or Terrelle Pryor in this one either. There’s just not enough targets for Anderson to be trusted. Maybe he gets the deep shot for a TD but he could end up with 2 for 11yds or something like that. If the Jets are struggling on offense like we think they will, I’ll lean towards Flexing Bilal Powell in PPR leagues. Isaiah Crowell has the look of a TD dependant player and only a RB2/Flex in games where they are favorites to win or in close contests. The Jags lost at home last week and will most likely not let that happen again. Expect a lot of Fournette and good field position throughout the day in a Jaguars victory.
Dolphins @ Patriots (-6.5, 47.5)
Start: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Kenyan Drake
Flex: Sony Michel, Chris Hogan, James White, Kenny Stills, Danny Amendola special?, Ryan Tannehill streamable
Bench/Monitor: Albert Wilson, DeVante Parker, Jakeem Grant, Phillip Dorsett, Frank Gore, Mike Gesicki
The Dolphins are eyeing up 4-0 and a 3 game lead in the AFC East. It is a home game for the 1-2 Patriots so I would expect a valiant effort to make sure the Dolphins don’t get the early jump in this division. With that, you’re starting Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski as usual. I’d feel pretty confident in James White as my RB2/Flex in PPR leagues. Rex Burkhead is out of the picture and on IR, so Sony Michel becomes a solid Flex option with RB2 upside going forward. He was already out-touching Burkhead the last two weeks so if you drafted Michel, things are looking Up. We’ll see if Chris Hogan can get back into our good graces this week and is worth no more than a flex, though I wouldn’t blame you for benching him for someone else like a Calvin Ridley or Geronimo Allison. Dolphins ace CB Xavien Howard shadowed Amari Cooper last weekend so we’ll see how he is deployed in this one. Because of that, I’d leave Phillip Dorsett on the bench or even the waiver wire for that matter, as Josh Gordon will likely be in the mix pretty soon along with Julian Edelman coming back next week. If Gordon is active, I’d lean towards sitting him and waiting to see him in one game first. For the Dolphins, Ryan Tannehill has quietly become a high end QB2 and is in the streaming conversation this week. His WR corps is very deep and has a great range of body types and talent. Kenny Stills is good shot at the Flex spot again this week and the most likely WR to hit for us. Danny Amendola plays his former team and could have some extra momentum to put up a good Flex day in PPR leagues. I think we’ll continue to monitor DeVante Parker, Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant. These last three guys all have a chance any week to score on a big play. Watching Jakeem Grant return kicks and catch the ball down the field reminds me of a poor man's Tyreek Hill, so I’ll keep my eye close on him. Explosive player. The Patriots might be more vulnerable against the run, allowing Kerryon Johnson to record Detroit’s first 100yd runner since Reggie Bush. With that said, I’d go back to the well one more time with Kenyan Drake as my RB2/Flex. He has the pass catching role in this offense and should be able to get a solid PPR floor against the bigger Patriot linebackers. Frank Gore will likely only be fantasy relevant in game’s we think the Dolphins will be ahead and running in the second half. Not into the rookie TE Mike Gesicki just yet, but we’ll keep an eye on him. This one should be a fun game to watch with a high over/under of 47.5. It feels like Gronk and Brady get back on track and find a way to force some Tannehill turnovers to improve to 2-2.
Eagles @ Titans (+4, 41)
Start: Zach Ertz
Flex: Jay Ajayi, Dion Lewis, Corey Davis, Carson Wentz streamable, Corey Clement, Dallas Goedert streamable
Bench/Monitor: Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles, Marcus Mariota, Derrick Henry, Jonnu Smith, Taywan Taylor
Carson Wentz and the Eagles will head to Tennessee to take on a sneaky 2-1 Titans team who just upset the Jaguars on the road. The Titans D has been better than you would have thought this year and could keep this game tight. This means I’m not as excited to get Wentz in my lineup but wouldn’t blame you for starting him if you didn’t have a quality streaming option. Zach Ertz is the most trusted Eagle player in this one and most weeks going forward. If you’re streaming TEs, Dallas Goedert should have been scooped up in your leagues this week and could put up another TE1 week. With Goedert emerging last week, it makes me less excited to get Nelson Agholor in my lineup and is no better than a Flex option in PPR leagues. We’ll monitor Jordan Mathews usage in this one but keep in mind Alshon Jeffery is coming back next week possibly and will derail any momentum Agholor and Mathews can generate in this one. The Eagles running back group is a fantasy mess right now. The offensive line might be the best in the league though, so they’ll provide value to whoever is in the backfield. Jay Ajayi returned to practice on Thursday and could be back in the starting lineup. This would make me less excited to get Corey Clement in my flex spot in PPR leagues, but Darren Sproles missed practice on Thursday so if he can’t go, Clement could be flexed in PPR leagues. Wendell Smallwood looked good in Ajayi’s place this past weekend and could have value in the future if Ajayi were to get hurt again. We’ll keep an eye on Josh Adams. For the Titans, Rishard Matthews has asked for his release from the team. We weren’t looking at him as a fantasy asset anyways, so this only will open up more opportunities for Corey Davis, Taywan Taylor and Tajae Sharpe. Davis will be the only WR worth a flex spot in our lineups. Marcus Mariota is back in the starting lineups but not in our fantasy lineups. I’d lean towards sitting Derrick Henry in this one as well, as the Eagles will likely be playing with a lead which means Dion Lewis could provide a nice floor in PPR leagues as your RB2/Flex. We’ll continue to monitor Jonnu Smith but I’m not looking here for my TE1 streamer. The Eagles D might be too much for this Titans offense, so I’ll go with the Eagles on the road in this one.
Texans @ Colts (-1.5, 47)
Start: Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, TY Hilton
Flex: Lamar Miller, Ryan Grant, Eric Ebron streaming TE1, Nyheim Hines, Andrew Luck streamable?
Bench/Monitor: Keke Coutee, Alfred Blue, Jordan Wilkins, Marlon Mack, Jack Doyle, Chester Rogers
I have Deshaun Watson listed as a starter but after watching last week's game against the Giants, I’m not so sure he is a must start at this point. The Texans OL might be the worst in the league and they left Watson scrambling nearly every play last Sunday. On top of the that, Watson was very inefficient on all types of throws and consistently throwing short to WRs. You likely drafted Watson early so it might be hard to find another QB to stream, but with the way to Colts Defense has been playing I would be open to sitting Watson for someone else this week. You have to start DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller if you have them though. All it takes is one play from Fuller and Hopkins should maintain his high floor volume. The offensive line play as I mentioned earlier has been offensive, so Lamar Miller is a fringe low end RB2/Flex going forward. I wouldn’t be too excited to play Miller in this one but if you don’t have much of a choice, he could provide a safe floor in PPR leagues. Bruce Ellington has been placed on IR so that opens up the slot for rookie Keke Coutee, who we shall monitor as a potential waiver wire add. The TE group is still not interesting enough to own anyone in fantasy, but we’ll monitor Ryan Griffin, Jordan Akins and Jordan Thomas. Keep in mind the Giants were able to frustrate this offense last week and the Colts are a tougher defense right now. This game is also in Indy. Andrew Luck isn’t a sure fire QB1 at this point and should be in your streaming options now. I’m fine with starting him if there are no quality streamers available like Dalton, Tannehill or Flacco this week. TY Hilton is in our starting lineups for sure. He drew a pass interference call last week and could have had a better day in the box score. He’s also had some pretty big days against Houston in the past. Jack Doyle has been ruled out so we’re firing up Eric Ebron again as a TE1 streamer. Ebron had 2 near TDs in the red zone offense last week and remains a huge factor in that area of the field for this team going forward. The number two WR appears to be Ryan Grant. He’s a weaker flex option but he could be a nice PPR play. Chester Rogers is worth monitoring for a future waiver wire pickup if Hilton or Grant miss any time. The running backs for the Colts are still a committee with Marlon Mack likely to return this weekend. That means we are not relying on Jordan Wilkins. Nyheim Hines could be flexed in PPR leagues as he is the best pass catching back of the group. I’d lean towards not starting any Colts back for now though. The Colts are 1-2 but have held up well in close losses to the Eagles and Bengals. I expect them to frustrate Watson and force some turnovers that lead to touchdowns this week instead of field goals (Eagles red zone D is good).
Bills @ Packers (-10, 45)
Start: Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, Jimmy Graham, Packers D
Flex: Geronimo Allison, Aaron Jones, LeSean McCoy
Bench/Monitor: Randall Cobb, Jamaal Williams, Ty Montgomery, Josh Allen, Chris Ivory, Kelvin Benjamin, Charles Clay, Zay Jones, Jeremy Kerley
Buffalo heads to Green Bay after upsetting the Vikings in Minnesota. Green Bay got jumped by a hot first half from the Redskins and couldn’t muster a comeback in the rain last weekend in Washington. What are the chances Buffalo stuns another NFC North team on the road? You’re starting Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams without a doubt. Adams has scored a TD in each week but has yet to reach 100yds so maybe that happens this Sunday. Jimmy Graham is a TE1 and has a good chance at getting his first Lambeau Leap of the year. We are getting close to saying that Geronimo Allison is a solid WR3/Flex play every week. He is a deep threat and can also rack up 5 or 6 catches every week. Randall Cobb is the more boom bust WR3/Flex. I feel better playing Cobb in PPR leagues this week at home. He’s also coming off maybe his worst performance in his career and may be motivated to do a little extra in this one. The running backs for Green Bay is where we have the most questoins. Aaron Jones returned last weekend and looked elusive, earning 42yds on just 7 carries. If this game starts with the Packers clicking on offense and scoring TDs, this may be an Aaron Jones day and makes him worth a long look at your RB2/Flex. Jamaal Williams was not involved last weekend as the Packers were in comeback mode. Even if the game script is better this week, I’m not excited to get Williams in my lineup just yet. Ty Montgomery was the best fantasy RB last week for Green Bay, catching 6 balls for 48yds. He’s more of a dart as a flex but I wouldn’t recommend starting him for now. Green Bay’s Defense is an interesting play in DFS. They signed CB Bashaud Breeland this week and placed Davon House on IR, so big upgrade here. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Packers swarming Josh Allen and forcing steady pressure throughout the day. With that said, I’m encouraged by what we saw from Allen last weekend but I’m not rushing to get him in my lineups this week just yet. Green Bay at home is a different animal. If LeSean McCoy is back this week, he’s the only Bill I feel OK about flexing. We’ll monitor Chris Ivory, Kelvin Benjamin and Charles Clay to see if they can show us any signs of future value. Buffalo was able to harass Kirk Cousins last weekend but Green Bay’s offensive line is a better unit and much healthier. Rodgers also doesn’t make as many mistakes as Cousins. Green Bay is a frustrated team at 1-1-1 and I expect them to exercise their demons this weekend at home.
Lions @ Cowboys (-3, 43.5)
Start: Kenny Golladay, Golden Tate, Ezekiel Elliott
Flex: Marvin Jones, Kerryon Johnson, Matthew Stafford streaming option
Bench/Monitor: Dak Prescott, LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick, Michael Gallup, Allen Hurns, Geoff Swaim
The Lions are coming into Dallas refreshed after a big win against the Patriots at home last weekend. Dallas is soul searching on offense after a disappointing loss in Seattle. Looking at the Lions, Kenny Golladay, Golden Tate and Marvin Jones should all be in your starting lineups going forward. They compliment each other so well. Tate the smaller more finesse quick hitter. Jones the speedy yet small deep threat that can win 1 on 1s. And Golladay the long speedster that can succeed with the whole route tree, more specifically their intermediate specialist. Now Dallas defense has been their lone bright spot so that makes Matthew Stafford a streamer and not a sure bet at a QB1 this week. Kerryon Johnson topped 100yds last week and is entering the low end RB2/Flex territory. We’ll monitor LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick’s usage before we trust them in any of our lineups. Still no TEs in Detroit worth rostering. For the Cowboys, it’s Ezekiel Elliott and not much else. The Lions can be had in the rushing game so expect a heavy dose of Zeke this week. We’re not trusting Dak Prescott or any of his WRs until he shows us something we can believe in. If I’m in desperate need of a TE, Geoff Swaim might have taken a step forward last week, catching 5 for 47yds on 7 targets. Only worth a thought in PPR leagues for now as your last roster spot on deep bench leagues. These offenses are very straight forward with how they operate right now and won’t be changing anytime soon unless injuries happen. The Lions are the away team but are coming in with momentum and a much better offense, so I’ll take Detroit on the road.
Buccaneers @ Bears (-3, 46.5)
Start: Jordan Howard, Mike Evans, Bears D, Allen Robinson
Flex: DeSean Jackson, Chris Godwin, Trey Burton TE1 streamer, Ryan Fitzpatrick streamable, OJ Howard
Bench/Monitor: Taylor Gabriel, Mitchell Trubisky, Cameron Brate, Peyton Barber, Tarik Cohen,
Chicago finds themselves 2-1 and atop the NFC North. Tampa Bay is 2-1 and coming off a MNF loss to the Steelers. Ryan Fitzpatrick had an outbreak of turnovers last week and will need to do a much better job taking care of the football against a very good Bears defense. He’s been incredible through three weeks but we may need to limit our expectations in Chicago. Feel free to start him as your QB1, but I’d feel a little safer streaming QBs like i’ve mentioned before in Dalton, Tannehill and Flacco. Jameis Winston is back from suspensions so this is looming over Fitzpatrick. If you feel like Winston will be starting sooner than later, go ahead and scoop him up for your bench. I think it’s likely that this Tampa Bay offense will generate a QB1 regardless of who it is. We’re not interested in starting Peyton Barber anytime soon. We are interested in starting Mike Evans though. DeSean Jackson and Chris Godwin are both WR3/Flexes. Ricky Seals Jones got open and scored last weekend so OJ Howard is a good TE streamer. We’ll add Cameron Brate from waivers but we’ll wait and see before we start him. He has better chemistry with Winston. The Bucs defense is definitely one to pick on so we’ll see if Mitchell Trubisky can capitalize on the plus matchup. Trubisky is a risky streamer in season long leagues but may come through with his best game of his young career. He’s also worth a look at in DFS games. The Bucs D has been solid stopping the run so I’ll limit my expectations for Jordan Howard, but he’ll still be an RB2/Flex. Allen Robinson will be a WR2 against the soft Bucs secondary. Trey Burton is in the mix as a TE1 streamer. He’s been disappointing this year, but he did find the end zone in week 2 and caught 4 passes for 55yds last week so he’s trending up. Taylor Gabriel is an intriguing DFS play and spot start in season long leagues. Anthony Miller is out this weekend so this allows more optimism for a big day from Gabriel. He has 15 catches on 22 targets this year but has low yardage. Maybe Kevin White steps up with Miller out but we’ll just monitor that. Tarik Cohen is a dart of flex and could also see an increase in snaps with Miller out. The Bears pass rush is for real and will affect the game in some way. I’m not convinced Trubisky can keep up in a duel with Fitzpatrick but he could manage a game with his defense forcing turnovers and giving him good field position. But again, the Bucs secondary is one of the worst in the league so if Trubisky was ever going to blow up, this would be the week. Chicago squeaked out the win last weekend against the Cardinals but I think Tampa Bay’s offense is still playing hot enough to win on the road.
Bengals @ Falcons (-5, 51)
Start: Julio Jones, Tevin Coleman, AJ Green (monitor), Tyler Boyd, Tyler Eifert. Matt Ryan, Gio Bernard
Flex: Calvin Ridley, Austin Hooper streamable, Andy Dalton streamable
Bench/Monitor: Tyler Kroft, CJ Uzomah, Joe Mixon, Mohamed Sanu, John Ross, Josh Malone
Fantasy Game of the week for me right here. Start everyone, just not the defenses. The Falcons defense is dinged up and can be taken advantage by Andy Dalton who should be a QB1 streamer option for you this weekend. With this one in Atlanta, I always lean towards the game being on the fast track and high scoring. It sounds like AJ Green is OK after his exit from the game last weekend. If he’s playing, he’s in your lineup. If Tyler Boyd has one more game like he’s had the last weeks, we’re looking at a WR2/3 that should be in your lineups every week going forward. Try and get him in your lineup for this one. We’re fading John Ross until we see something worth starting. Tyler Eifert had a nice outing last weekend and makes for a solid TE1 streamer. It looks like Joe Mixon is out one more weekend so fire up Gio Bernard as your RB2. You should know by now that the Falcons are the worst defending the pass to the RB and they have been for years. This makes Gio an interesting DFS play and possible RB1 this week. We’ll keep Tyler Kroft and CJ Uzomah on the waiver wire speed dial in case Eifert gets hurt, both looked good last weekend. The Falcons are 1-2 and are almost in a must win spot here at home to avoid falling behind in the competitive NFC South. Matt Ryan is a top 5 play right now. Julio Jones leads the league in air yards and has yet to score a TD in 2018, so just be patient, they’re Brewin’. Now that Calvin Ridley has popped off and shown defenses that they need to account for him, perhaps Julio gets a little more loose. You should whip out Ridley as a WR3/Flex for now. Mohamed Sanu is worth a roster spot and could be dart flex. Austin Hooper is a streaming TE1 option. Christian McCaffrey gashed this Bengals run defense last weekend so I’m expecting a big day on the ground for Tevin Coleman. I doubt Devonta Freeman is active this week so we’ll monitor Ito Smith’s play. This will likely be the highest scoring game of the early matchups so make sure you get some shares in DFS lineups. I’m leaning towards the Falcons pulling this one off at home after losing a tough one at home last weekend.
Sunday Late Games
Seahawks @ Cardinals (+3, 38.5)
Start: David Johnson, Russell Wilson, Seahawks D
Flex: Larry Fitzgerald (monitor), Christian Kirk, Tyler Lockett, Chris Carson
Bench/Monitor: Doug Baldwin, Brandon Marshall, Jaron Brown, Rashaad Penny, Josh Rosen, Will Dissly, Nick Vannett, Ricky Seals-Jones, Chase Edmunds
It is Josh Rosen time. Sam Bradford was benched last weekend after 3 second half turnovers in a game the Cardinals should have won. Rosen come in and moved the ball some but no luck. He was asked to come in and win the game at the end of the 4th quarter, so no easy task. He’ll rely heavily on David Johnson going forward, who finally got on track last weekend with a receiving touchdown. The way they were using him was still questionable though, but he’ll be your starting RB1 still for now. I might be able to argue that Christian Kirk could be the leading WR for this team the rest of the way. Rosen has great chemistry with Kirk and will be very comfortable throwing him the ball. Kirk should have been scooped up on waivers this week, if not, try to add him. Larry Fitzgerald will still be slotted in as a WR3/Flex in our lineups but we’re limiting expectations for now. We won’t start Ricky Seals-Jones but we’ll stash him and see how he looks with the rookie QB. I’m assuming the passing game gets a slight increase with Rosen over Bradford. These are really the only Cardinals we care about for now. We’ll keep an eye on Chase Edmunds in case Johnson ever gets dinged up. The Seahawks come in off their first win of the season against Dallas. The Defense played really well but it was the Dallas offense. The Seahawks Defense makes for a nice streamer this weekend going against the rookie QB in his first start. On offense, you’ll start Russell Wilson as usual. Tyler Lockett is making us want to trust him as our WR3/Flex right now, scoring a TD in all 3 games so far this year. Chris Carson carried the ball 32 times last week and could slide into our RB2/Flex. Rashaad Penny is just a guy on our bench for now until we see more from him. Brandon Marshall might be best left on our benches this weekend, as Doug Baldwin looks like he’s ready to play Sunday. I would assume Baldwin is on a snap count so I’d wait till next week to start him. Will Dissly and Nick Vannett are basically co-starters at the TE spot and I’m still not sure I can trust either one yet. Jaron Brown caught the TD last week but it sounds like Doug Baldwin will be back sooner than later so I’d leave him on the wire. I’m looking forward to seeing a full game from Josh Rosen but I think Russell Wilson will be able to muscle the rookie and lead Seattle their second straight win.
Browns @ Raiders (-3, 45)
Start: Jarvis Landry, Marshawn Lynch, Carlos Hyde, David Njoku
Flex: Amari Cooper, Antonio Callaway, Jordy Nelson, Baker Mayfield streamable??, Jared Cook streamable
Bench/Monitor: Rashard Higgins, David Carr, Duke Johnson, Martavis Bryant, Nick Chubb
Lots of fun in this one as Baker Mayfield gets his 1st career start against an 0-3 Raiders team that has been competitive but just finds ways to lose it in the second half. As soon as Mayfield came in last week, the offense got a jolt of energy and was more effective passing downfield. This makes Jarvis Landry a high floor WR2 going forward. The run game also gets a boost now that safeties have to respect the downfield passing of Mayfield, so Carlos Hyde slides in as a solid RB2. David Njoku now becomes a solid TE1 streaming option. Antonio Callaway is a sneaky flex play this week in DFS and in season long leagues. He was routinely getting open deep against the Jets and might be able to cash in on some deep shots against the Raiders. We’ll monitor Rashard Higgins and Duke Johnson as secondary pieces of this now exciting offense. The Raiders will keep pounding away with Marshawn Lynch, especially near the goal line. Lynch should have had 2TDs last weekend but they gave the fullback a crack at 4th and 1 from the 1 yard line. He hasn’t made any big gainers this year yet so they’re coming. Amari Cooper was shut down by Xavien Howard last weekend and is a Flex option at best. Maybe Denzel Ward sticks on him all game. I’m liking what I saw from Jordy Nelson last weekend but he still looked like he lacked his top speed from the good ol’ days. Jordy might be a better flex play than Cooper right now. Jared Cook has been a solid TE1 streaming option all year so that won’t change against the Browns. We’ll monitor Martavis Bryant’s usage and keep him on waiver wire speed dial for now. Backup RBs Doug Martin and Jalen Richard shouldn’t be in our lineups unless an injury happens to Lynch. Richard is still the preferred pass catching back when Oakland is in hurry up offense, so he might be worth a stash in PPR leagues. I’m excited to see more from Mayfield in this one. The Raiders have actually been leading at half in all 3 games and are just a few plays away from being 2-1. I’m going to go with Oakland at home to squeak out the victory.
Saints @ Giants (+3.5, 50)
Start: Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
Flex: Ted Ginn, Rhett Ellison streamable?, Eli Manning streamable?
Bench/Monitor: Evan Engram, TreQuan Smith, Cameron Meredith, Austin Carr, Wayne Gallman, Mike Gillislee
Fantasy Bananza alert. The Saints travel to New York fresh off the OT victory in Atlanta. We saw a vintage Drew Brees game last week and might be in for another big day. You’re starting him along with is weapons Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas. Ted Ginn is an interesting DFS and flex option in this one. Even Ben Watson might put up some big numbers in PPR formats as the Giants still might be one of the worst at defending the TE. We’re excited about Cameron Meredith’s touchdown last week but will leave him on the bench until we see a little more volume and consistency. The backup RBs are not in play in New Orleans until we get Mark Ingram back. Still hoping for some TreQuan Smith action to bud up. The Giants will look to attack the weak Saints secondary with big games from Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard. I think Shepard is a solid WR3 this week and excellent value in DFS. Saquon Barkley is your RB1 and has a great PPR floor in this one. With Evan Engram out, Rhett Ellison becomes worth a look as your TE1 streamer. With the game script looking pass heavy and a high over under of 50pts, Eli Manning should be given a look as a streamer and value DFS play. This should be the most entertaining late afternoon game so make sure you get some stock in this one! I’ll take the Saints high powered offense on the road here.
49ers @ Chargers (-10.5, 46.5)
Start: Melvin Gordon, Keenan Allen (monitor), Philip Rivers, Matt Breida, George Kittle
Flex: Mike Williams, Alfred Morris, Marquise Goodwin, Austin Ekeler
Bench/Monitor: Tyrell Williams, Antonio Gates, Pierre Garcon, CJ Beathard, Trent Taylor, Dante Pettis,
The Chargers have the 49ers limping into LA this weekend without Jimmy Garoppolo. CJ Beathard gets that start, but not in our fantasy lineups as a QB1. He was actually a decent QB last year in the few games he started and will provide rushing stats to get him in our streaming thoughts going forward. Matt Breida will get the biggest increase in value as Beathard was very fond of dumping it off to his RBs last year, so Breida makes for a solid PPR RB2. Alfred Morris’ value takes a dip and brings him down to a Flex play at best in standard leagues. Beathard will probably have the best connection with Marquise Goodwin. I’m open to Goodwin being a WR3/Flex going forward, I just want to see one game with Beathard before I fire him up. George Kittle was looking like a top 5 TE this year but now we have to consider him a streaming TE1 until we see success with Beathard. I wouldn’t count on Pierre Garcon or any of the other WRs here just yet. The Chargers will give Melvin Gordon a heavy volume day to set the tone for the offense, so he remains a high end RB1. You can plug in Austin Ekeler as your PPR Flex in most weeks it looks like so don’t be shy against the 49ers. Philip Rivers is a solid QB1 option this week, even if Keenan Allen takes the week off. Allen has not practiced this week with a sore knee and appears to be a game time decision. If he plays, get him in your lineups but limit expectations. This news makes Mike Williams a solid WR3 with WR1 upside in this game. If Allen is out, Tyrell Williams also becomes a very interesting Flex option and sneaky DFS play. I still don’t feel good about streaming Antonio Gates just yet. I’m not counting the 49ers out in this one because the Chargers seem to always find a way to mess things up, but I’ll go with the Chargers to lean on Melvin Gordon and get the home Win.
Ravens @ Steelers (-3, 50.5)
Start: Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Juju Smith-Schuster, James Conner, John Brown, Alex Collins
Flex: Michael Crabtree, Javorius Allen, Vance McDonald streamable, Joe Flacco streamable?
Bench/Monitor: Willie Snead, Mark Andrews, Maxx Williams, Nick Boyle, Jesse James,
This will be an exciting Sunday Night Football matchup with this great rivalry. The game is in Pittsburgh, so we’re starting Ben Roethlisberger. Antonio Brown and Juju Smith-Schuster are both WR1s right now. And we’re still starting James Conner as our RB1. Not too many questions with this Pittsburgh offense. Vance McDonald is now in the TE1 streaming conversation and should have been added in all formats. We’ll monitor James Washington’s usage and keep him on waiver wire speed dial. The Ravens will look to attack the Steelers secondary, making Joe Flacco a streaming option this week. I might be more excited to play John Brown more than any Raven in this one though, as he has shown that he is back to being a great deep threat and favorite red zone target of Flacco’s already. Michael Crabtree is a WR3/Flex. I’m not excited to get Willie Snead in my lineups but it wouldn’t surprise me to see him put a up a nice stat line in a game with an over under of 50.5pts. The Ravens continue to deploy a two headed rushing attack with Alex Collins and Javorius Allen. We’ll keep Collins as our RB2 and consider Allen a Flex play in PPR leagues. More of a boom/bust Flex in standard. Flacco has been having success with all of his TEs so far, but Mark Andrews took a step forward last week and is probably the best option. We won’t be starting any Ravens TEs just yet, but we’re watching. Last year the final score was 39-38 between these two teams in Pittsburgh and it feels like we might see another high scoring affair in this one. The Ravens will be pesky but I think the Steelers pull it out at home.
Chiefs @ Broncos (+4.5, 55.5)
Start: Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Kareem Hunt, Emmanuel Sanders,
Flex: Royce Freeman, Demaryius Thomas, Sammy Watkins, Phillip Lindsay
Bench/Monitor: Demetrius Harris, Case Keenum, Devontae Booker, Courtland Sutton, Jake Butt, Jeff Heuerman, Chris Conley, Demarcus Robinson
Can the Broncos slow down Patrick Mahomes at home? You have to start Mahomes if you got him and keep riding the wave. We’re also locking in Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt in our lineups. Hunt didn’t have a big yardage day but the 2 rushings TDs finally came. We’ll fire up Sammy Watkins as our WR3/Flex. Was good to see him get in the end zone last week for the first time as a Chief. These core 4 Chiefs players will be in our fantasy lineups just about every week without hesitation. The secondary players we will monitor are Spencer Ware and Chris Conley. Any injuries to Hill/Watkins/Hunt will force us to consider starting Ware or Conley with the way this offense is humming. The Chiefs Defense is one of the worst in the league and will keep all of our Chiefs assets in great gamescripts this year. The Broncos will need Case Keenum to be more efficient and careful with the ball if they want to take down the Chiefs. I’m expecting the Broncos to try and run the ball early and often to keep Mahomes on the sideline and drag out this game. This means Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay are RB2/Flexes, with Lindsay getting a slight bump in PPR leagues. Because the Broncos will be looking to run the ball more, I’ll leave Keenum on the waiver wire. Emmanuel Sanders continues to be his favorite target and should be starting as your WR2. Demaryius Thomas is more of a Flex play right now but we’ll want him in our lineups in case the Broncos fail to establish the run and have to play catch up. We’ll monitor Courtland Sutton and Devontae Booker for now. If the Broncos can establish the run and win the time of possession, I wouldn't be surprised if they won at home. The Chiefs are just too hot though so I’ll roll with them on the road in primetime.