Sunday, 9:30 a.m.
New Orleans at Miami: The dynamite duo of QB1 Drew Brees and WR1 Michael Thomas looks ready to catch fire. RB2 Mark Ingram remains a solid if unspectacular RB2; RB3 Alvin Kamara steals some of his PPR upside. Willie Snead is just a WR4 in his first week back from suspension. Jay Cutler’s offense looked dreadful at the Jets last week, but facing a weak NO defense is a reason for optimism for WR2s Devante Parker and Jarvis Landry. Jay Ajayi is a mid-range RB1 with great weekly TD upside.
Sunday, 1 p.m.
Carolina at New England: Cam Newton is a QB 1/2 even in an excellent matchup with the league’s worst defense. Kelvin Benjamin (knee) should suit up as a low-end WR2, while Christian McCaffrey is a low-end RB1 in PPR due to Carolina’s skill position carnage. Overall QB1 Tom Brady is averaging 413 yards the last two weeks; expect WR1 Brandin Cooks and TE1 Rob Gronkowski to remain the biggest beneficiaries. Chris Hogan is still a valuable WR3 despite the return of Danny Amendola, while TD vulture Mike Gillislee is an every-week RB2. FLEX option James White’s receiving role is hard to predict.
Tennessee at Houston: QB1 Marcus Mariota gets a HOU defense fresh off allowing 5 TDs to Tom Brady. WR3 Rishard Matthews is a favorite value play in DFS due to the continued absence of Corey Davis (hamstring). RB2 DeMarco Murray won’t replicate last year’s production, but he still holds a solid grasp on the lead dog role. Consistent TE1 Delanie Walker is always a solid investment. WR1 DeAndre Hopkins’ league-leading 37 targets provide him with a sturdy weekly floor, and he finally appears to have a respectable QB after Deshaun Watson shredded NE for 301 yards passing. Weak RB2 Lamar Miller is steadily losing work to rookie D’Onta Foreman.
LA Rams at Dallas: Elite RB1 Todd Gurley is averaging 25 touches per game. Sammy Watkins is a borderline WR2 against Dallas’ exploitable secondary. RB1 Ezekiel Elliott seems like a lock to get back on track; the Rams have allowed an average of 139 rushing yards thus far. Volume remains a concern for WR2 Dez Bryant, but his TD potential is undeniable for mid-range QB1 Dak Prescott.
Detroit at Minnesota: Another stiff test for borderline QB1 Matthew Stafford. Xavier Rhodes is a shutdown corner, but WR2 Golden Tate should be safe from him in the slot. RB2 Ameer Abdullah is the clear favorite for touches over FLEX Theo Riddick; Riddick needs negative game script to find value. WR1/2 Stefon Diggs is officially Antonio Brown-lite. 32 touches for RB1 Dalvin Cook last week showcased Minnesota’s confidence in him. WR2 Adam Thielen 299 yards rank second among NFL WRs.
Buffalo at Atlanta: RB1 LeSean McCoy’s heavy workload supplies him with a decent floor, but the game script is a concern for these heavy underdogs. TE1 Charles Clay appears here to stay with a reliable weekly workload. Expect Atlanta to ensure WR1 Julio Jones finds the endzone sooner than later. Devonta Freeman is a locked-in RB1, while Tevin Coleman remains an upside RB2.
Jacksonville at NY Jets: RB1 Leonard Fournette will be fed a healthy dose of touches as always; his workload masks his 3.5 YPC figure. Blake Bortles’ London explosion was a fluke. Matt Forte (toe) is likely to be sidelined, leaving Bilal Powell as a worthy RB2 in PPR formats.
Cincinnati at Cleveland: New OC Bill Lazor has re-emphasized WR1 A.J. Green as expected. He becomes even more of a focal point with Tyler Eifert out. RB2 Joe Mixon’s 21 touches last week indicates he’s Cincy’s new feature back, which is enticing in this matchup.
Pittsburgh at Baltimore: Matchup-proof overall WR1 Antonio Brown is on pace for 1,888 receiving yards. RB1 Le’Veon Bell’s start has been below his standards. Volume boosts his floor, but Baltimore is definitely not the spot to expect a blowup. WR3 Martavis Bryant has showcased his floor 2 out of the first 3 weeks. Baltimore’s offense is mostly avoidable; only PPR RB2 Buck Allen is worth consideration in standard-sized leagues.
Sunday, 4:05-4:25 p.m.
San Francisco at Arizona: Averaging over 20 touches per game, Carlos Hyde is on the RB1 borderline. Volume cements Pierre Garcon as an uninspiring WR3. WR1 Larry Fitzgerald reclaimed offensive focal point status in Week 3; expect Arizona to ride him going forward. It’s reasonable to stream QB1 Carson Palmer is this enticing matchup.
NY Giants at Tampa Bay: Odell Beckham’s 2-TD performance could become a trend against a TB secondary recently burned by Case Keenum. Tertiary touches in NYG’s offense will be tough to predict, though Evan Engram is a fringe TE1. Rhodes were closed for WR1 Mike Evans last week; this is another tough slate. Jacquizz Rodgers is a reasonable Flex play, while DeSean Jackson needs a big-play TD to return WR3 value.
Philadelphia at LA Chargers: With Darren Sproles lost for the season, LeGarrette Blount’s role will remain static, but RB3 Wendell Smallwood will get a look as the new passing back. WR2 Alshon Jeffrey and elite TE1 Zach Ertz will inherit slightly more responsibility for QB2 Carson Wentz. This is an exploitable matchup for fringe QB1 Philip Rivers, but he’s been genuinely bad in 2017. Keenan Allen is a steady WR1 while a lack of competition is the only thing keeping Melvin Gordon among the RB1 ranks.
Oakland at Denver: Oakland’s entire team summed up a concerning performance last week, and things don’t get any easier here. Denver’s imposing defense and home field advantage relegate Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper to low-end WR2 status, and Marshawn Lynch to RB3 status. QB1 Trevor Siemian gets a mouth-watering matchup against an Oakland defense fresh off allowing 365 yards and 3 TDs to Kirk Cousins. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are strong WR2s with upside as a result, while C.J. Anderson is a mid-range RB2.
Sunday, 8:30 p.m.
Indianapolis at Seattle: Things could get ugly for WR3 T.Y. Hilton and Co. against the 12th man. QB1 Russell Wilson set a personal record for passing yardage in garbage time last week; this time it will come in a decisive victory. WR1 Doug Baldwin (groin) projects as a game-time decision. Jimmy Graham is a mid-range TE1, while RB2 Chris Carson should be heavily featured in a plus matchup.
Monday, 8:30 p.m.
Washington at Kansas City: Primetime in KC is a daunting spot for QB2 Kirk Cousins, downgrading WR3s Jamison Crowder and Terrelle Pryor, as well as PPR RB2 Chris Thompson. Fringe TE1 Jordan Reed’s status is up in the air. The electric Kareem Hunt is fantasy’s top commodity. Explosive WR2 Tyreek Hill and top-three TE1 Travis Kelce are more dangerous as a result of his presence.
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