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Jordan Howard surveys the field against Cleveland 

Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

Minnesota at Cleveland: WR2 Stefon Diggs appears set to return from a groin injury, dinging the value of WR2 Adam Thielen in this plus matchup. RB2 Jerick McKinnon is the better option in MIN’s backfield. Avoid Cleveland’s offense.

Sunday, 1 p.m.

LA Chargers at New England: Keenan Allen is a mid-range WR1 against NE’s exploitable secondary. QB1 Philip Rivers, RB1 Melvin Gordon and TE1 Hunter Henry all provide meaningful equity to this potential shootout for a surging Chargers team. With so many weapons at QB1 Tom Brady’s disposal, volume is unlikely for any individual. Low-end WR1 Brandin Cooks and TE1 Rob Gronkowski are obviously first on the totem pole, while WR2 Chris Hogan is right behind. A four-headed monster at RB is led by PPR RB2s James White and suddenly-explosive-again Dion Lewis.

Chicago at New Orleans:Mitchell Trubisky attempted an astonishing seven passes last week, leaving this passing offense off the radar. RB1/2 Jordan Howard will be fed early and often while this one stays close. QB1 Drew Brees is always intriguing at home, but there is definite blowout risk. Furthermore, this offense clearly runs through RB1s Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, leaving Michael Thomas as a fringe WR1.

Carolina at Tampa Bay: Low-end QB1 Cam Newton’s offense is back on life support, but this is a get-right matchup. WR2s Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess will have advantages against TB’s secondary. PPR RB1 Christian McCaffrey is on pace to catch over 100 passes. Fire up WR1 Mike Evans with confidence, who is a great bet to find the endzone. WR2 DeSean Jackson is being utilized more voluminously than in years past, and RB2 Doug Martin is a consistent source of touches despite woeful efficiency.

Atlanta at NY Jets: WR1 Julio Jones is being held back by a slumping QB and confused OC. RB1 Devonta Freeman figures to be featured against a weak NYJ run defense. Mohamed Sanu is a consistent WR3. The Jets offense is risky, but TE1 Austin Seferian-Jenkins has proven to be a weekly TD threat. Bilal Powell and Matt Forte are uninspiring Flex plays.

San Francisco at Philadelphia: WR2 Pierre Garcon should see volume once SF falls behind. RB2 Carlos Hyde is much better in non-PPR. MVP favorite Carson Wentz lit up MNF and has an enticing matchup here. WR2s Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor will have room to operate all day. Zach Ertz’s reliability makes him my overall TE1. RB2/3 LeGarrette Blount figures to get clock-killing carries.

Oakland at Buffalo: Amari Cooper emphatically re-introduced himself last week, making he and Michael Crabtree fringe WR1s. Jalen Richard is the better PPR play in Marshawn Lynch’s absence, but DeAndre Washington will probably get more total touches. Both are Flex plays. Elite RB1 LeSean McCoy has another great matchup after delivering on DFS chalk status. Tyrod Taylor remains a solid QB1 without a relevant receiver.

Indianapolis at Cincinnati: WR2 T.Y. Hilton will need a big game to keep this game close, but it’s hard to trust him on the road in this anemic attack. Indy allowed over 300 yards to Blake Bortles, making Cincy’s offense a favorite DFS stack. QB1 Andy Dalton and elite WR1 A.J. Green will lead the way. Touches will be interesting for outspoken RB2 Joe Mixon.

Sunday, 4:05-4:25 p.m.

Houston at Seattle: Fringe QB1 Deshaun Watson faces a stiff test on the road against one of the league’s premier defenses. WR1 DeAndre Hopkins is matchup-proof, but RB2 Lamar Miller and WR3 Will Fuller will struggle to produce their normal outputs. The battery of QB1 Russell Wilson and WR1 Doug Baldwin is immune to the overrated Texan defense. TE1 Jimmy Graham missed out on a huge day last week due to drops.

Dallas at Washington: Elite QB1 Dak Prescott should carve up Washington’s D without Josh Norman. RB1 Ezekiel Elliott seems back to rookie form after exploding a week ago, while WR1 Dez Bryant is a great bet to find the endzone. QB1 Kirk Cousins will attempt at least 30 passes, raising the floor for PPR RB1 Chris Thompson and TE1 Jordan Reed. WR3 Josh Doctson will get the opportunity to replace massive disappointment Terrelle Pryor.

Sunday, 8:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Detroit: Le’Veon Bell has 137 touches the last four weeks. Overall WR1 Antonio Brown is also good at football. Matthew Stafford is just a mid-range QB2 against Pittsburgh’s pass D. WR2 Golden Tate (shoulder) is questionable. WR2/3 Marvin Jones will receive more targets if he sits. RB2 Ameer Abdullah should get ample touches on the ground over weak Flex play Theo Riddick.

Monday, 8:30 p.m.

Denver at Kansas City: WR2 Demaryius Thomas flopped in an excellent matchup without running mate Emmanuel Sanders, inspiring little confidence here. RB2 C.J. Anderson will be leaned on against a weaker-than-realized KC defense. RB1 Kareem Hunt isn’t quite at early-season heights, but he still has at least 100 yards from scrimmage in every game. TE1 Travis Kelce has the matchup advantage since Tyreek Hill has to deal with elite CBs.