By Andy Goddard (@Godsy1985)
Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) vs Oakland Raiders
Rodgers is coming off of a good performance against the Detroit Lions where he led the team back from a nine point deficit in the fourth quarter. His performance against the Lions could actually have been even better had it not been for his wide receivers dropping the ball far too often. He completed 24 of his 39 passes for 283 yards, resulting in 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.
This week he is up against an Oakland Raiders defense that has been performing well against the run but has given up at least 21 points in every game so far this season. They have struggled against the pass, allowing an average of 8 YPA and 11 passing touchdowns, which is tied 24th in the league despite them already having their bye week. Rodgers could also have Davante Adams back.
Jared Goff (LA Rams) at Atlanta Falcons
Goff had a nightmare against the San Francisco 49ers gaining just 2.1 fantasy points! He completed just 13-24 passes for a total of 78 yards and lost a fumble but he worth the start this week against a Falcons secondary that is pretty bad (to be kind).
The Falcons defence gave up 442 total yards and 34 points against the cardinals in their week 6 loss. This comes after another awful showing the week prior and the Rams have the firepower on offense to rack up the yards.
Notable Mentions: Kyler Murray (Cardinals) @ NY Giants, Jimmy Garoppolo (49ers) @ Washington Redskins, Gardiner Minshew (Jaguars) @ Cincinnati Bengals.
Phillip Lindsay (Denver Broncos) vs Kansas City Chiefs
The blueprint for beating the Chiefs has been found and executed the past two weeks. During last years AFC Championship game the Patriots showed everyone how to beat Mahomes. Run the ball and control time of possession!
In essence, keep Mahomes off the field. The Colts and Texans followed this blueprint and solidified that the once feared Chiefs, are beatable with a good run game. Keep the time of possession away from Mahomes and teams stand a good chance. The Chiefs defence is also still a major concern.
Lindsay will look to be the key piece in the Broncos arsenal this week. He will surely be run early and often and will be involved in the passing game. Lindsay has scored 4 times in the past 4 games and had two 100 yard games during this spell. He ran for 70 yards against the Titans and will need to have a big day against the Chiefs.
Tevin Coleman (San Francisco 49ers) vs Washington Redskins
Coleman didn’t have the best outing against the Rams carrying the ball just 18 times for 45 yards and catching 2 passes for 16 yards. His fantasy day was saved by a two yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He does have to share the load with Matt Breida and you could actually pick either of the two this week as starters but it appears that Coleman is the lead back on the teams depth chart so will get more opportunities.
The Redskins defence is giving up an average of 407.8 YPG and 30.2 PPG so there should be plenty of chances for Coleman as the Redskins struggle to stop this type of running back.
Notable Mentions – Devonte Freeman (Falcons) vs LA Rams, Carlos Hyde (Texans) at Indianapolis Colts, James White (Patriots) at NY Jets.
Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals) at NY Giants
Larry Fitzgerald is the most reliable target for Kyler Murray and the Giants can’t seem to cover anyone. Janoris Jenkins isn’t a worry anymore so look for Fitzgerald to get plenty of targets this week.
Fitzgerald has caught at least 5 passes in every game in 2019 and he caught 6 of 8 targets against the Falcons for 69 yards. He has posted modest fantasy numbers in all but one game this season but this should change against the Giants who gave up 427 yards and 28 points to the Patriots.
They ranked bottom 6 in total defense and scoring but are middle of the road in sacks. Murray has the ability to avoid pressure and his first look should be the way of Fitzgerald.
Julian Edelman (New England Patriots) at New York Jets
Let’s not sugarcoat things. The Patriots may by 6-0 but the offense looks pretty bad. Luckily for them, their defense and special teams are picking up the slack.
One thing we do know about the Pats is that they improve over the season and we don’t really see their complete team until around Thanksgiving. With Josh Gordon struggling with a knee injury and the tight ends being ineffective, Edelman should see plenty of targets during their Monday primetime game.
Against the Giants, Edelman caught 9 of 15 targets for 113 yards, his second straight 100 yard game. That led the team in yards and targets so expect to see a similar situation this week.
The Jets have struggled to slow down passing attacks and the Pats running game is still questionable. Edelman could eclipse last weeks numbers.
Notable Mentions – Golden Tate (Giants) vs Arizona Cardinals, Calvin Ridley (Falcons) vs LA Rams, John Brown (Bills) vs Miami Dolphins.
Hunter Henry (LA Chargers) at Tennessee Titans
Heading into the game against the Steelers, there were concerns that Henry would be on a limited snap count but that didn’t materialise as he caught 8 of 9 targets for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns, resulting in Henry leading all tight ends for week 6 with 30 fantasy points.
Having Keenan Allen line up alongside you will shift the focus of the defense elsewhere and that is what allowed Henry to rack up the targets. He undoubtably has talent and, if he stays healthy, should be a producing top 10 tight end numbers on a weekly basis.
The Titans defense is solid but they have allowed the ninth most points to tight ends.
Evan Engram (NY Giants) vs Arizona Cardinals
Before missing last weeks game with a knee injury, Engram was 2nd in fantasy scoring for tight ends.
Early indications are that he will be good to go against the Cardinals this week with Engram himself stating he is ‘pretty optimistic’ and so he is a definite starter. The cardinals have given up seven receiving touchdowns to tight ends.
To put that number in context, 10 teams have given up less touchdowns in total so far this season.
Notable Mentions: Mark Andrews (Ravens) at Seattle Seahawks, Austin Hooper (Falcons) vs LA Rams.
QB – Sam Darnold (New York Jets) vs New England Patriots
Darnold could be a trap this week. He brought the Jets offense to life with a great performance against the Cowboys but this week is a different animal against a Patriots defence that is beating up everyone right now. He will have value is future games, just not this one.
QB – Teddy Bridgewater (New Orleans Saints) at Chicago Bears
Bridgewater has been brilliant since coming back in, but this week he is facing a Chicago Bears defence who have allowed an average of 7.64 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.
RB – Adrian Peterson (Washington Redskins) vs San Francisco 49ers
Running backs have had a torrid time against the 49ers averaging just 5.2 fantasy points per game. That won’t change this week.
RB – Austin Ekeler (LA Chargers) at Tennessee Titans
Ekeler has been great for fantasy owners so far this season but his run is coming to an end. With Melvin Gordon back, look for Ekeler’s snap count to start to diminish. Even without Gordon’s return I would be sceptical to start Ekeler against a Titans defence that has surrendered the eighth fewest fantasy points to running backs this season.
WR – Robby Anderson (New York Jets) vs New England Patriots
The Patriots defence and Stephon Gilmore! The Pats have given up the second fewest fantasy points to wide receivers so far this season.
WR – Terry McLaurin (Washington Redskins) vs San Francisco 49ers
McLaurin has been a fantasy stud, no doubting this! But on the flip side, the 49ers have stopped other top wide receivers. OBJ, Jarvis Landry, Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp have combined for an average of just 6.3 fantasy points against the 49ers. You might be hesitant to sit McLaurin but you may regret it if you don’t!
TE – Trey Burton (Chicago Bears) vs New Orleans Saints
In the past, Burton was a viable fantasy option, now he isn’t even worth a roster spot! The Saints have allowed just one tight end to score more than 6.4 fantasy points all season. Sit, drop but don’t start!
TE – Jared Cook (New Orleans Saints) at Chicago Bears
In fact, just don’t start any of the tight ends in this game! The Bears have only allowed an average of 3.8 fantasy points to opposing tight ends.