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- QB: Tyler Grzegorek (@tyler_grez)
- RB: Gage Bridgford (@gbridgfordnfl)
- WR: Tristan Cook (@tristancook_)
- TE: Mychal Warno (@dynastydadmike)
- FLEX: Ethan Wyatt (@dynastywildcat)
- IDP: Jon Glosser (@Glosser13)
Opponent: Minnesota Vikings
FantasyPros rank: 22
Rivers makes his second straight appearance on this list. Last week Rivers out-performed his ranking by only a few spots, but you were likely pretty satisfied if you did end up starting him. This week, Rivers appears to be on a mission to keep the turnovers down, and they draw a Vikings defense that was torn to shreds by Aaron Rodgers and Co. last week. That defense didn’t get any better this week. The Colts boast a better offensive line and a better receiving corps. The over/under is set at 48.5, and I’m taking the over here. The Colts did a good job of containing the running attack in the second half of their matchup last week. However, Dalvin Cook is another beast, and I expect the Vikings to put up some points as well. Everything points up for Rivers to facilitate a big offensive day for this new Colts offense.
Opponent: New York Giants
FantasyPros rank: 26
This is a Superflex scenario where you would be starting Trubisky, but I believe he’s a fine play in that format this week. Trubisky lives off of the value of his rushing floor, and that reason alone can make him playable at times. Now, combine that rushing floor with the porous Giants secondary that will be featuring a matchup of Corey Ballentine (the team’s number one corner) against Allen Robinson, and the upside is tantalizing. The biggest question mark is always going to be the consistency of the young quarterback, and it’s a viable question. The Giants have got some beef on the defensive front, and the Bears might struggle to run the ball and could be forced to pass. This Giants defense’s overall coverage ability leaves something to be desired, and Trubisky, with this Bears offense, should benefit from that.
Opponent: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FantasyPros rank: 25
In another Superflex situation, you should feel comfortable placing Bridgewater into your starting lineup. The over/under for this game is set at 47.5, and I’m taking the over in a shootout in Tampa. Brady will want to avenge last week, and this Bucs offense (even without Godwin) should be in for a big day against a sub-par Panthers defense. Carolina will be playing catchup, and Bridgewater will be the biggest benefactor of that fact. Bridgwater has a solid floor this week and an even bigger ceiling if he keeps this Panthers offense clicking.
Opponent: Los Angeles Rams
FantasyPros rank: 14
Call this one a gut feeling. However, Philadelphia appears to be nursing some of their offensive pieces back to health in Lane Johnson and Miles Sanders. Still, I wouldn’t say I like their matchup against this reborn Rams defense. Aaron Donald was much of a force as ever, and Jalen Ramsey has sured up the back end. This Rams defense is much better than a Washington unit that held this Eagles offense to only 17 points last week. As I said, they’ll be getting some guys back this week, and that should help, but I don’t like the Rams to put up a ton of points this week either. To factor in the over/under of 46, I’m taking the under in a messy game that won’t produce an abundance of fantasy points.
Opponent: Baltimore Ravens
FantasyPros rank: 7
In a Superflex format, I’m 100% starting Watson. However, in a one quarterback format, I might be looking elsewhere. Don’t be fooled by the high over/under for this matchup; this Baltimore defense matches up incredibly well with this Texans offense. This Ravens unit could very easily stifle Watson and the rest of the offense. The one thing that Houston will have working in it’sit’s favor is that I don’t believe they have an answer for the Ravens on the offensive side. The Texans struggled to get consistent ball movement against the Chiefs and eventually were held to 20 points. For a good majority of the game, the offense seemed stale and out of sync. Until that changes, Watson’sWatson’s fantasy prospects should be under a microscope each week.
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