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Kirk Cousins is on the road again for the third straight week and this week he travels to Philadelphia. The Eagles are continuing to struggle, losing five out of their last six. Cousins has been solid lately with 7 touchdown passes in his last 3 games, while Philly has given up multi-touchdown performances to opposing quarterbacks in back-to-back weeks. Look for Cousins to move the ball in a must-win game for the ‘Skins.
Speaking of must-win games, Eli Manning is staying in New York this week to face an 11-1 Dallas team — whose only loss came against the Giants. This will be a divisional grudge match and if the Giants don’t pull this one off, their playoff hopes will be in jeopardy.
You all know I love Marcus Mariota’s game, and he’s been an outstanding fantasy quarterback this year, but not against the Broncos defense. They’ve only given up two multi-touchdown games all year, and everyone knows how solid that secondary is with Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr. and TJ Ward.
On the flip-side from Eli Manning, Dak Prescott might be in for a quiet day. The Cowboys have Zeke Elliott, and even though Dak continues to evolve, they rely heavily on their run game and rightly so. I don’t expect Dak to go for 300 and multiple touchdowns, but he continues to surprise everyone so it’s hard to count him out.
Jeremy Hill against the Browns is a lock, as he’s scored twice in each of their last two meetings dating back to 2015. Hill should eat up the soft Cleveland defense.
On the other side, Crowell has been quiet since bursting out on the scene at the beginning of the season. Luckily the Bengals have been struggling as well this season as they’re 4-7-1 and are allowing on average of 22.5 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.
After the signing of Justin Forsett, we’ve learned that Booker may split carries with the former Raven standout. Not to mention, the Titans have only allowed two rushing touchdowns at home all year. With that and the combination of a possible split, Booker will be riding the bench for me.
West is coming off a solid two touchdown week against Miami, but that was at home with a red-hot Joe Flacco taking pressure off the run game. You want to know what Flacco can’t do however, is play well on the road. In all seriousness, New England is legit against the run and haven’t given up a rushing touchdown in four straight weeks, and I don’t think this is the week the streak ends.
Philly has given up a touchdown per game in each of the last three weeks. I expect Kirk Cousins to move the ball well this week, taking the pressure off of the run game, giving Kelley a solid opportunity to produce without a stacked box. I think he’ll get in the end zone on Sunday.
I’m going back to Hopkins. He might not be the best first round pick this year, but he’s been popping back up in the relevancy category in the past two weeks. The best matchup of them all presents itself this Sunday, as the Texans are heading to Indy to face a Colts team who they are in a battle with for the division. The Colts have given up a wide receiver touchdown in every game since Week 8, so lets hope for Nuk’s sake he’s that wideout to catch that touchdown this week.
Kenny Britt has been solid this year and that hasn’t slowed with the change at the quarterback position in Los Angeles. Britt has 3 touchdowns in the past 5 weeks and you can almost predict them playing from behind at all times. Atlanta should be up early, forcing Goff to air it out and really show off his number one overall arm.
Next week Robinson owners, next week. Sadly, Robinson’s inconsistency has left little to desire throughout this fantasy season, and with a tough matchup against the Vikings, Arob isn’t someone you can rely on this week. I’m blaming it on Gus Bradley and Blake Bortles, not you Allen Robinson.
Five touchdowns in five straight weeks for Donte Moncrief makes him an instant start, right? I’m not sure about that. Yes he has five straight scores, but he has yet to top 55 yards in those five games. Also, he’s only topped five receptions once in that stretch (I know, a lot of fives). I just can’t trust it. If he doesn’t get in the end zone we’re looking at a terrible fantasy performance of possibly 10 points? Probably less.
A personal plug-n-play for me last week, Mitchell has emerged as a young wide receiver that Tom Brady can trust, and last week had a career high of eight catches on 10 targets. If you’re in an offense with Brady and you’re getting 10 targets, I’m probably going to start you. Also, Malcolm is still available in a little over 50% of Yahoo leagues and could help add serious depth to your roster for the playoffs.
If you read these sit or starts you know I love C.J. Fiedorowicz, so I’m not going to say much here. He’s still available in over 60% of Yahoo leagues and has seen five or more targets in each game since Week 4. He’s currently the 13th ranked tight end in all of fantasy and has a matchup against the Colts this weekend.
Emerging as Jameis Winston’s second target in the Tampa Bay, Brate has caught 4 touchdowns in the past six weeks, making him an easy play against the Saints. The Buccaneers are playing at home where the big tight end has caught 5 touchdown passes so far and I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes it 6.
Jacksonville’s defense is underrated and they have only allowed four fantasy points combined to tight ends in the past two weeks. Due to Sam Bradford’s lack of downfield presence as of late, the check downs aren’t helping Rudolph produce anything big.
New England’s defense is legit at home, and with Flacco’s road resume, I don’t expect much from the Ravens passing attack. Yes, he’s coming off of a 2 touchdown game but Pitta should be a non-factor this Monday night.