Written By: Toby Junker and Kamari Purcell
Top Ten Power Rankings
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2)
Last week: W vs. Baltimore Ravens
This Week: vs. New England Patriots
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. K Chris Boswell saves the day for the Pittsburgh Steelers once again with a last minute go-ahead field goal for the 4th time in the last 5 weeks. The killer Bs of QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le’Veon Bell, WR Antonio Brown, and K Chris Boswell powered the Steelers to victory once in again in a high scoring, entertaining affair. Boswell, in addition to his late game heroics, was also 4-4 on field goals and 3-3 on extra points for the night. QB Big Ben had a high volume game throwing the ball 66 times (!!!) for 506 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. Bell had another 100-plus yards from scrimmage rushing 13 times for 78 yards and 2 scores while also catching the ball 9 times for 77 yards and an additional TD. Brown hauled in 11 receptions for 213 yards, but also had a fumble and a couple of drops. On the defensive end, the team definitely missed LB Ryan Shazier’s presence as they allowed the Baltimore Ravens to put up 38 points on them. One surprise though, was the play of S Sean Davis who had 12 total tackles, 8 of which were solo, 2 tackles for loss, a pass deflection and an interception. Ultimately, the Steelers were able to get another close win, extending their winning streak to eight games, clinching the AFC North division, and now shifting their focus to getting home field advantage. Beating the New England Patriots next week will secure them 1st place in the AFC.
2. New England Patriots (10-3)
Last week: L @ Miami Dolphins
This Week: @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Wow, the New England Patriots lost on Monday Night Football to the Miami Dolphins, halting their eight-game winning streak and they failed to clinch the AFC East with the loss. The team really struggled all across the board. The offense was particularly bad, accounting for less than 250 total yards for the game. First time without a 3rd down conversion since 1991 as they went 0-11 on 3rd downs. They also struggled to build drives, resulting in 7 3-and-outs. Without TE Rob Gronkowski and under duress from the Dolphins front seven, QB Tom Brady looked human going 24/43 (55.8%) with 233 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INT (both of which were by CB Xavien Howard). Brady connected with 8 different receivers, lead by WR Danny Amendola with 6 catches for 76 yards. While Brady was only sacked twice, he was under pressure for most of the night and holding penalties became a problem. The team had 9 penalties for 78 yards. They did absolutely nothing rushing the ball as the team ran for just 25 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown. The defense couldn’t stop a balanced Miami Dolphins offensive attack. Dolphins QB Jay Cutler threw for 263 yards and 3 TDs, carving up the Pats secondary while also hitting 8 different receivers. RB Kenyan Drake was a beast carrying the ball 25 times for 114 yards (4.6 average) and catching the ball 5 times for 79 yards. 2 of WR Jarvis Landry’s 8 receptions went to the house. The Patriots were just dominated on both sides of the ball for most of the night and will need to turn it around quickly against the Pittsburgh Steelers. A loss in Pittsburgh will mean the Pats lose out on guaranteed home field advantage throughout the playoffs and if the Bills win, a failure to secure the AFC East.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (11-2)
Last week: W @ Los Angeles Rams
This Week: @ New York Giants
This was another entertaining week 14 matchup and the Philadelphia Eagles were able to outlast the Los Angeles Rams. However, this dip in the standings is due to the uncertainty around Eagles QB Carson Wentz. He was hit hard in the leg as he was racing to the end zone on a touchdown that was discounted due to an offensive holding penalty. Wentz was having a good day prior to the play, despite offensive line struggles, and tried to keep going but was unable to. He finished the day with 291 yards, 4 TDs and 1 INT before backup QB Nick Foles was inserted into the game and did enough for the Eagles to come away with the win. Going forward, Nick Foles might be one of the best options as a backup quarterback, but the Wentz injury does significantly impact the team’s Super Bowl chances. The Eagles running game was solid (32 carries for 139 yards at 4.3 yards per carry) and lead by Jay Ajayi who had 15 carries for 78 yards. WR Torrey Smith had a big game with 6 catches for 100 yards, WR Nelson Agholor was a reliable safety net all game with 8 catches for 64 yards, including a 3rd down catch late in the game which extended the drive and chewed up valuable clock, and TE Trey Burton had 5 catches for 71 yards and a pair of TDs. The Eagles defense struggled for much of the game, but was able to come up with key tops late in the game, especially De Brandon Graham’s fumble return touchdown off a failed lateral to end the game. This was a big win on the road against a solid Los Angeles Rams team and helped the Eagles sow up the NFC East. The game against the New York Giants this week will give us a first look at Foles as he reenters the Eagles starting lineup.
4. Minnesota Vikings (10-3)
Last week: L @ Carolina Panthers
This Week: vs. Cincinnati Bengals
There were a lot of good games this week and this one was no exception. Ultimately, the Minnesota Vikings lost this one as they gave up the most points they had all season to the Carolina Panthers (31). This loss halted their eight game winning streak. They’re inability to slow down the Panthers rushing game is what cost them as they allowed Carolina to gash them for 216 rushing yards on 36 carries at a 6 average. It wasn’t a terrible game for the offense, but they did cough up 3 turnovers in the losing effort. QB Case Keenum had a productive day despite the constant holes that opened up along his offensive line. He threw for 280 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, and hit 10 different receivers while being sacked 6 times. The running game was decent with 100 yards on 21 carries (4.8 yards per carry), but Keenum was probably the most effective rusher with 40 yards on 5 carries (8 yards per carry). WR Adam Thielen continues to produce and he had 6 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. The defense was lead by DT Linval Joseph who had 10 total tackles, 1 sack, and 1 tackle for loss, and S Andrew Sendejo who had 9 total tackles, 6 solo tackles, 1 pass deflection, and 1 interception. This team was bound to lose eventually, and I believed it would be the offense’s fault, but their defense was what really struggled and let them down in this game. The loss may hurt them in their pursuit of home field advantage in the NFC, but the Eagles lost Carson Wentz so that may make the Vikings path slightly easier. Head coach Mike Zimmer will get a chance to retool his defense this week as the Minnesota Vikings host his former team, the Cincinnati Bengals, and their struggling offense. A win this week would clinch the NFC North, so expect them to come out with a vengeance next week.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars (9-4)
Last week: W vs. Seattle Seahawks
This Week: vs. Houston Texans
The Jacksonville Jaguars are another one of the league’s surprise teams along with the Eagles and Rams. Many people figured the team would be much improved, especially the defense, but no one quite expected what we have seen so far. The Jaguars defense is at or near the top of almost every significant statistical category, except run defense. That’s exactly the weakness the Seahawks tried to exploit with 24 carries for 141 yards (5.9 yards per carry), but it was not enough. The Jaguars elite passing defense forced Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to throw 3 interceptions (2 from CB A.J. Bouye and 1 from CB Jalen Ramsey). The offense also played well against a Seahawks defense that had held the league’s best scoring offense in the Philadelphia Eagles (31.1 points per game) to 10 points, but that was at home. QB Blake Bortles had a good game throwing for 268 yards and 2 TDs, while he was well protected by his offensive line. The team also leaned heavily on the run totaling 39 carries for 156 yards and was lead by rookie RB Leonard Fournette who had 24 carries for 101 yards (4.2 average yards per carry) and a touchdown. The wide receiver corps was lead by a pair of rookie wide receivers as well. Keelan Cole, an undrafted rookie out of Kentucky Wesleyan, had 3 catches for 99 yards and a touchdown, highlighted by a 75 yard score, and Dede Westbrook, a 4rd round draft pick out of Oklahoma, had 5 catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. The Titans’ loss compared with the Jags’ win has given the Jaguars sole possession of first place in the AFC South. They’ll look to keep winning against the Houston Texans next week whom they beat in the season opener.
6. Los Angeles Rams (9-4)
Last Week: L vs. Philadelphia Eagles
This Week: @ Seattle Seahawks
This was a tough loss for the Los Angeles Rams as they were unable to capitalize on the absence of Carson Wentz in the game’s final frame to pull out the victory and failed to extend their lead in the NFC West. QB Jared Goff had an okay game not quite hitting 200 yards passing but still getting a pair of touchdowns. The 3rd round draft pick out of Eastern Washington, WR Cooper Kupp, was the primary recipient and he notched 5 catches for 118 yards and 1 TD. The Rams definitely didn’t run the ball enough, but when they did they were very effective. RB Todd Gurley carried the ball 13 times for 96 yards (7.4 yards per carry) and as a team, the Rams had 17 carries for 109 yards (6.4 yards per carry). Fumbles continue to plague the team (5th most total and 2nd most lost in the NFL) as they had 2 more on Sunday to extend their total to 21 and 11 on the season, respectively. It’s pretty remarkable considering those numbers that they actually have a positive turnover differential this season at +5 (top 10 in the NFL). The defense, which has been great for much of the season was not impressive as they give up 43 points. It always seemed like they were just a split second late on making big play and they only ended up with 2 sacks despite registering 8 QB hits. The special teams unit for the Rams did their job as they came away with their second blocked punt return touchdown of the season. Next week is very important for this team if they want to keep their hopes of winning the NFC West title alive. They visit the Seattle Seahawks, whom they already lost to, in a rematch that may decide the fate of the NFC West and a wild card spot. The Rams currently have a one game advantage, but that reverses if they were to lose this week, because the Seahawks would carry the tiebreaker.
7. Carolina Panthers (9-4)
Last week: W vs. Minnesota Vikings
This Week: vs. Green Bay Packers
This was a big time win for a Carolina Panthers team looking to wrestle control of the NFC South from the New Orleans Saints. They beat a very good Minnesota Vikings team and are now tied (but behind because the Saints own the tiebreaker) in the NFC South. QB Cam Newton wasn’t spectacular throwing the football going 13/25 (52%) with 137 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT, but was much better rushing the football with 11 carries for 70 yards. With only 13 completed passes, none of Cam’s receiving options was bale to really stand out in this game. Jonathan Stewart plowed his way to a strong fantasy football showing, registering 103 yards and 3 TDs on 16 carries. The team as a whole rushed 36 times for 216 yards at a clip of 6 yards per carry. The defense really got it done by forcing 3 Vikings’ turnovers and recording 6 sacks on Case Keenum. LB Luke Kuechly did what he always does getting 14 total tackles, 8 solo tackles, 1 sack, and 1 tackle for loss. DT Kawann Short chipped in with a couple of sacks, as well. This is the type of game the Panthers want. Running down your throats and playing stingy defense that cashes in on sack and turnover opportunities, while limiting the workload for Cam. Next on the schedule is a meeting with the Green Bay Packers which probably looked worse on the schedule before Aaron Rodgers went down earlier in the season. They shouldn’t have too much trouble, but that’s why they still have to go out there and play the games.
8. New Orleans Saints (9-4)
Last week: L @ Atlanta Falcons
This Week: vs. New York Jets
Wow, what an uncharacteristic way for the Saints to lose. First, Drew Brees throws a pick in the end zone in the final couple minutes of the game with his team only trailing by 3 and already in field goal range. Then, Sean Payton draws an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty as he goes off on the refs to get a timeout called after they forced RB Devonta Freeman to fumble the football, but it was recovered by the Falcons. This action gave Atlanta a free first down which sealed the game instead of the Saints possibly stopping the Falcons on 3rd down, regaining possession, and being able to at least tie up the game on a final effort from Brees. Following up that loss, Brees made some statements about his lack of approval of Thursday Night Football, which is sure to draw the ire of the league and possibly net him a fine. He was concerned about the injuries they racked up including that of star rookie running back Alvin Kamara. He is just the latest player to speak out against thursday games. Brees had a decent enough game though with 271 passing yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT, hitting 8 different receivers while absorbing 2 sacks. WR Michael Thomas had a good game with 10 catches for 117 yards and a touchdown. The running game without Kamara really suffered though and the Saints self-limited their rushing attack. They only ran the ball 15 times for 50 yards (3.3 average), while RB Mark Ingram shouldered the load with 12 carries for 49 yards (4.1 average). The defense turned in a good game with 3 picks off Falcons QB Matt Ryan. The defense was lead by Ohio State rookie and possible DROY CB Marshon Lattimore who had 3 tackles and an interception and LB Manti Te’o had 10 total tackles, 8 solo tackles, and 2 tackles for loss. It was a bad week for the Saints who not only lost, but the Panthers and Falcons both won, gaining ground on them in the playoff push. This was kind of a strange loss for the Saints who will look to put this one behind them as they face the New York Jets this coming week.
9. Seattle Seahawks (8-5)
Last Week: L @ Jacksonville Jaguars
This Week: vs. Los Angeles Rams
A frustrating season in Seattle appears to be starting to boil over. Things got chippy at the end of the game following Seahawks DE Quinton Jefferson’s intensity on a Jaguars kneel down which lead to an ejection, fans throwing items at him, and him wanting to fight the fans in the stands. They seem to be unable to put a consistent winning product and have had trouble putting together a solid winning streak (longest is four games). QB Russell Wilson struggled, offsetting good plays with bad ones. He was 17/31 (54.8%) for 271 yards with 3 TDs and 3 INTs while also contributing 50 rushing yards on 5 carries (10 yards per carry for the less mathematically inclined). The Seahawks did attack the Jaguars biggest weakness on defense which is their rushing defense and they amassed 141 yards on 24 carries (5.9 yards per carry). Wide receivers Tyler Lockett (4 catches, 90 yards, and 1 TD), Doug Baldwin (3 catches, 78 yards, and 1 TD), and Paul Richardson (3 catches, 72 yards and 1 TD) all had solid games catching the ball, highlighted by big plays. The Seahawks defense struggled mightily in this game, allowing over 400 yards of offense and 150 yards on the ground without generating a defensive turnover or any sacks. They were able to get a big play from their special teams though as they recovered a fumble on a kickoff return by the Jags. The good thing for the Seahawks is the Rams also lost, which means they maintained pace in the NFC West race. They’ll have a shot to take over first place with a second victory over the Los Angeles Rams this season which will give them the tiebreaker.
10. Los Angeles Chargers (7-6)
Last week: W vs. Washington Redskins
This Week: @ Kansas City Chiefs
And the Chargers have finally broken into our power rankings with their fourth straight win and having won seven of their last 9 after starting the season 0-4. The average margin of victory in their last four has been 19.5 with the closest win coming against the Cleveland Browns (19-10). QB Philip Rivers continued his hot streak with 319 yards and 2 TDs on Sunday. WR Keenan Allen still hasn’t quite cooled off yet with his 4th straight 100+ receiving yard game as he tallied 6 catches for 111 yards. WR Tyrell Williams also had an explosive game with 4 catches for 132 yards and a 75-yard touchdown catch. The Chargers also had a strong running attack as they rushed 35 times for 174 yards (5 yards per carry) and a touchdown as a team. The bulk of that went to RB Melvin Gordon who had 22 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown. The Chargers defense was stifling, holding the Washington Redskins to 201 total yards. Redskins QB Kirk Cousins only had 151 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, and was sacked twice. The Washington running game was limited to 65 yards on 21 carries (3.1 yards per carry). Except for a garbage time 96-yard pick-six thrown by Chargers backup QB Kellen Clemens to CB Bashaud Breeland, the Redskins offense was pretty futile. The Chargers have entered themselves into the thick of the AFC playoff race and after toiling at the bottom of the division through four weeks, are now tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the lead. Next week is an important AFC West divisional matchup which will have strong playoff implications as the Chiefs and Chargers square off for the division lead, in a rematch of week 3 where the Chiefs beat the Chargers in Los Angeles.
Best of the Rest:
Kansas City Chiefs (7-6), Atlanta Falcons (8-5), Detroit Lions (7-6),
Baltimore Ravens (7-6), Tennessee Titans (8-5)
Week 15 Hot Takes
Game(s) of the Week:
Green Bay Packers @ Cleveland Browns - This was just a fantastic week throughout the NFL with lots of marquee matchups and entertaining games. I’ve detailed a couple of these already, like the Vikings @ Panthers, the Eagles @ Rams, and the Ravens @ Steelers. Since I already talked about those, I wanted to pick something else which boiled the choice down to the Blizzard Bowl between the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills and the Game of the Week. The former was highly entertaining largely because of the impact that the weather had on the game, but also because it was tight throughout and ended in overtime. However, I had to go with the Packers @ Browns because of the significance of the game. The Browns actually had a chance to win their first game of the season when they found themselves leading entering the 4th quarter by 2 touchdowns. In true Browns fashion though, they found a way to lose the game giving up a pair of Davante Adams touchdowns: one in the last minute of the 4th and the walk-off overtime win. It was the second week in a row that the Packers won on a walk-off touchdown in overtime. This loss for the Browns dropped them to 0-13 on the season and means they are staring into the face of a winless season. With a pair of divisional games against the Ravens and Steelers sandwiching a game against the Chicago Bears (who are 3-0 vs. the AFC North this season accounting for 3 of their 4 wins), this may have been their last, best chance to win a game this season. After firing their GM Sashi Brown, if they do go winless, I can’t see them holding onto HC Hue Jackson. Which means the Browns are again cast into turmoil. On the bright side, they are close to securing the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Play(s) of the Week:
Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams 25-Yard Receiving TD - There's just something extra special about walk-off touchdowns, particularly in overtime. WR Davante Adams took the screen pass from QB Brett Hundley and found his way into the end zone, polishing off a great comeback against a Cleveland Browns team that was desperate for its first win. A pair of great blocks from his fellow wide receivers in Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, followed by a videogame level spin sprung him into the open field, and he kicked on the jets to reach the end one. The win for the Packers means that they still have a chance to get into the playoffs, especially with QB Aaron Rodgers being cleared to play.
Atlanta Falcons LB Deion Jones INT - He had an overall, incredible game with 13 total tackles, 7 solo tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 2 pass deflections. However, his best play of the game came late as he intercepted New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees in the end zone to preserve the Falcons’ victory. He bodied Saints TE Josh Hill to snare the football away with an impressive display of athleticism as he high pointed the ball. The game defining moment is crucial to keeping the Falcons playoff divisional and wildcard hopes alive.
Player(s) of the Week:
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy - There were lots of big performances this week including, Steelers WR Antonio Brown’s 200+ receiving yard day and QB Ben Roethlisberger’s 500+ passing yard game plus Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart’s 3 rushing TD day. However, this week’s top player was the one they call “Shady.” An absolute blizzard swept through New Era Field in Buffalo which limited the ability for either team to pass. The field was absolutely blanketed and maintaining footing proved a difficult task throughout the game. Neither team reached 100 passing yards on the day, meaning they were both limited to their effectiveness on the ground. In a battle of the running backs, McCoy (32 carries for 156 yards at a 4.9 average and a touchdown) was able to edge out Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore (36 carries for 130 yards at a 3.6 average) and lead his team to victory. Quite frankly, without LeSean’s success on the ground the team would not have been able to win this type of game. In overtime, McCoy took a handoff 21 yards to the house, sealing the game and giving the Bills a walk-off win. Due to his heroics, the Bills were able to claim the sixth spot in the AFC race for now and keep them above water in the playoff hunt.
(6 ppt, .5 ppr, % owned according to NFL.com)
Start: Drew Brees, NO (vs NYJ) - In years past, a name like Drew Brees would be an automatic plug and play, the type of guy that’s matchup proof, but this year it has been a different story. While Brees is still a fringe QB1 (the QB12 overall), many of his games have seen lackluster performances as the Saints have shifted to an RB centric offense. However, with the Jets allowing the third most points to opposing QBs and Brees having shown that he still has it when it counts, don’t be afraid to roll out the Saints QB come Sunday.
Sit: Alex Smith, KC (vs LAC) - I’ve been bearish on Alex Smith all year and nothing about this matchup with the Chargers changes that. While the KC offense has been a little bit more productive over the last couple weeks, LAC have one of the fiercest pass rushes in football and allow the third fewest points to opposing QBs. Try and find another option under center for this week.
Stream: Blake Bortles, JAC (vs HOU) (Owned 22.2%) - I know it’s scary trusting Blake Bortles with your fantasy hopes and dreams but the guy has actually played well this year. Coming off 3 straight 20+ point games, Bortles goes against a Houston Defense allowing the fourth most points to opposing QBs. If your in need of a QB play, I’d roll out Bortles for Week 15.
Buy: Aaron Rodgers, GB - Well, hopefully whoever has him is still alive in the playoffs and has a QB. Ideally you’d want to not give up too much to get Rodgers but don’t be afraid to trade away a valuable piece. Rodgers has come back from a collarbone injury in the past to play lights out and a hot QB can be the difference in the fantasy playoffs.
Sell: Case Keenum, MIN - I really like Case Keenum, I think he has earned the right to start the rest of the season based off of how well he’s played this season. However, there is much controversy over this issue in the world of football and at the end of the day, you can’t afford to have your QB benched come fantasy championship week. Keenum’s numbers don’t look like those of someone who could lose their starting gig so you should be able to get ample return for the breakout star.
Stash: Nick Foles, PHI (3.8% Owned) - I don’t particularly love Foles as a QB but he has had success as a NFL QB in the past. It’s hard to find guys on the waiver wire this late that can start and contribute for you; let alone guys attached to high powered offenses. Doug Pederson (the Eagles HC) is a former QBs coach and has adapted a lot of the aspect of Chip Kelly’s offense that allowed FOles to have his magical year. While I wouldn’t bet on Foles lighting the league on fire, there is a small chance he is able to regain his form which would give you the leg up on championship week.
Start: Kenyan Drake, MIA (@ BUF) - This one is a little too easy. Drake has easily been the best Dolphins back since the departure of Jay Ajayi and the absence of Damien Williams the past couple weeks has allowed him to showcase his skills. Drake broke the 20 point barrier last week against NE and now gets a BUF defense that has been horrendous against the run since the departure of Marcell Dareus. They’ve taken such a drop, that they now allow the most points to opposing fantasy RBs. Drake could be a matchup winner this week and a league winner next.
Sit: Joe Mixon, CIN (@ MIN) - It looked like Joe Mixon finally had his breakout against the Browns in Week 12 but an injury against Pittsburgh the following Week limited his production and kept him out last week as well. While it may seem smart to look back to Week 12 and want to rush Mixon back into your lineup, a Vikings defense giving up the second fewest points to opposing RBs is not the ideal matchup for Mixon’s return.
Stream: Rex Burkhead, NE (@PIT) (41.6% Owned) - How this guy isn’t owned in over half of leagues amazes me but until that point he will have a weekly spot in my stream portion. In a bad Week 14 for NE, Burkhead still managed to post double digit point (13.80) as he got into the endzone. With NE uber-focused after last weeks loss and Brady’s history of ripping up the Steel Curtain, slide Burkhead into your lineup and expect a 10 point floor.
Buy: Ezekiel Elliot, DAL - I’m all about going after that title; go big or go home. Zeke is gonna be back next week and he will resume his place as the second best RB in fantasy football this season. Yes he has a “tough” matchup against Seattle, but this hasn’t been the vaunted Hawks defense that we’ve seen in years past. Zeke was on a rapid pace before his suspension and should be a matchup decider in many fantasy championships.
Sell: Doug Martin, TB - Doug Martin returned from injury last week and while he did managed double digit points, it was Peyton Barber who looked to be the better RB in the backfield. Barber has been more efficient than Martin this year but has still managed to fly under the radar. With Martin having a solid showing you can probably convince other owners that Doug Martin will remain the starter when in reality he is probably headed for a Running Back Backfield Committee at best.
Stash: Kerwynn Williams, ARI (10.2% Owned) - If this name sounds familiar it’s because this was the guy that was tipped to take over the load for the Cardinals when David Johnson went down. He didn’t really seize the opportunity then, but with AP out last week Willams saw the bulk of the carries. WIth AP now on IR, Williams could finally fill the potential that we all thought he had at the start of the season.
Start: Mohamed Sanu, ATL (@TB) - I talked about Sanu last week, and he went out and performed, giving you over 17 points. He gets another great matchup against TB this week (TB gives up the most points to opposing WRs) and again, Julio will draw most of the attention from the defense. Sanu is shaping up to be a league winner as these fantasy playoffs progress.
Sit: Stefon Diggs, MIN (vs CIN) - While many had Diggs as the breakout start in MIN entering the season (and it looked like that would be the case after the first three weeks), Theilen has become the much more consistent, dependable receiver. Diggs started the season with ups and down but has been on a cold streak as he hasn’t caught a touchdown in a little over a month. While he stays at home this week, a Bengals defense allowing the 4th fewest points to opposing receivers isn’t the ideal matchup to snap out of his cold spell.
Stream: Marquise Goodwin, SF (vs TEN) (21.7% Owned) - Goodwin has established a nice repore with Jimmy G over the past two weeks posting 10+ pts in both outings. He gets a middle of the road Titans defense (11th most points to opposing WRs), and should continue to build on his momentum.
Buy: Robert Woods, LAR - Woods was on straight fire before his injury and had easily developed into the Rams WR1. After missing an extended period of time, his value should’ve diminished to a pretty low point. If you can get this guy for a cheaper price, this could easily be a huge value upgrade going forward.
Sell: Nelson Agholor, PHI - This might be a lost cause but I don’t really think that the Eagles offense will be able to function close to the level that it was at with the loss of Carson Wentz. Agholor has had a couple nice weeks recently but without Wentz his value is sliced. Point to the successful drives that the Eagles had with Foles under center and try and get some value for Agholor.
Stash: Dede Westbrook, JAX (4.9% Owned) - Like Goodwin, Westbrook has been trending up with back-to-back double digit games. With no really #1 WR in the Jags offense, Westbrook has a lot of potential target share. Stash Westbrook this week and if he performs again, have confidence playing him over a fringe starter on Championship Sunday.
All Stats & Info Courtesy of nfl.com