Weekly Matchups

Week 14





New England at Pittsburgh

Mac Jones-

Bailey Zappe

Ezekiel Elliott-45+ yards

Demario Douglas-(?)

DeVante Parker-50 yards

Hunter Henry-10 yards

Mike Gesicki-10 yards

Chad Ryland-


Kenny Pickett-out

Mitch Trubisky

Najee Harris-50+ yards

Jaylen Warren-60+ yards

George Pickens-70 yards

Diontae Johnson-50 yards

Pat Freiermuth-45 yards

Chris Boswell-play


New England (2-10) is hurting along the line (pass protection) and the offense is struggling.   Mac Jones (193 ypg, 10 TDs, 11 picks, 24 team sacks) feels the effects, partially due to below average WRs and poor pass protection. He was pulled the last 3 games in favor of Bailey Zappe who started last week (141 yards, no TDs). Elliott rushed 17 times for 52 yards and caught 4 passes for 40 yards after Stevenson got hurt last week.


The Patriots are #3 against the run and #16 against the pass.  They have just 24 sacks and there are injuries in the secondary. Plus Pro Bowl LB Matthew Judon will miss a few weeks. They’ve had some good games but need to get healthy. Tua and Howell picked them apart in 2 games (649 yards, 4 TDs) dropping them at least 5 spots vs. the pass but they played Indy (264 total yards), the Giants (249 yards) and the Chargers (241 yards) better.


Pittsburgh (7-5) opened up the offense in Week 12 but is closed back down last week after 2 lightening delays with 9 penalties and poor execution. Pickett (173 ypg, 6 TDs, 4 picks, 25 team sacks) still struggles with his accuracy at times. But they’ve found a running game of late. Harris (143-592-4 with 19 catches) and Warren (91-512-3 with 35 catches) sometimes share the load.  Johnson (34-412-2) and Pickens (42-747-3) are the go-to guys.


The Steelers are #22 against the run and #19 against the pass. They have a top pass-rush (35 sacks) with LBs T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith. They had been giving up a lot of yardage (and chunk plays) but have played better the last 3 games. And they are holding opponents to just under 20 points per game. Star S Minkah Fitzpatrick (hamstring) is out and star LB Kwon Alexander (Achilles) could miss the rest of the season. LB Cole Holcomb is out for the season.





Tampa Bay at Atlanta

Baker Mayfield-225 yards

Rachaad White-60+ yards

Mike Evans-90 yards

Chris Godwin-45 yards

Cade Otton-40 yards

Chase McLaughlin-


Desmond Ridder-220 yards

Bijan Robinson-70+ yards

Tyler Allgeier-50 yards

Drake London-75 yards

Mack Hollins-out

Kyle Pitts-40 yards

Jonnu Smith-20 yards

Younghoe Koo-play


Tampa (5-7) is not a big offensive threat. Mayfield (233 ypg, 18 TDs, 8 picks, 27 sacks) remains effective when given time in the pocket. Evans (61-1013-10) and Godwin (53-576-1) are a dangerous duo when he has time to throw. White (176-652-5 with 46 catches) has decent value in PPR formats.


The Bucs are #10 against the run and #28 against the pass. They have a moderately improved pass rush (31 sacks). Star S Antoine Winfield anchors the secondary but they’ve been inconsistent, especially vs. the better teams. Stroud set a rookie record against them in Week 9 (470 yards, 5 TDs) – weak pass rush, poor coverage and missed tackles. Then they held the Titans to 241 total yards with 4 sacks and 9 tackles for a loss. But then they gave up a lot of yards to SF and Indy. Last week they barely beat Carolina.


Atlanta (6-6) runs the ball with Robinson (159-825-3 with 35 catches and 3 TDs) and Allgier (143-492-3) as they are still in a time-share at times. Ridder has averaged 213 yards in his 8 full games with 87 TDs, 8 picks and 9 sacks. He still needs work on accuracy as they need him to balance the rushing attack. London (47-571-2) is the go-to guy.  


The Falcons are #15 against the run and #11 against the pass. They have struggled the previous 4 games (partly due to LB injuries) vs. the Titans (380 passing yards, 4 TDs) dropping 6 spots vs. the run, 382 yards to Minnesota, 375 yards to Arizona and 411 yards to NO.  But they shut down the hapless Jets last week. Star DT Grady Jarrett (torn ACL) will miss the rest of the season, a major loss to the run defense.


LA Rams at Baltimore

Matt Stafford-240 yards

Kyren Williams-60 yards

Cooper Kupp-50 yards

Puca Nacua-70 yards

Tyler Higbee-(?)

Lucas Havrisik


Lamar Jackson-245+ yards

Gus Edwards-65 yards

Keaton Mitchell-50 yards

Zay Flowers-60 yards

Odell Beckham-45 yards

Rashod Bateman-30 yards

Isaiah Likely-35 yards

Justin Tucker- play   



Los Angeles (6-6) crushed Arizona and Cleveland the last 2 weeks.  Stafford (252 ypg, 16 TDs, 9 picks, 21 sacks) is operating behind an improved o-line with 7 TDs the last 2 games.  Kupp (32-421-2) is nursing a hamstring injury while Nacua (771028-3) has picked up the slack. Kyren Williams (134-687-7 with 22 catches) came back strong the last 2 game safter his ankle injury. Tough matchup.


The Rams are #16 against the run and #15 against the pass. All-Pro Aaron Donald teams with veteran ILB Bobby Wagner but they need more pressure on the QB (just 28 sacks). NT Bobby Brown is out until December, a blow to the run D. In Week 8 they couldn’t stop Prescott (304 yards, 4 TDs). Then Green Bay rolled up 381 yards of offense, 184 yards on the ground prior to the bye. But they stopped Cleveland, Seattle, and Arizona the last 3 games.


Baltimore (9-3) is playing efficient on offense and tough on defense. Jackson (218 ypg, 14 TDs, 5 picks, 27 sacks, 569 rushing yards, 5 TDs) is capable of having a big game against any opponent. Edwards (141-590-10) has been productive but has been losing touches to Mitchell the last 4 games (29-269-2 with 5 catches). Flowers (58-613-2) has added much needed speed and explosiveness to the lineup.  


The Ravens are #11 against the run and #2 against the pass.  They shut down LAC, Cincinnati, Detroit and Seattle recently and have 41 sacks. Pro Bowl CB Marlon Humphrey (calf) hopes to return in December. Cleveland (389 yards), Detroit (368 yards) and Arizona (326 yards) moved the ball in catchup modes but that’s about it.


Detroit at Chicago

Jared Goff-275 yards

David Montgomery-70 yards

Jahmyr Gibbs-60+ yards

Amon-Ra St. Brown-90 yards

Josh Reynolds-30 yards

Jameson Williams-25 yards

Sam LaPorta-55 yards

Riley Patterson-


Justin Fields-200+ yards

Khalil Herbert-40 yards

D’Onta Foreman-(?)

Roschon Johnson-25+ yards

DJ Moore-75 yards

Darnell Mooney-20 yards

Cole Kmet-50 yards

Cairo Santos-play



Detroit (9-3) has won 3 of 4 but their defense lets opponents back in the game of late. Goff (274 ypg, 20 TD, 8 picks, 21 sacks) has been getting decent protection in general but threw three picks in Week 10 and fumbled 3 times in Week 12.  Winston went 2-of-5 for 41 yards in relief of an injured Goff last week. Montgomery (145-691-9) returned in Week 10 and has had 3 big games. Gibbs (78-547-6 with 28 catches the last 6 games) is contributing more as well. St. Brown (84-1042-5) is money in the bank. LaPorta (64-779-6) is having a big rookie season.


The Lions are #5 against the run and #21 against the pass. They could use a better pass rush (25 sacks) as the secondary has struggled of late. They have struggled vs. running QBs the last 2 years as well. They bounced back vs. LV (206 yards of total offense) moving up 9 spots vs. the pass. But Herbert threw for 323 yards and 4 TDs in Week 10.  Fields then threw for 169 yards while rushing for another 104. In Week 12 Love threw for 268 yards and 3 TDs with 0 sacks. Last week they gave up 396 yards to NO. There are injuries too:  pass-rushing LB James Houston is out until late November.  S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is expected to miss most of the season.


Chicago (4-8) has won 2 of 3 including a last-minute upset over the Vikings prior to the bye. Fields (198 ypg, 8 TDs, 5 picks, 24 team sacks, 316 rushing yards, 1 TD) returned 2 games ago and has been more effective, partially with more designed runs. They still lack weapons and pass protection though. Moore (70-983-6) put up 18-210-1 numbers from Fields since his return as the two hooked up for 3 other big games before Fields got hurt.  Kmet has put up (31-232-2) numbers the last 5 games.  The running game is by committee. Johnson had 10 catties for 35 yards and five catches for 40 yards as he was in there for his pass-protecting skills vs. the Minnesota blitz. Fields threw a whopping 13 screen passes in the game.


The Bears are #2 against the run and #25 against the pass. Most of their opponents have had weaker running games so far though. And they need to stay healthy as they’ve suffered a few injuries. They lost both safeties that is having a major impact on the coverage. They have just 17 sacks that does not help. EDGE Montez Sweat should help the pass rush. Prior to the bye they harassed Dobbs into 4 picks and 2 sacks.


Indianapolis at Cincinnati

Gardner Minshew-280 yards

Jonathan Taylor-out

Zack Moss-70 yards

Michael Pittman-85 yards

Josh Downs-45 yards

Alec Pierce-25 yards

Matt Gay-play


Jake Browning-250 yards

Joe Mixon-50+ yards

Ja’Marr Chase-85 yards

Tee Higgins-45 yards

Tyler Boyd-35 yards

Tanner Hudson-35 yards

Evan McPherson-play


Indianapolis (7-5) has a 4-game winning streak coming out of the bye.  Minshew has thrown for 1731 yards with 8 TDs and 10 TOs the past 7 games.  He throws into coverage too much and has accuracy and sometimes protection issues. Taylor (thumb) will miss a few weeks so Moss becomes a decent play again. Pittman (87-989-4) is the go-to guy ahead of Downs (51-480-2).   Looks like a good matchup


The Colts are #26 against the run and #17 against the pass.  DeForest Buckner anchors the front line vs. the run and pressuring the QB (39 sacks). They played Carolina, Tennessee and Jacksonville better (vs. the run) but have been inconsistent and need a better pass-rush to help the injured secondary. They gave up 500 yards of offense to NO in Week 8, dropping them 6 spots vs. the pass. Then they held Young and Jones to 343 yards passing in the two games prior to the bye. Last week Tennessee rushed for 182 yards. DT Grover Stewart was suspended six games that hurts the D-line.


Cincinnati (6-6) is just about out of it after the Burrow injury. Browning (32 team sacks) started two games and threw for 227 yards with 1 TD and 1 pick with 4 sacks in his first start. Then Monday night he threw for 354 yards and a TD with 2 sacks vs. a weaker pass D. Mixon (170-697-5 with 39 catches) has some volume value at times. Chase (86-1063-7) is still dangerous.


The Bengals are #27 against the run and #27 against the pass.   They cannot stop the run giving up too many big plays. And they have just 26 sacks. They have given up a lot of yards to Houston, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Jacksonville the last 4 games.


Jacksonville at Cleveland

Trevor Lawrence-(?)

CJ Beathard-225 yards

Travis Etienne-60+ yards

Calvin Ridley-70 yards

Christian Kirk-(?)

Zay Jones-45 yards


Evan Engram-45 yards

Brandon McManus-play

Joe Flacco -265 yards

Jerome Ford-40+ yards

Kareem Hunt-30 yards

Amari Cooper-(?)

Elijah Moore-50 yards

Cedric Tillman-30 yards

David Njoku-45 yards

Dustin Hopkins-play


Jacksonville (8-4) has been inconsistent on the ground. And now Lawrence (250 ypg, 14 TDs, 7 picks, 29 team sacks) is hurt. Etienne (205-767-8 with 38 catches) was effective in the first half but has been somewhat stifled the last 6 games. But he still garners a lot of touches. Ridley (46-627-5) and Kirk (57-786-3) seem to alternate big games. Could be a tough matchup depending on which Cleveland defense shows up.


The Jaguars are #6 against the run and #30 against the pass.  The pass rush (25 sacks) has been disappointing as they need more pressure to protect the injured secondary. They are tough against the run but couldn’t stop SF in Week 10 (417 total yards).  They bounced back strong vs. Tennessee and then stopped Houston on the ground but gave up a lot of yards to Cincinnati last week, especially through the air.


Cleveland (7-5) pulled out big wins vs. division rivals Baltimore and Pittsburgh but collapsed vs. Denver and the Rams. They have multiple injuries as well.  Flacco went 23-of-44 for 254 yards with 2 TDs and a costly pick late in the game. But he was surprisingly sharp with his reads and had that veteran presence. Ford and Hunt have made a tough rushing duo with Ford getting more carries and catches. Cooper (49-799-2) is the go-to guy along with Njoku (53-509-2). 


The Browns are #14 against the run and #1 against the pass. Very good numbers but Denver (one the ground), Pittsburgh (on the ground) Indy, Seattle and Baltimore (twice) and the Rams have been able to move the ball on them. Pass-rushers Myles Garrett and others have 32 sacks. CBs Denzel Ward and Martin Emerson have shut down the WRs for the most part.  Ward (shoulder) hopes to return here that would be a big boost to the secondary.


Carolina at New Orleans

Bryce Young-200 yards

Chuba Hubbard-65+ yards

Miles Sanders-35+ yards

Adam Thielen-60 yards

DJ Chark-30 yards

Jonathan Mingo-45 yards

Hayden Hurst-out

Eddie Pinero-


Derek Carr-(?)

Alvin Kamara-65+ yards

Chris Olave-80 yards

Michael Thomas-out

Rashid Shaheed-(?)

Juwan Johnson-25 yards

Taysom Hill-40+ yards

Blake Grupe-


Carolina (1-11) has struggled on offense. Young (186 ypg, 9 TDs, 9 picks, 45 team sacks) needs better protection and is still checking down too much. They try to establish the run most games but the RBs are not getting consistent blocking either. Hubbard has had just 2 big games and is sometimes sharing time with Sanders. Thielen (80-752-4) got off to a hot start but cooled when the play-calling changed a few weeks ago. Mingo has been used more the last 2 games (10-129) as a deep threat.


The Panthers are #23 against the run and #4 against the pass. They have weaknesses vs. the run and many injuries. CB C.J. Henderson (concussion) and CB Jaycee Horn (hamstring) returned last week. Top pass-rusher LB Shaq Thompson is out for the season. They have just 13 sacks. But they held TB to 291 yards, Houston to 220 yards, Indy to 195 yards, Chicago to 277 yards, Dallas to 291 yards and Tennessee to 264 yards the last 6 games.


New Orleans (5-7) has been inconsistent.  Carr (230 ypg, 11 TDs, 5 picks, 27 team sacks) has been up and down all year. Olave (68-889-3), Thomas (39-448-1) and Shaheed (33-534-2) have been more productive but the latter 2 are banged up.   Kamara has been a workhorse since he came back the last 9 games (133-507-4, 60-413-1). They are using Taysom Hill more the last few games so he is worth considering if he is TE-eligible in your league. 


The Saints are #24 against the run and #7 against the pass.  They have just 19 sacks but the secondary is strong. They played well until allowing 320 yards rushing to Indy and Chicago in Weeks 8-9 and 392 total yards to the Vikings in Week 10.  In Week 12 they couldn’t stop Atlanta on the ground (228 yards). CB Marshon Lattimore (ankle) is out until late December.


Houston at NY Jets

CJ Stroud-265 yards

Dameon Pierce-65 yards

Devin Singletary-55 yards

Nico Collins-85 yards

Tank Dell-out

Noah Brown-65 yards

Dalton Schultz-(?)

Ka’imi Fairbairn-out

Matt Amendola-play


Zach Wilson-150 yards

Breece Hall-45+ yards

Dalvin Cook-35 yards

Garrett Wilson-65 yards

Xavier Gipson-50 yards

Tyler Conklin-35 yards

Greg Zeurlein-play


Houston (7-5) is led by Stroud (297 ypg, 19 TDs, 5 picks, 30 sacks) who is having a fine rookie year. Collins (59-981-6) and Dell (52-709-8) are the go-to guys but Dell will miss a few weeks.  So Brown could have some value. The RBs needs better blocking and were shut down the last 2 games.  Brevin Jordan caught 3 passes for 64 yards replacing the injured Schultz last week.


The Texans are #9 against the run and #26 against the pass. The line has played well but there are injuries in the secondary. They have just 25 sacks and were shredded by Burrow in Week 10 and Lawrence in Week 12. They shut down Denver last week with 3 picks though.


New York (4-8) have lost 5 in a row.   The QB carrousel has revolved back to Wilson who has not been very productive but is probably the best they’ve got. Hall (137-585-2 with 44 catches) has not had much running room the last 7 games but has put up 36-290-2 receiving numbers in that span. Teams know they have no passing game so they are stacking the box to stop him.  Garrett Wison has managed 67-756-3 numbers despite the QB play but has just 10 catches for 88 yards and a TD the last 3 games. Gibson had 5 catches for 77 yards last week so we’ll see if they keep targeting him.


The Jets are #28 against the run and #3 against the pass. They need to pressure the QB more (just 29 team sacks) but they harassed Ridder, O’Connell, Herbert, Hurts and Taylor pretty good recently helping them move up 14 spots vs. the pass. They also need to tighten up and play to their potential, especially against the run. The secondary is considered one of the better units in the league when healthy.  But they lost DT Al Woods for the season, a major loss to the run D. Buffalo and Miami rolled up some yardage in Weeks 11-12.


Minnesota at Las Vegas

Josh Dobbs-200+ yards

Alexander Mattison-70 yards

Ty Chandler-30+ yards

Justin Jefferson-(?)

Jordan Addison-55 yards

KJ Osborne-30 yards

TJ Hockenson-70 yards

Greg Joseph-play


Aidan O’Connell-175 yards

Josh Jacobs-60+ yards

Davante Adams-70 yards

Jakobi Meyers-45 yards

Michael Mayer-35 yards

Daniel Carlson-play


Minnesota (6-6) has been in every game. Dobbs twice rallied the team to victory (832 passing yards, 4 TDs, 5 picks, 142 rushing yards, 3 TDs in 4 games) but fell short the last 2 games. Prior to the bye was his worst game with 4 picks and 2 sacks. That gives him 8 turnovers in his 4 games. They still need better protection (24 team sacks) and better run-pass balance. Mattison (158-594 with 27 catches) has had just 3 big games but has gotten better blocking the last 2 games.  Chandler (29-125-1 with 5 catches) has been used more the last 3 games. They hope to get Jefferson (36-571-3) back soon as they could use him. Addison (54-629-7) has picked up some of the slack along with Hockenson (80-787-5).


The Vikings are #7 against the run and #18 against the pass. The front seven use a lot of blitzing (32 sacks) but the CBs are shaky. DC Brian Flores is emphasizing aggressive play as there has been improvement. LB Marcus Davenport (ankle) hopes to return soon that hurts the pass rush. LB Danielle Hunter is tied for the league lead with 13.5 sacks.


Las Vegas (5-7) is still too conservative.  O’Connell has started 5 games (1193 yards, 4 TDs, 6 picks). Jacobs (217-781-6 with 34 catches) has value simply by volume. Adams (69-816-4) is seeing loads of double teams but has been productive the last 3 games.   Meyers (53-467-1-6) is the second option.


The Raiders are #25 against the run and #13 against the pass. With the exception of the LBs, the unit looks a bit more improved along with the pass rush (29 sacks) led by star DE Maxx Crosby. They only really had one bad game in the first six weeks but have really struggled since then.


Seattle at San Francisco

Geno Smith- 235 yards

Ken Walker-(?)

Zach Charbonnet-(?)

DK Metcalf-70 yards

Tyler Lockett-70 yards

Jaxson Smith-Njigba-35 yards

Noah Fant-25 yards

Jason Myers-play


Brock Purdy-270 yards

C. McCaffrey-65+ yards

Deebo Samuel-60+ yards

Brandon Aiyuk-85 yards

George Kittle-70 yards

Jake Moody-play


Seattle (6-6) is dealing with injuries on offense.  Smith (242 ypg, 15 TDs, 9 picks, 28 team sacks) has been inconsistent with his decision-making and turnovers. He’s put-up big yardage in 5 different games but needs better protection. Walker (149-615-6 with 16 catches) is nursing an oblique injury.  Charbonnet (48-154-1) has been pedestrian the last 3 games in his place but has 11 catches in that span. Metcalf (50-912-6) and Lockett (59-522-4) are a dangerous duo.   Smith-Njigba (33-406-2) has been more involved the last 8 games as well.  Tough matchup.


The Seahawks are #21 against the run and #23 against the pass.  They are using more aggressive schemes but they have loads of injuries. And they have just 26 sacks after a slow start. Star S Jamal Adams returned that helps. The run defense is generally ok, but most of the opponents have been weaker running teams. It doesn’t help that LB Uchenna Nwosu is out for the season.


San Francisco (9-3) is coming off 4 big wins after a 3-game losing streaks.  Purdy (264 ypg, 22 TDs, 4 picks, 20 sacks) has had 5 big games out of his last 6.  McCaffrey (210-931-12 with 51 catches and 5 TDs) continues to be a top contributor. Samuel (31-595 + rushing yardage) and Aiyuk (50-927-6) keeps opposing defenses honest. Kittle (50-735-5) has had 9 big games in the last 10 weeks.


The 49ers are #1 against the run and #14 against the pass. Nick Bosa anchors one of the best front sevens in the league that includes star LBs Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw plus EDGE Chase Young. And the secondary is strong but they were torched by Cousins and Burrow prior to Week 10. By bringing more than the four-man front on passing plays left the secondary more vulnerable.   This dropped them 7 spots vs. the pass.  They had struggled with poor tackling, a weak pass rush and so-so coverage. But the last 4 weeks they stopped Philly, Seattle, Jax and TB with 4 picks and 17 sacks.


Buffalo at Kansas City

Josh Allen-250+ yards

James Cook-50+ yards

Latavius Murray-35 yards

Stefon Diggs-65 yards

Gabe Davis-50 yards

Khalil Shakir-40 yards

Dalton Kincaid-60 yards

Tyler Bass-


Patrick Mahomes-250 yards

Isiah Pacheco-80+ yards

Rashee Rice-70 yards

Travis Kelce-70 yards

Harrison Butker-play



Buffalo (6-6) is trying to find the right run-pass balance while limiting TO’s with a new OC. Allen (268 ypg, 24 TDs, 13 picks, 15 sacks, 343 rushing yards, 9 TDs) has thrown for 300 yards 5 times but leads the league in picks. Cook (153-731-1 with 33 catches) has been effective at times but Murray has been mixed in more the last 4 games. Diggs (83-969-9) and Davis (39-589-6) are the go-to guys but the latter is boom-or-bust every week.  Diggs has not had a 100-yard receiving game since Week 6 as Allen is throwing more to the backs and TEs as well. Kinkaid (39-356-2) stepped up the last 6 games as a result.


The Bills are #20 against the run and #8 against the pass. The front four is good and the secondary is close to a shut-down unit when healthy. And the pass rush remains strong (35 sacks). But they are feeling the effects of injures as they gave up 805 yards in Weeks 4-5. Jones threw for 272 yards and Burrow threw for 348 yards in Week 9 as the pass pressure was way down.  But they played NYJ, Denver, NYG and TB better, not big yardage offenses though. Last week Mahomes threw for 298 yards but they held them to 69 yards rushing. They are missing two star players – LB Matt Milano (knee) and CB Tre’Davious White (Achilles) -- among other key injuries.


Kansas City (8-4) is always dangerous but Mahomes numbers are down with limited weapons.  They’ve been held to 23 points or less in all but 3 games. The targets are spread out pretty good after Kelce but the WRs have many drops. Rice (52-591-5) is the most reliable.   Pacheco (176-780-6 with 32 catches) is worth considering most weeks. 


The Chiefs are #19 against the run and #6 against the pass. They have improved a lot, especially in the secondary. And the pass rush looks much better (39 sacks) with Chris Jones back.  They held Tua to just 193 yards passing prior to the bye and Hurts to 150 yards in Week 11. But they gave up 391 yards to GB last week.


Denver at LA Chargers

Russell Wilson-245 yards

Javonte Williams-55 yards

Samaje Perine-25+ yards

Courtland Sutton-70 yards

Jerry Jeudy-40 yards

Greg Dulcich-out

Will Lutz-play 


Justin Herbert-250 yards

Austin Ekeler-45+ yards

Keenan Allen-90 yards

Josh Palmer-out

Jalen Guyton-25 yards

Quentin Johnston-25 yards

Gerald Everett-35 yards

Cameron Dicker-play


Denver (6-6), who started the season 1-5, won 5 in a row but lost a heartbreaker last week with Willson throwing 3 picks. Otherwise, Wilson (184 ypg, 21 TDs, 7 picks, 34 sacks) has been efficient even though his yardage is down. And he’s throwing to his backs a lot. Williams (153-554 with 26 catches) has been running with more authority. But has struggled the last 3 games Perine has 35 catches on the season.  Sutton (50-637-9) is producing but Jeudy (40-491-1) is not as Wilson is not throwing deep.


The Broncos are #32 against the run and #24 against the pass. The secondary is led by S Justin Simmons and shutdown CB Patrick Surtain (check status) and a few tweaks that have improved things a bit. They have 28 sacks and held KC to 28 points in 2 meetings by showing a 4-3 look at times. They also held GB to 316 yards in between. But they could not stop Buffalo on the ground (192 yards) or Minnesota (396 yards). But they played Cleveland tough in Week 12. They gave up 383 yards to Houston last week.


Los Angeles (5-7) is having trouble scoring points of late. Herbert (253 ypg, 21 TDs, 6 picks, 21 sacks) has had just 4 big games, needs better protection and has no downfield threat. Ekeler (137-581-4 touches) is not getting the blocking and looks a tad slower. Allen (102-1175-7) is having another big year but the WRs have 11 drops the last 2 games.


The Chargers are #17 against the run and #31 against the pass.  Joey Bosa (check status) and Khalil Mack are dominant when healthy as the team needs them (40 sacks) because the CBs are struggling. Plus, Detroit rushed for 195 yards in Week 10 dropping them 5 spots. Baltimore rushed for 160 yards in Week 12 and LAC rushed for 109 yards last week.


Philadelphia at Dallas

Jalen Hurts-220+ yards

D’Andre Swift-55+ yards

Kenneth Gainwell-20 yards

AJ Brown-80 yards

Devonta Smith-75 yards

Dallas Goedert-out

Jake Elliott-


Dak Prescott-290 yards

Tony Pollard-50+ yards

CeeDee Lamb-90 yards

Brandon Cooks-65 yards

Jake Ferguson-45 yards

Brandon Aubrey-


Philadelphia (10-2) was bombed by SF last week. Hurts (250 ypg, 19 TDs, 10 picks, 31 sacks with 467 rushing yards and 12 TDs) is racking up big fantasy points despite so-so protection. Swift (166-779-4 with 35 catches) has been effective most games. OC Brian Johnson said they need to run more for proper balance. Brown (81-1174-7) and Smith (64-834-5) are a dangerous duo. Goedert (25-322-2) is out.  Tough matchup.


The Eagles are #4 against the run and #29 against the pass. They need to keep up the pass rush (29 sacks) to help the injured secondary. They stopped KC, NE and Minnesota but gave up 680 passing yards and 7 TD’s, in those games, mostly in catch-up modes (they were #1 vs. the pass last year). And they gave up a big game to Howell, dropping them 8 spots, and then 375 yards to Prescott prior to the bye. They held Patrick Mahomes to 177 yards and shut them out in the second half but Allen threw for 339 yards and Purdy for 314 yards the last 2 weeks.


Dallas (9-3) has one of the better offenses in the league. Prescott (294 ypg, 26 TDs, 6 picks, 30 sacks) is having a career year. Pollard (180-717-6 with 38 catches) has only had 2 big rushing games and one big receiving game but has value in PPR leagues. Lamb (90-1077-7) is a must-play every week. Cooks (20-331-3) has come on the last 4 games as well.


The Cowboys are #12 against the run and #5 against the pass. The pass rush is good (35 sacks) with star DEs Micah Parsons and DeMarcus Lawrence. Star CB Trevon Diggs (ACL) is out for the season though, a big blow to the pass D. LB Leighton Vander Esch is out until mid-to-late November that hurts the run D. But they’ve played better in the second half although they gave up 407 yards to Washington and 406 yards to Seattle the last 2 weeks. Rookie DaRon Bland was picked on quite a bit last week but he also secured his league-leading eighth interception.


Monday night



Tennessee at Miami

Ryan Tannehill-out

Will Levis-210 yards

Derrick Henry-60+ yards

Tyjae Spears-25+ yards

DeAndre Hopkins-65 yards

Treylon Burks-20 yards

Chigoziem Okonkwo-35 yards

Nick Folk-


Tua Tagovailola-275 yards

Raheem Mostert-60+ yards

De'Von Achane-70 yards

Tyreek Hill-100 yards

Jaylen Waddle-70 yards

Durham Smythe-20 yards

Jason Sanders-


Tennessee (4-8) relies on the running game. Tannehill (200 ypg, 2 TDs, 6 picks, 39 team sacks) is still nursing an ankle injury. Levis has thrown for 1267 yards, 76 TDs and 2 picks the last 6 games. He still needs better protection from an injured o-line though (6 sacks last week). Henry (197-844-7 with 22 catches) has picked up a little better the last 3 games. The targets have been spread out with Hopkins (50-774-5) the go-to guy but has only topped 5 catches twice this year. 


The Titans are #13 against the run and #22 against the pass. The front line is the strength of the unit, featuring Jeffery Simmons (out), stopping the run and rushing the passer (26 team sacks) but they’ve struggled in the latter category.  Minshew, Carr, Herbert, Watson, Mayfield and Lawrence all have had big games vs. weak coverage as well. And Pittsburgh was able to move the ball on the ground. There are injuries up front and in the backfield.


Miami (9-3) is still dangerous against weaker opponents. Tua (288 ypg, 24 TDs, 10 picks, 18 sacks) could use a bit better protection at times as he sometimes struggles without it.  Mostert (162-835-15 with 21 catches and 2 TDs) has cooled a bit after a hot start.  And Achane (56-534-5) came back from a knee injury to take 20 touches away from him last week.  Hill (93-1481-12) and Wadle (58-711-3) are dangerous as well.


The Dolphins are #8 against the run and #9 against the pass. The rating could be misleading as they have had weaker opponents.  CB Jalen Ramsey is back that helps but CB Xavien Howard is less than 100%.  They stopped the Commanders, Jets, LV, NE and KC the last 5 games but have only really played 4 high-powered offenses so far.  But they pressured Mahomes quite a bit prior to the bye and have 39 sacks total.


Green Bay at NY Giants

Jordan Love-240 yards

Aaron Jones-(?)

AJ Dillon-65 yards

Christian Watson-(?)

Romeo Doubs-70 yards

Jayden Reed-45 yards

Dontayvion Wicks-40 yards

Luke Musgrave-out

Tucker Kraft-35 yards

Anders Carlson-play


Tommy DeVito-250 yards

Saquon Barkley-80 yards

Wan’Dale Robinson-35 yards

Darius Slayton-35 yards

Darren Waller-out

Daniel Bellinger-35 yards

Graham Gano-out

Randy Bullock


Green Bay (6-6) has won 4 of 5 displaying improved chemistry. Love (239 ypg, 22 TDs, 10 picks, 25 sacks) is operating behind a banged-up o-line and was misfiring early on.  But he threw for 1146 yards and 10 TDs (with just 2 picks) the last 4 games with better protection. They haven’t had much of a running game with Jones missing so much time though. Doubs could be the new go-to guy with Reed and Wicks also contributors.


The Packers are #30 against the run and #10 against the pass. The line is tough but has just 23 sacks.  And for two years in a row, they have not been able to stop the run. The new scheme is devised to stop downfield passing but that opens up running lanes. They have to show that they can contain the better passing teams after that.   Star CB Jaire Alexander is still out.


New York (4-8) has been saddled with sacks (68) from an injured o-line. DeVito struggled in his 3 of his 4 starts but threw for 246 yards and 3 TDs and 0 picks in week 11 despite 9 sacks. He was then sacked 6 times in Week 12. Barkley returned 5 games ago (136-583 with 9 catches and 3 TDs) even though defenses are keying on him.


The Giants are #29 against the run and #20 against the pass.  And they only have 21 sacks. They’ve had their moments but the offense is so terrible that keeps the defense on the field too long wearing them out. They need to pressure the QB more and tighten up the struggling run D. They have looked better mixing in the blitz more while holding the Jets to just 48 yards rushing in Week 8 and LV to 310 total yards in Week 9. They have allowed less than 300 yards 5 times this year as well. But there are injuries in the secondary. Plus they gave up 154 rushing yards to NE prior to the bye.


Bye: Arizona, Washington



Kyler Murray-225+ yards

James Conner-45 yards

Marquise Brown-55 yards

Michael Wilson-out

Trey McBride-45 yards

Matt Prater-play



Arizona (3-10) has been inconsistent, even with Murray back (864 passing yards, 3 TDs, 2 picks, 106 rushing yards, 3 TDs) the last 4 games. Murray played ok vs. Pittsburgh prior to the bye despite poor protection.  Conner (119-632-4 with 18 catches) runs hard but suffers from negative game script at times. Brown (51-574-4) had his biggest game since Week 4 in Week 12 (6-88).


The Cardinals are #31 against the run and #12 against the pass.  They played with a lot of energy early on, but have had defensive lapses. They have 31 sacks and played a bit better 4 of the last 6 games including a shutdown performance vs. Pittsburgh.



Sam Howell-250+ yards

Brian Robinson-(?)

Antonio Gibson-25+ yards

Terry McLaurin-50 yards

Jahan Dotson-45 yards

Curtis Samuel-45 yards

Logan Thomas-40 yards

Joey Slye-


Washington (4-9) can’t stop anybody.  Howell (267 ypg, 18 TDs, 12 picks, 57 sacks, 245 rushing yards, 5 TDs) needs to get the ball out quicker as he leads the league in sacks. With better protection, he’d thrown for 1590 yards and 9 TDs the previous 5 games but was totally shut down by Miami prio to the bye.  He rushed for 2 TDs but has thrown a pick-six in three straight weeks with only one TD pass against 5 interceptions. McLaurin (60-694-2), Dotson (44-458-4) and Samuel (49-508-2) are the go-to guys but Howell targets his backs and tight ends as well. Brian Robinson (159-667-5 with 31 catches and 3 TDs) has had just 4 productive games behind poor blocking.


The Commanders are #18 against the run and #32 against the pass. The pass rush used to be the strength (33 sacks) but they traded away two of their best players.  And the back seven have struggled, partly due to poor coverage and poor tackling. The secondary still gives up big plays, and there is little pass rush. They’ve given up a lot of yards the last 4 games.