Note: Injury concerns will be updated on the weekend when there's more clarity.
Los Angeles Rams @ San Francisco 49ers
Projected Vegas Score: Rams 21, 49ers 18.5
Quarterbacks- Jared Goff has flashed some of the reasons why the Rams took him number one overall this season under Sean McVay. He has looked much better than last year and has a pretty solid matchup with the 49ers, though it is on the road. Brian Hoyer has looked the complete opposite of Goff through two weeks, but he's faced the Panther and the Seahawks respectively. This should be the spot to get Hoyer going as promising rookie C.J. Beathard is waiting in the wings on the bench.
Running Backs- This is exactly where we want to target this game. Carlos Hyde has been the definition of a bell cow for the 49ers this season playing 80% of the snaps and averaging 4.7 YPC against two very tough defenses. I don't think Todd Gurley is a good real-life running back but that also doesn't mean he can't be good for fantasy football. He's coming off a two touchdown game is benefiting dramatically from increased passing game usage. Gurley has 8 catches for 104 yards to start the year.
Wide Receiver/Tight Ends- Pierre Garcon will continue to get fed as the X receiver in Kyle Shanahan's offense and I think this is a great spot for him to get going (like Hoyer). Marquise Goodwin is a burner with olympic like speed but he's nothing for than a GPP play because we are guessing as to when he breaks off the big play. Cooper Kupp has out-targeted Sammy Watkins 12-7 and he has proved he is Goff's favorite target. I don't love either of them but I would lean Kupp just based off market share.
Overall Outlook- It's clear you want the guys in the backfield from this game but if you played primetime or the Thursday-Sunday morning slate then everyone is in play. I do think Hoyer can get going here at home against a suspect secondary.
Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars (London Game)
Projected Vegas Score: Ravens 22, Jaguars 18.25
Quarterbacks- This game figures to be a defensive battle even though London games are notorious for being high scoring. Blake Bortles continues to be the King of garbage time as he found Allen Hurns for a late touchdown last week against the Titans. The Jaguars game plan is pretty much pound the ball 30 times a game with Leonard Fournette and play defense and that hurts any fantasy value that Blake Bortles had. Joe Flacco has looked pretty good this year but I really don't want to attack this Jaguars secondary.
Running Backs- Buck Allen just continues to be a PPR darling when he gets work and that should continue here with Terrance West banged up for the Ravens. Buck drastically out-touched West even though they were winning the whole game last week and cemented his role as the guy in this backfield. I'm much more #TeamDalvinCook than I am #TeamLeonardFournette but he is going to be in play most weeks just based off volume alone. He got lucky he found the box in the second half of the game last week saving his day, I don't want to target the Ravens defense.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends- Jeremy Maclin hit pay dirt again last week and actually lines up in a good spot since he will be running out of the slot. Benjamin Watson crawled out of his grave last Sunday and decimated the Browns for 8 catches and 91 yards. This is a 36 year old coming off an achilles injury who would probably be in the NFL bible if they wrote one. What's even scarier is he looked explosive and the best place to attack the Jaguars is through the middle of the field (see Maclin). Allen Hurns got saved with that late touchdown pass and I would much rather play Marqise Lee who saw 12 targets over him.
Overall Outlook- This game is going to be interesting to watch and if you are playing the Thursday-Sunday slate I have interest in Buck, Maclin, Watson and Marqise Lee.
New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers
Projected Vegas Score: Panthers 26.5, Saints 20.5
Quarterbacks- Drew Brees heads into Carolina to take on the Panthers and what has been probably the best defense in the NFL so far this season. We know that Brees has extreme negative road splits, and this might be a hot take but I don't want any Saints this week. Cam Newton lines up in the absolute nuts spot but he just hasn't looked right to me yet this season. He will be popular, but you need to take stands in DFS and I will be underweight on him compared to field.
Running Backs- The Saints simply have too many mouths to feed at running back and even though rookie Alvin Kamara looks promising we can't use him while there are three guys in the picture. Highly touted prospect Christian McCaffrey has struggled in his first two games as a pro but if there was ever a spot to get things going it is here. You could take a chance and try and count on Jonathan Stewart to fall into the end zone twice but I much prefer McCaffrey.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends- Michael Thomas has gotten off to a slow start this season and I expect that to continue here against this sick Panthers secondary. Coby Fleener has scored a TD in every game he's played as a Saint in which Willie Snead is out and Snead is out again due to suspension. I am concerned about Fleener's snap count though, but he's a GPP flier at Tight End. Kelvin Benjamin figures to see Marshon Lattimore who shut down Brandin Cooks last week. Kelvin got back on track last week and dropped a touchdown pass when he got absolutely cracked in the end zone. Both him and Devin Funchess are in play against this historically bad Saints secondary.
Overall Outlook- I will have Cam and McCaffrey stacked on one tournament team but I really don't trust Cam at this point and I want to be underweight. That might be a hot take because I expect all the Panthers to be extremely popular...but I like other spots this week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Minnesota Vikings
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Quarterbacks- This game figures to be pretty low scoring as two strong defenses square off. There is no current Vegas line posted due to Sam Bradford's injury but I don't really have interest in him or Jameis Winston on the road.
Running Backs- Jacquizz Rodgers continues to be the guy for the Bucs until Doug Martin gets back from suspension but this is a very tough matchup. The Vikes just limited Le'Veon Bell last week and it is of note that Rodgers saw 0 passing game work last week. #TeamDalvinCook takes a hit if Bradford doesn't play but I am not actively looking to roster RB's against TB anyways.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends- Mike Evans is expected to see a lot of Xavier Rhodes Sunday and he is fresh off shutting down the best wideout in the NFL. As much as I like Evans, I'll pass on him in this spot. One of the top tournament options on the slate is none other than Desean Jackson. Jackson will line up against Trae Waynes Sunday who is fresh off getting put in a body bag by Martavis Bryant. Bryant only saw 4 targets...but he turned that into 3 catches for 91 yards and a touchdown and was also overthrown on the other target and that would of been a 2nd touchdown. Waynes has been horrible and Jackson should be able to punish him. None of the Vikings pass catchers are in play if Bradford is out and if he is in I'm not sure I even trust him enough to try and use any of them.
Overall Outlook- Desean Jackson is one of my favorite GPP plays flat out and it won't surprise me if he is on winning tournament rosters.
Denver Broncos @ Buffalo Bills
Projected Vegas Score: Broncos 21.5, Bills 18.5
Quarterbacks- Ah, another ugly game. Trevor Siemian has looked solid for the Broncos so far and while I believe it I also think he is a better real-life quarterback than a fantasy quarterback. This also seems like a letdown spot for me from the Broncos traveling to Buffalo for a 1PM game after a huge win against the Cowboys last week. Tyron Taylor looked #bad last week so I don't think i want to target the #NoFlyZone with him.
Running Backs- C.J. Anderson has been a BEAST for the Broncos this season averaging well over 4 YPC and is fresh off a 2 touchdown game. I don't love targeting road RB's but he has to be in tournament consideration given the form he has been in. LeSean McCoy IS the Bills offense and I actually think he has some GPP appeal here. We targeted the Broncos defense with Zeke last week, and now we get them on the road in a potential let down spot. Vegas thinks this game will be close and if it is...it's because of Shady.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends- I am almost certain that one of the Broncos pass catchers will have a big game...but good luck guessing who. I like Manny Sanders and Demaryius Thomas but they are GPP fliers for me this week. The only pass catching option on the Bills is Charles Clay and he actually makes sense seeing that the Broncos are so good on the outside and just gave up a big game to Jason Witten.
Overall Outlook- This game is riddled with GPP options but some of them could send you to the top of the leaderboards.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Chicago Bears
Projected Vegas Score: Steelers 25.75, Bears 18.25
Quarterbacks- Ben Roethlisberger has a great matchup but we know that he has extreme negative splits when it comes to 1PM road kickoff games. He struggled mightily with the Browns in week one which was also a road 1PM kickoff and that might take him out of consideration for me. All i need to say is the Bears quarterback is Mike Glennon and that should tell you all you need to know about that side of the ball.
Running Backs- This might be Le'Veon Bell week folks. 2 bad weeks in a row for our friend Le'Veon but one week was much different than the other. In week one, he saw limited snaps including only 4 first half carries. But, in week two he saw 26 rushing attempts and played 90% of the Steelers snaps. That's exactly what we wanted to see. I won't fault Bell for needing some time to get up to game speed and the Vikings are a very tough matchup. The Bears actually have a strong front seven, but with Ben's road struggles they might look to ride Bell and he will come in underowned once again. As for the Bears, Tarik Cohen continues to be the guy when they are trailing and it looks like they will be this week again. It does look like the will get Benny Cunningham back, which hurts Cohen's value. Jordan Howard is pretty much dead and I won't be looking for RB's in Chicago for the time being.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends- Antonio Brown is Antonio Brown. Just because Ben struggles on the road, doesn't mean Brown does as he caught 11 balls for 182 yards in that week one game against Cleveland. He was shut down by Xavier Rhodes in week two, which was surprising and the Bears have a reputation of limiting number one wide receivers. That being said, Brown is matchup proof. Martavis Bryant looked fantastic in week two albeit against Trae Waynes but he is firmly in play this week as well. Desean Jackson dropped a touchdown last week and number two wideouts can easily find success vs the Bears. If you want insight on the Bears passing game see above-- Mike Glennon.
Overall Outlook- I don't think Ben is in play for me but the rest of the Killer B's are. I can already tell I will be WAY overweight compared to the field on Le"Veon Bell. He's going to blow up eventually and people don't want to play him this week.
Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets
Projected Vegas Score: Dolphins 24.25, Jets 18.25
Quarterbacks- This game is a bit more juicy than some of the previous ones but not really from a quarterback point of view. You could make the case for Jay Cutler in large field GPPs but there's so many better options at QB. The same exact thing can be said for Josh McCown, but I really don't see the need to go there.
Running Backs- Jay Ajayi is one of the top plays on the entire slate. He came out and played 94% of the Dolphins snaps in their first game and now gets a dream matchup with the defense that's allowed the most rushing yards this season. The Dolphins should be winning this game and Ajayi is close to a cash game lock for me. The Jets announced they will be going with a RBBC and that is pretty much a fantasy football nightmare...I'll pass.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends- Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker are both strongly in play but I prefer Parker. Landry is a great player and he came out and hauled in 13 balls, but Parker was also tied up with Chargers elite corner Casey Hayward for most of the game. Landry is always in play from a PPR standpoint though, especially on Draftkings. I've been waiting for this week since week three of the preseason. Cutler absolutely locked onto DeVante Parker in the preseason and made headlines when he called him a "faster Alshon Jeffrey". Nobody on this Jets defense can cover anybody and I expect Parker to come out and get fed the ball. He's one of the best wideout options on the slate, but I don't think he will be as sneaky as I want him to be. Jermaine Kearse caught 2 touchdowns last week from McCown and looks to be his favorite target. He's in play as a salary saver on Sunday.
Overall Outlook- It's clear the Dolphins are the guys you want in this game and there could be a whole lot of fantasy goodness coming. Ajayi and Parker are my favorites but you can look at Landry in tournaments.
Projected Vegas Score: Eagles 24.25, Giants 18.25
Quarterbacks- With how bad the Giants offense line has looked (Ereck Flowers especially) Eli Manning is pretty much never going to be a fantasy option. He simply has no time to throw whatsoever. Carson Wentz has been a great fantasy QB through two weeks but i generally like to avoid QB's in divisional games. He's in play for tournaments, but only if CB Janoris Jenkins is ruled out again for the Giants.
Running Backs- Both of these teams are exactly the same in the sense that they both cannot run the ball at all. We have two committees here and that takes both sides out of the picture for DFS. Too much guessing.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends- I would love to use Odell Beckham here but he came out and saw limited snaps on Monday night and you can't count on him to be healthy at this point. If Janoris Jenkins is out we can look to give Alshon Jeffrey some GPP love, but if he's in I will avoid him. The top play from this game is actually one of the best plays on the entire slate and thats Tight End Zach Ertz. Hertz has had over 90 yards in each game this season and is clearly the preferred target of Carson Wentz. The Giants have been killed by Jason Witten and Eric Ebron to start the season and I don't see that changing this week.
Overall Outlook- Zach Ertz, case closed. If Jenkins is out we can look at Wentz too but I don't think it's that good of a play.
Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit Lions
Projected Vegas Score: Falcons 26.75, Lions 24
Quarterbacks- This figures to be one of the best games of the weekend as it boasts the 2nd highest O/U behind the Sunday night showdown between the Raiders and Redskins. Matt Ryan is notoriously better at home but you have to give him tournament consideration in a potential shootout in a dome. Matt Stafford has been one of the biggest surprises of this young NFL season. The Lions are 2-0 and Stafford looks to be earning that contract he just signed. The Falcons defense took a hit last week then they lost Vic Beasley and Stafford has to be considered one of the top QB options on the week.
Running Backs- Devonta Freeman came out on Sunday night and punched in two touchdowns while carrying the ball 19 times compared to Tevin Coleman's 6. That's a great sign for Freeman going forward and it looks like he has his role cemented. The Falcons are becoming famous for being terrible against pass catching running backs after Tarik Cohen and Ty Montgomery lit them up to start the year. Both of the Lions backs catch passes meaning they both are in GPP consideration. I think more people will want to play Theo Riddick over Ameer Abdullah based off price so that might make me like Abdullah a little bit more. Either way, both are tournament options on Sunday.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends- Julio Jones figures to draw a lot of Darius Slay but I'm not concerned at all, Julio is a physical freak and nobody in the NFL can match up with him flat out. Austin Hooper disappointed in week two after a huge fantasy score in week one and I think this might be the spot to use him. The Lions have perennially been terrible against Tight Ends and they just gave up a huge game to rookie Evan Engram on Monday night. Hooper has been running a lot of routes and playing the snaps, this could be the spot for him to get some targets. Marvin Jones will most likely be matched up against lock down corner Desmond Truant thus taking him out of my player pool. Eric Ebron and Golden Tate both profile well here as they can attack the Falcons over the middle of the field and both will benefit from the up-tempo pace of this game.
Overall Outlook- The Lions have been playing more up-tempo no huddle this season and this game has all the makes of an old-fashioned shoot out. Everyone is in play from this game but Stafford, Tate, Abdullah, Julio and Hooper are my favorites.
Houston Texans @ New England Patriots
Projected Vegas Score: Patriots 28.75, Texans 15.25
Quarterbacks- Deshaun Watson and the Texans travel to Foxboro and I honestly think this could get pretty ugly. Tom Brady is always in consideration for DFS, especially at home, but you have to be concerned that they will get on top of the Texans too quickly the diminishing his value.
Running Backs- Lamar Miller has looked terrible so far this season and the Texans finally started mixing in rookie D'Onta Foreman last game. Miller saw 18 attempts while Foreman saw 12 and I don't want either of these guys on the road in Foxboro. James White always has PPR potential with his pass catching ability out of the backfield but looking at the Vegas line this profiles as a Mike Gillislee game. Gullible has filled in perfectly for Legarrette Blount and should have 5 TD's compared to his 3 (He's had 2 called back). If the Patriots are up big (which they should be) Gillislee will most likely be grinding this game away in the 2nd half.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends- This is tough to write about because pretty much every Patriots pass catcher is banged up except Brandin Cooks. Check back for an update on this situation. As for the Texans, It's basically DeAndre Hopkins or bust. Nuk leads the NFL in targets with 29 through two weeks but you would be naive to think that BB won't be scheming to take him out of this game.
Overall Outlook- It makes sense to pair Brady with someone in at least one GPP lineup but we need some more clarity on their injuries. I want to play Hopkins but the time will come, I'm not using him against New England when there are better plays in his range.
Cleveland Browns @ Indianapolis Colts
Projected Vegas Score: Browns 20.75, Colts 19.75
Quarterbacks- I'll just come out and say I LOVE Deshone Kizer this week. I think this game has sneaky potential to be high scoring and Kizer profiles amazing. The Colts have give up the most 20+ yard passes this season and Kizer has thrown the most deep balls in the NFL through 2 weeks. He also has that rushing ability that we love for fantasy and Hue Jackson refuses to bail on the designed QB run plays. Jacob Brissett looked pretty good, but I'm not ready to roster him in his 2nd week starting for the Colts behind that offensive line.
Running Backs- I think Isaiah Crowell makes sense here and while I will have some tournament exposure I'm not "in love" with the play. I'm not concerned with Crowell to date because he had 2 extremely tough matchup with the Steelers and Ravens to open up. But, Duke Johnson will most likely not be seeing time in the slot this week and that will eat into Crowell's carries. The Colts came out and said they will be going RBBC from here on out and that eliminates any of them from DFS consideration.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends- Welcome to the NFL, Hollywood Higgins. I was high on Rashard Higgins when the Browns drafted him in 2015 and he if finally getting a chance to showcase what he can do with Corey Coleman placed on IR. Higgins is a really crisp route runner who drew comparisons to Isaac Bruce coming out of college. He ran 90% of his plays from the slot last week (11 targets), which is why Duke Johnson will be moved back to RB. Higgins is one of the top salary savers on the slate this week. It's not TY Hilton time yet but there is a great play for the Colts...Jack Doyle. Doyle benefited from Brissett last week as he caught 8 passes and looked on the same page with his new QB. The Browns have been terrible against tight ends and have already surrendered big games to the likes of Jesse James and Ben Watson. Doyle might be my top tight end play on the board.
Overall Outlook- Kizer, Higgins and Doyle are all really good plays this week and I have no issues mixing in Crowell for GPPs.
Projected Vegas Score: Titans 22.75, Seahawks 19.75
Quarterbacks- This should be a better real-life game than a fantasy game as two good teams clash. Russell Wilson is becoming like Drew Brees in the sense that he has some drastic home road splits. That takes him out of the picture here and as much as I like Marcus Mariota I don't want to use him vs this Seattle defense.
Running Backs- Chris Carson is finally the guy for the Seahawks and I'm excited to see what he can do going forward. I noted above I don't love using road running backs but he is in play for tournaments. I don't think Demarco Murray is going to play which would move Derrick Henry into play if he was going against any other defense.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends- Doug Baldwin follows suit with Russ in having those negative road splits and nobody else has looked good for the Seahawks yet. The only guy i would potentially consider for the Titans is Eric Decker as he will line up out of the slot..but he hasn't shown me anything yet this season that says he's in play for DFS.
Overall Outlook- A sprinkle of Chris Carson and thats about it. This is a pretty ugly fantasy game.
Projected Vegas Score: Chiefs 25.25, Chargers 22.25
Quarterbacks- These last three games are a lot juicer than most of the earlier ones. I'm really not buying that Alex Smith is going to be pushing the ball down the field like this for the remainder of the season and I've already noted my distaste for QB's in divisional games. I like some plays in this game but not from under center.
Running Backs- Kareem Hunt...yeah. If you didn't buy his first game against the Patriots then he showed you that you were wrong on Sunday when he looked just as good against the Eagles. RB1's have always had big time success under Andy Reid and Hunt looks no different. He's one of the top plays at RB, up there with Ajayi and Bell. Melvin Gordon has been wonderful this season picking up a huge passing game workload. The Chargers should be throwing a lot in this game and Gordon has already racked up 12 catches on the year.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends- If you guys don't remember last season Keenan Allen tore his ACL on the first drive of the year against this Chiefs team and he was owning Marcus Peters...now he doesn't even have to see Peters as he will be running mainly from the slot. Keenan Allen is legit PPR monster and I love him as a GPP play. I don't really want any KC wideouts against this chargers secondary but you have to give consideration to Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce every week.
Overall Outlook- This game has tons of fantasy potential with Kareem Hunt and Keenan Allen checking in as top plays for me. Tyreek, Kelce and Melvin Gordon are in play for large field GPPs.
Projected Vegas Score: Packers 26.5, Bengals 18
Quarterbacks- Finally, I've been waiting for this game! It's always tough to play in Lambeau but we have to consider Andy Dalton here under new Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor. The Packers secondary is one of the worst in the NFL and the Bengals should be able to find the box for the first time this season. If you know anything about football you know Aaron Rodgers is lights out at home. I think this game has some sneaky shootout potential and if that's the case, sign me up!
Running Backs- With their new OC calling the shots we should be able to tell which RB stands out in the Bengals backfield going forward AFTER this game...for now let's not take the risk. Ty Montgomery continues to be a force for the Packers and he's just an elite play every week there's no way around it. He leads all running backs in the NFL in snaps and is as involved as anyone in the passing game.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends- As of now we don't know if Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb are going to play for the Packers so check back for an update on their situation. That leads me into my favorite play of the entire week. A.J. Green. People are legit not going to play him and it's blowing my mind. He has a great matchup, a new OC that was brought in solely because he voiced his concern to the media and he's on the road where he has always played better throughout his career. OH, and don't forget his price is falling like crazy on the sites, yeah just go ahead and sign me up.
Overall Outlook- I really like this game and I think Rodgers, Montgomery and A.J Green make a lot of sense. I will be very overweight on Green this week.
Oakland Raiders @ Washington Redskins
Projected Vegas Score: Raiders 28.5, Redskins 25.5
Quarterbacks- We saved the best for last! The highest O/U on the slate comes in as the night cap and I really like both sides of this game. Both Derek Carr and Kirk Cousins are extremely good options and this could be the spot for Cousins to get on track at home against a mediocre defense.
Running Backs- I actually don't like the running back options here it's more of the passing game. Marshawn Lynch has looked insanely good this season but he is only seeing about 50% of the snaps and that's not going to get it done for DFS. Rob Kelley is banged up and I really don't want to chase Chris Thompson points despite how bad the Raiders linebackers are.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends- This is Amari Cooper week boys and girls. Everyone is going to be on Michael Crabtree after he scored 3 touchdowns last week, and yeah he's a solid play as always but he will most likely see the most Josh Norman. Crabtree mainly lines up on the left side where Normal will be and if so Cooper will shred Breeland and this Redskins defense. Jared Cook also makes sense and the Redskins are susceptible to the middle of the field. Jamison Crowder is pretty much not playable until he get's moved back to the slot. He's been getting exposed on the outside this season. I'm still waiting for the Terrelle Pryor blow up game and this could be it on primetime. He's my favorite stack partner with Cousins and you can bring back a Carr-Cooper stack with him too.
Overall Outlook- This game is going to be a blast to watch. I prefer the Raiders side but both Carr and Cousins are in play. I love Cooper as you can tell but I will have Pryor and Crabtree exposure too.
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)