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Week 10 Passing Matchups

by Justin Howe, Devin Knotts, and Keith Roberts, Exclusive to Footballguys.com

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Great Matchups: [ATL] [CIN] [CLE] [NO] [WAS]
Good Matchups: [ARI] [DAL] [GB] [KC] [LAC] [NE] [NYG] [SEA] [TB] [TEN]
Neutral Matchups: [CAR] [CHI] [DET] [JAX] [MIA] [PIT] [SF]
Tough Matchups: [BUF] [LAR] [OAK] [PHI]
Bad Matchups: [IND] [NYJ]


PLEASE NOTE: This does NOT replace the Cheatsheet ranking. The Cheatsheet rankings are the final say on where we see a player for that week. The Matchup Breakdowns are simply one more tool in the box when it comes to helping choose your lineup.

Also note, just because a player has a "bad" matchup, it does NOT mean he's not a starter in your league. If Tom Brady is playing the toughest pass defense in the league, that just means he's got a tough matchup that week. He's also your starter unless you're loaded at QB. In the same way, if the worst QB on your roster has a "great" matchup that week, it doesn't necessarily mean he's your starter. It means we think he'll fare better than normal that week.

Bottom line is that the cheatsheets are the final say.


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense at Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Julio Jones finally scored his first touchdown of the season this past week in a game in which the Falcons looked extremely impressive dominating every facet of the passing game as Matt Ryan is having a similar season to 2016 in which he won the MVP. This is a Falcons unit that has so many weapons in the passing game making it extremely difficult to defend especially now that Tevin Coleman is seeing more playing time with the Devonta Freeman injury as Coleman is a dangerous receiver out of the backfield to go alongside Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Mohammed Sanu, and Austin Hooper.

The Browns simply can’t stay healthy this season. While it is looking like Denzel Ward will be able to play, he did miss practice with a hip injury and is likely going to be less than 100%. This is adding to the long line of injuries the Browns secondary has faced as Damarious Randall appears questionable this week after missing last week with a groin injury, Terrance Mitchell was lost for the season earlier this year, and E.J. Gaines just this week was placed on IR. The Browns who started the season with a strong passing defense are quickly deteriorating as they are allowing 325 yards passing per game over their last six contests which is the third worst in the NFL over that stretch.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

The Bengals will lurch forward without A.J. Green, for at least a few games, and that’s never an ideal scenario. Green is the Bengals’ engine, and the only true physical mismatch in their stable. He’s long, fast, athletic, and almost supernaturally capable of winning contested balls. Without him, Andy Dalton loses most of his dynamism, and he’ll be hard-pressed to produce much down the field. Slot man Tyler Boyd has enjoyed a massive breakout, on pace for 98 receptions and 10 scores, but he doesn’t really step into Green’s shoes. Boyd’s strength has been as a creative route-runner and security blanket underneath, and while he’s had some downfield success, he doesn’t replicate what Green brings. The supplementary receivers (Alex Erickson, Josh Malone) are limited talents, and speedy John Ross is again iffy to suit up. Dalton will likely spend Sunday looking short to Boyd and his tight ends, striking deep only occasionally (and with far less success than he’s used to).

Even after a midseason shuffle, the Saints continue to field one of the NFL’s worst pass defenses. Ex-Giant cornerback Eli Apple was brought in last week to replace the struggling Ken Crawley, but Jared Goff threw for 391 too-easy yards and 3 touchdowns anyway. The coverage group has been disastrous all season, and it’s hard to project much of a turnaround. Marshon Lattimore, 2017’s Defensive Rookie of the Year, has settled down noticeably after a nightmarish start to his second season. He’s not flawless as he's still a gambler who can be beaten when he guesses wrong but continues to show shutdown ability on the outside. Everywhere else, though, the Saints routinely find themselves in trouble. P.J. Williams has been burned relentlessly throughout the year, and Apple looked shaky at best in his first start. There are always moments of encouragement from this aggressive unit, which can indeed blanket receivers and create splash plays of their own. But with so many downfield deficiencies, they still make for a juicy fantasy matchup

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense vs Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Baker Mayfield has been up and down this season, but there are signs of optimism after last week’s performance against the Chiefs. The biggest criticism of Mayfield is that he holds onto the ball too long often taking sacks instead of checking the ball down. He did this in a big way last week as the team made a concerted effort to get Duke Johnson involved as Duke caught nine passes last week and Mayfield was sacked just twice. The receiving group for the Browns continues to be a work in progress as Jarvis Landry has not worked out nearly as well as most had hoped, the Browns did get Rashard Higgins back last week, but he did not look 100% healthy, and Antonio Callaway continues to be a project that does not look ready to consistently contribute. At the moment, it appears that this is an offense that will run through David Njoku, Duke Johnson and Jarvis Landry for the underneath possession receptions.

The Falcons pass defense has struggled for most of the year after a strong week 1 performance against Nick Foles, they have allowed 345 yards passing per game which is the most in the NFL. Part of this is the game script in that the Falcons have a high-powered offense that teams need to throw the ball, and part of this is that the team is not very talented on defense. The Falcons should get Robert Alford back this week which will help, although even when he was in, there was not a noticeable difference from a statistical standpoint. The biggest issue for the Falcons is that Desmond Trufant is no longer the player that he once was and Brian Poole out of the slot has been a liability for the Falcons this season.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense at Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

The Saints have mostly reinvented themselves as a run-rooted team, one more likely to ice away a game on the ground than to ask Drew Brees them to throw for with 400 yards. But in last Sunday’s showdown with the unbeaten Rams, Brees showed how capable a shootout passer he still is. Brees managed 346 yards and 4 touchdowns in the win, consistently finding Michael Thomas (211 yards) and Alvin Kamara with his Hall of Fame accuracy. Fantasy players can fret (rightfully) about Brees’ weekly volume outlook, but not about his efficiency and ability to maximize opportunity – he’s actually posting career-highs in per-attempt production. Amazingly, he’s virtually the same caliber of the passer he was 10 years ago, and he can never be counted out of a big fantasy day. Throwing to an across-the-field dominator in Thomas (a wild 88% catch rate) and explosive playmakers in Kamara and Tre’Quan Smith, Brees always carries week-winning blowup potential. The matchup is never a concern for his smarts and precision. Unfortunately, beyond those three names, there’s not much to look at among the other receivers. Cameron Meredith looks miles out of the team’s plans, and Austin Carr is a low-impact slot specialist. That could be why the Saints brought in Dez Bryant this week. Bryant may not suit up just four days after his signing, but he’ll eventually bring some degree of an upgrade.

To illustrate the ineptitude of the 2018 Bengals pass defense, take away two specific matchups: a game-script loss to Cam Newton’s Panthers, and a date with low-impact Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins. In the other 6 games, they’ve allowed teams to average a stunning 385 yards and throw 15 touchdowns. All 6 opponents topped 319 yards, completing 67% of throws in a series of no-sweat, no-resistance days. The secondary has been an absolute mess, with the cornerbacks struggling mightily (William Jackson especially) and the safeties unable to provide help over the top. Poor tackling has also allowed big after-catch plays at too high a clip. Even when they’re making plays on the ball and intercepting passes, they’re still one of the NFL’s leakiest units, and a pleasure to face in fantasy matchups.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Washington Redskins Passing Offense at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Alex Smith has imported his sanitized, low-impact game from Kansas City to Jay Gruden’s Washington offense. He’s been moderately efficient, sitting 19th of 34 quarterbacks in adjusted net yards per attempt. But he’s throwing downfield as little as usual – Washington has posted the league’s ninth-fewest completions of 20 yards or more – and there’s almost no dynamism in this grinding, clock-eating offense. Smith’s top targets each week are typically tight end Jordan Reed, fed a strict diet of short checkdowns, and the team’s pass-catching running backs. Smith is posting just 233 yards per game (with a high of 306 last week), and Reed leads the receivers with 43. With top deep threat Paul Richardson moved to injured reserve, there’s even less reason to get excited about this offense for fantasy purposes. Even if a shootout breaks loose, Smith simply doesn’t boast any statistical upside at all. He’s steady for Gruden, but a drain on fantasy lineups.

The Buccaneers continue to field the NFL’s worst pass defense. They’ve given up more air touchdowns (22) than anyone – and they’ve already had their bye – while allowing 6 of their 8 opponents to top 280 yards. Cam Newton didn’t need dazzling numbers in last week’s easy win, but he completed 19 of 25 passes and became the seventh quarterback to throw multiple scores against this resistance-free unit. The secondary is a mess, with only one competent cover man (35-year-old Brent Grimes) and a host of burnable faces. All told, this group has somehow allowed 17 different players to top 68 receiving yards: 3 running backs, 5 tight ends, and 9 wideouts. There is major fantasy opportunity on every level, and fantasy owners don’t want to be caught without at least one Buccaneer opponent on any given week.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Josh Rosen managed to reach season highs in pass attempts, completions, and yards last week as the Cardinals passing offense finally had at least one good half of football. Through eight games, this unit as a whole ranks 31st in both passing yards per game and per attempt, struggling to get any rhythm at all on the offensive side of the ball. Larry Fitzgerald has had a quiet season, and even a quiet first half last week, but he managed to amass over 100 yards for the first time this season while finding the end zone for the second straight game leading into the bye. While receiving volume has been far from massive for anyone in this Cardinals passing offense, a healthy Fitzgerald has led the team in targets for three straight games and will continue to be the top option for Josh Rosen. Christian Kirk remains involved with at least seven targets in three straight games with his second touchdown of the season in his last game. David Johnson is still being underutilized in the passing game even with the shift in offensive coordinator. He finished with negative air yards in his last outing as the primary action he saw through the air included just a few screen passes. The play-calling will need to improve for Johnson’s true ceiling to shine, and Johnson will need to be more involved to set this passing offense up for success.

The Chiefs secondary regressed back near the bottom last week as they allowed Baker Mayfield to pass for nearly 300 yards with two touchdowns. Coming off decent games against the Broncos and Bengals, there was hope for improvement in this passing defense. This has certainly been a tough season as the Chiefs secondary has contributed to some massive games from opposing quarterbacks. The prolific Chiefs offense certainly drives opposing offenses into a pass-heavy game script though, which never helps a defense’s numbers against the pass. Slot cornerback Kendall Fuller has actually been solid in coverage, which may help limit some opportunities for Larry Fitzgerald. Orlando Scandrick should be much more of a positive matchup for Christian Kirk on the outside. Based on the game script and the weakness at linebacker for the Chiefs, David Johnson should also be set up for plenty of success with dump-offs here. The Chiefs have given up more receiving yards and touchdowns per game than any other team to opposing running backs, which sets up nicely for Johnson. The ray of hope for this defense is the probable return of Justin Houston, who has been absent since his injury in Week 5. Houston is one of the game’s top pass-rushers and will certainly have his way with this poor Cardinals offensive line.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Dak Prescott has struggled for most of this season and while the Cowboys did add Amari Cooper which should help the passing offense that severely lacks talent, this offense is going to continue to be an offense in which is going to struggle consistently moving the ball through the air. Turnovers and sacks have been an issue recently for this offense as Dak has fumbled five times over the last three games and has taken 12 sacks in the same time span indicating that the pass blocking is not holding up and that the offense is not releasing the ball quick enough. Outside of Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup continues to show signs that he is improving and the team desperately needs him as Cooper himself has dealt with consistency issues throughout his career and can not always be relied upon to be a number one receiver.

Outside of a game in which the Eagles held Andrew Luck to just 161 yards in Week 3, the Eagles have largely struggled against some poor competition this season. Over the last five weeks, the Eagles have allowed 296 yards passing per game against only one team in the top 12 in terms of passing yardage allowed. The Eagles faced Marcus Mariota (30th), Kirk Cousins (5th), Eli Manning (13th), Cam Newton (25th), and Blake Bortles (18th) over that stretch. The issues stem primarily at the corner position as Jalen Mills has struggled for a large portion of this season and Avonte Maddox who the team likes his versatility moving between safety and corner has also struggled with consistency at times this season.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense vs Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Aaron Rodgers continues to post strong, easy QB1 numbers. He’s averaging 318 yards a game, and last weeks 259 stands as his season-low. He's posting the lowest completion percentage of his career (60.6%), but his highest yardage rates since 2014. Injecting big-play rookies Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown into the offense has dinged Rodgers’ efficiency – they’re nowhere near as dependable as Jordy Nelson was – but opened new avenues for big downfield plays. Valdes-Scantling has entered the lineup for Geronimo Allison and averaged a wild 31.1 yards on 8 receptions over the last 3 weeks. He’s dependent on big plays and not very projectable week-to-week but keeps winning tough routes and making contested catches. Davante Adams remains the star here, though, averaging 7.3 catches and 91 yards a game. Last week was his first time being held below 52, and he’s still a red zone dynamo, which has helped him to a robust 12.1% touchdown rate.

Perhaps all the Dolphins defense needed to prove its salt was a date with Sam Darnold. Miami simply swarmed the overwhelmed 21-year-old last Sunday, allowing just 5.87 yards per attempt while notching 4 interceptions and 4 sacks. All season long, this has been an aggressive unit willing to sell itself out for big plays as they currently sit second in the league with 15 interceptions. Unfortunately, when they’re not picking off the ball, they’re usually allowing completions. Non-Darnold passers are hitting on an amazing 78% of their throws at 8.65 yards per attempt, with 15 touchdowns over 7 games. The coverage unit is spotty at best, with top cornerback Xavien Howard just as likely to get beaten downfield as make a play on the ball, and the safeties struggling to provide help. Downfield tackling has also been a problem, stretching intermediate throws into splash plays. Game flow tends to keep quarterbacks from huge days in this matchup, but it’s fair to expect big-time efficiency.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Chiefs passing offense really is something special. Patrick Mahomes is the top fantasy quarterback this season and has now thrown for at least three touchdowns and 300 yards in four straight games. The gunslinger mentality is certainly coming out as Mahomes now has at least one interception in five straight games as well, but he has always immediately recovered after each mistake to continue amassing ridiculous numbers. Travis Kelce has seen team-leading target volume while Tyreek Hill remains a top option at wide receiver despite a groin injury that may have contributed to his limited effectiveness last week. Sammy Watkins had a scare with his ankle last week as he had to get it taped mid-way through the fourth quarter, but he is not on the injury report and must be assumed good to go. Kareem Hunt also continues to be a consistent contributor through the air with five receiving touchdowns in his last four games. The only thing that may hold back this passing offense will be game script should they shift to a run-heavy approach to protect their expected lead as the Chiefs are the largest favorites of the 2018 season in this game.

The Cardinals passing defense does not belong amongst the top-to passing defenses in the league as they currently net out on the stat sheet. They have faced terrible passing offenses to start the season, with seven of their eight games against bottom-half ranked passing offenses while four of those games were against passing offenses ranked in the bottom third. On top of this weak schedule, teams simply have not needed to pass frequently against Arizona due to the combination of jumping out to an early lead and the Cardinals’ weaknesses against the run. They do have a talented slot cornerback and safety flex defensive back in Budda Baker along with Patrick Peterson, who has been shutting down opposing receivers on a regular basis this year. While Peterson will definitely play a part in limiting production of both Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill, Jamar Taylor should act as a counter-balance to Peterson as he Taylor has been terrible in coverage, due in part to how heavily he gets targeted since quarterbacks are afraid to challenge Peterson. Travis Kelce should have one of the best tight end matchups of the week though, as he has seen heavy volume and will see most coverage from Antoine Bethea, who is giving up a catch rate of over 80 percent to tight ends and matches up nearly half a foot and 60 pounds smaller than Kelce.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Los Angeles Chargers Passing Offense at Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Philip Rivers isn’t wowing anyone with big fantasy finishes, but he’s quietly putting together the most efficient season of his 15-year career. Low volume has doomed his stat lines of late, but he sits second league-wide with 10.1 adjusted yards per attempt – a career-high by a mile. Rivers is spreading the ball nicely among his bevy of playmakers, posting a respectable 280 yards a game, with multiple touchdowns in each outing thus far. He’s always a sound bet for low-end QB1 numbers, and there’s always upside for more. Armed with a handful of downfield threats, an intermediate dominator in Keenan Allen, and dynamic checkdowns underneath, Rivers projects beautifully whenever a shootout breaks out. Allen remains the crown jewel here, with a guaranteed weekly role and elite after-catch skills to maximize his opportunities. But there’s easily enough firepower here to spread around, and the Williamses (Tyrell and Mike) are ever-present threats to turn in splash plays.

Even after a ton of in-season shuffling, the Raiders pass defense remains one of the league’s worst. Opponents often get to ramp down their pass game against the 1-7 Raiders, but they’re allowing an NFL-high 8.6 net yards per attempt, with 16 touchdowns over the last 6 games. Much can be blamed on the anemic pass rush, which has produced a league-low seven sacks through eight games. But the secondary is full of burnable faces, like cornerbacks Gareon Conley and Daryl Worley, and free safety Marcus Gilchrist is one of the league’s weakest in coverage. And there’s very little resistance across the middle, where slot receivers and tight ends keep winning routes. Of late, they’ve allowed season-best performances to Keenan Allen (8 for 90), Doug Baldwin (6 for 91), and George Kittle (4 for 108 and 1 touchdown), mixed in with an unhealthy dose of big downfield plays.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Tennessee Titans Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Tom Brady and the Patriots continue to get it done through the air despite an injury-laden arsenal of weapons. With three of their top pass-catchers--Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, and Josh Gordon-- all nursing injuries, Brady has been forced to lean heavily on the likes of James White in recent weeks to help move the ball. Both Edelman and Gordon managed to suit up last week and did well, with Gordon most notably finding the end zone for the first time as a Patriot on Brady’s only deep ball of the night. Gordon now has amassed at least 100 receiving yards in two of his last three games. Edelman remains heavily involved despite his injury, as he has seen at least seven targets in every game this season with 10 targets in back-to-back games. Speaking of targets, James White has averaged just over 10 targets per game since Week 4 as he leads the NFL among running backs in all receiving categories including receptions, yards, and touchdowns. Gronkowski continues to deal with both a back and ankle injury sustained in Week 7. He returned in Week 8 but was ineffective, leading to Gronkowski sitting out last week’s contest. He will likely be a game-time decision this week, and with the Patriots headed to a bye in Week 11, Gronkowski very well may sit again in this game.

The Titans have been relatively stingy against the pass this season, giving up just the eighth-fewest passing yards per game and just the fourth-fewest passing touchdowns this season. Much of this can be attributed to their schedule though, as they have faced just one top-10 passing offense (Baltimore, 10th in passing yards per game). Safety Kevin Byard was very impressive in the Titans’ last outing against the Cowboys as he grabbed his second interception of the season, while Adoree Jackson has been improving on a weekly basis and actually done a great job in coverage downfield--especially against deep balls. Malcolm Butler has been terrible on the other side though, and despite any narrative of him looking forward to facing his former team, both Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman should be able to take full advantage of Butler in coverage. James White, on the other hand, could struggle in his typical role as the Titans have been tough on pass-catching running backs--giving up more than four receptions to a running back just twice this season with only two running backs to exceed 26 receiving yards and no receiving touchdowns allowed to the position.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New York Giants Passing Offense at San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Giants coaching staff squashed any doubts about Eli Manning’s job as it was confirmed early in the week he would be starting on Monday night. There are plenty of cases to be made on why Manning may need to be benched--from averaging fewer than seven passing yards per attempt in five of his eight games to passing for multiple touchdowns in just two outings this season, it is clear that Manning has not performed well. He will hold down the fort against San Francisco this week though, with Odell Beckham stacking up to be his top target per the usual. Beckham has seen double-digit targets in all but one game this season as he is tied for the second-most targeted wide receiver in the league. He has hauled in eight receptions and over 130 receiving yards in three of his last four games with over 100 receiving yards in five games this season. He is a clear favorite in the eyes of Manning, who has consistently used the rest of this group of Giants receivers and tight ends. If Manning can’t find Beckham open, he typically has been dumping off to Saquon Barkley, who has seen double-digit targets in three straight games while averaging just over seven receptions and 62 receiving yards per game.

The 49ers passing defense was made to look great last week by an absolutely terrible Raiders offense, but they are truly a below average unit as a whole. The 49ers have given up multiple passing touchdowns in all but two outings this season with the fewest interceptions in the league as they sit at the bottom of the league in takeaways with just five. San Francisco has excelled at getting to the quarterback though, tied for the seventh-most sacks in the league with pressure coming from all over this defense. The Giants have given up a whopping 31 sacks this season, tied for third-most in the league, which certainly points to a mismatch in the trenches in favor of San Francisco. Richard Sherman has cooled off from his hot start, but he remains a tough matchup for any opposing receiver. Sherman should see close to half of his snaps opposite Odell Beckham, who has been relatively matchup-proof in most instances this season. With Jaquiski Tartt likely out, backup strong safety Tyvis Powell had a terrible debut as a starter last week and is a big play waiting to happen. On the flip side, linebacker Fred Warner has been one of the top coverage linebackers in the league when looking after running backs out of the backfield, meaning Saquon Barkley should have a bit less room to run on those screen passes this week.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense at Los Angeles Rams Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Seahawks passing offense has taken a back seat to their ground game for most of this season as Russell Wilson has still yet to cross the 300-yard passing threshold. Last week, Wilson did sling it more than usual as he exceeded 30 pass attempts for just the second time in his last six outings. However, he was highly inefficient with those passes, finishing with a season-low 6.0 yards per attempt as Wilson’s game has centered around short passing all season long. Wilson does have multiple passing touchdowns in all but one outing, as it is only the touchdowns that have salvaged his fantasy floor. David Moore led the Seahawks in targets for the second straight week, but he dropped off last week to end his three-game touchdown streak as Moore turned in a poor showing. Doug Baldwin has let down more often than not this season with just two games above 50 receiving yards and no touchdowns as he simply is not getting enough volume to put up any resemblance of his stat lines in previous seasons. Tyler Lockett remains a touchdown-dependent option for the Seahawks. Mike Davis saw plenty of dump-offs last week as that was the first time all season a Seahawks running back has hauled in more than four receptions in a game. With a pass-heavy game script likely ahead, Davis could be in for more dump-off work this week.

The Rams defense is a potent group capable of disrupting opposing offenses at the line of scrimmage, but they have a glaring weakness in their secondary that is tough to ignore. Marcus Peters has truly taken a turn for the worst in 2018, as he has already allowed more yards in coverage through nine games than he did in the entire 2017 season. Quarterbacks have targeted Peters 20 times over the past two weeks, and there is no reason to believe Wilson won’t have his eyes on Peters for much of this game. Tyler Lockett and David Moore should both have opportunities against Peters in this matchup. Doug Baldwin will find himself under tougher coverage coming out of the slot, as Nickell Robey-Coleman is one of the top slot cornerbacks in the league. The one saving grace for this secondary will be the strength of the Rams defensive line, which is one of the best in football. The Seahawks offensive line has been decent in pass protection this season, but it will be tough to contain the likes of Aaron Donald and Dante Fowler crashing into that weaker right side of this offensive line. Look for very little production from Seahawks tight ends as their services will be better suited blocking than running routes this week.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense vs Washington Redskins Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Not long ago, Ryan Fitzpatrick was a dazzling story, opening the year with 3 straight 400-yard performances and 11 touchdowns in the process. But reality is setting in for the 35-year-old, who has obviously tailed off from that pace. Fitzpatrick was held firmly in check last week by the Panthers, posting just 243 yards on 40 attempts. The touchdowns (four) were there, but without much all-around efficiency to speak of: Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, and Chris Godwin combined for just 88 yards on their 17 targets. There’s plenty of dynamite in this offense, which is packed with dominant downfield receivers and tight ends, plus a breakout slot man in Adam Humphries. But there’s not much consistency in their connections, which was on display last Sunday. Carolina sold out majorly on the deep ball, and with the pass rush in his face all day, Fitzpatrick routinely missed his deep men downfield. Simply put, this might be football’s most volatile passing game. On a given snap, Fitzpatrick is just as likely to throw a long, go-route touchdown as a terrible interception. If his front line doesn’t step up its game, he’ll spend the rest of his starting tenure wobbling in the pocket and throwing errant passes into traffic.

The Washington pass defense is spiraling right now. Ever since a solid Week 3 outing against Aaron Rodgers, they’ve allowed quarterbacks to complete 69% of their throws and average 315 yards. (All 5 topped 270, even Dak Prescott and Eli Manning.) Last week’s thrashing at the hands of Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and company, though, was the low point. The cornerbacks are fairly boom-or-bust, alternating between shutdown play and burnable lapses. Top cover man Quinton Dunbar has struggled of late with a knee injury, and former star Josh Norman has put as many bad plays on film as good. At least they’ve shut down tight ends definitively all year – not one has topped 48 yards in this matchup.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Titans passing offense took a slight step forward last week as Marcus Mariota threw multiple passing touchdowns for just the second time this season and kept a clean sheet through the air with no interceptions for just the third time. Mariota continues to rely on short routes as he has been very reluctant to push the ball downfield this season. Dion Lewis led the team in receiving yards last week as he has been a focal point of this offense for two straight weeks. Corey Davis was used as a WR1 again, seeing 34.5 percent of the team’s targets in their last game. Davis has been targeted more than seven times in just three of eight games due mostly to the dreadfully low volume of this passing offense. It has been tough to pin down a consistent complimentary receiver to Davis in this offense, as the likes of Tajae Sharpe, Taywan Taylor, and Darius Jennings, and even Cameron Batson have all seen up and down usage in recent weeks. Taylor did suffer a foot injury in last week’s game which may require monitoring, but none of these secondary Titans receiving options are fantasy-relevant regardless.

The Patriots continue to struggle against the pass in recent weeks as this secondary has been porous outside of Stephon Gilmore. Since Week 5, the Patriots have given up an average of 324 passing yards per game and 11 passing touchdowns, allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks over that span--which includes a game against the Bills. They are getting little help from their defensive front, allowing quarterbacks far too much time with only 13 sacks on the season--third-fewest in the league. Where this group has really struggled is defending against pass-catching running backs, allowing the fourth-most receiving yards per game (61) to running backs this season with a running back amassing at least 69 receiving yards against New England in three of their last four games. Dion Lewis is one of the more talented pass-catchers coming out of the backfield, and he will be squaring off against his former team here--so keep an eye on him for some upside through the air to combine with his recent heavy usage on the ground. Corey Davis will be shadowed by Gilmore, who has been the rock of this secondary and should give Davis a tough time in this game. The rest of this Titans receiving group, while tough to trust and nearly impossible to predict, should have decent matchups. Tajae Sharpe, if healthy, is the top candidate for volume outside of Davis.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Cam Newton has actually been among the NFL’s more consistent passers of 2018. He’s completing a career-best 67% of his throws, and he’s fired multiple touchdowns in each of his last 7 outings. His Week 9 line (247 yards) wasn’t quite the stat eruption typically allowed by the Buccaneers, but it was efficient (9.9 yards per attempt) and produced a pair of touchdowns through the air. Newton still has occasional struggles with ball placement – he continues to rely too much on arm strength, rather than touch, on a lot of his throws. But the team has finally surrounded him with dynamic weaponry on all levels of the field, making his job easier overall. Devin Funchess has developed into a fairly reliable downfield threat, routinely winning contested routes and turning errant throws into big catches. It’s important to remember he’s still just 24 years old and still technically on the rise. Rookie D.J. Moore continues to flash huge-play ability, as well, averaging 15.6 yards on his 19 receptions. Christian McCaffrey and Greg Olsen provide security blankets underneath, but both are capable of big plays and stat lines. McCaffrey has produced 45 yards or more 5 times already, and Olsen has found the end zone in each of the last 3 games.

The Steelers’ inconsistent pass defense is actually on an impressive upturn at the moment. They did a fine job last week of holding down Joe Flacco and the Baltimore pass game (just 218 yards), good for their third straight game of keeping opponents below 230. There are definitely weak spots throughout this unit, though. Top outside cornerback Joe Haden has been bad as often as good thus far, while Artie Burns (who’s been benched) and Coty Sensabaugh have been inconsistent at best on the other side. At least slot man Mike Hilton is holding things down well inside. All told, this is a high-impact unit whose primary goal is to make life difficult for quarterbacks. They’re beatable, but when the dynamic pass rush is reaching its marks, opposing passers find tough sledding.

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Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs Detroit Lions Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Mitchell Trubisky remains a work in progress. His big three-game run (1,003 yards and 11 touchdowns in Weeks 4-7) hinted at a breakout, but things have slowed for Trubisky, who’s looked shaky at best in back-to-back starts since. In fact, those 3 games have been his only times topping 220 yards thus far this season. Game flow often robs Trubisky of his volume, but he’s been a major culprit himself, struggling for consistency and failing to create anything down the field. Accuracy is still a major concern for the youngster, who often rushes throws with bad balance and winds up putting the ball in jeopardy. He’s thrown just six interceptions on the year, but also had a few dropped, and he routinely misplaces downfield throws to his receivers. As a result, there’s little projectable fantasy dynamism anywhere among his receivers. Taylor Gabriel can get deep, and Trey Burton can create space down the seams, but Trubisky can’t be trusted to utilize them with any rhythm whatsoever. Not even the return of Allen Robinson (just 48 yards per game) would suggest a return to the heights of that earlier stretch. This is an offense designed to keep the ball out of Trubisky’s hands and not allow him many big-play opportunities. After all, he really hasn’t earned them.

The Detroit pass defense is one that is regressing a little bit. After an impressive start to the season, they’ve allowed their last 4 opponents to complete 70% of their throws and average 8.96 yards on them, with 9 touchdowns. Last Sunday they managed to hold red-hot Adam Thielen under 100 yards for the first time all year, but the game flow was the hero there (Kirk Cousins threw just 22 passes), and Thielen did manage to sneak by for an easy short score. The Lions boast a solid outside cover man in Darius Slay, but he’s not enough to shut down a passing game on his own, and his teammates have been shaky at best. The pass rush helps, especially with Ezekiel Ansah back on board. But there are enough coverage deficiencies to make this a fairly targetable group in fantasy.

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Detroit Lions Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

All things considered, Matthew Stafford wasn’t terrible against the Vikings last Sunday. Sure, he generated only 199 yards and repeatedly shrunk in the red zone. But it’s worth pointing out that the team had just traded away his security blanket, Golden Tate, and that his line had absolutely no chance against a swarming Vikings pass rush that notched 10 sacks. Stafford still has dynamic weaponry to throw to in Marvin Jones (9.37 yards per target as a Lion) and Kenny Golladay (10.4). But he clearly misses Tate’s improvisational skills near the line of scrimmage, where running back Theo Riddick is a poor substitute. Stafford will likely be more boom-or-bust than usual going forward; when Jones and Golladay are winning battles downfield, there will always be potential for splash plays. But that will rarely be easy to project, so pinning down this unit’s true week-to-week projection will be a bit of a headache. And without better pass blocking – a healthy Taylor Decker would be a great start – he won’t have many easy, snap-and-release days to pile up production.

The Chicago pass defense has looked great thus far on paper, at least. They currently are currently 13th in terms of passing yards allowed, allowing 254 yards per game. But much of their dominance has been built on the back of a comically weak schedule; thus far they’ve defended the likes of Sam Bradford, Brock Osweiler, Sam Darnold, Nathan Peterman, and the Buccaneers’ mistake-prone duo. When forced to defend elite passers Tom Brady (277 yards and 3 touchdowns) and Aaron Rodgers (286 and 3 in limited time), they’ve looked quite human. Still, on the whole, this is not a particularly east unit to throw against. The cornerbacks, led by press stud Prince Amukamara, have graded well all year, and the pass rush is strong even without Khalil Mack on the field. If Mack can return this week as expected, he should boost an already-strong group back near the NFL’s top tier.

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Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Blake Bortles coming off the bye is dealing with a shoulder injury to his non-throwing shoulder which while it appears he will be fine and is throwing normally is definitely something to watch. Bortles has been erratic this season, but when he has been good he has looked great. This is still a quarterback who has thrown for 375 yards or more in three games this season, but the problem is consistency and while it is not all Bortles’ fault as the receivers have also struggled this season. Keelan Cole has largely been relegated to the bench as the Jaguars try to get rookie speedster D.J. Chark more involved this season.

The Colts passing defense is a unit that needs to be watched as on a true statistical standpoint, they have been playing better than they were earlier in the season, but a large part of this is based on who they have played. Over the last three weeks, the Colts have had it relatively easy going up against Sam Darnold, Derek Anderson, and Derek Carr. Prior to these three games, the Colts were exposed by Tom Brady and DeShaun Watson who each threw for 340 yards or more against this Colt secondary. The Colts secondary is still one that is built on a bunch of replacement guys who have bounced around the league in Pierre Desir and Kenny Moore, so in terms of raw talent they are one of the weaker units in the league.

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Miami Dolphins Passing Offense at Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Somehow, Brock Osweiler offers even less upside than Ryan Tannehill did. Tannehill doesn’t look close to a return, so Osweiler will draw at least one more (likely low-impact) start for Adam Gase’s offense. Since a career Week 6 performance, Osweiler has been as vanilla as they come, averaging just 206 yards over his last 3 games (with just 2 touchdowns). Long a liability when tasked with too much, he’s rarely asked to throw downfield or into traffic, which mitigates the potential impacts of Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker (they managed just 27 combined yards last week). Both are suited best for big-time throws, so both are miscast in this offense. As it stands, the passing game is centered around short, sanitized throws to slot men Danny Amendola and Jakeem Grant, with a healthy diet of check-downs to running backs. Even if pressed into a shootout, there’s no reason to expect much dynamism at all from this unit. Osweiler simply isn’t efficient enough to trust in any fantasy format, and he can’t be trusted to keep pace in a back-and-forth pass-fest.

The Green Bay secondary remains a crowded mystery, even after last week’s trade of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. His replacement Kentrell Brice doesn’t inspire a ton of confidence after the team cut Jermaine Whitehead after being ejected last week. At least things look rosier at the cornerback spots, where Jaire Alexander looks like a shutdown-level keeper and Josh Jackson has flashed promise in the slot. All told, though, this remains a shaky group. Beyond Alexander and Jackson, there are several beatable pieces in place, and outside receivers find far too many holes in the downfield zones. Through 8 games, 12 different players have notched 70 yards or more in this matchup, including a handful of running backs and tight ends.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Ben Roethlisberger has quietly enjoyed one of his best late-career seasons here in 2018. Last week he worked over the vaunted Ravens defense for 270 yards and 2 scores; he’s now topped 250 in every game and thrown multiple touchdowns 5 times. In fact, he’s posting his best completion and yardage rates since 2015. Boasting possibly the league’s best one-two punch at wideout, the Steelers are winning battles on all levels of the field. Antonio Brown remains one of football’s toughest covers – and toughest open-field tackles – and has been good for at least one touchdown in seven of eight games thus far. But he’s actually been outproduced by second-year phenom JuJu Smith-Schuster, who averages 6.6 catches and 84 yards a game. Seam-stretching tight end Vance McDonald has been a fun addition to the group, and James Conner has brought LeVeon Bell-like dynamism out of the backfield. This remains one of football’s most eruptive passing games, and there’s not really a ceiling when they’re pressed into a shootout.

The Panthers’ shaky pass defense truly showed up in a big way last week. Facing a free-swinging Tampa Bay offense that was posting nearly 400 yards a game, Carolina sold out deep to stop the long ball, and the results couldn’t have been sweeter. Ryan Fitzpatrick compiled just 243 yards, and his 3 lethal wideouts managed a combined 88. It was the kind of performance that hints at a major turnaround. Top cornerback James Bradberry is up-and-down in coverage, but he showed extremely well last week, helping to hold Mike Evans to just a single reception over 10 targets. Rookie Donte Jackson has been exceptional throughout his debut season, and the pass rush is dynamic enough to make the cornerbacks’ jobs even easier.

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San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense vs New York Giants Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Nick Mullens, the undrafted free agent out of Southern Mississippi, came on to the scene with a bang last week in his NFL debut as he lit up the Raiders by completing 72.7 percent of his passes for 262 passing yards and three touchdowns. Mullens made great decisions and looked poised in his high pressure debut, but it was against a terrible Raiders defense that has been porous to opposing passing defenses with absolutely no pressure placed on opposing quarterbacks this season. George Kittle remains a slam dunk option at tight end for the 49ers, as he led them in receiving yards with his third touchdown of the season. Kittle’s role in this offense is clear, regardless of quarterback. He has at least four receptions in seven straight games and is averaging 77 yards per game on the season. The outlook for Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin has to be at least marginally depressed here though, as a third-string quarterback like Mullens hasn’t had the opportunity to develop chemistry with the starters like he has with the likes of Kendrick Bourne and Richie James. Neither James nor Bourne can be seriously considered as fantasy options this week, but both should continue to see a few looks from Mullens.

The Giants should pose more of a challenge for Mullens this week. They definitely have a better pass rush than Oakland, and safety Landon Collins is playing quite well in this secondary. Cornerback Grant Haley played relatively well from the slot in his first game filling in for the departed Eli Apple, but that was against a rather inept Redskins passing offense. Both Garcon and Goodwin should be fine with their matchups on the outside. The pass rush for New York is led by Olivier Vernon, who has been a monster since returning from injury in Week 6. The 49ers offensive line has struggled in pass protection this season, giving up 31 sacks this season (T-3rd most), which should make Vernon and company excited for this matchup. Tight ends have not found the end zone often against the Giants this season as Collins is doing an excellent job in coverage, but their linebackers have given up their fair share of yards underneath, so Kittle still has a shot at doing some damage here.

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Buffalo Bills Passing Offense at New York Jets Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Rookie Josh Allen looks unlikely to return this week, so Derek Anderson should draw Sunday’s start assuming he clears concussion protocol. And somehow, that gives the Bills their best chance to win. He did throw for 290 yards in Week 8 but remains who he is which is a 35-year-old, backup-caliber passer with 4.92 adjusted net yards per attempt for his career. Unless he’s given a very high volume of targets, Anderson looks highly unlikely to produce even passable fantasy numbers. His league-worst receiving corps doesn’t help his case much. Leading receiver Kelvin Benjamin has produced 34 yards a game, headlining a mistake-prone group that provides no dynamism to whoever is under center. Terrelle Pryor should become the top wideout before long, but even if he does, there’s not a shred of fantasy intrigue among this group.

The Jets pass defense is rolling, giving up just 6.45 yards per attempt and 200 per game over its last three. It needs to be pointed out, of course, that they’re in the middle of an embarrassingly light stretch of quarterback scheduling. Since Week 2 they’ve had the privilege of facing the likes of Ryan Tannehill, Tyrod Taylor/Baker Mayfield, Blake Bortles, Case Keenum, Mitchell Trubisky, and Brock Osweiler. Still, they looked stout against Kirk Cousins and company three weeks ago, and the steps forward have been noticeable. Morris Claiborne has played at an All-Pro level at one cornerback spot, and little-known Darryl Roberts opening eyes at the other. Most of their problems this year have come underneath when quarterbacks lay off the corners and attack with quick-hitting routes. But for Week 10, with Derek Anderson under center for the Bills, it’s safe to assume that sharp, precise quarterbacking isn’t a huge concern.

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Los Angeles Rams Passing Offense vs Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Rams were back to full strength last week with the return of Cooper Kupp as their passing offense rolled to nearly 400 yards and three touchdowns. Jared Goff spread the ball out well to his trio of top receiving options last week as this offense again displayed how dangerous it can be with these three wide receivers all bringing different skills to the table. Brandin Cooks has been a magnet for the deep ball in recent weeks, hauling in the vast majority of deep passes from Goff over their last four games while averaging over 20 yards per reception in that span of games. Cooper Kupp picked up right where he left off last week as he now has surpassed 70 yards with at least 1 touchdown in four straight full games played. Robert Woods leads the pack amongst these Rams receivers as he has quietly amassed top-10 fantasy receiver numbers this season, leading the Rams in targets and receiving yards. Todd Gurley has also, of course, been a consistent threat for this passing offense as he is averaging 40 receiving yards per game and has hauled in a season-high six receptions in back-to-back outings.

Seattle’s secondary has struggled against receivers in their last two games, giving up over 110 receiving yards to an opposing wide receiver in back to back games with four touchdowns to wide receivers over that span. The cornerback group for Seattle is far from spectacular, and they have shown particular vulnerability to slot receivers--as displayed by Keenan Allen’s 124-yard outing last week, Emmanuel Sanders amassing 135 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, and even Cooper Kupp putting up 90 yards and a touchdown in the first half alone (before suffering a concussion) during the previous meeting between these teams. These Seahawks safeties are playing a big role in how this passing defense has allowed just the ninth-fewest passing yards per attempt while their run-heavy offense has helped keep overall passing yardage down to the 6th-fewest allowed in the league. These cornerbacks are certainly exploitable, and these Rams receivers have busted secondaries on a weekly basis this season.

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Oakland Raiders Passing Offense vs Los Angeles Chargers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Derek Carr’s nightmare trajectory reached a new low last Thursday night, ending with just 171 yards and 6 sacks to show for 3 quarters of play. He was eventually sat down in favor of A.J. McCarron. Now saddled with a porous front line and nothing but spare parts to throw to, it’s fair to wonder whether Carr will post another meaningful line for the Raiders all year. His top receiver is now Brandon LaFell, a mistake-prone veteran lacking in burst who’s produced just 59 yards over 7 targets in Oakland. Jordy Nelson, Martavis Bryant, and Seth Roberts round out a receiving corps that projects to little of note. Carr can’t get off deep balls to them – he’s still shaky in the pocket and his line has fallen apart. The only success this passing game has seen has come from a sanitized, checkdown-based “attack” that piles up easy, low-impact completions. Aside from occasionally-productive tight end Jared Cook, there are simply too many upside options in fantasy football to chase any of these names anymore.

Even with star rusher Joey Bosa still sidelined, there’s plenty of playmaking dynamism to go around on this Chargers defense. The pass rush is diverse and explosive, and the secondary is full of ballhawks, so quarterbacks rarely have a good time in this matchup. Over their last 3 games they’ve allowed an average of just 237 yards, and they’ve only given up more than 268 twice all year. Casey Hayward, Trevor Williams, and Desmond King form an imposing trio of cornerbacks, and rookie Derwin James has been active all over the field. Running backs, though, are putting up big numbers against the Chargers’ light front seven. Thanks in large part to the shutdown secondary, they’ve already allowed 5 different backs to notch 45 receiving yards or more.

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Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Eagles made a significant upgrade last week as they added Golden Tate via trade from Detroit. This should give the Eagles another weapon for a passing offense that seemingly has improved each week this season as Carson Wentz continues to get to full-strength. Tate will play primarily out of the slot which will push Jordan Matthews back to the bench. This is a dangerous attack with Alshon Jeffery, Golden Tate, Zach Ertz, and Nelson Agholor who can utilize his speed similar to what we saw last season instead of having to run primarily possession routes that we saw him run earlier this year.

The Cowboys pass defense features one of the best corners in football this season in Byron Jones who in his fourth-year has emerged as a cornerback that you want to avoid going up against. The issue for the Cowboys has been the rest of the secondary as Chidobe Awuzie and safety Xavier Woods are in the midst of a sophomore slump in his second season. This is a unit that has faced a lot of the same type of quarterback this season which has partially inflated their stats as they have faced Alex Smith, Marcus Mariota, Blake Bortles, Cam Newton all of whom are in the bottom 8 in terms of yards per attempt. When the Cowboys have faced the quarterbacks who are willing to throw downfield they have struggled as they allowed 375 yards to DeShaun Watson, 307 yards to Matthew Stafford, and 279 yards to Eli Manning this season. Carson Wentz ranks 10th in terms of yards per attempt which could put a lot of pressure on the Cowboys safeties this week.

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Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Over the last two weeks, the Colts have shifted offensive philosophies. After averaging throwing the ball 48 times from games 1-6, the Colts threw the ball just 27 times per game over the last two. This has been partially game script dependent as the Colts were up on the Bills very early, but it also speaks to the success that the running attack has had over the last two weeks. This is a unit that has also been more efficient throwing the ball less as Luck completed 72% of his passes over his last two games and still threw for seven touchdowns in those games as well. While it may limit his overall upside that the Colts are not throwing the ball upwards of 62 times per game, it definitely helps their overall winning chances in having a solid running game.

The Jaguars passing defense could once again be without A.J. Bouye this week which would force Quenton Meeks who is an undrafted rookie into significant playing time once again. Meeks performed fine last week against the Eagles and did not look out of place last week. Even without Bouye, this is going to continue to be one of the best secondaries in the league that has averaged allowing just 207 yards per game on the season which is the lowest in the NFL. This pass rush should be able to get to Luck and limit the amount of time that he will have to throw which could cause issues for the Colts this week. This remains the leagues best secondary by a wide margin.

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New York Jets Passing Offense vs Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

It projects as a noticeable Week 10 upgrade for the Jets passing game this week as veteran Josh McCown will step under center for the first time this year. McCown has never been better than average, but he should bring a steadying influence to a pass game riddled with misfires and bad turnovers. Last year, McCown completed a studly 67% of his throws and threw just 8 interceptions over full 12 games. Most importantly, he established a healthy rapport with deep threat Robby Anderson; the pair averaged 68 yards together last year, with a touchdown per 12 targets. McCown himself doesn’t project to much as a fantasy option – he posted just 240 yards per game last season. But if nothing else, he’ll make Anderson viable again, and he’ll see the field significantly better than the green rookie.

The Buffalo pass defense isn’t very consistent, but it’s aggressive and capable of rattling quarterbacks. The pass rush is active and diverse, and Tre’Davious White has quickly ascended to the upper echelon of NFL cornerbacks, one capable of turning opposing pass games shaky and lopsided. White isn’t a shadow cornerback, so he doesn’t necessarily trail No. 1 wideouts across the field. But he’s done phenomenal work on the likes of Stefon Diggs (17 yards on 10 targets), DeAndre Hopkins (63 on 6), and T.Y. Hilton (25 on 4) thus far. There are deficiencies elsewhere in the secondary, so this isn’t too intimidating a matchup. Big games against this group are hard to come by for a number of reasons, but big-play opportunities are often plentiful.

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