Week 10 Passing Matchups

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

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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.


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Kyler Murray continues to look like two different quarterbacks. He still seems out of sorts in typical game flow, but shines as a playmaker when the pace quickens. His mobility is obvious, and he’s capable of making strong throws while on the run. Still, there are several factors holding back Murray’s fantasy ceiling - he hasn’t reached 250 yards since Week 6, and he’s gone without throwing a touchdown in 5 of his 9 games. His pass volume has taken a big hit lately (just 26 attempts per game since Week 6) as the team has geared far more toward the run. And as it stands, the Cardinals’ spread attack lacks a dynamic downfield mismatch, so Murray doesn’t test the deep zones often. Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk lead the way in targets, but neither has reached 70 yards in a game since Week 2. The running backs are also heavily involved in the pass game, producing 22% of the team’s yardage thus far. Perhaps last Thursday signaled a breakout for blazing-fast rookie Andy Isabella, whose only target went for an 88-yard touchdown. Isabella took in a simple sideline out and weaved through the 49ers’ entire secondary en route to the end zone. If he of the 4.31 40-yard dash can carve out just 15-20 snaps a game, he’ll be a weekly fantasy threat in the vein of a young Kenny Stills. Overall, this is a grind-it-out attack that’s still trying to establish its ceiling. But against the soft Buccaneers secondary, Murray should make enough plays to supplement his rushing numbers just fine. This is one of his best opportunities of the season to show off his upside.

The Buccaneers secondary is absolutely falling apart as they have now allowed 20+ fantasy points to quarterbacks in each of their last 6 games, with averages of 310 yards and 2.4 touchdowns on the year. They’re losing both inside and out, as seen last week against Seattle, with slot man Tyler Lockett (13 catches for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns) and deep burner DK Metcalf (6 for 123 and 1) both dominating thoroughly. The Seahawks kept moving their weapons into mismatches against the Buccaneers’ weak safeties and third-round rookie Jamel Dean, who looked overwhelmed in his first major action. Fellow cornerbacks Vernon Hargreaves and Tight ends are beating this group, too, averaging 74 yards a game and scoring 6 times. Altogether, they’re wasting a strong pass rush, headlined by breakout Defensive Player of the Year candidate Shaquil Barrett and underrated bookend Carl Nassib. It’s simply not enough to make up for the many gaps left open down the field. Until this secondary shows the ability to cover anyone whatsoever, this will remain one of fantasy’s most targetable matchups.

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


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense vs Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

The Colts passing offense was shaken up last week with the knee injury that sidelined Jacoby Brissett for three-quarters of play. Brian Hoyer played decent in relief, but he showed terrible awareness in the pocket while taking four sacks, losing a fumble, and tossing an interception returned 96 yards for a touchdown. Hoyer did make some good plays and threw for three touchdowns, but if he were to start this week, the outlook for this passing offense can in no way be a positive one. Jacoby Brissett was diagnosed with a sprained MCL and actually is reported to have a shot at playing--so keep a close eye on the injury news for a pulse on this situation. Speaking of injury news, the condition of top receiver T.Y. Hilton must also continue to be monitored as he remains questionable with a calf injury. Rookie receiver Parris Campbell was also injured last week and has now been ruled out for several weeks. If Hilton misses time again, Zach Pascal--who was the top receiver last week-- should easily lead the way for this receiving group as he looked good last week. Production between Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron continues to be unpredictable, but Doyle continues to play significantly more snaps than Ebron and has been the better of the two tight ends in each of the past two games.

The Dolphins passing defense had their best game of the season last week, however, it happened to be against what has been one of the worst offenses in the league in recent weeks as the Jets have made almost any defense look elite. This Miami team has struggled mightily against the pass all season long and continues hover near the top of the list in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks and wide receivers. Edge rusher Vince Biegel looks to be an improving piece of this defensive line, but he and the rest of his linemen should have a very tough time getting to the quarterback against the stout Colts offensive line. The secondary for Miami is just flat out bad and has struggled to cover most receivers and tight ends this season. All Colts receivers have great matchups here, as do the tight ends as this secondary is giving up an average of 57 receiving yards per game to the position despite facing few teams that actually use their tight ends regularly in the passing game. The only downgrade to watch for will be if Brian Hoyer does get the start, which would, of course, give this Miami secondary a much better chance at success.

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 (Great Matchup)

While the Chargers passing offense was held out of the end zone for just the third time this season, Philip Rivers played a nice game as he completed 75 percent of his passes for 294 yards--the seventh time he has exceeded 290 passing yards this season. What was finally a strong rushing attack helped Rivers in last week’s game, but he was also locked in with Hunter Henry over the middle of the field, who led the team in targets and receptions by more than double any other player. Henry has now exceeded 80 yards ion three of his four games since returning from injury and is competing for honors of the top target in this passing offense. Production from Keenan Allen has been suffering even before Henry’s return from injury, as it has been seven weeks since he has exceeded 61 yards or found the end zone. Allen continues to see a heavy focus from opposing defenses and top cornerbacks while Rivers is simply moving on to other options in this passing offense. Mike Williams is one of those options, albeit a boom or bust one. He was full boom last week as he hauled in a few deep balls and finished with a team-leading 111 receiving yards from just three receptions--good for the first 100-yard game of his three-year career. Williams has now cleared 69 receiving yards in four of his last five games but has yet to find the end zone this season--a surprising stat for such a big-play threat.

The Raiders continue to struggle in a big way against the pass as they were lit up for over 400 passing yards and three or more touchdowns for the third time last week. This defense is now giving up the most passing yards per game in the league with 297.5, and they have allowed the second-most passing touchdowns at 22. The secondary has really done a poor job in coverage throughout the season. While cornerback Darrel Worley made a spectacular interception last week, he remains a very exploitable matchup for the likes of Mike Williams. Keenan Allen also has a great matchup coming out of the slot against LaMarcus Joyner. Hunter Henry should also be licking his chops as this defense has given up at least 60 receiving yards to tight ends in all but two games and has given up the second-most touchdowns (6) to the position. Second-year defensive lineman Arden Key had a solid game last week, but he suffered a foot injury will sideline him for the rest of the season. Losing Key will hurt the depth in this rotation of edge defenders that were already struggling to apply pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Overall, the Chargers should be able to give Rivers more than enough time for his receiving options to find space against this porous secondary.

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


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense vs Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Drew Brees returned to the starting lineup for the New Orleans Saints after missing the better part of six games due to a thumb injury he sustained early in week 2. While Teddy Bridgewater kept the ship afloat for the Saints, going 5-0 as a starter, the passing attack was far less potent with him under center. In week 8, when Brees returned to the fold, he made his presence felt at home against the Arizona Cardinals through a 373-yard and 3-touchdown performance. Michael Thomas continued his dominance in Brees' return, as he caught all 11 of his targets, accumulating 112 yards and finding the end zone once on the day. Elsewhere, Latavius Murray saw significant receiving volume out of the backfield, as he started in place of the injured Alvin Kamara. Kamara is poised to return to the starting lineup at home against the Falcons, and he is a far superior receiver to Murray. The Saints' pass-catching unit is banged up right now, as Tre'Quan Smith and Jared Cook, two starters at wide receiver and tight end, respectively, are questionable for week 10. Should they miss out, expect an especially heavy dose of both Thomas and Kamara on Sunday afternoon. The Saints' offensive line is one of the best in the entire NFL. At times, they have appeared impenetrable this season, and they should have no trouble keeping Drew Brees clean in the pocket against Atlanta's thin pass-rush.

The Atlanta Falcons' pass defense has been one of the worst in the NFL, and this inability to contain opposing passing attacks is the leading cause for the team's horrific 1-7 start to the season. Head coach Dan Quinn assumed the defensive coordinator responsibilities this offense, as he wanted full control over his more familiar unit, but this has been an unmitigated disaster through the first eight games of the season. So far this season, the Falcons rank in the bottom-five of the NFL in passing touchdowns allowed, interceptions forced, and net yards per attempt permitted to opposing offenses. Along the defensive line, Grady Jarrett is one of the league's best interior pass rushers. Unfortunately, the Falcons' lack of depth in the trenches leaves Jarrett largely unsupported, allowing opposing offensive lines to key on him in pass-protection. At linebacker, Deion Jones is one of the league's best athletes at the position, which he takes advantage of in coverage. Jones grades as the Falcons' best pass-defender this season, which is highly problematic, due to the lack of talent in the team's secondary. Desmond Trufant is the lone defender with an interception for the Falcons this season, but he has missed the last three games due to a toe injury that has his status for Week 10 in question. Replacing Trufant, a committee of Isaiah Oliver, Kendall Sheffield, and Damontae Kazee has been atrocious in coverage. On a near-weekly basis, blown coverages have left the Falcons' secondary regularly exposed and vulnerable against long pass plays. At safety, Ricardo Allen is an elite run-stopper, but his coverage skills lag far behind. Overall, a general lack of talent aside from Grady Jarrett on the defensive line and Deion Jones at linebacker leaves the Falcons with one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. Expect the New Orleans Saints to have a field day through the air in week 10 when they take on the Atlanta Falcons at home in the friendly confines of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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


New York Giants Passing Offense at New York Jets Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

The New York Giants' passing attack has been extremely erratic this season, thanks to the inconsistent performance of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. Jones, heading into his eighth start of the season, has yet to play a game with his full complement of pass-catchers available, and week 10 will be more of the same, as Sterling Shepard remains in concussion protocol this week. Daniel Jones, as a young, inexperienced, and overmatched rookie quarterback typically does, has struggled to work through his progressions this season. Jones frequently locks in on his first read and attempts to force the ball in that direction if there is any semblance of a window to fit the ball in. This propensity to force throws led to significant volume for Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley last week on predominantly short passes. The Giants will likely have to go in a different direction this week as Evan Engram is out with a foot injury leaving the Giants very thin for receiving options with Sterling Shepard also likely to miss this week. Golden Tate commands the most valuable targets in New York's offense, running deeper routes and with comparable volume to both Barkley and Engram since entering the fold after serving a four-game suspension to open this season. The Giants' offensive line is much more effective in pass protection than it is run blocking, which bodes well for the team's passing attack in a fantastic matchup against the rival New York Jets here in week 10.

The only thing that could have made the New York Jets' 1-6 start to the 2019 season any worse was a week 9 loss to the winless Miami Dolphins. After a tumultuous stretch of off-the-field issues, including a public spat with star safety Jamal Adams, the New York Jets came out flat against the Dolphins in a 26-18 loss to who most had pegged as the worst team in the NFL. Over their past two games, the Jets have allowed Gardner Minshew and Ryan Fitzpatrick to post an average of 283.5 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. The Jets pass defense is a horrific unit this season, and their personnel matches their results through the first half of 2019. Along the defensive line, the only average pass-rusher is edge-rusher Jordan Jenkins. Jenkins has three sacks this season, which is an uninspiring total for a team's leading pass-rusher, especially when the underlying pressure numbers are not much better. At linebacker, the Jets are especially weak in coverage. Harvey Langi and James Burgess, the team's two starting linebackers, are particularly poor pass-defenders, as neither player has even recorded a single pass-breakup this season. A poor pass rush, coupled with this weakness, sets the stage for one of the league's worst pass defenses. Thankfully, the Jets' secondary is one of the more talented units in the NFL. Jamal Adams, Brian Poole, and Marcus Maye make for a strong young core in the Jets' defensive backfield, and this trio kept the unit afloat early in the season. However, the recent struggles against sub-par passing attacks are a major red flag for a team that many have speculated is not particularly interested in playing for current head coach Adam Gase. Overall, week 10 is primed to be a major upswing for the New York Giants' passing attack. Look for Golden Tate and Saquon Barkley, the two most likely candidates to match up with the Jets' horrific coverage linebackers, to feast on the short and intermediate throws that Daniel Jones heavily favors.

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


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

For the most part, Jameis Winston remains an erratic mess as a passer. Coach Bruce Arians recently said that Winston has a “habit of trying to be Superman,” but he lacks touch and polish on most of his throws, even when he’s not rushed. On the Buccaneers’ game-tying drive last Sunday, he served up two high, wobbly throws that could easily have been pick-sixes. Earlier, he had sent a similar duck into quadruple coverage in the Seattle end zone; he was saved when a wild bounce resulted in a touchdown. Winston hands over a ton of turnovers (15 through 8 games), but he’s routinely rescued from even more by Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, the NFL’s most imposing duo. Evans is on a historic tear right now, with 89-198 yards in 5 of his last 6 games. Apart from a catchless Week 5, he’s averaged a line of 9 receptions, 151 yards, and 1.4 touchdowns over that span. An instant mismatch on virtually every snap, Evans is in dominant form and should find success against a struggling Patrick Peterson. Godwin continues to dominate from the slot, averaging a 7-96-0.6 line of his own on the year. Tight ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate aren’t very involved, but both boast big-play ability and high career touchdown rates. As a result, Winston is as much a threat to put up 350 yards and 4 touchdowns as he is to collapse and throw 5 interceptions. And even when he struggles, Evans and Godwin are gifted enough to maximize whatever they’re given - especially in this dream matchup. Few passing games boast this kind of ceiling, and their floor comes up as well against the Cardinals’ mix-and-match secondary.

The Cardinals have fielded an easy-to-exploit pass defense all year, giving up the league’s fourth-most yards per game and second-most touchdowns. What’s concerning is that they haven’t improved a bit with All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson back in the lineup. Peterson has been victimized in back-to-back weeks en route to huge fantasy lines for Michael Thomas (11 catches for 112 yards and a touchdown) and Emmanuel Sanders (7 for 112 and 1). Of course, Peterson is certainly not the only issue in this lackluster secondary. He gets little help from teammates Tramaine Brock and Byron Murphy, and the rotation of safeties is lacking. Brock in particular has been one of football’s weakest cover men out of the slot, and he’ll square off with Chris Godwin, who has dominated to the tune of 101 yards per game. This matchup will hinge largely on how well Peterson handles the red-hot Mike Evans on the outside. There are a few shadow cornerbacks capable of giving Evans problems, but at the moment, Peterson doesn’t look like one of them. In a nutshell, even if Peterson takes a step forward, this will still look like one of Week 10’s best mismatches to pick on.

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


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense at Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Lamar Jackson has been the toast of 2019 thus far. His rushing skills are obvious, but his improvisation skills and live arm have made for a dynamic air attack as well. This Ravens offense is definitively ground-based, running the ball at the league’s third-highest rate, but there’s enough play volume and playmaking ability here for Jackson to post big numbers in any matchup. They’re at their best with speedy rookie Marquise Brown on the field, and he seems to be over his minor ankle injury (40 snaps last week). Brown has been kept under wraps of late, with just 141 yards over his last 4 games, but is always involved when Jackson is throwing. The same goes for explosive tight end Mark Andrews, the other big piece of this passing game. Andrews has drawn 7+ targets in 7 of his 8 games, and he’s put up 99+ yards 3 times. Jackson will look Brown’s and Andrews’ way often while game flow calls for it, and both are capable of big things on every touch. There’s not much to look at elsewhere, though, where Willie Snead, Seth Roberts, and the backup tight ends see very sporadic usage.

The Bengals haven’t given up much raw passing yardage here in 2019 - just 266 per game. But that’s come far more through game flow than through smothering defensive play. The 0-8 Bengals’ opponents simply don’t have to throw much, but when they do, they put up plenty of efficiency (a league-high 8.3 net yards per attempt). Case in point: in Week 8, Jared Goff and the Rams’ up-and-down pass game put up 372 yards and 2 touchdowns over just 31 dropbacks. Cooper Kupp dominated B.W. Webb in the slot, racking up 220 yards and a long score, while the outside men repeatedly won downfield and after the catch. Cornerback William Jackson has been a liability all year - he’s a big reason this unit has already allowed 12 different receivers to top 65 yards. He gets little help from safeties Jessie Bates and Shawn Williams, both of whom have regressed mightily since last season. The result is shaky coverage on the boundaries and tons of open space between the downfield zones. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens’ playmakers project nicely against this porous group.

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


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

The Chicago Bears' passing attack is reeling after failing to find the end zone for a second consecutive game last weekend. Many have been critical of head coach and play-caller, Matt Nagy, as well as the team's supposed franchise quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky, amidst Chicago's offensive struggles. Trubisky has yet to throw for more than 253 yards in a game this season, and opposing defenses have clearly identified the third-year quarterback as a weak point in the Bears' offense. Trubisky's most significant shortcomings when he entered the NFL were his decision-making and his inability to process information quickly with the ball in his hands. The Bears had hoped he would improve upon these two skills throughout his time as an NFL quarterback, but this has not been the case. Trubisky often looks baffled in the pocket, missing wide-open receivers and making ill-advised throws to heavily-covered receivers with regularity. The lone bright spot in Chicago's passing attack is wide receiver, Allen Robinson. Last weekend was a low-point in Robinson's 2019 campaign, as it was for the entire Bears' passing attack, as they struggled to move the ball against Philadelphia's horrific secondary. Although Robinson only hauled in 1 pass for a measly 6 yards on the afternoon, he still led the Bears in targets (5) and air yards (87) in week 10; his role as the dominant number-one wide receiver in the team's offense is unquestioned. Tarik Cohen, the Bears' passing-down running back, is the second-most involved pass-catcher on the team. His volume is relatively consistent in the offense; however, a total lack of downfield targets limits his receiving upside. Chicago's offensive line has done the passing attack no favors this season and, aside from left guard Cody Whitehair, they grade as a below-average group across the board. The Bears failed to capitalize on a strong matchup against the Eagles' bottom-ranked pass defense in week 9, and alarm bells are ringing throughout the windy city. A week 10 clash with the Detroit Lions' struggling secondary will offer Nagy and Trubisky what could ultimately be the duo's final lifeline as a head-coach-quarterback pairing with the Chicago Bears.

The Detroit Lions' pass defense ranks amongst the league's worst units across the board this season. In 2019, the Lions have allowed 16 passing touchdowns while forcing only 3 interceptions, one of the worst touchdown-to-interception ratios in the NFL. Along the defensive line, Trey Flowers, the Lions' most-hyped offseason acquisition, has bounced back after a rough start to his career in Detroit. Flowers leads the team with four sacks through the first eight games of the season, but unfortunately, there is little support for him elsewhere in the Lions' front-seven. At linebacker, Jarrad Davis and Christian Jones both struggle mightily in coverage, leaving the Lions exposed defending short and intermediate routes against both running backs and tight ends. Then, in the secondary, Tracy Walker has impressed at safety once again in 2019. After a rookie campaign in which Walker exceeded all expectations, his performance in coverage has remained exceptional. Walker is questionable for week 10 after sustaining a right knee injury, and if he is unable to play for the Lions, it will be a massive loss for Detroit's already-struggling pass defense. At cornerback, Darius Slay still commands the respect of opposing quarterbacks, as the 28-year-old has a long track record as one of the league's premier shut-down defenders. Aside from these two, however, the Lions' secondary is a disappointing unit elsewhere. With both Slay and Walker battling back from injuries, the Lions' secondary will be extremely susceptible in week 10 against the Chicago Bears. Chicago's passing attack has been one of the worst in the NFL this season, and a matchup against Detroit's struggling and banged-up pass-defense offers the perfect remedy for their issues. Should Chicago continue to struggle in such a strong matchup, expect the Bears to shuffle around pieces on the depth chart and potentially on the coaching staff to try to salvage the season and jobs throughout the organization.

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


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Tennessee Titans Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The return of Patrick Mahomes is imminent as he looks to get this passing offense back on track against the Titans. Matt Moore did all that could be expected plus more while leading this offense in the absence of Mahomes, but he (nor many other quarterbacks in the league) can hold a candle to what Mahomes brings to this offense. Mahomes returns to more weapons than what he left with as his full arsenal comes into this week healthy. Tyreek Hill should be the defacto top target as this week, barring any unforeseen circumstances, should mark the first time this season both he and Mahomes will have played over 50 percent of a game together. Hill has some momentum coming into this one after a season-high 140 yards and a touchdown last week. He has exceeded 70 yards in each game since returning in Week 6, also adding four touchdowns over that span. Travis Kelce has had a good, but not great, season with very consistent volume as he has been targeted at least eight times in all but one game. He has crossed 90 yards just once while scoring only two touchdowns, and he has been held below 75 yards in five straight game. What is a fine season for most tight ends has been just decent for Kelce as he will look to get into the end zone against a weakened Titans secondary.

The Titans have been holding their own against the pass for most of this season, but they were dealt a blow last week with the season-ending injury to cornerback Malcolm Butler. Butler had not been their top cornerback by any means, but he was a solid piece in this secondary that has limited depth, as it will be a steep drop-off in talent behind Butler. It will be quite advantageous for Tyreek Hill when lining up against the likes of LeShaun Sims or Tye Smith on the outside. Even if the Titans decide to shadow Hill with Adoree Jackson, Hill still maintains a matchup advantage. Logan Ryan has been very impressive out of the slot and should do a decent job covering Sammy Watkins. Safety Kevin Byard has also been one of the top safeties in football this season and will play a key role in covering Tyreek Hill on the deep balls while also helping to keep tabs on Travis Kelce. If Kelce can find the right matchups against Titans linebackers, however, he should have a good shot at some chunk gains as the Titans have struggled against tight ends at times this season.

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


Los Angeles Rams Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jared Goff doesn’t look like the same quarterback that opened 2018 on a tear. Around midseason last year - around the time trusted slot receiver Cooper Kupp went down - Goff seemingly lost much of the poise and decisiveness that had taken the league by storm. Thus far in 2019, he’s dropped nearly a full yard per attempt, and his touchdown rate has dropped nearly 40% from last season. Still, even with his warts, he’s plenty capable of blow-up games, with performances of 517, 395, and 372 already on the books. In Week 8, he took advantage of a horrid Bengals secondary to rack up 12.0 yards per attempt in one of his sharpest games ever. He’ll move forward for awhile without Brandin Cooks, whose concussions have become a serious concern. But as long as Kupp and Robert Woods are healthy and engaged, Goff will carry as strong a weekly ceiling as anyone. Kupp has already topped 100 yards 5 times this year - including 220 last week - as an explosive dominator in the slot. His connection with Goff is strong (a 67% catch rate), and he’s already found the end zone 5 times. Woods hasn’t seen much of a boost without Cooks, but always looms as a versatile target all over the field. Even tight end Gerald Everett has gotten in on the fun, with 44+ yards and/or a touchdown in 3 of his last 5 games.

The Pittsburgh pass defense remains a volatile unit, one that’s flashed brilliance albeit against weak opponents. All in all, there are enough holes here for dynamic pass games to exploit for big plays. The Steelers sit 10th league-wide in net yards allowed, but 24th in touchdowns, with even Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Hoyer posting multi-touchdown games lately. The biggest vulnerabilities are inside, where the linebackers and safeties still struggle mightily in coverage. Slot cornerback Mike Hilton has fallen off from a strong start; he and rookie linebacker Devin Bush both gave up easy touchdowns last week to the Colts. Trade acquisition Minkah Fitzpatrick has also suffered his share of lapses down the field. This unit generally holds its own against shaky quarterbacking, but a matchup with Jared Goff and the Rams’ receivers could go one of any number of ways. It’s easy to project, at the very least, a handful of big slot plays from Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods.

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


New York Jets Passing Offense vs New York Giants Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The New York Jets' offense is reeling right now eight games into the Adam Gase era. Second-year quarterback Sam Darnold famously proclaimed while wearing a microphone during Monday Night Football against the New England Patriots that he was "seeing ghosts" on the field that kept him second-guessing all of his decisions throughout his 0-touchdown and 4-interception performance. Since then, even against lesser opponents, his results have been horrendous. Against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Darnold registered 218 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions while leading the Jets' offense to just 15 points on the day. Then, last weekend, Darnold threw for 260 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception in a 26-18 loss to the otherwise-winless Miami Dolphins. Darnold favors three main pass-catchers through the air: Jamison Crowder, Robby Anderson, and Le'Veon Bell. Crowder works primarily in the slot on short and intermediate routes; subsequently, Crowder racks up high target totals, but underwhelming yardage on a weekly basis. Anderson is the team's best deep-threat. While his target numbers are highly variable on a week-to-week basis, his ceiling of production is always elite thanks to his high average-depth-of-target. Lastly, Bell is a safety blanket for Sam Darnold. In Pittsburgh, Bell was one of the league's leading pass-catching running backs. However, his role in the Jets' passing attack is significantly smaller than it was in years past. The Jets' offensive line ranks amongst the league's worst this year, which certainly does not help quarterback Sam Darnold, but thankfully a soft matchup with the Giants' horrific pass defense is lined up for the Jets here in week 10.

The New York Giants secondary was gashed through the air once again in week 9, as the Dallas Cowboys racked up 257 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air on Monday Night Football. The Giants' defense ranks near the bottom of the league in almost every notable pass defense metric this year, and their startling lack of talent both along the defensive line and in coverage is to blame. Along the defensive line, the only impactful pass rusher on the Giants' roster this season has been Markus Golden. Golden's sack total of 5.5 for the season is overinflated thanks to an unsustainably-high conversion rate on his pressures. Golden does not pressure the opposing quarterback at an impressive rate, and this is the best predictor of future sack totals. At linebacker, Alec Ogletree makes up for his shortcomings in run defense by defending the pass better than most other NFL linebackers. Ogletree's elite athleticism allows him to cover the field from sideline-to-sideline, but unfortunately, David Mayo, the team's other starter, struggles in this regard. Mayo and Ogletree are polar opposite players; whereas Ogletree is small, speedy, and weak against the run, Mayo is big, physical, and formidable in run defense. This trend holds true in coverage as well, where Mayo is a liability. Finally, in the secondary, rookie DeAndre Baker is one of the most picked-on cornerbacks in the NFL. Baker, a first-round selection out of the University of Georgia, was an elite cornerback in college; however, his production throughout his first half-season in the pros has left much to be desired. Elsewhere, Janoris Jenkins, Antoine Bethea, and Jabrill Peppers have all posted disappointing numbers this season as well. As a whole, the Giants' pass defense fully deserves its bottom-10 rankings across the board in various pass-defense metrics.

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


Tennessee Titans Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Titans passing offense put up a season-high 331 yards last week, but Ryan Tannehill was just mediocre in the effort as he tossed a couple of interceptions while missing on most of his deep targets. Tannehill has certainly been competent in his three starts under center for the Titans and has not been afraid to push the ball downfield, but he has yet to be particularly successful without lapses in coverage to help his productivity. Tannehill has also struggled with interceptions, throwing at least one in three of the last four games he has played in. Titans receivers have been about as inconsistent as they come in this unpredictable passing offense. A.J. Brown led the pack last week after finishing with just two receptions in three of his four preceding games. Corey Davis has finished with more than 50 receiving yards just twice this season as he is seeing far from WR1 volume, while Adam Humphries is a short-yardage slot threat averaging fewer than 10 yards per reception also with just two games of more than 50 receiving yards. Delanie Walker remains week to week with an injury, and while Jonnu Smith had a pair of nice games in Weeks 7 and 8, he put up a dud last week with just three receptions for 18 yards.

The Chiefs defense has given up three passing touchdowns in back-to-back games after allowing more than one passing touchdown in five of their first seven games. Cornerback Charvarius Ward is having an impressive season as opposing quarterbacks are routinely avoiding him in coverage. Ward should provide a challenge for Corey Davis as they look to square off on most snaps. Bashaud Breeland, on the other hand, has been far from impressive opposite Ward and has been dealing with a banged-up shoulder since Week 8. Breeland should offer an easier matchup for the likes of Tajae Sharpe and A.J. Brown. The Chiefs pass rush was uplifted last week with the return of Chris Jones, however, they still managed to apply limited pressure with just one sack against a middling the Vikings offensive line. Both Frank Clark and Alex Okafor also remained sidelined last week and are questionable coming into this game. While the Titans have had dysfunctional pass protection all season, the absence of both Clarke and Okafor would afford them a much better chance at keeping Tannehill upright and able to locate open targets downfield.

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Buffalo Bills Passing Offense at Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Josh Allen and this Bills passing offense continue to be an offense that wants to be a run-first offense as they threw the ball just 20 times last week and have thrown for under 220 yards in each of their last five contests. The one bright spot for this offense continues to be John Brown who continues to develop into a consistent receiver as he now has 50 yards or more in every game this season including 70 yards or more in five of his eight games. Outside of Brown, the Bills could really use a receiver to step up as they make their post-season run as Cole Beasley who is the team’s second receiver has seen his volume decrease significantly and has turned into more of a red-zone target as he has scored a touchdown in three straight games, but is averaging just 22 yards per game. Outside of Brown and Beasley, there is not a receiver on this roster that has more than 10 receptions on the season.

The Browns secondary much like their season has been a lost year for a team coming into the year with extremely high expectations. While they have not been terrible as they have only allowed three 250 yard passers or more and have not allowed a quarterback to throw for more than 300 yards, the issue has been touchdowns allowed. Over the last six games, the Browns have allowed every quarterback that they have faced to throw for at least two touchdowns. Armed with two of the most talented young cornerbacks in the NFL in Greedy Williams and Denzel Ward, the two corners just do not look healthy after both missing four games earlier this year with hamstring injuries. The Browns did make a move this past week as they waived Jermaine Whitehead after he struggled to defend Noah Fant allowing a 75-yard pass for a touchdown. This remains a team that still has significant talent, but are playing at a league-average pace right now. Expect the Bills to not test this secondary unless they need to as they should have more success running the ball.

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Carolina Panthers Passing Offense at Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Cam Newton’s season has officially ended as he was placed on Injured Reserve this week, paving the way for Kyle Allen to retain his job as the starter from here on out. Allen bounced back with a decent showing last week after falling apart in Week 8 against the 49ers. He did throw another interception in last week’s game to mark his second straight game with a pick after starting his season clean through his first four games. Allen has also completed less than 55 percent of his passes in back-to-back games, but he should continue to serve as a mediocre option to manage a Christian McCaffrey-led offense moving forward. McCaffrey did have a quiet game through the air last week with just 20 yards, but he scored his third receiving touchdown within the past four games and continues to dominate touches for this offense. D.J. Moore remains the top target in the passing game and has led the team in receptions for four straight week, crossing the 100-yard mark for the first time this season in last week’s game. Curtis Samuel continues to have a limited ceiling, but he has amassed over 45 yards in three straight games with at least six targets in seven straight contests as he has been consistently involved in the offense. Greg Olsen made a few nice catches last week but he remains an unreliable contributor as he has exceeded 15 yards just twice in the past five games with only one red-zone look over that span.

The Packers pass defense has been above average for most of the season, giving up the eighth-fewest fantasy points per game to both wide receivers and quarterbacks while ranking near the middle of the pack in sacks (22). This secondary has given up just one touchdown to wide receivers over the past four weeks, but that hasn’t come without some relatively inconsistent play. Both Jaire Alexander and Kevin King Slot have had their share of struggles containing outside receivers at times this season. King has been dealing with a groin injury and was limited to just 20 snaps last week, but he actually looked good on all 20 snaps and had one of his better games in coverage on a per route basis. Both Alexander and King should afford slight advantages to the outside Panthers receivers. Slot cornerback Tramon Williams has been the top contributor for this secondary though, regularly locking down opposing slot receivers. The pass rush for the Packers may have put up average numbers in the sack column, but they have a fierce pair of edge rushers that should be a handful for a Panthers offensive line that has allowed multiple sacks in all eight games. This linebacker group for the Packers has actually done a decent job covering running backs despite a rough showing from Blake Martinez last week. An opposing running back hasn’t exceeded 30 receiving yards since Week 3 and hasn’t scored a receiving touchdown since Week 4, which could at least slightly dampen the outlook for McCaffrey through the air.

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

2019 has been arguably Matthew Stafford's best season of his NFL career to date. While he has posted more impressive raw totals in previous seasons, predominantly due to the pass-heavy nature of the Lions' offense in seasons when they played almost exclusively from behind, his efficiency totals in 2019 are by far the best of his career. This season, Stafford's touchdown to interception ratio of 19-to-5 is one of the best in the NFL, and he is backing that up with 7.6 net yards per attempt, the 4th-best mark in the league. In his last 3 outings, all very high-scoring affairs, Stafford has recorded at least 340 passing yards and 3 touchdowns in all 3. The Lions' 2019 passing attack is built around its top two wide receivers: Marvin Jones, Jr.and Kenny Golladay. These two receivers account for nearly 50-percent of the receiving production in Detroit's offense on the season. The pair has posted comparable receiving numbers across the board this season, and there is no reason to believe that will change any time soon. Danny Amendola, the team's primary slot receiver, erupted in week one against the Arizona Cardinals, only to go dormant until week seven. Amendola cannot be relied upon for consistent contributions, as his production in 2019 has been extremely erratic. T.J. Hockenson, the Lions' first-round pick in this past NFL Draft, has also been inconsistent throughout his rookie season. Averaging a shade under five targets-per-game, Hockenson is not a focal point of the Lions' offense every week, but a juicy matchup against the Chicago Bears' defense makes him a player to keep an eye on this weekend. Detroit's combination of consistent performance in the trenches with the top-flight group of pass-catchers on the outside has helped Matthew Stafford emerge as one of the NFL's best quarterbacks here in year number 11 under-center, even if it has gone mostly unnoticed.

This season, the Chicago Bears' pass defense ranks amongst in the top-third of the NFL best both with regards to efficiency, allowing the sixth-best net yards per attempt in the league, as well as raw totals, giving up only eight passing touchdowns on the season, sixth-best in the league. In the trenches, Khalil Mack continues to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks this season. Mack leads the team with 5.5 sacks through 8 games, and he commands a level of attention unlike any other edge-rusher in the NFL. At linebacker, there is a definitive weakness for the Chicago Bears' defense in coverage. Both Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith grade as well-below-average linebackers in coverage this season. These struggles have enabled opposing offenses to gash Chicago through the air with their tight ends with regularity this season. Last weekend, Zach Ertz finally posted a top-end performance after a disappointing start to the 2019 campaign, and his success was largely thanks to lackadaisical coverage by Chicago's linebackers. This weekend, T.J. Hockenson finds himself in a position to capitalize on the Bears' biggest defensive weakness. While Hockenson's volume and overall production have been inconsistent this season, a week 10 matchup with Chicago's linebacking corps is an elite opportunity for the young tight end to right the ship and make his presence felt. In the secondary, the Bears field a wide range of defensive talents. Prince Amukamara and HaHa Clinton-Dix are two of the stronger coverage players at the back-end of any defense. However, Kyle Fuller, Buster Skrine, and Eddie Jackson have all struggled this season. Both Fuller and Jackson posted impressive numbers last season, and the hope is that they will be able to turn it around before it is too late this season. On the other hand, Skrine has consistently been a liability at slot cornerback throughout his career; there is little cause to expect improvement on his end in the near future. Overall, Chicago's pass defense is filled with both top-end talents and underperforming coverage options. As a whole, they are likely closer to a league-average unit than their numbers suggest through eight games this season. Week 10 projects as a neutral environment for the Detroit passing attack, but there are evident opportunities for the Lions to exploit the weak links in Chicago's pass defense.

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Green Bay Packers Passing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

In the words of Aaron Rodgers, this offense ate some humble pie last week as they were shut down by the Chargers. A strong performance from the Packers pass rush forced a banged-up Packers offensive line to allow far too much pressure on Rodgers, which was one of the primary reasons for such a crash for this offense that had looked spectacular in the preceding two weeks. While Rodgers has certainly had a few clunkers this season, he remains an every-week candidate to put up massive numbers in this passing offense. Davante Adams is a similar big-production threat as he immediately returned to the top option for Rodgers in his first game since suffering a toe injury in Week 4. Better days should also be expected ahead for Adams. however, he will be up against stout coverage yet again in this week’s matchup. While Allen Lazard’s snap count took a dip with the return of Adams, his role in this offense was still meaningful as he actually led the team in receiving last week. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, on the other hand, had his second straight abysmal showing while Geronimo Allison continues to struggle through injuries as he took another big hit that may have limited him last week. Both running backs remain viable threats out of the backfield, albeit Aaron Jones had virtually no production through the air last week with Jamaal Williams seeing six receptions to just one for Jones.

Carolina gave up 331 passing yards to Ryan Tannehill of the Titans last week, but this defense actually played well with most of that production coming in garbage-time after they pulled away to a big lead by halftime. The strength of this Panthers defense has been in the trenches as they now lead the league in sacks with 34 while converting sacks on a league-leading 20 percent of their pressures. The Packers offensive line has done a decent job in pass protection all season, but they certainly struggled last week as both tackles and their center have been playing through nagging injuries. In the secondary, have a pair of solid outside cornerbacks in James Bradberry and Donte Jackson--both of whom should provide adequate challenges for the Packers receivers. Safety Eric Reid has had a rough season overall against tight end as he and this linebacker group has given up at least 47 yards to opposing tight ends in three of the last four games. Reid had a solid game against the Titans and Jonnu Smith last week, but Jimmy Graham will still get the nod in this matchup. The big question for the entire Packers offense here will be how their offensive line can withstand pressure from the Panthers as the Chargers clearly showed how terrible this Packers offense can be when Rodgers is under consistent duress.

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Miami Dolphins Passing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Ryan Fitzpatrick has somewhat reinvigorated this struggling Dolphins passing offense, passing for multiple touchdowns in back-to-back weeks and exceeding 280 passing yards in two of his last three games since taking over as the starter. Just as this team got its first win and things were at least starting to look up, they were hit with a couple of tough losses of key offensive weapons. Running back Mark Walton has been suspended for the next four games, which should open up more passing opportunities for Kallen Ballage--which may not actually be a good thing as Ballage has looked terrible trying to catch the ball this season. The bigger loss for this offense was the season-ending injury to rookie Preston Williams. Williams had been the leading wide receiver and comes off his best game yet with two touchdowns last week. Filling the void will primarily be DeVante Parker, who has actually been quite productive with four touchdowns in his past five games. Parker has been historically unreliable, but he could be seeing quite an uptick in targets that should afford him the opportunity to contribute in a big way this week.

The Colts passing defense has been littered with inconsistency throughout the season. In half of their games against above-average passing offenses, they have given up an average of over 310 passing yards per game and a total of eight passing touchdowns. In the other half of their games against underwhelming passing offenses, this group has limited quarterbacks to an average of just 177 passing yards per game and four total touchdowns. This defense certainly has some talent to lean on with Justin Houston rushing the quarterback and Malik Hooker watching over the secondary at free safety. Both have proven to be playmakers for this defense. Cornerback has been a weakness though, as Pierre Desir and Rock Ya-Sin have been underwhelming in coverage. Desir has been dealing with an ongoing knee injury but appears likely to play this week. That may not be the best of things though, as while Desir has struggled, his replacement--rookie Marvell Tell--has played two excellent games. Whether it is Desir or Tell, however, DeVante Parker should still have a slight advantage here. The rest of the Dolphins passing offense, including their offensive line, should be at a disadvantage against this relatively well-rounded passing defense that has proven to be more than capable of shutting down questionable passing offenses.

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San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense vs Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The San Francisco 49ers were heavily reliant upon a strong rushing attack through the first eight weeks of the 2019 season. However, last week, on Thursday night, they turned to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to win a game for them through the air, and he came through with a massive 317-yard and 4-touchdown performance. The 49ers made a move at the trade deadline to bring Emmanuel Sanders into town as the team's new number-one wide receiver. He surpassed expectations last week, posting 7 receptions on 9 targets for 112 yards and 1 touchdown. Sanders now offers an excellent complement to tight end George Kittle, who finished the day with 6 receptions on 8 targets for 79 yards and a score of his own. Kittle suffered what initially looked to be a significant lower leg injury during week 9's outing against the Arizona Cardinals; however, he returned to action later in the game and is probable for week 10, officially listed with knee and ankle soreness. Dante Pettis' role has deteriorated since the arrival of Emmanuel Sanders, but Deebo Samuel, on the other hand, remains a prominent figure in San Francisco's offense. Samuel is an electric playmaker with the ball in his hands, and Kyle Shannahan regularly schemes creative and unique ways to get him the ball in space. San Francisco's offensive line is anxiously awaiting the return of two of their best offensive linemen: Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey. Both players are officially questionable for week 10 after missing extended time with leg injuries, and the return of one would surely benefit the 49ers' already-efficient passing attack.

The Seattle Seahawks' pass defense is an erratic unit this season, ranking 8th in passing touchdowns permitted, 12th in interceptions forced, and 24th in net yards per pass attempt allowed. The Seahawks have faced a relatively easy schedule, and their personnel resembles that of an average-to-below-average unit in 2019. In the trenches, Jadeveon Clowney is rounding back into form as one of the NFL's premier pass-rushers after struggling early in the season. While he only has two sacks on the season, he is pressuring opposing quarterbacks at a comparable rate to many of the league's best edge-rushers. Opposite Clowney, however, Ezekiel Ansah, another offseason addition to Seattle's defensive front, has struggled mightily to rebound after offseason hip surgery. Ansah has supplied minimal pass-rushing production, and Clowney is a one-man-wrecking crew for Seattle up front. At linebacker, the Seahawks have been especially weak in coverage. Both Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright have been horrific defending the pass in 2019. Wagner's struggles are a bit of an anomaly, as he is typically one of the NFL's best all-around linebackers against both the run and the pass. K.J. Wright, however, has long been a liability defending the pass. This apparent weakness in Seattle's pass defense leaves the Seahawks susceptible over the middle of the field, especially against running backs and tight ends in the passing game. In the secondary, Shaquill Griffin is a budding star in the NFL. Now, in his third year in the NFL, Griffin is the lone bright spot for the Seattle Seahawks' defensive backfield. The team made a move two weeks ago to bring Quandre Diggs into town from the Detroit Lions, but he is suffering from a hamstring injury that will likely keep him sidelined this weekend. In his place, Marquise Blair, a rookie second-round pick, will see increased action against the 49ers. Blair has shown promise in his limited playing time, but a prominent role against one of the NFL's most schematically-impressive offenses will prove to be a massive test for the young safety. Overall, the Seahawks' pass defense is a middling unit whose raw numbers have been saved by a weak schedule to open the 2019 campaign. Expect the 49ers' passing attack to post highly-efficient numbers once again in week 10's Monday night battle between NFC West foes.

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Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense at New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Atlanta Falcons enter week 10's matchup with the New Orleans Saints coming off of a much-needed bye week. Quarterback Matt Ryan missed the team's week 8 clash with the Seattle Seahawks due to a high ankle sprain, but he is expected to return this weekend after over two weeks to rest. This weekend will be Ryan's first game at the helm since the Falcons sent Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots in exchange for a second-round draft pick. Without Sanu, second-year wide receiver Calvin Ridley is expected to assume a larger role in Atlanta's passing attack. Ridley, a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, has the talent to convert added opportunity into big-time production, as he has flashed throughout his young NFL career. Julio Jones remains one of the top pass-catchers in the NFL, and his role in Atlanta's offense will remain relatively unchanged following Sanu's departure. Russell Gage emerged in week 9, with Matt Schaub under center, as the Falcons' new number-three wide receiver. Week 9 was an abnormally high-volume passing day for Atlanta's offense, but Gage still commanded 9 targets, converting them into 7 receptions for 58 yards on the day. Austin Hooper's breakout season at tight end rolls on, as he has tallied at least six receptions or a touchdown in seven out of eight games this year. Atlanta's offensive line is the major weak link in their passing attack. Aside from left tackle Jake Matthews and center Alex Mack, the Falcons' offensive line is an extremely inconsistent unit that has struggled to keep Matt Ryan upright all season. A clash with the New Orleans Saints' impressive pass rush will likely give the Falcons fits, stacking the odds against Atlanta once again in week 10 after a dismal 1-7 start to the year.

The New Orleans Saints' pass defense ranks in the top one-third of the NFL in both passing touchdowns and net yards per attempt allowed; however, they have struggled to generate turnovers, with just three interceptions on the year. Along the defensive line, Cameron Jordan has been one of the league's most consistent edge-rushers for years, and 2019 has been no different. Jordan ranks fifth in the NFL with eight sacks to his name so far this season. Opposite Cameron Jordan, Marcus Davenport has three sacks of his own so far in his second NFL season, keeping offenses on their toes and wary of pressure on both edges. At linebacker, there is an obvious weak point in New Orleans' pass defense: A.J. Klein. Klein is a severe liability in coverage, ranking as the Saints' second-most targeted defender, yet he remains without even one pass-breakup this season. In the secondary, Marshon Lattimore has performed like one of the league's best young cornerbacks in stretches throughout his young career. However, his performance in 2019 has been erratic, and it is dangerous to rely upon him as a lockdown cornerback regularly here in his third NFL season. Elsewhere at cornerback, Eli Apple has continually improved as a member of the Saints since he was acquired from the New York Giants early in the 2018 season. At safety, Marcus Williams is one of the best pass-defenders in the NFL, with two interceptions and three pass breakups to his name through eight games. Overall, the Saints' pass defense is an above-average unit both by the numbers and based on the personnel across the board. The Atlanta Falcons' high-volume pass-attack will be in for a long day at the office if they try to air it out and pull the upset over the first-place team in the NFC South.

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Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Andy Dalton has mercifully been benched, likely bringing an end to an eight-year era of mediocrity. Dalton doesn’t deserve nearly all the blame for his nightmarish 2019, but he simply isn’t good enough to overcome the Bengals’ many woes and make a difference. It makes more sense to sample rookie Ryan Finley’s outlook over the second half of an 0-8 season. Like Dalton before him, Finley doesn’t project as a dynamic NFL passer, with an average arm and mobility. And it’s hard to expect much success working in the same punchless situation that broke Dalton. The Bengals have produced just 6.7 yards per attempt and 9 touchdowns on the year. Finley will operate behind arguably the league’s worst front line; Dalton took 29 sacks through his 8 games. Injuries and Cordy Glenn’s messy situation have set up another patchwork group that can’t stop anyone from collapsing the pocket. Finley will likely have A.J. Green available for the first time all year, which certainly helps. The nine-year veteran doesn’t need to ease back in, and his downfield playmaking has been sorely missed all year. Tyler Boyd will slip back into his natural role as a slot man and No. 2 option. Last year, Boyd drew 22% of team targets and averaged 78 yards over 8 games next to Green. With Finley making his debut, and no idea as to where he’ll be looking, it’s hard to get excited about any of the peripheral options. Alex Erickson and Auden Tate have flashed big-play ability, though, and they’ll share outside snaps opposite Green. All in all, though, there’s not much intrigue here beyond Green and Boyd, and Finley is firmly hands-off in fantasy.

The Ravens pass defense opened the year in horrendous fashion, but it’s settled down noticeably of late. Over the past 4 weeks, they’ve taken care of business in strong matchups with the Steelers and Bengals, then stifled both Russell Wilson and Tom Brady (a combined 6.0 yards per attempt and 2 touchdowns). The cornerback group has been restocked, with Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters making for an imposing duo on the outside. Humphrey is sharpening into one of the game’s brightest young cover men, and both are dynamic playmakers on the ball. At safety, Earl Thomas has provided an upgrade on stalwart Eric Weddle, and Chuck Clark has filled in admirably for injured starter Tony Jefferson. This is a big-play unit, and lapses will happen - three quarterbacks shredded them for 340+ yards early in the year. But overall, this group seems to have turned a corner. It’s certainly not advised to test this group with the Bengals’ low-impact, rookie-led offense.

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Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense at Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Minnesota Vikings opened the season with a horrific four-game stretch passing the ball. After underutilizing their top-flight pass-catchers for the first month of the season, Stefon Diggs made headlines by voicing his frustration with Minnesota's run-heavy offense. Since then, Kirk Cousins has thrown for at least 285 yards in 4 out of 5 games. In week 9, the Vikings unexpectedly struggled to move the ball through the air against a struggling Kansas City Chiefs' defense. Adam Thielen left the game early after re-aggravating a hamstring injury that kept him out in week 8, and Stefon Diggs was held in check with just 1 reception on 4 targets, totaling only 4 receiving yards. Diggs' role will undoubtedly grow in week 10, as the team has a full week to map out a plan of attack without Adam Thielen in the mix. Tight ends Kyle Rudolph, and Irv Smith saw near-season-high involvement in the Vikings' passing attack last week. However, neither has been a reliable producer this season, and a matchup against the Cowboys' elite group of pass-defending linebackers is an unlikely situation to right the ship. Minnesota's offensive line is capable as a whole, but on the interior, rookie center Garrett Bradbury is a massive liability in pass protection. Bradbury ranks as one of the NFL's worst pass-blockers through the first nine weeks of the 2019 season, and he has shown minimal promise on this front in any regard. Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings' passing attack will have their work cut out for them attempting to move the ball through the air against the Dallas Cowboys' top-flight pass defense in week 10, especially without Adam Thielen.

The Dallas Cowboys' pass defense is one of the top-performing units in the NFL, and the talent-level throughout the defense leads one to believe that they will keep this up even when the schedule gets tougher. Dallas has allowed just 7 passing touchdowns this season, the 4th best mark in the NFL, along with only 5.7 net yards per attempt, which ranks 5th best in the league. Along the defensive line, Demarcus Lawrence, Michael Bennett, and Robert Quinn make up one of the league's best edge-rushing rotations. Lawrence and Quinn have combined for 11 sacks so far this season, and Bennett, a recent trade acquisition, provides some much-needed depth. On the interior, Maliek Collins is one of the most impressive young pass-rushers in the NFL. At linebacker, the Cowboys field an extremely deep and well-rounded mixture of young and experienced players. Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch are two of the league's most promising players at the linebacker position, and both excel in coverage duties. Vander Esch was kept out of action last week due to a neck injury, and he is questionable for week 10. Should Vander Esch sit out once again in week 10, Sean Lee will see increased playing time as the Cowboys will likely turn towards their nickel defense more frequently. Lee is the most experienced of the group, and when he has been healthy throughout his career, he is certainly an above-average pass-defender. In the secondary, Xavier Woods leads the way as an elite coverage player at the safety position. On the outside, Byron Jones has developed into one of the best young cornerbacks in the NFL. Jones and Chidobe Awuzie on the outside, coupled with lockdown slot cornerback, Jourdan Lewis, on the inside, round out one of the league's best defensive backfields. Minnesota's offense will have its work cut out for itself in week 10 when the Vikings head down to Jerry World to take on the Cowboys' imposing pass defense on Sunday Night Football.

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

Derek Carr has this Raiders passing offense rolling as he has now thrown for at least 280 yards and multiple touchdowns in three straight weeks with no turnovers in back-to-back weeks. A strong running game has taken some pressure off Carr and this passing offense, allowing him to attempt an average of just 30 passes per game over these past three weeks since the Week 6 bye. Carr has also spread the ball around well as he has completed passes to eight and nine different players in each of the past two weeks. Rookie Hunter Renfroe has been the top volume wide receiver over the past two weeks as he has led the team in receptions in both games with a touchdown in back-to-back games. Renfroe hadn’t done much until these past two games and his snap count is still hovering around just 50 percent, so keep expectations relatively low. Both Tyrell Williams and tight end Darren Waller had quiet games last week, but there should be no worries about either as they are both integral pieces of this passing offense while Williams could get a few extra looks this week squaring off against his former team.

Casey Hayward continues to impress as he anchors this Los Angeles passing defense and is a big reason why they are allowing just the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. While they had the advantage of some soft passing offenses over the past few weeks, this defense proved themselves against Packers last week as they absolutely shut down Aaron Rodgers and their entire offense. Hayward did an excellent job in coverage limiting Davante Adams to just 41 yards on seven receptions. A team’s top receiver has exceeded 70 yards just once in the past four games under strong coverage from Hayward. Both he and Desmond King will make it tough on Raiders receivers this week. The Chargers have also done a solid job defending against tight ends, as the position has found the end zone in just one game while a team’s lead tight end has exceeded 30 yards in just two games. This defensive line is also coming around as they have nine sacks in their last three games after accounting for just 11 sacks over the first six weeks of the season. While this Raiders passing offense has some momentum, they should be in for a challenge with tough matchups all around this week.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs Los Angeles Rams Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Mason Rudolph has shown competence and growth over his first six NFL starts,

But he’s still not much of a fantasy option, and he’s definitely taking a toll on the value of his receivers. The team is keeping the offense simple and run-based for Rudolph, and he’s not testing things downfield much. Most Steelers completions are now check-downs and quick-hitters that don’t generate much yardage (just 196 per game since Ben Roethlisberger’s injury). JuJu Smith-Schuster has taken the starkest post-Roethlisberger hit - he’s drawing just 6 targets a game, and he’s been held under 20 yards 3 times. Still, there’s at least weekly opportunity for him to shine. His 3-catch, 16-yard line last Sunday, for example, would have been much bigger had he not dropped two big catches on the opening drive. Most of the value in this passing game comes through the high volume in the check-down game. Last week, the tight ends and the running backs combined to draw 22 of Rudolph’s 35 targets. Unless the coaching staff opts for a drastic overnight change, Jaylen Samuels and Vance McDonald should continue to draw the most dependable volume. Smith-Schuster is always a consideration, but his floor has proven low enough to derail fantasy lineups.

The Rams pass defense is one of football’s more volatile units. It’s a star-studded group, with huge names both up front and in the secondary. But it’s also a bit prone to lapses, particularly in downfield coverage, that allow some opponents to produce big lines. Jameis Winston and Russell Wilson both posted 4-touchdown games in this matchup earlier in the year, averaging 327 yards in the process. Still, overall, this always has the makings of a tough matchup. Any unit with Aaron Donald collapsing the pocket and Jalen Ramsey shadowing the No. 1 wideout is a strong one. They also get strong work inside out of slot man Nickell Robey-Coleman and linebacker Cory Littleton. While there are holes to exploit here and there, this isn’t a great spot to project Mason Rudolph’s arm to break out.

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Cleveland Browns Passing Offense vs Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Baker Mayfield and the Browns have been a disaster this season, but Mayfield did play arguably his best game in quite some time last week against a very good Broncos secondary. Mayfield threw for 273 yards and did not throw an interception which was the first game on the year without throwing one. The Browns were able to move the ball, for most of the game, but were not able to find the end-zone as they had six drives inside the Broncos 25 yard line that did not lead to any touchdowns on those possessions. The Browns have struggled with consistency for most of the year as the duo of Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry have just two total touchdowns on the season.

The Bills secondary continued its dominant season so far this year with a strong performance against Dwayne Haskins and the Washington Redskins holding the Redskins to just 144 yards passing. This is the fourth time in the last five weeks that the Bills have held opponents to under 185 yards and have allowed just two touchdowns over their last four games. The Bills secondary is led by possibly the best safety combination in the NFL in Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde along with corner Tre’Davious White who is playing at a Pro Bowl level. This is a secondary that will likely once again force the Browns into a tough spot as the Browns have now faced four of the five best secondaries over their last five games.

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Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense vs Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Dallas' passing attack in 2019 is one of the best in the NFL this season, in large part thanks to the schematic changes instituted by offensive coordinator and play-caller, Kellen Moore. Moore's offense heavily utilizes play-action passing, which goes a long way towards maximizing the efficiency of any passing game. So far this season, combining the increased rate of play-action with the elite performance of Dallas' offensive line (when healthy, as they are now) has helped Dak Prescott post a league-leading 8.1 net yards per attempt. Prescott has a plethora of options to utilize through the air, as well. Although he has not been operating at full-health all season, Amari Cooper's 42 receptions for 701 yards, and 6 touchdowns this season all rank amongst the league-leaders across the board. Michael Gallup, a second-year player out of Colorado State, has emerged as one of the best number-two receivers in the NFL in 2019. Otherwise, Randall Cobb holds down a consistent role in the slot, but his production this season has been uninspiring, warranting little attention from neither opposing defenses nor fantasy owners. At tight end, Jason Witten had a shockingly-large role in Dallas' offense during week 9's Monday night clash with the New York Giants. Witten set season-highs in targets, receptions, and receiving yards, but he is unlikely to sustain this level of production at age 37. Overall, the Cowboys field a top-end passing attack in the NFL, but a matchup against Minnesota's stout pass defense will put them to the test here in week 10.

Minnesota's defense is one of the most well-rounded groups in the entire NFL, with top-flight talents at all three levels. Along the defensive line, Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen lead the way as two of the NFL's most effective edge rushers. With a combined 14 sacks between the two, Hunter and Griffen make up the second-most prolific pass-rushing duo in the entire league. Then, at linebacker, Eric Kendricks has rapidly developed into one of the league's best linebackers in all phases of the game. Against the pass, Kendricks leads the Vikings with 10 pass-breakups this season, twice as many as the next-highest total on the team. In the secondary, Minnesota likely fields the league's best pair of safeties against the pass. Anthony Harris and Harrison Smith both grade as elite pass-defenders this season. Harris leads the team with three interceptions on the season, while Smith has one of his own through the first nine games of the 2019 season. The Vikings' elite safeties do an exceptional job compensating for the poor play of their cornerbacks. Across the board, Minnesota's cornerbacks have underperformed in 2019, with Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, and Mike Hughes, each posting near-career-worst numbers in coverage. The weakness here at cornerback is holding back Minnesota's pass defense from becoming a dominant unit across the board. Through nine games, the Vikings rank 21st in the NFL in passing touchdowns allowed per game while posting the 5th-best net yards per attempt total in the league. The Dallas Cowboys will need to rely upon their wide receivers to beat Minnesota's cornerbacks one-on-one for explosive plays in week 10. Otherwise, there is very little hope for Dallas to move the ball through the air against one of the NFL's best pass defenses on a per-play basis.

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Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense at San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Russell Wilson's 2019 season has been one of the most impressive of any quarterback in recent memory. Through 9 games, Wilson has tallied a whopping 22 passing touchdowns to only 1 interception this year, while posted the 5th-best net yards per attempt number in the entire league. Given the struggles along the offensive line for Seattle this season, Wilson's otherworldly ability to extend the play and breakdown defenses when all hope seems lost has been essential. Tyler Lockett, the Seahawks' leading pass-catcher, has emerged as one of the NFL's most consistent and most productive receivers in the NFL. He and rookie D.K. Metcalf have made for a formidable receiving duo, as their skillsets and roles complement each other perfectly. This week, the Seahawks will also add Josh Gordon into the fold. Gordon was claimed off of waivers last Friday, and head coach Pete Carroll has stated that he will be ready to go for week 10's Monday night clash with the San Francisco 49ers. Gordon's inclusion in the offense will likely adversely affect D.K. Metcalf more significantly than Tyler Lockett, as Gordon and Metcalf are more comparable players at the wide receiver position. On the other hand, Lockett has established himself as one of the most reliable receivers in the NFL, and his role in Seattle's offense is secure. Seattle's aerial attack will have its hands full in week 10 as they travel to San Francisco for a primetime matchup with one of the league's premier pass defenses.

The San Francisco 49ers' defense has been one of the most impressive in the NFL through the first eight games of the 2019 campaign. The 49ers' defensive metrics rank amongst the league's best across the board, allowing just 7 touchdowns, forcing 10 interceptions, and holding opponents to just 4.3 net yards per attempt this season. While an easy schedule bolsters these numbers, the impressive cast of characters throughout San Francisco's defense leads one to believe they will continue to give opposing offenses fits. Along the defensive line, Nick Bose, DeForest Buckner, and Dee Ford headline one of the NFL's most impressive pass-rushing units. At linebacker, the 49ers lost Kwon Alexander, one of the NFL's premier coverage linebackers, to a torn pectoral last weekend. His running mate, Fred Warner, is a capable coverage linebacker, but his replacement, Dre Greenlaw, is a definitive downgrade at the position. Keep an eye on San Francisco's ability to defend short and intermediate routes in the coming weeks, as Alexander's absence may create a soft-spot in their defense. In the secondary, Richard Sherman headlines one of the league's deepest cornerback units. Sherman remains one of the NFL's best lockdown cornerbacks, and he leads the team with three interceptions already this season. Expect the 49ers to dominate in the trenches once again this weekend, but the ultimate key to success against Russell Wilson and the Seattle passing attack is to limit big plays once Wilson breaks the pocket. San Francisco has the personnel to accomplish this, but it has proven far easier said than done this season, with Wilson shredding nearly every defense in his path.

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