Jacoby Brissett, IND (at Kansas City) - Whether or not T.Y. Hilton plays, Brissett is a strong start at Kansas City. The Chiefs offense is getting back Damien Williams and possibly even Tyreek Hill, not that Patrick Mahomes II needed the help against a defense that will be missing centerfielder Malik Hooker, and maybe Darius Leonard if he doesn’t clear concussion protocol. Brissett didn’t play his best football last week vs. Oakland, but still posted a solid fantasy line in an attempt to make up the deficit, which is the position he’ll likely be in Sunday night.
Jimmy Garoppolo, SF (vs Cleveland) - Garoppolo is coming off of a bye and will be playing in front of a fired up home crowd under the Monday night lights. The team had a week to reflect and adjust the offense and should have a rested and full speed trio of wide receivers and of course George Kittle. The Browns secondary is still banged up and the 49ers should be able to take advantage with two weeks of preparation.
Mason Rudolph, PIT (vs Baltimore) - The Steelers took a lot off of Rudolph’s plate the last two weeks, but they’ll need to challenge him this week. The Ravens offense is dangerous and should force the Steelers out of their shell, which is convenient because Baltimore’s pass defense has been one of the worst in the league. This game could turn into a shootout and the Ravens pass rush hasn’t been getting home, so the Steelers stellar offensive line should allow Rudolph to get back into Big XII mode.
Andy Dalton, CIN (vs Arizona) - Dalton was mercilessly hassled by the Steelers defensive line last week, but the Cardinals don’t have quite the same depth and quality upfront, and they have been giving up easy days to quarterbacks every week so far this season. Even without John Ross and AJ Green, the Bengals can still use their tight ends against the worst defense in the league at defending the position, and they still have Tyler Boyd to gobble up catches in the middle of the field. New head coach Zac Taylor should be able to get back into the aggressive passing mode that fueled Dalton’s career high in pass yards in Seattle back in Week 1.