Joe Burrow (at CLE) **Thursday**
Cleveland’s defense was a mere speed bump for the Ravens last week. While the Bengals offense struggled for most of the game, on the last drive they saw shades of LSU Burrow when they played with more tempo. The Browns secondary is decimated and should have a lot of trouble with the talented quintet of receivers the Bengals can roll out there when everyone is healthy. Burrow added a rushing touchdown last week to remind us that he can bolster his fantasy stats with his running ability.
Mitchell Trubisky (vs NYG)
Trubisky’s comeback came against a Lions secondary that was down their top three corners, but the Giants secondary isn’t that great even at full strength. The pass rush didn’t bother Ben Roethlisberger last week and the Giants were soft against the run too. Trubisky can also add value as a runner. It should be a more successful day for the Bears offense overall, giving Trubisky a chance to build on the confidence gained in the fourth quarter.
Philip Rivers (vs MIN)
Rivers flaws will be remembered more than his successes from Week 1, but he did complete 36 passes and rack up 363 passing yards, only one fewer than Aaron Rodgers compiled against the Vikings pass defense last week. It’s possible that the Vikings will be one of the worst pass defenses in the league until Danielle Hunter returns or their new cornerback group settles down. Rivers has an impressive array of weapons in the passing game, including his running backs, and they should be full display against the Vikings.
Tyrod Taylor (vs KC)
Taylor is a deep sleeper this week, but unless the Chargers keep their track record of holding down Patrick Mahomes II going, their quarterback will have to pass more and likely run more to keep up with the Chiefs. Deshaun Watson was barely effective for most of the game but ended up notching solid fantasy numbers during garbage time against the Chiefs last week.
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