So Monday Night Football between the Chiefs and Rams was epic. I went into the game with only Patrick Mahomes yet to play against a team that was 30 points up and had Todd Gurley. Incredibly I won 125.92 points to 129.38 thanks to Gurley’s first non-touchdown performance, and a fantasy performance for the ages from my quarterback. Both teams are on BYE this week, concluding the season’s scheduled breaks and allowing teams access to all their best stars in the last two weeks of the regular fantasy season. But if you are a Gurley, Mahomes, Kelce, Hunt or any Rams’ wide receiver owners, you may be looking for a final week of fill-ins. Having discussed the situation with my fellow NinetyNineYards.com fantasy contributor Richard “Kingy” King, we may have some answers for you.
Baker Mayfield (at Cincinnati Bengals)
Baker Mayfield will face division rivals Cincinnati for the first time this season with a familiar face on the opposition sideline. Hue Jackson will be watching Mayfield as part of the Bengals’ coaching staff after being let go by the Browns. Against a team that has given up the 2nd most points to opposing quarterbacks, look for Baker to show Hue what he was missing whilst he was Browns’ head coach.
Eli Manning (at Philadelphia Eagles)
I’m still on the Eli Manning train. Last week I said he would have a good game against the Bucs, and as though he was listening, Eli completed 17 of 18 passes for 231 yards and two scores whilst positing a near perfect passer rating of 155.8. A division matchup this week in the form of the Super Bowl Champions who, clearly suffering from post-Super Bowl hangover have been giving up the 6th most fantasy points to opposing QBs and 2nd most to wide receivers gives Eli another chance to surprise his critics.
Gus Edwards (vs. Oakland Raiders)
After last week’s 155 yard and a touchdown performance for the Baltimore Ravens, Gus Edwards went from being owned in 0% of fantasy leagues to being owned in 88-100%. Looking to supplant Alex Collins as lead back in Baltimore, and continue his rapport with Lamar Jackson who seems to be starting for a second straight week, Edwards will be hoping to extend his success against a Raiders rush defense that has given up the 6th most fantasy points to the running back position.
Marlon Mack (vs. Miami Dolphins)
Since his return to the Colts’ offense Mack has dominated their backfield. Andrew Luck seems to have found his groove, meaning opposing teams need to protect downfield which will allow Mack to keep getting his. Miami have been terrible against opposition running backs this season and Mack will look to capitalize on this heading into Sunday’s matchup.
DJ Moore (vs. Seattle Seahawks)
Has Cam Newton found his number one receiver? The rookie out of Maryland had some teething problems early on but is finally looking comfortable in the NFL. On a season high eight targets Moore had his first breakout game last week, going for 157 yards and a score. He seems to be looking like the Carolina receiver to own.
DeSean Jackson (vs. San Francisco 49ers)
Fitzpatrick, Winston, Fitzpatrick, Winston. The roulette wheel of Buccaneers quarterbacks has stopped once again on Jameis Winston and he will be looking to quell the quarterback controversy in Tampa. Speedster Jackson has every chance to put up good numbers even off only a couple of deep looks from Winston.
Ed Dickson (at Carolina Panthers)
Dickson got a score last week and will look to keep that going this week against a Carolina defense that has given up the most fantasy points to the tight end position out of every NFL team.
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Our NFC East reporter is Chris Milner who covers Redskins, Eagles, Cowboys, and Giants. Chris is a Washington Redskins fan who has followed the game since 2011. He is one of our fantasy football correspondents and also co-hosts the ‘Same Level Fantasy Football’ podcast. Follow him on Twitter @chrismilner