Each week, this article takes a look at the best and toughest matches before this week to help you define your fantastic lineups the best! This will be the last week that includes the data for 2020, because after three weeks we will start to get a better idea of the current NFL defenses.
Best QB Matches
Daniel Jones vs. the Falcons: Danny Dimes is popular in Fantasy Circles this week, and for good reason. Last week he scored nearly 30 fantastic points while rushing for 95 yards and a touchdown. He led the Giants in the race in back-to-back games, with one touchdown in both. But what I love most is not just that he’s running, it’s that the Giants call it designed runs and when Jones feels the pressure he takes off. This makes its rushed production more sustainable than, say, a long run. He also takes better care of the ball. But you came to this article to get game information, and Jones couldn’t have had a better game. The Falcons have given up at least 28 fantastic points to the two QBs they’ve faced this season (Jalen Hurts and Tom Brady) and the QB’s most fantastic PPG (23.96) since the start of the 2020 season.
Lamar Jackson at the Lions: If you’ve drafted Lamar, you know you have to start it every week. He showed why last week against the Chiefs when he scored over 32 fantastic points for 107 yards and two scores, while adding 239 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. But he has an even better game this week against a Lions side that has enabled QB’s second fantastic PPG (23.72) since the start of last season. Last week Aaron Rodgers scored over 26 fantastic points against this defense. Lamar could have a big day.
Other favorable QB matches: Kyler Murray at Jaguars, Teddy Bridgewater at Jets, Justin Herbert at Chiefs.
Best RB Matches
Ty’Son Williams at the Lions: Just as it’s a good game for Lamar Jackson, it’s also for the Ravens RBs. Williams faces a Lions defense that has resulted in the most fantastic PPG since the start of the 2020 season (33.02). During that span, they’ve allowed position 35 scrum touchdowns, 10 more than the next closest team. Additionally, in 2021 alone, they cleared RB’s second fantastic PPG (37.4), including six league-leading touchdowns. Williams, who has racked up over 90 scrum yards in both games this season, should have a great day.
Chase Edmonds / James Conner at Jaguars: In 2021, the Jags gave RBs the ninth-highest number of Fantastic PPGs (26.85) but that number jumps to 29.9, the NFL’s third, if you include last season. This is a place where the Cards could play with a lead throughout and look to involve the RBs more. In two games, Edmonds played 62 percent of snaps compared to 43 percent for Conner. All the use of the passing game has gone to Edmonds (the nine RB targets), but Conner actually has more ranges (24-20). Edmonds is the preferred option, but Conner is a flexible option.
Other favorable RB matches: Austin Ekeler at Chiefs, Dalvin Cook against Seahawks, Chris Carson at Vikings.
Best WR matches
Colts WR at Titans: The Titans have allowed the most fantastic PPG since 2020, dropping 47.04 per game. That includes 205.3 yards per game, a league-high, and 28 touchdowns, which rank among the top three in the NFL. If you’re just getting through this season, Tennessee have given up a fantastic 64.85 PPG average to the WRs, by far the most in the league. They’ve given up four WR fantasy top 12s this season and we’ve only had two games. Carson Wentz’s status (ankles) needs to be watched closely, but either way, there’s really only one player to trust here and that’s Michael Pittman. He saw 12 targets in a breakout game last week. If Wentz is running out of time it makes Pittman a bit riskier, but he should see some sure volume in a game the Colts will need to score points against the Titans. Pittman saw two targets in five passing attempts from Jacob Eason last week.
Giants WR vs. Falcons: We’re playing Danny Dimes, so you should also be interested in his pass catchers. In 2021 alone, the Falcons are relinquishing more than 43 fantastic PPGs to receivers, including five already touchdowns. If you include 2020, they gave away the second fantastic PPG to the receivers (44.97), including over 200 yards per game. The only Giants wide receiver you need to play is Sterling Shepard, who has been the primary target for two weeks. He saw at least nine targets in each game and passed 90 receiving yards in both. He’s a sure WR2 in this big game. Kenny Golladay has been anything but great this season, however, it could be a good game for him. It is a boom-or-bust flex option. Darius Slayton is on the line in deeper leagues.
Other favorable WR matches: Ravens WR vs. Lions, Eagles WR vs. Cowboys, Seahawks WR vs. Vikings, Vikings WR vs. Seahawks.