Happy Halloween! Halloween leads to trick-or-treating which leads to candy. That leads to eating too much candy which leads to making poor decisions about who to play on your fantasy football teams. I’m here to help.
San Francisco 49er’s
Arizona Cardinals, New York Giants, Bye
The 49er’s just traded for a bright shiny quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo. The question is if he can learn enough of the offense to take advantage of the Cardinals and Giants porous defenses. I believe these two games offer the 49ers the best shot at getting off the zero-victory column. It certainly won’t get any easier for San Francisco after the bye. The Cardinals are 30th in points allowed to opposing quarterbacks and wide receivers. The Giants are 28th against quarterbacks and dead last against TE. Neither defense ranks in the top ten against any position in fantasy points allowed. The offenses aren’t much more efficient. The Giants are 20th in passing yards and 27th in rushing yards. The Cardinals appear better throwing the ball, 5th in yards, but keep in mind that Drew Stanton will be under center, not Carson Palmer. The Cardinals were already 32nd in the NFL in yards on the ground thanks mainly to David Johnsons earlier injury. Both these games are at home in San Francisco and even get the added bonus of a New York team traveling across the country.
Bye, @Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans
After resting up the Steelers get a Colts team that in all honestly played pretty well against the Bengals. That said, the Pittsburgh isn’t Cincinnati. The Colts are in the bottom 10 in fantasy points allowed to every position except the tight end where they rank 20th. The Steelers will certainly get healthy against an outmanned Indianapolis team. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Colts traded off a few pieces (IE TY Hilton or Frank Gore) to stockpile for the future. The Titans have a better offense than the Colts especially if Marcus Mariota’s hamstring is at 100%. The teams that have beaten Pittsburgh this year, (Bears, Jaguars) are both run first pass as a last resort offenses. The Titans have a very good O-Line and are capable of overpowering the Steelers smaller front 7. Stopping Big Ben and company, however, is not something I think the Titans can do.
Indianapolis Colts, @ Los Angeles Rams, Arizona Cardinals
Even if you’re not a Texans fan you’ve got to enjoy watching Deshaun Watson succeed. I think he has graduated from any “matchup dependent talk” with his performance against the Seahawks last Sunday. Yes, he misses throws. Yes, he puts the ball up for grabs sometimes. Yes, he gives his team a great chance to win week in and week out. Yes, I think he’s a rising star in this league. The Rams have an Offense capable of putting points on the board so we could see another shootout type of game there but look for the Texans to roll in the next three.
Kansas City Chiefs
@Dallas Cowboys, bye, @New York Giants
The Cowboys are in flux. Is Elliott going to be suspended or not? I guess the real question is if he’s going to stay suspended. I am not taking sides here other than a fantasy football side in which I want to know if I can play him or not. If you want my opinion then my e-mail is in the bio or just @ me. The Chiefs will do a lot of “@-ing” to the Dallas defense. While the Cowboys are the 4th toughest defense against tight ends, (goodbye Travis Kelce) they are 27th against wide receivers, (hello Tyreek Hill) They are right in the middle against running backs and I feel Kareem Hunt is due a little positive touchdown regression. I touched on the Giants lack of defensive prowess earlier (Welcome back Mr. Kelce) The Chiefs will put Marcus Peters whoever the Giants can roll out as a number one receiver. That will make them, even more, one dimensional than New York is already.
@Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons
Just when you think the Seahawks defense is back to the “Legion of Boom” along comes a rookie quarterback and screws it up. Actually, even after that performance by Watson, the Seahawks are still the 10th toughest defense to score fantasy points against. They are in the top 7 against running backs and don’t rank in the bottom ten in any fantasy points allowed category. They may not be the Legion of Boom anymore but they’re good. That and Russell Wilson is doing his standard “pile up fantasy points faster than you can count” thing the second half of the season. None of the three defenses listed here are in the top half of the league against quarterbacks. Only the Redskins rank in the top ten against wide receivers. The Seahawks will be traveling thru the air the remainder of the year. Russell Wilson might lead Seattle in rushing also the remainder of the year.