1. Los Angeles Chargers (Justin Herbert, Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry)
Los Angeles was thoroughly embarrassed by the Patriots last week, in what was one of the worst losses in franchise history. The Chargers didn’t manage to score a single point, as New England was able to confuse their rookie QB with exotic pressures and coverage schemes. Things get much easier this Sunday, as they return home to face the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have an atrocious secondary that hasn’t been able to stop many of their opponents. This is a terrific bounce back spot for the Chargers, especially for Justin Herbert. Atlanta is a far cry from New England in terms of defensive coaching. Without a viable pass rush and sub-bar coverage, Herbert should tear them apart. Plus, he could carry low ownership after last week’s debacle. Both his floor and ceiling are very high in this game, making him a solid choice for both cash and tournament contests.
Keenan Allen is what I consider a “bellcow receiver.” Every passing play design the Chargers run, starts with Allen as the first read. More often than not, he gets open, and should have no issues doing so against the Falcons. Herbert loves throwing to him, which explains why Allen is one of the league leaders in targets. He’s got 923 receiving yards on the year, and should easily eclipse 1,000 in this game. With such an easy matchup should flirt with double-digit receptions, and I like his chances to find the endzone.
Hunter Henry is a logical play at the tight end position in this stack. He is affordably priced, and has a good matchup. The Falcons have given up some of the most fantasy points to tight ends this year, and Henry has the talent to take advantage of this. Atlanta has poor linebackers, meaning he should have no problem getting open. Also, he won’t have to stay in to block, as the Falcons can’t rush the passer. Henry has a nice floor in this game, and if he can score, could be one of the top performers on the slate.
2. Tennessee Titans (Ryan Tannehill, A.J. Brown)
Derrick Henry is setting up to be one of the most popular plays on the slate, and for good reason. He’s got a great matchup and should dominate the Jaguars. Ryan Tannehill also has a great matchup, and makes for a natural pivot away from Henry. Jacksonville has a terrible defense all around, with many starters missing from their secondary. Tannehill will take advantage of this in the play action game, looking for deep shots downfield. He also has the ability to make plays with his legs, which adds to his overall floor. Tannehill makes for a good play in cash games, and has enough upside to warrant consideration in tournaments (especially with a deflated ownership).
A.J. Brown is a budding superstar receiver that continues to be underrated. He has built nicely off of his rookie campaign, with over 700 yards receiving on 16.5 yards per reception. Things will continue against the Jags, who don’t have anyone to cover Brown. He missed the first game against them earlier in the season, meaning Jacksonville will be seeing his improved play for the first time. I’m expecting a peak game from Brown, which usually is a few receptions for around 100 yards and a score. He could also carry deflated ownership, as he missed half of the game last week with a minor injury.
3. Seattle Seahawks (Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf)
Seattle’s high flying offense has slowed down significantly, as they’ve employed a more balanced approach on offense. Russell Wilson’s fantasy performances have suffered as a result. He hasn’t thrown for 300 yards in four weeks, and has tossed 2 touchdowns only one time in the same time frame. A matchup against the New York Jets is the perfect recipe to let Russ cook once again. The Jets are one of the worst passing defenses in the league, and cannot get pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Wilson will have all the time he needs to shred this unit apart, and can easily eclipse 300 yards. Multiple touchdowns are a reasonable expectation, and he could also find the endzone with his legs.
DK Metcalf will be an unstoppable force in the contest. The Jets have major problems covering deep threats, and Metcalf fits that category. He’s already broken the 1,000 yard mark this year, while averaging a staggering 17.8 yards per reception. Almost no one has been able to slow him down, so don’t expect the Jets to find a solution. Metcalf could have a Calvin Johnson type of performance; flirting with 200-yards, double-digit receptions, and multiple scores. He’s expensive, but should easily pay off that price. If this stack hits it’s ceiling, it could help propel you to the top of the leaderboard in tournaments.