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BOLD PREDICTIONS: Week 3

Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes will combine for over 800 total yards, eight touchdowns in their matchup this week.

My thinking: Do you remember when the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs played on Monday Night Football in Week 11 of last season? If you don’t, then let me remind you that both teams combined for 105 points (54-51, Rams), over 890 passing yards and 10 passing touchdowns in that game. Do you see where I’m going with this?

If you put together the average number of total yards between Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes through two weeks of play, you get 385.5 total yards per game per player. These two Quarterbacks are on a completely different planet than everyone else right now, so expect a high-scoring, back-and-forth slugfest between two of the premier offenses in the NFL this week.

Both of these quarterback rank in the top three in fantasy points scored among Quarterbacks through two weeks, and even though Baltimore has an above-average defense, Patrick Mahomes has proven that no defense, good or bad, has been able to slow him down. Expect Mahomes to chuck it all over the field and put up points all afternoon, while Lamar Jackson will continue to make plays with both his arm and his legs and do a fine job at keeping up with the high-powered Kansas City offense. In your DFS lineup, be sure to utilize any and all players from these two teams, as there will be a bountiful amount fantasy points scored in this matchup.

 

Devin Singletary will have over 125 total yards and a touchdown against Cincinnati this week.

My thinking:  **Writer’s note** – Devin Singletary is currently dealing with a minor hamstring injury, but is planning to suit up in Week 3 against Cincinnati.

Devin Singletary has shown tremendous upside after his first two games of his rookie season. In two games thus far, Singletary has carried the ball 10 times for 127 rushing yards, an average of 12.7 yards per carry, and has also caught five of six targets for 28 receiving yards. Singletary scurried for a 14-yard touchdown (the first touchdown of his career) in Week 2 against New York, en route to a 28-14 victory for Buffalo. While the presence of Frank Gore is a nuisance for Singletary owners, the former Florida Atlantic Running Back has a prime opportunity to eventually emerge as the primary ball-carrier for Buffalo as the season progresses. With each passing week of Singletary proving he is a dynamic player, the less we’ll see Frank Gore on the field. It’s as simple as that, and it’ll all start this week when Buffalo hosts a hapless Cincinnati rush defense.

Last season, Cincinnati ranked 30th in fantasy points allowed, 29th in rushing yards allowed, tied-27th in rushing touchdowns allowed, 29th in receiving yards allowed, and tied-32nd in receiving touchdowns allowed to opposing running backs. Through the first two weeks of the 2019 season, Cincinnati ranks 32nd in fantasy points allowed, 31st in rushing yards allowed, and tied-32nd in rushing touchdowns allowed to opposing running backs. Last week against San Francisco, Cincinnati’s defense allowed Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert to combine for 204 rushing yards on just 25 carries, while Jeff Wilson Jr. carried the ball 10 times for 34 rushing yards and had two rushing touchdowns. Breida and Mostert also combined for four receptions, 79 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown, as well. To put it simply, Cincinnati’s run defense is absolutely atrocious. As a result, expect this game this week to be Singletary’s breakout game, as he begins his quest of solidifying himself as the primary running back for the Buffalo offense.

 

About Evan Reardon

An avid Boston sports fan, Evan has been a Patriots and NFL fan since the 1990's. Fantasy football runs in his family. He grew up in the 90's watching his father and uncles play in a 6-team, Touchdown-only league. He has been playing fantasy football since the early 2000's and has been writing fantasy sports content since 2014.