We have a few first-timers in the LIKE/DISLIKE article this week as the NFL continues to move along. Some matchups are certainly more favorable than others when you dive into the numbers and projected game scripts, and we’ll uncover them to find the values. Let’s get to this week’s picks.
Jared Goff QB Los Angeles Rams (vs Seahawks)
Goff’s struggles last week against the Dolphins but did throw the ball an insane 61 times. This week he gets a much easier matchup against the leagues worst pass defense in the Seattle Seahawks. On average, the Seahawks allow a staggering 372 yards passing per game and have given up 16 touchdowns on the year. They just allowed 415 passing yards and three scores to Josh Allen and the Bills last week. Goff (and the Rams receivers) will get back on track in this one.
J.D. McKissic RB Washington Football Team (at Lions)
J.D. McKissic making this list should sum up 2020 pretty well. It’s hard to ignore his 14 targets from last week in which he caught nine for 65 yards, and with Alex Smith now at the helm, that number will not seem out of the ordinary. Smith is a great story; he’s overcome so much to be able even to be running again, never-mind playing football, but he was a game manager when he was healthy, and I’m expecting he’ll be a game manager again. The Lions have given up 37 receptions to running backs for 413 yards and five scores. McKissic needs to be owned in all leagues and, at minimum is a flex-play as long as Alex Smith is under center.
Nick Chubb RB Cleveland Browns (vs Texans)
Nick Chubb has been practicing all week and gets a juicy matchup as he returns from IR this week. The Texans have allowed the most rushing yards in the league, 1,159, and have given up ten touchdowns, which is the second most. Chubb hasn’t played since week four and may see a light workload but can put up some points in this matchup. You should feel confident plugging Chubb back into your lineup.
Mike Williams WR Los Angeles Chargers (at Dolphins)
The Chargers are having one of those years where they just aren’t getting any breaks. They’ve lost three games by a field goal or less and had a legit shot at winning last week against the Raiders. The Chargers are heading to Miami this week to face the Dolphins, who are allowing 193 yards per game to opposing wide receivers. Williams has been getting it done lately with 15 targets in his last two games, making ten catches and has a touchdown. He’s been getting looks in the end zone, and with the Chargers running game non-existent at this point, the production should continue to go up.
Jerry Jeudy WR Denver Broncos (vs Raiders)
It’s a relief to see the Broncos are finally getting Jeudy the ball. The rookie from Alabama now has double-digit targets in back-to-back games and had his first 100-yard game last week. This week he faces a Raiders team that is giving up 170 yards per game to opposing receivers. Jeudy was considered the best pure route-runner in this past draft, and those skills are starting to show. This production should continue to roll into this week and continue to climb throughout the season.
T.J. Hockenson TE Detroit Lions (vs Washington Football Team)
If you drafted Hockenson this season, you’ve been set at tight end. He’s caught five touchdowns and has just three games with less than 50 receiving yards. Washington allows an average of 58 yards per game to the tight end position and has given up six touchdowns on the year. Hockenson is becoming matchup-proof at this point as he continues to provide a steady floor playing at a position full of uncertainty.