1. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens
Pittsburgh plays host to the Baltimore Ravens in a divisional matchup this coming weekend where Lamar Jackson is set to miss the next week or two from a sprained PCL injury to his knee. This is great news for the Steelers defense as they will have a much easier time containing the Ravens without Jackson’s dynamic mobility to worry about. Plus, Baltimore severely lacks in pass catching talent except for tight end Mark Andrews, who the Steelers will be able to blanket and force the Ravens to make plays elsewhere. Sacks and turnovers could happen in abundance as a result. Pittsburgh’s defense has a great combination of fantasy floor and ceiling in this contest.
2. Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos
The Chiefs travel to Denver after a disappointing loss to the Bengals last Sunday. Luckily, they have a much easier matchup in this game. The Broncos are one of the worst offenses in football, with Russell Wilson having a severe drop in his level of play. Despite boasting a pair of talented wide receivers, Denver routinely struggles to move the ball downfield. Tie that with Kansas City being more than capable of generating a pass rush and you have a recipe for fantasy success. Wilson will take numerous sacks and likely turn the football over. The Chiefs defensive unit has a ton of streaming upside in this matchup.
3. Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati will host their divisional foe, the Cleveland Browns, this weekend. The Bengals have a golden opportunity to solidify their position in the AFC North with a victory in this contest. Deshaun Watson played his first football game in a good long while – and it showed. The Browns struggled tremendously on offense, with Watson being inaccurate and uncomfortable in the pocket with more of the same in store for this week. Cincinnati is no pushover of a defense and rushes the passer very well. They should be able to disrupt Watson and the Browns fairly easily, giving the unit some upside in this matchup.
4. Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Rams
The Raiders travel to their old home, Los Angeles, for a game against the Rams on Thursday Night. The Rams have been devastated by injuries throughout the season, which has led them to unprecedented incompetency on offense. Things are so dire in fact that they just signed Baker Mayfield off of waivers. Regardless of who plays quarterback Thursday, Los Angeles’s offense is going to struggle. The Raiders are terrible in most defensive stats, but Maxx Crosby is talented enough to give the unit fantasy value. He should wreak havoc in the pocket, causing several sacks and possibly some turnovers.