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Week 5

By: Gravy Collins | Ken Ilchuk | Nick Caron | HC Green
Updated: 10/7/22



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- Green highlight indicates plus matchup (top eight)
- Red highlight indicates negative matchup (bottom eight)
- Lines and totals updated Sunday morning

Colts @ Broncos - (Collins)
Line: DEN -3.5
Total: 42.0

DEN FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.30
DEN FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.24
DEN FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.31
DEN FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.13

No Brainer: Shouldn’t this team be better?

Favorite: WR Michael Pittman Jr.

Pittman was trending upwards heading into the draft season this year and after flying out the gate (9-121-1) in Week 1, he has sputtered since. His 3-31 on Sunday was his season low, and with Jonathan Taylor’s injury, someone needs to take the lead and step up. The Broncos give up 24.3 FPts/G to WRs, the third-fewest in the league. I think this offense needs to find a way to use its best weapons to jumpstart the offense and Pittman will be the main beneficiary.

On the Fence: RB Nyheim Hines

With Taylor out for the game, we have to wonder exactly what the team will get from Hines. Coach Frank Reich said in the offseason that he would have Hines on his fantasy team. Let’s hope he is a man of his word against the Broncos. Hines has been a total non-factor so far this season, 8-11 on the ground and 17-113 through the air. Maybe he has been pacing himself? He will face a Broncos-D that gives up 18.5 FPts/G, ninth fewest to RBs. Kind of hard to have high expectations, so I would steer clear of him this week.

Fade: TE Mo Alie-Cox

In a play-from-behind game script Sunday, Cox proved to be the Colts biggest weapon. He tied for the team lead with six targets and led them with a line of 6-85-2. You should probably temper your hopes of him becoming a regular contributor. His six catches were a quarter of his season total from all of last year. He runs into a more forgiving D that is 20th to TEs, allowing 12.9. FPts/G but I find it hard to believe his run continues.

IND FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.19
IND FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.15
IND FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.29
IND FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.7

No Brainers: Damn shame about Javonte

Favorite: RB Melvin Gordon

When one door closes, another one opens. With Javonte Williams’ season over, Gordon looks to be the main beneficiary. I like his prospects, but Mike Boone’s recent emergence might cramp his style a bit. Gordon is still getting the short-yardage carries, so he will be the man at the goal line, although they didn’t get to the goal line on Sunday. A neck injury slowed Gordon (3-8 and one fumble) and Boone (3-20 and one catch for 9 yards) didn’t show out either against the Raiders. Gordon does have the inside track on a team that wants to run and the Colts are 19th against RBs. He is your man.

On the Fence: WR Courtland Sutton and WR Jerry Jeudy

The dance continues. Sutton and Jeudy continue to trade places as the top receiver so far this year. Sutton led the team with seven targets and had a 5-52-1 line. Jeudy had 4-53-1 to only remind you it is impossible to try and deduce who will be the lead every week. They won’t have much to split against Indy as the Colts tighten up against WRs, allowing 25.5 FPts/G, fifth best in the league. Maybe neither will be a star, but they both should be in your lineup every week at this point.

Fade: None

Prediction: Broncos 28, Colts 24 ^ Top

Giants @ Packers (London) - (Green)
Line: GB -8.0
Total: 41.0

GB FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.29
GB FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.20
GB FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.21
GB FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.29

No Brainers: RB Saquon Barkley

Favorite: N/A

On the Fence: N/A

Fade: WR Richie James (ankle)

At this point it’s unclear who will play quarterback for the Giants in London as both Daniel Jones (ankle) and Tyrod Taylor (concussion) are banged up. No matter which one it is, it’s a good bet they’ll do a lot of handing the ball to Barkley, who looks like he may be their lone matchup advantage this Sunday. With Sterling Shepard (knee) lost for the season, it’s unclear who the top options are at receiver for the G-Men right now, so we’ll use James (ankle) as a stand-in for all of them and say keep all NYG WRs benched.

NYG FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.26
NYG FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.14
NYG FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.30
NYG FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.26

No Brainers: RB Aaron Jones, RB AJ Dillon

Favorite: WR Romeo Doubs

It feels like something is happening in Green Bay right now with Rodgers starting to put more faith in Doubs. After opening with a couple of modest outings, the rookie has caught 13 passes for 120 yards and two TDs over the past two weeks -- he also nearly had a long touchdown grab last Sunday, but the ball squirted away when he went to the ground in the end zone. Even though Allen Lazard had the bigger day in Week 5, Doubs looks like a player on the rise and a definite WR3 candidate this Sunday.

On the Fence: QB Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers played one of his worst halves last Sunday, completing 3 of 10 passes for 38 yards and a pick-six. It got better from there, though, and No. 12 finished with 251 yards passing, 2 TDs, and 1 INT (as noted Doubs nearly hauled in a third TD). Green Bay’s offense continues to go through peaks and valleys each week, and Rodgers’ numbers have been mediocre. We continue to see glimpses of the potential, though, and the four-time MVP could break out at any time. Consider Rodgers a low-end QB1 choice for the franchise’s first foray to London.

Fade: N/A

Prediction: Packers 24, Giants 14 ^ Top

Lions @ Patriots - (Caron)
Line: NE -3.0
Total: 45.5

NE FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.9
NE FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.28
NE FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.16
NE FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.8

No Brainers: RB Jamaal Williams, TE T.J. Hockenson

Favorite: QB Jared Goff

Through four weeks, the top four at the quarterback position is really no surprise: Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen, Jalen Hurts, and Patrick Mahomes. But the fifth name on that list? Jared Goff. No one at the quarterback position is more dramatically outplaying his draft position than Goff and with one of the league’s best offensive lines in front of him, there’s a decent chance that Goff remains a weekly fantasy starter this season. He’s produced even when he’s been without Amon-Ra St. Brown who might be back this week, so let’s keep riding Goff as he matches up against a Patriots defense that has already given up 10 passing touchdowns through four games - tied for most in the NFL.

On the Fence: WR Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle)

Amon-Ra St. Brown was one of the biggest difference-making players through the first two weeks of the NFL season and he was on his way to making it three straight big games when he suffered an ankle injury against the Vikings. He sat out in Week 4, and missed practice Thursday but may be back here in Week 5. We’ll have to pay close attention to his status and if the team plans to put him on a limited snap count, which is why he’s “on the fence” this week. If we hear good things going into Sunday, though, he should be back in fantasy lineups as usual.

Fade: WR Josh Reynolds (ankle)

A hero this past week when Amon-Ra St. Brown sat out, Reynolds is someone who many managers will be quick to shove back in their lineups here in Week 5. That might be a risky choice, though, given that St. Brown is sounding increasingly likely to suit up in this one. Not only that, but Reynolds is dealing with an ankle injury of his own that has seen him limited in practice throughout the week. Reynolds saw just three targets in each of the Lions’ first two games this season and while he’ll certainly still be involved if he can get on the field, Jared Goff has made it clear that his top read is St. Brown.

DET FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.3
DET FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.2
DET FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.6
DET FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.9

No Brainers: N/A

Favorite: RB Rhamondre Stevenson

We’re still waiting for the first real big game from Rhamondre Stevenson this season, but the Patriots running back continues to impress with the opportunities he’s been given. He’s now caught four passes in each of his past two games, solidifying himself as the team’s passing game specialist while also taking a significant number of the Patriots’ backfield carries. The Lions have given up the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, including a league-most eight touchdowns to the position, so look for Stevenson to deliver in this one.

On the Fence: WR Jakobi Meyers

Wide receiver Jakobi Meyers missed Weeks 3 and 4 but he could be back in this juicy matchup against the Lions. Meyers was targeted 19 times in the first two weeks of the season and is clearly the top pass-catching weapon in this offense, making him a potential fantasy starter in seasonal leagues even if he’s not expected to play quite as many snaps as he normally does. The Lions have given up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season and there really is not another receiver on the team who’s going to threaten Meyers for targets. We don’t know who those targets are going to be coming from, of course, but we’ll just have to hope that whoever is behind center can key in on Meyers.

Fade: TE Hunter Henry

Fellow tight end Jonnu Smith is questionable to play this week, which could lead some fantasy managers to view Hunter Henry in a more favorable light, but this offense just is not producing enough for fantasy managers to start trusting the complementary pieces. Henry has caught just five total passes on the season despite playing nearly 70 percent of the team’s snaps on the year. This is a situation to avoid until we see more explosiveness from this passing game.

Prediction: Lions 24, Patriots 23 ^ Top

Steelers @ Bills - (Caron)
Line: BUF -14.0
Total: 46.0

No Brainers: N/A

BUF FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.31
BUF FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.23
BUF FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.28
BUF FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.30

Favorite: WR Diontae Johnson, TE Pat Freiermuth

The Steelers offense has been rough this season, but two pass-catching weapons in the offense have stood out. At tight end, Pat Freiermuth is having himself a nice start and he’s now been targeted 30 times in four games. At a position where half of all fantasy managers are scrambling for a warm body to put in their lineup, that’s the type of opportunity that can really make a difference.

The other player who’s seeing significant targets in the offense is Diontae Johnson who has seen 37 targets in his four starts. While Johnson has not yet gotten into the end zone, which has made his season look mediocre, he’s seeing plenty of passes come his way and some positive regression should be coming his way in the touchdown department.

The biggest concern with both Freiermuth and Johnson is that the offense might actually be worse with Kenny Pickett than they were with Mitch Trubisky. Sure, Pickett gives them a higher upside, but the downside might also be absolutely horrendous. He threw three interceptions in his debut this past week, despite not even starting the game, and that kind of turnover propensity can lead to an entire offense being bad for fantasy. Against a Bills defense that’s among the best in the league, that could be an even bigger problem.

On the Fence: RB Najee Harris

A first-round pick in almost every draft, there’s no doubt that Steelers RB Najee Harris has been a huge disappointment for fantasy this season. He’s yet to rush for even 75 yards in a game, he’s only caught 10 total passes, and he’s only scored two touchdowns through four weeks. Realistically, though, there just aren’t many teams out there that have enough depth at the position to even consider benching Harris. His overall usage (17 touches/gm) remains strong and we’ll have to hope that Pickett’s mobility causes defenses to key in on Harris a little less than before.

Fade: WR George Pickens, WR Chase Claypool

Rookie WR George Pickens earned his first 100-yard game this past week against the Jets which is a great sign for his future, but we need to remain cognizant of the reality that he did it on just six catches, bringing his season-long total to just 11. A matchup against an excellent Bills defense makes Pickens and fellow wide receiver Chase Claypool a very tough start in season-long fantasy leagues.

PIT FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.16
PIT FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.8
PIT FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.8
PIT FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.18

No Brainers: QB Josh Allen, WR Stefon Diggs

Favorite: RB Devin Singletary

The Buffalo backfield has been a difficult one for fantasy purposes for a few years now and much of that has been due to the fact that they just split snaps so much between their backs. That was the case early this season, but over the past two weeks, Singletary has broken away from his backfield mates and he’s playing almost every meaningful snap for the team. That’s resulted in two solid fantasy performances in a row, including an impressive 13 catches over that two-game stretch. With the Steelers defense currently giving up the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, this is a great opportunity for Singletary to cement himself as a weekly option going forward.

On the Fence: WR Isaiah McKenzie (concussion)

There’s no doubt that Stefon Diggs is the top pass-catching weapon in the Bills offense, but this team passes the ball at such a high rate that there’s plenty of room for complementary pieces to remain valuable fantasy commodities. Second-year receiver Isaiah McKenzie has really stepped up in his role over the past two weeks, having secured 11 receptions for 97 yards and two scores on 15 targets. He’s facing a Steelers defense that has given up the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers so far this season and that’s come against one of the weaker QB schedules in the league. Josh Allen could have a field day in this one and McKenzie has a good chance to produce some nice numbers.

Fade: WR Gabriel Davis

Gabe Davis was definitely the preferred No. 2 fantasy option in this passing game heading into the year, but his target share is now sitting below five percent on the season. Sure, it’s an extremely pass-heavy offense and sure, he missed a game so that’s a bit skewed, but still - it’s been brutal owning Davis thus far. With only four catches on nine targets over his past two games, let’s give Davis a chance to prove himself in what should be a good matchup before we trust him in our lineups again.

Prediction: Bills 31, Steelers 16 ^ Top

Dolphins @ Jets - (Caron)
Line: MIA -3.5
Total: 46.0

NYJ FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.10
NYJ FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.16
NYJ FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.14
NYJ FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.15

No Brainers: WR Tyreek Hill, WR Jaylen Waddle

Favorite: N/A

On the Fence: RB Raheem Mostert

The Dolphins offense has taken one of the league’s most surprising jumps this year, but they will again be without quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and things just didn’t seem to be clicking quite as well with Teddy Bridgewater. While that mostly affects the team’s pass-catching weapons, it also affects the running game and we saw an interesting shift in Week 4 as Raheem Mostert suddenly took a huge jump in usage. Mostert and Edmonds had roughly split snaps through the first three weeks of the season, but Mostert massively out-snapped Edmonds in Week 4 when the Dolphins lost to the Bengals. If that trend continues, look for Mostert to again see between 15 to 20 touches this week, this time in a game that is unlikely to see them fall behind by multiple scores.

Fade: RB Chase Edmonds

If we’re on the fence about Mostert, it only makes sense to be fading Chase Edmonds in this matchup. Edmonds is a player who gave us a lot to be excited about heading into the season, but his fantasy production has been horrendous, even in PPR formats where we expected that he’d thrive. Edmonds has caught just eight passes so far and while he did get into the end zone three times over his past two games, he’s certainly not some goal line stud who we can rely on to give us “James Conner 2021” touchdown productivity. He’s not seeing the field enough to be fantasy relevant in seasonal formats at the moment.

MIA FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.2
MIA FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.19
MIA FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.10
MIA FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.6

No Brainers: N/A

Favorite: RB Breece Hall, TE Tyler Conklin

It took a few weeks, but it appears as though Breece Hall is finally happening for fantasy. The Jets running back was out-snapped in each of his first two games by Michael Carter before playing nearly identical snaps to Carter in Week 3, but he finally took over the lead role in Week 4 and that is fairly likely to be the trend going forward. Hall carried the ball 17 times in the road victory over the Steelers, but what fantasy managers should be even more excited about is the fact that he’s now been targeted 28 times on the season - second-most among all running backs, and only one behind Austin Ekeler. Hall’s abilities are game script-proof and that makes him extremely valuable going forward.

Tight end Tyler Conklin had his first sub-10-point PPR fantasy day of the season this past week, but he was still able to secure three passes for 52 yards against the Steelers. Conklin has been a surprisingly effective fantasy option at a position that’s been disgusting to say the least, and he now gets to face a Dolphins defense that has given up the sixth-most fantasy points to the position thus far. He’s a solid fantasy starter here in Week 5.

On the Fence: WR Garrett Wilson

There was a bit of concern that Garrett Wilson might fall behind Elijah Moore now that the Jets have gone back to Zach Wilson at quarterback, but that wasn’t the case at least for one week. Wilson and Moore both saw season-lows in targets, but Wilson’s six targets now give him 39 targets on the year compared to Moore and fellow wide receiver Corey Davis who both have 25. This isn’t likely to be a great offense anytime soon, but Wilson appears to be the top option out wide and he’s an explosive playmaker who can turn opportunities into fantasy production. The Dolphins have already given up two 100-yard games to young pass catchers this season in Tee Higgins and Rashod Bateman, and Wilson will be looking to make it three.

Fade: WR Elijah Moore, WR Corey Davis

The Jets wide receiver group is very much a three-man show at this point, with Wilson, Davis and Moore all contributing to varying degrees, but it appears that the team is most intent on getting the ball to Wilson as evidenced by their respective target counts. Sure, Davis has been far more productive on a per-target basis than Wilson has, but he’s had six or fewer targets in each of the past three games. There might not be enough passing volume for any of these receivers to be strong weekly fantasy plays this season, but we should try to err on the side of volume whenever possible.

Prediction: Dolphins 24, Jets 20 ^ Top

Falcons @ Buccaneers - (Ilchuk)
Line: TB -10.0
Total: 46.5

TB FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.22
TB FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.30
TB FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.17
TB FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.15

No Brainers: N/A

Favorite: RB Tyler Allgeier

I called this one early in the season. RB Cordarrelle Patterson is headed to IR, unable to physically handle the ridiculous load the Falcons tried to place on a 31-year old converted WR. Damien Williams has played in one game, and while Caleb Huntley could end up being in the mix here, I expect Allgeier to work his way toward a heavy workload in an offense that wants to emphasize the run. He’s averaging 5.3 yards per carry in limited work thus far and has shown and ability to make plays as a receiver. This Bucs defense has not been the dominant force it’s been in the past, at least against the run, allowing over 4.0 per carry. Expect HC Arthur Smith to be stubborn about running the rock with the rookie putting up RB2 numbers this week.

On the Fence: TE Kyle Pitts (hamstring)

Pitts is supposed to be the showcase piece in this passing attack, but it has been anything but so far this season. He has just one game with more than two catches and 25 receiving yards and has yet to find the end zone. The Bucs are allowing over 11 fantasy points per game against TE’s, so if you’ve got him, you’re playing him. But with an inconsistent Marcus Mariota at QB, Pitts’ ceiling is limited.

Fade: WR Drake London

Tampa Bay’s defense is tough up front with 14 sacks in the first four games. QB Marcus Mariota struggles with pocket pressure and has been prone to some ill-advised throws under pressure. Meanwhile, London goes up against a secondary that is allowing just 5.6 yards per attempt on the season. London is a weak WR3 play this week at best.

ATL FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.5
ATL FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.4
ATL FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.1
ATL FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.9

No Brainers: QB Tom Brady, WR Mike Evans

Favorite: WR Chris Godwin

Godwin jumped right back in the fray last week with double digit targets in his return from injury. If he’s healthy, I expect a high target share with Brady working the short to intermediate passing game in a strong matchup against a Falcons defense that is allowing nearly 26.0 fantasy points per game to WR’s this season.

On the Fence: RB Leonard Fournette

After announcing his presence with authority in Week 1, Fournette is averaging 1.5 yards per carry ever since. He has been productive as a receiver, but with the Bucs’ receiving corps seemingly back fully intact, I don’t expect a big load for Lenny there, and rookie Rachaad White is starting to work his way into the game script now as Fournette works through a hamstring issue. Fournette is still an RB1 in every league, but you may see a dip in production coming sooner than later.

Fade: WR Russell Gage

Gage was limited to two catches on four targets in Week 4 despite Tampa attempting just four runs all game. That was due in part to the return of Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, and with Julio Jones also likely to be back in the lineup this week, it seems Gage should be relegated to bench duty.

Prediction: Buccaneers 31, Falcons 14 ^ Top

Seahawks @ Saints - (Ilchuk)
Line: NO -5.5
Total: 46.0

NO FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.24
NO FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.27
NO FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.11
NO FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.32

No Brainers: WR Tyler Lockett

Favorite: TE Will Dissly

Forget about Noah Fant, the much talked-about TE who came to Seattle in the Russell Wilson trade. Dissly is currently third on the team in targets, receptions, and receiving yards behind explosive wide receivers Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. He hasn’t dropped a target yet, going 12 for 12, and he’s also the guy QB Geno Smith looks for in the red zone with a team high 3 TDs. I think he’s a sneaky TE1 play this week against a very tough Saints defense.

On the Fence: RB Rashaad Penny

Penny had his 2022 breakout game against the Lions last week with 157 total yards. But fantasy owners should take note. Penny is averaging 6.0 yards per carry on the season, and dating back to 2021, he now has five 100-yard rushing efforts and eight touchdowns over his last 14 games. This week, it will be tougher sledding against a physical Saints defense, and he’s working through a shoulder injury suffered last week that has kept him out of practice. Penny has never been able to sustain success during his NFL career, so I would have rookie Kenneth Walker at the ready as a handcuff.

Fade: QB Geno Smith

Smith has been fine as the Seahawks starter this season. He hasn’t been spectacular, but he hasn’t been awful. But history tells us that even on a team that emphasizes running the ball, he eventually finds ways to stop the flow of the offense. Owners should not be fooled into thinking he’s an option based on last week’s breakout against a bad Lions secondary. The Saints have allowed just three passing TD’s this season and are yielding just a 58% completion rate and 6.0 yards per attempt.

SEA FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.7
SEA FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.4
SEA FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.24
SEA FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.1

No Brainers: N/A

Favorite: WR Chris Olave

Coming into the season, the expectation was that Olave would be Jameis Winston’s deep threat. He was that early. But last week, with Andy Dalton under center in place of the injured Winston, Olave showed an ability to work the underneath routes and find the soft spots in zone coverages. I don’t know who’s playing QB for the Saints this week (Dalton likely), but Olave’s performance last week tells me that it doesn’t matter when it comes to his fantasy value, and with Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry both banged up, Olave figures to be a primary target once again this week. He should pile up some significant numbers against Seattle’s young corners and makes for a solid WR2 play.

On the Fence: RB Alvin Kamara

Kamara is still working through the rib injury he suffered at the very beginning of the season. You may remember I told you back then that these types of injuries are tough and can linger, and here we are. He was a surprise inactive last week, but even when he has played, he hasn’t been the same, averaging just 4.0 yards per carry and 4.0 yards per catch without a single TD, and he’s yet to post 20 total touches in a game.

Fade: TE Taysom Hill

Hill had just five carries for 21 yards last week, and he’s got just one catch on the season. It’s clear that HC Dennis Allen does not have the same creative gene that Sean Payton possessed when it comes to finding ways to insert Hill’s athleticism and play-making abilities into the game plan.

Prediction: Saints 16, Seahawks 13 ^ Top

Texans @ Jaguars - (Ilchuk)
Line: JAX -7.0
Total: 43.5

JAC FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.17
JAC FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.7
JAC FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.18
JAC FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.25

No Brainers: RB Dameon Pierce

Favorite: WR Brandin Cooks

The Jags are allowing over 22 fantasy points per game to wide receivers, and let’s face it, Cooks is about the only one the Texans have. Cooks has seen significantly more targets (36) than Nico Collins (21) making him the only viable fantasy wideout on the team. He’s only averaging 53 yards per game, but he could serve as a low-end WR2 in PPR leagues, and if he scores, he’s a solid play as a WR3 this week.

On the Fence: RB Rex Burkhead

Burkhead’s 21 targets are tied for second on the team, as are his 16 receptions. He’s averaging just over 6.0 yards per catch, but seems to be building momentum as the receiving outlet for QB Davis Mills out of the backfield. He has clearly lost any chance at the RB1 role, though. So, unless his target volume picks up considerably, or he becomes a factor in the red zone, he’s nothing more than a weak flex option right now. But, the situation bears watching.

Fade: QB Davis Mills

We had some hope that Mills would make the big Year 1 to Year 2 jump in talent, smarts, and experience. He hasn’t, at least not through the first four weeks of the season. He has four INT’s and a fumble in the last two weeks and was sacked four times in last week’s game alone. His completion percentage is up, but he has been reduced to quick outlet passes on many throws just to avoid pressure.

HOU FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.23
HOU FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.1
HOU FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.23
HOU FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.17

No Brainers: QB Trevor Lawrence, WR Christian Kirk

Favorite: RB James Robinson

Last week’s game was an anomaly. Playing in a quagmire, there was little in the way of offense against the Eagles, especially with QB Trevor Lawrence repeatedly giving the ball away. Over the first three weeks of the season, Robinson averaged 17 carries per game, and despite the presence of a healthy Travis Etienne, has dominated snaps and carries out of the backfield. He’s also a top consideration in the red zone with four scores over the first three games. I expect a bounce back game against the Texans for Lawrence, which should balance out the defense and give Robinson some running room, especially late in the game.

On the Fence: WR Zay Jones (ankle)

Jones is second on the team in targets, receptions, and receiving yards, and that’s even with missing Week 4 with an ankle injury. If he’s healthy (which it looks like he may be), he’s a double-digit target candidate and a WR3 this week. If he’s not, handcuff him with Jamal Agnew (6-73-2), who filled Jones’ shoes nicely a week ago.

Fade: RB Travis Etienne

Given HC Doug Pederson’s creativity as a play caller, I expected a big role for Etienne this season. He’s so versatile on the field as a runner and a receiver. But through four games, James Robinson has nearly doubled him in rush attempts (59-34), and the speedy Etienne is averaging less than three targets and just two receptions a game.

Prediction: Jaguars 24, Texans 23 ^ Top

Titans @ Commanders - (Caron)
Line: TEN -2.5
Total: 43.0

WAS FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.8
WAS FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.26
WAS FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.3
WAS FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.22

No Brainers: RB Derrick Henry

Favorite: WR Robert Woods

The Tennessee passing game has been predictably brutal this season and they’re likely about to be without first-round NFL Draft pick Treylon Burks this week. This is not great news for the offense as a whole, but if there’s a bit of silver lining, it might come in Robert Woods’ potential target share. Woods has seen a 27 percent target share over the past two weeks, resulting in his first two double-digit fantasy point games of the season. Woods hasn’t yet done anything exciting, but this very well might be the week as he faces a Washington defense that has given up the third-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season, including allowing at least one receiver on each team they’ve faced to rack up over 90 yards against them.

On the Fence: N/A

Fade: QB Ryan Tannehill

It might be tempting to stream Ryan Tannehill this week given the injuries at the quarterback position throughout the league, but this offense is in full “give it to Derrick” mode. Henry has carried the ball 44 times over the past two weeks while Tannehill has passed it just 48 times, both resulting in Titans victories. Even though the Commanders have given up the eighth-most points to opposing quarterbacks on the season and they’re holding opposing RBs to the seventh-fewest points, it’s reasonable to expect that the Titans will again be giving us a slow-paced, grind-the-clock offense that will result in very little fantasy production for the quarterback position.

TEN FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.5
TEN FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.29
TEN FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.4
TEN FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.2

No Brainers: N/A

Favorite: WR Terry McLaurin

It’s been a less-than-exceptional start to the 2022 season for Terry McLaurin, including a horrible 3.5-point fantasy day for him in Week 4, but this matchup against the Titans might be just what fantasy managers have been hoping for. Tennessee has given up the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers on the season and with both Curtis Samuel and Jahan Dotson looking questionable to play, there’s a real opportunity here for McLaurin to become the featured weapon that he’s been in the Washington offense over the past few seasons.

On the Fence: WR Curtis Samuel, RB Antonio Gibson

Curtis Samuel has been one of the more surprising breakouts of the early season, but he’s dealing with some sort of illness this week that has held him out of practice through Thursday and is now threatening to keep him out of Sunday’s game entirely. We’ll have to pay close attention to what the coaches are saying and the practice reports to get a better idea of how things are working. A less-than-100-percent Samuel might be someone who fantasy managers will want to sit. If it sounds like he’s good to go, though, feel free to start him as usual in what should be a juicy matchup against a bad Tennessee secondary.

Running back Antonio Gibson now sits at a paltry 3.3 yards per carry average on the season and with only six receptions over his past three games, he’s become an afterthought in the passing game once again. Gibson has touched the ball at least 13 times in every game and is clearly the team’s goal line back (at least for now), so it’s tough to completely fade him, but this offense is looking like one that’s going to be tough to get running back production out of here in 2022.

Fade: RB J.D. McKissic

While J.D. McKissic remains the Commanders’ pass-catching running back and might end up playing additional snaps if the team is without Curtis Samuel and/or Jahan Dotson, the upside that he presents just is not enough to make him a strong fantasy play at the moment. The Titans have only given up 71 total receiving yards to opposing running backs through four games this season and there’s almost no possibility that McKissic suddenly becomes a threat in the running game.

Prediction: Titans 23, Commanders 20 ^ Top

Bears @ Vikings - (Green)
Line: MIN -7.5
Total: 44.0

MIN FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.15
MIN FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.6
MIN FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.12
MIN FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.11

No Brainers: RB David Montgomery (knee, ankle)

Favorite: RB Khalil Herbert

It’s still too early to tell if Montgomery will return in Week 4 after missing last Sunday with ankle and knee problems, but even if he does you have to figure Herbert will remain an important part of the offense. The second-year back has rushed for 234 yards over the past two games, and he’ll be facing a Vikings defense that ranks in the bottom 10 of the NFL with 131 yards per game allowed on the ground. Obviously, Herbert would hold much higher value if Montgomery were out, checking in as a viable RB2. However, even in a complementary role he offers flex appeal with upside.

On the Fence: WR Darnell Mooney

Chicago’s passing game has been nothing short of abysmal this season with the club averaging less than 100 yards per game through the air -- that is 42 yards per game lower than anyone else. There was at least some positive momentum in Week 4, though, especially for Mooney, who gained 94 yards on four receptions after entering play last Sunday with 27 total receiving yards over the first three games combined. Obviously, there’s a risk given those early numbers, but there’s also some upside if you want to roll the dice on Mooney in a flex role.

Fade: N/A

CHI FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.20
CHI FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.13
CHI FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.32
CHI FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.23

No Brainers: RB Dalvin Cook, WR Justin Jefferson

Favorite: N/A

On the Fence: QB Kirk Cousins

A lot of the Week 1 luster has come off Minnesota’s offense, even though they’re off to a 3-1 start. In his last three games, Cousins has averaged 251 yards passing while tossing four touchdowns and four interceptions. It’s middling production at its finest. Cousins managed just 337 passing yards in two games against Chicago last year, though it’s debatable how much that means given both coaching staffs have changed. The Bears have been solid defensively, albeit with an asterisk since, as aside from Aaron Rodgers, they’ve faced some subpar QBs. Cousins is hit or miss as a low-end QB1.

Fade: WR Adam Thielen

Thielen has seen his production tick up each week this season, starting with a quiet 3-36-0 line in Week 1 and growing to last Sunday’s 8-72-0 in London. Despite an upward trend, the veteran still feels more volatile than in season’s past, and you’d be hard pressed to consider him an integral part of the offense. With only three teams having allowed fewer passing yards than the Bears (168.5 per game), it’s iffy that the Vikings will produce more than one playable fantasy wideout in Week 5.

Prediction: Vikings 26, Bears 16 ^ Top

Chargers @ Browns - (Green)
Line: LAC -2.5
Total: 47.0

CLE FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.18
CLE FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.11
CLE FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.19
CLE FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.27

No Brainers: QB Justin Herbert, RB Austin Ekeler, WR Keenan Allen (hamstring)

Favorite: WR Mike Williams

Everyone should know the book on Williams by now. If not, just look at the first four games of 2022. Two games of over 110 yards, and two games of less than 20. The common thread has been where the games were played. Both of Williams’ big outings have come on the road where Herbert is riding a seven-game streak of passing for more than 300 yards. This Sunday, the Chargers travel to Cleveland. We all know how volatile Williams’ production is, but this looks like a good week to trot him out as a WR2.

On the Fence: TE Gerald Everett

Everett has been a nice signing for the Chargers, providing the pass-catching presence at tight end they never quite got from Jared Cook. The offseason addition has hauled in 13 passes over the last three weeks, and he has topped 50 yards in all but one of the Bolts’ four games this season. If Allen (hamstring) returns this week, though, it may mean a drop in looks for Everett. Even with that possibility dangling over the matchup, Everett could be a starting option at a tight end position that’s short on reliable producers.

Fade: N/A

LAC FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.13
LAC FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.3
LAC FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.9
LAC FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.20

No Brainers: RB Nick Chubb, RB Kareem Hunt

Favorite: TE David Njoku

It took a couple of games, but Njoku has started looking like the player Cleveland spent heavily on to retain in the offseason. The sixth-year pro has 14 receptions, 162 yards, and a touchdown in the past two weeks, as he has joined Amari Cooper as the most reliable options for Jacoby Brissett. While he hasn’t reached no-brainer status, yet, what was written above about Everett applies here as well: there simply aren’t that many tight ends putting up decent numbers, so you’d be well advised to plug Njoku into your lineup and hope the hot streak continues.

On the Fence: WR Amari Cooper

Cooper has been the most hot-and-cold receiver this side of Mike Williams on the young season, topping 100 yards in Weeks 2 and 3 while managing just 26 yards combined in Weeks 1 and 4. As it happens, he’s got the reverse split of Williams, with Cooper doing most of his damage in Cleveland, which is where the game will be in Week 5. We’ll see if the trend continues, but Cooper holds enough potential to be played as a WR3 this weekend against the Bolts.

Fade: N/A

Prediction: Chargers 27, Browns 23 ^ Top

49ers @ Panthers - (Ilchuk)
Line: SF -6.5
Total: 39.0

CAR FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.21
CAR FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.18
CAR FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.15
CAR FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.16

No Brainers: WR Deebo Samuel

Favorite: RB Jeff Wilson

Wilson is averaging well over 5.0 yards per carry over the last three games and has two games with 15+ carries. He has taken over the reins as the RB1 in HC Kyle Shanahan’s run first attack, against a Panthers team that is allowing over 4.0 yards per carry and has been run on as much as any team in the league (131 attempts). He’s a solid RB2 pickup in this matchup.

On the Fence: QB Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy G has been efficient since taking over for the injured Trey Lance. He’s completing about 60% of his passes for a respectable 8.0 yards per attempt, and he’s thrown a touchdown pass in all three games he’s played. However, we all know this is not a high-volume passing attack, so in a good matchup he’s probably only a low end QB2. This week, even that takes a hit. I expect the Niners to lean on the run game hard this week, so Garappolo might have a tough time even getting to 20 attempts this week.

Fade: TE George Kittle

Kittle has yet to surpass 30 yards receiving in either of the two games he’s played since returning from a groin injury, totaling just six catches on nine targets. To make matters worse, he’s taken on more of a blocking role with OT’s Trent Williams and Colton McKivitz both lost to injury. He’ll be in run blocking mode against in Carolina this weekend.

SF FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.32
SF FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.31
SF FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.27
SF FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.28

No Brainers: N/A

Favorite: RB Christian McCaffrey

This time last year, backfield mates McCaffrey and QB Sam Darnold were tearing up the league. The same can’t be said for McCaffrey and Baker Mayfield this season. With the QB struggling, McCaffrey is seeing more stacked tackle boxes and working hard for every inch on the ground, leading to yet another injury (thigh). But he has at least 100 total yards in each of the last three games, so he’s your RB1 as long as he remains healthy, but he’s clearly a Round 1 draft bust at this point.

On the Fence: WR D.J. Moore

Moore is one of the most talented WR’s in the NFL, but playing with yet another struggling passer in Baker Mayfield, Moore has been relegated to disappointing WR3 status. His 6-50 receiving line last week was unfortunately his best of the season. He had no more than three catches in any game prior to that.

Fade: WR Robbie Anderson

This ship has sailed. Since his 100-yard day in Week 1, Anderson has yet to surpass three catches or five targets in a game and he’s barely averaging 12.0 yards per catch. He is off the radar until further notice.

Prediction: 49ers 31, Panthers 13 ^ Top

Cowboys @ Rams - (Collins)
Line: LAR -5.0
Total: 43.0

LAR FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.12
LAR FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.32
LAR FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.2
LAR FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.31

No Brainers: Jerry Jones could be described as “chatty”

Favorite: WR CeeDee Lamb

Volume has been king for Lamb so far this season. He has averaged 11 targets a game and 16.1 FPts/G which is tied for 12th amongst WRs with Ja’Marr Chase. Cooper Rush be damned; they have been feeding him and I don’t expect things to change. Yes, any match-up with the Rams means Jalen Ramsey, but LA has been very generous against WRs, allowing 47.9 FPts/G which is 31st in the league. Turn it up and have a day, CeeDee!

On the Fence: RB Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas is going to run the ball and Zeke will be the main protagonist. His name is still a famous one, but he is only averaging 9.1 FPts/G. He is getting 15 carries a game, which increases the likelihood that he might break out in this one. Los Angeles and Aaron Donald do not mess around on the ground and are allowing a paltry 13.8 FPts/G, tops in the NFL. It seems like other parts of the offense might be feasting this week, so Zeke isn’t one to get too excited about.

Fade: WR Michael Gallup

In his first game back from injury, Gallup reminded the team what it is like to have another high-quality target. He found the end zone but the rest of his line wasn’t great, 2-24 on three targets. You have to wonder about him getting into a rhythm with a new QB in Cooper Rush. This might take a week or two to establish. As previously stated, the Rams are open for business in the defensive backfield so the door could be open, but I am not quite sure if I can let Gallup in yet.

DAL FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.28
DAL FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.21
DAL FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.26
DAL FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.24

No Brainesr: WR Cooper Kupp

Favorite: TE Tyler Higbee

Matthew Stafford has started a bit slow this season, but you would never guess by looking at Higbee’s stats. On Monday night, he got 14 targets that produced a 10-73 line. He is still the league leader in targets at tight end and continues to be one of the only consistent weapons offensively for the Rams. Dallas is only allowing 8.35 FPts/G so he will have to earn his keep, but I like my chances with the number of looks coming his way.

On the Fence: RB Cam Akers

The running game never got on track Monday night, which only produced more questions regarding Akers after the game. He led the team with eight carries, but could only muster 13 yards. Darrell Henderson had seven totes for 27 yards and also had three catches to Akers’ zero. After it looked like Akers had things locked down in the lead-back role, we are back in a week-by-week situation. Dallas is middle of the road against the run, 13th in points allowed, but Akers workload is in question.

Fade: WR Allen Robinson

Welcome back to the “Fade” portion of the column, Allen. If you remove his 4-53-1 output in Week 2, Robinson is averaging three points in his other three games. On Monday night he had six targets to produce a 2-7-0 line and you could have easily forgotten that he was even on the field. I think life is a meritocracy, and he could get things back on track, but that seems overly optimistic at this point. He should remain as a fade until a pattern of production is produced.

Prediction: Cowboys 32, Rams 30 ^ Top

Eagles @ Cardinals - (Collins)
Line: PHI -5.5
Total: 48.5

ARI FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.14
ARI FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.12
ARI FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.24
ARI FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.3

No Brainers: QB Jalen Hurts, WR A.J. Brown

Favorite: TE Dallas Goedert

The Eagles are being rewarded for believing in their guy. Goedert took over after the team traded Zach Ertz to the Cardinals last season and is proving to be an asset. He is averaging 11.5 FPts/G and five targets a game in the high-powered Eagles offense. He has to be excited about this week as he faces an Arizona team that is 30th in the NFL against TEs, allowing 20 FPts/G.

On the Fence: RB Miles Sanders

It looks like Miles Sanders has found his groove. At least he found it last week. The Eagles love to run by committee, but Sanders took over Sunday and rumbled for 27-134-2. He has hit double figures in three of the four weeks and is averaging a robust 16.3 FPts/G. I think he is a must start at this point, but Philly’s love of multiple RBs and multiple RBs scoring TDs, always gives me pause. Limit your expectations.

Fade: WR DeVonta Smith

Hold on tight, it’s the DeVonta Smith ride! It has been a tale of two games for Smith so far this season. In the two good games he averaged 22.9 FPts/G and in the two bad games he averaged 2.3 FPts/G. What’s it going to be this week? The Cardinals are stingy against the pass, allowing 30.2 FPts/G which is the eighth best mark. A little consistency would help here, but he is giving me motion sickness. I look for A.J. Brown to have the big week.

PHI FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.25
PHI FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.17
PHI FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.20
PHI FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.21

No Brainers: WR Marquise Brown

Favorite: TE Zach Ertz

It’s payback time for Ertz as he gets to square off against the team that traded him away last season. He has been rejuvenated so far this year and has been a consistent outlet for Murray, averaging 7 targets a game and has scored in double figures every contest so far this season. Philly is allowing the 12th fewest points to TEs, but I have to imagine he has something special waiting for his former employers when they arrive in the desert.

On the Fence: QB Kyler Murray

Is the mobile Murray back? His 12 carries on Sunday equaled the run total of his first three games combined. People might have been happier if he would have gained more than 26 yards, but people should be pleased with progress. He will have to incorporate everything in his bag of tricks this weekend as the Eagles are super tight against QBs, only allowing 9.6 FPts/G, third fewest in the league. I hope he is running for designed plays and not his life, so I am on the fence about him this week.

Fade: RB James Conner

It was good to see Conner back in the lineup on Sunday after dealing with ankle issues. He paced the team with a 15-55 line and caught three passes. The problem with Conner is he just hasn’t broken through yet. His ankle injury hasn’t helped matters, but he is only averaging 3.2 yards per carry and 10.8 FPts/G. I don’t get the sense a breakout comes Sunday against the Philadelphia-D getting in their groove. The Eagles are 17th against RBs, allowing 21.1 FPts/G. I think his scuffling start continues and the breakout is delayed another week.

Prediction: Eagles 34, Cardinals 31 ^ Top

Bengals @ Ravens - (Green)
Line: BAL -3.5
Total: 48.0

BAL FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.1
BAL FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.9
BAL FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.1
BAL FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.19

No Brainers: QB Joe Burrow, RB Joe Mixon, WR Ja’Marr Chase, WR Tee Higgins

Favorite: N/A

On the Fence: TE Hayden Hurst

After opening the year with back-to-back five-catch showings, Hurst picked up a groin injury in practice before Week 3 and managed just four receptions over the past two games. The silver lining is that the Bengals are coming off a mini bye after playing on Thursday night in Week 4, so Hurst has had extra time to get right. Perhaps we’ll see the tight end rebound to pre-injury levels this Sunday, which gives him fringe TE1 value.

Fade: WR Tyler Boyd

In terms of snaps, Boyd has been on par with Higgins most weeks. The production is nowhere close, however, with the former No. 1 receiver now relegated to third or fourth read on most plays. A year ago, Boyd topped 50 yards receiving in a game seven times. Through four weeks this season, he’s done it once. Baltimore’s last-ranked pass defense provides some hope that Boyd can deliver a decent return as a flex play, but he’s a risky option at this point when everyone is healthy.

CIN FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.27
CIN FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.22
CIN FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.22
CIN FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.14

No Brainers: QB Lamar Jackson, TE Mark Andrews

Favorite: N/A

On the Fence: RB J.K. Dobbins

Dobbins’ second game of the season went better than his first, as he led the team in carries (13), tallied 63 total yards, and scored both of Baltimore’s touchdowns. His snaps increased as well, while Justice Hill (hamstring) picked up a hamstring injury -- it is not thought to be too serious, but there’s no guarantee Hill plays in Week 5. The balance here is projecting Dobbins’ increasing role with Cincy’s top-five run defense. Pencil him in as a borderline RB2/RB3.

Fade: WR Rashod Bateman

Bateman (foot) is currently day-to-day with a foot injury, and though it may not be enough to keep him on the sidelines in Week 4, it could slow him down. It has been feast or famine with the second-year wideout thus far, as he averaged better than 25 yards per catch in each of his first three games but has just 11 receptions on the season. With modest usage and an injury designation, Bateman is no better than a flex.

Prediction: Bengals 34, Ravens 30 ^ Top

Raiders @ Chiefs - (Collins)
Line: KC -7.0
Total: 51.0

KC FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.6
KC FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.5
KC FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.7
KC FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.10

No Brainers: WR Davante Adams

Favorite: RB Josh Jacobs

It’s amazing how much work you can get done when nobody is in your way. Jacobs has seized the RB position and showed what he is possible last week. He had 28 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns. He added five catches for 31 yards just to pad the stat sheet and lead the Raiders to their first win of the season. His hot streak should continue against the Chiefs who have been porous against RBs, ranking 28th and allowing 27.6 FPts/G.

On the Fence: None

Fade: TE Darren Waller

The underwhelming 2022 by Darren Waller continues. Three catches for 24 yards on Sunday was his second straight week he scored six points or less. The fact that he has only received 5 targets in each of those contests makes for a credible argument why his production is down. Is Davante Adams getting too many targets? Are they running the ball too much? Waller has more excuses than TD catches at this point. The Chiefs are middling against TEs and rank 23rd, so maybe this is the week he finds his rhythm, but I am not holding my breath.

LV FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.4
LV FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.10
LV FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.13
LV FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.12

No Brainers: QB Patrick Mahomes, TE Travis Kelce

Favorite: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire

CEH looked the part of a lead-back Sunday night. He had 19 carries for 92 yards and a TD in the Chiefs win. He has not scored less than 14.9 points in a game this year. Most folks would complain about only one catch for 2 yards, but when it is for a touchdown, all is forgiven. He faces a Raiders squad that allows 23.3 FPts/G which is 23rd, so look for Clyde to not break his stride.

On the Fence: WR JuJu Smith-Schuster

It remains a status quo week for JuJu. He had a solid, but unspectacular week of 5-46, which is just slightly below his season average of 9.9 FPts/G. He has yet to score a touchdown which has people thinking for the fifth straight week, “This will be the week he breaks out!” JuJu is averaging almost 7 targets a game, so the volume is there, so is this the week? The Raiders allow 34.7 FPts/G which is 20th, but I need to see it. I don’t see a change. Same as it ever was.

Fade: RB Jerick McKinnon

There was some scuttlebutt about McKinnon potentially starting to cut into CEH’s production when McKinnon was averaging seven touches through the first three games. I think you can put that narrative away, at least temporarily. Isiah Pacheco had 11 carries for 63 yards Sunday night to McKinnon’s two carries for negative one yard. Andy Reid will keep us all guessing, but the preseason buzz about Pacheco might be beginning to become real.

Prediction: Chiefs 34, Raiders 27 ^ Top