The Dolphins’ passing offense is prolific, but their pass defense
has been generous to a fault giving up two 40-point games and a
30-point game this season. Houston figures to be behind and throwing
for most of the day and a healthy Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins
should be enough talent to make Kyle Allen a decent play in a week
where there are many quarterback question marks.
This Pittsburgh defense is not the “Steel Curtain”
of the 1970s. They allow opposing QBs the third-most fantasy points
per week – 24.1 FPts/G. Ryan struggled against his hometown
Philadelphia Eagles last weekend, but they are tough against most
quarterbacks. With three healthy receivers (Michael Pittman Jr.,
Alec Pierce and Parris Campbell), Ryan should rebound at home
where he has been pretty good, averaging 295 passing yards, and
has a 7:1 TD to interception ratio.
The name Geno Smith doesn’t strike fear into the hearts of defenses,
but it should, based on his play this season. He’s been a top-10
fantasy quarterback all season and facing a Raiders defense allowing
24 FPts/G. Only Andy Dalton and Russell Wilson have failed to
reach at least 21 fantasy points and neither is playing at Smith’s
The new trend in the NFL is benching your starting quarterback.
Panthers HC Steve Wilks named his Week 12 starting quarterback,
but it doesn’t matter. Darnold is the “sacrificial
lamb” that ends up starting against the league’s best
pass defense. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
The Eagles’ pass defense is stout and Aaron Rodgers’
passing offense is muddled and confused most of the time. Green
Bay should be testing the Eagles’ run defense most of the
game and when “ARod” passes it will be the short variety
to avoid the Eagles’ pass rush. Rodgers has yet to throw
for 300 yards this season.
The Bengals defense doesn’t get much attention from the
media, but it should. They have allowed QBs an average of 17 FPts/G
(fourth-best) and one touchdown per game. Tannehill has yet to
crack the 25-point mark in any game this season and this isn’t
the spot to do it.