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QB-miami 2 top 12; cincy 0 top 12
RB-miami 1 top 24; cincy 2 top 24
TE-miami 1 top 12; cincy 2 top 12
WR-miami 2 top 24; cincy 2 top 24

The unbeaten Dolphins visit the struggling Cincinnati Bengals Thursday.
This will be an interesting matchup on both sides of the ball.
The Dolphins defense has allowed two top 12 finishes to quarterbacks this season. Cincinnati has allowed none.
The Dolphins defense has allowed one top 24 finish to a running back this season. Cincinnati has allowed two.
The Dolphins defense has allowed one top 12 finish to a tight end this season. Cincinnati has allowed two (surprised it's not three).
The Dolphins defense has allowed two top 24 finishes to wide receivers this season. Cincinnati has allowed two as well.
All this would seem to point to a Bengals offense using the pass a lot and not being able to run the ball.
That trends with what the team has done thus far as Joe Mixon has had a slow start. Given his bum ankle after the Jets game, keep an eye on him pregame to see if you need to pivot to Samaje Perine or another team's RB all together. Hard to bench Mixon given the volume but might be a good time to consider it.
Joe Burrow and his 3 Amigos on the passing game Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and Ja'Marr Chase shape up to have another good game … if Burrrow can remain upright. That will always be the key. You'd like to think the Cincinnati O-Line gets better with more reps (not gonna soapbox this time) and they surrendered just two last week against a good Jets front.
Hayden Hurst has been a disappointment at tight end. I thought he'd be a bit more involved. Some have said in All-22 film breakdown Hurst has been open but Joe opts for the Wrs instead. If true, we'll see Hurst begin to ramp up soon I believe.
After last week, you gotta go with the Burrow and the 3 Wrs most likely. Boyd is a questionable start unless he's getting targeted heavily. He isn't going to break a long one every game like he did last week. Still potential is there and a WR3 slot is a good one for the former Pitt star.
On defense, Trey Hendrickson was the AFC Defensive player of the week and an IDP must start given his ability to blow up at any time. However, this week with the interior DL hurting (DJ Reader is out), Hendrickson might get more attention. So it could be Sam Hubbard's turn.
At LB, Logan Wilson and Akeem Davis-Gaither were the only two who were on the field last week. That means plenty of tackle opportunities for your IDP.
In the secondary, Vonn Bell is the must start. Jessie Bates is good in real life but not much on the fantasy front unless he comes up with a turnover.
In general though Miami is not a great team to go against on the defensive side. They have a good offense and don't run a lot of plays. To wit, the Dolphins average 55.7 plays per game according to teamrankings.com (28th in league) while the Bengals are at the top with 75.7 snaps per game. Part of that is Cincinnati's inability to run the ball and milk the clock. They've been in close games but behind a lot so they've had to get it and go.
IN last week's thrilling win over Buffalo, Miami had just 39 snaps on offense. That's not enough to produce many fantasy worthy plays for your defense unless they turn it over.
Here's another thing to consider. If Tua is out at QB, this changes a bit with Teddy Bridgewater calling the shots. NO indication yet Tua misses but his back/concussion issues from last week could be troublesome on a short week. I'd play all my Bengals if Teddy goes unless that turns out to be the 2022 version of the Mike White game. I think not.


Mark Huber


The report for this week has not yet been released.



That is the general feeling all around the Hoosier state tonight as everyone was stunned and saying that all evening….or maybe more likely, the NSFW version of unfreakingbelievable. The Colts overcame themselves to pull off one of the biggest shockers of the young season by clipping the formerly undefeated Chiefs 20-17 in their home opener, evening the Colts’ record at 1-1-1.

There was no reason to think this was going to happen, even as the game progressed. The Colts started by going 3-and-out and then got a gift on a muffed punt inside the 10 to get a quick 7-0 lead. Then another great punt cover and a defensive stand put them in good position. And despite getting every break, they still did not pull away and put the Chiefs in a hole. They were missing the biggest playmaker in the NFL on defense in LB Shaq Leonard, and then their only other two defensive playmakers left the game in the second quarter – CB Stephon Gilmore and S Julian Blackmon (Gilmore returned in the second half, Blackmon did not). This made it seem as if there would be no chance to slow down Mahomes. QB Matt Ryan was wildly inconsistent and was getting zero protection, and he was making poor rookie-level decisions while the offense sputtered. They were force-feeding the ball to RB Jonathan Taylor with a high volume, but he was simply not getting much room to run. And when the Chiefs rolled downfield for a couple of TDs after turnovers -- and the Colts got jobbed by terrible call on a 2-point conversion -- it appeared as if the inevitable rout was on.

The defense simply became a stone wall in the second half and held the Chiefs to a mere pair of FGAs, one of which was missed. And of course the game-ending interception off a tipped pass was cause for celebration in the Circle City! The special teams played very solid, downing punts deep several times and getting that key early turnover. They also foiled a fake FG and P Matt Haack averaged over 51 YPK on three punts. For those weirdo leagues that use punters, Haack is a possible awesome waiver wire add for you with his production and his volume to date. LB Zaire Franklin is the special teams captain and also filling in at inside linebacker for the Maniac, and he did his best Leonard impression with 12 tackles, 8 solo. CB Stephon Gilmore overcame his early hamstring woes to play a huge game by limiting Travis Kelce in shadow coverage and deflecting the game-ending pass for the interception.

After halftime, Ryan started throwing on nearly every downand suddenly regained his accuracy going 16 for 20 after in the second half and leading the team on several long drives that ended with points. Ryan finished with a surprisingly decent 19.5 fantasy points (27-37-222-2) although he did fumble twice, losing one. He was under constant duress as the line again allowed 5 sacks and double-digit quarterback pressures. For the highest paid unit on the team and the one that is the most highly touted, they have vastly underperformed thus far and are a significant reason why the Colts have overall underperformed. Things need to change so Taylor can get untracked ….and so the aged and immobile Ryan doesn’t get killed.

As to the offensive stats, Taylor was inefficient but his volume did help to run the clock and keep Mahomes from being on the field. He only got loose a few times, and finished with a very pedestrian stat line (21-71, 3-20). Welcome back to WR Michael Pittman who led the way with a quiet 8-72 on 9 targets, all team highs. Rookie WR Alec Pierce also returned to the lineup and his first impactful game, making several big catches en route to 3-61 on 5 targets. The obvious star of the day was training camp disaster rookie TE Jelani Woods, who made his first three NFL targets really count as he snared two of them for TDs, including the game winner with 7 minutes to play. Woods couldn’t catch anything in camp, but the massive target made two contested catches for scores when he was called upon with a size mismatch. And how about new PK Chase McLaughlin making two decent-length FGs without causing anyone mind-numbing worry!

I guess we can all breath a sigh of relief and enjoy a happy Monday here in the Crossroads of America for a few days. It was not pretty, and I am not sure they deserved to win (and certainly they are not the better team) but it was a much needed win to get this team hopefully kickstarted in the right direction. But the line is still playing like a hot mess and Ryan has not been the stabilizing factor that an underwhelming receiving corps needs for this team to be successful. Celebrationsdefinitely will be short as the division rival Titans come in on Sunday – and the Titans looked pretty good getting their first win today as well. No time to be giddy….back to work to prep for King Henry and a crucial home test within the wide open AFC South.


Chris Rito


Denver entered the toughest game of the season so far 0-6 in the red zone. Their first two games featured double-digit penalties and multiple dropped passes. QB Russell Wilson is confident that the self inflicted woes can and will be corrected. Bronco fans are vocally tired of six years of bad football. Hopefully, the new ownership won’t overreact after only two games. HC Nathaniel Hackett deserves time to right the ship. It took John Elway two years to feel comfortable in the Shanahan offense.

San Francisco 10 Denver 11

It took until the fourth quarter for the offense to get itself together. It took QB Russell Wilson to revert to the “vintage” Russell to get the offense into end zone after a host of third and outs. RB Melvin Gordon III scored after he had fumbled twice in the game (recovered by Wilson and Gordon). The defense took control of the game, rushing the passer, closing running lanes and getting turnovers. The special teams also stepped up their game after “heart-to-heart” talks by coordinator Dwayne Stukes after the Houston game. Gordon (12-26-1; 5/6-29-0) and RB Javonte Williams (15-58-0; 3/5-2-) powered the running game while WR Courtland Sutton (8/10-97-0)was the passing game. WR Kendall Hinton had a 27-yard reception that sparked the scoring drive. ILB Jersey Jewell, NT Mike Purcell, and OLBs Randy Gregory and Bradly Chubb each had a sack. ILB Jonas Griffith had a “tip drill” interception and S PJ Locke had forced fumble. K Brandon McManus was 1/2 on field goals (55; missed 53). The Broncos failed on their two point conversion attempt.

Denver @ Las Vegas
QB Derek Carr had 45 passing attempts in last weeks loss to Tennessee. WR Davante Adams was 5/10-36-1) while WR Mack Hollins was 8/10-158-1) and threw a 4-yard pass. Both TEs Foster Moreau and Darren Waller were targeted five times and caught three for 44 and 22 yards respectively. The winless Raiders have lost all three of their games by one score. This will be the 124th game between the two teams. The Raiders’ offense is off to a slow start, but this is a big rivalry spiced up by a former Denver head coach. The Raider’s are favored at home by 2.5 points. I resisted being a homer last week, but can’t against the Raiders. Denver 24 Las Vegas 21

Promoted WR Kendall Hinton and DL Jonathan Harris from the practice squad to the game-day roster for week three. Placed NT DJ Jones in the concussion protocol.


This was the week the Broncos needed to be mature and balance their enthusiasm with professionalism to turn the self-inflicted trauma in the first two games into an unpleasant memory and lessons learned. It wasn’t pretty, but all that matters is the “W”. Wilson was clutch for the broncos with the game on the line. It’s obvious that Hackett needs to allow Wilson to go off-script and to scramble to make the offense work. The defense is buying time for the offense to figure out what it must do. While the Broncos have a ton of things to clean up, HC Nathaniel Hackett (to his credit)hired former Baltimore Ravens assistant Jerry Rosburg to help with game management. Similarly, the players/coaches cut the team penalties in half, but they remain a problem. RB Melvin Gordon III, despite his fumbles, remains the Broncos’ top goal line option with more touchdowns and a lower stuff rate than RB Javonte Williams. Gordon’s fumbles tend to come when he is swallowed up by defenders just as he receives the football or he’s fighting for that one extra yard as opponents pummel him. His pass protection is leading to more third down opportunities.

Fantasy outlook

Quarterbacks points
Russell Wilson 16-17

Running Backs
Javonte Williams 13-15
Melvin Gordon III 10-11
Mike Boone 0-1
Andrew Beck 0-2

Wide Receivers
Courtland Sutton 13-15
Jerry Jeudy 10-12
KJ Hamler 2-5
Montrell Washington 0-1
Tyrie Cleveland 0-2
Kendall Hinton If plays 0-1

Tight Ends
Albert Okwuegbunam 5-6
Eric Saubert 2-3
Eric Tomlinson 0-1

Brandon McManus 6-8

D/ST 6-8

Good luck this week!


Charles Rives


The report for this week has not yet been released.


The report for this week has not yet been released.


The report for this week has not yet been released.


Week 3 Recap/Analysis: Texans at Bears
You should feel happy after your team wins, but I don’t think many Bears fans felt very good after this one. Bears 23, Texans 20.

Quarterback QB Justin Fields completed just eight of 17 passes for 106 yards and two INTs and ran eight times for 47 yards. If there were alarm bells going off after last week’s debacle, there are Bear raid sirens going off after this one (though they’ve apparently done away with them at Soldier Field now). In a new offense that’s supposedly tailored to his strengths, Fields is seemingly regressing. Granted, he’s got a young O-line and hardly any receivers to speak of, and new OC Luke Getsy is still finding his feet as a playcaller. But even completing simple passes seems to be hard for him right now. He’s delivering more air mail than DHL. What you expect a quarterback to do (drop back, read the defense, get the ball out on time)... it just hasn’t looked natural for Fields for most of the season.

How to fix this? Well, you can’t roll the guy out on every play (opposing defenses know what’s coming). More play action (especially considering how well the Bears are running the ball) could be one solution. More half-field reads and some designed runs could be another, at least in the short term. But if he wants to have a long career in this league, Fields is going to have to win from the pocket on a much more consistent basis. If he can’t, you’re going to see more draw plays on third-and-long and eating timeouts before halftime instead of trying to score like we did in this one.

Fantasy owners of RB David Montgomery have to feel hard done by after this game. He had only three carries for 11 yards before suffering an ankle injury and leaving the game. RB Khalil Herbert promptly entered the game and did the Texas two-step all over Houston to the tune of 20 carries for 157 yards and two TDs along with two catches for 12 yards. Despite being Montgomery’s backup, we know from last season that Herbert has starter-quality ability, and he showcased it again here. Hopefully you either drafted him as a handcuff as a Montgomery owner or you can pick him up on waivers in your league. Rookie RB Trestan Ebner had seven carries for 23 yards.

Wide receiver
Top WR Darnell Mooney continues to struggle to make an impact, catching only two of his six targets for 23 yards. The guy with the JUGS machine at his house even dropped a simple screen pass, showing how much he is likely pressing right now. WR Equanimeous St. Brown caught one of his two targets for 20 yards and had two carries for 43 yards. WR Byron Pringle caught his lone target for 11 yards but later suffered a calf injury that has now landed him on IR, further depleting an already paper-thin receiving corps.

Tight end TE Cole Kmet hauled in two of his three targets for 40 yards. Better, but still not what many expected from him this season.

Defense/Special teams
It wasn’t pretty, but a couple of the Bears’ defensive stalwarts stepped up when it mattered. S Eddie Jackson continued his career resurgence with a forced fumble and an INT, and LB Roquan Smith was everywhere with 16 tackles and the INT that led to Chicago’s game-winning field goal. On the downside, the pass rush was lacking, and CB Kindle Vildor continued to show that he isn’t starter-quality (though he did make a couple of plays later in the game).

Kicker PK Cairo Santos hit all three of his field goal attempts and both of his extra points.

Week 4: Bears at Giants
Two teams with new coaching staffs, banged-up receiving corps and questionable quarterbacks will meet on Sunday afternoon when the Bears head out east to take on the G-Men.

The Giants may only have three sacks so far this season, but if we’re talking about a matchup of Wink Martindale vs. Fields, I’m taking Martindale right now.

The Giants have given up the seventh-most rushing yards in the league. Montgomery (ankle) DNP on Wednesday. If he’s inactive, then Herbert is a must-start, with Ebner a potential flex play in very deep leagues. If Montgomery is active, he and Herbert may split carries.

Wide receiver
Again, not touching any of these guys until we see some production. WR Velus Jones Jr (hamstring) was limited on Wednesday. Even if he’s able to make his NFL debut on Sunday, his snaps would likely be limited.

Tight end
Kmet made a couple plays last week, but in a semi-tough road matchup, I’d still look elsewhere this week.

Defense/Special teams
Saquon looks like Saquon again, and that is not good news for the Bears’ shoddy run defense. At the same time though, we know that Daniel Jones is no stranger to giving the ball away. Top CB Jaylon Johnson (quad) DNP on Wednesday, while Smith (quad) was limited. I have this unit as an average play this weekend.

With scoring opportunities potentially limited, look elsewhere.

Good luck this week!


Richard Fung


The report for this week has not yet been released.


The report for this week has not yet been released.


The report for this week has not yet been released.


Falcons, Seahawks, and Lions are all 1-2 teams. But they are very different. It may sound like sour grapes but I do not mean it this way. There were missed calls against Atlanta last week. If a couple of those, especially the late game holding call, had been officiated differently then Seattle wins that game. Seattle has been on the good side (Fail Mary) and bad side (SBXL) of officiating. It happens. But when it happens your team has to be good enough to twist the fickle finger of fate back in their direction. Seattle’s offense actually was that good last week, but their defense is proving to be a long way from it.

Fantasy coaches should ignore that INT from QB Geno Smith and instead recognize that he had his first game this year above expectations. 32 of 44 for 325 yards and 2 TDs. Those numbers break the QB Matt Hasselbeck bar and are worthy of a fantasy start. The INT came after a weird holding call that made for their only hope being pure desperation. Now come the Lions. Just at a glance I think the Lion’s defense may be as bad as Seattle’s. All the signals are green for starting Smith as far as I can see. This looks like a game where a lot of points will be scored.

Two weeks ago RB Rashaad Penny and RB Ken Walker combined for 10 carries in a loss to the 49ers. Now that was a good defense, but Seattle obviously ditched their ground game. Against Atlanta Walker did not carry the ball at all. Penny carried 14 times for 66 and caught one pass. He flashed brilliance at the beginning of the game and most of those yards came on his first few runs. Penny could have a great game against Detroit and should be started. The biggest risk for Penny is that this week Walker returns to Michigan and could well break out. If you are a ‘Hawks fan start either of them and enjoy your Sunday.

The duo of WR DK Metcalf and WR Tyler Lockett held out well with 23 targets, 14 catches, 140 yards and a TD. But when you split those numbers DK came out on top due to the score. This week Detroit really has no answer for these guys other than to run the ball themselves and limit the time Seattle is on the field. I would start either of them and even WR Marquise Goodwin is a sleeper.

My report last week stated that TE Will Dissly could be a passing leader for a different team. Here his blocking skills are needed more. But he still scored against the Falcons and had 34 yards. TE Colby Parkinson had 44 yards and TE Noah Fant had 27. Those numbers are on just 9 targets. They have an even better matchup this week. My brain tells me it is Fant’s turn to have a good showing in the fantasy stats, but my gut tells me to keep starting Parkinson, and my Seahawk’s blood tells me Dissly. Pick your poison, but there are fantasy points to be had here against Detroit.

Oh, no. I have to say it. When two bad defenses are on the field, kickers get fantasy start worthy stats. All logic says to start PK Jason Myers this game. Detroit should allow Seattle past the 50 early and often. Coach Carroll will not always go for it on 4th down. I am going straight past stocking the Tums and going for whiskey instead, but Myers should be started.

Is it the scheme or the youth? I do not really know for sure, but Seattle made QB Marcus Mariota look much better than he really is. Seattle and Detroit are competing for the bottom in almost every defensive category in the NFL. Seattle’s red zone success being the notable difference. It looks like there will be lots of points going around on offense and high risk to start either defense as a fantasy coach. I would not start them this go around.

‘Hawks: 23
Lions: 31

Really, Seattle has a reasonable chance to win here. But the Lions will most likely control the clock and have more success at making Seattle kick the ball. If Seattle’s defense starts showing why the coaches like their new scheme, then the game will go the other way.

Go ‘Hawks!


Rick Watts


Knocking down the Cards! The Rams get a 20-12 road win in Arizona to improve to 2-1 and first place in the NFC West. Los Angeles scored on their first three possessions but could not keep up that productivity, scoring only once on their next five opportunities. Fortunately the defense kept Arizona out of the end zone limiting the Cards to four field goals. This week the Rams are in San Francisco for a Monday Night matchup. Let’s take a look at how Rams players did against the Cardinals and how I think they will do against the Niners.

QB: QB Matthew Stafford (18-25-249 no touchdowns or interceptions) had his first game of the season with no turnovers. It was also his first game as a Ram with no passing touchdowns. San Francisco is 1st against the pass at 148.33 yards per game. The Niners have allowed only 2 passing touchdowns while collecting 3 interceptions and 8 sacks. San Fran’s passing statistics are a bit misleading as their three opponents rank 20, 21, and 32 in pass offense and none of those teams (Broncos, Seahawks, and Bears) have elite offenses. I think Stafford bounces back and goes 275-300-yard game with 2-3 touchdowns and no interceptions. Stafford has been mediocre for Fantasy so far but I still consider him a QB1.

RB: RB Darrell Henderson (4-17 rushing) started the game but RB Cam Akers (12-61 with 1 touchdown and 1 lost fumble rushing) was the leading ball carrier. Cam would have had a great game but he lost a fumble at the Cardinal 1-yard line trying to score his second touchdown. San Francisco is 4th against the rush at 78.67 yards per game. The Niners have allowed 2 rushing touchdowns in their first three games. As noted above, San Fran’s opponents to start the season do not have top tier offenses and Denver did rush for 101 yards so hopefully Los Angeles can get their running game going and Akers and continue to improve. Akers showed his talent against Arizona and should start to take over as the lead back for the Rams. San Fran plays the Rams tough but I am hoping Cam goes for 75+ rushing, 20+ receiving, and at least 1 rushing touchdown. Those stats would make him a high end RB2. I think Henderson’s only chance for Fantasy relevance is if he vultures a touchdown from Cam.

WR: WR Cooper Kupp (4-44 receiving and 1-20 rushing with a touchdown) had a quiet game by his standards but still scored a touchdown. WR Allen Robinson (2-23) dropped an easy touchdown and mistimed another potential touchdown. Robinson has been disappointing to start the season but should improve with more work in this offense and more importantly, with Stafford. WR Ben Skowronek (4-66) led the team in receiving yards and also made some key blocks as the “fullback”. Kupp will bounce back from his quiet game but needs Robinson to get going as he is seeing more double-teams than any other receiver. Cooper should still get at least 6-8 receptions with 80-100+ yards and at least 1 touchdown. Robinson could see a lot of action as San Fran focuses on Kupp. I need to see Robinson produce on a consistent basis before regarding him as anything more than a WR3. Hoping this is his breakout game.

TE: TE Tyler Higbee (4-61) was busy again and is developing a nice rapport with Stafford. TE Kendall Blanton (1-28) was recently resigned and had his career long reception. Tyler has been a nice TE2 this season and should be good for another 4-6 receptions and 40-50 yards. He is still looking for his first touchdown so hopefully that happens this week.

K: PK Matt Gay (2-2 field goals (22 & 40) and 2-2 extra points) continues to be money for the Rams and is a weekly starting kicker for Fantasy. I predict 4-4 extra points and 2-2 field goals in San Francisco.

DEF: This unit was on the field for over 90 plays but did not allow a single touchdown, which is incredible for that many plays. LB Bobby Wagner (6 solos and 3 assists) continues to stack tackles but had his first game without a sack. LB Ernest Jones (5 solos) is thriving next to Wagner. Congratulations to DT Aaron Donald (4 solos, 2 assists and 1 sack) on recording his 100th sack of his career. CB Jalen Ramsey (7 solos, 1 assist, 2 pass defense) was the defensive star of the game not just for his impressive statistics, but also for leading the young and inexperienced defensive backs. San Francisco is 30th in pass offense at 186.33 yards per game. The Niners have 2 passing touchdowns while giving up 2 interceptions and 7 sacks. The Niners rank 6th in rushing at 151 yards per game and have scored 3 rushing touchdowns. The Niners like to be physical and run the ball; however, All-Pro OT Trent Williams will miss the game with an ankle injury. Jimmy G turned the ball over a few times against the Broncos so hopefully Los Angeles can force several turnovers this week. Donald could sack Garoppolo multiple times this week while Wagner and Jones continue to accumulate tackles. My bold prediction is Donald, Wagner, and Jones each get a sack this week. They should all be on you active roster for IDP. I was an idiot last week who took out Donald and ending up losing by half a point (Donald scored 4.5 more points than the clown I substituted him for and would have won my game if I just left Aaron on my active roster!). Donald will be my IDP as long as he is playing that week.

The Rams are 2-1 and I am 1-2, winning only the week Los Angeles lost to the Bills. This week we both get victories! Best wishes to all of you and hope your Fantasy teams are doing well. Love and blessings to my family. Miss you Pops & Scratch! Aloha!


Layton Pang

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