Dallas Cowboys @ Minnesota Vikings
Duck Prescott played very well, and two Dallas RBs made it into the top 10 fantasy quarterbacks during the Cowboys’ breakout. The Vikings have been exposed by logging into the game as first team 8-1 with negative DVOA and averaging that terrible fourth quarter point difference this season:
Few quarterbacks in the league struggle under pressure more than Kirk Cousinsso a bad match became terrible when a left tackle Christian Darrisow got out early with a concussion. Cousins took a career-high seven sacks and finished with just 105 passing yards as a result. Meanwhile, Prescott received an 11.0 YPA and was perfect in low throws and without pressure. He was named one of the top 10 fantasy quarterbacks this week despite throwing just one pass for eight yards in the fourth quarter.
Tony Pollard was fantastic, only 189 yards from scrimmage with two TD latches leading in Dallas on targets. He finished with the best fantasy RB of the week despite losing two touchdowns to a returning player. Ezekiel Elliottwho finished with half as many yards with the same number of carries.
Pollard leads the NFL in YPC, post-contact YPC, and yards per touch. He’s hit six touchdowns in the last three weeks while only surpassing 15 carries once. Pollard saw the highest percentage of quick shots of his career in a split field with Elliott and he will see at least 15 touches regardless of Zeke’s health.
Given his position and talent, Pollard should be considered top 10 fantasy now. Dallas will play four of the next five games at home, and one against the Jaguars.
Justin Jefferson the historic season has begun but only 33 scoreless yards were passed on Sunday. He looked fine and was most likely the victim of the disastrous Minnesota attack. But it might be worth noting Jay Glazer casually reported that Jefferson was dealing with a “turf toe” before launch on Sunday morning. There is just something to monitor.
Brett Maher scored second-most fantastic points by a kicker of all time and was forced to take a 60-yard throw twice due to the booth being slow view this amazing catch CD Lamb. Maher is now 4-of-4 in field goals for 60+ yards in his career… The Cowboys are the only defense yet to have not allowed a touchdown in the first quarter of this season; now they look as dangerous as any football team.
Chicago Bears @ Atlanta Falcons
Justin Fields there were almost as many carries (18) as passing attempts (21) in another very productive fantasy play. Field experience been a wild ride lately, including QB who has averaged 106.7 yards over the past five games. Fields won’t be able to handle that crazy amount of running around (he walked out of Sunday’s game on a cart that went to his left shoulder), but he’s a coach’s dream and the best quarterback of the weekly fantasy with that use at the same time.
In other words, ride it in DFS until the wheels come off (if they haven’t already).
Kyle Pitts was wounded, but early signs suggest no ligament injury. This would be an incentive for Drake Londonfantastic value if Pitts misses time, but the rookie rounded out Sunday’s win with one catch for two yards (admittedly a touchdown) in a game that saw Atlanta score 27… Cordarrell Patterson installed record for kickoff and return touchdowns (nine) in NFL history… Cole Kmetthe TD series is over, but he made a good throw with one hand … David Montgomery was a real workhorse as well as finished in the top 10 RB during his first game without Khalil Herbert this season.
Carolina Panthers @ Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens were the big favorites (-13.5 points) for the week, but in this game in the middle of the fourth quarter the score was 3:3. Lamar Jackson he had his first blistering TD since week three but has failed to surpass a 6.6 YPA in six of his last seven games. Mark Andrews returned and DeMarcus Robinson appeared as the team’s new WR1 (available in 95% of Sportzshala leagues), but it was an unsettling performance due to a shaky offense in Baltimore… Kenyan Drake I almost scored, but in the end I was disappointed Gus Edwards outside. Drake dropped the screen with a ton of room in front of him, and massive turf-grass gaps continue in his career… D’Onta Foreman was stopped in a tough match but continued to play the role of Carolina’s clear leader.
Unfortunately, the Panthers schedule is not changing any time soon (Den, bye, @Sea, Pitt). Good luck Baker Mayfield.
Cleveland Browns @ Buffalo Bills (in Detroit)
Josh Allen had his worst fantasy game of the season despite Buffalo losing in a row and playing indoors against the Cleveland defense, allowing him to be second in EPA/game that season. To be fair, Allen is recovering from an injury in the Champions League and the Bills had a ruined week of training/travel while deal with an epic blizzard. Expect Allen’s big Thanksgiving performance… Stephon Diggs was not targeted until 20 seconds were left in the first half, but he stopped it and scored a goal. Buffalo also made their first two-point try of the season on Sunday… Amari Cooper changed its trend with huge game on the roadbye Donovan Peoples-Jones continued to perform well away from home, while help to protect the Browns backdoor … Jacoby Brisset finished third fantasy QB this week, despite losing center in the first game of the game against the Buffalo defense, which went first in the DVOA. They also came to QB’s fourth-lowest fantasy points this season.
Washington Commanders @ Houston Texans
Davis Mills struggled as he was troubled by Washington’s pass rush all game, as even a home game couldn’t save him on Sunday (unfortunately, the Detective looks like he’s destined to be a substitute soon). Commanders lead the NFL in hitting quarterbacks and will receive Chase Young I’ll be back soon … Dameon Pierce was stopped by one of the best defenders in the league, including body blows to the head.
Speaking of unconsciousness Joey Sly that’s 7 out of 7 field goals scored in the last two weeks… Bryan Robinson neither Antonio Gibson broke out as expected against Houston’s terrible defense, but commanders were traveling for a short week after one of the biggest losses of the season. Taylor Heinicke lucky budding Texans quarterback Jalen Pitre lost two separate interception chances in the first quarter.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Indianapolis Colts
Jalen Hurts re-entered the top five fantasy quarterbacks this week, throwing just 190 yards and scoring one point as he led all quarterbacks with 86 yards (and a TD run)… Jonathan Taylor looked dominant during Indy’s first strike, but were held back thereafter as the Eagles were determined to improve their run defense with Linval Joseph as well as Ndamukong Suh also both record (half) sacks in their Philadelphia debuts. Taylor lost a fumble in the fourth quarter though AJ Brown returned the favor soon after… Miles Sanders played a quiet fantasy game but earned a crucial 39-yard pass interference penalty late in the fourth quarter while the referees may have missed the mask later when Matt Ryan was sacked on the third goal… Parris Campbell finished in the PPR WR top 12 in each of his last three games with Matt Ryan and faced an Eagles minor starting his reserve corner of the slot, but this resulted in a more modest top 25 finish this week… Jeff Saturdaywho narrowly missed another victory over a losing prime-time Eagles team (albeit while traveling for a short week).
New York Jets @ New England Patriots
The Jets went undefeated on the road this season, but left the Patriots underdog in 14 straight games after giving up -21 passing yards in the second half. New York averaged 2.1 yards per game and had more punts (10) than completions (nine). Zach Wilson predictably struggled with precision against the New England defense, which excels at pressuring QB, and questions about the future of the team in position are getting louder. I would grab Magic Mike White in all of the deeper Superflex leagues right now. loss from Brice Hall especially painful given how much the Jets hide their quarterback (Wilson’s -22.4 CPOE was in the 2nd percentile).
Ramondra Stevenson such a beast … New England won thanks to first punt return landing of the 2022 season five seconds before the end. The league had twice as many touchdowns during return hits (two) on Sunday than previously combined for the entire season.
Los Angeles Rams @ New Orleans Saints
Matthew Stafford walked away with a concussion for the second week in a row, so it wouldn’t be surprising if we didn’t see him again during the Rams’ losing season. This is a situation that should be avoided in fantasy until the end of 2022… TuTu Atwell scored the first touchdown of his careerbye Chris Olav also secured a 50+ yard TD grab … Andy Dalton was almost in the top five fantasy QB this week ahead of Duck Prescott, Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen (among many others), despite the absence of three starting players in New Orleans’ offensive line.
Detroit Lions @ New York Giants
Daniel Jones ranked in the top five fantasy quarterbacks this week, rushing for more than twice as many yards as Saquon Barkley. Barkley lost to TD on goal line Matt Braida and stayed up late, but hopefully it was just for relaxing in the lopsided game and with the giants playing on Thanksgiving. The Lions continue to be much better defensively after the team’s departure, but remain a goldmine for opposing fantasy quarterbacks… Van’Dale Robinson saw 13 targets but suffered a potentially serious knee injury. Darius Slayton looks like the WR weekly top 25 is moving forward as a result… Amon-Ra Saint Brown was tackled on the one yard line for the second week in a row, while Jamal Williams scored three more touchdowns an…