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Heading into Week 3, there are some juicy matchups out there ready for us to pounce on. Specifically, look for some big names to rebound.
1) Tom Brady, QB – New England Patriots at Detroit Lions: The Lions are tied with the Buffalo Bills for most points allowed, and here comes Brady after a loss. Good luck, Detroit.
2) Alvin Kamara, RB – New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons are one of the NFL’s worst teams against pass-catching running backs
3) Patrick Mahomes, QB – Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers: Mahomes has a league-high 10 touchdown passes, and San Fran’s pace of play will give the ball back to him plenty of times.
4) Michael Thomas, WR – New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons: Thomas has been targeted 30 times over the first two games with a total of 269 yards and three touchdowns. He also leads the NFL with 28 receptions – the next closest player has 20.
5) Julio Jones, WR – Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints: The Saints corners have been getting torn to shreds early on, and Julio’s 28 targets are tied for third-most in the NFL this season.
6) Todd Gurley, WR – Los Angeles Rams vs. Los Angeles Chargers: The matchup against the Chargers hasn’t been a great one for running backs so far this season, but they also haven’t faced the league’s most dynamic running back.
7) Drew Brees, QB – New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons: There should be plenty of points going up in this game, and he should find his two favorite targets (Kamara and Thomas) more than enough times to crush it.
8) Antonio Brown, WR – Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tampa’s pass defense has been brutal for a few years now, and the Steelers wouldn't mind making their star receiver a happy man once again, even though he’s had a league-high 33 targets this season.
9) Tyreek Hill, WR – Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers: Despite not having a ton of balls thrown his way, Hill has been able to still score four total touchdowns in the two games so far this season.
10) Mike Evans, WR – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
With all the "Fitzmagic" hoopla going down in Tampa Bay, Evans has quietly gotten back on track. The Bucs wideout has 17 catches on 19 targets for 230 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
11) James Conner, RB – Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs have been good against the run, but Conner is playing over 90 percent of the Steelers’ offensive snaps this season. He’s also been fairly active in the passing game as well.
12) Ezekiel Elliott, RB – Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks: Despite a slow start in Week 1 against the Panthers, Zeke has rebounded nicely and looks like he could have a big day against the Seahawks this week.
13) Matt Breida, RB – San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs The Chiefs have already given up the most fantasy points to running backs this season, and most of that has been through the passing game. Breida’s backfield mate Alfred Morris doesn’t do pass catching, so look for Breida to have another big day.
14) DeSean Jackson, WR – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: D-Jax has arguably been the most efficient wide receiver in the NFL through two weeks by catching all nine of his targets for a league-leading 275 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
15) Stefon Diggs/Adam Thielen, WR – Minnesota Vikings vs. Buffalo Bills: The Bills are just flat out terrible in every regard – look for quarterback Kirk Cousins to find both his main wideouts multiple times.
16) Keelan Cole, WR – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans: The Titans' pass defense has been brutal for a while, so look for the Jags current No. 1 receiver to take full advantage of these guys.
17) Randall Cobb, WR – Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins: Expect Cobb’s teammate Davante Adams to be shadowed by All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman, thus allowing Cobb to find himself open on more routes.
18) Aaron Rodgers, QB – Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins: The best quarterback in the game gets a nice matchup against a Redskins team that was exposed by the Colts last week.
19) Kirk Cousins, QB – Minnesota Vikings vs. Buffalo Bills: The Bills have been pathetic in every aspect of football. So, what's the reason why Cousins isn’t ranked higher? It’s highly unlikely that the Vikings will need to keep their foot on the gas pedal all game.
20) Rob Gronkowski, TE – New England Patriots at Detroit Lions: The Patriots were held in check by the vaunted Jaguars defense, but look for them to get back on track this week against the lowly Lions – especially their biggest threat on offense.
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