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20. David Johnson, RB - Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers

With the Atlanta Falcons on a bye, we need a new team to pick on with pass-catching running backs. The 49ers are allowing the third-most targets (9.3) per game to running backs and Johnson had his highest FanDuel fantasy-point performance (20.1) against them in Week 5. 


19. Jameis Winston, QB - Tampa Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are allowing the fifth-most FD fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. And the matchup to watch here is Bucs' wide receivers against the Bengals secondary -- total mismatches all over the joint. 


18. Tyreek Hill, WR - Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos

Tyreezy had that embarrassing drop in the end zone on Sunday night, so it'd make sense for him to refocus and go bananas on the Broncos. After all, he has been targeted at least 10 times in three of the last four games. 

17. Jarvis Landry, WR - Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers

The PPR monster always finds himself a spot on this list, and he's coming off his best performance of the season. Landry is building a nice chemistry with Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, being targeted at least nine times in every game and a whopping 15 times in two of those five games. 


16. Zach Ertz, TE - Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars

Ertz is on a historic pace currently with the most receptions (57) by a tight end in NFL history through seven games. The matchup is a tough one against the Jags, but Ertz has been targeted at least nine times in every game this season -- he will always be involved in the Eagles' gameplan. 

15. Kirk Cousins, QB - Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints

This matchup plays right into the hands of the Vikings -- The Saints defense allows the fewest rushing yards (47.7) per game, while the Vikings have the fifth-most passing attempts (42.9) per game. Cousins will have a huge volume of throws in this game.


14. Andy Dalton, QB - Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

We already mentioned one quarterback in this game but, obviously, anyone taking on the Bucs' secondary gets the advantage. This unit has allowed the most FD fantasy points (27.3) per game to quarterbacks, so expect Andy Dalton to rebound nicely after that disastrous performance in KC.


13. Saquon Barkley, RB - New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins

Despite having a tougher matchup than usual, Barkley is still an elite option in fantasy every week with Giants quarterback Eli Manning putting on a check-down show. Barkley hasn't posted fewer than 17 FD fantasy points in a game this season.


12. Joe Mixon, RB - Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mixon should do most of his damage in the passing game against the Bucs, but if the Bengals are moving the ball all day like they should, Mixon could even find himself in the end zone via a goal-line carry. 

11. Travis Kelce, TE - Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos

The Broncos have had no answer for Kelce in each of the last four meetings. Get a load of these numbers -- 33 receptions, 472 yards, and three touchdowns.


10. Jared Goff, QB - Los Angeles Rams vs. Green Bay Packers

To the surprise of most, the Rams opened as 8.5-point favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook while the game has a total of 56.5. To me, this is quite telling in letting us know the Rams are likely to hang 30-plus on the Packers. Goff will play a role in that. 

9. James White, RB - New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

With Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel out of the way, White will soak up a ton of touches in the Patriots' backfield. Buffalo's defensive scheme is designed for opposing teams to throw short passes against them and a similar pair of running backs from the Los Angeles Chargers, Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler, combined to have nine catches on 10 targets for 59 receiving yards and two touchdowns in Week 2.


8. Adam Thielen, WR - Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints

Thielen just tied an NFL record this past week and he'll look to own it all to himself against the Saints, who have allowed the most FD fantasy points (43.4) per game to the wide receiver position. 

7. James Conner, RB - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns

Conner had his second-best FD fantasy point game against the Browns in Week 1 -- and now he's posted at least 100 rushing yards in each of the last two games, in addition to his valuable work in the passing game. 


6. Antonio Brown, WR - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns

Brown has posted back-to-back 100-yard games for the first time this season, and you have to love these star players coming out of a bye week. Especially a guy like Brown, who demands the ball so much. Not only that, but Brown has scored a touchdown in all but one game this season. 


5. Mike Evans, WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals

Evans had a strong Week 7 performance (seven catches on 11 targets for 107 yards) after two tough matchups. Now he'll look to decimate a Bengals' secondary that is allowing the fourth-most passing yards (310.9) per game this season.


4. Patrick Mahomes, QB - Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos

Mahomes' 22 touchdowns through the first eight games of his career is an NFL record, and he also has the third-most fantasy points of any quarterback since 1950 through seven team games. Yeah, you'll want a piece of that action every week going forward. 


3. A.J. Green, WR - Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Quite simply, the Bucs are getting destroyed through the air in nearly every statistical category. Making matters even worse for the Bucs, they'll be without Kwon Alexander for the rest of the season and Gerald McCoy for a considerable amount of time. Green will go bananas all over this secondary, no doubt about it. 

2. Kareem Hunt, RB - Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos

Hunt has truly turned his season over the last four weeks, and we can certainly attribute that to his re-involvement to the passing game, posting at least 50 receiving yards in three of the last four games. Not to mention, the Broncos are allowing the third-most rushing yards (135.9) per game this season. 


1. Todd Gurley, RB - Los Angeles Rams vs. Green Bay Packers

The reigning MVP has his eyes set on a second-consecutive crown and, just like Mahomes, Gurley entered the record books by scoring 14 touchdowns through seven games -- that tied him with Priest Holmes for the running-back record. As was mentioned with Goff earlier, the Rams' 8.5-point opening spread speaks volumes as to how high-powered their offense will be this Sunday. 


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