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Marked Matchups (Play these guys!)
Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
Generally, I dislike writing about the same receiver back-to-back weeks, but with the way this matchup is shaping up to be, how can I not write about, arguably, the league’s best receiver, Adam Thielen? The Vikes superstar has a nice matchup in the slot against Saints’ corner, P.J. Williams, who has an atrocious 40.9 PFF Grade and has bee unable to cover anyone with any semblance of route running ability.
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
The Raiders are an absolute mess. Gruden joins the team for $100million and he trades their franchise player, Khalil Mack, as well as their only other recent draft pick who has been productive, Amari Cooper. Regardless, they’ll be struggling to contain the Colts passing attack, led by none other than TY Hilton, with a virtually non-existent pass rush, as well as a struggling Daryl Worley who has given up a league-worst 91% catch rate, 0.74 fantasy points per route in coverage and 2.79 yards per route in coverage, albeit in a small sample size.
A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
New year, same old A.J. Green. I guess outside of his injury history, we should be used to Green terrorizing opposing defences, and this week, I expect nothing short of excellence. Green should hit the century mark in receiving against a Bucs secondary that has been roasted on a weekly basis for multiple seasons now. His personal matchup against corner Carlton Davis, looks awfully rosy for the 6’4 wideout from Georgia.
Sneaky Matchup of the Week
Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles
Earlier this weekend, some troubling news hit the Jags secondary, as A.J. Bouye is hurt, D.J. Hayden likely isn’t ready to return and was part of a quartet of Jags DBs, along with Ronnie Harrison, Jarrod Wilson and Barry Church to be arrested in London. This leaves Jalen Ramsey and Tashaun Gipson as the only two real starters in the secondary left. With Ramsey likely taking the assignment of Alshon Jeffery, Agholor should have a fun time in the slot. Both Harrison and Hayden, the two primary slot defenders the Jags had coming into this season are in jeopardy of missing this week’s game.
Fool’s Gold Matchup of the Week
Josh Gordon, New England Patriots
Gordon is one of my favourite receivers in all of football, and I would argue that he is up there with Odell Beckham, Julio Jones and DeAndre Hopkins as being the most gifted receivers in the league, in terms of athleticism. However, this week, he’ll be in tough against second-year corner Tre White of the Bills. White has continued his excellent play from last year, whereas much of the rest of the Bills secondary, especially without E.J. Gaines, has, crumpled, to say the least. I expect White to be able to handle Gordon, possibly with some safety help, but that’ll leave Brady with easy pickings with Edelman and Dorsett.
Lost in a Shadow
Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles
While Jalen Ramsey has been, well, less than ideal this season, he has still shown flashes of being the dominant self he has been in the past two years, and teams are still reluctant to throw at him (only an 18% target rate). He will be expected to shadow Alshon Jeffrey this morning, in London. With much of the rest of the Jags secondary in disarray after the recent arrests at a London nightclub, with the likes of Barry Church, D.J. Hayden, and others detained, as well as A.J. Bouye hurt, expect Carson Wentz to avoid Ramsey, and thus, Jeffery, and prey on the rest of a Jags secondary that looks troubling, to say the least.