By Jacob Johnson
Aaron Jones- Aaron Jones has enjoyed an up and down season in Matt LaFleurs implemented offense, which heavily emphasizes play action with running backs running downfield routes. Last week against the raiders, Jones had a fantastic 30 yard end zone grab to go with a healthy mix of yardage through the ground and air. The Packers will face the Kansas City chiefs this week (without Patrick mahomes), and after putting up 42 points all through the air last week, I expect the packers to try to throw the Kansas city chiefs off with a more balanced offensive plan. The Chiefs also currently have one of the worst run defenses in the league, ranking 29th in Run Defense DVOA. I see Aaron Jones having another solid fantasy performance against this suspect defense.
Tyler Lockett- Lockett has been one of the more underrated players in the league for a few years now. He’s put up consistent numbers week after week, and is mvp candidate Russell Wilson’s #1 target. The Seahawks will face the lifeless Atlanta Falcons this week, and after a lackluster performance against the Baltimore Ravens, this is a game that the Seahawks and Russell Wilson should come right out of the gates and make an offensive statement. Expect Lockett to fully be part of the Seahawks game plan.
Tyreek Hill- Pat Mahomes went down with a knee injury last Thursday night midway through the second quarter, and backup quarterback Matt Moore took the helm for the reigning mvp. Hill was not targeted by Moore until late in the third quarter, where he racked up 3 receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown. He showed his displeasure for the lack of looks from his quarterback multiple times before his first reception. The Green Bay packers and their new serviceable defense will head to town for a Sunday night matchup, and I fully expect Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to have an extensive game plan on keeping Tyreek hill in check, as well as apply pressure to backup quarterback Moore.
Kyler Murray- Kyler Murray has had a promising rookie season, as he’s shown flashes of what’s expected out of a #1 overall pick. The cardinals are on a 3 game winning streak, but now have to face the red hot (drew brees-less!) New Orleans saints in the super dome. I’m a huge fan of Kyler Murray and I think he’s going to be one of the premier quarterbacks in the league down the road, but I fully expect this top tier saints defense to make the rookie quarterback very uncomfortable in one of the best home field advantages in football. If you have a serviceable backup, start them over Murray.