By Jacob Johnson
Fave (DJ Moore):
Moore is coming off an impressive individual performance against the Packers, as through wintry conditions he hauled in nine passes for 120 yards. He was contributing all over the field for Carolina, making catches through traffic and gaining yards after the catch. The Panthers will host the Atlanta Falcons this week who are coming off a dominating win over the Super Bowl contending Saints. Atlanta racked up six sacks, 310 total yards by the offense, and gave up no touchdowns. But now they will hit the road to face their other division rival. Kyle Allen and Moore’s chemistry has greatly improved over the last few weeks, and against a defense that still gives up the sixth most passing yards per game (260) I don’t see Moore slowing down anytime soon.
Fade (Phillip Lindsay):
Lindsay has been solid for the better part of this season, mostly sharing snaps with Royce Freeman. However, Lindsay has seen the better side of production this year and will likely get more snaps going forward, but this week will face the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings held Ezekiel Elliot in check on Sunday Night Football last week, he rushed 20 times for a mediocre 47 yards (2.3 YPC). Playing amazing run defense against one of the best offensive lines in football and an elite talent in Ezekiel Elliot on the road is impressive, and against a much worse broncos offensive line and Lindsay being a downgrade at running back, this is a game that I don’t see Lindsay producing much.
Boom or Bust (Cooper Kupp):
Hauling in zero of his four targets Sunday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kupp left fantasy owners shocked after putting up a goose egg. The Rams offense is not the offense we’ve seen in the last few years, and time is running out on the season to regain position in the playoff hunt. Turning their offense around won’t be any easier this week as they will host the Chicago Bears who are coming off a much needed win over the Lions. With momentum on Chicago’s side, particularly Mitch Trubisky who threw three TD’s on Sunday, I could see the Bears game plan to shut down their debatably most talented player in Kupp, but he is too talented of a receiver to leave on the bench.