By Jacob Johnson
Love: Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray is going to tear the Buccaneers defense apart on Sunday. Last week I had doubts as he faced possibly the best defensive unit in the league in the 49ers, and he proved me wrong. He looked like a seasoned veteran, making accurate throws all over the field and nearly handing the only undefeated team in the league their first loss. The Buccaneers are giving up the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, and signs are trending for David Johnson to return to the lineup this week, giving Murray more offensive weapons to work with. Murray is gaining confidence every week, there’s no reason he shouldn’t have a field day against this subpar defense.
Hate: Todd Gurley
We all know Gurley has not met expectations this year. He has yet to amass 100 yards rushing in a game this year, and his touches have been less than impressive. One thing Gurley has going for him this year is touchdowns, with six on the ground and one through the air. The Rams will head to Pittsburgh to play a Steelers team that has bounced back from a rough 1-4 start to the year and are back in the playoff conversation; they’re on a three game win streak with a huge win against the Colts last week. The Steelers defense has been sneaky good this year, ranking in the top 16 in passing YPG, rushing YPG, and points allowed per game. While the Rams are fresh off a bye week, this is a game I can see the surging Steelers completely shutting down this inconsistent Rams offense from top to bottom.
Game of the Week:
This game is loaded with big time fantasy potential. Christian McCaffrey needs no introduction, he’s having an MVP season. DJ Moore has been a startable option for fantasy owners this year, but expect him to have one of his better games against a struggling Packers defense. On the other side of the ball, Aaron Rodgers had a dud against the Chargers last week, but returning to Lambeau field, I expect him to play at the MVP level he was at against the Raiders and Chiefs a few weeks ago. Aaron Jones has been one of the more inconsistent players in fantasy this year, putting up astounding numbers against teams like the Cowboys and Chiefs, but also duds like last week against the Chargers and earlier this season against the Lions. It’s no secret that Matt Lafleur loves to use Jones in the quick passing game, something the Panthers have been adequate in stopping this year (8th fewest YPG). However, the Panthers run game has been a work in progress this year ranking in the bottom seven of the league with an average of 133 rushing yards given up per game, Carolina is also giving up an average of 25.5 PPG. Expect Jones to play a more traditional running back style of play this week.