The NFL is truly starting to take shape and it’s showing us the best matchups for us to exploit. Whether it’s a defense surrendering points to the passing game or an offense with the propensity to turn the ball over. It is doing its best job of showing us the best streaming options available. The goal is on a week to week basis to be as close to a top 12 of a position possible by exploiting matchups and here they are.
Blake Bortles (ESPN ownership 19.6%)
I wanted to put Bortles on here last week but didn’t because I didn’t want to repeat the same player two weeks straight. I made a mistake so I apologize. Apparently, everyone else missed him too he’s owned in less than 20 percent of leagues and has weapons around him. The Titans got torched for 310 passing yards last week and gave up 230 the week before to Ryan Tannehill. Bottles should be poised for another solid outing against a below average team.
Mitchell Trubisky (ESPN ownership 22.9%)
Thru two weeks, Trubisky has been incredibly mediocre having back to back games of 14 fantasy points. Nothing helps a lackluster performance like playing an overall terrible Cardinals team. An overall bad defense with an offense that can’t move the ball will put the Bears in position to score early and often. This game has all of the makings for a breakout performance for the young signal-caller.
Joe Flacco (ESPN ownership 8.1%)
This one feels wrong but Flacco has quietly been a solid fantasy performer this year sitting at QB11. It may not be pretty but volume is king and Flacco has the third most pass attempts in the league thru two weeks (89). With Denver’s offense having a decent amount of weapons it could lead to a shootout. The best part about it the Bronco’s defense is nowhere near what it used to be and is an exploitable matchup.
Jake Butt (ESPN ownership 2.6%)
In two games this season the Ravens defense has given up 10 catches and 121 yards versus the tight end position. Majority of this yardage was given up last week in the absence of all world linebacker CJ Mosely. With him out this creates a mismatch for the Broncos to exploit. In the first two weeks, Butt has 10 targets and is solidifying himself as the Broncos top tight end.
Ricky Seals-Jones (ESPN ownership 10.6%)
The production hasn’t been there yet but the opportunity has. RSJ is in the top ten in targets for tight ends (8th). The reason this is relevant is he’s getting the ball thrown his way putting him on the verge of fantasy production. This week he’s facing a Bears defense that gave up 13.2 fantasy points to Will Dissly. This matchup should give Seals-Jones the chance to break out.
Jesse James (ESPN ownership 25.3%)
Coming off a performance of his career, Jesse James comes into another positive matchup against a Bucs defense who has given up 41 fantasy points to the tight end position this year. No Jesse James won’t have another 125+ yard game but he is in a prime position to produce like a low-end TE1.
Cowboys (ESPN ownership 26.4%)
The Dallas defense has quietly played great this season. They are second in the league in sacks (9) and third in points allowed (29), this is bad news for a Seattle offensive line who has let Russell Wilson get sacked 12 times this season. They have also given up over 12 fantasy points to opposing fantasy defenses. Dallas has the opportunity to be a top 5 play for defenses this week.
Dolphins (ESPN ownership 14.1%)
The Dolphins are another defense that has quietly played great this year. They have been one of the most opportunistic defenses in the league leading the league in interceptions. They are facing a Raiders offense that hasn’t been very good and hasn’t been that careful with the ball either.
Seahawks (ESPN ownership 6.5%)
One of the two teams tied with the Dolphins for the league lead in interceptions this year is the Seahawks. They’re definitely not the defense of old but they can still go and get the football and are playing one of the most one-dimensional offenses in the league in the Cowboys. As you can see both defenses are listed in the section this is going to be a rough game to watch but should be good for streaming defensive values.