Walkthrough Week 15: Huge Canine Fees Ahead

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Welcome to the Week 15 Walkthrough, outlining vital fantasy soccer context for this fifteenth, superb week of soccer.

On the finish of this text, I’ve included an intensive checklist of the stats used, what they’re, why they’re helpful, and the place they got here from. As a heads up, I take advantage of some phrases interchangeably beneath:

 

Byes: None

Already Performed: 49ers, Seahawks

 

Colts at Vikings, 1 PM Jap, Saturday

Colts Implied Group Whole: 21.75

Matt Ryan has been unhealthy sufficient this season that he is vulnerable to being benched by two totally different teaching staffs. Nevertheless it’s price remembering that whereas Ryan has positively struggled this yr, he is been much better than Sam Ehlinger.

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After getting embarrassed by the Cowboys, Ryan has an opportunity to redeem himself towards a a lot weaker Vikings go protection that he is had two weeks to organize for. The Vikings aren’t horrible towards the go, however they’ll positively be thrown on. They rank twenty third in EPA allowed per dropback and twenty third in dropback success price.

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The Vikings are additionally stronger towards the run than the go, which has turned them right into a go funnel. Solely the Cardinals, Dolphins, Titans, and 49ers price as larger go funnels than the Vikings. This might assist Colts go catchers, on condition that Indianapolis has been run-heavy since Jeff Saturday took over in Week 10.

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With improved effectivity and the potential for extra passing quantity, Michael Pittman seems like a strong guess. As a result of there’s one factor we all know for certain in regards to the Colts this week: Michael Pittman will run a ton of routes. With 4 straight video games of 100% route participation, Pittman has not missed a single route since Saturday took over the group. Pittman is coming off a really poor outing towards the Cowboys, the place he had only a 13% goal share and a 14% air yard share. However he leads the Colts in each metrics this season, at 25% and 28%. His per-route quantity is not preferrred, however a minimum of routes aren’t a query.

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Alec Pierce seems fascinating as a secondary Colts receiver. With 74% and 75% route charges during the last two weeks, he’ll probably run fewer routes than Parris Campbell. Nonetheless, Pierce has the identical goal price as Campbell (18%) during the last 4 video games. With a downfield aDOT of 12.8, Pierce’s targets are considerably extra helpful than Campbell’s—as a result of the slot receiver is an beneath choice with a 5.9 aDOT. Then again, Pierce has been the Colts’ deep menace this season and will ship some splash performs if the Colts’ passing sport is purposeful this week.

At tight finish, the Colts returned to a break up in Week 13 with Kylen Granson main the best way. Granson had 55% route participation, with Jelani Woods at simply 28%. The Colts appear taken with getting the tight finish place concerned, with Granson and Woods combining for 9 first-read targets. Nonetheless, each tight ends are nothing, however short-slate TD dart throws, given the dearth of route dedication. Woods does a minimum of provide some upside that his diminished enjoying time was health-related. He hasn’t been on the damage report popping out of the Colts’ bye week.

This is not a perfect matchup for Jonathan Taylor, however even when the Colts are much less dedicated to the run this week than regular, they’re nonetheless more likely to be run first. Taylor will get his alternatives.

Taylor has not been environment friendly this season however hasn’t been unhealthy. He ranks RB17 in NFL Subsequent Gen’s rush yards over anticipated per try and RB19 in success price. These are disappointing rankings for a participant of his expertise stage, however Taylor ought to be more healthy this week, coming off bye. Rating RB6 in anticipated factors per sport, and RB2 in route participation, he ought to be closely concerned whatever the sport script. He is nonetheless a clear-cut RB1.

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Vikings Implied Group Whole: 25.75

The Vikings have been a pass-first group this season, with a 3% PROE that’s the eighth-highest within the league. However the Vikings have posted a PROE of 0% or beneath in 5-of-8 video games this season. Granted, the Vikings have by no means actually gone run-heavy, however they’re open to shifting to a extra balanced strategy.

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Their philosophy is related this week as a result of they face a Colts protection that has been a run funnel. The Colts are a strong protection, however they have been extra environment friendly at stopping the go than the run, rating twelfth in EPA allowed per dropback and sixteenth in EPA allowed per rush.

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Nonetheless, even towards a middling run protection, the Vikings might battle to run the ball. The Vikings couldn’t get the run sport going towards a nasty Lions protection final week, rating useless final in EPA per rush.

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In opposition to the Lions, the Vikings had been way more profitable when leaning on the go. Kirk Cousins posted the very best EPA per play of Week 14.

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Cousins hasn’t been nice this season, however he is been a strong facilitator within the mildew of Ryan Tannehill or (by some means) Andy Dalton. The Vikings will probably be balanced this week, however with a floor sport that ranks simply twenty fourth in EPA per rush, they should not get too distant from leaning on Cousins to drive the offense.

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Though, it is not Cousins who’s driving this passing sport a lot as Justin Jefferson. After exploding for 223 yards towards the Lions, solely Tyreek Hill has the next YPRR than Jefferson. His profile is immaculate.

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Jefferson can also be the one Vikings receiver who’s outperforming his goal alternative. This creates the chance to guess on optimistic regression for Adam Thielen and T.J. Hockenson, who each see respectable per-route quantity.

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Of the 2, Hockenson seems just like the stronger guess, and never simply because he has tight finish eligibility. Since becoming a member of the Vikings, Hockenson has a 1.61 anticipated YPRR, beating out Thielen (1.49). And Thielen is barely working extra routes. Hockenson has had 92% and 91% route charges over his final two video games. These can be elite charges for a large receiver; Thielen has run simply 4 extra routes than the tight finish. With Hockenson working routes on the price of a full-time broad receiver, he seems like a borderline elite tight finish.

Even in a run funnel matchup, it is arduous to get enthusiastic about Dalvin Cook. His quantity might be strong, however given how poorly Cook dinner has run the ball, effectivity does not look significantly probably. Solely James Robinson, Darrell Henderson, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kenneth Walker, and D’Andre Swift have had decrease success charges this season. And the difficulty for Cook dinner is that, in contrast to Swift and Walker, he’s additionally struggling to generate explosive performs. He ranks simply RB36 in NFL Subsequent Gen’s RYOE / try and RB40 in YPRR.

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Cook dinner hasn’t been an entire catastrophe. He is been a strong tackle-breaker and has managed to compile some breakaway yards on the fourth-highest group makes an attempt share within the league. He simply hasn’t been an environment friendly big-play generator on a per-touch foundation. In a matchup that might generate some further quantity for him, Cook dinner profiles as a high-end RB2. However the Vikings will probably put up extra factors in the event that they take to the air.

 

Ravens at Browns, 4:30 PM Jap, Saturday

Ravens Implied Group Whole: 17.5

Tyler Huntley will be capable of swimsuit up this week, however nonetheless, the Ravens ought to be firmly run first towards a Browns protection that ranks useless final in EPA allowed per rush.

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The Ravens have a -2% PROE this season with a 4% PROE on 1st-and-10, so it might be honest to name them a balanced group. Nonetheless, it is a bit deceptive. The Ravens have typically operated in sport scripts that enable for lots of dashing makes an attempt. They do not look overly run-heavy from the lens of PROE as a result of their anticipated go price has been low.

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With Huntley at quarterback and a weak run protection on faucet, we are able to depend on them to shift the run. That would seem like a balanced sport plan if the Browns are additionally run-heavy or trailing; it might additionally seem like a run-heavy sport plan if the Browns take to the air and management the sport. Nonetheless, the purpose stays—we should always see loads of carries from the Ravens this week.

The Ravens’ working sport acquired a giant enhance final week from the return of J.K. Dobbins. Dobbins completed second to solely Christian McCaffrey in NFL Subsequent Gen’s RYOE / try, and he was a dependable rusher, rating RB11 in success price. The Ravens additionally obtained a robust contribution from Gus Edwards, who completed fourth in success price and ninth in RYOE / try. Nonetheless, Week 14’s utilization was not a perfect setup for fantasy manufacturing. Dobbins led the best way however with a 43% snap share far beneath a dependable stage. Edwards combined in for 34% of snaps, with Kenyan Drake at 18% and Justice Hill at 3%. Drake’s snaps might fall off, given how properly Dobbins and Edwards ran final week. That will be a significant enhance to the fantasy viability of the highest two backs, significantly Dobbins who ought to cleared the path in snaps as soon as once more. Dobbins requires a leap of religion as an RB2 right here, however the matchup affords upside for a really environment friendly outing.

Within the receiving sport, solely Mark Andrew holds any actual curiosity for fantasy on this matchup. Andrews is coming off a disappointing sport, during which he had simply two receptions for 17 receiving yards on 4 targets. Nonetheless, he ran a route on 96% of dropbacks and had a surprisingly excessive 27% goal share. His points final week had been merely a symptom of a failed passing offense. He stays an elite play; he simply wants the Ravens to get one thing going by way of the air.

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Andrews was the one Ravens receiver with 75%+ route participation towards the Steelers. Demarcus Robinson is functionally the No. 1 receiver on the Ravens proper now, which I solely point out for Saturday slate functions.

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Browns Implied Group Whole: 20.5

Deshaun Watson struggled in his second sport of 2022, ending simply nineteenth in EPA per play. We nonetheless have a really small pattern on a clearly rusty Watson, however what he has proven to date has not been encouraging. In shifting from Jacoby Brissett to Watson, the Browns have changed a quarterback with effectivity just like Ryan Tannehill‘s with one whose play has seemed lots like Carson Wentz‘s.

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However after going extraordinarily run-heavy towards the Texans in Week 13, the Browns confirmed extra confidence in Watson in his second sport. They posted a -2% PROE and a 2% PROE on 1st-and-10. They did not function Watson towards the Bengals, however they weren’t hiding him, both.

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In some unspecified time in the future, we are able to count on the Browns to open issues up a bit extra for Watson. And we might see a step in that path towards a Ravens protection that’s far stronger towards the run than the go.

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From a fantasy perspective, David Njoku is the very best guess within the Browns’ passing sport. The tight finish might clearly flip in a dud this week, however that is a significant danger with each tight finish outdoors of Travis Kelce and a significant danger for each different Browns receiver. However Njoku affords fairly a little bit of upside for a good finish. He ran a route on 90% of dropbacks towards the Bengals, a uncommon price for a good finish. As well as, Njoku’s per-route quantity has been only a tick decrease than Donovan Individuals-Jones’. With the potential to run almost as many routes, Njoku is a greater guess at a harder-to-fill place.

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However for 2 straight weeks, Peoples-Jones has produced extra receiving yards than Amari Cooper. This seemed like a fluke towards the Texans. Cooper had a 43% goal share in Week 13, with Peoples-Jones at simply 14%. However Peoples-Jones ran a route on 100% of dropbacks towards the Bengals and led the best way with a 35% goal share to Cooper’s 16%. And he was way more productive than Cooper, going 8-144 with Cooper at 2-42. Cooper’s position within the offense has been a lot stronger this yr, however Peoples-Jones cannot be counted out to have a transparent goal lead as soon as once more this week. Who finally ends up being extra productive will probably come all the way down to how a lot the Ravens give attention to taking away Cooper—he has been double-teamed at a a lot increased price this season.

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Nick Chubb faces a considerably tough matchup this week, however he’s coming off a 63% snap share which is tied for his highest of the season. 63% is barely even a clear-cut lead-back kind of position… however the bar is low for Chubb, who’s perennially caught in a committee backfield. Even with a break up workload and a considerably tough matchup forward of him, Chubb is able to a giant week. He ranks RB4 in RYOE / try and leads the NFL in breakaway yards per sport and elusive ranking. He has an RB2 workload however is proficient sufficient to be thought-about a low-end RB1.

 

Dolphins at Payments, 8:15 PM Jap, Saturday

Dolphins Implied Group Whole: 18.75

It has been a tough two-game stretch for Tua Tagovailoa, who ranks simply thirty first in EPA per play during the last two weeks. However Tagovailoa’s effectivity is much less of a priority than the sudden drop off in his accuracy. Getting into Week 13, Tagovailoa ranked second in completion share over anticipated, behind solely Geno Smith. His accuracy was paying large dividends, with a league-leading EPA per play.

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Issues have shifted drastically during the last two weeks; Tagovailoa’s accuracy has abandoned him. He ranks forward of solely Kyle Allen in CPOE.

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Tagovailoa is now going towards a Payments protection that has been very spectacular during the last two weeks, rating fifth in EPA allowed per dropback and fifth in EPA allowed per rush. Granted, they’ve confronted the Patriots and Jets offenses in that span, however Tagovailoa’s latest stage of play will get him into hassle towards this protection.

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The Dolphins’ sport plan towards the Chargers was additionally a pink flag for Tua’s outlook this week. The Dolphins have been a pass-first group this season, and the Chargers are weak towards the go. In fact, additionally they cannot defend the run, however we have beforehand seen the Dolphins lean into the energy of their passing sport, most notably towards the Texans. Nonetheless, towards the Chargers, they posted a -2% PROE and had been run heavy on first down with a -8% PROE. In different phrases, they operated as a firmly run-first group.

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If the Payments play to their potential on this sport, passing quantity should not be a priority. Nonetheless, final week’s sport plan creates some danger that the Dolphins will not lean right into a pass-heavy sport surroundings. That danger is magnified by sport situations that might be windy and snowy. It might be one other disappointing outing for Tagovailoa by way of quantity and effectivity.

Happily, this offense stays extremely concentrated. Even whereas coping with minor accidents that restricted him to 76% route participation, Tyreek Hill led the Dolphins with a 42% goal share and a 51% air yard share towards the Chargers. His profile is unreal.

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Jaylen Waddle has had a really disappointing two-week stretch, however as you possibly can see above, his profile stays very sturdy. Though his goal alternative is not in the identical league as Hill’s, it is arduous to complain about an elite 2.09 anticipated YPRR. With improved well being and non-disastrous accuracy from Tagovailoa, Waddle can get proper right here regardless of unideal situations.

We might additionally see a extra concentrated backfield with Jeff Wilson vulnerable to lacking this sport. Raheem Mostert has not been good this season, however the Dolphins leaned on him in a giant means as soon as Wilson was injured towards the Chargers. Mostert turned in a 73% snap share, the very best mark from any Dolphins working again this season. Provided that Mostert ranks forward of solely Darrell Henderson, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Najee Harris, Cam Akers, and Melvin Gordon in RYOE / try, he isn’t a superb guess for an environment friendly outing. Nonetheless, which may not matter if he will get handled as a workhorse working again and the Dolphins lean on the run within the snow. Mostert has logged a 69%+ snap share in 4 video games this season. If Wilson is out, he ought to see loads of work, making him a volume-based RB2.

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Payments Implied Group Whole: 25.75

I famous final week that the Payments had been flashing an alternate id in latest weeks, one based mostly round heavy personnel and a run-first strategy. However the Payments had been fairly darn Payments-y towards the Jets. They ran 11 personnel (3WR) on 73% of their snaps, which is fairly typical for Buffalo. And so they returned to a pass-first strategy total and on first down. Their Week 14 efficiency was customary for the 2022 Payments.

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In future matchups, or if climate situations are out of hand this week, the Payments might shift to extra energy personnel. However there isn’t any doubt that their default strategy stays a pass-heavy one. And this week, they get a Dolphins protection that has been a significant go funnel. Groups are averaging a 3% PROE towards the Dolphins and are shifting 4% to the go; solely the Cardinals have been a much bigger go funnel this season. This impact is self-explanatory when contemplating how a lot weaker the Dolphins are towards the go than the run.

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The Dolphins have a powerful go rush however are weak sufficient in protection to make them very susceptible to opposing passing video games. And a poor secondary is clearly not a superb weak point towards Josh Allen. Allen ranks fifth in EPA per play, which is spectacular. However he is much more spectacular when EPA per sport, during which he ranks behind solely Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts. And he trails solely Mahomes in success price.

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For those who’re attempting to guess on a quarterback to effectively and precisely facilitate an offense, Allen is certainly one of a handful of quarterbacks who can get the job performed. However if you happen to’re in search of a quarterback who can absolutely benefit from a previous funnel protection with an environment friendly outing on excessive quantity, Allen is clearly the second-best guess after Mahomes.

Stefon Diggs has a nuclear ceiling if the Payments lean into this matchup. Whereas Diggs is clearly the Payments main receiver, he hasn’t been double-teamed on the price of a number of the NFL’s different premium receiving weapons. That is probably as a result of the Payments have a deep sufficient group of receivers to maintain defenses sincere of their strategy to protecting Diggs. Because of this, he should not have any hassle incomes helpful goal quantity this week. And if he does battle to attract targets, it’s going to probably imply that the Dolphins bought out to cease him—opening up extra worth than regular for the remainder of the Payments’ receivers.

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Exterior of Diggs, Payments receivers haven’t had spectacular per-route goal quantity. Nonetheless, they run quite a lot of routes. Gabe Davis leads the group with a 94% route price, and Dawson Knox has seen a ton of enjoying time during the last two weeks with route charges of 89% and 94%. His 1.02 anticipated YPRR is legitimately unhealthy, however few tight ends see this a lot route quantity, and just one tight finish sees route quantity in a Josh Allen offense.

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This matchup ought to lock in a significant position for Isaiah McKenzie, who has often seen his route participation fall off this yr. As a slot receiver, his route price will probably be capped at round 80%, however he is additionally had 70%+ route participation in three straight weeks and appears like a really strong Saturday slate play.

After James Cook flashed in Week 13 towards the Patriots, he had disappointing manufacturing towards the Jets. Cook dinner had simply six dashing yards on 4 carries and one reception for 9 yards on one goal. Nonetheless, Cook dinner had a 41% snap share, solely barely decrease than the 43% snap share he posted towards the Patriots. This was solely the second time he has had a snap share above 26% all season. Cook dinner is legitimately a much bigger a part of the offense than he was in the beginning of the season.

Furthermore, Nyheim Hines noticed his snap share decline from 31% in Week 13 to simply 17% final week. A diminished position from Hines ought to open up extra receiving snaps for Cook dinner. Devin Singletary has led in snap share in every of the final two weeks at 44% and 49%. However because the early down again in a matchup that ought to name for lots of passing, Singletary might want to get in the long run zone to repay. Cook dinner seems like an fascinating PPR dart throw as a guess on beneath quantity towards a robust Dolphins go rush. Cook dinner has run solely 83 routes this season, however he is flashing elite effectivity. His 1.93 YPRR is simply above Christian McCaffrey‘s 1.88.

 

Eagles at Bears, 1 PM Jap, Sunday

Eagles Implied Group Whole: 28.75

Jalen Hurts is having a surprisingly good season. And of all of the methods we might have imagined for Hurts to develop right into a franchise quarterback, the trail he took truthfully looks as if one of many least practical.

As a result of whereas Hurts has been a lethal rusher this season, his passing has been much more spectacular. Hurts ranks third in EPA per play, which is spectacular sufficient. However… thought-about by many to be an erratic passer getting into the season, Hurts has been stunningly correct this season; solely Geno Smith ranks increased in completion share over anticipated.

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Hurts has performed nice this yr, however he is additionally been helped by the truth that he has two broad receivers who’re getting open at a excessive price. Tyler Lockett handed A.J. Brown this week in ESPN’s open rating, however he nonetheless ranks second amongst 89 qualifying broad receivers. Brown completed first within the metric final yr, and his capacity to shed protection makes Hurts’ job of finishing downfield passes a lot simpler. Brown additionally pairs the power to get open with a reasonably deep aDOT of 11.9. It is one factor to beat your man beneath, however Brown is getting open downfield.

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DeVonta Smith has a 9.8 aDOT, so he is working extra shallowly. Nonetheless, Smith is a much bigger a part of the display screen sport, with screens making up 15% of his targets in comparison with simply 7% for Brown. On non-screen routes, they’re enjoying an identical position within the offense, with Smith having a 12.0 aDOT to Brown’s 13.0. And whereas Smith is not getting open on the similar price as Brown, he nonetheless ranks a really respectable WR20. Purely by way of open rating, Hurts is even higher off than Tua Tagovailoa together with his duo of Tyreek Hill (WR4) and Jaylen Waddle (WR30).

Hurts might even have Dallas Goedert again within the lineup, who has been much more environment friendly than Smith this season, with a really spectacular 1.99 YPRR. If he returns, this matchup is so juicy that he’s price trusting. However he’ll harm Smith’s outlook a bit. The second-year receiver’s targets have been a lot stronger with Goedert out of the lineup.

In 4 video games with out Dallas Goedert, no Eagles receiver has completed with a top-two goal share in any week. In different phrases, in 4 straight video games, Brown and Smith have completed 1-2 in goal share. Curiously, Smith has out-targeted Brown in 3-of-4 video games. However as we have seen from his explosion video games towards the Steelers and Titans, Brown has the next ceiling.

And this seems like a possible ceiling week for the Eagles’ passing sport. I have been focusing totally on two issues in predicting how the Eagles will assault a protection.

  1. Does the protection have a transparent path of least resistance?

  2. Does the protection generate fast stress?

 

If the Eagles are dealing with a protection that’s way more inclined to the run than the go, they’ve had no downside leaning into the matchup. However their default mode of assault is the downfield passing sport, offered that they’ll defend Hurts. As a result of the Eagles’ Achilles heel on offense has been permitting fast stress. They’re an offensive juggernaut… outdoors of the truth that they’re permitting fast pressures on the fifth-highest price.

This matchup units up the Eagles to be as pass-heavy as they wish to be. The Bears are horrible towards each the run and the go, however their largest weaknesses are in go protection. They rank useless final in EPA allowed per dropback… and crucially, the Bears can not get to the passer, rating thirty second in PFF’s go rush grades and thirtieth in fast stress price.

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The truth that the Eagles are a extremely concentrated passing offense is a big blessing for fantasy as a result of they’re hardly ever in conditions that decision for a heavy dose of passing makes an attempt. Actually, the Eagles have had an anticipated go price of simply 56%, the bottom within the NFL. They have been prepared to go greater than anticipated, however their 55% go price nonetheless ranks twenty seventh. The 49ers have the next go price than the Eagles this yr, we simply aren’t feeling that as a result of Philadelphia’s receiving quantity is way extra concentrated than San Francisco’s.

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This week, quantity might be an issue if the 9-point favorites pull their starters. However for so long as the Eagles’ offense is on the sector, it ought to be extremely environment friendly and excessive scoring. Brown seems poised for an additional large sport, and Smith might present a brand new stage of ceiling right here.

Miles Sanders additionally has a excessive ceiling as soon as towards this week. Sanders has proven a pleasant mixture of consistency and big-play capacity this yr. He ranks RB8 in success price and RB13 in RYOE / try; he is additionally RB12 in breakaway yards per sport. Sadly, Sanders is an entire zero within the passing sport, rating RB47 in YPRR. However he has a excessive probability of serving to to salt this sport away and might generate some lengthy runs within the course of.

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Bears Implied Group Whole: 19.75

The Bears have been very constant about how they run their offense. Week in, week out, the Bears set up the run. However earlier than their Week 14 bye, Chicago rolled out an fascinating sport plan towards the Packers. They had been nonetheless run heavy with a -6% PROE, however contemplating that the Bears have an NFL-low -15% PROE this season, that was borderline go glad. Much more stunning, the Bears had been extraordinarily aggressive on first down, with a 23% PROE on 1st-and-10. That is a stage of first-down aggression that solely the Bengals have topped, and solely the Bengals, Seahawks, and Dolphins have matched. For as aggressive because the Chiefs and Payments have been about throwing the ball this yr, neither have been as pass-first on first down because the Bears had been towards the Packers. This wasn’t only a barely totally different gear for the Bears, it was a wild departure from what we had seen to begin the season.

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Though the Bears misplaced the sport, Justin Fields performed very properly in Week 13, ending seventh in EPA per play and fourth in CPOE. In fact, Fields will not all the time play this properly each time the Bears prioritize the go. Nevertheless it’s a reminder that permitting a younger quarterback to go the ball in conditions when the protection has to defend the run will usually yield higher outcomes than solely counting on his arm in lengthy down and distance conditions.

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Fields is now as much as twelfth in EPA per play, and his group is exhibiting indicators that they’re gaining religion in him. That is an particularly optimistic signal heading right into a matchup with the Eagles, who’ve one of many strongest go defenses in your complete league. The Eagles rank second in EPA allowed per dropback and third in dropback success price. Because of this, fields is more likely to battle with passing effectivity no matter how the Bears name performs.

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However the Eagles aren’t the worst matchup for the Bears, total. They rank simply twenty fifth in EPA allowed per rush and twenty ninth in dashing success price. And after a powerful exhibiting in Week 13 towards the Titans, the Eagles’ run protection was mediocre final week, ending fifteenth in EPA allowed per rush. So they won’t be fairly as susceptible as their season-long numbers counsel, however Fields has loads of potential for some game-breaking runs this week. David Montgomery must also be capable of assist transfer the chains. This could maintain Fields from seeing lengthy down and distance passing conditions at an excessively excessive price—significantly if the Bears are prepared to check the Eagles’ go protection on first down.

However with Darnell Mooney out for the season and Chase Claypool more likely to miss this sport, Cole Kmet seems like the one viable fantasy goal on this tough matchup.

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Cole Kmet‘s per-route quantity is just not spectacular, however he is working a ton of routes. Kmet logged 93% route participation in Week 12 and 96% in Week 13. That is a loopy excessive stage of receiving utilization for a good finish. With Kmet having only a 15% goal price this season, he’ll want passing quantity or a TD to repay this week, however he’ll positively be on the market working routes.

David Montgomery has been fairly brutal this season, however he’ll even be on the sector a lot. Montgomery ranks RB10 in snap share and RB5 in route participation. So far as effectivity goes, he isn’t that unhealthy within the passing sport, and he breaks tackles properly. However Montgomery is horrible at producing large performs; solely Leonard Fournette, Samaje Perine, Melvin Gordon, and Cam Akers rank decrease in breakaway yards per sport.

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However Montgomery ought to see strong quantity this week because the Bears assault the vulnerability of the Eagles’ protection. Regardless of not providing a lot explosion, Montgomery hasn’t been backside of the barrel in success price, rating RB30. He ought to be capable of assist transfer the chain or a minimum of not tank the offense. He profiles as a volume-based RB2.

 

Falcons at Saints, 1 PM Jap, Sunday

Falcons Implied Group Whole: 19.75

I really feel type of unhealthy for Marcus Mariota. Positive, he did not play very properly this season. However many quarterbacks have been far worse. The Falcons benching Mariota is akin to the Giants benching Daniel Jones. That would not be completely loopy if they’d a rookie to take a look at, however nobody is looking for Jones’ benching, both. Jones has been barely extra environment friendly than Mariota this season, and he is been extra correct as properly, however Mariota has been extra constant, rating eleventh in success price.

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In fact, Mariota’s strong effectivity has been on a really small pattern. And there is a strong case to be made that the Falcons felt that Mariota was limiting what they may do on offense. In any other case, why function with a -13% PROE and an NFL-low -19% PROE on 1st-and-10.

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And whereas Mariota might have been environment friendly on a per-play foundation, he was much less so on a per-game foundation, dropping from nineteenth to twenty second when EPA per play vs. EPA per sport. This once more factors to the concept Mariota’s per-play effectivity wasn’t as helpful because it appeared as a result of he was offering so few dropbacks in each sport.

And though the Falcons have been allergic to passing the ball on first down—which most likely harm Mariota’s effectivity—they’ve been making an attempt to set him up for fulfillment in different methods. Most notably, Mariota has a league-high 44% play motion price. The Falcons are a bit obsessive about establishing the run, however a minimum of they’re enjoying off the specter of the run to open issues up within the passing sport. With that in thoughts, Mariota’s effectivity might find yourself being fairly replaceable.

This additionally seems like good timing for the Falcons to make a quarterback swap, and never simply because they’re coming off a bye. Mariota has struggled badly when pressured this season, rating QB27 in PFF’s grades below stress. However Ridder will probably be even worse at coping with stress. As I noted in his pre-draft writeup, Ridder’s adjusted completion share below stress ranked second percentile, and he had a six percentile sack price. He took sacks at almost a Malik Willis stage, with out the high-end dashing capacity. That is more likely to create issues for Ridder and the Falcons’ offense this season. However his debut might go fairly properly. The Saints rank simply twenty first in PFF’s go rush grades and are simply thirty first in fast stress price.

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And though the Saints are strong towards the run, there’s merely no means that the Falcons aren’t ridiculously run-heavy as they break in a rookie quarterback.

With that in thoughts, there ought to be loads of dashing makes an attempt on this backfield. That is welcome information with Tyler Allgeier and Cordarrelle Patterson splitting touches. Sadly, this example feels a bit just like the pre-Dobbins Ravens, the place guessing between Kenyan Drake and Gus Edwards all the time felt like a shedding sport. Or maybe the present model of the Commanders is a greater comparability.

We will really feel assured that each of the highest two backs will mix for 95%+ of snaps, however determining which spends extra time on the sector goes to be a guessing sport.

Patterson has been a powerful rusher this season, rating RB2 in success price and RB8 in RYOE / try. Oddly, he hasn’t been all that concerned or environment friendly as a receiver, however Patterson ought to be solidly environment friendly on the bottom in a sport the place a break up workload might generate loads of work.

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Allgeier has been much less spectacular than Patterson however nonetheless exhibiting properly sufficient to proceed incomes quantity. The rookie ranks RB13 in success price and RB16 in RYOE / try. Patterson is the higher guess, however Allgeier is in play as a TD-dependent RB2.

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The change to Ridder may not be nice information for Drake London, who lastly clicked with Mariota of their remaining sport collectively. In opposition to the Steelers, London noticed a ridiculous 50% goal share and 49% air yard share. And it wasn’t simply spreadsheet quantity for London; he linked with Mariota for a 4.32 YPRR. Sadly… we’re speaking about all of this inside the confines of the Falcons’ offense. London’s ridiculously environment friendly day was good for simply six receptions for 95 yards on 12 targets. It was positively good to see, however even London’s spike weeks are more likely to be capped by the low-volume nature of the Falcons’ offense. Nonetheless, there’s some upside right here if Ridder can assist London ship extra effectively on his targets. London has an elite 2.26 anticipated YPRR this yr, which he’s dramatically underproducing together with his 1.72 YPRR. The quarterback change provides danger to London’s profile however might additionally carry some optimistic regression.

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Saints Implied Group Whole: 23.75

The Saints have not been as run-heavy as groups just like the Falcons and Bears, however they’re a firmly run-first group within the mildew of the Jets and 49ers. Understandably, they aren’t seeking to function the passing sport with Andy Dalton at quarterback.

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And the Saints are getting into a matchup that’s well-suited for his or her baseline run-first philosophy. The Falcons rank twenty eighth in EPA allowed per rush and thirty first in dashing success price. So the Saints should not have any hassle establishing the bottom sport this week.

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Nonetheless, the Falcons may also be handed on, rating twenty ninth in EPA allowed per dropback and thirtieth in dropback success price. So whereas the Saints are unlikely to fully lean into this good passing matchup, they need to be environment friendly once they do drop again.

And though Dalton is limiting what the Saints are prepared to do on offense, he hasn’t been a catastrophe this season. Dalton ranks sixteenth in EPA per play and twelfth in CPOE. He is been capable of facilitate the offense for essentially the most half.

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And for fantasy functions, we actually solely care if Dalton can facilitate sturdy outings for Chris Olave and Alvin Kamara. Each gamers are arrange very properly this week because the engines of their respective sides of the offense. The passing sport runs by way of Chris Olave, and the backfield runs by way of Alvin Kamara.

Kamara’s utilization has been irritating at instances this season. To that time, he noticed simply 59% of snaps within the Saints’ most up-to-date sport. Nonetheless, with Mark Ingram out for this sport, Kamara will probably have a workhorse snap share. He’ll even be concerned as a receiver at a excessive price. Kamara ranks RB3 in route participation and RB3 in goal share. His dashing effectivity has fallen off pretty dramatically this yr, however he stays very environment friendly as a receiver, rating RB4 in YPRR. This matchup units him up for an environment friendly day as a receiver and gives TD potential towards a really poor protection. He profiles as an RB1.

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Olave continues to be a sleeping large as a fantasy receiver. Granted, nobody is unaware that Olave is having an important season. However the extent of that greatness is flying below the radar. Olave’s 2.61 anticipated YPRR trails solely Tyreek Hill. He is seeing large goal quantity on a per-route foundation. If the Saints get right into a shootout script with inflated passing quantity, Olave has the potential for an enormous spike week. Nonetheless, this doesn’t seem like that sport. As an alternative, Olave is a robust guess to benefit from an important matchup as an environment friendly deep menace. Olave’s 15.2 aDOT provides him a path to a giant sport with out working many routes. He profiles as a WR2.

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Lions at Jets, 1 PM Jap, Sunday

Lions Implied Group Whole: 21.5

Jared Goff is coming off a really spectacular two-week stretch. By EPA per play, his performances towards the Jaguars and Vikings had been his second and third-best outings this yr.

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Goff is now as much as eighth in EPA per play. Though, his accuracy stays a priority; he ranks twenty seventh in CPOE. He might even see some detrimental regression in his effectivity except his accuracy improves.

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Nonetheless, it is simpler to purchase into Goff’s effectivity due to how the Lions run their offense. I’ve famous repeatedly this season that the Lions are prioritizing the go on first down, setting Goff up for fulfillment. They’ve actually leaned into that strategy during the last two weeks with a 15% PROE on first down towards the Jaguars and a 16% PROE on first down towards the Vikings. Notably, they weren’t run first in both outing, with a 12% PROE in Week 13 and a 0% PROE final week.

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The Lions will undoubtedly pull again from this pass-heavy strategy this week. They’re dealing with a Jets protection that ranks sixth in EPA allowed per dropback however simply fifteenth in EPA allowed per rush. It might frankly be odd if the Lions did not shift to a extra balanced strategy on this matchup.

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Nonetheless, the gear they confirmed final week remains to be a superb signal for a way a lot they belief Goff to run their offense. With out that religion of their quarterback, we might see them go into an offensive shell towards this tough passing protection. Nonetheless, it appears extra probably they’ll preserve some steadiness this week, even when they roll out a barely run-first sport plan.

That retains Amon-Ra St. Brown in play as an elite choice. St. Brown has only a 6.8 aDOT, so quantity is essential to his fantasy ceiling. However St. Brown can see spectacular goal quantity even in video games when the Lions do not have a ton of dropbacks. His 30% goal price ranks WR2, behind solely Tyreek Hill. That focus on price creates a ton of alternative for St. Brown on a per-route foundation. He has an elite 2.33 anticipated YPRR and is delivering effectively on that quantity with an ultra-elite 2.57 YPRR. This matchup gives some draw back danger as a result of there’s an opportunity that Goff merely is not as much as the problem this week. Nonetheless, if Goff performs decently, St. Brown should not have any hassle incomes goal quantity.

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This is not an important matchup to play ancillary Lions receivers. Nonetheless, I’ll notice that D.J. Chark has had route charges of 95% and 90% during the last two weeks. He leads the Lions in routes over that span. That is good to see on condition that Jameson Williams has been seeing snaps for the primary time this season. Williams is getting used as a rotational participant, with 5% and 15% route charges this yr. However his routes are coming immediately at Josh Reynolds‘s expense relatively than Chark’s. Regardless of scoring a 41-yard TD final week, Williams’ lack of enjoying time retains him off the fantasy radar. However Chark stays a viable dart throw even with Williams beginning to work in.

Within the backfield, issues are a complete mess. Jamaal Williams led the group with a 37% snap share, D’Andre Swift was at 35%, and Justin Jackson remained frustratingly concerned with a 30% snap share. As a part of a real three-way break up, each Williams and Swift look TD-dependent. Swift’s receiving sport utilization provides him a good ceiling if he can get in the long run zone, however Jackson is stealing sufficient routes to restrict Swift’s receiving manufacturing.

Jets Implied Group Whole: 23

Mike White captured the creativeness of the fantasy neighborhood when he exploded towards the Bears in Week 12. Nonetheless, he is cooled off since, rating simply twenty ninth in EPA per play during the last two weeks. Nonetheless, White dealt with himself properly final week towards a tough Payments protection. The truth that he did not crater after wanting shaky towards the Vikings is a wonderful signal for a way he may play towards the Lions this week. The Lions rank simply thirtieth in EPA allowed per dropback and twenty eighth in dropback success price. The Lions aren’t fairly to the Bears’ stage of defensive incompetence, however they aren’t a superb protection.

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The Lions are additionally susceptible on the bottom, rating twenty sixth in EPA allowed per rush. That ought to be particularly useful for the Jets, who’ve been run first this season, even with White at quarterback.

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An environment friendly, balanced assault ought to make Zonovan Knight a strong RB2 play. Knight performed on solely 47% of snaps to Michael Carter’s 50%, however Knight dominated carries with 17 makes an attempt to Carter’s 5. Carter might have some PPR worth as a dump-off receiving choice, however Knight seems just like the way more fascinating guess because the Jets’ early-down hammer in a superb dashing matchup.

However, after all, essentially the most fascinating fantasy choice on the Jets stays Garrett Wilson. Wilson ran a route on 100% of dropbacks towards the Payments. He had a quiet sport by his latest requirements, with six receptions for 78 yards, however there isn’t any purpose to fret about his upside going ahead. He’s locked in because the Jets’ No. 1 receiver.

And Wilson is a robust guess to be productive when on the sector. He leads all rookie receivers in ESPN’s open rating, rating ninetieth percentile total. And though his 2.00 YPRR is not off the charts by veteran receiver requirements, it’s an especially sturdy mark for a rookie. Wilson profiles as a WR1 in a plus matchup.

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As you possibly can see above, even when on the sector, Moore has not in contrast properly with Wilson this yr. Nonetheless, if Corey Davis misses this sport with a concussion we are able to count on to see quite a lot of Moore… lastly. In opposition to the Payments, Moore ran a route on 92% of dropbacks, tied for his second-highest price of the season. Wilson is a a lot safer guess for targets, however Moore is an fascinating DFS choice as a part of what might be a productive Jets passing sport.

To that time, Tyler Conklin stays within the combine. He logged 71% route participation final week and is at 72% this season. His 18% goal price is not nice, however he has a good likelihood for a productive day if the Jets transfer the chains towards a susceptible Lions protection.

 

Steelers at Panthers, 1 PM Jap, Sunday

Steelers Implied Group Whole: 17.25

Kenny Pickett logged restricted practices on Wednesday and Thursday, however the Steelers are prepping to play with out him. And truthfully, whether or not or not Pickett performs most likely will not have a big impact on the offense. Actually, Trubisky has been extra environment friendly this season, rating twenty eighth in EPA per play, with Pickett at thirtieth. Pickett’s accuracy factors to the next ceiling than he is proven to date, however we should always get kind of the established order in passing effectivity this week.

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The Steelers are going towards a middling Panthers protection that ranks eleventh in EPA allowed per dropback and 14th in EPA allowed per rush. Pittsburgh has been a wonderfully balanced group this season with a 0% PROE each total and on 1st-and-10. They will probably preserve that steadiness on this impartial matchup.

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Even when the Steelers shift to a extra run-first strategy this week, it is not an important setup for Najee Harris. Harris was all the way down to a 56% snap share towards the Ravens. His effectivity has been dreadful the season, and whereas he’ll probably play greater than he did in Week 14, Harris has no actual shot of a workhorse position. That is unlucky, on condition that solely Cam Akers and Melvin Gordon rank decrease in RYOE / try.

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The passing sport is equally uninspiring. Pat Freiermuth has logged back-to-back DNPs with a foot damage. If he misses the sport, that may condense issues, a minimum of. Nonetheless, targets actually have not been an issue for Diontae Johnson. As an alternative, he is struggled to do something when focused. His 5.8 YPT ranks simply tenth percentile amongst broad receivers. That is inflicting an enormous hole between his 1.94 anticipated YPRR and the very poor 1.28 YPRR he’s delivering. For those who’ve been betting on optimistic regression for Johnson, you have gone broke by now. However the quarterback change might shake one thing unfastened.

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Freiermuth’s absence might assist George Pickens, who has not been an enormous a part of the sport plan. He has a first-read goal on 14% of his routes, which is properly beneath Johnson’s a lot stronger 21% price. Freiermuth is gobbling up first-read targets, so Pickens ought to be a much bigger a part of the sport plan if the tight finish cannot go.

Nonetheless, Freiermuth lacking this sport would rob the Steelers’ offense of its most fantasy-relevant receiver. Freiermuth leads the group with a really sturdy 1.86 YPRR that’s absolutely supported by his goal quantity. He is additionally seeing a 20% first learn goal price, which is 98th percentile amongst tight ends. He is a robust begin if he fits up.

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Panthers Implied Group Whole: 20.25

Sam Darnold has performed shockingly properly this season. Granted, we have now a small pattern for Darnold in 2022 and a a lot bigger pattern of him being horrible. However what he is proven in two video games this yr has been spectacular. Amongst quarterbacks with 50+ performs, he ranks thirteenth in EPA per play and fourth in CPOE.

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Clearly, Darnold goes to regress from his present stage of play. However he ought to be capable of preserve respectable effectivity towards this protection. The Steelers rank twentieth in EPA allowed per dropback and twenty first in EPA allowed per rush.

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The Panthers will welcome this matchup, the place a run-first strategy will not get them in hassle. Since Steve Wilks took over the group, the Panthers have gone pass-first simply as soon as and have typically been very run-heavy. They may probably lean on the run once more this week, using Darnold principally to assist transfer the chains. Provided that the Steelers are pretty weak towards the go, we most likely will not see the Panthers be as excessive of their run-first strategy as we generally have, however we are able to depend on them to run the ball.

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Sadly, the Panthers’ backfield has devolved right into a little bit of a break up. In opposition to the Seahawks, D’Onta Foreman performed 48% of snaps, with Chuba Hubbard at 32% and Raheem Blackshear at 19%. However Foreman nonetheless managed to see 21 carries… which is the silver lining to the Panthers’ ground-and-pound strategy. Foreman is way from an entire again, however he’s churning out yards with spectacular consistency, rating RB5 in success price. He profiles as an RB2 choice.

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With Sam Darnold enjoying fairly properly and dealing with a susceptible Steelers go protection, it is a respectable spot to let D.J. Moore harm us once more. Moore goose-egged towards the Seahawks, failing to safe his three targets. However for the second straight week, Moore had 100% route participation. He’ll be on the sector in a superb matchup. And even with final week’s matchup included, Moore’s total profile seems fairly good. With a robust 1.98 anticipated YPRR and 19% first learn goal price, final week’s no-show ought to be a one-time factor. Nonetheless, it is price noting that Moore has only a Seventeenth-percentile open rating. We will blame quite a lot of his poor season on unhealthy quarterback play… however not all of it. Moore is struggling to get open, which helps clarify why his NFL-leading 45% air yard share hasn’t led to extra manufacturing.

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Cowboys at Jaguars, 1 PM Jap, Sunday

Cowboys Implied Group Whole: 26

Solely three groups have but to publish a optimistic PROE this season: the Falcons, Bears… and Cowboys. Positive, Dak Prescott did not end his first sport till Week 7. However Prescott has now performed seven video games and has been wonderful, rating seventh in EPA per play.

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Prescott additionally ranks fourth in success price. It is arduous to grasp why the Cowboys are hiding him relatively than leaning into the energy of their passing sport. To be honest, though the Cowboys have been as persistently run first because the Falcons and Bears, they are not actually in the identical ballpark by way of offensive philosophy. However nonetheless, the Cowboys are positively prioritizing the run. Since Week 7, they’ve a -5% PROE and a -3% PROE on 1st-and-10.

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Given how constant the Cowboys have been about prioritizing the run, it takes a leap of religion to imagine that they’ll assault this matchup in the best way that makes essentially the most sense on paper. The Jaguars are completely horrible towards the go. They rank twenty sixth in EPA allowed per dropback and twenty sixth in dropback success price. However these numbers probably understate simply how susceptible the Jaguars are to opposing passing video games—as a result of they’ve had a very simple schedule this season. If the Cowboys lean into this matchup, they’ll have a ton of success by way of the air.

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The Jaguars are higher towards the run than the go, nevertheless it’s not like they’ve a shutdown run protection. So I’m considerably skeptical that the Cowboys will go pass-heavy this week. However there is a good likelihood that passing quantity will a minimum of be increased than regular.

Clearly, CeeDee Lamb is way and away the very best guess within the passing sport. He has an excellent 2.32 YPRR, which is absolutely supported by his goal quantity. And though Lamb had a quiet sport towards the Texans, the Jaguars could have a tricky time taking him away. Lamb has been double-teamed on 28% of his routes, which ranks 93rd percentile. But he’s nonetheless getting open at a really excessive price, rating ninetieth percentile in ESPN’s open rating. Lamb can also be the engine of the Cowboys’ passing assault, with a first-read goal on 22% of his routes, a ninety fifth percentile price. After disappointing towards the Texans, Lamb will get the bounce-back spot of all bounce-back spots. If the Cowboys implement a pass-first sport plan for the primary time this season towards this extraordinarily susceptible Jaguars secondary, Lamb might have an enormous week.

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Past Lamb, passing quantity shall be essential as a result of the Cowboys have a number of secondary receiving choices. Michael Gallup is dramatically underperforming his goal quantity with a 1.23 YPRR, properly beneath expectations. That makes him way more fascinating than Noah Brown, particularly contemplating we are able to count on higher effectivity for Cowboys receivers on this matchup. Dalton Schultz has additionally seen sturdy goal quantity on a per-route foundation. And with route charges of 90% and 88% during the last two weeks, he has elite tight finish upside on this matchup.

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Issues stay break up within the backfield, nevertheless it was good to see Tony Pollard return to a lead in snap share (58%) after Ezekiel Elliott led the best way (56%) in Week 13. Neither again is more likely to see a real lead-back snap share this week, however Pollard’s explosive ability set retains him in play as a high-end RB2.

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Jaguars Implied Group Whole: 22

Trevor Lawrence is coming off a really sturdy sport towards the Titans. In Week 14, he completed second in EPA per play and seventh in CPOE. Lawrence is now as much as tenth in EPA per play this season. And though his accuracy has been inconsistent, he’s at a good 14th in CPOE.

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However Lawrence is about to face an especially tough check towards a Cowboys protection that ranks third in EPA allowed per dropback and seventh in dropback success price. Nonetheless, Lawrence has an actual shot of succeeding on this matchup due to the energy of the Jaguars’ go blocking. Jacksonville ranks fourth in PFF’s pass-blocking grades and are permitting fast pressures on the fourth-lowest price. The Cowboys lead the NFL in fast stress price, and their wonderful go rush ranks second in PFF’s grades. It is a matchup of energy vs. energy within the trenches.

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Nonetheless, the Jaguars might get into hassle right here if they do not belief their passing sport to carry up towards this elite protection. The Cowboys have been a significant run funnel this season. Opponents are averaging a -8% PROE and are shifting 6% to the run; they rank as the most important run funnel within the NFL. However as you possibly can see above, the Cowboys are pretty good towards the run. Some groups have had some success on the bottom towards them, however Dallas’ elite go rush is the first driver of run-heavy sport plans towards them.

If the Jaguars determine to go together with a run-heavy sport plan, it won’t be a battle of energy towards energy. The Jaguars rank simply twenty fifth in EPA per rush. They aren’t more likely to be significantly environment friendly on the bottom except Travis Etienne can rip off some large performs.

Etienne has had a tough two-week stretch, however his dashing profile stays pretty sturdy. He ranks eleventh in success price and seventh in RYOE / try. Whereas the Cowboys aren’t a perfect matchup, the Jaguars might lean on him in a giant means if they’re struggling to guard Lawrence.

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Etienne’s promise as a receiving again hasn’t actually materialized. He ranks RB28 in goal share and RB24 in YPRR. But when the Jaguars lean on him as a rusher, he has true workhorse upside.

Though the final two weeks have been disappointing from a fantasy perspective, Etienne has seen a ton of enjoying time. He had an 88% snap share towards the Lions and was at 75% towards the Titans. With that stage of involvement, it is solely a matter of time earlier than the big-play runner pays off. He profiles as a high-end RB2.

However whereas Etienne has a excessive ceiling on this matchup, a heavy dose of the bottom sport might harm the offense’s effectivity. And it is arduous to belief the Jaguars to not roll out a run-first sport plan this week. The Jaguars aren’t ideologically dedicated to the run. They had been pass-heavy towards the Lions (4% PROE) and the Titans (6%) during the last two weeks. However each of these matchups are near-ideal settings for aggressive sport plans.

This week, the Jaguars might return to the balanced philosophy they’ve operated with for many of the season. If the Cowboys aren’t aggressive on the opposite facet of this sport, that may make a balanced strategy all of the extra comfy.

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With each passing quantity and passing effectivity in query this week, it is not a perfect matchup for Jaguars go catchers. And though Evan Engram confirmed towards the Titans that focus on quantity can condense inside a one-game pattern, this passing sport is unfold out. Among the many major Jaguars receivers, Zay Jones leads the group with a 1.79 anticipated YPRR. That stage of goal quantity is okay for a secondary receiver, however it isn’t spectacular for a No. 1 choice.

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In fact, nearly each fantasy supervisor on the planet would think about Christian Kirk the Jaguars’ No. 1 receiver. Nonetheless, what is the level of being a group’s nominal prime choice if you cannot earn higher per route goal quantity than Zay Jones. Kirk leads the Jaguars with a 1.82 YPRR, however his position within the offense is not significantly thrilling. With a 9.5 aDOT, quantity is a key part to his fantasy profile. Sadly, this matchup places quantity in query, making Kirk an uninspiring WR3.

Engram’s profession day towards the Titans was largely a product of enjoying a go funnel protection in per week when the Jaguars determined to lean on Lawrence. Nonetheless, Engram was clearly within the Jaguars’ plans final week. He noticed a first-read goal on 25% of his routes, which led the group. First-read targets have been a energy for Engram all season. With a 15% first-read goal price, he’s within the 84th percentile amongst tight ends. Engram can also be working a ton of routes; his 80% route price is within the 91st percentile. Final week may be the very best day in his profession, nevertheless it wasn’t as fluky because it may appear.

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Chiefs at Texans, 1 PM Jap, Sunday

Chiefs Implied Group Whole: 31.75

Final week I predicted that the Chiefs would assault the Broncos aggressively by way of the air. Though the Broncos have a robust go protection, I had a tough time believing that Andy Reid would not let Patrick Mahomes prepare dinner towards them. Reid didn’t let me down. The Chiefs posted a 14% PROE with an 18% PROE on 1st-and-10. They didn’t let the matchup stop them from deploying essentially the most pass-heavy sport plan of the week.

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Nonetheless, Mahomes’ efficiency towards the Broncos was positively slightly disappointing. He ranked eighth in EPA per play and nineteenth in CPOE, tossing three interceptions in a sport which may have been very shut, had Russell Wilson not suffered a concussion. However there isn’t any purpose to fret about Mahomes going ahead. He leads the NFL in success price and leads the NFL in EPA per sport by a large margin.

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As an alternative, the larger concern for Mahomes this week is that he will not be on the sector lengthy sufficient to provide a big-time fantasy efficiency. However though the Texans rank thirty first in PFF’s run protection grades, the Chiefs are unlikely to pivot closely to the run towards them. Positive, they might be balanced like they had been towards the Chargers in Week 11 and even barely run first like they had been towards the Bengals in Week 13. However towards a go protection that ranks thirty first in PFF’s protection grades, it is also fully doable that the Chiefs are aggressive about placing up factors by way of the air this week. After the Texans simply scared the Cowboys final week as large underdogs, there isn’t any purpose for the Chiefs to fiddle.

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Sadly, Travis Kelce is the one Chiefs receiver that appears fully reliable. Kelce’s profile is elite throughout the board. However his elite effectivity is drawing quite a lot of defensive consideration. His 30% double protection price ranks 98th percentile amongst tight ends. This creates danger for the occasional dud, however there isn’t a doubt that Kelce is the highest tight finish choice this week.

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JuJu Smith-Schuster is unquestionably considerably reliable, so far as the Chiefs broad receivers go. He had a 29% goal price towards the Broncos and led the group with 86% route participation. Nonetheless, Smith-Schuster could be very a lot a quantity play. His 7.3 aDOT does not give him a lot upside for giant performs. As an alternative, his PPR worth primarily derives from his capacity to rack up goal quantity. Sadly, this isn’t a perfect week for that type of play, given the actual likelihood that the Chiefs pull their starters on this sport.

Nonetheless, there’s actually nobody else right here to advocate. Per ESPN’s open rating, solely Julio Jones and A.J. Inexperienced have been much less spectacular at getting open this season than Marquez Valdes-Scantling. With unimpressive per-route goal quantity throughout the board, it is sensible to stay with JuJu. At the very least we all know he shall be on the market working routes and might get open beneath.

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If this sport performs out as anticipated, the Chiefs will probably be salting away a lead for a lot of the second half. That units up Isiah Pacheco for a possible spike week. Pacheco has supplied nothing within the passing sport this season, with only a 2% goal share that ranks RB49. However he is been solidly environment friendly per NFL Subsequent Gen, rating RB15 in success price and RB8 in RYOE / try. Pacheco has but to have greater than a 56% snap share this season, so his odds of being a workhorse are very low, even in a blowout script. Nonetheless, his effectivity signifies TD potential in an important dashing matchup. He profiles as a strong RB2.

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Texans Implied Group Whole: 17.75

Davis Mills returned to the lineup in Week 14—though, hilariously, he was in a platoon with Jeff Driskel. This committee strategy really labored out pretty properly for the Texans, who ranked fifth in EPA per dropback. However that success was pushed extra by Mills, who completed sixth in EPA per play, than by Driskel, who completed fifteenth. Nonetheless, we’re speaking about an offense that ranks useless final in EPA per dropback this season, so we will not fault them for experimenting.

And although Mills had a superb sport in a tricky matchup final week, he is nonetheless a really shaky guess for continued success; he ranks thirty fifth in EPA per play this season.

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However Mills is a minimum of shifting from an elite Cowboys protection to a Chiefs protection that simply allowed the Broncos’ passing offense to return to life. The Chiefs rank twentieth in EPA allowed per dropback, and are mediocre throughout the board, rating Seventeenth in EPA allowed per rush.

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This seems like a superb matchup for the Texans, who’ve been a balanced group this season. Houston has a -2% PROE, the 18th highest within the league. Nonetheless, they’ve usually prioritized the go on first down, with a 2% PROE that ranks tenth. They’re calling performs a bit just like the Lions. They’ve an total lean to the run however a lean to the go on first down.

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Granted, the Texans are coming off a sport the place they had been very run-heavy each total and on first down. Nonetheless, that was towards a Cowboys’ protection which is an excessive run funnel. So it is probably that they’ll return to a balanced or pass-first strategy, realizing that Patrick Mahomes shall be placing up factors on the opposite facet.

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With each Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins anticipated to overlook this sport, the Texans shall be leaning on Chris Moore and Philip Dorsett. Each broad receivers logged 93% route participation towards the Cowboys. And though Amari Rodgers caught the one TD, he ran a route on solely 69% of dropbacks.

Moore seems just like the most secure punt play choice, however provided that Cooks is definitely dominated out. Moore sometimes performs within the slot and solely takes on outdoors routes when each Collins and Cooks are out. But when Cooks is out, Moore is fairly fascinating for DFS. His 7.8 aDOT makes him very more likely to catch a minimum of a couple of passes. With the play right here being low cost passing quantity, Moore seems like essentially the most clear-cut approach to make that guess. He additionally noticed a first-read goal on 30% of his routes final week, so he will be the favored choice within the sport plan as soon as once more.

With Dameon Pierce out with a excessive ankle sprain, the Texans will probably flip to Rex Burkhead to hold the load. Burkhead is 32 years outdated and completed third to final in RYOE / try final season and second to final in success price… so it is arduous to have a ton of optimism about what he may do right here—particularly if he is splitting snaps with Dare Ogunbowale. He is not an insane punt play, however the Chiefs’ protection is way extra competent than the Chargers’ protection that Burkhead ran throughout final yr.

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Cardinals at Broncos, 4:05 PM Jap, Sunday

Cardinals Implied Group Whole: 17

With Kyler Murray struggling an ACL tear, Colt McCoy shall be captaining the Cardinals towards a tough Broncos protection. The Broncos rated higher earlier than dealing with the Chiefs—Patrick Mahomes will try this to you—however they’re nonetheless a high-end go protection. The Broncos rank fifth in EPA allowed per dropback (down from third) and second in dropback success price (down from first).

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It is not the kind of matchup to be overly involved about you probably have the very best quarterback within the sport. Nevertheless it’s positively one to be apprehensive about you probably have the worst. And, apologies to McCoy, however he does technically price because the worst quarterback within the NFL by way of the lens of Ben Baldwin’s adjusted EPA per play (which reduces the impression of turnovers). McCoy ranks 36-of-38 by the usual calculation. (I sometimes seek advice from Baldwin’s model).

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McCoy has been decently correct this season, so his play might regress positively. Nonetheless, this isn’t a perfect matchup for optimistic regression. And even when McCoy does play higher, we’re most likely speaking a few Mac Jones or Kenny Pickett stage of play… which isn’t thrilling.

Subsequently, this isn’t excellent news for Cardinals go catchers. McCoy’s play has been unhealthy sufficient that it will not simply have an effect on their effectivity. It is more likely to impression their quantity as properly, with the Cardinals probably pivoting to the run right here. Though, apparently, the Cardinals have not performed it that means with McCoy to date this season. McCoy first noticed enjoying time in Week 10, and the Cardinals had been pass-first in that sport. They had been additionally pass-first final week towards the Patriots, which is a good comp for the Broncos’ protection since New England is far stronger towards the go than the run.

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Oddly, the Cardinals had been the least aggressive within the one sport during the last 5 weeks that Murray has performed: Week 12 towards the Chargers. So maybe Kliff Kingsbury will stay extra dedicated to the go than anticipated with McCoy below middle.

However nonetheless, passing effectivity seems like a significant concern. And sadly, DeAndre Hopkins‘ position within the offense seems much less locked in now that Marquise Brown is again within the lineup. Since Brown returned in Week 12, each gamers have seen 16 first-read targets. Hopkins has the next first-read goal price (21% to 19%), however solely as a result of he is run fewer routes. With Rondale Moore out for the season, this offense will stay extremely concentrated to their prime two receivers. Nonetheless, given the quarterback play, the matchup, and a meager sport complete, we might strongly choose a real alpha receiver. As an alternative, we might see a tandem dynamic like we have seen from the Eagles the previous couple of weeks. But when we’re evaluating this duo to Philadelphia’s, Hopkins positively seems extra like A.J. Brown.

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Hopkins has proven a capability to dominate targets that Marquise Brown has not. So although he’s positively vulnerable to Brown chopping into his goal quantity in a significant means, Hopkins nonetheless seems like a WR2. Brown profiles as a FLEX.

Happily, we wouldn’t have to fret about quantity within the backfield. James Conner has logged snap shares of 96%, 97%, and 95% during the last three weeks. If you close your eyes and think about league winners, his name should come to mind.

Conner has not run all that properly this season, rating RB31 in RYOE / try. However he is been decently constant, rating RB20 in success price. And he ought to be capable of generate common effectivity towards a Broncos’ run protection that ranks 18th in EPA allowed per rush. Extra importantly, Conner can have a superb sport with out sturdy effectivity. That’s the energy of a 95%+ snap share. Conner ranks RB14 in goal share and ought to be concerned no matter sport script, making him a volume-based RB1.

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Broncos Implied Group Whole: 20

Russell Wilson will probably miss this sport with a concussion, leaving Brett Rypien at quarterback. Wilson has positively been a significant disappointment this season. He ranks twenty seventh in EPA per play and twenty ninth in CPOE. He is been far much less environment friendly than he was earlier in his profession and misplaced his signature accuracy. Nonetheless, there is a distinction between being disappointing and being Brett Rypien. And though we solely have 61 performs from Rypien this season, what he has proven to date has been far worse than what we have now seen from Wilson. Amongst quarterbacks with a minimum of 60 performs, solely John Wolford, Sam Ehlinger, Skylar Thompson, and Kyle Allen have been much less environment friendly.

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Happily, Rypien goes towards an especially susceptible Cardinals protection that ranks useless final in dropback success price. The Cardinals are additionally beatable on the bottom, so the Broncos should not be overly deprived by a sport plan that’s more likely to lean on the run and conceal Rypien.

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To his credit score, Nathaniel Hackett went pass-heavy for the second time all season towards the Chiefs. The Broncos posted a 5% PROE and a really aggressive 20% PROE on 1st-and-10. This got here only one week after they unsuccessfully tried to ascertain the run towards the Ravens. The Broncos are lastly experimenting with totally different sport plans to see if they’ll get one thing going.

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The Broncos are actually dealing with a Cardinals protection that’s the largest go funnel within the league. If Wilson clears the concussion protocol, the Broncos might lean into the go for the second straight week. Nonetheless, with Wilson extra more likely to miss this sport, it is arduous to think about the Broncos being aggressive with Rypien below middle.

However a minimum of goal quantity will stay condensed, with Courtland Sutton unlikely to play. With Sutton out towards the Chiefs, Jerry Jeudy went off for 8-73-3 on a team-leading 9 targets. He is a far much less thrilling play with Wilson out of the lineup, however he is in play as a deep league FLEX. And if Wilson goes, he ought to be in any lineups that you just thought-about placing him in final week.

Nonetheless, I ought to notice that Jeudy had an unimpressive 11% first-read goal price towards the Chiefs, seeing two fewer first-read targets than Greg Dulcich. And the great factor about Dulcich, after all, is that even when he flops, it’s going to have far much less impression in your fantasy roster than if Jeudy disappoints in a WR or FLEX spot.

One other good factor about Dulcich is that he’s focused deep downfield. His 12.7 aDOT is within the 98th percentile for tight ends. If you are going to guess on a participant in a sport with a 37 complete, it is best if he could make his day on solely a few performs.

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That’s not the case within the backfield, with Latavius Murray‘s enjoying time trending down. Murray was at only a 53% snap share in Week 14. With Mike Boone out, he might leap again into the 65% vary, however he is unlikely to be a real workhorse. The problem is that Marlon Mack is now concerned. Mack had a 32% snap share towards the Chiefs, and we will not blame the Broncos for in search of different solutions, given what Murray has performed for them this season.

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Patriots at Raiders, 4:05 PM Jap, Sunday

Patriots Implied Group Whole: 21.5

It has been a tough season for Mac Jones. As a rookie, Jones completed tenth in EPA per play, main the Patriots to the playoffs. However this season, he is fallen to thirty second in EPA per play. Happily, Jones has remained correct. He completed eighth in CPOE as a rookie and ranks eleventh this season. And during the last two seasons, Jones ranks fifth in CPOE among the many 32 quarterbacks with 600+ performs. His constant accuracy provides him hope for optimistic regression in the appropriate matchup.

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And if Jones is the appropriate matchup away from a extra environment friendly passing day, he will get the proper opponent this week. The Raiders rank thirty first in EPA allowed per dropback and twenty ninth in dropback success price. They’ve additionally had a reasonably simple schedule of opposing quarterbacks, which makes their incapacity to cease opposing passers much more troubling. As Baker Mayfield discovered final week, you do not even have to know the playbook to beat the Raiders by way of the air.

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The issue with the Patriots’ offense is that even when we all know they’re going to have success by way of the air, it is arduous to do a lot with that data. If Jakobi Meyers was wholesome, which may not be the case. Meyers has been the clear prime choice for New England this season. However with Meyers out of the lineup, it is tougher to mission the place targets will go. It does a minimum of appear very probably that Nelson Agholor and Tyquan Thornton will lead the group in route participation.

Agholor had a 100% route price towards the Cardinals, with Thornton at 97%. The rookie has struggled to earn goal quantity, with only a 1.19 anticipated YPRR. And he is performed little or no with the targets he has seen, producing only a 0.71 YPRR. However Agholor might be helpful if he is on the market for each route. He is most likely too skinny for fantasy lineups, however is in play for DFS.

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Within the backfield, Rhamondre Stevenson seems unlikely to play, however we should always see the return of Damien Harris. Harris is ready up pretty properly as a result of the Patriots ought to be capable of maintain the chains shifting this week. And whereas the Raiders are stronger towards the run than the go, they are often run on. Specifically, they rank simply twenty first in dashing success price. That is a perfect match for Harris, who has solely flashed as a constant yardage producer this season. He ranks RB7 in success price.

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Even with Stevenson out, Harris is unlikely to be the workhorse Stevenson was in latest weeks. However he ought to nonetheless get loads of early down work in a superb matchup for the offense, making him a viable RB2.

Raiders Implied Group Whole: 23

The Raiders are coming off a matchup with the Rams, top-of-the-line run defenses within the NFL. However head scratchingly, the Raiders refused to play to the defensive matchup. As an alternative, they tried to expire the clock for a complete soccer sport, pivoting to a -20% PROE, their lowest of the season. This can be a bizarre approach to play a robust run protection.

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And though the Raiders seemed semi-committed to the go to begin the season, final week was the continuation of a transparent development towards the run. The Raiders have posted a 0% PROE or beneath in 10 straight weeks. And so they have not had a optimistic PROE each total and on first down since Week 1.

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It is not arduous to think about how the Raiders will strategy a matchup with top-of-the-line go defenses within the league. The Patriots rank first in EPA allowed per dropback and first in dropback success price. Even when the Raiders had been an aggressive pass-happy offense, they may suppose twice about throwing this week. As a firmly run-heavy group, they are a sturdy guess to play conservatively right here.

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And though Mac Jones ought to be environment friendly this week, he most likely won’t be productive sufficient to push the Raiders off their offense of sport plan. Which means we should always see a heavy dose of Josh Jacobs as soon as once more.

Jacobs goes towards a Patriots protection that’s strong towards the run, rating ninth in EPA allowed per rush. Nonetheless, Jacob’s lock on quantity ought to reduce any issues about his effectivity. Even whereas enjoying by way of some minor accidents, Jacobs has posted a 75%+ snap share in 5 straight video games. And we will not rule out a extremely environment friendly outing for Jacobs, who has been wonderful this season.

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Rating RB8 in RYOE / try and RB6 in breakaway yards per sport, Jacobs has proven some actual explosiveness. He is greater than only a guess on quantity. Jacobs remains to be locked in as an elite working again regardless of an imperfect matchup.

And regardless of a really tough passing matchup, Davante Adams additionally stays an elite play. Adams leads the NFL with a 32% goal share and ranks second with a 43% air yard share. He has the most important share of any passing offense, with a league-leading 0.79 WOPR. And Adams’ success has been pushed by his capacity to get open. He has a 94th percentile open rating, rating behind solely Tyler Lockett, A.J. Brown, Diontae Johnson, and Stefon Diggs. Going through Bill Belichick, Adams could be very more likely to see further defensive consideration. Nevertheless it’s not like different groups have not considered that. He is seeing double protection on 25% of his routes, an 87th-percentile price. Adams is an elite play each single week.

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Titans at Chargers, 4:25 Jap, Sunday

Titans Implied Group Whole: 21.75

Going through the Jaguars in Week 14, the Titans had been in a matchup that clearly known as for elevated passing quantity. And the Titans did not fully ignore the matchup. Positive, they had been nonetheless run-first, however they established it lower than regular.

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This week, the Titans can get again to fundamentals. They’re dealing with a Chargers protection that’s horrible towards the run. Los Angeles ranks twenty sixth in dashing success price, twenty ninth in EPA allowed per rush, and thirtieth in PFF’s run protection grades. Mike Vrabel will not precisely be racking his mind to determine this week’s sport plan.

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And Henry shall be helped out by the very fact the Chargers will not be significantly good towards the go. They rank fifteenth in EPA allowed per dropback and 14th in dropback success price. Most notably, the Chargers wouldn’t have a go rush. They rank simply twenty eighth in PFF’s go rush grades and twenty fifth in fast stress price, so Tannehill ought to have extra time to throw than regular. However this being the Titans, we all know {that a} good day for Tannehill is extra purpose to be enthusiastic about Henry. They need to be capable of reestablish their basic dynamic of a giant play working sport with a low-volume however environment friendly play motion passing sport.

Derrick Henry hasn’t been as spectacular as he was at his game-breaking peak, however he nonetheless is flashing big-play upside. Henry ranks RB7 in breakaway yards per sport and RB1 in YPRR. He might simply shred this Chargers’ protection. You possibly can guess towards Henry having a giant day towards a horrible run protection in mid-December if you would like, however I am not going to.

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Tannehill has really been fairly respectable this season, rating fifteenth in EPA per play and thirteenth in CPOE. His play has been just like Kirk Cousins. However Tannehill will not see his play elevated by a celebrity receiver. He does not have Justin Jefferson—and this week, he will not even have Treylon Burks. Burks is ready to overlook his second sport with a concussion, forcing the Titans to lean on Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and Robert Woods.

The wild factor about Woods’ lack of manufacturing is that Westbrook-Ikhine has been seen further defensive consideration at a a lot increased price than Woods. So Woods is not even incomes a lot respect from opposing defenses, but he nonetheless is not producing with only a 1.19 YPRR. Westbrook-Ikhine has been barely worse at 1.17. Neither receiver seems fantasy related.

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However Chig Okonkwo is unquestionably flashing some target-earning capacity. He has an ultra-elite 2.58 anticipated YPRR and is delivering an elite 2.04 YPRR—which leads the group. He stays in play as a good finish choice. This can be a tougher passing matchup than the Jaguars, however the Titans may be scoring extra factors, making it an identical spot to final week. Sadly, Okonkwo is splitting time with Austin Hooper. Actually, the rookie had simply 52% route participation final week with Cooper at 59%. This makes Okonkwo a really dangerous play. Nonetheless, the dearth of different weapons within the offense ought to maintain him concerned. If the Titans put up factors by way of the air this week, he ought to be a part of the enjoyable.

Chargers Implied Group Whole: 24.75

Justin Herbert has totaled 702 yards over his final two video games however we’re nonetheless not glad. He is thrown for just one TD in every outing, and regardless of piling up yards he hasn’t been that environment friendly. In opposition to two susceptible go defenses, Herbert was simply nineteenth in EPA per play during the last two weeks. That is not significantly better than his twenty second rating for the season.

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Happily, Herbert will get one other simple matchup this week towards a Titans protection that ranks twenty sixth in EPA allowed per dropback. And we may also be assured that Herbert could have passing quantity. As a result of the Titans are an excessive go funnel. Opponents are averaging a 4% PROE towards them and are shifting 4% to the go. They’re doing so to keep away from a run protection that ranks first in EPA allowed per rush and first in dashing success price.

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The Chargers have been a pass-first group this season. However their dedication to the go has not all the time come from a place of energy. Just like the Buccaneers, they typically want to go the ball to remain in video games and have not fought towards that kind of sport script. As an alternative, they’re leaning into it. Nonetheless, they are not dictating the go to their opponents like we have seen from the Bengals and Payments.

 

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However this sport ought to be a bit totally different now that Herbert has his weapons again for the second straight week. With Mike Williams and Keenan Allen within the lineup towards the Dolphins, the Chargers had been very aggressive about passing the ball. They posted a 14% PROE and a 12% PROE on 1st-and-10. And so they had been pass-heavy in a sport that they led all through. It is an important signal for a way they may play this week.

And the offense does make much more sense with everybody wholesome. Mike Williams and Josh Palmer had aDOTs of 15.7 and 15.3, working as true deep threats. Neither participant was focused at a excessive price however each racked up air yards. Williams posted a 35% air yard share, with Palmer at 34%. This helped open up house beneath, permitting Keenan Allen to see 13 targets and a team-leading 28% goal share. Austin Ekeler was additionally part of the sport plan beneath, seeing eight targets.

Hopefully, the Titans’ protection will proceed listening to Mike Williams… as a result of he is not getting open. He has an open rating in simply the twenty eighth percentile. But when Williams can assist draw defensive consideration and liberate Allen, we are able to work with that. Allen is not getting open all that properly both, rating forty eighth percentile in open rating. However with Williams drawing protection and a high-volume passing matchup on faucet, Allen seems like a low-end WR1. Williams has extra of a boom-bust profile however nonetheless seems like a WR2 in a plus matchup.

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Gerald Everett seems like a TD-dependent guess. There’s solely a lot good that further dropbacks will do for Everett, who has route charges of simply 63% and 66% during the last two weeks. He’s a part-time tight finish.

Austin Ekeler clearly stays a locked-in elite play. A extra purposeful passing sport will imply loads of targets for Ekeler. And truthfully, a tough dashing matchup is an effective factor as a result of it’s going to maintain Ekeler’s involvement primarily to the passing sport. Ekeler has not been environment friendly as a rusher this season however has remained electrical as a receiver, rating RB5 in YPRR.

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Bengals at Buccaneers, 4:25 Jap, Sunday

Bengals Implied Group Whole: 24

Solely three groups this season are aggressively pass-heavy: the Chiefs, Payments, and Bengals. Positive, the Chargers, Dolphins, Seahawks, Buccaneers, and Vikings all have a PROE of a minimum of 3%. Subsequently, you may make a case that each one of them ought to be thought-about pass-heavy groups. Nonetheless, these groups are usually flowing with the sport script relatively than forcing the difficulty and persistently dictating a pass-heavy sport script. That’s very true of the Buccaneers.

Then again, the Bengals are enjoying lots just like the Payments. They’ve an anticipated go price just like the Cowboys and 49ers. But they’ve been passing way more typically, indicating a transparent dedication to the passing sport.

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That dedication ought to turn out to be useful this week towards a Buccaneers protection that’s higher towards the go than the run however is not an elite protection on both entrance. The Buccaneers rank ninth in EPA allowed per dropback and ninth in success price. They’re a succesful go protection however not a shutdown one. Tampa Bay is extra susceptible on the bottom, rating twentieth in EPA allowed per rush. However they rank a good tenth in dashing success price and will not be the kind of protection the place establishing the run is a no brainer.

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In different phrases, that is an ambiguous matchup. Nonetheless, the Buccaneers’ lack of a go rush gives some key perception into how this matchup may unfold. The Bengals’ capacity to guard Joe Burrow is the Achilles heel of their offense. The Bengals rank twenty eighth in PFF’s go blocking grades and permit fast pressures on the 18th highest price. However the Buccaneers are unlikely to punish them for these weaknesses. They rank twenty ninth in PFF’s go rush grades and twenty third in fast stress price. The Bengals won’t be afraid of the Buccaneers’ strong protection skills. If Burrow can dropback at a excessive price with out being harassed, he is a good guess to win towards the Tampa Bay secondary.

And once more, if Burrow is properly protected, the Bengals ought to be very prepared to lean into an aggressive sport plan. Burrow has been wonderful this season, and never simply on a per-play foundation. His capacity to ship effectively on high-volume places him simply barely beneath the highest quarterbacks this yr. Burrow ranks fifth in EPA per sport behind Patrick Mahomes, Jalen Hurts, Josh Allen, and Tua Tagovailoa.

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His capacity to take full benefit of this matchup will partially rely upon whether or not Tee Higgins can play a couple of snap. Higgins has been restricted in observe this week, and Zac Taylor‘s Week 14 shenanigans make it powerful to belief Higgins towards the Buccaneers. However his presence on the sector ought to be a giant enhance for the offense. And on this matchup, he is price taking the danger on as a WR3. However Higgins’ profile is way much less thrilling than Ja’Marr Chase‘s.

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Chase seems arrange for a spike week. Groups are desperately attempting to take him away, however it’s merely not working. Chase leads the NFL with a 35% double protection price, but he has an open rating within the 87th percentile. It is not like Chase will actually see any extra double protection than he already is that if Higgins and Boyd (finger) are restricted.

Actually, if Higgins is proscribed, Chase’s targets might spike. The participant monitoring information point out that Chase has not struggled to get open this yr, but he doesn’t see targets at a excessive price in double protection. For instance, Cooper Kupp was double-teamed on 30% of his routes this yr, however Matthew Stafford was nonetheless feeding him targets in double protection. Kupp had a 27% goal price when seeing further defensive consideration, which is simply barely lower than the 28% goal price he had total. The distinction is far bigger for Chase, who has a 17% goal price towards double protection in comparison with a 24% goal price total. This most likely says extra in regards to the Bengals’ offense than about Chase, on condition that we all know Chase is getting open. Usually, Joe Burrow does not should pressure the ball to Chase. He has one other nice downfield receiving choice in Higgins. However when Higgins is not proper, like final week, targets can funnel to Chase in a giant means. Chase is coming off a sport the place he noticed 15 targets, with a first-read goal on 43% of his routes. If Higgins is not at full energy, the Bengals won’t fiddle; Chase will see all the quantity he can deal with as a part of an offense that will construct its sport plan across the go.

In fact, if Higgins is not wholesome, the Bengals will not be as taken with a pass-heavy sport plan. That will be excellent news for Joe Mixon, who ran three fewer routes than Samaje Perine towards the Browns. Mixon’s enjoying time was a bit regarding; he had a 58% snap share, with Perine at 43%. But when the Bengals get issues occurring the bottom, Mixon ought to be wonderful. He had 14 carries to Perine’s 4 final week and will have a snug lead in share of group makes an attempt. The larger concern for Mixon is that Perine will reduce into his targets. He noticed solely two targets towards the Browns, with Perine stealing three. With the Bengals as 3.5-point favorites, he has sufficient TD fairness to make him a low-end RB1. Nonetheless, Mixon has been extra spectacular as a receiver than as a rusher this season. With danger that Perine sees the identical receiving utilization as final week in a pass-heavy sport plan, Mixon profiles as extra of a high-end RB2 than an RB1.

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Buccaneers Implied Group Whole: 20.5

2001 was the primary yr I severely adopted the NFL. Rising up in Delaware, I gravitated to the story of Rich Gannon, the previous College of Delaware quarterback, who had emerged as a high-end starter in his late 30s and would go on to win the MVP the next season. Gannon’s Raiders completed 10-6 that season and traveled to New England the face the Patriots. (You see the place that is going). The Raiders’ promising season ended when this was dominated an incomplete go.

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I wasn’t precisely cheering alongside the best way as Brady went on to cement his standing as the very best to ever do it. That is all to say that I didn’t count on to be defending Brady 20+ years later. However right here we’re.

However earlier than I defend him… Brady has not performed properly this season. Age lastly (lastly) appears to be catching up with him. His missed throws are piling up this season, which final week highlighted.

Brady ranks solely twenty first in EPA per play and twenty second in CPOE. He is been completely common by way of effectivity and accuracy this season. Provided that we have seen heavy contributions from backup quarterbacks this yr, common quarterback play is just not good.

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However… although Brady’s play has fallen off significantly from final yr, there isn’t any purpose for the Buccaneers’ offense to be fairly as unhealthy as it’s. The Buccaneers rank 14th in EPA per dropback however are simply twenty first in EPA per play—as a result of they rank simply thirty first in EPA per rush. Brady’s play hasn’t been excellent, however he isn’t being helped out by his offense.

To Todd Bowles‘ and Byron Leftwich‘s credit score, they deserted the run towards the 49ers. They posted a 9% PROE and a 13% PROE on 1st-and-10. It was a really logical strategy towards a protection that’s extraordinarily sturdy towards the run and in a sport script the place they had been trailing badly. However the Buccaneers’ dedication to the go has been intermittent. And so they have been particularly inconsistent on first down. Earlier than Week 14, they’d a detrimental PROE on first down in 4 consecutive video games.

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And it is not simply that the Buccaneers are incorporating a extremely inefficient run sport—the best way they’re doing additionally it is weird. The Buccaneers are passing out of the shotgun on 84% of their performs. Within the fashionable NFL, that is really not a high-end price. They rank twelfth in shotgun price this season and are properly beneath the league-leading Cardinals (94%), Eagles (93%), and Bengals (92%). So Brady is below middle a good quantity, by immediately’s requirements.

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With that in thoughts, you may count on a heavy dose of first-down dashing makes an attempt to be establishing a heavy dose of play motion passing. Nope. The Buccaneers are going by way of quite a lot of hassle to ascertain the specter of the run. With that menace established… they’re doing nothing with it. Brady ranks useless final in play motion price this season.

Play motion is just not the be-all and end-all of offensive success. Joe Burrow ranks thirty fourth in play motion price this yr, and the Bengals are doing simply wonderful. Nonetheless, the Bengals have additionally absolutely dedicated to the shotgun offense and aggressive pass-heavy sport plans. The Bengals have deserted the run faux, however they’re setting their passing sport up for fulfillment in different methods. The Buccaneers appear afraid to totally decide to the passing sport, but additionally they refuse to fake to run the ball. They solely run the ball for actual. And so they do it poorly.

With these tendencies in thoughts, this matchup might get the Buccaneers into hassle. The Bengals rank seventh in EPA allowed per dropback and eighth in dropback success price. They’ve a really strong go protection. They’re weaker towards the run, rating twenty second in EPA allowed per rush and twentieth in dashing success price. Nonetheless, the Bengals will not be terrible towards the run. It might make much more sense for the Buccaneers to lean into their very own strengths relatively than enjoying the matchup, however their play-calling tendencies level within the different path.

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If the Buccaneers implement a run-first strategy this week, it is arduous to see them discovering any effectivity, even in a superb matchup. Leonard Fournette hasn’t been a catastrophe by way of his consistency; he ranks RB28 in success price. However his capacity to generate explosive performs or break tackles has been an abject failure. He ranks simply RB47 in breakaway yards per sport. Solely Cam Akers, Melvin Gordon, and Samaje Perine rank decrease.

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Nonetheless, it is not like Rachaad White has been any higher. He ranks RB35 in RYOE / try, and solely Kenyan Drake ranks decrease in elusive ranking.

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Each backs desperately want the Buccaneers to cease handing them the ball and begin throwing extra. White’s RB16 rating in YPRR factors to some upside as a go catcher, as does Fournette’s RB18 rating. Sadly, it is arduous to belief the Buccaneers to lean into the go except pressured into comeback mode by Joe Burrow. With snaps more likely to be break up once more, White and Fournette each profile as dangerous PPR accumulation performs.

I’ve made it clear that Tom Brady is just not being helped out by his coaches. However he additionally is not getting a ton of assist from his receivers. Rachaad White is his solely receiver with an open rating within the eightieth percentile or above for his place. And, clearly, with the ability to get open as a working again is just not as helpful as getting open as a large receiver.

And Brady’s broad receivers have actually struggled to get open. Mike Evans ranks thirty sixth percentile, Chris Godwin ranks twenty seventh, Scotty Miller ranks twenty fourth, and Julio Jones ranks second percentile. Solely A.J. Inexperienced ranks decrease in open rating than Jones. They got here in collectively… and so they’re going out collectively. Russell Gage has proven slightly promise, rating within the 63rd percentile, and will assist the offense if Julio Jones misses the sport with a knee damage. Nonetheless, Gage has route charges of simply 33% and 38% during the last two weeks. He might not even be on the sector. The shortcoming to get open helps clarify why each Buccaneers receiver has posted an unimpressive YPRR this yr. Brady’s falloff in play additionally bears some duty.

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Chris Godwin and Mike Evans stay WR3 performs, however they’re higher as volume-based performs. With that in thoughts, Godwin seems just like the extra fascinating choice. He has a 24% goal price to Evans’ 19%. If the Buccaneers are passing closely from behind, Godwin shall be a giant a part of the motion. Nonetheless, if the Buccaneers are conservative this week, Evans’ 13.9 aDOT provides him an opportunity to hit large performs even in a low-volume sport surroundings. However each gamers aren’t thrilling choices this week.

 

Giants at Commanders, 8:20 Jap, Sunday

Giants Implied Group Whole: 18

The final time Daniel Jones performed the Commanders, it did not go nice. He ranked twenty fourth in EPA per play regardless of being extremely correct, with the third-highest CPOE of Week 13. Accuracy has really been a energy for Jones this season; he ranks seventh in CPOE. Nonetheless, his effectivity has not been spectacular, rating simply 18th in EPA per play. He is been strong this season, however he might battle on this rematch.

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There is a purpose why Jones did not play very properly towards the Commanders. Their protection could be very sturdy towards each the go and the run, rating eighth in EPA allowed per dropback and second in EPA allowed per rush.

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This can be a significantly lethal mixture towards the Giants, who lean on the run sport to maintain the chains shifting. The Giants have spent quite a lot of time in sport scripts that usually result in a excessive quantity of passing makes an attempt. However that’s not how the Giants have performed issues. Equally to the Raiders, Packers, and Saints, the Giants have been combating towards a excessive anticipated go price. New York ranks twenty first in go price regardless of the fifth-highest anticipated go price.

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This protection is robust sufficient to punish the Giants for prioritizing the run, which is how they ended up scoring simply 20 factors in a sport that went over time. Happily, the Giants will a minimum of have Saquon Barkley nearer to full well being this week; Barkley has been practising in full. However Barkley has been unpredictable this season. He ranks simply RB33 in success price and is not breaking tackles very properly, rating RB39 in elusive ranking. Barkley can nonetheless hit spectacular performs with the very best of them, rating RB4 in breakaway yards per sport. However his explosion has been fairly middling on a per-attempt foundation, as evidenced by his RB18 rating in RYOE / try.

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This is not essentially the most logical spot for Barkley to have a giant sport, however his profile type of defies logic in a way. The guess with Barkley is for him to tear off a couple of large runs, so we solely want issues to conspire in his favor on a few performs. And truthfully, that may occur in any setting. He stays a high-end RB2 regardless of the tough matchup.

The passing sport is far much less fascinating, significantly since targets appear to be spreading out a bit. Over the past three weeks, Darius Slayton has seen goal charges of 18%, 21%, and 9%. He nonetheless seems like the highest choice in New York, however Richie James and Isaiah Hodgins are starting to chop into his goal share. Given that it is the fantasy playoffs, you probably have higher choices at broad receiver. Though, if James misses the sport with a concussion, Slayton has been environment friendly sufficient to be fascinating.

Daniel Bellinger additionally seems like an unsure guess at tight finish. The rookie ran a route on solely 60% of dropbacks final week as a result of a ribs damage. If he is restricted in any respect towards the Commanders, will probably be an issue. Bellinger has not been spectacular on a per-route foundation.

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Commanders Implied Group Whole: 22.5

Like Daniel Jones, Taylor Heinicke struggled in Week 13. Nonetheless, there’s purpose to be optimistic for the Commanders’ quarterback of their rematch with the Giants. As a result of whereas Jones shall be dealing with a tough Commanders protection, Heinicke will get a really susceptible Giants protection. The Giants rank simply twenty fifth in EPA allowed per dropback and rank useless final in PFF’s protection grades.

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Even higher, the Giants are additionally weak towards the run, rating thirtieth in EPA allowed per rush. That is nice information for the Commanders who will not be seeking to function their quarterback. Issues have not fallen off the rails with Heinicke at quarterback, however he has not been good. He ranks simply twenty fifth in EPA per play. The Commanders’ determination to stay with Heinicke over Carson Wentz says extra about Wentz than Heinicke.

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However although the Commanders are dedicated to Heinicke as their starter, they aren’t dedicated to the passing sport. The Commanders have a -5% PROE, which is the twenty fifth highest within the league. They’re much less run-heavy on first down, with a -3% PROE, however they are not fairly to the Lions’ stage of prioritizing the go on 1st-and-10. Heinicke has a superb likelihood of being environment friendly right here, however that effectivity can be as a counterpunch to the Commanders’ working sport.

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If the Commanders had a single lead again, he would seem like a high-end RB2 on this matchup, on the very least. Nonetheless, the Commanders appear to be unwilling to feed certainly one of their backs. Antonio Gibson led the backfield with a 49% snap share in Week 13, with Brian Robinson at 47%. The week earlier than, Brian Robinson led the best way with a 40% snap share. Neither again is exhibiting any explosion on the bottom this season. With that in thoughts, Gibson is the marginally extra fascinating play, given his effectivity within the passing sport.

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Within the passing sport, Terry McLaurin is clearly one of the simplest ways to guess on an environment friendly day from Heinicke. Though the rookie obtained in the long run zone final week, Jahan Dotson‘s anticipated quantity has not been spectacular this season, and he is underperforming it in addition. McLaurin has a way more spectacular 1.89 anticipated YPRR and is performing barely above expectations. Furthermore, his 13.3 aDOT provides him the chance for giant performs, which is essential on a group that usually limits passing quantity.

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Rams at Packers, 8:15 PM Jap, Monday

Rams Implied Group Whole: 23.25

Baker Mayfield‘s first sport with the Rams was a enjoyable trip. And whereas he was in the end bailed out by a couple of penalties, Mayfield performed fairly properly. He ranked twelfth in EPA per play, delivering his second-most environment friendly efficiency of the season.

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However Mayfield was nonetheless concerningly inaccurate, rating twentieth in CPOE. Accuracy has been an issue for Mayfield all season, rating useless final in CPOE. So it is arduous to get too enthusiastic about Mayfield shifting ahead. And odds are the Rams have additionally stored issues in perspective. They’re dealing with a Packers protection that ranks simply thirty first in EPA allowed per rush and thirty second in success price. So relatively than leaning on their new beginning quarterback, they’re more likely to lean closely on the run and assault the Packers the place they’re the weakest.

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Sadly, even in a superb matchup, it is powerful to know what we are going to get from the Rams backfield. Three weeks in the past, Kyren Williams performed 71% of snaps. The next week, Cam Akers performed 72% of snaps. Final week we had a three-way break up, with Akers seeing 42% of snaps, Williams 30%, and Malcolm Brown 28%. Akers seems like the very best guess for taking part in time however given how unhealthy he is been the season, that doesn’t make him a superb guess for fantasy.

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And whereas seeing Mayfield lead the Rams to a win was enjoyable, I do not advocate betting on any of his broad receivers this week. Van Jefferson led the group with 100% route participation towards the Raiders, with Ben Skowronek at 90% and Tutu Atwell at 63%. However Atwell had by far the very best goal price (35%), with Skowronek at 22% and Jefferson at simply 10%.

Atwell has been type of a goal magnet when on the sector, with an elite 27% goal price on an ultradeep 21.7 aDOT. He is means too skinny for playoff fantasy lineups, however have at it, showdown sickos.

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For precise fantasy lineups, Tyler Higbee is the one viable choice. He ran a route on 73% of dropbacks towards the Raiders however noticed simply three targets. Are we certain we’d like the tight finish place in fantasy?

 

Packers Implied Group Whole: 23.25

The Packers will not be the group we thought they had been going to be. Aaron Rodgers has fallen off dramatically with out Davante Adams, rating simply twenty third in EPA per play and nineteenth in CPOE. He is been fancy Mitch Trubisky.

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To be honest, Rodgers’ play has improved over his final 4 video games. However even over that span, he hasn’t been nice, rating thirteenth in EPA per play, simply behind Ryan Tannehill. And whereas Rodgers’ play is enhancing considerably, the Packers’ offense of strategy has not shifted. They continue to be a totally run-heavy group. The Packers have a -4% PROE this season and a -7% PROE on 1st-and-10. They’ve been extra run-heavy than the 49ers.

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And this offensive strategy is not a relic from their early-mid season struggles. If something, the Packers are shifting towards the run. They’ve posted a PROE of -5% or beneath in every of their final 4 video games. For those who’re hoping for a extra aggressive Packers offense, it is positively a priority to see that Rodgers’ improved play has coincided with this strategy. This makes it much less probably the Packers will shift towards the go out of their bye week.

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However this matchup will reveal simply how dedicated to the bit the Packers are. The Rams rank sixth in EPA allowed per rush, third in dashing success price, and first in PFF’s run protection grades. Going run-heavy towards them is actually the one approach to lose to the Rams.

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Solely the Falcons (-11%), Cowboys (-16%), Panthers (-16%), and Raiders (-20%) have had a PROE of -4% or decrease towards the Rams. All however the Cowboys misplaced the sport. The Cardinals have the dishonor of being the one group to lose to the Rams with out taking pictures themselves within the foot with a run-heavy sport plan.

And to be sincere, the Packers might blow it right here. They’ve repeatedly been overly conservative in spots that decision for aggressive play-calling. That is how they’ve managed to lose so many middling groups. In addition they have a historical past of conservative play that dates again properly earlier than this season. Granted, the Rams are worse than middling, however I place confidence in Matt LaFleur to make this nearer than it ought to be.

However even when the Packers flip in one other irritating efficiency, we should always have quantity within the backfield. That shall be welcome, particularly since Aaron Jones might see restricted snaps as he returns from an ankle damage. Jones has been environment friendly sufficient to make some noise on this matchup so long as he will get sufficient alternatives. Jones has been very constant this season, rating RB5 in success price. He is additionally run properly total, rating RB14 in RYOE / try. And the great factor about Jones’ profile is that if the Packers assault this matchup by way of the air… all the higher. Jones ranks RB6 in goal share and RB14 in YPRR. He is a high-end RB2, as a guess that the Packers lean into the matchup.

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And the Packers actually ought to lean into this matchup. It is not simply that the Rams are sturdy towards the run; they’re weak towards the go. Rodgers should not have any hassle delivering an environment friendly day towards a Rams protection that ranks twenty eighth in allowed EPA allowed per dropback. That is very true, on condition that he lastly has some playmaking capacity within the receiving sport.

Christian Watson has emerged because the clear prime choice within the Packers’ passing sport, with a robust 23% goal price and an elite 2.30 YPRR. Clearly, he is scoring touchdowns at will. However even simply his capacity to attract targets and generate yards, he seems like a star. The touchdowns are a bonus. And groups are treating Watson because the Packers’ prime receiver; he is been double-teamed on 24% of his routes in comparison with simply 18% for Allen Lazard. Watson hasn’t run as many routes as Lazard this season, however Lazard’s lead in route participation has been fully obliterated not too long ago. Watson ran a route on 94% of dropbacks in Week 13, with Lazard at 97%.

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Romeo Doubs will return to the lineup this week, which might shake issues up. However I don’t count on the Packers’ unimpressive Day 3 choose to interrupt the breakout of their second-round choose. Doubs has positively exceeded his draft day expectations and earned enjoying time shortly. However he has not been excellent when on the sector, delivering a really poor 1.24 YPRR. He additionally ranks simply fortieth percentile in ESPN’s open rating. And that is with defenses hardly ever giving him further consideration; he ranks simply twentieth percentile in double protection price. Watson might be began with confidence. Even when the Packers play conservatively, his 14.6 aDOT units him as much as proceed delivering large performs downfield.

 

Sources

To write down this text I relied on the next stats, metrics and grades.

  • Anticipated Factors Added per Play (EPA/Play).

    • Effectivity metric based mostly on how a lot a play improved a group’s probability of scoring.

    • I take advantage of this metric primarily for QB effectivity, but in addition for defensive effectivity.

  • Completion Proportion Over Anticipated

  • Cross Fee over Anticipated

  • State of affairs Impartial Cross Fee

  • State of affairs Impartial Seconds per Play

    • Seconds between performs in impartial sport script.

    • Sooner play usually means extra performs, which gives extra alternative for fantasy scoring.

  • Adjusted Line Yards

  • Snaps and Snap Share

  • Goal Share and Air Yard share

  • Routes run per dropback

  • Yards Per Route Run

    • A YPRR of 1.8+ is nice and something 2+ is superb.

    • This metric is especially helpful for younger broad receivers whose position might develop on account of sturdy play.

    • It may additionally assist establish actually elite broad receivers.

    • It filters out in-game accidents and blowouts significantly better than goal share does.

  • Anticipated YPRR

  • Goal per Route Run

    • TPRR and Yards per Goal mix to make up YPRR.

    • TPRR is very helpful for tight ends.

    • TPRR is way more steady than YPT, so in small samples particularly, I might relatively know who’s drawing targets than what occurred afterward.

  • Anticipated Fantasy Factors.

  • Plenty of different PFF stats together with Time to Throw, Play Motion Fee, Stress Fee, Display screen Passes and Defensive Grades.

 

 

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