Packers at Lions
This is more than a battle of backfields in which fantasy owners are tired of seeing the most talented runners sharing work with plodders. It’s the first game after perhaps Aaron Rodgers’ most pointed public criticism of Mike McCarthy’s play calling. Rodgers was none too pleased that Davante Adams and Jimmy Graham weren’t bigger parts of the game plan in Sunday’s 22-0 win over Buffalo. And depending on the status of Geronimo Allison (concussion) and Randall Cobb (hamstring), McCarthy might have no choice but to placate Rodgers — probably a good idea — and adjust. We already saw Aaron Jones lead not only Green Bay in rushing again but pace the backs in snaps for the first time since his rookie season.
Don’t hesitate: QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Davante Adams
Think twice (but it’s alright): RB Aaron Jones, WR Geronimo Allison*, TE Jimmy Graham
Chargers vs. Raiders
In our weekly reminder that the Raiders traded Khalil Mack, Oakland ranks 32nd in sack percentage, while the Chargers are No. 6 in protecting Philip Rivers. We don’t expect another clunker from Rivers’ receiving corps, not against an Oakland ‘D’ that’s surrendered five combined touchdowns to receivers over the past two weeks. Then again, the Raiders also made Cleveland’s two-headed backfield a thing for the first time, and no two-headed backfield has been better than the Chargers’ Melvin Gordon-Austin Ekeler monster. Fantasy options abound.
Don’t hesitate: QB Philip Rivers, RBs Melvin Gordon, WRs Keenan Allen
Think twice (but it’s alright): RB Austin Ekeler, WR Mike Williams
Panthers vs. Giants
The Panthers likely spent their bye watching Saints RB Alvin Kamara go scorched earth on Big Blue in his best day as a runner in the pros. But here’s a fun fact: The Giants ‘D’ has also surrendered the most rushing yards to quarterbacks, and Cam Newton checks in at No. 2 in QB rushing. Of course, you were already starting Newton and Christian McCaffrey; a contrarian play might be rookie TE Ian Thomas, whose opportunities have risen in all three starts since Greg Olsen’s injury, against a Giants ‘D’ that’s no longer historically bad covering tight ends but has permitted three explosive pass plays to the position over the past two games. After two more starting TEs were injured in Week 4, desperate times are here.
Don’t hesitate: QB Cam Newton, RB Christian McCaffrey
Think twice (but it’s alright): WR Devin Funchess, TE Ian Thomas