DOMINICK PETRILLO @ENVISIONFF
Much like the NFL is continually changing, so is this article. It has gone from a recommendation article to a mish match and finally to a review article.
Well, now it is going through another change as I have decided to make it more of an opinion piece with hopes of helping you win your fantasy leagues. So, let us take a crack at doing just this in the most recent incarnation of Tunnel Vision.
After Week 1, we were all concerned about the usage of David Montgomery as compared to Mike Davis. Seemingly in Week 2, this figured itself out as Montgomery got 18 rushes against the Broncos and the Bears pulled out a win. On a kick no less.
This week, the Bears take on a struggling Redskins team on Monday night. This means more good things for Monty as the Redskins defense is playing almost as bad as Mitchell Trubisky.
Chicago, if they want to make a playoff run this season, will need to do so on the back of their defense. This means a lot of the run game to keep the defense fresh enough to remain effective. David Montgomery is in store for a lot of work. This bodes well for his fantasy owners and his truthers coming out of the draft who had him above the likes of Josh Jacobs or Miles Sanders. All I can say is, fire him up and enjoy the ride.
So, what else in the NFL is as bad as the Washington team? Well, the Eagles pass defense. They cannot tackle. They had to cancel practice Tuesday to avoid more injuries, and they play a healthy Matthew Stafford this week.
Stafford threw for 385 yards against the Cardinals in the Lions first road game this season. The Philadelphia pass defense is not much better than the Cardinals. If he is on waivers, Matthew Stafford is a great stream this week and could be a top 10 quarterback in week 3. With DeSean Jackson out and Alshon Jeffrey trending the same, it is not inconceivable to start him over Carson Wentz in this matchup.
Kerryon Johnson is a top back for the rest of the season. But the Eagles have a great run defense. So, this one should be all Stafford all the time. Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay both should have good games, and you could even start T.J. Hockenson after a down game in Week 2 after a breakout in his first career game.
In two previous matchups against the Eagles in 2015 and 2016, Matthew has eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. These numbers should only improve this week as the Lions try to go into Philly and pull off an upset as the Eagles may be looking ahead to a Thursday night showdown in Green Bay against the Packers.
Finally, let’s take a look at some situations with backup quarterbacks and who this helps. Other then their opponents I mean.
The Steelers, Saints and it looks like the Panthers will all be starting backups in their games this week. And for the Steelers and Saints for many weeks to come. These injuries at the QB position will hurt the established stars for sure. But they are still stars, so you have to start them. But who does it help? The pass catchers are the answer.
In Arizona, they have given up 39% of all their pass yards to the tight end position. In week 1 Hockenson gained 128, and in Week 2 Mark Andrews had over 100 as well. You need to start Greg Olsen.
As for the Saints, this is a bit harder. Because it is Michael Thomas and no one else in the passing game, when the passing game suffers, start up the run game. This should really be a good week for Alvin Kamara out of the backfield. But who knows, maybe Jared Cook can actually get it together this week and help a bit. Please Jared, for me.
In Pittsburgh’s offense, it is an easy one for sure. Fire up James Washington.
He and Mason Rudolph played together for four seasons at Oklahoma State. They connected for over 4,300 yards and 33 touchdowns in Washington’s final three seasons as a full-time starter. So, what have they done since joining the league together? They have been the quarterback and wide receiver of the second-team offense in practice. This means not only do they have a connection from college but also practices as professionals. This should be a natural pitch and catch scenario and could win you a few weeks especially if you start Washington in DFS.
Hopefully, you liked the new incarnation of the article. Please let me know by commenting on it here or getting ahold of me on Twitter at @EnvisionFF.