1. QB Matt Ryan, ATL:
Atlanta’s Matt Ryan has managed only 3 touchdowns over the course of his last three games and things will not get any better with a visit from a punishing Lions pass defense. Ryan has been held in check by the Giants, Bears and Ravens and there's no reason to believe he can turn things around against Detroit's top rated defense. The Lions have been beating down quarterbacks all season long and the Falcons do NOT have an offensive line healthy enough to keep Ryan from getting his head handed to him. Get Ryan out of your lineups now, because the Falcons and Lions kick off at 9:30am EST on Sunday in jolly old England.
2. WR Alshon Jeffery, CHI:
Jeffery has a difficult match up ahead of him, as he will have to deal with the Patriots stout pass defense on Sunday. He will most likely be followed by elite cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, which should cause him to have a long day. As a unit, New England surrenders ONLY 208 passing yards per contest. Jeffery failed to make too much an impact last week as he was only able to put up a line of 2-9-0, while receiving 7 targets from quarterback Jay Cutler. Go with a better option if you can find one as Jeffery is likely to put up only middle of the pack WR3 numbers.
1. WR Torrey Smith, BAL:
Torrey Smith has started to produce at a much higher level as of late, and expect him to keep the ball rolling in Baltimore's Week 8 contest with Cincinnati. Over the last two weeks, Smith as gone off for 7-132-3, and he should have no trouble torching the Bengals again this week. The Bengals rank 27th in the league allowing 270.3 yards per game, leaving Torrey Smith and the rest of the receiving corps the opportunity to have a field day. Head Coach John Harbaugh stated that they were going to make an effort to get Smith more involved in the passing game about two and a half weeks ago, and that's what has happened. Smith can be used as a solid WR2 at Cincinnati.
2. RB Tre Mason, STL:
Running back Tre Mason has taken over the Rams backfield, and all signs point toward him getting the most touches from here on out. The rookie out of Auburn is coming off a solid 18-85-1 performance against an impressive Seahawks defense. This week, the Rams face off against a Chiefs defense that does very well against the pass, but struggles with the run. They rank 18th in giving up 117.7 rushing yards per game, and Mason should be able to put together a second straight impressive performance. Mason is a good fantasy football start option and can comfortably be used as an RB2 in standard fantasy formats.
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