With 4 weeks of football in the books (for most teams) we now have some data to use when making our fantasy football lineups. I hope everyone is working the wire, scratching and clawing their way through and to the Fantasy Football Playoffs. Below are a few plays I like this week, specifically based on the matchup.
PITTSBURGH STEELER TE ERIC EBRON was brought into the Steel City to give QB Ben Roethlisberger a big body TE with high upside to complement Juju, Dionte & James Connor. So far in the 1st three games of his Steeler career (Week 4 canceled vs Tennessee due to Covid 19) the former Detroit Lion & Indianapolis Colt has seen his targets, receptions, and receiving yards all increase in each game so far, also coming away with his 1st TD of the 2020 season in week 3 vs Houston. This week Pittsburgh takes on the Eagles who are trying to make it two in a row after a somewhat impressive win at San Francisco last week. This matchup is looking good for Ebron considering Philly got mauled by 49ers TE George Kittle 15/183/1 last week. And if that’s not proof enough the Eagles are struggling with the TE position this year, remember Week 2 when LA Rams TE Tyler Higbee lit the scoreboard for 5/54/3. Go Ebron, Go Ebron, Go!
CAROLINA PANTHERS RB MIKE DAVIS has made a believer out of me! Davis has done a fantastic job since replacing the consensus #1 Overall pick in most Fantasy Leagues this year Christian McCaffrey. In the two games Mike Davis has started for Carolina he has totaled at least 90 scrimmage yards, caught at least 5 balls and scored in both contests. Playing for his 4th team in 6 years, Davis looks to pad his stats for one more game before welcoming back CMC. This week Carolina travels to Atlanta to take on the winless Falcons and a defense that ranks last in defending the RB. Atlanta is allowing the 2nd most receptions to RBs and 3rd most receiving yards. This game has an over feel to it with both defenses struggling to stop anyone with consistency & Davis can be in for a juicy stat line after this one is over.
BALTIMORE RAVENS WR MARQUISE BROWN has had a few “off weeks” and is looking to get back on track vs division rival Cincinnati in Week 5. QB Lamar Jackson and Brown were just inches off on, according to my count 5 big throws, 3 in which would have been walk-in TDs in the last 3 games. This week Brown will be going up against a Bengals secondary that has played pretty good vs the pass this year, with the exception of a 350 yard performance by Gardner Minshew in Week 4. What I find interesting for Brown in this matchup is that so far in 2020 every team to face Cincinnati has had their #1 WR score a TD, which should help Hollywood find the endzone for the 1st time this year.
NEW YORK GIANTS TE EVAN ENGRAM is on the verge of a breakout game.. I can feel it! The former 1st round pick out of the University of Mississippi is trying to fight through a rough start for he & his NYG mates. After losing All Pro RB Saquon Barkley to a knee injury in Week 2 vs Chicago, Daniel Jones and the Giants offense has yet to find a groove. Jones has failed to throw a TD pass since Week 1 vs Pittsburgh and hasn’t been able to generate more than 240 total yards of offense. Engram has been seeing a healthy number of targets however, averaging 7.5 per game but has yet to surpass 65 yards or score a TD. Enter the Dallas Cowboys Defense that has been damn near invisible to opposing offenses this year giving up 6+ catches per week, 60+ yards and a TD in 2 out of the last 3 games to Tight Ends. Considering Dallas ranks #1 in the NFL in overall pace & in all probability with the Giants playing from behind, Jones will be in passing situations often looking to Engram for the big play.