With only two remaining undefeated teams going into week four, no team looks exceptionally dominant. Players throughout the league are having big games seemingly at random. Khalil Herbert was last week’s surprise standout, who will take the mantle this week? I’m joined by fellow TWSN analyst and writer, Nader Assaf, who’ll be giving his predictions for the weekly statistical leaders going forward as well.
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals, Quarterback – Dash
It’s the first appearance of the white tiger in Cincinnati this week. I expected it to be a huge debut for the jerseys, and a giant game for Joe Burrow. Burrow looked back to his old self in week three and going up against the high scoring Miami Dolphins, I expect a fiery shootout in which Burrow will drop 430 yards and four scores.
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals, Quarterback – Nader
Joe Burrow needed last week’s victory over the Jets to remind everyone that he can certainly ball out like any other quarterback in the league. Even with his star receiver, JaMarr Chase, having a tough week, the Bengals field general was able to put up a quiet, yet solid performance that should definitely help him gain confidence going into week four. A prime time matchup against the Miami Dolphins, who’ve let up the second most passing yards per game this season at 310.33, should definitely see Burrow have another great performance. The defending AFC Champs need to begin to pick up steam, and a big win on Thursday Night Football would be huge. I predict a 300+ yard and three touchdown performance from Burrow.
Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns, Running Back – Dash
Coming off a tremendous week three, the so far up and down Chubb will go off against the poor Atlanta Falcons defense. The Browns are still rocking with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback so the run game should continue to be the focus. Chubb could easily score three times if he gets the ball instead of Kareem Hunt when they reach the redzone. If not, I still expect 120+ yards and a score or two.
Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts, Running Back – Nader
Jonathan Taylor is bound to have an elite performance against a lackluster Titans run defense that ranks towards the bottom of the league as a unit. Taylor is currently the PPR RB10 overall in fantasy, with two bad performances in a row, combining less than 20 points against the Jaguars and Chiefs. When you’re as capable and talented as the Wisconsin product, your going to pick it up eventually. It’s nowhere near crazy to say that Taylor will total 140 rushing yards and two touchdowns this weekend.
Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills, Wide Receiver – Dash
Why the Bills vs. Ravens game isn’t a primetime game is beyond me, because this will be a shootout. The Ravens are the highest scoring team through three weeks and the Bills the third. The Ravens secondary had a major meltdown against the Dolphins and I expect the same this week. Diggs is an elite receiver who will take advantage of the Baltimore secondary in a major way. 160 yards and two scores sounds about right to me.
Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills, Wide Receiver – Nader
Stefon Diggs is the definition of an elite wide receiver. He has everything you want in a pass catcher. This week, he plays the Ravens in a clash between two of the best offenses in the NFL. The Ravens secondary have seriously struggled to start the year, and if Diggs is able to continue the trend he’s been following to start the year, I expect a 130 yard, two-touchdown performance.
Khalil Mack, Los Angeles Chargers, Edge Rusher – Dash
Mack will have a monster game against a very weak Texans offensive line this week. Joey Bosa landed on the IR, leaving the Chargers with just one elite pass rusher. Mack will see double teams but that won’t matter. He’s been going up against that his whole career. He will exert his dominance on the Houston Texans and make Davis Mills’ life a lot worse on Sunday. I think two and a half sacks and a forced fumble sounds like a fitting day.
Alex Highsmith, Pittsburgh Steelers, Edge Rusher – Nader
Alex Highsmith, the current NFL sack leader at 4.5 so far, should take advantage of a favorable matchup against a below average Jets O-Line. With a record of 1-2, the Steelers need a win in fashion next week against a young team that really isn’t a threat to contention. Highsmith is destined to have a fantastic two-sack performance on Sunday.