Straight out the gate, I want to apologise for not writing for you last week. By the time I had gotten to the article time itself was up. Not good enough and I’m sorry. I’ll do my best to find the diamonds in the rough for you Rush Nation in the Week Nine WR/CB matchups ahead.
With no selections last week I’ll take the big fat L on the week and move on. Luckily for you, no selections meant there weren’t any bad calls. This also means however, there were no home run picks either.
Week Nine WR/CB matchups – The Selections
It’s no secret that the Vikings Defence is exploitable by opposing pass-catchers. The Rookie secondary has started to gel but is still allowing big plays and quick yardage. Under normal circumstances, Jones would be an automatic plug and play with Kenny Golladay out. However, this week our old chum COVID rears its ugly head and has sent Matt Stafford to the Corona list. Step up and hopefully onto your throws Chase Daniel.
In his three games last year Chase made just 59% of his throws and managed to find the end zone just three times, also being intercepted twice in the same period. Now whilst these appearances were in Chicago and not Detroit, it doesn’t smack of hyper-targeting Jones. I fear this could be the one big game for Hockenson and Jones might see his day vanish faster than a doughnut at tea time.
The Vikings aren’t getting too many sacks without beast pass rusher D Hunter but the Lions offensive line has been struggling so far this year too. Perhaps this is the week for the Purple People Eaters to feast and make Daniels uncomfortable. One shining light is the Vikings are the second-worst team in the league against opposing Wideouts but this isn’t one of the Week Nine WR/CB matchups that I would be targeting. Chase worries me that the volume won’t be there for the hype that Jones is receiving as the starting receiver.
There is something about this Football Team’s Defence that is cooking against opposing Wide Receivers this season. If I’m being brutally honest this one of the Week Nine WR/CB matchups that I’m fading totally if I can this week. With Golden Tate reportedly being benched and Devonta Freeman not playing the team is stripped down even more so on offence. A two-fold arrow down for the Giants as a whole.
My first concern for Slayton is the return of Sterling Shepard. Since he returned to the field two weeks ago he has posted 19.9 and 15.4 Fantasy Points per Game. With the return of Shep Dog, Slayton has recorded 4.3 and 10.6 respectively. Daniel Jones has looked shook recently and that’s the exact look that Chase Young and Ryan Kerrigan are wanting heading into this matchup. This is the same Daniel Jones that has thrown an interception in all but one game this year.
The Washington Defence is chomping at the bit to get into this game and rightly so. They are currently allowing a league third-fewest 132.7 yards to opposing Wide Receivers. Coupled with the league’s fewest points allowed to Wideouts at just 16 means a tough day in store for the Giants pass catchers. As a whole, The Football Team have allowed just 17 points in real life over the last two games and this matchup against Big Blue is as good as it gets for Ron Rivera’s men.
The battle of the running teams. The number of times that the rock will be moved back and forth across the ground cannot be understated in this affair. Is there anything more concerning to an opposing team than John Harbaugh in attack mode? To me, I don’t think so! The Ravens played well against the Steelers and perhaps could have gotten something out of that game. They roll into Indy to face a team that ranks dead last and third to last in fantasy points given up to opposing Quarterbacks and Running Backs. The Lamar bounce back game is coming and the above info is music to his rushing game. I’ve just convinced myself to play Jackson over Josh Allen this week.
The Ravens are allowing just 19 Fantasy Points per Game and going against a team that likes to run over pass means this again isn’t one of the Week Nine WR/CB matchups I’m looking at starting with Pascal. In fact, any of the Colts Wideouts are a risk. Rookie Michael Pittman Jr has been injured and T.Y. Hilton is doubtful to even play. With the Ravens and Colts locking horns and trying to both control the clock through the Running Backs either team’s WRs will be dangerous plays this week. If Marlon Humphrey has returned from the COVID list then he and Marcus Peters will once again choke the opposing pass catchers. Play any of these guys with caution.
It’s nice to be back writing these player write-ups rather than bullet points.
Until next week Rush Nation, Keep Rushing.