Th­ese 2 games will likely be high scor­ing

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Football - BY ALAN SATTERLEE Cor­re­spon­dent Alan Satterlee is in his sixth year of writ­ing about fan­tasy foot­ball for The Char­lotte Ob­server. Find him on Twitter at @Speed­kill­s_DFW.

Es­pe­cially when on the fence be­tween which play­ers to start, one way to break the tie is to look a game’s “over/un­der” and start play­ers in games ex­pected to be high-scor­ing. That’s es­pe­cially true this week with two games that look to likely gen­er­ate a ton of points (and fan­tasy points) in the At­lanta/ Tampa Bay game (an over/ un­der in the high 50s) and the New Eng­land/Kan­sas City game (an over/un­der near 60).

For starters, Tom Brady (New Eng­land) and Pa­trick Ma­homes (Tampa Bay) are slot­ted as the No. 1 and No. 2 quar­ter­backs in this week’s rank­ings.

James White (New Eng­land) has turned into an ev­ery-week starter, rank­ing as the No. 7 run­ning back on pace for 102 re­cep­tions, and he’s es­pe­cially a strong play this week against a Kan­sas City de­fense al­low­ing the sec­ond-most fan­tasy points to op­pos­ing run­ning backs.

Even Chris Hogan (New Eng­land), who has dis­ap­pointed, could sur­prise with a use­ful fan­tasy game. There should be plenty to go around against a Chiefs de­fense al­low­ing 343 pass­ing yards per game (sec­ond-most).

In the other spot­lighted game, this should be a get-right game for Matt Ryan (At­lanta) and the Fal­cons of­fense at home and against a Tampa Bay de­fense al­low­ing a league­high 34.8 points per game.

Julio Jones (At­lanta) is cer­tainly well over­due for a touch­down and this could be the week against a de­fense al­low­ing the sec­ond-most fan­tasy points to op­pos­ing wide re­ceivers, plus Jones had a huge game the last time he faced the Bucs with 12 re­cep­tions, 253 yards and two touch­downs.

Keep play­ing the hot­hand in Austin Hooper (At­lanta) who had nine re­cep­tions last week and this week will go against a Tampa Bay de­fense al­low­ing the most fan­tasy points to op­pos­ing tight ends.

Jameis Win­ston (Tampa Bay) re­turns un­der cen­ter and he should post strong num­bers mak­ing he and the Tampa re­ceivers strong starts in a likely shoot-out game where the 31st- and 32nd-ranked scor­ing de­fenses square off.


Baker May­field (Cleve­land) has av­er­aged just un­der 320 yards pass­ing in his two starts and he should be in store for an­other solid game at home in what should be a shoot-out game against Philip Rivers and the Charg­ers.

Isa­iah Crow­ell (N.Y. Jets) gets a bump in this week’s rank­ings com­ing off a mas­sive 219-yard rush­ing game and with an at­trac­tive home match-up against the Colts.

James Con­ner (Pitts­burgh) stays in the high­end run­ning back mix off a huge 185-yard game and go­ing against a Ben­gals de­fense al­low­ing 150 yards on the ground per game over its past three (sec­ond-most).

T.J. Yel­don (Jack­sonville) has av­er­aged 104 to­tal yards per game over his past three and will again get the lead role with Leonard Four­nette (ham­string) out.

Pitts­burgh has al­lowed 336.3 yards pass­ing over its past three (most in the NFL) and A.J. Green (Cincin­nati) his­tor­i­cally has huge games against the Steel­ers (Green av­er­ages 7.1 re­cep­tions and 101 yards in his past eight games against Pitts­burgh).

The Bron­cos’ re­ceivers should be busy likely in catch-up mode plus the Rams have al­lowed the most fan­tasy points to op­pos­ing wide re­ceivers over the past three weeks -- start Em­manuel Sand-

ers (Den­ver).


Ben Roeth­lis­berger (Pitts­burgh) his­tor­i­cally can have chal­lenges on the road and that’s es­pe­cially true at Cincin­nati where he’s av­er­aged just 241 yards pass­ing with 1.4 touch­downs over his ca­reer.

Com­ing off an epic six-touch­down game prior to the Week 5 bye week,

Mitchell Tru­bisky (Chicago) should come back to earth against a Dol­phins’ de­fense that al­lows the third-fewest fan­tasy points to op­pos­ing quar­ter­backs.

Though Kenyan Drake (Mi­ami) fi­nally got in­volved in the Dol­phins’ game plan last week, and re­sponded with seven re­cep­tions and a score last week, he gets ar­guably the league’s tough­est de­fense this week and the Bears are the only team not to al­low a rush­ing touch­down this sea­son.

John Brown (Bal­ti­more) still has some ap­peal given his vol­ume and abil­ity to hit on any one play though this game looks to be low-scor­ing against two de­fenses ranked in the top four of points al­lowed per game and Ten­nessee is only al­low­ing 210 yards pass­ing per game (3rd-fewest).

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