As anyone who has played fantasy football knows, it’s good to know which way the wind blows. The ocean of fantasy assets stretches out before us and expands from horizon to horizon, making any thought of mapping it all out a daunting task. The NFC (or NF-Sea?) holds plenty of dark corners and treacherous pitfalls. It takes a true fantasy explorer to know how to navigate.

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here! Only the strong can survive and dead men tell no tales.

Each week, we brave souls enter the depths of the North, the East, the South, and the West, and send word as to what we find there. Is it treasure? Is it traps? Is it glory and victory?

We break it all down for you right now.

NFC North Preview

Mitch Lawson (@DFF_MitchLawson)

What to Watch For:

Is Mitchell Trubisky the Real Deal?

Trubisky has now had back-to-back high-end fantasy outputs, and he’ll look to prove that he’s legit this week against the Patriots. Trubisky was facing some appealing matchups in those two contests, so it will be interesting to see how he fares against the Pats. I like his chances to put up good numbers, and he’ll be worth a start for QB-needy teams.

Fantasy Impact Players:

Jordan Howard / RB / CHI

Howard has been struggling as of late, and part of that is due to the presence of Tarik Cohen. He’s also had some costly mistakes, fumbling at a critical moment last week. However, the Bears did let Howard back into the game, and he played really well after the gaffe. I think Howard finds the endzone this week and halts fantasy owners everywhere before they cut him.

Proj. 15 carries/95 Total Yards/ 1 TD

Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN

Dalvin Cook is practicing in full which likely means he is good to go. He has struggled to get his game going this year but will get his chance this Sunday to prove he’s still a reliable every-down back. He won’t get a massive workload, but he’ll see enough to boost his owners’ confidence

Projection: 13 carries / 80 Yards / TD


Sleeper Alert:

Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET

Oooooh the DEEPEST of sleepers. Both Riddick and Kerryon are nursing nagging injuries, and the Lions have an attackable matchup against the Dolphins. Abdullah might actually find himself in a position to put up fantasy points. I am writing this on Wednesday, so naturally, if both Riddick and Johnson are available then Abdullah isn’t viable. But if you have bench space, and he does get the start, he might just return some value for you.

Proj. 16 carries, 75 Yards, 1 TD


Game Predictions:

Vikings – 36 @ NY Jets – 13

Bears – 29 vs. Patriots – 28

Lions – 24 @ Dolphins – 10


NFC South Preview

Chris Smith (@Chrisheatcanes)

What to Watch For:

The NFC South is back in full swing this week with the Saints coming off a bye. Since Atlanta was the only team to get a win last week, the division lead still goes to New Orleans. And three teams play tough defenses this week, so there will be some hard-won fantasy points. So let’s dive in and see what we can find.

Fantasy Impact Players:

Mike Evans, WR, TB

As the go-to target for Tampa, you can expect Mike to have the same production as always. The Browns defense has been up-and-down, and more down as of late, giving up 95 points in the last three games.

Prediction: 7/89/1


Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR:

Kid Flash is what I call him, and if you watch Teen Titans Go! like I do you would definitely see the resemblance. He’s quick in the phone booth and runs like a machine like him, too. The Eagles had problems last week with Saquon Barkley, who has a similar running style with a bigger body, and he didn’t have the offensive line help that McCaffrey will.

Prediction:  Rushing 15/67/1 Receiving 7/70/1


Austin Hooper, TE, ATL

He was a sleeper last week who is available in 44% of fantasy PPR leagues, and if you don’t have him on your team, shame on you. He is a top ten tight end that should be on your roster. Expect him to have another big game since the Giants’ linebackers have been average at best.

Prediction: 6/89/2


Mark Ingram, RB, NO

This team has a lot of options, so I went back to the Bengals vs. Ravens game to see who had success against the Ravens’ defense. Downhill runner Joe Mixon went right through that defense and had a big game. As the Saints’ downhill runner, Ingram is a great pick.

Prediction: 18/90/2


Sleeper Alert:

Tre’Quan Smith, WR, NO

Have you ever heard of Wally Pipp? He was a power hitter for the Yankees who got injured and replaced by Lou Gehrig. Smith stepped in for Ted Ginn Jr. who got injured last game, and he had a really big game. Look for him to repeat his production, especially since the Ravens are weak at their third corner position.

Prediction: 4/67/1


Game Predictions:

Browns 20 Tampa Bay 27

Panthers 21 Eagles 27

Giants 35 Falcons 42    

New Orleans 27 Ravens 17


NFC East Preview

Chris Smith (@Chrisheatcanes)

What to Watch For:

The NFC East, oh my god can you feel the pressure? Tight as always, this division is starting to define itself. From the ground-and-pound in Dallas to the play-action king in Washington, this division is exciting to watch, to say the least. Let’s hope this continues and we get a tight race for the rest of the season. Let’s dive into the division of sad excitement.

Fantasy Impact Players:

Adrian Peterson/RB

He’s a legend. Expect him to get a lot of touches and be the most effective fantasy player for this team this week against the Cowboys, who have been average at best against the run.

Prediction: 18/108/1


Ezekiel Elliott/RB:

As we know, this is the Captain Obvious pick, so there’s no need to go into much detail. If you have him, start him

Prediction: 20/120/1


Cole Beasley/WR:

Yes, finally a wide receiver has emerged and he’s a slot receiver, which means he can exploit the weakness of the Redskins’ slot corner.

Prediction: 6/87/1


Alshon Jeffery/WR:

He’s the most-targeted wide receiver in the division since his return, so it’s just simple math. Start him and you should see production.

Prediction: 7/90/1


Zach Ertz/TE:

He is a top-five tight end, and what’s crazy is that there is a big separation after the top three. If you drafted this guy, you are smiling all the way to the fantasy bank.

Prediction: 6/56/2


Saquon Barkley/RB:

Since the Falcons’ defense is really bad, expect a big game from Saquon. There might be some broken ankles after the game as well.

Prediction: Rushing 18/120/1 Receiving 10/103


Odell Beckham/WR:

He will have a great game with Atlanta’s defense giving up points to every position. I expect Odell to explode in this game.

Prediction: 8/130/2


Sterling Shepard/WR:

This receiver has been pissed off at his output the last couple weeks. I think he’ll eat well against this defense, and we will see smiles all over the field Monday night.

Prediction: 6/87/1


Sleeper Alert:

Dak Prescott/QB:

He is my Dallas sleeper–with 83 yards rushing, the RPO Dallas Cowboys are in effect.

Prediction: 14/25 200 yds and 1 Touchdown, rushing 11/75/1


Nelson Agholor/WR:

This is my last sleeper for this division, and he’s a good one. He tends to get big yards when teams try to take away the top targets for Philly, so expect more of the same this week.

Prediction 4/78/1


Game Predictions:

Panthers 21 Eagles 27

Dallas 21 Redskins 24

Giants 35 Falcons 42    


NFC West Preview

Mitch Lawson (@DFF_MitchLawson)


What to Watch For:

Primary Beneficiaries of Kupp’s Targets: Cooks and Woods or Reynolds and Everett?

Cooper Kupp has apparently dodged a serious knee injury but is almost certainly going to at least miss week 7’s game against the 49ers. The big question for fantasy owners is “Where will his targets go?”. Both Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods have pretty steady workloads, but they could easily be tapped by McVay to handle more of the load. Or, will the absence of Kupp make Josh Reynolds or TE Gerald Everett a spot-start?

My money is on Woods and Cooks. But if you’re hard up for WR or TE help both Reynolds and Everett might pay dividends for at least one week.

Fantasy Impact Players:

Jared Goff, QB, LAR

Back-to-back bad games for Goff, whose owners desperately need a quality performance. Goff will get his chance against the 49ers in a prime divisional matchup. I expect him to let loose this game, putting up one of his best lines of the season.

Proj. 35-46, 440 Yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT


Christian Kirk, WR, ARI

Rookie Christian Kirk has been the beneficiary of Josh Rosen’s insertion in the lineup and subsequent improvement in each game he’s played. Kirk is shaping up as the WR1 in Arizona despite being pegged as a 2019 project for the Cardinals. He’ll look to maintain his trajectory against a strong Broncos secondary.

Projection: 7/80/1


Sleeper Alert:

Ricky Seals-Jones , TE, ARI

RSJ was able to put together a decent line in the Cardinals’ loss to the Vikings this week. He is getting the targets from Rosen, but the results just haven’t come yet. I definitely see him being a focal point against a strong Broncos D. I think RSJ will be able to secure enough catches and redzone targets to have himself a nice fantasy day.

Proj. 6/85/1 TD


Game Predictions:

Arizona – 24  vs. Denver – 17

LA Rams – 51 @ San Francisco – 24





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