Joe Flacco, Quarterback, Baltimore Ravens
Joe Flacco has great matchup with a New Orlean Saints defense that has struggled to defend the passing game. The Saints are giving up more than 20 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, which ranks in the bottom five in terms fantasy production (the worst are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers).
Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Cleveland Browns
Baker Mayfield is in an offense under Hue Jackson and Todd Haley that likes to throw the ball near the first-down line, averaging 9.24 yards per attempt — which ranks in the top-5 of the National Football League. The No. 1 concern for the defense of the Tampa Buccaneers is their ability to defend the pass, especially in terms of the deep ball. Through six weeks, Tampa Bay’s defense is giving up a completion rate of 59 percent on throws of 10 or more yards, and the league average is 44 percent.
The Browns have been throwing the ball a lot lately, as Mayfield ranks No. 4 over the last three weeks in passing attempts. Mayfield has a chance to have a top-10 week and should be in lineups, especially with teams dealing with quarterbacks on a bye week.
Tarik Cohen, Running back, Chicago Bears
Tarik Cohen is seemingly gaining more momentum in regards to eclipsing Jordan Howard on the Bears’ depth chart, out-touching Howard 32 to 25 in the last two games. During those matchups, Howard has seen 64 snaps while Cohen has endured 59, so it’s not like the snap count is any different for the two backs. During Chicago’s last two games, Cohen has 18 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown, but he is also showing his talents as a pass-catcher from the backfield, grabbing 14 catches for 211 yards and a touchdown.
The New England Patriots defense has been susceptible to giving up a lot of yards to opposing running backs in the passing game, giving up the fifth-most yards in that category.
Also, Cohen is the fourth-best running back in points per game over the last three weeks.