September 17, 2022, 10:59 am
Falcons (+10) @ Rams (-460): O/U 46.5
Seahawks (+9) @ 49ers (-390): O/U 40.5
Bengals (-315) @ Cowboys (+7): O/U 42
Texans (+10) @ Broncos (-490): O/U 45
Cardinals (+5) @ Raiders (-230): O/U 51.5
Falcons vs. Rams
Key storylines/What to Watch
After a rather embarrassing Super Bowl hangover performance by the Rams on opening night, they will look to bounce back and are set up to do so in a game they are favored to win by 10 points against the Falcons. The Falcons are a team that, apparently, should not be taken lightly after a solid showing against a powerful Saints team in Week 1. The Falcons were up 26-10 in the fourth quarter before giving up a pair of touchdowns and a game-winning 51-yard field goal to Will Lutz.
The most important storyline for fantasy GMs to monitor in this game revolves around who is going to lead the Rams backfield in touches. In Week 1, the obvious answer was Darrell Henderson Jr. who out-touched fellow back Cam Akers by a count of 18-3. Cam Akers costed a reasonably high draft pick for his fantasy GMs and needs to have a big game to instill some confidence that he is still a capable player, following last year’s Achilles surgery.
Another concern for fantasy GMs was Matthew Stafford’s lack of competent play. He struggled mightily against the Bills in Week 1 and barely surpassed 100 yards passing combined to all players not named Cooper Kupp. Don’t forget his three-to-one interception to touchdown rate as well. This should be a get-right game for both Stafford and the Rams
WR Cooper Kupp: Not much to say, as Kupp is an absolute fantasy beast. Fresh off arguably the best WR season ever, he was the lone bright spot for the Rams who struggled in Week 1. Kupp crushed it and had an impressive line of 13-128-1 on 15 targets.
RB Cordarrelle Patterson: Early on it looked like he may not be featured in the backfield, but once Damien Williams dropped to injury, Patterson was the man. He had 22-120-1 on the ground and 3-16 on five targets. Williams has already been ruled out for Week 2, so expect Patterson to feast once again.
WR Ben Skowronek: The Rams will be without Van Jefferson again, which led to six targets for 25 yards on four receptions for Skowronek. Obviously not a monster line, but he has shown the potential to burn defenses for long touchdowns.
TE Tyler Higbee: Higbee was second behind Kupp in targets in Week 1, racking up 11 of them. Unfortunately that only led to 5-39-0 line for the game. Obviously the Rams want Higbee to be a relevant part of the offense, making him a decent option to produce for fantasy GMs.
WR Olamide Zaccheaus: Zaccheaus had a rather surprising target share in Week 1, hauling in 20% of Marcus Mariota’s completions. He finished with a decent line of four receptions for 49 yards. If he is ever able to find the end zone with a similar stat line, he would make the fantasy GMs who streamed him very happy.
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Seahawks vs. 49ers
Key Storylines/What to Watch