October 15, 2022, 12:21 pm
Broncos (+4.5) @ Chargers (-240): O/U 45.5
The matchup on Monday night carries pretty massive implications for the rest-of-season outlook of the AFC West. The Broncos are currently 2-3, while the Chargers are 3-2. If the Chargers pull out the win, they will keep pace with the Chiefs, who have four wins, and separate themselves from the Raiders and Broncos. But if the Broncos win, they will jump the Chargers for second in the division and both teams will be 3-3. The matchup between the Chargers’ powerful offense and the Broncos’ stonewall defense will be lots of fun to watch for football fans, but it has potential to be rough for fantasy GMs with shares in the Chargers offense. On the other side of the ball, the Chargers defense has been dismantled by the running game, so it will be interesting to see which running back will be the most effective runner out of the Broncos backfield.
Russell Wilson: So far this season Wilson has looked very uninspired and honestly, bad. He has all but disappointed his fantasy GMs in three of five games this season, scoring under 12.1 fantasy points in those contests. This season, Wilson ranks as the QB16 and only has a Week 4 matchup that ranks inside the top-12 on the week. Fantasy GMs are likely still hanging onto any sliver of hope that Wilson can get back to his ways in Seattle and find a regular slot in the weekly QB1 rankings.
Melvin Gordon III & Mike Boone: Last week, Boone stepped into a larger role on the offense in the absence of Javonte Williams, but it was Gordon that led the backfield in yards and touches, playing a season high 56% of snaps. Fantasy GMs were hopeful that Gordon was going to step into a substantial workhorse role, but he only played 11 more snaps than Boone. Gordon had 103 yards on 18 touches last week, while Boone had 81 yards on 10 touches. Both backs are likely to continue sharing opportunities out of the backfield and with the addition of Latavius Murray, there is a path to this backfield becoming a three-way split. The matchup against the Chargers is about as good as it gets, as they have allowed a top-6 RB in four weeks straight, while giving up 5.8 yards per carry.
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