We wrap up the holiday weekend with more football of course. Just two or three weeks to go in the regular season. Here is some matchup advice to aid you in your push for the second season:
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton put up a dud in Week 6 against the Titans on Monday Night Football, catching one of just four targets for 19 yards. Indianapolis wound up losing that game 22-36. My guess is the Colts realize that they didn’t get the ball to Hilton enough in that contest and rebound Sunday in their second game against the division rival. It’s a juicy spot for Hilton at home against the same defense that just allowed Steelers receiver Antonio Brown to catch ten passes for 144 yards and three scores last week and gave up five catches, 115 yards and a touchdown to Bengals receiver A.J. Green the week prior. Despite the Week 6 letdown, Hilton is a must-start on Sunday.
Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers
Even after an 8-game absence due to a broken foot, I like Olsen in this matchup against the Jets who have allowed 523 receiving yards and six scores to opposing tight ends this season. Olsen will almost assuredly be on a “pitch count” Sunday but even in limited capacity, he’ll remain a great redzone target for quarterback Cam Newton.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
At the age of 34, Fitzgerald is a top ten receiver in fantasy football. Incredible. While it’s safe to say Fitz has the upper hand on Father Time at the moment, he won’t have the upper hand against the Jacksonville secondary Sunday, even without star cornerback Jalen Ramsey. The “other guy” at cornerback on the Jaguars is A.J. Bouye. Pro Football Focus ranks Bouye as the 7th best corner in the league which is only down two spots from Ramsey. The Jaguars’ slot corner Aaron Colvin is no slouch either, though he’s not on the same level as Ramsey and Bouye. Another reason to fear this matchup is the pressure the Jags put on quarterbacks. Nicknamed Sacksonville for a reason, the Jags lead the league in sacks with 40 on the year. The Cardinals are in the bottom third of the NFL in terms of sacks allowed. Good coverage in the secondary and an unstable pocket surrounding Arizona quarterback Blaine Gabbert makes for an unattractive matchup for the ageless wonder Fitzgerald.
Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears
I dislike Howard’s matchup at Philadelphia for a few reasons. First, I think the Bears will be playing from behind for the most part so the game script favors Tarik Cohen who is the pass-catching back. In the three of his last four games, Howard has failed to catch a single pass. The Eagles allow an average of just 71 rushing yards per game, the best average in the league. They have only allowed four rushing touchdowns all year and three of those have gone to running backs. Avoid Howard on Sunday.