3. Juju Smith-Schuester vs. Kansas City
If the Steelers are bound to get back on track it won’t be on Antonio Brown (or James Conner) alone. It’s time for Juju to get going. I think in this matchup his skill set fits perfectly with what this game could turn to be. The Steelers pass rush may be able to force Mahomes into some more difficult throws but I expect the Chiefs, and Mahomes especially (link story here), to put up a ton of points.
After the disappointing tie last week in Cleveland, if the Steelers want to avoid being 0-1-1, Smith-Schuester may have the most favorable positioning here. The Kansas City secondary struggled without Berry and even in the win gave up a lot of yards to Rivers and Co. Big Ben could find similar holes in the secondary if Brown gets going and the Chiefs try to shut him down. That leaves Smith-Schuester in one-on-one coverage that I like the odds here.
It’s a play you should be making but may not be. Smith-Schuester against the Chiefs should be a great play here. Slugfest imminent.
2. Dante Pettis vs. Detroit
Marquise Goodwin is banged up post-Vikings and Pettis showed his ability in this 49ers offense. Jimmy G struggled but Pettis was a bright spot finishing with two catches for 61 yards and a touchdown.
Flash back to last Monday when Joe Namath, I mean Sam Darnold, torched this Lions defense dropping absolute Dilfer Dimes all over the field.
There’s no doubt the Lions will rebound but Jimmy Garoppolo is definitely looking to have a better outing this week. Nobody wants to start 0-2. If Goodwin can’t go, Pettis should be a top tier target for Jimmy G this week. This is a woke sleeper. Pettis is coming into his own, I like him to maximize his snaps against Detroit.
1. Nelson Agholor vs. Tampa Bay
The Philadelphia wideouts didn’t get off to the fastest start against the Falcons on opening night. Credit to an Atlanta secondary in a really sluggish opener. They left with a loss and tattered at safety and linebacker, rough. The Eagles keep rolling with Foles while Wentz hasn’t been cleared and his dime dropping ability makes Agholor a really nice matchup against the Bucs.
Fitzmagic! The Bucs escaped New Orleans with a win and put up 48 in the process. They also gave up 40 and were shredded through the air by Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara especially.
Agholor had eight catches in the win Thursday but for just 33 yards. With a banged up receiver core already, if the Bucs start rolling expect Agholor to stretch the field a lot. Especially with his catch totals, Agholor could steal the show for you this week in a PPR league.