The Bills' Frank Gore, Bears' Allen Robinson, Colts' Marlon Mack and Raiders' Josh Jacobs (among others) get the week off, so fantasy football loses far more star power than it did last week. Fortunately, there are a lot good matchups.
1. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks at Browns
Wilson has a method to his mad scrambling, but the ways he weaves around the pocket then pinpoints difficult throws to Tyler Lockett, Will Dissly and others look like scenes taken out of "The Matrix."
That's why it doesn't matter that on paper there are better matchups than Cleveland's defense (16th in points allowed). Teams that have had success against the Browns have mostly gashed them on the ground. Had Dante Pettis not dropped what should've been a touchdown, Jimmy Garoppolo would've become the third quarterback this season to throw three touchdowns against the Browns.
2. Todd Gurley, RB, Rams vs. 49ers
Don't be deceived by the 49ers defense's top ranking in locking down fantasy running backs. Before Monday night's game against the Browns, they had the good fortune to face three dysfunctional running games with the Buccaneers, Bengals and Steelers. Pro Football Focus ranked this bunch dead last in run defense this summer, and while they may be better than preseason projections they couldn't have improved that much. The Rams have figured out the balance between underusing Gurley and wearing him out and he's racked up four trips to the end zone over the last two weeks.
3. Aaron Jones, RB, Packers vs. Lions
Don't let a big-time division matchup dissuade you, the Lions have given up the fourth most points to running backs (standard format). Lost in the hype of Jones' four-touchdown day against Dallas is the fact that he has found paydirt in four straight games.
4. DJ Chark, WR, Jaguars vs. Saints