Monday Night Preview
Monday Night Preview:
Chicago Bears @ Los Angeles Rams
Vegas Odds: LAR -6, O/U 45
Woof. This game has some fantasy appeal but is overall limited, and that is mainly due to the two average at best QBs taking snaps. Both Jared Goff and Nick Foles are outside our FantasyHolic’s expert ranked top 20 QBs for the week, which is pretty bad considering we have 4 teams on bye. Out of the two Goff has a little more upside, but this is a tough Bears defense that has stifled better QBs in the recent past. Expect both teams to do what they can to run the ball and keep these managers weaknesses hidden.
Our #15 ranked RB is David Montgomery. He still lacks big play explosiveness but is in a rare 3 down workhouse role since Tarik Cohen’s injury. Expect him to get 20+ touches a week every week and collect a modest amount of touchdowns. He has no threats to take him off the field. For the Rams their 3 headed fantasy headache committee rotation starts with Darrell Henderson. He and Montgomery are both 2nd year backs that start with a D, but that’s about where the similarities end. Darrell is not guaranteed a massive workload but can take any touch to the house. He’s been quite productive so far this year (348 rushing yards, 4.8 YPC, 4 total TDs) but is nursing an injury that may limit him tonight. Malcolm Brown has a solid stat line on the ground of 217 yards and 2 TDs but hasn’t done anything special to demand more touches. Rookie Cam Akers is averaging more yards per carry and despite not having any touchdowns he should be their #2 back or better sooner rather than later. For now treat Henderson (if healthy) as an RB2 and keep the others as bench stashes only. Unfortunately this scheme has not been using their backfield in the receiving game much to speak of.
Allen Robinson is our #11 WR and has been on fire. As shaky as Foles is he’s the most stable QB ARob has ever played with. His 40 catches for 474 yards are among the league leaders. His brutal matchup with Jalen Ramsey is the only reason is not in the top 10. His counterparts Darnell Mooney and Anthony Miller combined production is less than Robinson’s total catches and yards, leaving them both in a desperate WR5 territory. The Rams dynamic duo of Robert Woods (our WR #10) and Cooper Kupp (WR#24) are both startable despite the tough matchup. Woods continues to have a higher ceiling with more touchdowns and rushing attempts. Josh Reynolds and Van Jefferson remain unusable unless injuries occur.
Jimmy Graham has risen from his fantasy funeral that occurred seemingly years ago to once again be relevant. He has settle in as the number two option in the passing game as he is second to only ARob in catches and yards. He also leads the team with 4 scores. He’s our #13 TE that can be trusted again for the first time in ages. The Rams TE position is both productive and frustrating. Tyler Higbee has yet to be very usable outside of lone 3 TD game. He now also picked up a hand injury that has limited him from practicing most of the week. He’s our TE17 if he suits up. His teammate Gerald Everett has strung together some decent games but still sees the field too little to be trusted. It Higbee misses this game or any in the future I’m immediately upgrading him into the top 12 at the position or maybe lower. He has league winning potential in that scenario.