Joe Burrow vs. ATL
Justin Herbert vs. SEA
Lamar Jackson vs. CLE
Patrick Mahomes @ SF
Lamar Jackson Over/Under 23.6 Pts
Whenever Lamar Jackson steps onto the field opposite the rival Cleveland Browns, fantasyowners should always take note and anticipate a monstrous performance boncoming from the fifth-year signal-caller.
In fact, compared to his other fellow AFC North residents, the Browns are clearly the desired choice with whom Jackson can run wild against — both figuratively and literally. His career 97.5 passer rating in seven starts versus Cleveland is easily the best such mark he’s produced among
the three division foes that are on the slate twice per season, and the former Louisville Cardinal is also averaging 71.6 rushing yards. Not only that, Jackson has led his Ravens to 29.3 points on the scoreboard on average in these matchups.
Throw in the fact that Jackson is coming off a meltdown loss to the Giants and figure the 2020 NFL MVP will be on the warpath come Sunday. Along with that terrorizing should come big numbers, too.
Pick: OVER 23.6 Pts
Patrick Mahomes is coming off a narrow defeat as well, and whenever that happens — like with Jackson — big things are to be expected. Well, a huge outing from Mahomes can typically be expected anyway, as the 27 year-old is one of only four quarterbacks this season to be carrying a passer rating above 100.0, and he’s also in the top three in both yards (1,736) and TD passes (17). However, Mahomes has a date this week with the league’s No. 2-ranked passing defense.
Fantasy players can usually trust Justin Herbert to provide some big stats. Until Keenan Allen (hamstring) returns, though, maybe it’s best for now to be a little more selective when deploying the former first-round draft pick. Herbert hasn’t been as consistent the last handful of weeks as he normally is and will be following a game in which he did not record a touchdown for just the second time in 38 career games. Joe Burrow, meanwhile, draws a defense this week that has yielded more yards through the air per game thus far than all but one NFL team, the Atlanta Falcons. At the same time, if his Bengals are decisively ahead of this bottom feeder opponent as expected, that points to Cincy running more in order to consume clock, which could cap Burrow’s numbers.