Keelan Cole Ready to Exploit CB Matchup in Week Three
Your Matchup Watch for Week Three: Individual Draws to Exploit
Here are some notable players with the opportunity to have very productive outings in their Week Three matchups.
WRs vs CBs
Keelan Cole vs Malcolm Butler
After beating up on the Patriots last week, Cole is going to try to do the same against ex-Patriot Malcolm Butler. Cole could not ask for a better matchup this week, as Butler has allowed the most yards of any cornerback through two weeks. Receivers have racked up 257 yards and three touchdowns against Butler. Cole has looked like the best receiver on the Jaguars so far and is set for another big week.
Will Fuller vs B.W. Webb
The speedy Will Fuller had a great game in his season debut last week and is in another prime spot this week. He was expected to see Eli Apple in coverage, but Apple is out with an injury. Backup cornerback B.W. Webb will attempt to cover Fuller, but he will struggle a lot against Fuller’s blazing speed. I expect Fuller to be able to get close to the 100-yard mark that he passed last week.
DeSean Jackson vs Artie Burns
Jackson and Ryan Fitzpatrick have been in perfect harmony through the first two games. On the nine targets that Jackson has seen, he has caught all of them for 275 yards and three touchdowns. You can expect more of the same against Artie Burns, who has allowed a perfect passer rating to quarterbacks so far. Don’t be surprised to see Jackson breaking free down the field again on Monday Night Football.
RBs vs LBs
Corey Clement vs IND
With Darren Sproles and Jay Ajayi out this week, Clement has big upside in a good matchup against the Colts. They have allowed the most receptions to running backs. He will be a popular target in Daily Fantasy and for good reason. In tournaments, pivoting to someone else around his price allows a leverage point if Clement doesn’t deliver in this prime matchup.
Sony Michel vs DET
Michel draws a matchup against the worst run defense in the Lions this week. They have allowed 363 yards on the ground and 6.8 yards per carry to running backs. I expect the Patriots to get a lead and give Michel a heavy workload on the ground that should result in a good number of yards and scoring opportunities. Michel looks like he is overtaking Rex Burkhead for the lead rusher role, and a good game against the Lions will further cement his status.
Jordan Howard vs ARI
The Cardinals defense has been a paradise for running backs looking to score touchdowns. They have surrendered five touchdowns to RBs in the first two weeks. In comparison, the Patriots allowed a total of six touchdowns to RBs during the whole 2017 season. The Bears should have the lead in this game and will have a good number of scoring opportunities. That means Howard can see over 20 rushes with the lead and register a touchdown or two. Howard has been more active than expected in the receiving game, making him not game-script dependent against a bottom 10 defense.
Matt Breida vs K.C.
Breida will be firmly entrenched in the possibly highest-scoring matchup of the week against the Chiefs. The Chiefs offense has been unstoppable so far, and I don’t expect the 49ers defense to slow them down much. That means the 49ers will have to keep up and I think they can against a really bad Chiefs defense. The Chiefs have allowed the most receiving yards to running backs this year, which is great news for Breida. He could also see an uptick in snaps, as he has been much more effective than Alfred Morris, and will be active in the receiving game against bad linebackers. Breida will be a Top 20 back this week.
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