Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler in action during an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


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Today I will be looking at some games I like this week for your fantasy matchup. If you have a difficult decision to make when deciding which player to start, perhaps this could be a guide to help with that decision. Use this as a tiebreaker of sorts.

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Falcons at Cowboys
All of a sudden, the Atlanta Falcons are right in the middle of the NFC Wild Card race. This week, they get to face a Cowboys team that was embarrassed last week against the Denver Broncos. In terms of fantasy, I believe a boatload of points will be scored in this game. There is no way that Dallas plays two complete stinkers in a row offensively, especially against a defense like Atlanta’s. The Cowboys’ entire offense is a safe start this week. Keep in mind too that Michael Gallup is returning this week and could be useful in deeper leagues.

Looking at Atlanta’s offense, well, they have been decently effective over the past month or so. Over the past four weeks, they have scored at least 27 points in three of those games (although they scored 13 in the other game). Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Pitts are each safe players to start this week. Looking a little deeper, Russell Gage might not be a terrible player to start either. If your starting quarterback is on a bye, Matt Ryan is also a decent starting option.

Vikings at Chargers
This is another matchup of two solid offenses taking on two average defenses. Over their past four games, the Chargers have given up just under 32 points per game. The likes of Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, and Dalvin Cook are all easy starts this week. Kirk Cousins may also be worth a start in this game. Digging a little deeper, tight end Tyler Conklin might be worth a pickup and start. Over his past three games, he’s averaged about 10 points per. As he gets more involved with the offense, his touches will continue to increase.

In terms of the Chargers offense, you can’t go wrong with Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler, or Mike Williams. As of right now, Keenan Allen is questionable. If he plays, he is also worthy of a start.

Seahawks at Packers
Welcome back, awesome quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers is probably, maybe, most likely back? We don’t know yet. If he is, do not hesitate to start any Packer skill player. If Jordon Love gets the nod though, do not play him or any Packer not named Davante Adams or Aaron Jones. Also, I apologize for recommending starting Love last week.

On the Seahawks side, we have Russell Wilson returning. That is all you need to know. Start any Seahawk you can. Also returning from injury is Chris Carson. He too is worthy of a start. Tyler Lockett? Start. If healthy, DK Metcalf, yes start. The Packers’ defense looked great against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs last week. That said, the Chiefs are a mess and have been for a while. I trust Russell Wilson.

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