Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson
Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson (24) runs past Los Angeles Chargers free safety Derwin James (33) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Landover, Md. Chargers won 20-16. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


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I mentioned last week how weird the fantasy season has been this year. If I had to guess, if you’re reading this, your team is probably either 2-3 or 3-2. In my current 10-person league, seven people match that criteria. The variance has been apparent. As we move forward towards the middle part of the season, fantasy owners are feeling out their players less. Concrete starting lineups are starting to mold. Injuries are making and breaking seasons. In short, THINGS ARE HEATING UP. In today’s article, I am going to do what I did a few weeks ago. There are three games this week that I see that will be scoring havens. If you have players in these games, start them without hesitation.

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Kansas City at Washington
I’ll just start by saying that both of these defenses are allowing over 30 points per game. Offensively, it goes without saying that if you have a Chiefs player, they need to be starting. Although Washington’s defense was expected to be solid this season, they simply have not been. Mahomes will eat. Kelce will eat. If he plays, Hill will eat (keep an eye on the injury report friends). If you were the lucky player to claim Chiefs running back Darrel Williams this week, it may even be worth starting him at the flex spot. Washington’s rush defense has allowed over 100 yards per game.

For the Football Team, starting anyone from Antonio Gibson (watch the injury) to Terry McLaurin to maybe even Taylor Heinicke would be worth it. Kansas City’s defense is atrocious. They are giving up 426 total yards of offense per game. Washington will be able to move the ball. Start Washington’s players.

Chargers at Baltimore
If you sense a trend here, we have another game with good offenses and suspect defenses. This past Monday night, Baltimore let Carson Wentz and the Colts walk all over them for most of the game. Offensively last week, the Chargers put up 47 against Cleveland while allowing 42. This game will be high scoring. Both Lamar and Herbert will have huge games. Ekeler will run wild. Mark Andrews will eat as well as Mike Williams and Keenan Allen. Latavius Murray and Ty’son Williams may be worthy of a start as well. Last week, the Chargers allowed 230 rushing yards. Yes, Cleveland is the best rushing team in football this season, but Baltimore is also great at running the rock. It would not surprise me in the least if Murray or Williams racked up 100 yards this week.

Bills at Titans
In this Monday Night Football showdown, we have two offenses averaging over 26 points per game. The Bills specifically have averaged 39 points per game over their last four. Against a Titans defense that allows close to 400 yards of offense per game, the Bills will score easily. There is no question about it. On the Titans’ side offensively, things might be a little bit more difficult. The Bills’ defense is allowing only 78.4 rush yards per game this season. That said, they haven’t faced a running back like Derrick Henry. If I’m being honest though, I’m not sure if I trust any other Titans starter besides Henry in this matchup. This game is more about the Bills who I fully expect to score 40 or more points. Allen will be the main play in this one and may put up 40 fantasy points himself. Other players like Diggs, Knox and Beasley are must starts as well. Knox in particular might be a top five tight end in fantasy already.

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