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00:00 :: Giants // WFT
08:28 :: Bears // Titans
20:30 :: Lions // Vikings
33:17 :: Panthers // Chiefs
44:38 :: Texans // Jaguars
58:36 :: Ravens // Colts
65:45 :: Seahawks // Bills
78:17 :: Broncos // Falcons
89:40 :: Raiders // Chargers
99:46 :: Dolphins // Cards
112:58 :: Steelers // Cowboys

Week 8 Recap, 2020

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Kickoff Thursday, Nov 5th 8:20pm Eastern

Packers (
27.5) at

49ers (
21)

Over/Under 48.5

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Key Matchups
Packers Run D
32nd DVOA/29th Yards allowed per carry
49ers Run O
13th DVOA/10th Yards per carry
Packers Pass D
8th DVOA/23rd Yards allowed per pass
49ers Pass O
3rd DVOA/5th Yards per pass
49ers Run D
2nd DVOA/2nd Yards allowed per carry
Packers Run O
3rd DVOA/11th Yards per carry
49ers Pass D
5th DVOA/10th Yards allowed per pass
Packers Pass O
15th DVOA/21st Yards per pass

XANDAMERE’S SHOWDOWN SLANT ::

Week 9 starts with the Packers visiting the 49ers in a 50.5 total game with Green Bay favored by 5. Both teams have some major injury (or illness) situations to evaluate, so this is going to be a weird one. 

The Packers’ AJ Dillon tested positive for Covid, and Jamaal Williams was also ruled out due to close exposure. Aaron Jones is officially questionable but the Tuesday report said the Packers are pessimistic about him playing. Green Bay’s medical staff is notoriously conservative with injuries, so in all likelihood, Jones is out, which . . .

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Kickoff Sunday, Nov 8th 1:00pm Eastern

Giants (
20) at

WFT (
23)

Over/Under 43.0

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Key Matchups
Giants Run D
32nd DVOA/31st Yards allowed per carry
Commanders Run O
29th DVOA/27th Yards per carry
Giants Pass D
22nd DVOA/18th Yards allowed per pass
Commanders Pass O
27th DVOA/18th Yards per pass
Commanders Run D
10th DVOA/21st Yards allowed per carry
Giants Run O
7th DVOA/5th Yards per carry
Commanders Pass D
17th DVOA/23rd Yards allowed per pass
Giants Pass O
10th DVOA/29th Yards per pass

Game Overview ::

By Hilow >>

Rivera and the Football Team will try to win this game; Joe Judge and Jason Garrett will try not to loseVery clear avenues for both teams to lean pass-heavy here, with almost three minutes of lost possession time between the twoLowest game total on the slate, and for good reason

How New York Will Try To Win ::

Jason Garrett is best compared to Mike McCarthy (the irony there is too much, Cowboys fans), as he relies on the skill of his players instead of maximizing the skill of his players. What I mean . . .

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Kickoff Sunday, Nov 8th 1:00pm Eastern

Bears (
20.25) at

Titans (
26.25)

Over/Under 46.5

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Key Matchups
Bears Run D
29th DVOA/27th Yards allowed per carry
Titans Run O
18th DVOA/17th Yards per carry
Bears Pass D
29th DVOA/30th Yards allowed per pass
Titans Pass O
19th DVOA/13th Yards per pass
Titans Run D
2nd DVOA/2nd Yards allowed per carry
Bears Run O
12th DVOA/3rd Yards per carry
Titans Pass D
27th DVOA/24th Yards allowed per pass
Bears Pass O
27th DVOA/18th Yards per pass

Game Overview ::

By Hilow >>

Pivotal matchup between Chicago’s top-ranked red zone defense and Tennessee’s second-ranked red zone offense (red zone touchdown rates)The likeliest game flow hinges entirely on said matchupOverall, not a ton to love from this game, with a couple maybe plays depending on game flow

How Chicago Will Try To Win ::

As we know by now, Chicago would like to play at a slow pace (30th-ranked situation-neutral pace of play at 31.85 seconds per play), take a few deep shots per game to rookie Darnell Mooney (finally connected . . .

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Kickoff Sunday, Nov 8th 1:00pm Eastern

Lions (
24.25) at

Vikings (
27.25)

Over/Under 51.5

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Key Matchups
Lions Run D
26th DVOA/30th Yards allowed per carry
Vikings Run O
28th DVOA/26th Yards per carry
Lions Pass D
28th DVOA/32nd Yards allowed per pass
Vikings Pass O
15th DVOA/20th Yards per pass
Vikings Run D
19th DVOA/22nd Yards allowed per carry
Lions Run O
15th DVOA/18th Yards per carry
Vikings Pass D
26th DVOA/28th Yards allowed per pass
Lions Pass O
7th DVOA/6th Yards per pass

Game Overview ::

By JM >>

The Vikings want to win on the ground; though we could still have some passing in this one if Stafford plays and the Lions are able to keep this game closeThe Lions will be trying to keep this game close without the help of Golladay, making volume worth exploringThe Vikings have consistently produced elite DFS scores this yearPlenty to unpack in this one

How Minnesota Will Try To Win ::

We’re basically dealing with two completely different potential games here:

Stafford without Golladay (in which case, the Lions should be able to manufacture enough . . .

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Kickoff Sunday, Nov 8th 1:00pm Eastern

Panthers (
20.75) at

Chiefs (
30.75)

Over/Under 51.5

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Key Matchups
Panthers Run D
18th DVOA/15th Yards allowed per carry
Chiefs Run O
17th DVOA/7th Yards per carry
Panthers Pass D
26th DVOA/13th Yards allowed per pass
Chiefs Pass O
1st DVOA/2nd Yards per pass
Chiefs Run D
17th DVOA/14th Yards allowed per carry
Panthers Run O
10th DVOA/10th Yards per carry
Chiefs Pass D
22nd DVOA/5th Yards allowed per pass
Panthers Pass O
30th DVOA/8th Yards per pass

Game Overview ::

By JM >>
  • Christian McCaffrey is expected back; the question is, How “back” will he be?
  • The Panthers’ defense does a good job keeping the ball in front of them…but that’s about all they are able to do
  • Kansas City should gradually put distance between themselves and Carolina
  • This isn’t exactly a fantasy gold mine…but there are absolutely pieces in play

How Carolina Will Try To Win ::

The Panthers are expected to get Christian McCaffrey back this week…and while there is the question of “how many snaps will he be able to play?”…and while there is also the fact that the Panthers have said Mike Davis has earned a role…well, I guess I’ll put it like this:

Xandamere often mentions that he doesn’t worry too much about cornerback matchups (unless it’s a truly top guy) or about weather (unless it’s really brutal), as these things certainly have an impact on performance…but they tend to have an even greater impact on ownership than on performance. (Xandamere is not alone in viewing things this way; most sharp players you talk to assess CB matchups and weather in this same way.) We could say the same thing about a situation like CMC coming back from injury. Maybe he’ll only play 70% of the snaps in this one…but any public concerns over workload will impact ownership more than they’ll impact CMC’s potential for production. Do you know why CMC is the only running back in the NFL who is able to play literally every snap for his team when asked to do so? It’s not because he’s a “freak of nature.” It’s because this guy’s workout regimen not only includes multiple workouts per day in the offseason, but also includes just as much of an emphasis on recovery between workouts as on the workouts themselves. (In other words: CMC is as disciplined and dedicated with the “recovery” aspect as with the “workout” aspect — including all the sacrifices and discomfort that comes along with this.) There is a near-zero-percent chance that CMC himself will not be ready here, as he’s simply not that type of person. And frankly, it’s difficult to see the Panthers allowing Mike Davis to cut too significantly into his snaps. I’m going into this one expecting CMC to play at least 80% of the snaps, and it won’t be surprising if he sees more work from there.

This is important, of course, as CMC changes the complexion of this Carolina offense. In Week 1, CMC had 23 carries and four targets in a back-and-forth loss to the Raiders, and in Week 2 he had 18 carries and five targets in a brutal matchup vs the Bucs (in which the Panthers were playing from behind, and in which CMC got hurt — opening up one carry and eight additional targets for Mike Davis). Since then, Davis has had opportunity totals of 22 // 22 // 26 // 21 // 12 // 15, with target counts in this stretch of 9 // 6 // 10 // 3 // 5 // 2. The Chiefs have been excellent against the pass this season, ranking seventh in DVOA, but they rank 28th against the run and 26th in adjusted line yards, while ranking 23rd in success rate allowed through the air to running backs (compared to sixth vs tight ends and third vs wide receivers). In spite of the fact that the Chiefs are regularly playing with a lead, they have faced the sixth highest opponent rush play rate in the NFL — including the third highest through the first three quarters of their games. Only Dallas, Green Bay, Washington, and New England have faced fewer opponent pass attempts per game than the 32.25 the Chiefs have faced, and only the Cowboys have faced more running back rush attempts than the Chiefs. Sure, teams have to score points to keep up with the Chiefs; but teams also know that keeping the ball on the ground is the best way to score points (and is the best way to try to limit Mahomes). Expect the Panthers to balance toward the run in this one — and if CMC truly is healthy, expect him to clear 24 opportunities (carries + targets) without too much trouble, with upside for more.

How Kansas City Will Try To Win ::

Carolina’s zone-heavy defense has shown cracks lately, falling to 20th in DVOA through the air (while still ranking near the bottom of the league against the run at 26th), setting up the Chiefs in a “no trouble wherever they want to attack” sort of situation. The Panthers have generated pressure at the fifth lowest rate in the NFL, and they’ve tried to make up for this by keeping the ball in front of them — forcing the second-shallowest aDOT in the league, but allowing a 69.1% completion rate along the way. The Panthers rank 26th in opponent drive success rate and 23rd in points allowed per drive (KC ranks top five on offense in both categories), and their goal in this one will be to hope they can “force Mahomes to march the field.” This bend-but-don’t-break mindset tends to work against weaker opponents, as weaker opponents will shoot themselves in the foot enough times over the course of a game to not put together complete drives (penalties // sacks // missed throws // etc.). But with a team like Mahomes and Kansas City, there isn’t much hope for self-inflicted errors, which creates opportunities for more of a “bend, bend, bend, touchdown” type of setup. Unsurprisingly, Carolina has been above-average in the red zone (ranking 11th in opponent red zone touchdown rate), as a low-blitz, seven-guys-in-coverage, zone-heavy defense can make it difficult to score touchdowns through the air in the red zone and green zone (only the Dolphins and Bears have allowed fewer passing touchdowns than the Panthers); but because teams have not had trouble reaching the red zone against Carolina, this defense has allowed the second most running back rushing touchdowns.

Expect the Chiefs to move down the field with ease in this one, though with more of a focus on short and intermediate looks than with downfield bombs (of course, the Chiefs will still design defense-straining vertical concepts, and they’ll try to take advantage of their talent edge downfield a few times; these defense-straining vertical concepts will also open opportunities for chunk gains underneath), and with drives as likely to end with touchdowns on the ground as with touchdowns through the air (Carolina has allowed nine passing touchdowns, and nine running back rushing touchdowns).

Likeliest Game Flow ::

The Chiefs should (of course) eventually grab a lead in this one, with the size of their lead acting like an elastic band: the further away KC pulls, the more aggressively Carolina could eventually snap toward a pass-heavy approach. But as with other teams against the Chiefs this season, we should expect the Panthers to try to hold off on that pass-heavy approach for as long as they can: not in a Gase-like “going into a shell” sort of way, but simply because this will be their best way to try to sneak out of this game with a win, with CMC back in the fold, and with the matchup so much softer on the ground than it is through the air.

DFS+ Interpretation ::

Betting Slant
  • The Carolina Panthers are getting back their best player, and if he is able to go 100% this matchup could be closer than expected. There have been a lot of bets placed in this one on the over, but the numbers tend to favor the under.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs are the best team in football and are very capable of running away with this one. The best way to attack the Chiefs is on the ground and the Panthers are more than capable of doing so. The Panthers also like to take their sweet time running plays.
  • Where most teams falter is they get behind big to the Chiefs and are forced to throw to catch up. If the Panthers with or without CMC can run enough time off the clock when they have possession before being down by 21 this game is likely to end in that 28-17 range. With the Chiefs’ range of points anywhere from 21-45 and the Panthers more in the 7-24 range.
  • The line has moved in favor of the Chiefs even though there seems to be some hefty bets on the Panthers.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs are 6-2 ATS and there is no matchup that can shut down their offense, so it ultimately comes down to what Carolina decides to do when they have the ball.

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  • KC has allowed the 5th lowest TD rate to opposing QBs (3.5%)
  • KC ranks 7th best (toughest) in pass eff def
  • Other than Carr & Herbert’s deep passing success, QBs have largely been ineffective passing vs KC, and most picked up their points via rushing (Watson, Herbert, Jackson, Allen, Lock)
  • QB DK scores vs KC: 21.8 // 26.2 // 15.2 // 7.7 // 28 // 15 // 7.4
  • Teddy DK scores: 19.4 // 14.7 // 14.6 // 27.2 // 23.8 // 11.4 // 19.2 // 13
  • Teddy has picked up 161 yds, TD on 30 rush att
  • QB rush yds vs KC: 27, TD // 18, TD // 83 // 11 // 1 // 42 // 8, TD // 21
  • KC ranks 3rd best (toughest) in success rate allowed to WRs
  • Anderson : Moore : Samuel targets by week: (8 : 9 : 8) // (10 : 13 : 2) // (6 : 4 : 4) // (11 : 6 : 4) // (13 : 5 : 5) // (5 : 11 : 0) // (8 : 5 : 6) // (8 : 6 : 5)
  • Anderson & Moore’s yds by week: (115 : 54 : 38) // (109 : 120 : 13) // (55 : 65 : 45) // (99 : 49 : 51) // (112 : 93 : 36) // (77 : 93 : 0) // (74 : 93 : 48) // (48 : 55 : 31)
  • KC has allowed the 2nd fewest WR rec/g, the fewest WR yds/g, and the 4th fewest WR DK pts/g
  • Ian Thomas’s 3 rec for 28 yds last week was a season high for a CAR TE
  • KC ranks 23rd (10th worst) in pass success rate allowed to RBs
  • Teddy’s RB targets since 2019 (NOR (10, 4, 9, 11, 9), CAR (4, 14, 9, 8, 10, 6, 6, 2))
  • KC has allowed the 4th most RB rush yds in the NFL
  • CMC received 27 & 23 touches in less than two full games to start the year
  • Despite facing the 6th most pass att, CAR has allowed 10th fewest QB DK pts
  • Mahomes DK pts: 20.44 // 30.48 // 43 // 20.24 // 33.7 // 20.6 // 12 // 39.64
  • As a home favorite implied for 30+ pts, Mahomes has 5 mediocre scores (20.1, 18.3, 21.5, 19.5, 20.4) and 5 scores over 30 (36.8, 30, 41.1, 33.7, 39.6)
  • CAR ranks 11th in PRWR
  • KC ranks 9th in PBWR
  • CAR has allowed the 13th fewest WR rec/g, 7th fewest WR yds/g, and the 5th fewest WR yds/g
  • Best WR games vs CAR: Evans (7 rec 104 yds, TD) // Keenan (13 rec 132 yds, TD) // Ridley (8 rec 136 yds) // Callaway (8 rec 75 yds; was a very questionable penalty from 9 rec 86 yds, TD) // Julio (7 rec 137 yds)
  • CAR ranks 19th in success rate allowed to WRs
  • KC ranks 4th best in success rate passing to WRs
  • Hill has finished above 60 rec yds in 28 of his 37 full games since 2018
  • Hill has scored a TD in 7/8 games this season, with last week being his first multi-touchdown game
  • Hardman total yds without Watkins: 0 // 70 // 96
  • Robinson total yds without Watkins: 69 // 4 // 63
  • Hardman has 11 targets to Robinson’s 6
  • CAR has held TEs to modest production: Waller (45 yds) // Howard (11 yds) // Henry (50 yds) // Arnold (39 yds) // Hurst (8 yds) // Graham (34 yds) // Cook (33 yds, TD) // Hurst (54 yds)
  • Travis Kelce received 8+ targets in 14/19 games last season, but in 2020 he has 6, 14, 7, 7, 12, 7, 3, 12 targets
  • Even with slightly more volatile target counts, he still has yardage totals of 50, 90, 87, 70, 108, 65, 31, 109 and has found the EZ six times
  • Kelce’s DK pts by week: 17 // 24 // 14.7 // 10 // 27.8 // 23.5 // 6.1 // 27.9
  • Hill’s DK pts by week: 15.6 // 21.8 // 21.2 // 16.4 // 18.3 // 5.5 // 17.5 // 25.8
  • CEH’s DK pts by week: 22.8 // 13 // 18.4 // 12.1 // 11 // 23.9 // 13.3 // 6.1
  • CAR has allowed the 6th most RB rush yds, 3rd most RB TDs, most RB rec & targets, and 2nd most RB rec yds
  • CAR ranks 26th in Rush Eff Def & 23rd in RB Pass Eff Def
  • DK pts allowed to RBs: Jacobs (35.9) // Fournette (30.6) // Ekeler (31.3) // Edmonds (15) // Gurley (28) // Montgomery (13.7) // Kamara (22.8) // Gurley (10.6)
  • KC is basically alternating drives for CEH & Bell in the two blowouts since Bell joined the lineup

Kickoff Sunday, Nov 8th 1:00pm Eastern

Texans (
27.5) at

Jaguars (
21)

Over/Under 48.5

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Key Matchups
Texans Run D
24th DVOA/28th Yards allowed per carry
Jaguars Run O
20th DVOA/9th Yards per carry
Texans Pass D
18th DVOA/27th Yards allowed per pass
Jaguars Pass O
6th DVOA/19th Yards per pass
Jaguars Run D
11th DVOA/7th Yards allowed per carry
Texans Run O
32nd DVOA/30th Yards per carry
Jaguars Pass D
30th DVOA/20th Yards allowed per pass
Texans Pass O
31st DVOA/25th Yards per pass

Game Overview ::

By JM >>

It's Jake Luton time in Jacksonville. (Rejoice, Jags fans! The championship window is open!)Houston should have no trouble dealing on offense in this one; the questions is simply how aggressive do they need to beThis game could break poorly if Luton completely bombs; but in scenarios where he plays competently and the Jags keep this one "close enough," there is certainly fantasy goodness to try to mine here

How Jacksonville Will Try To Win ::

Jacksonville comes out of the bye with sixth-round rookie Jake Luton under center. The scouting report on . . .

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Kickoff Sunday, Nov 8th 1:00pm Eastern

Ravens (
23.25) at

Colts (
24.25)

Over/Under 47.5

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Key Matchups
Ravens Run D
7th DVOA/3rd Yards allowed per carry
Colts Run O
31st DVOA/26th Yards per carry
Ravens Pass D
11th DVOA/13th Yards allowed per pass
Colts Pass O
32nd DVOA/31st Yards per pass
Colts Run D
15th DVOA/7th Yards allowed per carry
Ravens Run O
2nd DVOA/3rd Yards per carry
Colts Pass D
13th DVOA/10th Yards allowed per pass
Ravens Pass O
16th DVOA/17th Yards per pass

Game Overview ::

By Hilow >>

Two teams in the top nine in rush percentage against two of the top five run defenses in DVOABoth offenses spread the ball, both defenses are top five in the league in points allowed per gameNot much room for fantasy goodness from this game

How Baltimore Will Try To Win ::

Baltimore has maintained their heavy rush rate (first in the league at 51.82%), looking to keep defenses off balance with deep passing (Lamar Jackson has really struggled in this area this year) and designed quarterback runs. As their defense has gotten more time . . .

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Kickoff Sunday, Nov 8th 1:00pm Eastern

Hawks (
29) at

Bills (
26)

Over/Under 55.0

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Key Matchups
Seahawks Run D
25th DVOA/26th Yards allowed per carry
Bills Run O
11th DVOA/2nd Yards per carry
Seahawks Pass D
17th DVOA/19th Yards allowed per pass
Bills Pass O
2nd DVOA/4th Yards per pass
Bills Run D
3rd DVOA/14th Yards allowed per carry
Seahawks Run O
23rd DVOA/7th Yards per carry
Bills Pass D
9th DVOA/6th Yards allowed per pass
Seahawks Pass O
8th DVOA/24th Yards per pass

Game Overview ::

By JM >>

Seattle is going to come out attacking (just as they've done all season)The Bills are an opponent-specific offense, but the matchup and expected game environment should tilt them toward the airThis game should get increasingly aggressive as we move through it, and points are highly likely to be scoredUhhhh, yeah. There might be a few spots to consider in this one...

How Seattle Will Try To Win ::

We’re past the point where there are questions remaining about whether or not this is real. The 6-1 Seahawks are just about . . .

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Kickoff Sunday, Nov 8th 1:00pm Eastern

Broncos (
22.75) at

Falcons (
27.25)

Over/Under 50.0

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Key Matchups
Broncos Run D
22nd DVOA/16th Yards allowed per carry
Falcons Run O
4th DVOA/4th Yards per carry
Broncos Pass D
4th DVOA/2nd Yards allowed per pass
Falcons Pass O
17th DVOA/12th Yards per pass
Falcons Run D
23rd DVOA/17th Yards allowed per carry
Broncos Run O
29th DVOA/23rd Yards per carry
Falcons Pass D
30th DVOA/28th Yards allowed per pass
Broncos Pass O
28th DVOA/15th Yards per pass

Game Overview ::

By Hilow >>

Calvin Ridley likely to miss, with interim head coach Raheem Morris indicating that Christian Blake is the likely fill inTwo aggressive, downfield offenses with an average of 74.9 pass attempts per game between the two teamsExpected extremely narrow target distribution for the Falcons, with likely 40+ pass attempts from DenverLots of fantasy goodness here to unpack

How Denver Will Try To Win ::

Denver mixes average rush rates with heavy downfield passing, particularly with Tim Patrick on the field (16.4 aDOT). They have shown the propensity to really open up the offense and . . .

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Kickoff Sunday, Nov 8th 4:05pm Eastern

Raiders (
26.75) at

Chargers (
25.75)

Over/Under 52.5

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Key Matchups
Raiders Run D
21st DVOA/18th Yards allowed per carry
Chargers Run O
22nd DVOA/30th Yards per carry
Raiders Pass D
32nd DVOA/17th Yards allowed per pass
Chargers Pass O
17th DVOA/26th Yards per pass
Chargers Run D
29th DVOA/32nd Yards allowed per carry
Raiders Run O
6th DVOA/4th Yards per carry
Chargers Pass D
10th DVOA/27th Yards allowed per pass
Raiders Pass O
16th DVOA/8th Yards per pass

Game Overview ::

By JM >>

The Raiders have a middling matchup, a good pass offense, a bad run offense...and a strong desire to run the footballThe Chargers have a soft matchup, a good pass offense, a bad run offense...and a strong desire to run the footballPoints should be scored in this one, though we'll have to see how much the coaching staffs hold things backThere are some clear pieces here; there is a solid case to be made for building around this game; and there is one spot that requires guesswork...but could pay off big . . .

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Kickoff Sunday, Nov 8th 4:25pm Eastern

Steelers (
29) at

Cowboys (
15)

Over/Under 44.0

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Key Matchups
Steelers Run D
4th DVOA/4th Yards allowed per carry
Cowboys Run O
10th DVOA/18th Yards per carry
Steelers Pass D
19th DVOA/31st Yards allowed per pass
Cowboys Pass O
13th DVOA/10th Yards per pass
Cowboys Run D
5th DVOA/17th Yards allowed per carry
Steelers Run O
10th DVOA/24th Yards per carry
Cowboys Pass D
3rd DVOA/12th Yards allowed per pass
Steelers Pass O
20th DVOA/29th Yards per pass

Game Overview ::

By JM >>

Dallas...doesn't shape up particularly well in this spotPittsburgh...doesThis game is a mismatch, and it's likely to play out that wayWe have to choose carefully how to attack this game in DFS, thinking about what the game environment (and coaching decisions) might look like

How Dallas Will Try To Win ::

With Dak Prescott out, Andy Dalton on the Covid-19 list, and Ben DiNucci deemed unfit to be the starter, Garrett Gilbert or Cooper Rush will be starting this week for the Cowboys behind a banged-up offensive line that ranks . . .

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Kickoff Sunday, Nov 8th 4:25pm Eastern

Dolphins (
21.5) at

Cards (
27.5)

Over/Under 49.0

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Key Matchups
Dolphins Run D
9th DVOA/11th Yards allowed per carry
Cardinals Run O
27th DVOA/17th Yards per carry
Dolphins Pass D
25th DVOA/12th Yards allowed per pass
Cardinals Pass O
29th DVOA/32nd Yards per pass
Cardinals Run D
27th DVOA/23rd Yards allowed per carry
Dolphins Run O
14th DVOA/19th Yards per carry
Cardinals Pass D
19th DVOA/7th Yards allowed per pass
Dolphins Pass O
2nd DVOA/1st Yards per pass

Game Overview ::

By Hilow >>

Injuries to both backfields; certain breakdown of expected touches for the Arizona running backs, uncertain for MiamiGame sets up well for how Arizona is likeliest to attack, and poorly for how Miami is likely to be forced to attackMiami is likely to struggle to sustain drives as well as struggle in the red zone

How Miami Will Try To Win ::

The Dolphins were afforded the opportunity to ease their rookie quarterback into the NFL in Week 8, scoring two defensive touchdowns and routinely creating short fields (interception at the Rams’ 33, fumble recovery at . . .

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Kickoff Sunday, Nov 8th 8:20pm Eastern

Saints (
24) at

Bucs (
27)

Over/Under 51.0

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Key Matchups
Saints Run D
21st DVOA/22nd Yards allowed per carry
Buccaneers Run O
30th DVOA/32nd Yards per carry
Saints Pass D
11th DVOA/9th Yards allowed per pass
Buccaneers Pass O
11th DVOA/28th Yards per pass
Buccaneers Run D
13th DVOA/19th Yards allowed per carry
Saints Run O
22nd DVOA/19th Yards per carry
Buccaneers Pass D
15th DVOA/7th Yards allowed per pass
Saints Pass O
19th DVOA/7th Yards per pass

XANDAMERE’S SHOWDOWN SLANT ::

Sunday night football has the Saints visiting the Bucs for a rematch of their Week 1 game. The game has a 50.5 total with the Bucs 4.5 point favorites, which feels low to me. The Saints are 5-2 but have just a nine-point scoring differential on the season (the Bucs are at 82). The total seems fine, to be clear (even in a weird game that looked mostly like a defensive struggle in Week 1, they combined for 57 points), but personally, I think the Bucs should be bigger favorites here. Both . . .

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Kickoff Monday, Nov 9th 8:15pm Eastern

Patriots (
25.75) at

Jets (
16.25)

Over/Under 42.0

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Key Matchups
Patriots Run D
10th DVOA/8th Yards allowed per carry
Jets Run O
21st DVOA/19th Yards per carry
Patriots Pass D
3rd DVOA/14th Yards allowed per pass
Jets Pass O
25th DVOA/11th Yards per pass
Jets Run D
9th DVOA/6th Yards allowed per carry
Patriots Run O
21st DVOA/21st Yards per carry
Jets Pass D
6th DVOA/4th Yards allowed per pass
Patriots Pass O
25th DVOA/20th Yards per pass

XANDAMERE’S SHOWDOWN SLANT ::

Week 9 wraps up with two underachieving teams as the Patriots visit the Jets. This game has a total of 41.5 with New England favored by 9.5, which for those of you doing the math at home means the Jets have an implied team total of just 16 points. Sam Darnold is expected to miss the game, so it’ll be Joe Flacco at QB for New York. Good luck to them.

The Patriots’ running back corps, as always, is hard to decipher. Damien Harris saw 16 carries last week against Buffalo and had . . .

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