Studs and Duds: Week 9

Mon Nov 4 9:29am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Wilson continued MVP season


It was a decent week of scoring in fantasy land. It wasn’t super high scoring but not low scoring, either. You could call it a middle of the road week. The receiver spot seemed to enjoy the most success. There were some really big scoring performances from fantasy receivers. Four receivers had double-digit receptions and 10 other receivers hit the 100-yard mark.

The quarterback spot saw much success once again in the pass-first NFL. Many quarterbacks racked up the touchdowns. We even had a five-touchdown performance (Russell Wilson). There were six quarterbacks that had three or more passing touchdowns. Passing yardage was a little down, though, compared to past weeks. We had six 300-yard passers in all. 

Running games were decent with eight running backs hitting the 100-yard mark. That is a decent week, especially if you compare that to past weeks. There also were five backs that had multiple rushing touchdowns, making for some good fantasy games. 

Here is to hoping you landed on the right side of things in Week 9!

49ers 28, Cardinals 25

Fantasy Stud: Kenyan Drake. Drake made quite the splash in his debut with the Cardinals. He not only got about all the work at running back but excelled in a starting role. He ran 15 times for  110 yards and a touchdown. He also caught four passes for 52 yards, giving him 162 total yards and a score. Drake has value as long as he is starting for the Cardinals going forward. He finally got a chance to start for a good offensive team and showed what he could do in that role. It was quite an impressive showing for Drake.

Fantasy Dud: Tevin Coleman. Coleman laid an egg after his huge Week 8 game. He got the work but ran 12 times for just 23 yards. He also caught just two passes for 13 yards. You just didn’t see this game coming, especially in a favorable matchup with the Cardinals. Coleman can rebound, though, as long as he keeps getting double-digit carries in the 49ers high-powered offensive attack. 

Game Notes: Jimmy Garoppolo had his best game of the season, going 28-of-37 for 317 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. This was his second three-touchdown game of the season, but first 300-yard showing. 

Emmanuel Sanders led the way at receiver for the 49ers in his second game with the team. He had seven receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown. It was Sanders second 100-yard game of the year and fourth time he hit 85-plus yards. 

Texans 26, Jaguars 3

Fantasy Stud: DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins didn’t have a huge yardage game but racked up the catches and scored a touchdown. He had eight receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown, making for a very good fantasy showing. He finished just shy of 20 fantasy points, breaking a streak of two straight games with 20-plus fantasy points. Hopkins isn’t having a huge year but has been solid. He has touchdowns two of three and at least five receptions every game.

Fantasy Dud: D.J. Chark. Chark had a great matchup against a banged up defense but couldn’t take advantage. He had four receptions for 32 yards. Chark has really cooled since a great start to the season. He has fewer than 55 yards three of four games. Chark is still having a great rookie year but been more inconsistent since early in the season. 

Game Notes: Carlos Hyde had his second 100-yard game of the year, having 19 carries for 160 yards. He also lost a fumble as he was going in for a score, which put a dent in his fantasy performance. Hyde has 80-plus rushing yards five of nine games. 

Duke Johnson had a big game despite getting shutdown on the ground. He ran seven times for 13 yards and a touchdown. Johnson had five receptions for a team-high 68-receiving yards.  

Bills 24, Redskins 9

Fantasy Stud: Devin Singletary. Singletary had a big day, leading the way at running back for the Bills. He had nine more carries than Frank Gore, having 20 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown. He also had three receptions for 45 yards, giving him 140 total yard sin the game. Both totals were a career high for Singletary. He has touchdowns two straight and could be emerging as the go-to back in this offense.

Fantasy Dud: Terry McLaurin. McLaurin had another down game, which has been a trend of late. He had four receptions for 39 yards. McLaurin has fewer than 40 yards three straight games. He has really played some good defenses in recent weeks, though, so don’t give up all hope on the rookie. He can get going again. 

Game Notes: Adrian Peterson had his second 100-yard game. He had 18 carries for 108 yards. He has 75-plus rushing yards four straight games. 

Dwayne Haskins struggled in a starting role once again. He failed to score a touchdown, going 15-of-22 for 144 yards without a touchdown or an interception. 

Eagles 22, Bears 14

Fantasy Stud: Zach Ertz. Ertz finally had one of his big games. He had nine receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. This was his first 100-yard game of the year and highest reception total of the season. Maybe this is the game that gets Ertz going. He had just one score doing into the game.

Fantasy Dud: Allen Robinson. Robinson had a great matchup and been playing great football, so this was expected to be a big showing for him. Well, that didn’t happen. He had just a catch for six yards. Both were season lows for Robinson. He had at least five receptions five straight games before this dud. With the Bears struggling offensively, Robinson might be a little more erratic going forward. 

Game Notes: Mitchell Trubisky had more struggles, going 10-of-21 for 125 yards without a touchdown or interception against a bad Eagles secondary. He has failed to score a touchdown two straight and five of seven games he has played. 

David Montgomery got most of the work at running back again and played well, rushing 14 times for 40 yards and two touchdowns. He also had three receptions for 36 yards, finishing with 76 total yards and two scores.

Chiefs 26, Vikings 23

Fantasy Stud: Tyreek Hill. Hill had six receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown. He made several big plays throughout the game. This was his first 100-yard game of the season. He has at least 74 yards four straight games since returning from his knee injury. Hill has been super consistent as the No. 1 target in this offense. 

Fantasy Dud: Stefon Diggs. The Vikings had three passing touchdowns and 221-passing yards, but Diggs wasn’t apart of nearly all of the passing attack. He had just a catch for four yards, which was a big surprise, considering his recent play. Diggs had three straight 100-yard games before this performance.

Game Notes: Adam Thielen didn't last long in this game, re-aggravating his hamstring injury. He did not have a catch in the game and left very early. He could miss more time with this one.

Kirk Cousins didn’t have a ton of yardage, but continued his hot play. He had three touchdown passes without a turnover. Cousins has three-touchdown games three of four. 

Steelers 26, Colts 24

Fantasy Stud: Jaylen Samuels. Samuels didn’t lead the Steelers in rushing but had a huge game in the passing attack. He had eight carries for just 10 yards, but 13 receptions for 73 yards. He is a huge asset in the passing game when in the starting lineup, giving him a lot of fantasy potential. James Conner remains the starter when healthy, but if he misses more time, Samuels has good fantasy value. 

Fantasy Dud: JuJu Smith-Schuster. Smith-Schuster had just three receptions for 16 yards. This gives him fewer than five fantasy points three of five games. Smith-Schuster really needs Ben Roethlisberger back in the starting lineup. His production has really suffered this year. 

Game Notes: Jacoby Brissett suffered a leg injury early in the game and was unable to return. He was 4-of-5 for 59 yards before leaving. Brian Hoyer played well in his place. He was 17-of-26 for 168 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. 

Trey Edmunds was the surprise leading rusher for the Steelers. He had 12 carries for 73 yards. He won’t have much of a role when Conner is back, but could keep getting carries while he is out.

Dolphins 26, Jets 18

Fantasy Stud: Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick has re-gained his Fitz-magic. He was 24-of-36 for 288 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. Fitzpatrick has multiple touchdowns three straight and seems to have a strong grip on the starter’s job in the Dolphins pass-heavy offense. He might be worth a streaming look in the right matchup. 

Fantasy Dud: Mark Walton. Walton seemed setup for a good showing, starting against a bad defense with Kenyan Drake not in the mix anymore. Walton got his work but did about nothing with it. He had 12 carries for just 29 yards. He also caught three passes for just 12 yards. Walton is going to be a hard player to trust in this offense going forward - even in a starting role.

Game Notes: Preston Williams had five receptions for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Williams has at least four receptions all but two games this year. He is making a name for himself in this offense. 

Jamison Crowder led the Jets in receiving, catching eight passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. This was his first touchdown of the season, but Crowder has at least four receptions five of eight games.

Panthers 30, Titans 20

Fantasy Stud: Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey had another one of his game-changing performances. He ran 24 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns. He also had three receptions for 20 yards and a score, giving him 166 total yards and three touchdowns. McCaffrey has touchdown all but a game this year and is making a big-time run at No. 1 overall fantasy back. He is some kind of back.

Fantasy Dud: Jonnu Smith. Smith got another start at tight end with Delanie Walker out, but did little after a couple solid performances. He had three receptions for 18 yards. Smith had 60-plus yards two straight before this game. He still has potential in a starting role in this offense, but isn’t a sure thing by any means.

Game Notes: Ryan Tannehill had his second 300-yard game of the season. He was 27-of-39 for 331 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He also ran in a score, giving him multiple touchdowns three straight games in a starting role.

D.J. Moore had his first 100-yard game of the season. He had seven receptions for 101 yards on 10 targets. He has 70-plus yards five of eight games.

Raiders 31, Lions 24

Fantasy Stud: Matthew Stafford. Stafford continued his red hot play, picking apart the Raiders secondary. He was 26-of-41 for 406 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. Stafford has three straight games with 300-plus yards and three-plus touchdowns. He has five three-touchdown games this season. He is having a huge season and performing as well as any fantasy quarterback in the game. 

Fantasy Dud: Ty Johnson. Johnson did lead the way at running back for the Lions this week, but still didn’t produce with his chances. He ran nine times for 29 yards and caught three passes for seven yards. So he had 12 touches for 36 yards. Johnson might be the lead back for the Lions but that doesn’t mean you should play him. He is doing very little with this chances. The Lions are suddenly a pass-first team.  

Game Notes: Josh Jacobs topped 120 yards for the third time in four games. He ran 28 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns. The only negative for Jacobs in the game was he didn’t have a catch. 

Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones both hit the 100-yard mark. Golladay had four receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown. Jones caught eight passes for 126 yards and a touchdown.

Seahawks 40, Bucs 34

Fantasy Stud: Tyler Lockett. There were several big showings in this game, but Lockett gets the nod for “stud” honors. He had 13 receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns. This is the third time he had double-digit receptions in a game. He also has three 100-yard games and six touchdowns. Lockett is quickly becoming an elite fantasy receiver. 

Fantasy Dud: Cameron Brate. Brate got the start with O.J. Howard out once again, but failed to do anything in this game. He didn’t even catch a pass, getting shutout for the first time this year. It was a bad time for Brate to lay an egg in a game that saw the Bucs throw for 300-plus yards and score 34 points. There is not a tight end on the Bucs roster that you can trust. 

Game Notes: Russell Wilson continued his MVP season. He was 29-of-43 for 378 yards and five touchdowns without an interception. Wilson has 25 total touchdowns to one interception this season. 

Mike Evans had his second straight game with double-digit touchdowns and 100-plus yards. He had 12 receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown. He has 23 receptions for 378 yards and three touchdowns his last two games.

Broncos 24, Browns 19

Fantasy Stud: Noah Fant. Fant had three receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown. It was his first 100-yard game as a pro. He did not have more than 40 yards in a game until this big showing. It was an encouraging performance for the rookie tight end. Maybe the quarterback change will be just the thing to get Fant going for the rest of the year.   

Fantasy Dud: Royce Freeman. Freeman had his worst game of the season. He ran five times for just 15 yards and caught a pass for a negative game. He had touchdowns two straight and 60-plus total yards three of four games, so this game was a surprise for his fantasy owners. He had been posting pretty consistent numbers. It is not a surprise to see him posting poor numbers, though, since he splits carries with Phillip Lindsay at running back. This could happen more often going forward. 

Game Notes: Phillip Lindsay had just nine carries but still had 92-rushing yards and a touchdown. He averaged 10.2 yards per carry. Lindsay has touchdowns three of five games.

Baker Mayfield played one of his better games of the season. He was 27-of-42 for 273 yards and a touchdown without a turnover.  He still has not thrown for multiple touchdowns in a game this year, though.

Chargers 26, Packers 11

Fantasy Stud: Melvin Gordon. Gordon finally had a big overall game. He ran 20 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns. He also had three receptions for 29 yard, giving him 109 total yards and two scores. This was the first time all season he had more than 50 total yards in a game. He has scores three straight, though, and seems to be hitting his stride at the right time for fantasy owners. 

Fantasy Dud: Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers had been red hot but was a bust this week. He didn’t even hit 200 yards. He was 23-of-35 for 161 yards and a touchdown without an interception. It was the first time all year he didn’t top 200 yards. You didn’t see this game coming after watching Rodgers scores 10 touchdowns his last three games. 

Game Notes: Davante Adams returned from injury and led the Packers in receptions, catching seven passes for 41 yards. Adams has seven or more receptions three of five games this season.   

Mike Williams had his first 100-yard game for the season. He had three receptions for 111 yards. He is starting to produce better, having 69-plus yards four of five games. 

Ravens 37, Patriots 20

Fantasy Stud: Lamar Jackson. The best defense in football couldn’t slow Jackson. He scored three touchdowns in the game, leading his team to 37 points. He was 17-of-23 for 163 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. He also ran 16 times for 61 yards and two touchdowns. Jackson has at least 23 fantasy points all but one game this year. He is having a breakout fantasy season, making a run at top fantasy quarterback in the game. 

Fantasy Dud: Sony Michel. Michel was not a big part of the offense for really the first time this year. He had four carries for just 18 yards and one catch for 12 yards. This was his first game not getting at least nine carries in a game. It also was his first game all season with fewer than five fantasy points. It was a disappointing showing for the Patriots starting back. 

Game Notes: Mohamed Sanu had a great second game with the Patriots. He had 10 receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. His stock is going up on a weekly basis in this offense. 

 Mark Ingram hit the 100-yard mark for the first time since Week 3. He ran 15 times for 116 yards and caught two passes for 29 yards. Ingram broke a streak of three straight games failing to top 55-rushing yards in a game.

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

Player Notes
David Montgomery Nov 18 9:00am ET

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery finished with 14 carries for only 31 yards during the loss to the Rams on Sunday night. He also managed to catch a single pass for 19 yards but was outperformed in all areas by Tarik Cohen, who finished with more receiving and rushing yards, while also recording a touchdown. With this one in the books, Montgomery, who was nursing an ankle issue coming into this one, will hopefully be 100 percent for a showdown with the Giants in Week 12.

From RotoBaller

Marlon Mack Nov 18 8:53am ET

Updating previous reports, Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (hand) is not expected to play in Week 12 Thursday, Nov. 21. He'll see a specialist this week to figure out how long he'll be out.

Fantasy Spin: Jordan Wilkins could be the featured back against the Houston Texans. It's not a good matchup, but Wilkins is at least worth a flex play.

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Tarik Cohen Nov 18 8:50am ET

Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen outplayed David Montgomery on Sunday night in the loss to the Rams. Cohen rushed for 39 yards, eight more than Montgomery, on nine attempts in addition to five receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown. This was arguably the most productive outing of the year for the 24-year-old, who has now scored in his last two games. He likely will return to yielding touches to Montgomery on a week-to-week basis moving ahead, but he still possesses PPR appeal in deeper formats due to his ability to catch passes out of the backfield. He will look to keep it going against the Giants at home in Week 12.

From RotoBaller

Mitch Trubisky Nov 18 8:40am ET

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky struggled on Sunday night in the loss to the Rams, finishing with 190 yards, a touchdown, and a pick on 24-for-43 passing. The 25-year-old, who threw three touchdowns the week before against the Lions, suffered a hip injury early in this one but continued to play before finally shutting it down late in the fourth quarter. Trubisky will likely take it easy during practice throughout the week, with his status for Week 12 against the visiting New York Giants in limbo at the moment.

From RotoBaller

Benjamin Watson Nov 18 3:23am ET

New England Patriots TE Benjamin Watson caught three of his four targets for 52 yards in Week 11 versus the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fantasy Spin: The 52 yards nearly doubled his previous season high. Watson is bringing more fantasy relevancy to the position than Matt LaCosse or Ryan Izzo did, but the 38-year-old is still not an advisable streamer and probably won't be at any point this season.

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Mohamed Sanu Nov 18 3:23am ET

New England Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu hauled in two of his four targets for four yards and added an eight-yard run on his only rushing attempt in Week 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fantasy Spin: It's definitely not what fantasy owners were looking for after he posted a 10-81-1 line in his last game before the team's Week 10 bye. Then again, New England's offense wasn't exactly clicking on all cylinders against an inspired Eagles' defense. Sanu should be considered a low-end WR3 or WR4 option in Week 12 versus the Dallas Cowboys.

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Nelson Agholor Nov 18 3:13am ET

Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor had four receptions for 40 yards against the New England Patriots on Sunday, Nov. 17.

Fantasy Spin: With Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson out, Agholor was the de facto WR1 for Carson Wentz -- his nine targeted balls were more than Jordan Matthews, Mack Hollins and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside combined. He made some plays but again left some on the field, and he had a chance to tie the game late on a tough ball that he couldn't haul in. Agholor is a WR4 when Jeffery is healthy and could bump up to a WR3 when he's not.

From TheHuddle

Julian Edelman Nov 18 3:13am ET

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman hauled in five of his 10 targets for 53 yards in Week 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles. He also threw for a 15-yard touchdown on his only pass attempt.

Fantasy Spin: The receiving yardage total was his lowest since Week 7, but offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels helped saved his fantasy day by dialing up a trick play for the former college quarterback to throw a touchdown pass that ultimately led to Phillip Dorsett getting hurt. With at least 10 targets in five consecutive contests and at least five receptions in six straight, Edelman is a rock-solid WR2 with WR1 upside. Expect similar production in Week 12 versus the Dallas Cowboys.

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James White Nov 18 3:03am ET

New England Patriots RB James White carried five times for 20 yards and caught four of his seven targets for 16 yards in Week 11 versus the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fantasy Spin: Considering how good the Eagles' rush defense is, this should have been a James White game. However, it was a bad day for most of the Patriots' offense as Philadelphia played one of its better games on defense. Amazingly, White has scored only two touchdowns in 2019 after erupting for a career-high 12 last year. He'll be a low-end RB2 play at best in Week 12 against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Dallas Goedert Nov 18 3:03am ET

Philadelphia Eagles TE Dallas Goedert caught three passes for 36 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the New England Patriots.

Fantasy Spin: Goedert's TD was originally ruled an interception before being overturned on review. That gives him three TDs in his last four games, though with so many players missing it seemed like a day to get Goedert more involved. Still, his propensity for touchdowns does give him some fringe TE1 value.

From TheHuddle

Tom Brady Nov 18 2:53am ET

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady went 26-of-47 for 216 with no touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 11 versus the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fantasy Spin: Brady did not look particularly good in this one, although the Eagles' defense did their part to make it tough on him. Still, he uncharacteristically missed throws he usually makes. His biggest chunk play was on a 30-yard screen pass in which Rex Burkhead did most of the work. Week 11 marked the third time this season in which he failed to throw for a score and the second one in which he did not account for one. He'll be in the QB2 conversation in Week 12 against the Dallas Cowboys.

From TheHuddle

Sony Michel Nov 18 2:53am ET

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel rushed for 33 yards on 10 carries and added two receptions for 11 yards in Week 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fantasy Spin: Same story, different week for his fantasy owners. Michel has been a touchdown-dependent RB2 for most of the season, but he has been nearly unusable whenever Rex Burkhead has been active. Owners should consider other alternatives in Week 12 when the Patriots host the Dallas Cowboys.

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Zach Ertz Nov 18 2:53am ET

Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz logged nine catches for 94 yards during the team's Week 11 loss to the New England Patriots.

Fantasy Spin: After some lean weeks Ertz has bounced back with a vengeance, posting consecutive nine-catch outings and easily leading the team with 94 receiving yards against the Pats. He's a must-start TE1 each and every week.

From TheHuddle

Carson Wentz Nov 18 2:33am ET

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz completed 20 of 40 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown against the New England Patriots in Week 11.

Fantasy Spin: Yes, the Pats might have the NFL's toughest defense. Yes, the Eagles were missing some key weapons. And yet it's hard not to lay some blame at the feet of Wentz, who has now passed for fewer than 250 yards and exactly one TD in five of his last six games. Bottom line, those aren't QB1 numbers, and it seems unlikely he'll get healthy against a rested Seahawks club in Week 12.

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Anthony Miller Nov 18 2:23am ET

Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller caught six passes for 54 yards against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Nov. 17.

Fantasy Spin: Six receptions were a season high for Miller, who has now topped 50 yards receiving four times in his last six games. While that qualifies as encouraging, Miller has no TDs this year and hasn't reached the 70-yard plateau. He's a fringe bench option in large leagues.

From TheHuddle

Nick Vigil Nov 18 2:23am ET

Cincinnati Bengals LB Nick Vigil finished with 12 tackles (six solo) in Week 11 versus the Oakland Raiders.

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Roquan Smith Nov 18 2:23am ET

Chicago Bears LB Roquan Smith was credited with 11 tackles (six solo) against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 11.

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Darren Waller Nov 18 2:13am ET

Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller hauled in five of his team-high seven targets for 78 yards in Week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He also lost two yards on an end-around.

Fantasy Spin: Although it's hard for owners to be too upset with Waller considering the return on investment they've already realized, he had not topped three catches or 52 yards in three straight before this outburst. The breakout star is not exactly the blame, however, as the Raiders typically enjoyed positive game script and become run-heavy over that stretch. With tight end being the black hole it is in fantasy, owners should feel good about continuing to start him moving forward, including Week 12 against the New York Jets.

From TheHuddle

Taylor Gabriel Nov 18 2:03am ET

Chicago Bears WR Taylor Gabriel tallied seven receptions for 57 yards against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Nov. 17.

Fantasy Spin: Gabriel caught half of his 14 targets and has been a decent secondary producer behind Allen Robinson. He hasn't topped 75 yards in a game, however, and Chicago's passing attack isn't exactly providing opponents with many sleepless nights. Gabriel has some deep-league value, but in standard formats you should be able to do better.

From TheHuddle

Allen Robinson Nov 18 2:03am ET

Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson had four receptions for 15 yards in the club's Week 11 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Fantasy Spin: Robinson seemed to frequently attract the attention of Jalen Ramsey in coverage, and Chicago's top wideout finished with less than 20 yards receiving for the second time in three weeks. While Robinson remains the top Bears receiver to own, he's a risky WR3 at this point.

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