This was one of those weeks where my fantasy players mostly did well but the teams I wanted to see win mostly fell off a shelf. If you weren’t as fortunate, maybe you’re in need of a Monday Night Miracle. Well, you could do worse than the league’s only undefeated team if you’re looking for a miracle. More on tonight’s matchup in a minute. First, let’s consider what we learned from Sunday’s other games.
The Vikings are for real
The Vikings entered Sunday with a 7-1 record, second best in the NFL, and a four and a half game lead in their division. That seemed to square them as a great NFL contender, and yet it was fair to have questions. Kirk Cousins hasn’t always thrived under pressure and the Vikings haven’t had a ton of tests. They got one Sunday in Buffalo, and despite taking some big shots from the Bills the Vikings managed to rally. The Vikings came away with the 33-30 win, moving to 8-1 and keeping the pressure on the Eagles. The Vikings, finally, look like the contender many expected when Cousins first signed with the team.
The Dolphins are serious contenders
I, like many, have taken for granted the Bills would win the AFC East and earn a top seed. And yet, after 10 weeks, it’s the Miami Dolphins that sit atop the division. The Dolphins are 7-3, with the Bills now 6-3. The Dolphins also beat the Bills earlier this season. It’s going to be a tight, three-way race, but it’s impossible to ignore the Dolphins. Tua Tagovailoa and this offense are humming and they’ve beaten all comers of late. The Dolphins look like not only a playoff contender, but a potential division winner. That could make them a force to be reckoned with in the AFC playoff landscape.
The Jeff Saturday experiment started well
Saturday debuted as coach and many wondered what it would mean for the Colts. Turns out, it meant good things. The Colts got the 25-20 win over the Raiders, moving to 4-5-1 on the season. They also put Matt Ryan back in at quarterback, which looked smart, and fed Jonathan Taylor, which yielded results. All those are promising signs and suggest that, despite what it may have looked like earlier, the Colts could still be players this season.
Now, on to the Monday night game!
Washington Commanders (4-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (8-0)
The league has only one undefeated team, and it’s the Eagles. They figure to remain that way facing Washington on Monday. But we can’t dismiss the Commanders too quickly. Washington has looked tough at times, and division games have a way of turning out unexpectedly. Still, it seems more than likely that the Eagles will move to 9-0. Still, this could be a good game for fantasy.
For the Commanders, there are a few options. I like Brian Robinson, Jr., and Antonio Gibson as flex options, while Terry McLaurin is a low-end WR2 and Curtis Samuel is a WR3 for me. All solid options but not likely to explode for miracle level points. That, more likely, could come from the Eagles.
For the Eagles, I like Jalen Hurts as a Top 3 option at QB. He’s a potential miracle with his rushing ability. I like A.J. Brown as a top receiver option, while DeVonta Smith is more of a WR3 with upside. I like Dallas Goedert as a TE1 and Miles Sanders as an RB2 option. Brown and Hurts are the best bets if you need a Monday night miracle.
The Pick: The Eagles.
Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.