1. Odell Beckham Jr. (projected 12.55 points)- With Beckham finally heating up and putting up star caliber numbers; it’s a no-brainer to figure that he could be a top fantasy performer against the struggling 2-7 Chicago Bears. He has three touchdowns and 143 receiving yards in the past two weeks, and the 16.60 and 15.70 points he’s gotten in both weeks respectively are Beckham’s second and third-highest point totals of the season. Combine this with the fact that he’s going up against a Chicago defense that has given up the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season and has only cracked double-digit point totals once. There’s a reason why only 4% of fantasy owners have the Chicago defense on their rosters, and with the Giants’ one-dimensional offense, fantasy owners can expect a lot of targets and big numbers for Beckham on Sunday.
2. New York Giants defense (projected 7.98 points)- With the Giants defense playing at level not seen for a few years, the Giants defense looks to be a great start for fantasy owners this week. The Bears have given up the 7th most fantasy points to opposing defenses this season, and quarterback Jay Cutler has been awful regardless of his injured thumb, throwing for only three touchdowns and four interceptions on 807 passing yards. Cutler will also be without the services of Alshon Jeffery, who has been suspended for the next four weeks for violating the NFL’s drug policy. Without his main target, it is unlikely that Cutler will be able to take advantage of a New York secondary that gives up an average of 277 yards per game through the air. They’ve given up just seven touchdown passes, good for the third-lowest in the league, while giving up the third fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. That’s bad news for Chicago’s mediocre offense, and great news for New York’s defense, which is why they’d be in my fantasy lineup come Sunday.
3. Eddie Royal (projected 6.64 points)- With the absence of Alshon Jeffery, Royal will see an increase in targets from Jay Cutler, possibly leading to better numbers than he’s had this season. Even though Royal has just two touchdowns this season and hasn’t eclipsed 10 fantasy points since Week 4, the New York secondary is ranked 27 in the league and his speed and elusiveness could provide matchup nightmares for Janoris Jenkins and Landon Collins. This is definitely a real shot-in-the-dark pick, but I believe that more targets and Royal’s role on special teams could get him into double-digit point totals, making him the sleeper of the week.