This article is part of our Matchup Edge series.
Minnesota vs. Cleveland in London
Open: 37.5 O/U, MIN -7.5
Press time: 38 O/U, MIN -9.5
This should be a beatdown. Cleveland has no conceivable advantages in this game, and it's hard to imagine anything less than Duke Johnson heroics generating any production from scrimmage on their part. As far as pass catchers go, David Njoku seems like the closest thing to a hope.
Minnesota, though, should have success through the air. Stefon Diggs (groin) is back, and him paired with Adam Thielen gives Minnesota two wideouts the Browns can't cover. Particularly since the Minnesota defense should bully the Browns into giving up turnovers and short fields, Kyle Rudolph projects especially well in this matchup, too. It's possible that all three provide useful returns – the Browns are allowing 8.6 YPT to receivers, and 7.1 YPT to tight ends. He probably doesn't have an especially high ceiling, but I think you have to like Case Keenum's chances of posting at least 250 yards and two touchdowns.
It may be tempting to chase Latavius Murray as a heavy favorite in the wake of his breakout game last week, but I would only use him in season-long formats. Jerick McKinnon is still the preferable asset to me, in no small part because he's more active as a pass catcher. But I won't be using McKinnon in DFS, either.
Philadelphia vs. San Francisco
Open: 47.5 O/U, PHI -11.5
Press time: 45.5 O/U, PHI -12.5
Ah, the overmatched rookie quarterback heads on the