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Minnesota vs. Rams
Open: 46 O/U, MIN -2
Press time: 45.5 O/U, MIN -2.5
It's a bad matchup for Todd Gurley against a Vikings defense allowing the second fewest fantasy points to running backs. The team allowing the fewest? Houston. Gurley, of course, had no trouble with the Texans, so there's nothing prohibitive about the Minnesota matchup. It's probably enough to keep you away from Gurley in DFS cash games, but I can't imagine arguing strongly against him for tournaments. He'll generally be a top projection for each week the rest of the way.
Will the Vikings use Xavier Rhodes to shadow either of Robert Woods or Sammy Watkins? Woods has clearly been more productive and more important to the Rams offense, but I'd still be surprised if anyone considered him the better player. Does the answer to the question of who's better matter given the clearly preferable usage Woods has seen? It's a lot for the Vikings to think about. Whoever doesn't get Rhodes is going to get open. Cooper Kupp matches up the same as he usually does – he's a good bet for four or five catches but hasn't offered much in terms of yardage or touchdowns. If Jared Goff maintains his current torrid pace, though, you would expect Kupp to have a nice game or two before the season ends, and Rhodes' presence should push a target or two extra inside.
I guess I'm leery of the matchup for Goff, though. If the Vikings put