Matchup Edge: Great Expectations
Matchup Edge: Great Expectations

This article is part of our Matchup Edge series.

Minnesota vs. Chicago

Open: 40 O/U, MIN -13
Press time: 38 O/U, MIN -12

Minnesota's so vastly superior that you would expect them to control this game from start to finish, with minimal exertion. If that proves true, then it might be difficult to harvest fantasy utility from the top Vikings players despite the team's interest in securing the win here. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs should be open, but like last week's game against Green Bay, Case Keenum simply might not need to throw much.

If I was to test my luck with any Vikings in fantasy, aside from the defense, it'd probably be Latavius Murray. He's Minnesota's go-to option when sitting on a lead, and they should do that plenty in this game. But his mediocre talent level and the determination of the Bears defense leave me pessimistic about Murray's chances of accumulating yardage from scrimmage. I think he'll need multiple touchdowns to be a hit for fantasy owners.

Philadelphia vs. Dallas

Open: 43 O/U, PHI -1
Press time: 39 O/U, DAL -3

The Eagles aren't playing many of their starters in this one, which makes Ezekiel Elliott more interesting than usual in a game where he should see a big workload despite the backups that might be on the other side. I'm on the fence as to how much of a win that really is for Elliott when Hall of Fame left tackle Tyron Smith is sitting out. Smith's injuries were a bigger factor in the

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