This Thursday night we get a rematch between the quarterbacks from Super Bowl LII. The former New England Patriot, Tom Brady, and his new Tampa Bay Buccaneers team face off against the former Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles and the Chicago Bears. After a couple of rough Thursday night matchups, this one should be a good one. Both teams are 3-1 and looking to stay at the top in the NFC playoff race. Let’s jump right into the top players for this NFC showdown.
Darnell Mooney (DK Captain $6,900 | FD $7,000)
Mooney has shown a lot of flashes this season. Last week he had a season-high five receptions on nine targets. Foles looked his way often and he will continue to do so this week. The Buccaneers just gave up two home run balls for touchdowns last week to the Los Angeles Chargers. They gave up touchdowns of 72 and 53 yards. The rookie is looking to be a steal for the Bears after he got drafted in the fifth round. Look for Foles and Mooney to connect on a couple of deep balls in this game and Mooney to have his first big break out game.
Nick Foles (DK $10,000 | FD MVP $14,000)
Foles made his first start as a Bear last week and it was not the best showing. They were unable to score a touchdown until the final minutes of the fourth quarter. He needs to have a bounce-back game this week if there’s any hope for the Bears offense this season. He gets a solid matchup against the Buccaneers, who just let rookie quarterback Justin Herbert throw for 290 yards and three touchdowns. The Buccaneers defense is also very good against the run only allowing 64.2 yards per game so expect to see a heavy dose of Foles and the passing attack.
Ronald Jones II (DK $7,400 | FD $10,500)
The Bears pass defense has been stellar this year. However, they have struggled to stop the run. They are middle of the pack in terms of average rushing yards allowed per game. They have allowed an average of 115 yards in four games. Last week, Jones saw 20 carries and was able to turn those into 111 rushing yards. He also saw nine targets catching six of them for 17 yards. Leonard Fournette is unlikely to play, so Jones should be the workhorse. He will look to continue his success from last week and put together another solid week.
Cameron Brate (DK $3,800 | FD $6,000)
Brate will see an increased role after O.J. Howard was put on season-ending injured reserve. With all the weapons injured for Brady and the Buccaneers, they will have to feed Brate. Especially since the wide receivers will struggle against Bears cornerbacks Jaylon Johnson and Kyle Fuller who are among the top in the league in terms of completion percentage allowed. As a team, the Bears lead the league in opponent’s completion percentage at 56.4 percent. However, it should be for a solid matchup for Brate as the Bears defense has allowed tight ends to score three touchdowns this season. Look for Brady to target Brate all game long.
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