NFL Sunday: Exciting matchups and former Terrapins fantasy football outlook

Andy Kwong

The 2019 NFL season is already in its 11th week. It all started with very physical matchup between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers, two AFC North rivals. The biggest headline from the game was the use of unnecessary force by that of Myles Garrett, Mason Rudolph, and Maurkice Pouncey. Player safety is the biggest priority in the league and punishments have been handed out as the league should.

One game that should be considered the game of the week is the matchup between the 7-2 Baltimore Ravens and the 6-3 Houston Texans. Lamar Jackson and DeShaun Watson should light up the score board. As for the other DMV team, the 1-8 Washington Redskins will host the 2-7 New York Jets at FedEx Stadium. It is expected to be a low-scoring game.

Fantasy Football Outlook for Former Terrapins:

1. D.J. Moore - WR, Carolina Panthers

The 22-year-old receiver has been on fire the last two games, eclipsing over 100 yards against the Titans (101) and the Packers (120). During those games, he was targeted a total of 21 times. Panthers' quarterback Kyle Allen is clearly trying to get him involved early. Moore has a favorable matchup this week against the Atlanta Falcons' secondary, who has allowed the sixth-most passing yards in the NFL. The former Terrapin is a must-start in all leagues.

2. Stefon Diggs - WR, Minnesota Vikings

The former Maryland standout has a tough matchup this weekend against the Denver Broncos. He will be lined up against All-Pro Chris Harris, who has been arguably the best cornerback in the NFL. The Broncos boasts a very stingy secondary, allowing only 202.1 passing yards per game (fourth-best). To make matters worse for him, he has only four catches for 53 yards the past two games combined. Diggs only had 11 targets during that time, which should make fantasy owners concerned. Adam Thielen's hamstring injury should have made Diggs a must-start every game, but he has been more inconsistent than ever. He is a borderline WR2/WR3.

3. Ty Johnson - RB, Detroit Lions

Johnson has cleared concussion protocol and is expected to rejoin the running back committee with J.D. McKissic. The sixth-round rookie was forced into the starting lineup after the Lions lost Kerryon Johnson to a season-ending injury. He faces a middle-of-the-pack run defense in the Dallas Cowboys, who has allowed an average of 103.4 rushing yards through nine games. With Matthew Stafford ruled out again, Ty Johnson's fantasy projection drops significantly. I would look at other options but he is a fringe flex at best. 

4. Yannick Ngakoue and J.C. Jackson

These two defensive players only apply to fantasy owners in an IDP (Individual Defensive Player) league. Ngakoue has been a standout in the NFL since being a second-round draft selection by the Jaguars in 2016. With the Colts recent struggles, expect Ngakoue to have a big day in sack production. As for Jackson, he has the potential to be a starting cornerback in the NFL. He has also been a standout for the Patriots, being an undrafted free agent out of Maryland in 2018. The Patriots will play against an Eagles team that has struggled with injuries. Carson Wentz has been underwhelming this season, so expect Jackson to capitalize on his struggles.