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Joe Burrow
QB - CIN
Joe Burrow
Joe Burrow
QB - CIN
vs. MIN, Sun 1pm EDT
at WAS, Sun 1pm EDT
 
 
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 26# 35-
Best Rank# 15# 34-
Worst Rank# 32# 55-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. MIN at WAS-
Matchup RatingThis is a 2 star matchup. QBs perform a little worse than their average vs MINThis is a 4 star matchup. QBs perform a litter better than their average vs WAS-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Pass Comp22.420.6
Pass Yds258.8191.8
Pass TD1.91.3
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total178.6342.8-
Avg Game17.922.9-
2019 Average17.922.9-
    
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09/13
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09/13
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09/13
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09/10
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09/10
#26-
    
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09/13
#20-
    
Kevin HansonK. Hanson
EDSFootball
09/10
#27-
    
Michael HauffM. Hauff
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09/13
#25-
    
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09/13
#18-
    
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09/13
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09/13
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09/10
#28-
    
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09/13
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09/13
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09/12
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The Hateful 8
09/13
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09/13
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09/13
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09/13
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09/13
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09/13
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09/08
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09/13
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09/13
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09/13
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09/09
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09/12
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09/12
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09/10
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09/13
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09/12
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Chris KennedyC. Kennedy
The Fantasy Headliners
09/13
#27-
    
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09/13
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09/12
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09/13
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Matt SchaufM. Schauf
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09/10
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Michael PetropoulosM. Petr...
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09/09
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09/13
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09/10
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09/12
#21-
    
Derek LoflandD. Lofland
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09/09
#22-
    
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RotoBaller
09/13
#23-
    
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09/10
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Scott SmithS. Smith
RotoViz
09/13
#27-
    
Doug NorrieD. Norrie
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09/13
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Mike HarmonM. Harmon
Swollen Dome
09/13
#29-
    
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DK Nation
09/10
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Matthew BetzM. Betz
BallBlast
09/13
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Dan HarrisD. Harris
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09/13
#24-
    
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09/13
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09/08
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09/13
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09/13
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09/13
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Kyle AugustK. August
Fantasy Football Smackdown
09/13
#26-
    
Lawrence JacksonL. Jackson
Fantasy Football Lord
09/13
#29-
    
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The Washington Post
09/13
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Francisco (Chato) RomeroF. (Cha...
Estadio Fantasy
09/13
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Scott PianowskiS. Pian...
Yahoo! Sports
09/13
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Scott WhitfieldS. Whit...
Roto Rankings
09/13
#27-
    
Frank StampflF. Stampfl
CBS Sports
09/13
#24-
    
Mike MacGregorM. MacG...
Draft Buddy
09/12
#27-
    
Andrew EricksonA. Eric...
Pro Football Focus
09/13
#20-
    
Davis MattekD. Mattek
SportsGrid
09/13
#17-
    
Jacob WayneJ. Wayne
Lineups
09/09
#25-
    
Liz LozaL. Loza
Yahoo! Sports
09/13
#24-
    
Gerson AguirreG. Aguirre
Going For 2
09/07
#16#34-
    
Alex BlickleA. Blickle
Fantasy Team Advice
09/13
#24-
    
Jeff BoggisJ. Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
09/13
#24-
    
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#25-
    
Justin WeigalJ. Weigal
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09/13
#24-
    
Matt CampM. Camp
Bleacher Report
09/13
#26-
    
Kyle YatesK. Yates
FantasyPros
09/09
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Dan ClasgensD. Clas...
Get Sports Info
09/13
#19-
    
Andy BehrensA. Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
09/12
#20-
    
Drew DeLucaD. DeLuca
NFL Spinzone
09/13
#31-
    
Kate MagdziukK. Magd...
BallBlast
09/12
#27-
    
Michelle MagdziukM. Magd...
BallBlast
09/10
#29-
    
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The Fantasy First Down
09/13
#25-
    
Kyle EnglishK. English
Reality Sports
09/10
#23-
    
Dave RichardD. Richard
CBS Sports
09/12
#22-
    
Scott EngelS. Engel
RotoBaller
09/12
#32-
    
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DailyRoto
09/13
#27#35-
    
Aaron LarsonA. Larson
FantasyPros
09/09
#24-
    
John PaulsenJ. Paulsen
4for4.com
09/13
#25-
    
Jason SablichJ. Sablich
5th Down Fantasy
09/04
#23#35-
    
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numberFire
09/13
#26-
    
Elliot Berkovits E. Berk...
Packer Report
09/13
#25-
    
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09/13
#25#34-
    
Huseyin AksuH. Aksu
Fantasy Couch
09/13
#27-
    
Richard KingR. King
King Fantasy Sports
09/10
#24#35-
    
Chris MeaneyC. Meaney
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09/09
#17-
    
Mike KruegerM. Krueger
FFToday
09/09
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WalterFootball
09/01
#28-
    
Pierre CamusP. Camus
RotoBaller
09/10
#23-
    
Geoff LambertG. Lambert
Going For 2
09/13
#26#35-
    
John HestermanJ. Hest...
Dynasty League Football
09/10
#26-
    
Matt HarmonM. Harmon
Yahoo! Sports
09/08
#25-
    
Tim PetropoulosT. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
09/12
#32-
    
Benjamin KlotzB. Klotz
Touchdown Squad
09/12
#23-
    
Nicholas YouN. You
The Undroppables
09/11
#28-
    
Chris RaybonC. Raybon
The Action Network
09/13
#17-
    
Justin BooneJ. Boone
theScore
09/10
#24-
    
Dariyan MayburyD. Maybury
Fantasy Football Advice
09/10
#25-
    
The FFGhostT. FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
09/10
#25-
    
Jonathan HaysJ. Hays
Fantasy Foresight
09/10
#25#35-
    
Kevin ScottK. Scott
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09/10
#15#35-
    
Adam MurfetA. Murfet
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09/10
#25-
    
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#26-
    
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#26#36-
    
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Fantasy Football Cafe
09/09
#25-
    
Morgan ColbyM. Colby
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09/08
#26-
    
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09/07
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#16-
    
Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Joe Burrow
QB - CIN
Joe Burrow
Joe Burrow
QB - CIN
2021 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. MIN at WAS
Week 2 at CHI vs. DAL
Week 3 at PIT at KC
Week 4 vs. JAC vs. LV
Week 5 vs. GB vs. CLE
Week 6 at DET at BAL
Week 7 at BALBYE WEEK
Week 8 at NYJ vs. NE
Week 9 vs. CLE at PHI
Week 10BYE WEEK vs. MIN
Week 11 at LV vs. PIT
Week 12 vs. PIT at DEN
Week 13 vs. LAC at CIN
Week 14 vs. SF vs. NYG
Week 15 at DEN vs. KC
Week 16 vs. BAL at HOU
Week 17 vs. KC vs. DEN
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Joe Burrow
QB - CIN
Joe Burrow
Joe Burrow
QB - CIN
2020 Points 
Week 117.3
Week 224.523.2
Week 320.415.7
Week 416.124.0
Week 55.327.4
Week 617.7
Week 734.638.5
Week 818.923.2
Week 923.4
Week 1012.521.5
Week 1111.327.7
Week 1217.4
Week 136.4
Week 1416.7
Week 1528.0
Week 1616.7
Week 1733.0
Total178.6342.8
Average17.922.9
Notes for Player Combination
 
Joe Burrow
QB - CIN
Joe Burrow
Joe Burrow
QB - CIN
vs. MIN, Sun 1pm EDT
at WAS, Sun 1pm EDT
Expert 
Isaiah Sirois
FantasyPros
Joe Burrow has a pretty difficult matchup for Week 1. The Chargers have one of the best secondaries in the league even without Derwin James, as Desmond King, Chris Harris, and Casey Heyward are all strong defenders. While Burrow does have an impressive arsenal of receiving weapons, I think that Los Angeles will be able to hold him in check. Burrow is a low-end QB2 and isn't worth starting in 1QB leagues. 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
It's not the best way to be brought into the NFL, you know, with a matchup against a defense that's probably top-five in talent. With that, the Chargers will be without superstar safety Derwin James, which is a huge break for the Bengals offense. They'll now move to backup Rayshawn Jenkins, a former fourth-round pick who graded out as the No. 66 safety (of 98 who qualified) in Pro Football Focus' safety rankings in 2019. Still, the Chargers have a heck of a pass rush with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, as well as one of the best cornerback duos in the league between Chris Harris Jr. and Casey Hayward. This is not an easy matchup for a rookie who's walking into his first NFL game action with no preseason. There were just three quarterbacks all of last year who totaled more than 16.5 fantasy points against the Chargers, and all of them had to average at least 9.70 yards per attempt to get there. While I love Burrow and the upside he presents, this is ideally a week you lay off streaming him. I'm still okay with him in 2QB formats because he does have a rushing floor that not many people realize. 
Jacob Wayne
Lineups
I'm very excited to see what the former Heisman winner can do in the NFL, but this is a rough spot for him. The Chargers brought in Chris Harris Jr. over the offseason to join Casey Heyward Jr. and Desmond King in perhaps the best cornerback group in the league. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram III should also be able to get after Burrow behind what was a sieve of an offensive line last season. The Bengals do have some exciting pass-catching talent and it helps that this is a home game, and reports out of Bengals camp have been glowing regarding how quickly Burrow has picked up the offense. I would be shocked if Burrow finishes as a top-ten QB this week, but there is a world where he can get to the top-15 despite the difficult matchup.