This article is part of our Exploiting the Matchups series.
It's. Too. Easy.
Can't get in the way of pass catchers. Can't touch passers. Hell, if you're Clay Matthews, you can't give a quarterback a pillow and warm glass of milk on the way to the ground.
The obscene number of roughing-the-passer penalties has led to huge increases in passing yards and points, as they constantly extend offensive possession and prevent defenses from playing with the tenacity needed to end drives.
The results are staggering. Through nearly a third of the season, 20 quarterbacks remain on pace for 4,000-yard passing seasons and 36 players can reach 1,000 yards receiving. When injuries are factored into the equation, we can imagine something like 25-to-35 percent of the players on these tracks fall just short, but even still, as it stands entering Week 6, the aerial fireworks are bonkers.
The video-game numbers are making it harder than ever to select starting lineups because fantasy benches are getting packed with so many tempting options. The two best pieces of advice I can offer to combat this are simple: (1) Try getting action in the biggest expected shootouts every week, and (2) Trust your gut.
Before getting into what you're here for, a quick update on the column's structure: Due to the scarcity of quality tight ends, this column will not always include a downgrade at the position. It simply does not make sense many weeks. The "top 10" tight ends – whoever those guys are after Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, Rob