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Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 11

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Top 3 Performers of Week 10:

Ezekiel Elliott: 38 points

Ben Roethlisberger: 28 points

Ryan Matthews: 27 points

QBs to start in Week 11:

Tyrod Taylor (vs. Bengals): Taylor started off slow scoring just 5 points in Week 1 but since Week 2 Taylor has averaged 21.4 points per game. That surprises me with the fact that Sammy Watkins went down with injury & LeSean McCoy has been dealing with injury & now their passing game looks better than it has previously. This week he plays the Bengals who have given up the 6th most points to opposing QBs & have allowed 19 passing touchdowns.

Marcus Mariota (vs. Colts): Mariota has been red hot since Week 5 scoring 24 fantasy points per game. Mariota is now currently the 4th highest scoring QB in fantasy & has made the Titans look like the best team in the AFC South. Mariota faces the Colts this week who have allowed the 4th most points to opposing QBs & I don’t see their weak defense slowing down Mariota right now.

Andrew Luck (vs. Titans): On the other sideline across from Mariota is Andrew Luck. Luck is the 5th highest scoring fantasy QB right now behind just Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers & Marcus Mariota. This game could turn into a shootout with both defenses being mediocre & both QBs being hot right now. The Titans have allowed the 5th most points to QBs.

My Star QB of the Week: Tom Brady (vs. 49ers): Brady had a disappointing fantasy week in Week 10 where he was unable to throw a touchdown & also showed he was human by throwing his 1st interception this season against Seattle. This week Brady is playing pissed & plays a vulnerable 49ers defense. He might be without Rob Gronkowski but he still has Martellus Bennett, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan, James White, & they might have Dion Lewis back from injury, The 49ers have allowed the 15th most points to QBs but that doesn’t matter when you play Brady.

Under the Radar QB: Alex Smith (vs. Buccaneers): Alex Smith isn’t a particularly good NFL QB but with the right matchup he could be a good fill in QB for QBs on a bye or if they have a terrible matchup. With the emergence of Tyreek Hill that helps Alex Smith have a go to guy at WR so that the passing offense can improve. The Bucs have given up the 9th most points to QBs so Smith could be in for a solid week.

QBs to sit in Week 11:

Carson Palmer (vs. Vikings): Yes, I know the Vikings defense hasn’t looked the same but neither has Carson Palmer this season. When you watch Palmer play it looks like it hurts him to throw the ball which probably comes from all the shoulder surgeries he’s gotten in recent seasons. Even with Vikings “struggling” on defense they still allow the least amount of points to opposing QBs. Palmer is no longer a must start QB & I believe he might be a must sit this week.

Carson Wentz (vs. Seahawks): There’s not many people starting Wentz at QB but if you are I would not advise you to start him this week. Wentz has only thrown 4 touchdowns since Week 5 & has shown flashes of being a rookie in the past few weeks. It doesn’t help he plays the Seahawks this week so he might continue to struggle. The Seahawks have allowed the 8th least amount of points to QBs this season.

RBs to start in Week 11:

LeGarrette Blount (vs. 49ers): Blount has quietly been the 5th best scoring RB in fantasy in standard leagues & is 8th in PPR leagues. Last week against Seattle Blount scored 3 touchdowns & finished with 24 points. If he can do that against a tough Seattle defense he could be in for a huge week against a weak 49ers run defense. The 49ers allow the most points to opposing RBs. If Patriots are without Gronk they might look even more to the run game.

Jonathan Stewart (vs. Saints): I know Stewart has heavily struggled the past 2 weeks scoring 7 points in both weeks combined but in those games he played 2 tough run defenses in the Rams & Chiefs. This week I believe the Panthers get back to running the ball against the porous Saints defense. The Saints have allowed the 6th most points to RBs so this could be a get right week for Stewart.

Spencer Ware (vs. Buccaneers): The Chiefs passing offense isn’t their strength but their running game is pretty good. Ware has filled in for Jamaal Charles this season & has shown signs of being a very talented RB. Ware has scored only 15 points in the last 2 games he’s played but in those 2 games he only had a total of 20 carries. I believe the Chiefs will be able to run the ball against the Bucs who allow the 9th most points to RBs.

My Star RB of the Week: Le’Veon Bell (vs. Browns): Bell was finally able to get into the end zone for the first time this season on Sunday against the Cowboys where he actually ended up with a rushing & receiving touchdown. Bell is one of the best fantasy RBs because he;s so involved in the passing game for the Steelers. This week he plays the win-less Browns who have allowed the 2nd most points to opposing RBs.

Under the Radar RB: Isaiah Crowell (vs. Steelers): Crowell has been solid in the weeks where the Browns have been able to run the ball & not have to throw it like crazy because they’re down by so many points. The Steelers run defense has been vulnerable this year & just gave up 38 points to Ezekiel Elliott in Week 10. I’m not saying Crowell is any where near the RB Zeke is but he could have a 15+ point week against the Steelers who have allowed the 3rd most points to RBs.

RBs to sit in Week 11: 

Mark Ingram (vs. Panthers): I’m not saying I absolutely don’t start Ingram this week but if I can prevent myself from doing so I will. Yes, the Saints have started to run the ball more the past few weeks but Ingram has shared carries with Tim Hightower & this week he plays a tough Panthers run defense. The Panthers have allowed the 3rd least amount of points to RBs this season.

Any Vikings RB (vs. Cardinals): All the Vikings RBs should only be started in deeper leagues regardless of matchup. The Vikings have the worst rush offense in the NFL & are averaging a NFL low 2.7 yards per carry. I’m avoiding Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata, & Ronnie Hillman especially against a stout Arizona defense. The Cardinals allow the 2nd least amount of points to opposing RBs.

WRs to start in Week 11: 

Donte Moncrief (vs. Titans): Moncrief has scored a touchdown in 3 of the 4 games he’s played in this season (only game he didn’t was in Week 2 where he got injured). Moncrief seems to be a guy Andrew Luck likes to get the ball to & I see that continuing this week against a mediocre Titans secondary. The Titans have allowed the 3rd most points to WRs this year.

Jamison Crowder (vs. Packers): Crowder has scored at least 13 fantasy points in the last 4 games he’s played & he could be in for another good week this week. This week he goes up against a decimated Packers secondary that’s had a plethora of injuries this season. The Packers have allowed the 7th most points to WRs this season & I see the Redskins being able to move the ball through the air in this game.

Julian Edelman (vs. 49ers): Edelman hasn’t been a touchdown machine this year scoring just 1 touchdown but he still has a ton of targets. Since Week 5 when Brady got back from suspension Edelman has caught at least 4 passes & the past 3 games he’s scored 13+ points. If Gronk is out this week that means more looks for Edelman I think. He faces the 49ers who allow the 8th most points to WRs this year. I believe Edelman has his best game this season on Sunday against San Francisco.

My Star WR of the Week: Antonio Brown (vs. Browns): Damn this such a hard decision to make. I know I said this when the Steelers played the Dolphins & laid an egg but Steelers need to figure things out this week against the Browns if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. Brown has scored 56 points in the last 2 weeks & this week he faces the Browns who have allowed the most points to opposing WRs this season.

Under the Radar WR: Kenny Britt (vs. Dolphins): It was announced earlier this week that number 1 pick Jared Goff will be making his NFL debut on Sunday against the Dolphins. Britt has quietly been a very solid WR this year scoring more fantasy points than guys like Kelvin Benjamin, Jarvis Landry, & Marvin Jones. Britt’s done that with the 32nd ranked QB in QBR in Case Keenum. With Goff being in his first NFL start he’ll need to find a go to guy & I believe that will be Kenny Britt. The Dolphins also allow the 11th most points to WRs so that helps too.

WRs to sit in Week 11: 

J.J Nelson (vs. Vikings): Nelson going into Week 10 seemed to be the number 2 WR on the Cardinals after having 8 catches for 79 yards & 2 touchdowns in Week 8 (had a bye in Week 9). Even Bruce Arians said he was the number 2 guy but all that meant nothing as he finished with just 2 catches for 29 yards against a weak 49ers secondary. Instead we saw Michael Floyd who’s struggled all year step up & catch 5 passes for 101 yards. This week Nelson faces the Vikings who have given up the 2nd least amount of points to WRs this year.

Jordan Matthews (vs. Seahawks): Jordan Matthews is coming off a mediocre week against a terrible Falcons secondary where he had 6 catches for 73 yards. We also saw him drop a couple easy catches which continues to be one of his problems in his career. I believe Matthews will have to wait another week to get back on track since he plays the Seahawks this week who have allowed the 6th least amount of points.

TEs to start in Week 11:

Julius Thomas (vs. Lions): The Jaguars haven’t been that good in the passing game but always seem to get garbage points & yards that make it look better than it actually is. That benefits a guy like Thomas who is strictly a receiving threat at TE & is a favorite of Blake Bortles. TEs are very thin in fantasy football this season so match ups play a huge part in who to start & Thomas faces the Lions who have given up the 2nd most points to opposing TEs.

C.J Fiedorowicz (vs. Raiders): Fiedorowicz (yes I had to look up how to spell his name) has been one of the more consistent TEs scoring 8+ points in 5 out of the 9 games he’s played.  It also seems like Brock Osweiler has been unable to get the ball to Deandre Hopkins so he needs someone to throw the ball to especially against a high scoring Raiders offense & I believe it’s this dude (I don’t feel like typing in his long name again). The Raiders have allowed the 9th most points to TEs this season.

My Star TE of the Week: Martellus Bennett (vs. 49ers): Bennett is still one of the best TEs in the NFL even playing behind Rob Gronkowski. Bennett is actually the 4th highest scoring TE in fantasy this season & is coming off a 7 catch, 102 yard performance in Week 10 against Seattle. This week he plays the 49ers & the Patriots could be without Gronk so Bennett could see even more targets.

Under the Radar TE: Charles Clay (vs. Bengals): Clay isn’t exactly a good NFL TE but with a solid match up he could be worth taking a chance on in fantasy. He gets just that this week when he faces the Bengals who allow the 4th most points to opposing TEs this season. Tyrod Taylor also needs a 2nd option to throw to besides Robert Woods & that may be Charles Clay.

TEs to sit in Week 11:

Kyle Rudolph (vs. Cardinals): I know it may be hard to sit a guy like Kyle Rudolph especially with TEs being hard to find in fantasy but I believe there are better options at the position this week. Rudolph has scored a touchdown in 5 of the 9 games for the Vikings but this week he faces a tough Cardinals secondary that allows the least amount of points to opposing TEs.

Zach Ertz (vs. Seahawks): Ertz has had 2 straight solid games scoring 28 points in the 2 games combined but he faces Seattle this week. Did you see what Earl Thomas did to Gronk on Sunday night??? That’s what could happen to a guy like Ertz. Kam Chancellor is back from injury so this defense is even tougher to throw on & I don’t see Eagles having much success throwing it. The Seahawks have allowed the 7th least amount of points to opposing TEs this season.

DEF/STs to start in Week 11:

Oakland Raiders (vs. Texans): The Raiders defense hasn’t been a shut down defense by any means but the past few weeks they look improved. This week they go up against a struggling Houston offense led by Brock Osweiler who failed to throw for even 100 yards in Week 10 against the Jaguars.

New York Giants (vs. Bears): The Giants defense has looked better the past couple weeks as they’ve been getting healthier. This week they face Jay Cutler & the Bears who are coming off one of those typical Cutler days where he throws a couple interceptions, one of them being a pick six. Giants have a guy named Janoris Jenkins who might know something about scoring off interceptions.

DEF/STs to sit in Week 11: 

Houston Texans (vs. Raiders): I know the Texans have been an impressive defense all season even without J.J Watt but they face one of the best offenses in the NFL on Monday Night Football. Carr & Co. were able to put up 30 points on the Broncos defense so I believe they could do that against the Texans as well.

Carolina Panthers (vs. Saints): The Panthers defense has started to look more like they did last year but this week they face the Saints. In Week 6 the Panthers-Saints game ended up being 41-38 & it could be a shootout again here in Week 11. I believe there are better streaming defenses like Oakland, Los Angeles, Miami, Detroit, etc.





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5 Fantasy Players To Roll the Dice On Week 1

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Fantasy football is all about staying healthy, match-ups and a little bit of luck if you want to win your league. Remember, nobody at work wants to hear about who you drafted in the 8th round, (fantasy players included). One thing you can control however is doing your research and trying to take advantage of match-ups.

It is a given that guys like Laveon Bell, D. Johnson and Odell Beckham are going to be must starts every week. It is the tier two guys you really want to maximize. With that being said here are 5 players you might want to have active this week for your fantasy lineup.

Ben Roethlisburger, Pittsburgh Quarterback – Match-up: @ Cleveland Browns

Big Ben has the best receiver in the league as well as Le’Veon Bell back in the fold and they are going up against a Cleveland defense who just traded away their best player in the secondary. You can count on the usual suspects to eat but if you grabbed Ben in those later rounds he might be a sneaky play week 1 against a defense that will be less than stellar.

Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Running Back – Match-up: @ New England Patriots

New England will most likely win this game but look for Hunt to have every opportunity to make plays for the Chiefs. He is Andy Reid’s guy for now and in the past guys like LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles have benefited from being the guy for Reid. He can catch out the backfield which makes him a duel threat even in a PPR league. He’s got a low center of gravity which makes him hard to take down. Put Hunt in your lineup this week.

Alec Ogletree and the Rams defense might be a good play in week 1. (photo credit: USA Today Sports)

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Tight End – Match-up: vs New Orleans Saints

Last year Rudolph had 128 targets and ranked top four in receptions, yards, touchdowns and end zone targets (11). Rudolph finished second at the position in fantasy points. He is going up against a weak New Orleans secondary so do be surprised if Rudolph grabs a touchdown or two.

Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Wide Receiver – Match-up: vs New Orleans Saints

Last season the Saints had the worst pass defense in the entire NFL (yes there seems to be a pattern here). Diggs is the #1 guy at receiver coming out of camp so look for him to have plenty of targets against a less than stellar secondary. He does have big play potential and two 13 catch games on his resume from last year. I would rate Diggs as a must start this week.

Los Angeles Rams – Match-up vs Indianapolis Colts

Without googling tell who is going to be at QB for the Colts this Sunday? … Exactly. We don’t know either. Furthermore, no disrespect to Frank Gore but is the starting tailback for this offense and this is year 13 for him. The numbers don’t really look good for this Colts offense. So yes, this post isn’t so much about the Rams defense as it is the lack of Colts offense. Defenses are a dime a dozen, pick the Rams up and see what the do for you this weekend.


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Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Team PPR

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It is almost time for the Fantasy Football drafts to take place and many players are reading articles and doing mock drafts to develop their strategy.

We decided to do a mock draft and give you some insight as to some of the strategy that we use.

You’re welcome.

We decided to do a 12 team PPR mock draft.

If you are a beginner PPR simply means players get points per reception when they add up the scoring.

Every strategy is different based on where you are drafting and we randomly got selected to pick 12th.

Picking at the end of the first round is both a blessing and a curse because you get two picks back to back but after that it seems like you have to wait an eternity to pick again.

If you find out that you have the 12th and 13th picks your first two selections better hit.

You can’t afford to miss on either two.

Round 1 & 2 … Strategy: Best player available

At this position you can forget about Laveon Bell, David Johnson, Antonio Brown or any of those top 10 guys. Fill your que with players that are typically available around that area. (Jordy Nelson, Devonte Freeman, Melvin Gordon, AJ Green, Ty Hilton).

My pick: Demarco Murray … Jay Ajayi

I decided to go ahead and grab both my starting RB’s. There was still some good pass catchers available but if I focus on that the next round I should still be able to get some quality.

photo credit: yahoo sports …Murray rushed for over 1200 yards and 9 touchdowns last season.

Round 2/3 … Strategy: Best Pass Catcher available.

In the meantime since I have to wait for the snake to come all the way back I’m looking at my targets and filling my que.

Never just wait for the time to go by, always be working the draft pool.

My picks: Golden Tate .. Jordan Reed
I was hoping Brandin Cooks would be here but he got snatched up right before my pick.

Tate is in a very pass happy offense and caught 91 balls last year. In a PPR league such as this he is a good pick for a WR1.

Reed was a top 3 tight end and grabbing a guy like him is just as good as having a WR2 at this spot.

Round 3/4 … Strategy: Best player available.

My picks: Matt Ryan … Brandon Marshall
I typically wait to draft my QB but guys like Brady, Rodgers, and Brees if they are still there in the 3rd or 4th round I don’t think it’s a bad idea to jump for them.

Brandon Marshall will be opposite Beckham in New York but he is proven vet and as a WR2 he seems to be a solid pick.

Ryan was last years MVP. If you can grab him a round early, do it.

Round 5/6 … Strategy: Finish out starters / look for depth or handcuffs.

My picks: D.McFadden … Randall Cobb
McFadden will be a starter for the best O-line for the first few weeks of the season.

He should make a good RB3 or even a flex if he gets hot.

Cobb is coming off a 60 catch 4 TD season. If the match-up is right he might be a good flex play on a given week.

Round 6/7 … Strategy: Depth

My picks: Doug Martin … Cameron Brate

Ok these are my homer picks. Admittedly I am a Bucs fan but I think these are quality picks for this round.

Martin will miss the first three games but if he gets that starting job back and holds on to it then I just grabbed a starting running back in the 6th round. Brate will be a solid TE2 this year.

I don’t expect another 8 TD’s but if he gives you 6 that will be good quality at that position.

Round 8/9 … Strategy: Depth

My picks: Phillip Rivers … A. Bolden

Rivers is as about as solid a backup as you can ask for. He is as consistent as they come. Bolden is a bit old but he should still be a serviceable WR.

With Sammy Watkins gone in Buffalo there might be plenty of opportunity for him.

Round 10/11 … Strategy: Best player available

My picks: J. Whitten .. Mohammad Sanu
These are just picks for depth. At this point you just want football players that you wouldn’t mind sticking in on a bye week.

Round 12/13 .. Strategy: Kicker/Defense

I’m a believer of you always save your last two spots for your defense and your kicker. Reason is because nobody ever said that their kicker and defensive team carried them to a fantasy football championship.

My picks: Rams D/ST …. S. Janikowski

I don’t put much research into kickers or defense but I know the Rams have some playmakers and Janikowski has always had a strong leg. That’s good enough for me.

So to recap here is what my starting roster should look like day 1.
QB – Matt Ryan
RB – Demarco Murray
RB – J. Ajayi
WR – Golden Tate
WR – Brandon Marshall
TE – Jordan Reed
FLEX- D. McFadden / R. Cobb / D. Martin (depending on the weekly matchup)
D/ST – Rams
K – Janikowski

Bench
QB – P. Rivers
WR – A. Boldin
TE – J. Whitten
WR – M.Sanu


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2016 NFL Season Week 17 Pick ‘Em

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We are finally here. Week 17. The end of the NFL season and the beginning of the playoffs.

In many ways, other than week 1, week 17 is the hardest to predict. With many of the playoff positions already determined many teams will be featuring backups or young talent in an effort to preserve their stars for the playoffs or to hasten the impending rebuild.

In fact, only a few games this week have any intrinsic value, and those will be highlighted further in the article. So without further ado, let us take a look at how this season is going to wrap up.

Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals

Baltimore just got eliminated from the playoffs by their arch-rivals and Cincinnati is desperate for this lost season to come to an end. Neither team has anything to play for, neither are going for the playoffs, nor are they jostling for a high draft pick. Both of these teams are in a hellish middle ground that drives sports fans up the wall.

So what this game comes down to is coaching. Who will get their team better prepared and better motivated to finish the season strong. In that case I will take John Harbaugh over Marvin Lewis. I actually am a big fan of Lewis, but Harbaugh is simply better at getting his players to always play hard and play smart.

I like the Ravens to finish the season strong.

Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans

This game is very important to exactly one man: Tom Savage. Savage is not only trying to give his team momentum entering the playoffs, but he is also auditioning for a starting job next season. Brock Osweiler is obviously not the answer and the Texans are not about to sign another high-priced free agent at quarterback. So the Texans have two options: 1) draft a quarterback for the future, or 2) go all in with Savage. The problem is that Savage has yet to show any real leadership ability or offensive flare. The best that can be said is that he is competent.

Unfortunately, the Titans are in worse shape. Their entire offense is predicated on a strong run game supplemented by an accurate passer who minimizes mistakes. Neither of those two descriptors apply to Matt Cassel.

In the end this game will come down to defensive prowess and the Texans have the better defense.

Texans win.

Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cam Newton wants this season to end…desperately. I do not care who the Panthers’ face, a Cam Newton without motivation will not be winning many games; especially behind that awful offensive line.

To make matters worse, the Bucs actually do have something to play for. If the Bucs win and the Lions and Redskins lose, then they would make the playoffs as the last wildcard (if my playoff math is correct). But even without playoff implications, Tampa Bay made some great strides this year and the team as a whole will want to keep that momentum going no matter if it is to the playoffs or to next season.

I like the Buccaneers to take this one.

Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers

So the Browns got a win. Makes the rest of the season kind of pointless doesn’t it? If you are going to suck that bad, then make history and be the worst ever. But leave it to the Browns to even screw that up. The Steelers do not have much to play for since they have locked up their spot in the postseason.

With all of that being said, Mike Tomlin has never been the type of coach to lay back. He is very aggressive, and in the words of Herm Edwards, plays to win the game. Because of that mentality the Steelers will win, since they are an infinitely better team at this point in time.

Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles

Yet another game with nothing to play for. The Cowboys have locked up the #1 seed along with the first round bye. The funny thing here is that even if the Cowboys decide to rest Dak Prescott, then that means Tony Romo will get the start. For the Eagles it is damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

I do not think Dallas will rest its guys, but even if they do, the Cowboys will still win.

Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets

Oh dear God, are they honestly allowing this game on TV? The Bills fired the brother Ryan and the Jets at this point in time may be the worst team in the league. The problem with the Jets is not talent or even coaching…it’s heart. It is a team full of individuals. There does not seem to be a unity of purpose and it becomes incumbent on the coach and GM to fix that problem.

The Bills’ problem is a much different one. They suffered a rash of injuries at the outset. Personally I felt that Rex Ryan deserved one more year (not Rob Ryan though). But be that as it may, both of these teams are entering the offseason with a lot of questions.

But as for this game, I will take heart over talent every time. Bills get one more feel good win.

Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings

A major battle between two majorly disappointing teams. The Vikings started 5-0 and then spiraled out of control as the lack of offensive line help and the absence of a run game sunk what was a promising season for Minnesota.

On the flip side, many in Chicago were looking forward to the team’s progression under John Fox. While very few realistically expected a deep playoff run, many were hoping for at least a winning season with momentum heading into the heart of this rebuild.

Obviously that did not come true for the Bears who with a loss, would complete the worst season in Chicago history for a 16-game schedule.

The Vikings have won games based on defense and special teams and this Bears team is completely incapable of countering either of those. Matt Barkley just threw 5 interceptions last week and the Bears’ special teams are amongst the worst in the league.

The Vikings should win this one walking away.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts

Do not let last week’s performance fool you…the Jaguars still sucks. Even a blind squirrel occasionally finds a nut and after four years Blake Bortles finally put together a decent 4th quarter. The sad thing is that even with the inspired play by Bortles, had Mariota not been injured the Jaguars still likely would have lost.

I would not be surprised to see Jacksonville take a quarterback in the 3rd or 4th round of the draft as an insurance policy.  Indianapolis has not been very good either, but they at least have a reliable quarterback and in this game that is all they are going to need.

I like the Colts to get the W against the lowly Jags.

New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins

Both teams have not only clinched a playoff spot, but both are locked into their positions as well. But here’s the rub: New England is notorious for resting starters. It was not that long ago that Bill Belichick started Doug Flutie in week 17 against the Dolphins and let Flutie do a drop kick.

Conversely, Adam Gase is changing the culture in Miami and is unlikely to rest anyone. I think Gase feels the team has momentum and wants to keep it going into the playoffs.

I expect the Dolphins to play hard and the Patriots to treat it like a preseason game; therefore I am picking the Dolphins to win this one.

Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers

There is a lot at stake for the Chiefs here. If the Chiefs win and the Raiders lose, then the Chiefs will be the 2nd seed and get a first round bye. That is huge motivation, especially for a team that has some seasoned veterans on their defense. Kansas City will be fighting hard for that bye.

The Chargers technically have nothing to play for, however; it may be the last game they ever play in San Diego. While southern California is not known for the ferocity of their sports fandom, I have a feeling there will be a good crowd there to send this team off. Furthermore, Philip Rivers loves San Diego and was outspoken in his opposition to the team moving to L.A. and I have a feeling he will come out slinging.

It won’t matter though. I have said repeatedly that the Chiefs may be the most well-rounded team in the NFL and with the motivation to win that they have I can not imagine them losing here.

Chiefs win.

Arizona Cardinals @ Los Angeles Rams

Are the Cardinals good enough to score points? Yes, they are? Then they are good enough to beat the worst offense in the league. The Rams offense is an absolute joke and the GM should be on the street right along with their former coach.

Cardinals win in what may be the last game of Larry Fitzgerald’s career.

Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos

The poor Raiders. They looked like a legitimate contender for the Super Bowl, until Derek Carr had his leg broken. Now their hopes land on the shoulder of either Matt McGloin or Connor Cook. It does not look good.

The Broncos’ offense has been terrible, but they are at home and they have that great defense.

I have no faith in that Raider offense without Carr and their defense is not good enough to win them games. I like the Broncos to win here and cost the Raiders that 1st round bye.

New York Giants @ Washington Redskins

The Giants are a better team and if they really want to make a push, then I think they would take this game. That being said, the Redskins can still make the playoffs and I have a feeling that the Giants will be conservative and sit some players, leaving it wide open for the Redskins.

Redskins sneak into the playoffs.

Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers

The Seahawks should rest Russell Wilson and that bad wheel of his, but even if they do the 49ers are not a match for the Seahawks. San Francisco has been horrid this year. Despite the “brilliance” of Chip Kelly they have been one of the worst offenses in the NFL and make no mistake they will be looking for a new quarterback this offseason.

When the only splash you have made all season is your quarterback’s pregame ritual, then you have a lot of work to do. Seahawks win and ease into the playoffs.

New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are competing for a bye and have the home field advantage. The Saints are playing for nothing. Drew Brees is a great competitor who will go out and do everything he can to win, but in the end he is leading a team without a defense and a head coach that is seemingly checked out.

The Falcons have been the best offense in the NFL all year long and they shouldn’t have much trouble against the Saints defense. Falcons win.

Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions

This is the game of the week. This game is practically win or go home. The winner is crowned NFC North Champion and the loser will likely be eliminated unless some other teams help them out.

Both of these teams have suspect defenses and are completely dependant on the play of their respective quarterbacks. Matthew Stafford has been incredible, constantly leading his team from behind in the final minutes of games. Whether it be throwing down field or lowering his head and taking on linebackers while running for the first down.

Aaron Rodgers’ accomplishments speak for themselves and over the Packers’ 5-game win streak there has not been a better quarterback in the NFL. This game should be a shootout and should be a great game.

Personally, I am rooting for the Lions, but I honestly think the Packers will win. You can’t bet against a team on a hot streak and there is no team hotter than the Green Bay Packers.

 

 

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