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Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 13



We are coming up on the end of the fantasy football regular season in standard leagues so this could be a make or break week for you. Hopefully I can help you make the decision on who to start this week to get you that W & playoff bid. All my decisions are purely based on PPR scoring.

Top 3 Performers of Week 12:

Drew Brees- 32 fantasy points

Antonio Brown- 32 fantasy points

Colin Kaepernick- 32 fantasy points

QBs to start in Week 13:

Tyrod Taylor (vs. Raiders): Taylor has been a very solid fantasy QB this season despite having a bunch of injuries to his weapons on offense. In Week 12 we saw Sammy Watkins return from injury which only gives you more optimism for Taylor going forward. Taylor is also a great dual threat QB so that helps his stock. Taylor faces the Raiders who have given up the 10th most points to QBs this season. I expect a high scoring game so Taylor is a nice option in Week 13.

Colin Kaepernick (vs. Bears): Kaepernick has played pretty well at least in fantasy terms since being named starter earlier in the season. In the last 4 weeks here’s the list of QBs who have had more fantasy points than Kaepernick: Aaron Rodgers… That’s it. Kaepernick as of me writing this article is only owned in 43% of ESPN leagues so if you’re looking for a viable fill in QB he’d be the first guy I’m looking at. The Bears have actually been good against QBs this season but I believe Kaepernick has another good game here.

Russell Wilson (vs. Panthers): Wilson has been fairly inconsistent this season. In weeks 6-8 Wilson had 10 or less points & then in weeks 9-11 he had 23+ points but then he had a rough game in Week 12 scoring just 10 points. The one good thing you could take away from his performance in Week 12 is that he had his most rushing yards that he;s had this season with 80. This week he faces the Panthers who I believe can be had in the passing game & are giving up the 6th most points to QBs this season.

My Star QB of the Week: Drew Brees (vs. Lions): This might be the highest scoring game of Week 13 between the Saints & Lions. Both teams have high powered offenses & less than spectacular defenses. Brees is coming off a 32 points performance in Week 12 & Brees will be at home again in Week 13. The Lions have allowed the 5th most points to opposing QBs this season. Brees at 37 is still one of the few elite QBs in the NFL.

Under the Radar QB: Alex Smith (vs. Falcons): I know Smith isn’t usually a fantasy relevant QB unless you play in a 2 QB league but this week I like his matchup. Smith is coming off an alright game against Denver & will face the Falcons in Week 13. The Falcons have allowed the most points to QBs this year & have allowed the 3rd most TDs to QBs. The loss of Desmond Trufant also hurts that Falcons defense.

QBs to sit in Week 13: 

Blake Bortles (vs. Broncos): Bortles isn’t a good NFL QB in any sense but in fantasy he’s been pretty good. Bortles is actually tied with Matthew Stafford in fantasy points this season with 189. If you start Bortles at QB you’re hoping for garbage points from him but I would not rely on that this week. This week he faces a Denver team that’s coming off a tough loss in overtime against the Chiefs. The Broncos defense has allowed the least amount of points to QBs this season. Bortles could be in for a very long day on Sunday.

Andy Dalton (vs. Eagles): Dalton has been a solid fantasy QB this year but with the injuries of A.J Green & Giovanni Bernard he becomes hard to trust in fantasy. Dalton has Tyler Eifert to throw to but at WR he has rookie receiver Tyler Boyd & then he has Brandon Lafell as well. It’s hard to see Dalton being great with those guys. Eagles secondary can be had but their defense has been good against QBs allowing the 9th least amount of points to QBs this season.

RBs to start in Week 13: 

Jordan Howard (vs. 49ers): Howard has been a solid fantasy back this season & that should continue this week as he faces the weak 49ers defense. Howard had 15 pints in Week 12 against the Titans & his workload didn;t change much with Matt Barkley as QB. If anything he’ll get more carries to take pressure off Barkley. The 49ers have allowed the most points to RBs this year.

Spencer Ware (vs. Falcons): Ware has most likely taken the reins of being the Chiefs RB for years to come as Jamaal Charles got injured again a few weeks back. Ware has been a nice option in the rushing & passing game this season. Ware has been held without a rushing touchdown in his last 5 games but I believe that ends this week against the Falcons. The Falcons give up the 3rd most points to opposing RBs.

Doug Martin (vs. Chargers): Martin has been back for 3 & has struggled getting yards but the volume of carries is there. He’s gotten an average of 21 carries in each game he’s played in since coming back from injury. In those 3 games he played 3 tough run defenses but his week he faces the Chargers who struggle against the run. The Chargers give up the 7th most points to RBs.

My Star RB of the Week: David Johnson (vs. Redskins): Johnson has been nothing of spectacular this year. I dearly regret passing up on him in all of my leagues (one of them was for Deandre Hopkins…). Johnson is currently the highest scoring fantasy player this season with 273 points & is 25 points ahead of the 2nd highest scorer (Drew Brees with 248). This week he faces the Redskins who allow the 6th most points to RBs.

Under the Radar RB: Rashad Jennings (vs. Steelers): I’m not going out of my way to start Jennings this week but his matchup this week definitely makes him a viable RB2 or flex play. Jennings has been getting the majority of the touches even with Paul Perkins being worked into the offense. Plus Jennings faces the Steelers who have given up the 4th most points to opposing RBs this year.

RBs to sit in Week 13: 

Thomas Rawls (vs. Panthers): Rawls has come back with injury & has started 2 games since. Last week Rawls struggled to get anything going against the Buccaneers where he finished with just 3 fantasy points. This week he faces a tough Panthers run defense that allows the 2nd least amount of points to opposing RBs. I believe the Seahawks will be able to throw the ball in this game but will struggle to run the ball.

Jeremy Hill (vs. Eagles): Hill had a tough game running the ball in his first game getting the majority of the workload with Bernard out. Hill finished with 21 yards on 12 carries but luckily in PPR he salvaged his day by getting 6 receptions for 61 yards. This week he has another tough matchup against the Eagles who have allowed the 9th least amount of points to RBs this season.

WRs to start in Week 13: 

Donte Moncrief (vs. Jets): Moncrief is a TD monster as he’s scored in 5 of 6 games he’s played in with the only game he didn’t score be the one where he injured his shoulder in Week 2. Moncrief seems to be the go to guy for the Colts & Andrew Luck & with T.Y Hilton injured he might even see more looks. Moncrief faces the Jets who allow the 7th most points to WRs this year.

Doug Baldwin (vs. Panthers): I believe the Seahawks will be able to easily move the ball through the air against the Panthers so why not start the Seahawks best WR? Baldwin has had 10+ points in 4 straight games & only scored a TD in one of those games (scored 3 in Week 10 against the Patriots). I believe Baldwin gets into the endzone on Sunday as the Panthers have allowed the 11th most points to opposing WRs.

Julian Edelman (vs. Rams): Edelman has been pretty good recently. Since Week 7 Edelman has had 13+ fantasy points & is clearly being targeted a lot more since Brady has been back. With Gronk being out with injury the WRs are going to have to step up some more to fill in for Gronk as much as possible. The Rams have been decent against WRs allowing the 15th most points to WRs but I believe Patriots have their way at home against the Rams.

My Star WR of the Week: Julio Jones (vs. Chiefs): In Week 12 Julio Jones was held to under 50 yards for the 3rd time this season but he was shadowed by the best CB in football in Patrick Peterson. Peterson held Jones to just 4 catches for 35 yards. Luckily Jones doesn’t have to face Peterson again in Week 13. He will however go against Marcus Peters but Peters typically doesn’t follow the best WR around. Plus Chiefs allow the 4th most points to WRs this season.

Under the Radar WR: Tyreek Hill (vs. Falcons): Hill has become a very viable fantasy option as Jeremy Maclin has been dealing with an injury. Even when Maclin returns Hill has cemented a role in this offense with his versatility & athleticism. Hill in Week 12 against a tough Broncos defense scored 26 fantasy points (1 receiving touchdown, 1 rushing touchdown, & 1 kick return touchdown). Hill faces the Falcons who allow the 12th most points to WRs.

WRs to sit in Week 13:

Allen Robinson (vs. Broncos): Robinson has started to play a little better in recent weeks but that isn’t saying much especially how terrible he has been this season (not entirely his fault though). Robinson had a 3 game streak of scoring touchdowns until Week 12 where he finished with just 4 fantasy points. This week he faces the Broncos who allow the least amount of points to opposing WRs & he will have to go against either Chris Harris Jr. or Aqib Talib so I also don’t like that.

Randall Cobb (vs. Texans): Cobb has had a mediocre year where he’s scored only 3 touchdowns. He’s gone scoreless in the last 3 weeks & has scored an average of 9 points in those weeks. Cobb seems to be the 3rd option at WR for the Packers with the emergence of Davante Adams this season. The Texans allow the 3rd least amount of points to WRs this season.

Kelvin Benjamin (vs. Seahawks): If Benjamin doesn’t score that touchdown last week we’d be talking about Benjamin having a 1 reception, 9 yard day. Before scoring last week Benjamin had 6 straight games without a touchdown. Benjamin has been really inconsistent this season & is hard to trust with a tough matchup this week. The Seahawks allow the 6th least amount of points to WRs.

TEs to start in Week 13:

Zach Ertz (vs. Bengals): Ertz has played better the past few weeks even though he had a tough Week 12 where he had just 3 catches for 36 yards. Ertz is probably the best receiving option for Carson Wentz so I expect a nice week for Ertz with a nice matchup. The Bengals allow the 4th most points to TEs this season.

Kyle Rudolph (vs. Cowboys): Rudolph has been one of the better TEs this season. Rudolph is the 2nd best receiving threat in an Vikings offense that lacks weapons so he sees a large part of the targets. The Vikings will need to take advantage of the injured Cowboys secondary since the Vikings running game is non-existent. Cowboys allow the 6th most points to TEs this year.

My Star TE of the Week: Travis Kelce (vs. Falcons): Kelce is one of the best TEs in the NFL & showed that on Sunday night against the Broncos. Kelce had 8 catches for 101 yards. Kelce is the best receiving threat for Alex Smith & sees a majority of targets & that shouldn’t change against the Falcons who allow the 5th most points to TEs.

Under the Radar TE: Charles Clay (vs. Raiders): This is a big reach as he’s been a non factor this season being held without a touchdown still this season. But you know what? I believe he gets into the end zone on Sunday against the Raiders. Raiders allow the 9th most points to TEs & I believe the Bills will need to throw the ball to keep up with the Raiders.

TEs to sit in Week 13: 

Julius Thomas (vs. Broncos): It’s hard to think people are still starting Thomas but the way TEs are this year in fantasy it’s not completely insane. Thomas has been a touchdown or bust TE all season. I don’t believe he gets into the end zone on Sunday against his former team in the Broncos as they’ve allowed the 10th least points to TEs this year.

Jared Cook (vs. Texans): Cook looked good in his first game back from injury in Week 11 where he had 6 catches for 105 yards & a touchdown. In Week 12 he finished with a disappointing 1 catch for 7 yards. Texans have been good against TEs this season as they’ve allowed the 5th least amount of points to TEs this season.

DEF/STs to start in Week 13:

New England Patriots (vs. Rams): Patriots are a solid defense & face the Rams this week at Gillette Stadium. The Rams seem to be a mess right now with Jeff Fisher right now & this is a bad time for the Rams to play the Patriots (as a Rams fan I’m scared for this game on how bad we could be beaten). A rookie QB & the Patriots are at home? I’d start their defense this week.

Green Bay Packers (vs. Texans): The Packers defense has been the most injury riddled defense in the NFL. They’ve 3 or 4 of their CBs this season & have had Clay Matthews be injured throughout the season. On Monday night they played a lot better holding the Eagles to just 13 points. This week they face a struggling Texans offense led by Brock Osweiler who looks like the biggest waste of $72 million I’ve ever seen.

DEF/STs to sit in Week 13:

New York Giants (vs. Steelers): The Giants defense has had 2 straight weeks of great defensive play but that was against the Bears & Browns. This week they face a high powered Steelers offense so I’m avoiding the Giants defense at all costs.

Buffalo Bills (vs. Raiders): The Bills have been a solid defense especially in fantasy this season. This week they have a terrible matchup against a high scoring Raiders offense. This will likely be a shootout so I’m not even thinking about starting Bills defense this week.

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5 Fantasy Players To Roll the Dice On Week 1



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



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

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

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2016 NFL Season Week 17 Pick ‘Em



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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