Week 10 Audibles
Do you have any idea how hard it is to be Tony Holm?
The “Prognosticator” is pretty darn good at what he does. Most of you have your own ideas of what’s going to happen. You just aren’t bold enough to put it all on the table for everyone to see. I have so much respect for Tony, who is a pioneer and a visionary. I’m going to try and walk in his shoes this week while identifying who I think is fantasy relevant. Keep in mind that I am a hobbyist and Tony is the professional.
Go easy on me. I am calling ‘em like I see ‘em in five contests.
at Atlanta –
Feel good about starting both kickers in this one as the dome is its own ecosystem. Billy Cundiff looked great last week for the Ravens. Matt Bryant will have plenty of opportunities this week. The Ravens’ defense isn’t what it used to be, but they will give Matt Ryan some issues. My play of the week is wide receiver Anquan Boldin. I think having Donte’ Stallworth back will really open up the intermediate routes for him and tight end Todd Heap. Both teams play fairly well against the run, so I don’t see Ray Rice or Michael Turner having eye-popping games. This should be a dink and dunk festival with a few play action shots down the field. I love Roddy White, just not this week. Tight end Tony Gonzalez will do OK, but Baltimore is stingy to tight ends (they allow just 3.43 points per week to tight ends).
I’m calling it … Ravens 24, Falcons 20.
2.Detroit at Buffalo –
The Lions’ defense is decent against the pass and lousy against the run. I do mean lousy. Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both have good upside. Expect Ryan Fitzpatrick to have an average day but he tends to force balls. This will translate into a turnover or two. If Shaun Hill plays, you should see the Lions very competitive. If Drew Stanton starts expect more dink and dunk and less shots down the field. Jahvid Best makes a solid play provided that toe injury doesn’t flare up. If it does, Kevin Smith makes a good play here. Calvin Johnson is a must-start every week regardless of matchup, but the passes get closer to the line of scrimmage with Stanton at the helm. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew should have a pretty decent day as well.
Stevie Johnson is proving that he belongs in the starting lineup and I expect that trend to continue.
There will be showers so the ball will be slick. Can you say “Fumblerooski?”
Bills 27, Lions 20
3. Tennessee at Miami –
Nobody walks into Miami and rolls the Dolphins. Nobody. The Steelers came in and beat them by a point three weeks ago. That being said, I expect a real grind-it-out game. This may be the game of the week to watch. I look forward to seeing Randy Moss on the field opposite Nate Washington, who makes a sneaky play this week.
Chris Johnson is going to get his no matter who lines up against him. Expect Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams to split carries again, giving neither one of them enough upside to merit a start. I think Brown is the guy to have if someone made me choose one. Kicker Dan Carpenter will continue to put up better than average points. Forgetting Brandon “Sarah” Marshall should be easy as he has underwhelmed so far.
Titans 24, Dolphins 20
4. St. Louis at San Francisco –
If you’re going to San Francisco, make sure to wear a flower in your hair. If that flower happens to be medicinal marijuana, at least you could be numb while watching what the 49ers have to offer. Are you buying that Troy Smith is the guy? I have heard a lot of buzz about the former Heisman Trophy winner. I agree he looked good at times but for cryin’ in the night people … it’s one game.
Frank Gore will have a full load this week. The Rams’ defense has been adequate and pretty streaky. Insert picture of Phillip Rivers crying here. I will say that Smith is more mobile than the other two wasted first-round picks on the roster. This game comes down to if the 49ers’ offensive line can protect the quarterback long enough so he can throw? I’m certainly not a buyer.
Sam Bradford has a solid game despite having the same underwhelming cast of characters. I think Steven Jackson must have a big game and that’s what’s in store.
Rams 23, 49ers 17
5. Philadelphia at Washington –
This game is going to be closer than most people think … for a half. Donovan McNabb will be on a very short leash. I expect him to play well despite having someone wanting to put him on the shelf. Mike Shanahan’s shenanigans are well-documented (see Albert Haynesworth). I love wide receiver Anthony Armstrong this week. His role in the offense has increased with every week. Tight end Chris Cooley is due for a big game and against a team that allows 5.29 points per week to the tight end. For the Eagles, it’s a party – Michaek Vick, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek and David Akers are all great plays.
Eagles are too much for the Redskins.
Eagles 31, Redskins 20
So there you have it folks! It’s a game that any team can win any given Sunday. Well any team except Dallas. Okay, so I took a lay up for the last game. Did you honestly think I was going to tangle with the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns? No way. I’ve been burned by the Browns too often this year. I’m going to be humbled by the actual scores for sure. I encourage you to look at the statistics and injury reports and come up with your own predictions. You, too, could have fun with it. Just make sure you read Tony Holm’s column and compare your results with his. Trust me you have a better shot at me. Thanks for the read. May all your Sunday’s be good ones.
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