In the spirit of the holiday season, let’s go ahead and use “It’s a Wonderful Life” as our movie reference. No. Wait. Let’s go ahead and use my second favorite Holiday movie “Die Hard.” Yeah … that’s the ticket. The way things have been going lately the adventures of John McClane trump anything that George Bailey encountered.
Last week was a bit better than Week 14 but none of us are retiring on the loot we won … or didn’t win.
As we move towards this week’s games there is the feeling that McClane had as he crawled through the vents, “Come on and try a daily fantasy article. We’ll get together and have a few laughs …” That’s fine because we are about to go full on “Die Hard” with these selections. I wrote them down on my arm with a magic marker and have been making witty comments all week around the house.
You know things like, “I’m just the fly in the ointment, Hans. The monkey in the wrench. The pain in the a***.” Although the family didn’t quite appreciate it when I put a sign on the cat that read, ‘Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho.’
Yes. I have been known to take things a wee bit too far. Just as John McClane prevailed over Hans Gruber, we shall prevail with this week’s selections.
After all … it is the season of miracles.
HOUSTON at Tennessee ($2,800): We like this matchup for so, so many reasons. While the Houston Texans defense has cooled off a bit, lately they did rack up three sacks and a pair of turnovers last week against Indianapolis. This week they get to face a Zach Mettenberger–led Titans offense that has been very generous to defenses this season. New England rolled up five sacks along with three turnovers and a score last week against Tennessee. What do we love most of all? J.J. Watt has gone three games without a sack and will be looking to end that streak. In his last three games against Tennessee Watt has 6½ sacks. Yes. We like that.
DETROIT vs. San Francisco ($2,800): Yes. We know the Detroit Lions managed a single sack last week but that was against New Orleans. This week they get to face San Francisco at Ford Field where they have tallied 14 sacks in their last four games. San Francisco has allowed 17 sacks in the past three games and is coming off a four-turnover game against Cincinnati. Look for Ziggy Ansah to add to his 13½ sacks this week and for the Detroit defense to put up some very nice numbers.
MINNESOTA vs. New York Giants ($2,500): The Giants will be without Odell Beckham Jr. this week and that is good news for Minnesota. Minnesota will get some of its injured stars back this week as Linval Joseph, Harrison Smith and Anthony Barr are on track to return to a defense that produced five sacks last week. Minnesota also forced a pair of turnovers. We all know that Eli Manning can have a four interception game at any time and will be dealing with a less-than-stellar receiving corps this week. We like Minnesota to pressure Manning into some untimely picks this week.
MIAMI vs. Indianapolis ($2,700): This pick is all about the uncertainty at the quarterback position for Indianapolis. Matt Hasselbeck has been pounded over the past few weeks and is breaking down before our eyes. In his last three games, Hasselbeck has thrown two touchdowns and turned the ball over five times. Indianapolis has also allowed 11 sacks in those three games. There is a good chance Hasselbeck is unable to finish this week’s game and then Miami faces Charlie Whitehurst. We like that … a lot.
NEW ORLEANS vs. Jacksonville ($2,100): The New Orleans defense has been decent (and that’s an improvement from the Rob Ryan era) the past few weeks, amassing five sacks along with four turnovers and a touchdown in the last three games. New Orleans got to Matthew Stafford three times last week and will now get to face the turnover prone Blake Bortles this week. Bortles has thrown 14 interceptions this season and lost a pair of fumbles. We also know that Bortles is prone to throwing the untimely pick-6 and we love that in daily formats. The New Orleans defense will score at least one touchdown this week and is a nice value.
That’s it for this week. Just as John McClane had a Merry Christmas by saving Nakatomi Plaza (well … at least he saved part of it), I hope everyone has a fantastic holiday season.
As always … have fun … and good luck!