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THE PROGNOSTICATOR: Division Weekend

Welcome my fantasy brethren to another edition of The Prognosticator, may it seize the day. Round Two is here and the excitement continues as the NFL rolls on. Enjoy the playoffs while there is still harmony in the NFL, the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) between the owners and the players expires in 2021 and if there’s one thing I’ve learned about contract negotiations, it’s that two sides that distrust each other like to dig their heels as a tactic. While it hasn’t been much of a news story yet about lost seasons, lockouts or scab players.. it will be.
Passing Rushing
Team Score Team Score
KC 258 BAL 150
GB 230 TEN 142
SF 225 GB 140
MIN 216 SF 136
HOU 208 KC 130
SEA 206 SEA 117
BAL 201 MIN 117
TEN 185 HOU 101

How to read the table: The table shows how a team will do Passing and Rushing in the upcoming week of the NFL. Red is HOT, Yellow is WARM, White is NORMAL, Light Blue is COLD and Dark Blue is FREEZING COLD. Play players from teams that are Red and Yellow, avoid players from teams that are Light or Dark Blue and expect average days from teams that are White.

All times are Eastern

Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers – Saturday 4:35pm
The betting line is right in this one as San Francisco is a dominant team but Minnesota is running hot rolling into the playoffs. The over though (currently 44.5), is one of the juicier picks of the weekend. The money has been rolling in on the under (it opened at 46) so  let the public bet it down and then hop on the over just before the game. The 49ers spread the ball around too much for true big number fantasy purposes but if you are looking to save some salary in DFS at the QB position, look no further than Jimmy Garoppolo. Know too that San Francisco has some personnel that can slow down Dalvin Cook.

 

Favorite: San Francisco 49ers by 6.5
Prediction: San Francisco 49ers 30 – Minnesota Vikings 24
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens – Saturday 8:15pm
There are really just two names that you need to know in this one: Lamar Jackson and Derrick Henry. Both teams will keep the ball on the ground almost exclusively and both will have wild success with their ground games. Mark Ingram deserves a long hard look but Baltimore does like to mix in other personnel like Gus Edwards at times, to keep the formations fresh. The betting line is right in this one too but with both teams scoring at will on the ground, the clock will continue to run so the over/under (47) is a moving target. Overall, this is a game that’s best left alone. The ground games may be so good that they score in bunches and this game goes over, the question simply becomes, with the clock constantly running, will they get enough plays in to hit that over? That’s folks, why we steer clear of this one.

 

Favorite: Baltimore Ravens by 9.5
Prediction: Baltimore Ravens 30 – Tennessee Titans 21
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs – Sunday 3:05pm
If you’re looking for the mismatch of the week, you found it right here. Load up on Kansas City and reap the rewards.

 

Favorite: Kansas City Chiefs by 9.5
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs 33 – Houston Texans 20
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers – Sunday 6:40pm
I know many that are skeptical of Green Bay but they shouldn’t be. Seattle just isn’t the same team without Chris Carson and while Russell Wilson is most certainly a dangerous foe, Green Bay will be able to run all day on Seattle which will keep Wilson on the bench, right where he can’t do much damage. Do not neglect Davante Adams in this one either as the Packers will make this one look kind of easy.

 

Favorite: Green Bay Packers by 4
Prediction: Green Bay Packers 27 – Seattle Seahawks 17
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

About Tony Holm

Founder and President of FantasySharks.com. Five-time nominee for the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. Started publishing fantasy content on the web in 1993 and hasn't stopped yet.