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THE PROGNOSTICATOR: Week 16

Welcome my fantasy brethren to another edition of The Prognosticator, may it meet with your expectations. Good luck to all those playing for it all this week. If you’re playing for it all next week, we’ll still be open. We keep projections going through the NFL playoffs so jump in some playoff leagues and have some fun. The season isn’t over until someone wins a Super Bowl.
Passing Rushing
Team Score Team Score
DAL 270 BAL 174
NO 268 SF 140
TB 263 SEA 139
LAC 263 IND 137
TEN 261 ATL 133
SEA 260 TEN 133
DEN 254 CIN 130
ATL 252 BUF 125
CHI 252 ARI 125
CAR 247 NYG 120
MIN 241 TB 120
PHI 237 CLE 118
DET 237 GB 118
HOU 233 LAC 118
CIN 229 DET 114
MIA 229 DAL 111
JAX 228 NO 110
SF 227 WAS 109
KC 226 LAR 108
IND 224 OAK 108
LAR 222 PHI 107
WAS 217 MIA 107
NYG 215 PIT 104
ARI 214 KC 100
NYJ 209 MIN 100
GB 203 CAR 98
NE 198 NYJ 98
OAK 197 NE 97
BAL 194 CHI 93
BUF 194 JAX 89
CLE 189 HOU 87
PIT 187 DEN 85

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

Houston Texans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Saturday 1:00pm
Houston has more to play for and Jameis Winston has lost just about every receiving threat he had. But Tampa Bay as a whole are playing some sneaky good football right now and Houston continues to have holes in places that can be exploited.

 

Favorite: Houston Texans by 3
Prediction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30 – Houston Texans 17
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots – Saturday 4:30pm
This game is one to stay far, far away from unless you have Devin Singletary on your roster. Expect this to be a game between two of the top defenses in the league this year and for both offenses to struggle.

 

Favorite: New England Patriots by 6.5
Prediction: Buffalo Bills 21 – New England Patriots 20
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers – Saturday 8:15pm
It will be the same old problem that has haunted the Rams this year that gets the best of them here. L.A. are gifted pass rushers and they spent a lot of money and effort to get a pass rush, the problem is, they can’t stop the run with everyone headed for the quarterback and San Francisco is the last team in the league you want to play against if you can’t defend the run.

 

Favorite: San Francisco 49ers by 6
Prediction: San Francisco 49ers 33 – Los Angeles Rams 17
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis Colts – Sunday 1:00pm
The third-round rookie Will Grier will show well here as Carolina takes a look at what they have on their roster to help with off-season decision making. He will show well primarily because every NFL defense knows that in a situation where you are facing Christian McCaffrey and a rookie quarterback getting his first start, that you triple cover McCaffrey and let the green horn try and beat you. If for some odd reason you were contemplating leaving Marlon Mack on your bench this week — don’t.

 

Favorite: Indianapolis Colts by 7
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts 30 – Carolina Panthers 20
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins – Sunday 1:00pm
Given the matchup, you could do a lot worse for some of your fantasy starters this week than right here in this game. The Miami defense, in particular their secondary, isn’t all that good.. it could be that just Cincinnati is worse. Expect very good fantasy numbers from both sides but for Cincinnati to have more yards and for Miami to score more points. This is a good spot for Joe Mixon and with Miami, you want to lean on the passing game with Ryan Fitzpatrick and DeVante Parker both making respectable starts.

 

Favorite: Miami Dolphins by 1
Prediction: Miami Dolphins 27 – Cincinnati Bengals 17
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

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