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.
|Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Rams – Thursday 8:20pm|
Minnesota has a legitimate chance in this. Whenever you have such a dramatic mismatch like the Vikings will have with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen due to the Rams’ starting cornerbacks being out, then you always have a chance. The Rams can be tough up front defensively so I wouldn’t be looking at the Vikings for any fantasy running support but Todd Gurley of course, always eats. The Vikings in the air on offense is what makes this game so interesting and the Rams offense vs. the Minnesota defense will be a master class in play calling.
Favorite: Los Angeles Rams by 6.5
Prediction: Los Angeles Rams 31 – Minnesota Vikings 20
|Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts – Sunday 1:00pm|
Like the Vikings on Thursday night, the Texans have an advantage in the air with all that they bring and they’ll never be out of this, particularly since they can run the ball well with Lamar Miller. Fantasy wise, the Texans have the better day but NFL wise, that’s a different story.
Andrew Luck took a beating this week in fantasy due to the Colts removing him for an end-of-game Hail Mary play and putting backup Jacoby Brissett in instead. Immediately, Luck’s arm strength was questioned and thousands of trade offers with Luck in a package were created. Sometimes I just roll my eyes at this stuff. Brissett has a cannon for an arm, is more mobile and Indianapolis was a long way away from the end zone — end of story. It’s called, “trying to win a football game.” Andrew Luck has been precision focused and the Colts are going to have to sling it a ton this season due to a defense that is adept at giving up points.
Favorite: Indianapolis Colts by 1
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts 24 – Houston Texans 17
|Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots – Sunday 1:00pm|
Last I checked, the sky is still up in New England and it hasn’t fallen yet. What bothers me most about the Patriots right now is the state of their defense. It’s just not good and that ultimately, will be their Achilles heel. What always saves New England is Tom Brady but in those games where things don’t go Brady’s way, there just aren’t enough horses left to make up for his off day. I do still think that New England’s best games are still to come but there are cracks and some of those cracks are starting to separate. The good news for Patriots fans is that this is a Tom Brady game and the passing will be frequent. The injury to Rex Burkhead is noteworthy mainly because it leaves just Sony Michel and James White left to run the football and historically, the Patriots’ first play option at the goal line has been to run it. The sly fantasy owner is desperately trying to land Michel or White today.
Expect Miami to play really well here, especially on the ground with both Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore making it hurt on the inside. Kenny Stills is also awfully tough to cover and he’ll be open downfield. Ryan Tannehill has been playing some good fantasy football lately. This will be a hard fought nail-biter with the Patriots’ home field being the only difference in the outcome.
Favorite: New England Patriots by 7
Prediction: New England Patriots 30 – Miami Dolphins 27
|Philadelphia Eagles at Tennessee Titans – Sunday 1:00pm|
Just when we started to think that Blake Bortles may be starting to figure it out, the Jaguars struggled against Tennessee. I don’t think many did, but I think you have to tip your cap to the Titans as they played nose-to-nose with Jacksonville and that is not easy to do. Tennessee is a home underdog against Philadelphia and on paper, well, they should be. What the paper doesn’t take into account though are the intangibles. If you compare all the tangibles then yes, Philadelphia is the better team but when you add up how Tennessee played against a quality opponent last week with Jacksonville and Tennessee is home, it manages to even just about everything out.
Favorite: Philadelphia Eagles by 3.5
Prediction: Tennessee Titans 21 – Philadelphia Eagles 20
|New York Jets at Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday 1:00pm|
Speaking of Jacksonville, they get to stay home, lick their wounds from Tennessee last week and right their ship against a visiting New York Jets pushover team. That’s how the script is written at least. What actually plays out is Blake Bortles making more completions to guys in white and green uniforms and the Jets surprisingly out-rushing Jacksonville as they hand the Jaguars another confusing loss on their own home field. No really, the Jets win. Seriously.
Favorite: Jacksonville Jaguars by 7.5
Prediction: New York Jets 27 – Jacksonville Jaguars 23