Welcome my fantasy brethren to another edition of The Prognosticator, may it be your champion this week. Apologies for the lateness of this article. My excuse involves an oral surgeon that set me back not only a few dollars but also cost me a day in the process. All is well now though — so let’s get on with the show!
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.
|San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals – Thursday 8:20pm|
As expected, San Francisco handled Arizona with ease.
Favorite: San Francisco 49ers by 9.5
Prediction: San Francisco 49ers 27 – Arizona Cardinals 17
|Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday 9:30am|
An early London game and what.. a.. game.. this will be. Strap yourselves in because it is going to be a wild one. There will be DFS stacks to exploit in this one as both teams fire up the offense. Gardner “porn-stache” Minshew has a lot more to say this season about his future in the NFL, remember, he’s a backup playing well, he needs to add an exclamation point now to his starts to show that he is deserving of a starting role in the NFL. Expect him to bounce back here after a lackluster performance last week. You obviously play Leonard Fournette but for Jacksonville, this will be primarily all about Minshew and the passing game. Houston has been white hot and that will not change here. Expect Deshaun Watson to be slinging the football all over the field while Carlos Hyde beats a steady drum on the ground. Play what you own in this one as sparks will fly.
Favorite: Houston Texans by 2
Prediction: Houston Texans 24 – Jacksonville Jaguars 23
|Washington Redskins at Buffalo Bills – Sunday 1:00pm|
It’s not like Buffalo needs even more advantages in this game but they’re also at home. Focus on the Buffalo ground game in this one as this should be a Devin Singletary breakout game and ignore the rest, although Adrian Peterson still makes for an interesting flex. Josh Allen will be your standard Allen where he doesn’t throw for much but he makes up for it with some timely fantasy point generating scrambling.
Favorite: Buffalo Bills by 10
Prediction: Buffalo Bills 20 – Washington Redskins 7
|New York Jets at Miami Dolphins – Sunday 1:00pm|
It doesn’t really matter how they try and spin it, the Jets are a mess right now and that will not be getting better anytime soon. Expect a spirited Miami team on their home field to be up for this one as the only real fantasy play here is Ryan Fitzpatrick and DeVante Parker. It would be hard for me to sit Le’Veon Bell and I don’t think I would but the reality of it all, even against Miami, is that the Jets are inept and it may get worse before it gets better. While many have been predicting the triumphant return of Adam Gase to Miami, I think we’re about to see that it doesn’t matter which team he’s head coach of as he’ll still find a way to lose.
Favorite: New York Jets by 3
Prediction: Miami Dolphins 24 – New York Jets 17
|Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers – Sunday 1:00pm|
I like Indianapolis, I think they’re doing a lot right with the hiring of Frank Reich and Jacoby Brissett is playing solid football. The problem here is that Pittsburgh has very quietly, been playing stellar defense as they’ve corrected a lot that was wrong with their secondary. In fact, there are a lot of easier games on the schedule coming up for Pittsburgh and I highly suggest you stash this defensive unit for their upcoming run. They are available in most leagues, many used them last week as a streamer and dropped them this week. Dropping them was a mistake as they should be locked in your lineup for the rest of the way. Fantasy wise, you want to tip-toe around this game as Pittsburgh will keep a lid on Indianapolis and the Colts defense will have just enough to keep the Steelers pinned back but in the end, Pittsburgh has just too many looks they can give you on offense with some of those looks translating into second half points.
Favorite: Pittsburgh Steelers by 1
Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 27 – Indianapolis Colts 17