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THE PROGNOSTICATOR: Week 5

Welcome my fantasy brethren to another edition of The Prognosticator, may it not cause you to evacuate. If any of you are negatively impacted by Hurricane Matthew that is barreling up the east coast of the US, I send you good thoughts. Stay safe out there. Keep an eye on weather and any impacts it could have on the NFL this weekend. There is a game in Miami and the Panthers also play in Charlotte on Monday. But by Monday, everything should hopefully be moved out by then. The path can be so unpredictable so who really knows where Hurricane Matthew will be for certain by then?
Passing Rushing
Team Score Team Score
SD 291 CLE 138
NYG 290 DAL 122
NYJ 281 NE 121
BAL 275 BUF 121
ARI 267 CAR 120
PHI 267 ARI 117
TB 265 TEN 116
DET 262 ATL 114
DEN 260 SF 112
PIT 260 DEN 110
CIN 258 PHI 108
ATL 258 BAL 108
OAK 257 SD 106
CHI 256 GB 106
MIA 245 IND 105
WAS 240 OAK 105
CLE 237 CIN 104
TEN 237 NYJ 103
CAR 236 MIN 101
DAL 235 CHI 100
IND 234 HOU 100
BUF 226 MIA 96
HOU 226 LA 92
NE 223 PIT 90
LA 210 TB 87
GB 202 WAS 87
MIN 193 DET 81
SF 181 NYG 78

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

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers – Thursday 8:25pm
Even with Drew Stanton at the helm for the Cardinals, the offense will flow quite well. The 49’ers have talent in spots but not in the right spots when defending the Cardinals. Expect a good day from your Cards and a solid outing from Carlos Hyde. One small problem for Blaine Gabbert, the Cardinals are about to make him look very bad. Blaine is better than the mistakes he’ll make.
Favorite: Arizona Cardinals by 3
Prediction: San Francisco 49ers 27 – Arizona Cardinals 24
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Chicago Bears at Indianapolis Colts – Sunday 1:00pm
I would not look at this game as a source for big fantasy stats. The Colts have issues all over the place and if not for the gutsy play of Andrew Luck, they would be an average team at best. The Bears have impressed nobody so far and the loss of Kevin White does not help matters. You have to feel for the kid, he just can’t seem to stay on the field and his time is unfortunately passing him by. The Colts being at home helps here and it is a decent place for Frank Gore but be careful with the rest. Though a sprinkle of Zach Miller won’t turn out too badly for you and there is a chance too that Alshon Jeffery shows up. There has been some talk in Chicagoland that the Bears need to move on from Jay Cutler. Geesh.. where have you been? Cutler has been an afterthought fantasy QB for years, we’re well aware of the trials and tribulations of Jay Cutler.
Favorite: Indianapolis Colts by 4.5
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts 30 – Chicago Bears 17
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins – Sunday 1:00pm
As Bill Belichick wisely says, “there are no bad football teams in this league” and while some would think to put both the Titans and Dolphins in the bad category, realize, there are no bad teams, even the Titans and Dolphins both are good football teams that drip talent. They have holes like everyone else, with wins and losses usually coming down to how big or small those holes can get. The best fantasy play in this is DeMarco Murray, he has been running hard and producing results. After that you can play with the Dolphins in the air to Jarvis Landry primarily, there will be some fantasy joy in there somewhere but overall you want to steer clear of this one as the scoring will be low and so will the fantasy points.
Favorite: Miami Dolphins by 3.5
Prediction: Miami Dolphins 21 – Tennessee Titans 17
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

New England Patriots at Cleveland Browns – Sunday 1:00pm
Welcome back Tom Brady. May we never have to witness this pettiness again. This will be a tough game for the Browns to win in the triumphant return of Tom Brady, even if this is in Cleveland, but they will keep it close. The Browns will run Isaiah Crowell at the Patriots and he will gash them for gains. Expect Crowell to be one of the top rushers of the week after an epic fantasy performance. The Patriots will counter with a heavy dose of running backs and tight ends. Expect LeGarrette Blount to have his way with the Browns and for Brady to keep the passing ultra-short this week as his tight ends and running backs get open for short gains. The score will be low as the clock will run a bunch in this with all the rushing plays both sides will run.
Favorite: New England Patriots by 10
Prediction: New England Patriots 20 – Cleveland Browns 17
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

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