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THE PROGNOSTICATOR: Week 5

Welcome my fantasy brethren to another edition of The Prognosticator, may it churn out a win for you. Enjoy the games this week!
Passing Rushing
Team Score Team Score
NE 322 JAX 131
TB 301 PIT 130
ARI 289 KC 130
LAR 247 HOU 126
GB 246 BAL 124
MIN 242 PHI 116
SF 238 DAL 113
TEN 236 BUF 111
PHI 232 CLE 110
MIA 228 NYJ 109
NYG 223 TB 109
HOU 221 SF 109
CAR 219 TEN 108
KC 219 OAK 107
CHI 218 LAC 103
NYJ 217 CAR 101
OAK 212 NYG 100
IND 210 LAR 99
DAL 209 SEA 98
CIN 208 MIN 97
CLE 207 IND 96
LAC 201 CHI 94
DET 199 DET 92
SEA 195 CIN 91
PIT 187 GB 91
BAL 185 MIA 89
BUF 168 NE 87
JAX 167 ARI 64

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

New England Patriots at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Thursday 8:25pm
I expected more scoring than 19-14 but it was good to see the Patriots defense start to play and for Doug Martin to roll. Welcome back, all of you.

 

Favorite: New England Patriots by 5.5
Prediction: New England Patriots 31 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

San Francisco 49ers at Indianapolis Colts – Sunday 1:00pm
The 49ers most certainly have a chance in this as they will have the better fantasy day. You want to make sure you get Pierre Garcon and Carlos Hyde in. Brian Hoyer will be on a lot of benches this week and there will be a lot of owners upset with themselves come Monday morning that they didn’t consider Hoyer as their starting option this week. Colts are at home so they get the nod but the 49ers will keep this one close. Steer clear of your Colts this week, it will be a tough road for them in fantasy.

 

Favorite: Indianapolis Colts by 1.5
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts 23 – San Francisco 49ers 17
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins – Sunday 1:00pm
Honestly, if you didn’t watch this game, you will probably be better off. Go enjoy the outdoors if you are a Titans or Dolphins fan, skip this one and you’ll be glad that you did. It will be a showcase of ineptitude as Jay Cutler gets planted while Matt Cassel matches him sack for sack. There will be egregious errors, terrible play and it is not a game you want any part of. Having said that, on paper, Jay Cutler and his receivers were supposed to have big games last week. Miami should be able to play well in the air and Tennessee should be able to run the ball well, but I don’t trust what the paper says in this one. I will be playing DeMarco Murray on teams that I have him and due to bye weeks, I may have to play Jarvis Landry but I’m finished with Jay Cutler.

 

Favorite: Tennessee Titans by 2.5
Prediction: Tennessee Titans 27 – Miami Dolphins 14
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals – Sunday 1:00pm
The Bills have played some tremendous defense to start this season and that will continue here. It will be a long and difficult day for your Bengals. The only real fantasy play is LeSean McCoy for the Bills, though you have to play A.J. Green, he should be locked into your lineup regardless of the opponent. The Bengals do have home field and that will be a big difference maker as the Bills will struggle on the road but their defense is a good one and they will not make things easy for Cincinnati.

 

Favorite: Cincinnati Bengals by 3
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals 20 – Buffalo Bills 17
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

New York Jets at Cleveland Browns – Sunday 1:00pm
There will be some good rushing numbers that come out of this contest. Bilal Powell, Duke Johnson and even Isaiah Crowell (who has been non-existent) will get their giddy-up on. Steer clear of the passing games from both teams as neither will have much success. Due to all the running, it will be a low scoring close affair, with the Browns ultimately benefiting from some home cooking.

 

Favorite: Cleveland Browns by 1.5
Prediction: Cleveland Browns 20 – New York Jets 17
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

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