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The Prognosticator – Week 14

Welcome my fantasy brethren to another edition of The Prognosticator, may it carry the load. The fantasy playoffs are in full swing, I wish you much success. I hope we here at Fantasy Sharks were a piece that helped get you into your playoff bracket. Now let’s go win us a championship!
Passing Rushing
Team Score Team Score
PIT 251 TB 135
JAX 247 BUF 132
MIA 245 CAR 116
NO 243 CHI 114
CIN 242 KC 110
NE 242 SEA 110
NYG 241 ARI 109
ARI 241 DEN 106
TB 237 PHI 106
NYJ 236 MIN 105
IND 234 WAS 104
DET 232 NYG 103
PHI 232 SF 102
DEN 230 DAL 101
CLE 230 GB 100
ATL 228 PIT 97
SD 228 NYJ 97
TEN 226 STL 96
CHI 225 JAX 96
BAL 225 CIN 95
HOU 224 HOU 95
OAK 223 DET 94
BUF 221 MIA 91
DAL 216 NE 91
GB 215 TEN 90
WAS 211 OAK 87
SF 208 CLE 87
CAR 208 IND 86
KC 207 NO 83
SEA 207 ATL 81
STL 189 BAL 80
MIN 184 SD 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

Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals – Thursday 8:25pm
This game is on as I write this. The Cardinals are currently up 17-10 after a horrible fumble by Adrian Peterson. Is ball security a lost art?
Favorite: Arizona Cardinals by 7.5
Prediction: Arizona Cardinals 34 – Minnesota Vikings 20
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Tennessee Titans at New York Jets – Sunday 1:00pm
With Darrelle Revis back practicing with the Jets, the Titans’ chances slim. You have to applaud the progress that Marcus Mariotta (and Jameis Winston) are making. When you start to consider how many first round quarterbacks have flopped, it is a refreshing change to have some pan out for a change. Yeah Tennessee. Yeah Tampa. Mariotta will play well enough here, but the lack of a running game will make this too tough of a hill to climb. Expect the Jets to play well here and for Bilal Powell to make another good appearance in PPR leagues. The Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker combo will also be too much for Tennessee to handle.
Favorite: New York Jets by 7
Prediction: New York Jets 30 – Tennessee Titans 23
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals – Sunday 1:00pm
Yee-Haw! Let’s light this fantasy candle. Holy frappe is this going to be a barn burner. Heck, after we burn the barn, we may just go into town and burn that down too. Start what you can muster in this. The only area that could suffer is when the Bengals run the football, they may or may not be able to accomplish success there.
Favorite: Cincinnati Bengals by 3
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals 33 – Pittsburgh Steelers 24
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

San Francisco 49ers at Cleveland Browns – Sunday 1:00pm
Shaun Draughn vs. Johnny Manziel heads up is how this goes down. I know, I can’t believe it either. Either will make a serviceable start but there really won’t be any big fantasy days in this one. Gary Barnidge will be OK here too but you have to really be desperate to play anyone else. Blaine Gabbert has seen a rebirth, good for him and the 49’ers for taking a chance on him, I hope they see what they have there and give him the job for good. This game though is not a good one for Gabbert with the success the 49’ers will have on the ground.
Favorite: Cleveland Browns by 1.5
Prediction: Cleveland Browns 23 – San Francisco 49ers 17
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday 1:00pm
The Colts are going to throw the ball well here, even with a banged up Matt Hasselbeck but Blake Bortles will be just too much to handle as he tears the Colts apart with crisp passing and dramatic completions. The league desperately needs a new honor guard at quarterback and it is good to see so many of these underdog teams now being led by competent players at the position. We are witnessing a parity tipping point in the NFL where the teams that have been in building or rebuilding mode for seemingly forever, start to turn the tables on the old guard institution. In theory, that is how this is all supposed to work. The draft is geared to consistently reward less fortunate teams.
Favorite: Even
Prediction: Jacksonville Jaguars 33 – Indianapolis Colts 24
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs – Sunday 1:00pm
Let’s not waste too much time on this one. The Chiefs win, the Chargers don’t, for almost obvious reasons. The Chiefs have been winning a lot of football games and the Chargers have been losing a lot of football games.. it’s pretty simple logic really. Expect a nice number on the ground for the Chiefs but it is disconcerting that they plan to have a true RBBC situation in Kansas City and let me just be the next person to state how sucky that is. Does Andy Reid not realize that it’s fantasy playoff time? Geesh! Steer clear of your Chargers and you’ll be glad that you did. I’d be OK with Antonio Gates.. maybe. They will need to throw to keep up so perhaps by sheer repetition he will show up in the boxscore.
Favorite: Kansas City Chiefs by 10
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs 33 – San Diego Chargers 20
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

About Tony Holm

Founder and President of FantasySharks.com. Five-time nominee for the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. Started publishing fantasy content on the web in 1993 and hasn't stopped yet.