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.
|Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers – Thursday 8:25pm|
The fact that this game is in Pittsburgh, on national television, between two teams that loathe each other, means one simple thing: throw the stats out the side-window as this game is truly any teams to win. If Ben Roethlisberger were playing the Steelers would be favored but since Michael Vick is under center, the lines makers swing this the Ravens way. It is true, Vick is not the Vick of old and those that are snatching him up on waivers this week will be somewhat disappointed week to week. Vick can still show flashes of good play but the days of him being a stud fantasy player are long behind him. However, both teams will have to throw the ball to have any success so expect a lot of high volume passing as both teams post good statistical days in the air.
Favorite: Baltimore Ravens by 2.5
Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 23 – Baltimore Ravens 20
|New York Jets at Miami Dolphins – Sunday 9:30am|
I think everyone and their brother thinks the Jets should win this. They’ll certainly have better fantasy days and I’d much rather start the Jets Defense than the Dolphins. What you have to remember though is that this is a divisional game, in London, against a Dolphins team that is sitting in the bottom of the division and we all know what can happen when you corner a wild Dolphin.
Favorite: New York Jets by 1.5
Prediction: Miami Dolphins 20 – New York Jets 17
|New York Giants at Buffalo Bills – Sunday 1:00pm|
The Bills have some mojo going on right now and while you most certainly can point at Rex Ryan for being the catalyst, count me as one that am tired of his shtick where he always deflects from the team and puts the blame on himself when things don’t go right. I mean, I get it, it’s called coaching, but to say that he was “out coached” or “that one is on me” is just silly. It feeds in to what he’s trying to accomplish (and you can’t argue with the early results) but I do think it’s a bit of a circus at times. But maybe that’s his way?
The Giants will be OK here in the air, the Patriots demonstrated for the world to see exactly how you beat the Bills in the air, but stay away from the Giants ground game. The Bills won’t post any big numbers on offense but they’ll do a nice job with balance and continuously putting pressure on Eli Manning to try and answer. I’m really liking rookie Karlos Williams too, who is dirt cheap in DFS.
Favorite: Buffalo Bills by 5.5
Prediction: Buffalo Bills 24 – New York Giants 17
|Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts – Sunday 1:00pm|
The Colts are snake bit and that will show. Expect a huge day from Andrew Luck as he hits his receivers at will. The Jaguars had no answers for the Patriots and the Colts will bring that same muster. The Jaguars just aren’t built right. They are actually a very good running team but with a defense that gives up so many points, the game dictates that they have to put the ball in Blake Bortles‘ hands to try and catch up and that is where things go so terribly wrong.
Favorite: Indianapolis Colts by 9.5
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts 23 – Jacksonville Jaguars 17
|Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals – Sunday 1:00pm|
This truly should be a great game to watch. The Bengals are apparently good this year, or at least, are right now. They have a funny way of fading down the stretch but right now, here in Week 4? They’re actually pretty good. Their passing game is solid, their ground game is too, and their defense is solid up front. The only place they could use some help is in their secondary and ultimately, that will be their downfall when the snow flies. We have a lot of games still to be played but the Bengals have the look of a playoff team that won’t get too far in the post-season but have enough horses to get there.
You are likely going to be surprised by the low number that Jamaal Charles will post this week on the ground. You’re really hoping and praying for his involvement in the passing game and a touchdown or two to carry your fantasy day. Thankfully, that’s not too much to ask for as that’s what the Chiefs tend to do when an opposing defense manages to stop their ground game from gaining any momentum. The Bengals and Chiefs both will be fine up top and Marvin Jones makes a nice cheap play in DFS.
Favorite: Cincinnati Bengals by 3.5
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals 21 – Kansas City Chiefs 17