I’ll confess, I’m a little giddy after my 6-1 record last week, but know its just not brag worthy enough of a feat given the fact that the participants in the WSOH event know what they’re doing for the most part. The glass is has been made from half empty to half full without adding a drop, and if there’s something in there I’m drinking it regardless of how full it is. Again the field has a lot to say, but some things have changed recently which has totally changed my approach. That’s right Ezekiel Elliot’s on again off again on again off again on again relationship with the NFL has continued for another week. Deshaun Watson has sent the fantasy world into a tizzy, but his absence moved the line. The Redskins have 11 potential starters out, the Raiders have three on defense, and lots of back-up and volatile QB situations to consider.
Colts +13 at Texans
This one is a no brainer folks, and I feel bad for any soul that submitted their picks on Thursday before Deshaun Watson got. This game is actually going to be competitive as the Colts have the better QB. The line is currently at seven points and I don’t think I can recall one player moving a betting line that much. I’m not saying it hasn’t happened, I just don’t recall it happening. Picking 7 games is mentally draining so consider this your bye week.
Ravens +5.5 at Titans
The field is going to be sad that they were so one-sided when analyzing this game. Yes Baltimore’s secondary is a top five unit, and they will likely shut down the passing game in Nashville. The Ravens however are one of the worst run defenders in the league as well, giving up 130 ypg. Expect a heavy dose of DeMarco Murray and Derek Henry, with some Mariota mixed in. Coming off the bye I like the Titans by two scores in this one.
Rams -3.5 @ Giants
Speaking of bye weeks, the Rams and their high-powered offense that has way more to play for are coming off theirs. I expect them to beat down a Giants team that will be without Jenoris Jenkins with a balanced attack including a healthy dose of Todd Gurley. The field is making feel even better with this pick.
Falcons’ +1.5 at Carolina
I’m not super confident about this one, but all signs point to a Falcons outright win in an effort to steal a divisional road win. The Panthers do have a top 5 defense and the Falcons haven’t been great in Charlotte. It’s tough to predict how Cam Newton will respond emotionally on the field with the loss of his friend and top WR Kelvin Benjamin. I think this game, which is basically a pick’em is tough mudding for both teams. The Field again is making me field good, but the confidence points will be low.
OVER/UNDER SPECIAL – Oakland at Miami – 44 pts
I’m going with the over here. Oakland is banged up, and both teams will take to the air early and often in this one. I think it will be close all game long, but if both teams have the offense assets to make the “over” happen.
Good luck gamers!!