MFST’s Pick’em: Week 2 NFL Picks
Welcome to our weekly NFL Pick’em. The hosts of the My Fantasy Podcast (Dan, Brandon and Orlando) pick every game straight up and crown one champion of all champions at the end of the season.
Standings after Week 1
Brandon Reid: 11-4
Dan Schalk: 10-5
Orlando Torres: 7-8
Week 2 NFL Picks
Bills at Panthers
Dan Schalk: Carolina Panthers. I will not pick the Bills to win this season unless they are playing the Jets.
Brandon Reid: Carolina Panthers. The Bills season finally begins after 5 Preseason games. Carolina is back in form. If Cam is fully healthy, I think he has the greatest compliment of weapons he has had since the fire sale that ended with Steve Smith’s departure. The Panthers should cover a touchdown spread.
Orlando Torres: Carolina Panthers. Sean McDermott’s return to Carolina should be an interesting one. Both teams have a solid defense, but Carolina’s front seven is a bit scarier. I don’t know if Shady can have a big game on the road, but I expect McCaffrey to out perform J Stew this week at home.
Bears at Buccaneers
Dan Schalk: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jameis Winston is about to have a field day and is a great value DFS play. Shameless plug, I know.
Brandon Reid: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Finally, the Bucs have come back to football!!! (in my Rock voice) I can’t wait to see this offense in action. I can’t wait to see what my number one fantasy pick, Mike Evans, is going to look like this year. I know the Bucs cannot wait to play football. They are touchdown favorites and I think they definitely cover that.
Orlando Torres: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With a bit of a surprise, Jordan Howard has shown up on the injury report late in the week as he fell awkwardly on his shoulder last week, so there’s a chance he could be limited and we could see more of the Human Joystick. However as much as I like how competitive this Bears team is, Tampa Bay has the edge here coming in fresh.
Vikings at Steelers
Dan Schalk: Pittsburgh Steelers. I know Brandon thought I would pick the Vikings and usually I would go with the better defense, but Big Ben is a different animal at home and the offense should be able to do enough to squeak past a better Vikings team.
Brandon Reid: Pittsburgh Steelers. I think I know Dan will go with Minnesota, so for the sake of being different, I will go with the Steelers. Pittsburgh is at home and favored. I think last week was an anomaly for Sam Bradford to some degree. When you have a three-headed monster like Pittsburgh’s Roethlisberger, Bell, and Brown, I don’t care who the defense is. This is a step up or sit down game for both squads. We will found out who is more likely to make the playoffs in this battle of two teams that are fairly comparable in their respective conferences.
Orlando Torres: Minnesota Vikings. This is going to be a showdown during the early games and a defensive dog fight. I don’t expect Thielen and Diggs blowing up the defense in this game because I think Minnesota goes run heavy to try to control the tempo. The Steelers and Big Ben in general play better at home, but I’m going with the road team here to pull the upset.
Cardinals at Colts
Dan Schalk: Arizona Cardinals. As long as Luck is out, you will not see me pick the Colts to win a single game—even if they played the Jets. They are a bad football team, reminiscent of a few years ago when they lost Peyton and “Sucked for Luck”.
Brandon Reid: Arizona Cardinals. I really don’t care who the Colts are playing right now, I’m picking the other team. Check out My Fantasy Podcast to hear more about how I really feel about the Colts this year.
Orlando Torres: Indianapolis Colts. Both teams have several flaws and this could be uglier than the Thursday night game we saw in Week 2. Although it appears that the Cardinals should still be able to beat the Colts without David Johnson and with Grandpa Palmer, but I’m sticking with the home team here to bounce back after getting blown out by 37.
Patriots at Saints
Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. This game will be over by halftime. The Patriots will score 45+ points in this game and everyone who doubted 40-year-old Tom Brady will quiver when they see his stat-line after the game.
Brandon Reid: New England Patriots. Despite having a 40 year-old quarterback, I cannot see the Patriots starting the season 0-2. If they do, they have some serious issues on both sides of the ball. New England is favored by 6.5. That scares me. The Saints are a different team in Mercedes-Benz Superdome #1. I won’t be completely shocked if the Saints steal this one. Just not predicting it.
Orlando Torres: New England Patriots. I’m on the edge and tempted to go with the Saints here, but the inexperience of the defense showed on Monday night, and now they have to deal with a ticked off Tom Brady. This will be a high scoring game, but the Pats defense has a better chance of getting stops compared to the Saints. Cooks will also have a big game.
Browns at Ravens
Dan Schalk: Baltimore Ravens. Cleveland is improving, but not improved enough to beat a divisional foe on the road with a stellar defense.
Brandon Reid: Baltimore Ravens. If Baltimore can manage a 20-0 shutout over the Bengals in Cincinnati, I think they can manage a win against Cleveland, at home. I do think Cleveland is about to turn the corner from laughing-stock, to mediocrity. I do not think Baltimore covers the spread of 8.
Orlando Torres: Baltimore Ravens. Another hard game to predict. The Browns are no longer a push over and they’ll give Buck Allen and Terrance West a hard time with their run blocking. Joe Flacco still isn’t 100% but I’ll give the home team the edge here.
Eagles at Chiefs
Dan Schalk: Kansas City Chiefs. If this game was in Philadelphia I would be picking the Eagles to slightly beat the Chiefs. But it’s in Arrowhead and that makes a world of difference. Sit back and watch Kareem Hunt do work.
Brandon Reid: Kansas City Chiefs. This is an intriguing matchup. I think it should be fairly high scoring. I would play any fantasy players you have in this matchup. After the way the Chiefs dominated the Patriots in Foxboro, I have to go with them. Keep in mind, Eric Berry was lost for the season on that Chiefs D so the Eagles will have opportunities. No Eric Berry, no Dontari Poe. This is not the same Chiefs D from the past.
Orlando Torres: Kansas City Chiefs. In what’s being called the “Andy Reid Bowl” I expect Reid’s current team to straight up blow the Eagles out of the water. Just too many weapons for a defense lacking fire power to stop the speedsters in Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt.
Titans at Jaguars
Dan Schalk: Tennessee Titans. The Jags are not the class of the AFC South—Tennessee is and they will show that this weekend when Marcus Mariota outplays Blake Bortles en route to a two-touchdown victory.
Brandon Reid: Tennessee Titans. The Titans owe the Jags big time. The last time they met, the Jags won, essentially knocking the Titans out of the playoffs, and breaking their QB’s leg. I own the Jags D so I know how tough they will be this year. I think Tennessee definitely has the edge of depth on the offensive side of the ball, so I think they squeak it out. A 2 point Tennessee spread sounds about right.
Orlando Torres: Tennessee Titans. I love what I saw from the Jags on the road. The defense and Fournette are scary and will present problems for several teams, the Titans are better offensively and unfortunately for the Jags they simply can’t run the ball 100 times a game to prevent Bortles from throwing.
Jets at Raiders
Dan Schalk: Oakland Raiders. See Brandon’s reasoning below…
Brandon Reid: Oakland Raiders. They’re playing the Jets.
Orlando Torres: Oakland Raiders. Not much to analyze or say here. Jets fans will want to turn this game off early. The Jets are always pretty good defensively, but it’s not going to be enough to stop Oakland from scoring.
Dolphins at Chargers
Dan Schalk: LA Chargers. I think this will be a high-scoring game where we see a lot of fantasy points being scored. Watch out for DeVante Parker and Keenan Allen to both end as a Top 5 WR’s in fantasy points for Week 2.
Brandon Reid: LA Chargers. I’m going to give the Dolphins at least one week to try to figure things out. I do not expect them to travel all the way across the country and come out firing on all cylinders from the get go. Chargers looked pretty good in the second half at Denver Monday night. This one might not be close.
Orlando Torres: Miami Dolphins. The Chargers host their first home game without knowing much of what to expect from the Dolphins coming off a bye. Both defenses are solid and improved, but I think besides Gates getting his record the fans won’t have much to cheer for.
Cowboys at Broncos
Dan Schalk: Dallas Cowboys. Those who follow the site or myself know I was not a believer in Dak Prescott last season–some of that was my despair that I would never see Tony Romo play again, some was disbelief that Prescott can sustain his play. But let me tell you this–I have seen flashes of Peyton Manning in Dak Prescott and I can confidently say he is no fluke and is a true leader and winner in the NFL. Cowboys by double-digits.
Brandon Reid: Dallas Cowboys. I am not a believer in Denver this year. I think their act is getting old. The Cowboys handled a pretty good Giants D fairly convincingly. Dallas is favored by about a field goal in Denver. I feel that’s pretty accurate. If they don’t win by more.
Orlando Torres: Dallas Cowboys. I do expect the ‘Boys to struggle a bit on the road against one of the better defenses in the league, but I’m taking Dak over Siemian here to get the job done for their team.
49ers at Seahawks
Dan Schalk: Seattle Seahawks. This divisional matchup is always close and I don’t believe the 49ers are as bad as many people think. This game will be close, but ultimately Brian Hoyer is still at quarterback for San Francisco and that will be enough to give them the L.
Brandon Reid: Seattle Seahawks. This is by far the biggest spread of the week…14 points. While I have been saying the Seahawks have lost their offensive identity since the Jimmy Graham trade, San Francisco will help them figure it out, at least for one week. I just don’t see any way the 49ers pull this one out.
Orlando Torres: Seattle Seahawks. Just like the Pats, the 49ers go on the road to face a ticked off Seahawks team. Reuben Foster is already out with an injury, and the Niners won’t be able to keep up scoring wise.
Redskins at Rams
Dan Schalk: LA Rams. Give me the better defense with the best interior lineman coming back (Aaron Donald). I’m not a believer in Kirk Cousins without a solid running game—no Fat Rob is not a good running back. I never thought I would pick a Jared Goff team to win two games in a row, but there’s a first time for everything.
Brandon Reid: Washington Redskins. This is a tough one. Not real confident in this pick. I just can’t envision the Rams starting out 2-0, while the Redskins start out 0-2. Just doesn’t feel right. Rams are favored at home by 2.5. I don’t think the Rams are at a level where they are comfortable winning consecutive games. Kirk Cousins and Jordan Reed will figure it out and squeak out the win. Maybe.
Orlando Torres: LA Rams. Kirk Cousins obviously is no Scott Tolzien and Jared Goff in no way can keep up with Cousins if it comes down to shoot out, but I truly believe the Rams defense can be one of the best in the league this season, and with the horrendous offensive line of Washington, Cousins might have another long day.
Packers at Falcons
Dan Schalk: Atlanta Falcons. I don’t have either team making the postseason this year, but Atlanta will have too much firepower at home to lose this game.
Brandon Reid: Atlanta Falcons. This is a battle of 2018 NFL MVP candidates. Lots of scoring in this game. I feel Atlanta is clicking a little sharper than Green Bay early on. Flip a coin. The spread is Atlanta by 3. They’re at home, I’ll go with the home team.
Orlando Torres: Green Bay Packers. Both teams meet for an early showdown in the season in Atlanta’s fancy new stadium. This leans more towards a shootout with both teams being stacked with scorers, and ultimately the Pack will spoil the party for Atlanta.
Lions at Giants
Dan Schalk: New York Giants. I don’t believe Odell is fully healthy, but the Giants need to roll him out there even if it’s as a decoy only–that will be enough to pull out the victory.
Brandon Reid: New York Giants. This should be another great Monday Night game that comes down to the wire. I feel like it’s going to be another one of those games that the Lions lose in the very end. Still not a fan of the Ben McAdoo Giants offensively. But the defense is pretty stout, and they are opening their 2017 home campaign on Monday Night Football, so there has to be an added layer of enthusiasm there.
Orlando Torres: Detroit Lions. There’s nothing to like about noodle arm Eli and the Giants here. Odell is still day-to-day, and it’s looking like he could possibly sit out another week. Matthew Stafford faces a solid defense, but he’ll out duel Eli on MNF.
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