MFST’s Week 3 Picks
Two weeks of the NFL season are in the books and Brandon has built a slim three-game lead over Dan. Orlando is only one game back of that, setting up for an exciting race all season…
Standings after TNF
Brandon Reid: 21-10-2
Dan Schalk: 18-13-2
Orlando Torres: 17-14-2
Week 3 Picks
Bills at Vikings
Dan Schalk: Minnesota Vikings. Good luck to Josh Allen, he’ll need it.
Brandon Reid: Minnesota Vikings. You didn’t really expect an explanation here, did you?
Orlando Torres: Minnesota Vikings. The question is, will another Bills player retire at halftime due to the large deficit?
Giants at Texans
Dan Schalk: New York Giants. Despite their offensive line woes, the Giants are the more talented team.
Brandon Reid: Houston Texans. The Giants only look good on paper. I’m surprised Eli didn’t retire at halftime against the Cowboys Sunday night. He looks horrible. He is still available in our fantasy league and should remain that way. The offensive line still needs a lot of help. Eli is not a good combo with a weak O-Line. The Giants will again be one of the worst teams in football this year.
Orlando Torres: Houston Texans. The Giants could really use President Trump right now to build a wall around Eli, because their o-line is horrible.
Packers at Redskins
Dan Schalk: Green Bay Packers. Washington is one of the worst teams in the NFC.
Brandon Reid: Green Bay Packers. I honestly think that was a very impressive tie from the Packers last week. Many think the Vikings could represent the NFC in the Super Bowl this year. We know how tough their defense is, so playing the Redskins should be a walk in the park for A-Rod.
Orlando Torres: Green Bay Packers. This has the opportunity to be a shoot out, as Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers collide. Rodgers is still banged up, but the Washington football team will need to come up with a solution quickly on Sunday if they want to pull away with a win.
49ers at Chiefs
Dan Schalk: San Francisco 49ers. If I’m starting an NFL franchise I’m choosing Jimmy G over Patrick Mahomes. That’s not a knock against Mahomes (I had him as my No.1 QB in the 2017 NFL Draft and compared him to my idol Tony Romo)–Garoppolo will just have a better NFL career, not just two games.
Brandon Reid: Kansas City Chiefs. I’m on the Chiefs bandwagon right now. Carson Wentz and Patrick Mahomes are the QB’s of the future. I told you guys in Week 1 that Kansas City starts out 6-0 before they have their typical Andy Reid collapse. We’re not there yet.
Orlando Torres: Kansas City Chiefs. Two bad defenses, going up against two great offenses. Garoppolo has a chance here to put up some big numbers Kansas City, and we already know what Mahomes and company can do, I’m going with the home team here.
Raiders at Dolphins
Dan Schalk: Miami Dolphins. Who would’ve though the Dolphins would be 3-0 and in first place in the AFC East?
Brandon Reid: Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have played better than an 0-2 team. They played a great first half against a stout Rams defense. They had Denver beat last week until the defense ran out of gas. That will probably be a problem for Oakland all season long. But the offense is putting up almost 400 yards a game right now, and I trust Chucky to make it work. Miami has beat two sub-par teams by a touchdown each game so far this year to get to 2-0. I’m not buying it.
Orlando Torres: Oakland Raiders.This is hard to pick against the Raiders right now, and how horrendous they’ve been, but I’m going with Chucky to rally his team to their first win of the season.
Colts at Eagles
Dan Schalk: Philadelphia Eagles. If Nick Foles was starting this game I would’ve picked the Colts.
Brandon Reid: Philadelphia Eagles. The best QB under 30 makes his season debut this week. Wentz + Philly D = Eagles win.
Orlando Torres: Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz is back and the crowd along with the Eagles team in general are going to be fired up for his return.
Titans at Jaguars
Dan Schalk: Jacksonville Jaguars. This game will be low-scoring. Bench any fantasy guys in this game.
Brandon Reid: Jacksonville Jaguars. Same old story, new coach. I doubted the Titans all year last year, and they made the playoffs. Had to be the most mediocre team to make the playoffs in recent memory. They are even more a mess this year because they don’t seem to have an identity at all. I love the Titans backfield of Henry and Lewis, but I don’t like much else. Titans won’t be able to keep up.
Orlando Torres: Jacksonville Jaguars. The Titans are horrible right now and so banged up, it’s been dreadful to watch them. Fournette should be back, stamping a Jags victory.
Bengals at Panthers
Dan Schalk: Carolina Panthers. If Joe Mixon were playing in this game, I’d still pick the Panthers.
Brandon Reid: Carolina Panthers. The Bengals will have no run game this week with just Gio Bernard. He has been crushed when attempting to run the ball this year, and has also been swallowed up catching it out of the backfield. Mix in (see what I did there, Joe “Mixon”…anyway) the fact that Carolina has the 7th best pass defense right now, the Panthers should win easily.
Orlando Torres: Carolina Panthers. No Joe Mixon here so Bernard should get a lot of work, however Ron Rivera has been firing up his defense after their loss to Atlanta.
Broncos at Ravens
Dan Schalk: Baltimore Ravens. This is more a knock against Denver than it is a statement for Baltimore.
Brandon Reid: Baltimore Ravens. This is a pick out of spite. I think the Broncos are the luckiest team in football to be 2-0 right now. They are not good. I like Lindsay, but their backfield is still a mess and without Von Miller, who continues to make huge plays for them, they would be 0-2.
Orlando Torres: Baltimore Ravens. Lookout for John Brown in this game, and if Alex Collins can get going here. If Denver wants to win on the road, they’re going to have to get Phillip Lindsay going early on.
Saints at Falcons
Dan Schalk: Atlanta Falcons. They have the better defense.
Brandon Reid: Atlanta Falcons. I know you can believe that the Saints defense is ranked 30th in the NFL right now. What you might not believe is that the Saints are ranked dead last in rushing. Atlanta’s defense is much improved and they should have no problem winning this one at home.
Orlando Torres: Atlanta Falcons. The Saints have been in some close battles lately, and their defense is not the same from last season. The Falcons are also banged up currently, but they’ve been able to move the ball more effectively lately.
Chargers at Rams
Dan Schalk: LA Rams. The battle of LA.
Brandon Reid: LA Rams. The Rams are just the better team. They haven’t even been tested so far this year. Nothing the Chargers can do could convince me they have a chance of winning this game. Is it possible, of course. But don’t bet on it. Vegas says the Rams by 7.
Orlando Torres: LA Rams. Chargers on the road, I feel bad for Rivers here because he’s always having to step up and make something happen with a banged up team. Won’t be enough though.
Bears at Cardinals
Dan Schalk: Arizona Cardinals. I’m making this pick assuming we will see Josh Rosen invigorate the Cards offense similar to Baker Mayfield on Thursday.
Brandon Reid: Chicago Bears. The Bears defense is for real. This might be a close game, but some quarterback wearing red might not survive it. I need to see continual growth from Trubisky if I’m going to pick the Bears to win games this year. It’s inching along. One last thing…Anthony Miller #GoTigersGo
Orlando Torres: Chicago Bears. Could the Cardinals please give the ball to David Johnson?
Cowboys at Seahawks
Dan Schalk: Dallas Cowboys. Dallas has not looked like a good football team, but Seattle has looked worse. Give me the better offensive AND defensive line–that’s Dallas.
Brandon Reid: Seattle Seahawks. This is a tough one. I’m picking Seattle because I think they are better than an 0-3 team, and they are playing at home. If it wasn’t for Dallas’ defense playing so well, I wouldn’t even consider picking the Cowboys. But I have very little faith in the Cowboys offense, outside of Zeke. Their offense is regressing right before our eyes.
Orlando Torres: Seattle Seahawks. Seattle is in need of a win right now, and although Dallas would hope to keep their streak alive, this is going to be a tough road game.
Patriots at Lions
Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. NEXT!
Brandon Reid: New England Patriots. How many times has Belichick and Brady lost back-to-back regular season games? Uhhh, never! It sure as hell won’t happen against a former assistant in Detroit this week.
Orlando Torres: New England Patriots. Matt Patricia needs this win, but he won’t be able to beat his old team. It’s also rare for the Patriots to lose back-to-back games.
Steelers at Buccaneers
Dan Schalk: Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are not a playoff team, but either is Tampa Bay. This is exactly what Fitzmagic does–play well for a couple of games and then fall back to earth.
Brandon Reid: Pittsburgh Steelers. I just cannot make myself believe that Pittsburgh will be winless after three weeks and that the Tampa Bay Bucs, with Ryan Fitzpatrick, will be 3-0. Can’t do it. If anyone can rally troops in tough times, I believe Mike Tomlin can. I also have to believe that Tomlin can coach circles around Dirk Koetter. But the Bucs resume is by far the most impressive one so far this year. I just don’t think that’s who they are, long-term.
Orlando Torres: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Road Ben is a real thing, and the Steelers have been a circus act lately. This is a must win game, although it’s week 3, just to restore some confidence back in the team, but I’m going with the red-hot Bucs on Monday night.