My Fantasy Pick’em: Week 10 NFL Picks
Welcome to our weekly My Fantasy Pick’em where Dan Schalk, Brandon Reid and Orlando Torres pick all of the NFL games straight up. At the end of the season we will crown one champion of all champions. You can check all three out on the My Fantasy Podcast airing weekly here on My Fantasy Sports Talk.
Week 9 saw both Brandon and Orlando take a huge chunk out of Dan’s lead. Coming into Week 9, Dan held a seven and eight game lead over Brandon and Orlando respectively. Now after a 7-6 week, Dan is searching for answers as Brandon dominated his picks en route to a 11-2 week and Orlando wasn’t far behind going 10-3. The current standings are below…
Dan Schalk: 79-51-2
Brandon Reid: 76-55-2
Orlando Torres: 74-57-2
Week 10 NFL Picks
Chiefs at Panthers
Dan Schalk: Carolina Panthers. Carolina is getting hot at the right time and even though the Chiefs are playing well, I like the Panthers to secure the win at home.
Brandon Reid: Carolina Panthers. I think this is a ‘swing in momentum’ game. Carolina is playing better and Alex Smith will have getting hurt in the back of his mind. The Chiefs struggle to score as it is. Just a feeling about Carolina in this game, Vegas agrees.
Orlando Torres: Carolina Panthers. This is should be an all out brawl. The Panthers have gotten back to playing defense and they’ve been on a streak after a much-needed bye. The question is can the Panthers D stop KC from scoring, as the Chiefs O-line will not back down from a ferocious Carolina defensive line.
Broncos at Saints
Dan Schalk: Denver Broncos. The Denver defense isn’t the same as it was last season, especially against the run, but their pass defense is stellar and that will be the difference when shutting down Drew Brees.
Brandon Reid: Denver Broncos. While I think New Orleans can win this game, they are already approaching their win total I thought they would have for the year. I thought they would for sure be last in the NFC South and they’re not…yet. Denver will be able to score on New Orleans, it will be harder for Brees to operate against the league’s number one pass defense.
Orlando Torres: New Orleans Saints. Yes the Broncos D can still play at a high level, but it depends on the offense. Will Siemian be able to create long offensive drives to give the defense rest. I don’t think so.
Rams at Jets
Dan Schalk: New York Jets. I actually think the Rams are the better team, but traveling to the East coast and picking up a win isn’t an easy task.
Brandon Reid: Los Angeles Rams. The Rams defense is keeping them in games. They are certainly good enough to give the Jets fits. I know people are growing impatient to see Jared Goff, but chill on that. There are actually eight teams with worse passing games than the Rams. Maybe the Rams should try giving it to Gurley more than 12 times. I’ll take the Rams in this one.
Orlando Torres: New York Jets. I predict this will probably be an ugly game on the scoreboard when it’s all done. Jets should be able to get it done between Powell and Forte.
Packers at Titans
Dan Schalk: Green Bay Packers. I’ve been on the Titans bandwagon all season, but not this week. Green Bay will come out on fire after being embarrassed by the Colts at home last week. Rodgers will account for at least four scores.
Brandon Reid: Tennessee Titans. The way the Titans are running the ball and the way Mariota is playing, I have more faith in them at this point in the season than I do Green Bay. I think the Titans D is better, they are more healthy, and they are at home. They need a statement win against the Packers.
Orlando Torres: Green Bay Packers. This is not the time to RELAX! The Packers are in panic mode at the moment and in a messy division as Minnesota and Chicago still have a chance. Running back is still a big question as we don’t know how healthy Starks is at the moment, but this is where Rodgers will take over when he is the most needed.
Falcons at Eagles
Dan Schalk: Atlanta Falcons. If Atlanta wants to be considered a threat in the NFC, this is the type of game they must win. The Eagles have struggled the last few weeks and I don’t see that stopping here.
Brandon Reid: Philadelphia Eagles. This is a hard one to pick. Two very high-flying birds going at it. I would suspect there will be a lot of points scored. I’m giving Philadelphia the advantage because their defense is better, they are at home, and they just got through a tough stretch of division games at Dallas and the NY Giants. I think they’ll be ready.
Orlando Torres: Atlanta Falcons. Both offenses are pretty explosive, and Philly’s D looked promising at the start of the season, but has been exposed lately and won’t be able to stop the high-flying offense of Atlanta.
Vikings at Redskins
Dan Schalk: Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are in a tail-spin but I am confident in their defense that they can shut down Kirk Cousins and the Redskins. It will be a close, low-scoring game.
Brandon Reid: Washington Redskins. The Vikings free fall continues and it doesn’t look much better this week. Washington is a solid team. They rank in the top 20 in just about everything. Minnesota’s offense in one of the worst three in the league. Now their defense is letting up allowing Detroit beat them at home. They are also now dealing with kicking issues. I just think Washington is in a better place this week.
Orlando Torres: Washington Redskins. This losing streak the Minnesota is going through has to end soon right?? The defense is what is keeping the team in games. Bradford isn’t the scoring machine the Vikings need. Kirk Cousins will get red-hot and home and the Vikings will end week 10 with numerous questions again.
Texans at Jaguars
Dan Schalk: Jacksonville Jaguars. I’ve stated multiple times this season that I believe the Texans are one of the worst teams in football. Losing to Jacksonville will only continue that thought process.
Brandon Reid: Jacksonville Jaguars. OK, I’m just being stubborn here. I think the Texans are in free fall mode, and they’re just not that good. They are almost dead last in passing and scoring. I do think Jacksonville is improving, and I’ll go with them in this game.
Orlando Torres: Jacksonville Jaguars. The Texans coming off a bye should score early on as hopefully Osweiler has found a way to get Hopkins involved. Gus Bradley though, has changed up the scheme getting the run game going. Jags survive a rough divisional game.
Bears at Buccaneers
Dan Schalk: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both teams have struggled this season, but I like the Bucs offense to consistently move the ball with the return of Doug Martin and Mike Evans doing his usual, which is dominating on the outside.
Brandon Reid: Tampa Bay Bucs. This is a pickem game. I don’t feel more strongly about one team or the other. Although the league’s worst offense did look a little better with Jay Cutler two weeks ago. Ehh, I’ll still go with the home team.
Orlando Torres: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bears have seemed to save their season, they looked horrendous from the start. Tampa Bay on the other hand gets Doug Martin back which will boost a much-needed run game so Winston doesn’t have to rely on his arm so much. This has the potential to be a high scoring game.
Dolphins at Chargers
Dan Schalk: Miami Dolphins. I think both teams are evenly matched, but I like the Dolphins to control time of possession in a lower scoring game than most predict.
Brandon Reid: San Diego Chargers. Miami will be able to have some success running the ball. Jay Ajayi has proven to be their new guy. The Dolphins just better hope they don’t get down early. San Diego’s offense is one of the bets in the league despite all the key missing pieces. I don’t think Miami can keep up with San Diego. I’ll take the Chargers at home.
Orlando Torres: San Diego Chargers. Ever since they beat up the Steelers, Miami has been on a roll. Thanks to the help of Jay Ajayi dominating the run game. This is going to be a tough road game for Miami that they’ll be able to keep close, won’t Tannehill won’t be able to out fuel Rivers.
49ers at Cardinals
Dan Schalk: Arizona Cardinals. I don’t expect this game to be close as David Johnson comes close to reaching 300 total yards from scrimmage.
Brandon Reid: Arizona Cardinals. What I specifically predict to happen here is for Carson Palmer to throw all over San Francisco. The Cardinals D will also hold San Fran in check. I’m giving a score on this one…35-14.
Orlando Torres: Arizona Cardinals. The Cards aren’t the same team from last year, but good news for them the 49ers are coming to town and that defense allows anybody to straight up run through them. David Johnson could possibly run for 200 yards easily in this game.
Cowboys at Steelers
Dan Schalk: Pittsbugh Steelers. I really want to pick the Cowboys in this one, but eventually Dak is going to show he’s not the “perfect” QB and the Steelers are going to come out extremely motivated in this game.
Brandon Reid: Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have been an enigma this year. I don’t think they are better than the Cowboys, but that’s why we play the games. When the terrible towels start waiving, anything is possible. You’ve heard of playing up to your competition, I think thats what happens here.
Orlando Torres: Pittsburgh Steelers. Dallas is hot as of late. Haven’t lost since week 1, and this looks to be a closer, more competitive game for Dallas compared to the beating they put on the Browns last week. Pittsburgh on the other hand is going in the opposite direction as they’ve been on a losing streak. Big Ben shouldn’t have played last week as he was hobbling around getting beat by the Ravens D. This is a must win game for the Steelers at home. Big Ben can get hit here, and I don’t know if the Dallas D can keep up with speedsters Antonio Brown and Sammy Coates.
Seahawks at Patriots
Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. Give me Tom Brady and Bill Belichick over Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll.
Brandon Reid: New England Patriots. This one did give me cause to pause. If it was in Seattle, maybe I go with the Hawks. But it’s not, so I won’t. Must go with Brady and Belichick. Safest play.
Orlando Torres: New England Patriots. A rematch from the 2014 Super Bowl. Usually rematches don’t match the hype as the original meeting, and this shouldn’t be different. No way Seattle’s defense can slow down a Patriots team coming off of a bye.
Bengals at Giants
Dan Schalk: New York Giants. This is a toss-up game for me, but I’ll take the more dangerous passing attack at home. The Giants win in a high-scoring affair.
Brandon Reid: Cincinnati Bengals. Cincy’s defense is too dangerous to sit back and pass on 90% of the time. The Giants run game should be ranked 38th in the league, right behind a few CFL and Arena League teams. Bengals have too much offense fire power for the one-dimensional Giants attack to overcome.
Orlando Torres: Cincinnati Bengals. Yes this is where the Bengals are supposed to choke. The stage is set– prime time game in the Big Apple, but I trust Marvin Lewis here rather than Ben McAdoo leading his offense. Why?? Because the Giants O-line can’t block for Eli or the running game.
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