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 11 NFL Picks

Week 10 saw only one of our ‘pickers’ escape with a winning record. Brandon had the best week going 8-6 gaining even more ground on Dan who had a 6-8 week. Orlando brings up the rear, mustering only four wins last week. Here are the current standing through ten weeks of the NFL season and we have a showdown on our hands.

Current Standings:

Dan Schalk: 85-60-2

Brandon Reid: 84-61-2

Orlando Torres: 78-67-2

Week 11 NFL Picks

Cardinals at Vikings

Week 11 NFL Picks
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Dan Schalk: Arizona Cardinals. The Vikings are in a tail-spin and need a win badly. They will need to wait another week because Arizona has too much fire-power on both sides of the ball to lose.

Brandon Reid: Arizona Cardinals. The Vikings have issues right now. No running game and firing your kicker mid season is a couple of them. If Arizona’s defense was not a top-tier defense, then maybe I say Minnesota gets out of this funk this week. But it is, so they’re not. 

Orlando Torres: Arizona Cardinals. This should be a low scoring game. Both teams are struggling at the moment. Minnesota started off hot and now have found themselves in a hole, while the Cardinals are a shell of what they were last year. Turnovers will be a big part of this game and who can control them, I’m gonna trust Palmer protecting the ball over Bradford.  

Bills at Bengals

Dan Schalk: Cincinnati Bengals. Tyrod Taylor is not a franchise QB as stated in this piece and the Bengals will focus on shutting down the running game because the Bills have nothing else.

Brandon Reid: Cincinnati Bengals. It’s getting real for both of these teams. Cincinnati’s offense is too good to only have three wins this deep into the season. Buffalo can’t pass gas and leaning heavily on Shady and Mike Gillislee just isn’t going to be sustainable. I have to go with the Bengals at home here. 

Orlando Torres: Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals are coming off a tough loss on Monday night to New York. Last time we saw the Bills they should’ve beaten the Seahawks, and Tyrod Taylor was dicing up the Seattle secondary with his arms and legs. McCoy is also fresh off a bye, so he should be ready be that RB1 we’re used to seeing, but I just think Bengals need to win this at home.

Bears at Giants

Dan Schalk: New York Giants. The Giants are a much better football team than the Bears. Pretty simple formula to pick the G-Men.

Brandon Reid: New York Giants. Don’t look now but the Giants of New York have won four in a row. Although they can’t run out of a paper bag, the defense they went and spent all the money on is looking like a top ten defense. And we’re not talking about ODB and his mental state anymore. Winning cures all. The Bears offense is just a mess and now they are losing Alshon Jeffery. They also had some big injuries last week on the O-line. Giants big in this one.

Orlando Torres: New York Giants. No Alshon Jeffrey for the next four weeks so it looks like Miller, Meredith and Howard should go get more carries and targets here. As hot as New York can get, I think Chicago bounces back defensively, but it won’t be enough to stop Eli and co.

Steelers at Browns

Dan Schalk: Pittsburgh Steelers. I can’t pick the Browns when I’m already on record saying this team will go 0-16.

Brandon Reid: Pittsburgh Steelers. I’m starting to think Cleveland has a shot at 0-16. Looking at their remaining schedule I’m just not sure who they can beat. Maybe the rematch with Cincinnati, maybe at Buffalo. The Browns are 30th in scoring and 31st in points against. Just can’t see them beating the Steelers right now.

Orlando Torres: Pittsburgh Steelers. I’m not sure who’s going to start at quarterback for the Browns, but regardless whether it’s Kessler or McCown neither of them will be able to score the points that Pittsburgh will put up.

Buccaneers at Chiefs

Dan Schalk: Kansas City Chiefs. While their records may not indicate it, I believe these teams have similar talent on the roster, but playing in Arrowhead is the deciding factor.

Brandon Reid: Kansas City Chiefs. The Bucs just haven’t done well this year against stout defenses, more specifically, stout secondaries. Arrowhead can be a tough, overwhelming place to play as an opposing signal caller. Smart money says K.C. has no problems in this one.

Orlando Torres: Kansas City Chiefs. I’d love to pick the Bucs here, I love the future of Tampa Bay with Winston and Evans, but at the moment Winston is just too inconsistent. The Chiefs on the other hand will be fired up at home, and its defense is always ready for a fight and a turnover or two. Just ask Cam Newton.  

Ravens at Cowboys

(Lloyd Fox, Sun Photographer)
(Lloyd Fox, Sun Photographer)

Dan Schalk: Dallas Cowboys. It pained me last week to pick the Steelers, and I won’t do that again even though I believe a rookie wall is ahead for Dak Prescott. Just give it to Zeke and let him work.

Brandon Reid: Baltimore Ravens. I’m doubling down. I picked Pittsburgh last week and fell just short. I just can’t see Dallas as a 15-1 or 14-2 team, which means they need to drop some games quickly. It’s just to hard to accomplish that good of a record in the NFL. Baltimore has the third stingiest defense in the NFL. The one thing Dallas has done in this run is avoid playing good defenses. Should be a good test for the rookies in Big D.

Orlando Torres: Dallas Cowboys. This isn’t going to be a high scoring game for either team on Sunday. Dallas doesn’t care how good a team is, their offensive line just continues to pancake defenders and open holes for Zeke, but the Ravens never back down from a fight and will be ready to punch Dallas back in the mouth. This will be more of a Dez game rather than Zeke.  

Jaguars at Lions

Dan Schalk: Detroit Lions. I seemed to pick the Jaguars quite often this season, not really sure why when they keep losing. So I’ll change it up and begin to pick against them. Give me the Lions at home.

Brandon Reid: Detroit Lions. Detroit is the better team and playing at home. I just can’t predict Jacksonville to win this game no matter how I break it down. It may be close, but I think Stafford would have to get knocked out of the game for the Jags to have a chance.

Orlando Torres: Detroit Lions. This was the year Jacksonville was supposed to bounce back. Bortles was supposed to snap out of his funk from last year and hopefully be challengers for the AFC South, but he looks even worse than last season. Lions are coming off of a bye, and with the struggles of Green Bay lately it should fire them up to take the north.  

Titans at Colts

Dan Schalk: Tennessee Titans. This game is one Tennessee needs to win in order to take the next step and be considered a serious division contender. The Titans have the better team on paper, but Mike Mularkey-led teams scare me in clutch situations. 

Brandon Reid: Tennessee Titans. OK, this is it. The last time these two teams played, Tennessee was .500 at 3-3. The Colts got em. But in case you haven’t been keeping up, the Titans offense is rolling and may have two Offensive POY candidates with Marcus Mariota, and the resurgence of DeMarco Murray. It feels like these two teams are heading in different directions. The Colts haven’t won back-to-back games all year.

Orlando Torres: Indianapolis Colts. Yes the Colts made the Packers look like fools last week dropping over 40 on them. People are just starting to realize how good Mariota is, but just like in week 7, Andrew Luck will have his way over Dick Lebeau’s defense.

Dolphins at Rams

Dan Schalk: Miami Dolphins. This game will only make Rams fans angrier. Jared Goff will get the start and look like a terrified chicken under center.

Brandon Reid: Miami Dolphins. Jared Goff. Remember I told you so. Biggest first overall QB bust since, don’t make me say it…JaMarcus Russell. I picked up the Dolphins defense for this week, you should too.

Orlando Torres: Miami Dolphins. It doesn’t matter who’s starting for the Rams. Whether it’s Keenum or Goff. Keep in mind Goff should’ve been the starter at the beginning of the season, but lost his job to Keenum. With that being said the Rams line can’t block for Gurley even if their lives depended on it, and Miami’s defense has been on a roll lately.

Patriots at 49ers

Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. Duh.

Brandon Reid: New England Patriots. Do you know Brady and Belichick’s record coming off a loss? Me either, but I bet it’s awesome.

Orlando Torres: New England Patriots. All I’m going to say is run San Fran. The Patriots are coming off a loss at home, and they are pissed off! Gronk or no Gronk. 

Eagles at Seahawks

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Dan Schalk: Seattle Seahawks. Carson Wentz has begun to play like a rookie after lighting the NFL on fire to begin the season. Seattle will handle the Eagles offense and put enough points up to secure the victory.

Brandon Reid: Seattle Seahawks. I like Carson Wentz and what the Eagles have done this year in a tough NFC East. But this is too much to ask of this young coach and young QB to pull off. Seattle is getting healthier and gearing up for another NFC Title run. Jimmy Graham is finally turning into a viable weapon and their defense just might still be the best in the NFL. Ask Tom Brady his opinion. 

Orlando Torres: Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks can’t win twice in a row now can they?? Of course they can, although I will say this seems like a bit of trap game for Seattle. I think Philly’s D will come to play and you won’t see the points that Wilson was able to put up against New England, but Hauschka will bail them out as time expires.

Packers at Redskins

Dan Schalk: Green Bay Packers. I can’t see the Packers losing four games in a row. Their offense is too talented and I believe Rodgers will put the team on his back and beat an overachieving Redskins team.

Brandon Reid: Washington Redskins. I want to pick Green Bay so bad and say they are going to break out of this funk, I just can’t this week. Did you know one of these teams is 3rd in the league in passing and the other is 14th? Want to guess which is which? The Redskins are in the top half of the league in just about every major stat. They are fifth in sacks and third in forced fumbles. Knowing all that, plus Washington is at home, I have to go with the Redskins.

Orlando Torres: Washington Redskins. This isn’t the old high-flying Packers offense that once was in the past few seasons. They have been stuck in mud since the beginning in the season, and it looks like yet again they won’t be able to find a way out. Not only can they not run the ball, they also can’t stop it. Expect a big game from Kelley here.

Texans at Raiders

Dan Schalk: Oakland Raiders. Houston is bad and Oakland is good. I’ll pick the good team to win.

Brandon Reid: Oakland Raiders. Houston likes playing this game recently of making my picks against them wrong. Even though they are dead last in passing and almost dead last in points scored. It will catch up to them. I like Oakland in Mexico City.

Orlando Torres: Oakland Raiders. Both teams are coming off wins, Oakland is fresh off a bye and Murray is coming off of a monster outing against Denver. Don’t expect Murray to rush for another 3 TD’s, as I expect that Bill O’Brien will have his defense ready for a fight. The Texans can run the ball with Miller, Blue and Hunt sprinkled in there, but unfortunately for them Brock Osweiler is their QB and if Derek Carr gets hot and this turns into a shootout this could get ugly fast for Houston.

 

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