My Fantasy Pick’em: Week 6 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 the champion of all champions. You can check all three out on the My Fantasy Podcast airing weekly here on My Fantasy Sports Talk.
Week 5 of the NFL schedule saw all three guys perform admirably. Dan finished the week with an 11-3 mark while Brandon and Orlando were only a game behind finishing with a 10-4 record. So with five full weeks complete below are the current standings of the three My Fantasy Pickers.
Dan Schalk: 46-30
Brandon Reid: 42-34
Orlando Torres: 38-38
Week 6 NFL Picks
Eagles at Redskins
Dan Schalk: Washington Redskins. Washington had a great showing last week against the Ravens in Baltimore. I think that will continue at home against an Eagles team that is starting to get figured out by NFL defenses. Yes Carson Wentz will be a great QB, but he will not see the same success he had in the first three weeks.
Brandon Reid: Philadelphia Eagles. I believe in Philly’s D a little more than I believe in the consistency of Washington. The Redskins have surprised me this year, especially winning the Capitol Bowl in Baltimore last week and holding the Ravens to 10 points. This will be a tough division battle. I think the Eagles have the advantage in everything except passing production and home field.
Orlando Torres: Philadelphia Eagles. This is going to be a straight up dog fight. Both of these teams hate each other. Eagles defense got embarrassed early on last week. I think this week they put it together and win a close one.
Steelers at Dolphins
Dan Schalk: Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are a much better football team on every level.
Brandon Reid: Pittsburgh Steelers. The Dolphins have one win and that was against Cleveland so it’s almost like they have no wins. They are struggling on defense and cannot run the ball at all. Pittsburgh is rolling. They will roll on.
Orlando Torres: Pittsburgh Steelers. If you’re a Miami fan I’m sorry, but this game will more than likely be over by halftime. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Big Ben has already thrown for 4 TD’s at this point.
Jaguars at Bears
Dan Schalk: Jacksonville Jaguars. Brian Hoyer is pulling a Ryan Fitzpatrick from last season. However, I think the success stops here with the Jags coming off of a bye ready to win this very winnable game.
Brandon Reid: Chicago Bears. This is a tough one. I can admit it looks like I was a year off on the Jags. The offense just hasn’t come back like I thought it would and the defense that they invested a lot of draft picks in, hasn’t improved much either. These are two struggling teams that give up a lot of points. This may be a good game to have a lot of fantasy guys in. In a pickem game like this, I’ll go with the home team.
Orlando Torres: Chicago Bears. Surprisingly Chicago has played some decent defense at times. They’re not a bad team, Hoyer is getting things rolling with Meredith and Howard. On the other side Allen Robinson should have a big day himself, but I believe the Bears finally win a game here.
Browns at Titans
Dan Schalk: Tennessee Titans. The winning streak for Tennessee started last week and will continue this week. If the offense can get rolling we could be seeing the Titans start on a roll to jump back in the AFC South race.
Brandon Reid: Tennessee Titans. If you look back at the Titans season so far, it’s really not that bad. Their week one performance against Minnesota really wasn’t that bad, considering what we know for sure about the Vikings D now. The Browns are winless and it’s the same old story. I am not putting the possibility of the Browns getting their first win this Sunday out of the question, but I see the Titans getting to .500 for the first meaningful time in a long time.
Orlando Torres: Tennessee Titans This is a tough game to predict actually. The Browns aren’t that bad of a team, If only they had a QB maybe they’d have one or two wins thus far. Unfortunately they will remain winless after week 6.
Bengals at Patriots
Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. At home no one is stopping Tom Brady and the Patriots as a whole. Look out Cincy fans your team is fading fast.
Brandon Reid: New England Patriots. The Bengals have been struggling to score points this year. Brady is back and he plays for Bill Belichick’s Patriots. It’s in New England. Now I ask you, who would pick the Bengals?
Orlando Torres: New England Patriots. This is going to get ugly fast Bengals fans might need therapy after the game. Eifert is out yet again leaving Aj Green to carry the load yet again. But the Pats are good at taking away a teams strength.
49ers at Bills
Dan Schalk: San Francisco 49ers. The Bills have been impressive the last three weeks, but I’m still not a believer in their offense to consistently score points. I think Kaepernick will rejuvenate the 49ers offense en route to a victory.
Brandon Reid: Buffalo Bills. The 49ers have found life hard when not playing the Los Angeles Rams. The Buffalo Bills on the other hand have beaten three pretty good teams in a row. Colin Kaepernick will make the start for the 49ers so we have to wait and see how that changes team chemistry. With San Francisco making the cross-country trip for a noon kickoff, I have to give the edge to Buffalo in this one.
Orlando Torres: Buffalo Bills. I’m actually excited to see Kap back on the field. Too bad he’s going up against a scary Bills defense on the road. I’m sure police attending the game will enjoy Kap having a tough day.
Ravens at Giants
Dan Schalk: New York Giants. The G-Men stop their losing streak as Eli Manning throws for 400+ yards and at least 3 scores. Put him in your lineup now!
Brandon Reid: New York Giants. The Giants didn’t play bad this Sunday night against Green Bay, they just ran out of time. That seems to be the theme of McAdoo’s Giants this year, playing lackadaisical to a fault. They are on a three game losing streak and I just don’t believe they are that bad, yet. I am starting to eye Ben McAdoo though like, “what’s up?”. Pivotal game for the Giants this Sunday.
Orlando Torres: New York Giants.This is a toss-up. If the Ravens are able to eliminate OBJ they should be able to handle the rest, but Odell should have a sneaky good game here in week 6.
Rams at Lions
Dan Schalk: Detroit Lions. I can’t figure out the Rams. They beat good teams but lose to bad ones, so I will use that philosophy this week. I don’t think the Lions are a real threat to make the playoffs, so the Rams should play down to their competition and lose one late.
Brandon Reid: Detroit Lions. The Rams offense is not good. They caught a string of struggling teams for their three wins. The Lions are healthy and have fire power on offense. They are a middle of the road team this year. That is good enough to beat the L.A. Rams. I’ll take Detroit at home.
Orlando Torres: Detroit Lions. Give me Stafford at home over that tough Rams defense. Gurley hopefully gets something going here, that’s when Keenum is at his best anyways, but it won’t be enough to stop Stafford from throwing it wherever he wants.
Panthers at Saints
Dan Schalk: New Orleans Saints. Beep, beep! All hop aboard the “Panthers are not making the playoffs train”. Carolina looks like a bad football team on offense (particularly their o-line), defense and special teams. I like the Saints at home.
Brandon Reid: New Orleans Saints. I didn’t see this coming but I think Dan is right about the Panthers not making the playoffs. The defense did a 180 and the offense is struggling too. The Saints will put up a lot of points in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and win this one fairly easily.
Orlando Torres: Carolina Panthers. Talk about a week of tough games to predict. I’m going to give a slight edge to Carolina if Cam is back they bounce back, doesn’t mean it will be an east win with Brees looking to continue his streak with over 400 passing yards in consecutive games.
Chiefs at Raiders
Dan Schalk: Kansas City Chiefs. This game is a toss-up for me, but the deciding factor comes down to the Chiefs having an extra week to prepare for their division rivals.
Brandon Reid: Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are scoring points and making the game fun. The Chiefs are not. I have no faith in the Chiefs offense. Their lack of playmakers has to be a continual frustration for K.C. fans. This is a division game however, and Andy Reid and his Chiefs usually find a way to muddy the game up and grind it out. I’m just not going to bet on that this week.
Orlando Torres: Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders are the better team, but Andy Reid is coming off a bye and he’s bringing along a healthy Jamaal Charles. Not to mention Reid is 15-2 coming off of bye weeks, and word on the street is that they’re pissed off after getting it handed to them on that Sunday night game at Pittsburgh.
Cowboys at Packers
Dan Schalk: Dallas Cowboys. The Packers offense isn’t the same as it once was and they are dealing with injuries on the defensive end. Scott Linehan, the Cowboys OC, doesn’t allow Dak Prescott to do too much and if they can control the clock with the running game the Cowboys will win in Lambeau.
Brandon Reid: Green Bay Packers. Surprisingly the Packers are 27th in the league in passing right now. The Cowboys, no surprise, are number one in rushing. The Packers have had great flashes with Jordy Nelson back, but it seems like they are stalling out more than usual. I think both teams will try to run the ball and gain momentum, making this a grind-it-out close game. That being said, I don’t want to face Aaron Rodgers, in Lambeau, with a chance to win the game in the end.
Orlando Torres: Dallas Cowboys. Yeah I know Dak’s a rookie, Zeke hasn’t faced a true pound for pound run defense, but guess what the Cowboys are 4-1 and yes they are legit. I’m aware that this is a game that Dallas could and probably should lose according to some folks, but Green Bay aren’t the same team, and are trying to prove that their still the Packers.
Falcons at Seahawks
Dan Schalk: Seattle Seahawks. Another team coming off of a bye, I like Seattle to beat the red-hot Falcons at home. Back-to-back weeks the Falcons are traveling across the country. It finally catches up to them here.
Brandon Reid: Atlanta Falcons. The Seahawks have bounced back nicely after struggling on offense the first few weeks. They are 3-1, and the defense seems to be a strength as always. But I am not betting against Atlanta right now. The offense is ridiculous currently and they have won four in a row, including three of those games on the road. That includes stunning the Broncos in Denver last week. The early line has Seattle by 6. Jump all over that!
Orlando Torres: Seattle Seahawks. I predicted the Falcons to go into Denver last week and win on the road and I was right! This week not so much, It should be a close game, but give me Seattle coming off a bye at home.
Colts at Texans
Dan Schalk: Indianapolis Colts. These are two bad football teams. The question I keep asking is when will the Texans realize they paid two guys a ridiculous amount of money who are not good at playing football? The two I’m mentioning of course are Brock Osweiler and Lamar Miller. Since the off-season I have been on the record saying those two are not good fits for Houston and both do not possess the talent it takes to be a legitimate starter in the NFL. All those reasons plus a guy named Andrew Luck have me picking the Colts.
Brandon Reid: Houston Texans. The Colts are becoming the new Saints of the NFL. Score a lot, but give up more. The Texans have been struggling mightily on offense and a game against the Colts could be exactly what they need. This is an important early division game. The Colts are 2-3 but have also only had one true road game so far this season. Houston will find a way to frustrate Luck and pull out the win.
Orlando Torres: Indianapolis Colts. Thinking of this game alone makes me want to puke. Osweiler is proving each week that he’s not the real deal, but luckily for him the Colts rank 28th against the pass. He should have a better outing with his receiver on Sunday night, but I think Andrew Luck and T.Y. Yet have another big game.
Jets at Cardinals
Dan Schalk: Arizona Cardinals. The bounce-back for the Cards continues as the slide for the Jets rolls on as well. Can anyone say Geno Smith?
Brandon Reid: Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals need to find out who they are quickly. They were picked by some to make it out of the NFC this year and go on to the Super Bowl. Their 2-3 start certainly doesn’t look Super Bowl worthy but they did find their offense last week at San Francisco. Another tough road game for the Jets. I believe Arizona is the better team, with more talent, and will find a way to be playoff contenders down the stretch.
Orlando Torres: Arizona Cardinals. The Jets defense just isn’t what it once was. If this was 2009 give me the Jets all day, but some of those guys like Revis are aging stars and can’t stop anybody if their lives depended on it. Palmer should have no problem taking advantage of Bowles weak secondary on Monday night.
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