My Fantasy Pick’em: Week 7 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 6 of the NFL schedule saw all three guys take home a winning record. Dan had the best week with an 11-3 record, followed by Orlando Torres at 9-5 and Brandon Reid with an 8-6 mark. Below are the current standing through six weeks of the NFL season.
Dan Schalk: 58-33
Brandon Reid: 51-40
Orlando Torres: 48-43
Week 7 NFL Picks
Giants at Rams (Game in London)
Dan Schalk: New York Giants. I don’t like either team to perform well this week, but the G-Men make a play on the offensive side to pull away late.
Brandon Reid: New York Giants. Sir Odell Beckham and Prince Manning shall lead their troops through Twickenham on the hunt for Rams of Los Angeles. It shall be an extraordinary battle in the early dawn hours of the Americas. The Giants of the mighty city of New York shall emerge victorious. Toodaloo from Twickenham.
Orlando Torres: New York Giants. The Rams are already crying about their tour schedule even though they’re in a top-notch hotel, then they’ll have to come all the way back home to beautiful Los Angeles. Yeah they’re going to be crying even more when OBJ torches them in London.
Saints at Chiefs
Dan Schalk: New Orleans Saints. Kansas City is the better team, but I like Drew Brees and co to move the ball consistently—just stay away from Marcus Peters.
Brandon Reid: Kansas City Chiefs. The Saints have won two in a row and are scoring a lot of points. Their games are fun to watch. I just don’t like this matchup with Kansas City, who is probably the toughest defense the Saints have played all year. A noon kickoff in Kansas City just seems like a Chiefs win to me. I am still of the belief that the Saints are going to be way down this year and a win Sunday would put them at 3-3. I just don’t think they are that good, this late into the season.
Orlando Torres: Kansas City Chiefs. Drew Brees will still score points and rack up his yardage in this game, but i expect to see Andy Reid and the Chiefs continue their win streak. Maybe Jeremy Marlin will finally wake up and take advantage of this weak Saints defense.
Colts at Titans
Dan Schalk: Tennessee Titans. Give me the Titans at home and watch Delanie Walker have his breakout game with over 100 yards and two scores.
Brandon Reid: Tennessee Titans. This is what I have been looking forward to since March. With a win, and a Texans loss on Monday night to Denver, Tennessee will be tied for first place in the AFC South. The Colts are not good, as I predicted, and the Titans are the third best rushing team in the NFL. I will be playing DeMarco Murray in daily fantasy this week, and the Titans will win this game.
Orlando Torres: Indianapolis Colts. I know, I know, I’m sure the Titans D can contain Luck, and not so much for Indy when it comes to containing Demarco Murray, but give me the Colts bouncing back from last weeks slip up.
Vikings at Eagles
Dan Schalk: Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings defense is licking their chops to destroy Carson Wentz this week.
Brandon Reid: Minnesota Vikings. This is a hard one because I’m waiting on Minnesota to fall back down to earth, much like what Philly is currently doing. Minnesota’s offense by the numbers is not good, but the defense is killer. I need to see more from Philly’s defense to see if it is for real legit or not. Sam Bradford should have a lot of incentive in this game. I’m putting Minnesota on upset alert this week, but can’t pick against them in this particular matchup.
Orlando Torres: Minnesota Vikings. How about this? Bradford gets his shot at redemption against his former team who traded him away. No question Wentz might be the better option for Philly, but the give me the Vikings and their defense off a bye.
Browns at Bengals
Dan Schalk: Cincinnati Bengals. If Terrell Pryor Sr. was healthy I would lean towards the Browns picking up their first win, but without him their offense could struggle to move the ball consistently.
Brandon Reid: Cleveland Browns. Soak it up Browns fans, this is probably the only time I pick Cleveland all year. I’m going to keep it simple here, no need to break down these two team’s horrible numbers. Cincinnati is struggling on offense and their only two wins are against really bad team. This is the Battle for Ohio…Cleveland’s Super Bowl. The Browns will steal this one and once again put Marvin Lewis on the hot seat.
Orlando Torres: Cincinnati Bengals. Could this be the week that we finally see Eifert back in the line up? All signs are pointing to yes so far. Cleveland stays winless regardless of what Pryor does to help his team.
Redskins at Lions
Dan Schalk: Washington Redskins. I’ll be rooting for the Lions, but the Washington offense is beginning to click at the right time.
Brandon Reid: Detroit Lions. Did you know the Redskins have won four in a row? They are very solid football team. The Detroit Lions are a pretty balanced team themselves. Their three losses have all come down to the wire, but so have their wins. They have to find a running game. This is basically a pickem game so I’ll roll with the home team who is use to being in close games.
Orlando Torres: Washington Redskins. This is going to be a shoot out, but I expect Washington to slow things down with Matt Jones, as Detroit will be trying to figure out if Zenner or Dwayne Washington is their guy with that mess of a back field.
Raiders at Jaguars
Dan Schalk: Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags defense is better than the Raiders and that will be the difference this week.
Brandon Reid: Oakland Raiders. Jacksonville is on a two game winning streak, but against really bad teams. Four of their five games have been decided by 4 or fewer points. They only blowout loss was to AFC West San Diego. The Jags have been a disappointment to me this season. I thought the defense would be pretty good, it isn’t. I thought Chris Ivory would give the offense more balance, he hasn’t. The Jags are basically last in the league in rushing, and mediocre in everything else. I’ll go with another AFC West team in this game.
Orlando Torres: Jacksonville Jaguars. This is the game we’ve all been waiting for! Just kidding, but kidding aside these two teams are a year or two from seriously making some noise in their divisions. This game will be close, but Jacksonville make a play or two on defense that’ll help them out.
Bills at Dolphins
Dan Schalk: Miami Dolphins. The Bills without Shady McCoy are one of the league’s worst units. Tyrod Taylor can’t throw the ball deep, hence why he struggles every week to get over 200 yards passing.
Brandon Reid: Buffalo Bills. The Bills are the number one rushing team in the NFL. The Dolphins are horrendous against the run. The Bills score a lot, and don’t give up a lot. Miami could stuff the run and pull off the upset since this is a division game, but I can’t bet on that. Sidenote…Jay Ajayi won’t run for 200 yards in the next six Dolphins games combined.
Orlando Torres:Miami Dolphins. Say what?? I predicted that Pittsburgh would be up 4 scored to none by half last week, and I was slapped in the face. Miami posses a real threat here, and Buffalo will be without McCoy.
Ravens at Jets
Dan Schalk: Baltimore Ravens. I was very close to picking the Jets without turnover machine Fitzpatrick under center, but the Ravens defense is stout enough to handle Geno Smith.
Brandon Reid: Baltimore Ravens. It’s time for another Baltimore winning streak. After winning their first three games of the year, they have now lost three games in a row by a combined ten points. The Ravens are not really bad at anything, except closing games. They also aren’t real great at anything either. The Jets just can’t score and now have a QB controversy after an embarrassing Monday Night performance. The Jets have not beat the Ravens since 1997.
Orlando Torres: Baltimore Ravens. Are the Ravens really headed back to Met Life Stadium again? Yes they are and I’ll give them that advantage over the jets. Geno Smith throws his usual pick or two.
Buccaneers at 49ers
Dan Schalk: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Give me Jameis and company to move the ball early and often against a weak 49ers defense. The Carlos Hyde injury really hurts the 49ers on offense.
Brandon Reid: San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers should be able to run all over the Bucs. Jameis Winston has been OK this year, but the Bucs stink at everything really. Now they have lost Vincent Jackson to IR, after losing Austin Seferian-Jenkins to DUI earlier in the year. It just hasn’t come together for the Bucs. The 49ers are a mess right now too and can’t throw their way out of a paper bag. But, I think they are in a better place than Tampa Bay at this moment.
Orlando Torres: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Winston has had a week to be cautious with his turnovers, and off a bye they should put away the mess that is the 49ers.
Chargers at Falcons
Dan Schalk: San Diego Chargers. If history has anything to say this is the type of game the Falcons lose. They need to show me they are different from every other season before I continually pick them every week.
Brandon Reid: Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta lost last week in Seattle but proved a lot to me. This is a tough-minded football team this year with an explosive offense that can beat you in a variety of ways. They’re top 10 in most offensive categories. San Diego has had a lot of rest after a big Thursday night upset last week. But that was a division game that I saw coming a mile high away. The Chargers depleted offense will not be able to keep up with the dirty birds in the ATL.
Orlando Torres: Atlanta Falcons. The past two weeks Atlanta has been up against two very good defense. They beat the Broncos in Denver and were a pass interference call away from being Seattle. While San Diego should still possess some fire after beating Denver, it won’t be enough to stop the Chargers.
Patriots at Steelers
Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. I’ll steal a page from Orlando’s book—the Patriots will be up by four scores at halftime. This game will get ugly fast.
Brandon Reid: New England Patriots. Tom Brady. Landry Jones.
Orlando Torres: Pittsburgh Steelers. Do people really believe that the Patriots are just going into Pittsburgh and going to have their way with the Steelers? Please this game will be closer than most people think. Look for the Steelers to pull a page out of Miami’s playbook on how they shocked them.
Seahawks at Cardinals
Dan Schalk: Arizona Cardinals. David Johnson is a man among boys and as long as he gets his touches, the Cards can beat the Seahawks at home.
Brandon Reid: Seattle Seahawks. Both teams appear to be putting it together and becoming who we thought they would be, or are they? David Johnson looks great, but the Cardinals have gone 2-1 in their last three games against really bad teams. Carson Palmer is not looking spectacular to say the least. Palmer through six games has 7 TD’s, 6 fumbles, and 5 INT’s. And that’s with four of their six games being against Tampa Bay, LA Rams, San Francisco, and NY Jets. I was impressed that an 85% Seahawks team took down the high-flying birds last week. Vegas has Arizona by 2 right now. Not telling you what to do with your money, but bet on a Seattle victory on Sunday night.
Orlando Torres: Seattle Seahawks. Carson Palmer is the same and if the Cards only expect to hand it off to David Johnson all game long they better have better options.
Texans at Broncos
Dan Schalk: Denver Broncos. The Texans are the worst team in the NFL with a winning record.
Brandon Reid: Denver Broncos. I am just not impressed with Houston. They have trouble passing the ball and scoring. I think the loss of J.J. Watt damaged their defensive psyche, and will prove to be costly down the stretch. The AFC South is up for grabs right now and I see Houston finishing third. Denver is a touchdown favorite. Go with that easily.
Orlando Torres: Denver Broncos. Before the season started Brock Osweiler was begging for this game, now he’s probably shaking and trying to find a way out of it being that he knows that he stinks, and that Von Miller is coming to take his soul. Its going to be a long day for the Texans.
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