My Fantasy Pick’em: Week 8 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 7 was a tough one for all three guys. Dan and Orlando tied for the best record with a 7-6-1 weekend, while Brandon wasn’t far behind with at 6-7-1. The standing through seven weeks is below…
Dan Schalk: 66-39-1
Brandon Reid: 58-47-1
Orlando Torres: 56-49-1
Week 8 NFL Picks
Redskins at Bengals (Game in London)
Dan Schalk: Cincinnati Bengals. I trust the Bengals running game more than the Redskins and that will be the deciding factor.
Brandon Reid: Cincinnati Bengals. Another game across the pond that I won’t see. Washington struggled for three quarters Sunday at Detroit and Kirk Cousins decided I didn’t need to win in daily fantasy on that day. Cincinnati seems to be clicking on all cylinders now with Hill and Bernard providing the one-two punch, and Tyler Eifert is finally back. Cincinnati should win.
Orlando Torres: Cincinnati Bengals. This game is a little hard to predict with Washington hurting with injuries from Josh Norman to Jordan Reed. Washington should still be able to swing right back at Cincinnati with players like Chris Thompson and Jamison Crowder stepping up, but the Bengals should be able to squeeze out the win in London.
Cardinals at Panthers
Dan Schalk: Arizona Cardinals. The Panthers are a bad football team and a bye week can only fix so much. David Johnson will have 250+ all-purpose yards in this one.
Brandon Reid: Carolina Panthers. Because the NFL is unpredictable. Especially this year. I can see Cam Newton making enough plays at home to make this a game and sneak out a big win. The Panthers offense has not been bad this year, it’s the defense that’s been atrocious. I’m picking Carolina in this game, but I will also be starting David Johnson is daily fantasy this week.
Orlando Torres: Carolina Panthers. Coming off a battle with Seattle, the Cardinals should have no problem finding the end zone here in a bounce back week. But I’ll take Cam Newton and the Panthers off a bye to get things rolling at home.
Lions at Texans
Dan Schalk: Houston Texans. I hate how the Texans roster is created—and don’t get me started on Osweiler and L.Miller but if the Texans passing game doesn’t start to get DeAndre Hopkins involved, drama will ensue.
Brandon Reid: Detroit Lions. I am not picking Houston to win a game anytime soon. They very well could win this game at home against Detroit, but I would never predict it. The line right now is Houston -2. Jump all over that. Brock Osweiler is a mess and that defense is far from healthy. Their secondary is decimated right now. As long as Matthew Stafford is healthy and throws it at least 40 times in this game, Detroit should win.
Orlando Torres: Houston Texans. This is a tough game to predict. The Lions are coming off three straight wins at home while Texans have been stinking it up with Osweiler. I think the Texans come into the game with a chip on their shoulder and pull off the victory.
Seahawks at Saints
Dan Schalk: Seattle Seahawks. Give me the Seattle secondary to shut down the Saints receving core.
Brandon Reid: New Orleans Saints. If this game was in Seattle, I would probably go the other way, but it is in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Seattle’s D seems to be back to the dominating fashion we think of it being. I am more concerned with the health and rhythm of the Seahawks offense. They just haven’t got it together yet this year. They are averaging 18.5 ppg this season. I honestly don’t think their offense can keep up with the Saints in this matchup. Drew Brees will find a way to score points at home. Not sure it’s that easy for Seattle.
Orlando Torres: New Orleans Saints. The revenge game for Jimmy Graham is finally here. This is one of the early games I’m mostly excited for in week 8. Seattle is coming off a defensive battle with Arizona, which ended with a tie. I expect the complete opposite here in which many points should be scored. If the Saints were on the road it be a different story, but give me Drew Brees at home welcoming back Jimmy Graham back to New Orleans with a loss.
Chiefs at Colts
Dan Schalk: Indianapolis Colts. My only reasoning behind this is Andrew Luck lighting it up through the air, because literally the Colts are bad in every other facet of the game–besides kicking.
Brandon Reid: Kansas City Chiefs. Drew Brees really struggled in K.C. this past week. The Colts have virtually no running game. 60 yards out of Frank Gore is about as good a game as you can ask out of the Colts. I don’t think the Chiefs will be as generous as the Titans were. The Colts defense is also not very good. Look for Spencer Ware and Jamal Charles to help Alex Smith control the tempo up and down the field.
Orlando Torres: Indianapolis Colts. Regardless of how much of a joke the AFC South is I’m still sticking with the Colts to stay atop the division. On defense Indy won’t be able to stop Spencer Ware, but with key pieces coming back on the field for Indy like Moncrief they’ll come out of the game in a close one.
Jets at Browns
Dan Schalk: New York Jets. I hope the Browns can get their first victory because I will be there in Week 9 watching them lose to the Cowboys—and I don’t need any angry Browns fans getting in my way of celebrating. But they just aren’t any good.
Brandon Reid: Cleveland Browns. I know I picked them in an upset last week and I was wrong. But mark my words…the Cleveland Browns will get their first win of the year this Sunday. They played decent in Cincinnati last week and if it wasn’t for an amazing A.J. Green hail mary catch at halftime, they would have had the momentum coming out of the locker room. Geno Smith going down last week was the worst thing that could have happened to the Ravens. You could tell that they had a hard time adjusting to the different tempo and style that Fitzpatrick brought when he came in the game. The Ravens D just wasn’t good enough to make the in-game adjustment quick enough. Browns win at home.
Orlando Torres: Cleveland Browns. Looking at the upcoming schedule the Jets should be able to get some wins under their belt, but like I’ve said before in the past, don’t overlook the Browns. They have some underrated players with the RB duo of Crowell and Duke Johnson. Terrell Pryor continues to make the big plays. Browns get their first win of the season here.
Patriots at Bills
Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. Bills fans will score more outside the game in the parking lot than the team will score during the entire game.
Brandon Reid: New England Patriots. I will not pick against the Patriots. Revenge game!
Orlando Torres: New England Patriots. A few weeks ago the Bills went into New England and abused a Tom Brady-less Patriots team. This week New England goes into Buffalo and returns the favor.
Raiders at Buccaneers
Dan Schalk: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Raiders are traveling across the country and take on an improving Bucs team. I like Jameis Winston to light it up through the air against a Raiders team that struggles mightily against the pass.
Brandon Reid: Oakland Raiders. This is a classic cross-country trap game for Oakland. However, they did the same thing last week and had no issues. The Raiders are 5-2 and Latavious Murray is back in the lineup. The Bucs had a huge day in San Francisco this past weekend but the 49ers are spiraling out of control. This should be a competitive game. I’ll take the team that I think is just the better team.
Orlando Torres: Oakland Raiders. I really like what Tampa Bay is doing with Jaquizz Rodgers and Mike Evans which makes it really hard to bet against the Bucs this week, but Oakland wins yet another game on the road.
Chargers at Broncos
Dan Schalk: Denver Broncos. The Broncos will not allow what happened a few weeks ago to happen again. The defense will shut down Philip Rivers and Co.
Brandon Reid: Denver Broncos. Not this time. Fool me once… The Broncos defense will be ready for Philip Rivers this time. Look for Devontae Booker to have a big game. The Broncos will control tempo and frustrate Rivers and the Chargers.
Orlando Torres: San Diego Chargers. San Diego can’t forget about the first few weeks of the season any faster. They were the butt end of a joke always shooting themselves in the foot when it mattered late in games. In week 6 they got their second win in a tough divisional game. I expect the Chargers to go in to Denver and continue their momentum.
Packers at Falcons
Dan Schalk: Atlanta Falcons. Despite a solid second half against the Bears, the Packers are leaving a lot to be desired. I like Julio and Matt Ryan to pick apart the Packers secondary.
Brandon Reid: Green Bay Packers. Uh oh. We saw this from Atlanta last year. It was just two weeks ago we were saying the Falcons are the hottest team in football. A two game losing streak has to be creeping into their head and don’t look now but here comes Mr. Rodgers to your neighborhood. The Falcons defense will struggle against Rodgers and his plethora of weapons. The over/under is 53. That is the highest I have seen in a game all year. Just got a feeling that the Packers are ramping up, and the Falcons are trying to hang on.
Orlando Torres: Atlanta Falcons. If you love offense then I’m sure your eyes will be glued to this game. The Falcons should’ve put away San Diego last week, but failed in overtime. While the Packers are 4-2 that doesn’t represent Green Bay with how broken they’ve been looking lately.
Eagles at Cowboys
Dan Schalk: Philadelphia Eagles. Anybody who follows the site or the My Fantasy Podcast knows I’m a die-hard Cowboys fan, but there is a part of me that wants them to lose this game so Tony Romo can take back the reigns of the Cowboys offense and show America what a proven veteran quarterback can do with this offense.
Brandon Reid: Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles were very impressive in beating the NFL’s last undefeated team. Their defense does appear to be the real deal. Not as solid as Minnesota’s defense, but definitely solid. I think the Eagles will frustrate Dak in the passing game enough to nullify the outstanding run game of the Cowboys. I see this game playing out almost exactly like the first game of the season did when the Cowboys lost to the Giants, their only loss of the season…until Sunday.
Orlando Torres: Dallas Cowboys. What a battle this is going to be. People are already hyping up Dak vs Wentz to possibly be the new Manning vs Brady. Now of course that seems crazy and only time will tell how these two rookies will fare in their careers, but the Cowboys will stay hot coming off of their bye.
Vikings at Bears
Dan Schalk: Minnesota Vikings. I doubt Jay Cutler will last the entire game. Good luck watching this one Bears fans.
Brandon Reid: Minnesota Vikings. There is nothing scary about the Chicago Bears. Smokey the Bear is more frightening. Minnesota will bounce back easily in this game on Halloween night. The Vikings will be the neighbor who hands out fruit cups and dental floss and make things no fun for anyone in Chicago.
Orlando Torres: Minnesota Vikings. The Bears have been bitten by the injury bug, and they are trying to gain some ground. Last week the Vikings got embarrassed on the road, but will bounce back over the Bears on Monday night.
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