My Fantasy Pick’em: Week 9 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 8 saw Brandon and Orlando gain ground on Dan for the overall lead this season. Dan struggled with a 5-6-1 week, while Brandon was 6-5-1 and Orlando topped both guys with a 7-4-1 week. Below are the standing through eight full weeks of the NFL season.
Dan Schalk: 72-45-2
Brandon Reid: 65-53-2
Orlando Torres: 64-54-2
Week 9 NFL Picks
Lions at Vikings
Dan Schalk: Minnesota Vikings. If Norv Turner didn’t step down from his OC duties, I would’ve rolled with Detroit in this matchup. But NFL teams are undefeated the week after replacing their offensive coordinator this season.
Brandon Reid: Minnesota Vikings. Defense is not the problem with Minnesota, it’s clearly offense. I think Norv Turner stepping down will be a shot of adrenaline to this offense. You will probably see more flexible play calling this Sunday. I think they’re going to have to score more than 14 to beat Detroit, but I think they play inspired at home after the shakeup.
Orlando Torres: Minnesota Vikings. I just can’t see Minnesota dropping three games in a row. Although I’m not a big believer in Sam Bradford, their defense is great and they pick up the slack hosting Detroit.
Steelers at Ravens
Dan Schalk: Baltimore Ravens. Big Ben is dumb if he comes back and plays this week, only a couple of weeks removed from a knee surgery that involved “shaving”. Ravens win at home.
Brandon Reid: Baltimore Ravens. These two teams have combined for six straight losses. Baltimore has four of those. The Steelers offense has really struggled this year, even with Big Ben healthy. The run game has not been as effective as it needs to be. Neither has the Steelers defense. The Ravens are about to the point of fighting for their playoff lives and I think they will make enough big plays at home to win this game.
Orlando Torres: Pittsburgh Steelers. Look it’s about a 80% chance that big Ben plays in week 9. That enough for me to give the edge to the Steelers. I think Terrance will have a big day, but Baltimore won’t be able to stop Antonio Brown and Sammy Coates.
Jets at Dolphins
Dan Schalk: Miami Dolphins. Toss up game for me, I’m going with the hotter team coming off of a bye.
Brandon Reid: Miami Dolphins. First off, I owe Jay Ajayi an apology. A couple of weeks ago after his first 200 yard game I said he wouldn’t get 200 yards combined in his next six games. Well, he got 200 yards in that next game. The Dolphins are on a mini home stand and I think they will go to 3-0 during that time by beating the Jets who still don’t have an identity.
Orlando Torres: Miami Dolphins. I love these divisional games. They’re flat-out nasty and hard-hitting action. I want to see how the Jets bounce back after crawling out of Cleveland in a game they should’ve lost. Sheldon Richardson should be motivated here with all the trade rumors of him going to Dallas, and I’m really excited to see if Jay Ajayi can keep up the momentum here. He may not rush for 200 yards again, but I think the Dolphins stay hot.
Cowboys at Browns
Dan Schalk: Dallas Cowboys. I will be in attendance at this game, and while I am confident the Cowboys will win, injuries in the secondary to Barry Church and Morris Claiborne will make this game closer than most will think.
Brandon Reid: Dallas Cowboys. I know I said Cleveland would get their first win of the year last week, so they are now in my doghouse. I have no reason to think the Cowboys will slip up and allow Cleveland their first win. Cleveland has moved on into lottery pick scouting…again.
Orlando Torres: Dallas Cowboys. Please this isn’t even fair. Cleveland is 31st in the league in rush defense. There’s no way in HELL that they’re going to stop Elliott or Morris hell they won’t even be able to stop Dak and the read option yet along Dez ok you get it. Cowboys smash the Browns here.
Jaguars at Chiefs
Dan Schalk: Jacksonville Jaguars. New OC, means a W in the win column. Let’s not overhype the Chiefs new QB–it’s Nick Foles.
Brandon Reid: Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are not real healthy on the offensive side of the ball. Nick Foles will start at QB and Jamal Charles is on the shelf. The defense should be able to make enough plays to keep the pressure off the offense. I keep waiting for Jacksonville to put it together. I’m picking K.C. but I think it will be a lot closer than the seven point Vegas line.
Orlando Torres: Kansas City Chiefs. Alex Smith isn’t playing, but Nick Foles will be just fine here. He filled in nicely last week when Smith went down, and should have no problems scoring points early on. I don’t think this is going to be a complete blow out though. Yes Bortles just caused an offensive coordinator a job, and is probably losing confidence in his throwing motion, but they cant keep relying on the defense. Chiefs win, but I think it stays close.
Eagles at Giants
Dan Schalk: N.Y. Giants. The Eagles defense is overrated and I’m not sold on their secondary. Both Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard top the century mark in this game.
Brandon Reid: N.Y. Giants. The Eagles have lost three of their last four, the only win being against Minnesota. Go figure. I’m still trying to figure them out. I am still waiting on that explosive Giants offensive I expected to see in the off-season. Their inability to run the ball concerns me, but I think they will have a good gameplan coming off the bye week.
Orlando Torres: N.Y. Giants. Carson Wentz may be phenomenal, but with the Giants fresh off a bye wont have an answer yet alone have the corner backs to stop the big receivers from NYG.
Panthers at Rams
Dan Schalk: Carolina Panthers. I still can’t figure out this Rams team, but I’ll take the Panthers who don’t have to travel cross-country for this contest.
Brandon Reid: Carolina Panthers. The Panthers win over Arizona gives me confidence in picking them again. Sorry Todd Gurley owners, the Rams offense just isn’t good. They are 29th in rushing and 30th in scoring.
Orlando Torres: Carolina Panthers. The bye came at a good time for Carolina. The defense seemed different and came out with a more dominating look that were used to seeing. I said last week that the Panthers would go on a streak here and I’m sticking by that.
Saints at 49ers
Dan Schalk: San Francisco 49ers. While I believe the Saints are the better team, they are bad on the road and eventually the 49ers offense has to look good with Kapernick…right?
Brandon Reid: New Orleans Saints. Worst passing game in the NFL. Worst in the league in points against. That is the San Francisco 49ers. I just don’t think they will be able to keep up with Brees and the Saints in this one.
Orlando Torres: New Orleans Saints. I for one am glad to see Kaep back under center for SF, although the Saints defense is nothing to be excited about they’ll come through in key possessions to help out Drew Brees and co.
Colts at Packers
Dan Schalk: Green Bay Packers. Great quarterback showdown–I’ll go with the one who can halfway protect said QB.
Brandon Reid: Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers will carve up the Colts defense. Play Aaron Rodgers in fantasy leagues this week! The Colts free fall will continue.
Orlando Torres: Green Bay Packers. This is a tough call to make. Green Bay has been struggling all year trying to prove that they’re still the Packers, while the Colts are sitting at 3-5 still staring at a shot to win the butt end of a joke that is the AFC South this year. Both offenses should have no problems putting points on the board, but give me Rodgers at Lambeau over the visiting Colts.
Titans at Chargers
Dan Schalk: Tennessee Titans. The Titans are clicking at the right time and Mariota is playing like the franchise quarterback I thought he was heading into the season.
Brandon Reid: San Diego Chargers. This is a tough game for the Titans to win, especially if DeMarco is not at full strength. Rivers is having a good year and the Chargers are putting up a lot of points. Add in that Melvin Gordon has also been looking good as of late and the Titans will have their work cut out for them in the west coast trip.
Orlando Torres: San Diego Chargers. San Diego has actually been playing some good defense lately. They’ve been good against the run, and should have no problems getting to Demarco Murray. Also this is being labeled as the “Ken Whisenhunt Bowl” so this is going to be a fun one to watch.
Broncos at Raiders
Dan Schalk: Denver Broncos. Trevor Siemian will outplay Derek Carr in this matchup–not because he is a better player, but due to the Broncos stout defense vs the Raiders laughing-stock defense.
Brandon Reid: Oakland Raiders. While the Raiders defense scares me, their offense is just hot right now. They are 4th in passing and 8th in rushing right now. The offensive line is playing great. They are playing a lot like Atlanta was when they went into Denver and knocked off the Broncos. This could be a huge turning point win for the Raiders franchise.
Orlando Torres: Oakland Raiders. Yeah I’m going on a limb here and picking the Raiders, but if you’ve been paying attention to what they’ve been doing so far eight weeks into the season you’d probably agree with me. Derek Carr is about another year or two from really being a force of nature in the league, and although he faces a tough Denver defense I’m going to pick Carr over Siemian to put up more points for his team on national TV.
Bills at Seahawks
Dan Schalk: Seattle Seahawks. Percy Harvin isn’t going to save the Bills offense. Watch as Seattle completely shuts down the Bills, putting another dagger in their playoff hopes.
Brandon Reid: Seattle Seahawks. It’s tough to win when the opposition knows you can’t pass the ball. Winning in Seattle is tough enough as it is. I just don’t see the Bills being able to navigate through the Seattle D in a prime time Monday night game.
Orlando Torres: Seattle Seahawks. Whether McCoy is available or not his services won’t be enough to help quiet the 12th man yet alone run all over that tough Seattle D at home. If Russell Wilson can read my mind he should just replicate what Tom Brady did to the Bills last week and have an easy day at the office.
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