Gamblers rejoice, here are our Week 12 Sports Debater expert picks against the spread. (We are NOT responsible for any money lost) odds courtesy of 5Dimes.eu
|Game Time||Teams||NYBobby||MatthewToddErich||Scher Thing|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||Minnesota Vikings (+6.5) @ Chicago Bears (-6.5)||Bears||Bears||Bears|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||Oakland Raiders (+8) @
Cincinnati Bengals (-8)
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||Pittsburgh Steelers (-2) @ Cleveland Browns (+2)||Steelers||Steelers||Browns|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||Buffalo Bills (+2.5) @ Indianapolis Colts (-2.5)||Colts||Colts||Colts|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||Denver Broncos (-10) @ Kansas City Chiefs (+10)||Broncos||Broncos||Chiefs|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||Seattle Seahawks (-3) @ Miami Dolphins (+3)||Seahawks||Seahawks||Seahawks|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||Atlanta Falcons (-1.5) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1.5)||Buccaneers||Falcons||Falcons|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||Tennessee Titans (-3.5) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (+3.5)||Titans||Titans||Titans|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||Baltimore Ravens (0) @ San Diego Chargers (0)||Ravens||Ravens||Ravens|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||San Francisco 49ers (-2) @ New Orleans Saints (+2)||Saints||Saints||49ers|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||St. Louis Rams (+1.5) @ Arizona Cardinals (-1.5)||Cardinals||Cardinals||Rams|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||Green Bay Packers (+2.5) @ New York Giants (-2.5)||Giants||Packers||Giants|
|Monday, November 26, 2012:||Carolina Panthers (-2.5) @
Philadelphia Eagles (+2.5)
If you survived last week’s “Hell Bye Week,” then you can breathe a sigh of relief as week 8 is a much more manageable one. Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Houston are the only teams on bye week and unless you have Ray Rice, A.J. Green or Arian Foster, your team should be in just fine shape. There are some injuries this week that are shaking up a few fantasy rosters and with the midseason bump out of the way, teams that hope to be playoff bound have to make their pushes now. Here are 5 players for you Fantasy teams that I feel will help your roster improve before Sunday’s games.
There are a lot of Jets haters out there and I can completely understand why. That being said, Dustin Keller is back and healthy and he is without question Mark Sanchez’s #1 option in the passing attack. Last week, Keller was targeted 7 times and caught all 7 passes, accumulating 93 yards and a trip to the endzone. The Jets are facing a Miami Dolphins team that is talking a whole lot of shit, which is surprising because the Jets beat the Dolphins in one of the uglier games of the season in week 3. With back up tight end, Cumberland, out with an injury, Keller will see even more targets than normal. There will be a strong emphasis on the ground game which will open up some good play action looks for Keller down the field. I think that Dustin will have an even bigger game this week than last and there is no reason why he should be a Free Agent in anyone’s league from here on out. He is without question a top 10 TE in the NFL.
Predictions for week 8: 9 receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown
The Chicago Bears are quietly having a stellar season. The main reason that the Bears are 5-1 is because they have the highest scoring defense in the league and they seem to be able to shut down any team that they face. Another contributing factor to the Bears success is the amazing chemistry between the NFL’s 8th leading receiver, Brandon Marshall, and one of the worst QB’s in the NFL, Jay Cutler. This week the Bears have the luxury of facing off with the dismal Carolina Panthers. While the Bears offense does not put up too many points, this is surely a game where that can change. I think Marshall will draw a lot of double teams which should open up the field for a lot of his receiving buddies. I feel that Devin Hester will be the biggest beneficiary of the receivers on the Bears as he will have the ability to catch short screens or even quick slants and dominate the game with his YAC. Let’s not forget about his ability to take one to the house on any given punt return.
Predictions for week 8: 6 receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown, one kick return for a touchdown
Where has the Dancing With the Stars Champion been hiding this season? On the bench watching Aaron Rodgers tare up the league once again. But with Greg Jennings out for at least another week and Jordy Nelson questionable, Rodgers is going to have to look for other options in the passing game. The obvious first choice for him is going to be James Jones followed by Randall Cobb. The third option is the one that I feel will have his biggest and only good game of his season, Donald Driver. The truth of the matter is that the Packers are going to have a field day destroying the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars and I think Donald wants to prove he still has a little something left in the tank. I can see Driver and Rodgers connecting like the olden days for some impressive long yardage passes. A lot of people thought that Driver was retired as he has only had 4 catches for the entire season on the most pass friendly team in the league. All Driver has to do is pretend he is back in the ballroom and he will be able to move around all of the Jaguars secondary.
Predictions for week 8: 5 receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown
The surprise rookie out Abilene Christian has been catching the eyes of fantasy owners across the country. While at the beginning of the season you would have been thought to be crazy to say that someone would take touches away from Steven Jackson, Daryl has emerged as a true offensive threat. While he does not get that many touches on the ground, roughly 7-10 a game, he does get a lot of snaps in the backfield. Over the past two weeks, Richardson has shown glimpses of what he can do in the open field and now that the Rams have the advantage of facing off with one of the leagues worst passing defenses, the New England Patriots, they will try and find successes in their pass game. In his rookie year, Richardson is yet to find the endzone but I think that streak will end on Sunday. The game is being played in Wembley Stadium in London, England and while I feel the Pats will inevitably win the game, I think Richardson will make a name for himself on international turf.
Predictions for week 8: 8 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown, 5 receptions for 70 yards
This is the first time I have ever picked a player in back to back weeks, but after how accurate I was with last weeks predictions for Palmer, (Predictions: 24-46 for 320 yards and two TD’s, Actual: 26-46 for 298 yards and 2 TD’s), I had to go with him again. I am going with Palmer again mainly because he has the easy matchup against the team that I rank as the worst in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs. The Oakland Raiders are a terrible team in their own right and there really is no looking up for them any time soon, but Palmer has been throwing for nearly 300 yards every single game yet he is still a Free Agent in majority of fantasy leagues. One of the first sleepers I talked about in the 2012 season was Denarius Moore, who has emerged as one of the more reliable receivers in the league the past few weeks. With Heyward-Bay on one side and Moore on the other, Palmer has good options to look for and will have a pretty successful season regardless of Oakland’s overall record.
Predictions for week 8: 27-48 for 315 yards and two touchdowns
The first quarter of the NFL season is out of the way and teams are starting to show their true colors. We have had some great stories in the first part of the season and I for one am extremely excited to see what else we have in store. This week holds a couple of extremely enticing matchups, including Brady vs. Peyton, which every NFL fan is anticipating. As great as some of the games might be this week, the real excitement comes from your fantasy football teams. So here are our week 5 picks to help improve your lineups in the final seconds before the 1 o’clock games.
Andrew Hawkins: Sunday 1:00 PM EST
One of the things that has stayed consistent in the first quarter of the season is the Cincinnati Bengals QB, Andy Dalton, and his love for his #1 receiver, A.J. Green. That love affair is known across the league now so defenses are being designed to shut it down. That means that Dalton will need to find new toys to play with on his receiving core. That’s where the second year man out of Toledo, Andrew Hawkins comes in. While Hawkins has had a pretty quiet start to the season, he has been able to break a couple of big plays that went for touchdowns. He will never be a heavily targeted receiver, but if you are in need of a “flex” position player and are looking for a big play guy, Hawkins is the way to go this week. He has ridiculous speed and always has one-on-one coverage because of the before mentioned Green. While his game won’t be earth-shattering, I do feel he will make a couple of big plays to boost his fantasy numbers against an inconsistent Miami defense.
Predictions for week 5: 4 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown
Randall Cobb: Sunday 1:00 PM EST
The Green Bay Packers have been struggling this season, but the truth of the matter is that if they didn’t get robbed by the worst call in NFL history, than they would be 3-1 right now. That being said, they are 2-2 and have played without a healthy star receiver, Greg Jennings, for most of the early season. NFL M.V.P Aaron Rodgers has had to find other favorite targets to help the pass-happy offense of the Packers move up and down the field. This week Rodgers has the luxury of facing off with the inexperienced Indianapolis Colts where, like Burger King, he should have it his way. Rodgers’ #1 is Nelson and #2 is Jones, but this week I am focusing on the Packers #3 receiver and punt returner, Randall Cobb. Cobb is arguably the fastest wide out the NFL has to offer and he has been targeted by Rodgers way more than anyone would have expected. In a big game against the Saints last week, Cobb pulled in 7 catches. I expect him to have a really good day against a Colts defense with no real stars.
Predictions for week 5: 7 receptions for 110 yards, Punt Return for a touchdown
Jacoby Jones: Sunday 1:00 PM EST
Joe Flacco is having an MVP type start to his 2012-13 season. Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin have both been stellar this year in catching anything that Flacco throws at them. Ray Rice seems to be pushing through any defender that tries to touch him and the Ravens defense is looking as good as the old days. Things seem to be clicking for this AFC powerhouse and I feel that today’s game against the lowly Kansas City Chiefs with be the coming out party for the former Houston Texan, Jacoby Jones. Jones is one of those rare receivers that actually puts his body on the line for his team. While I’m not comparing his skill level to Keyshawn Johnson, Jones does possess a lot of the same receiving attributes that Johnson once dominated the NFL with. While Jones is not a go to target for Flacco too often, whenever Boldin, Smith and Rice need a rest Jones will get a look. I am imagining a huge blowout today in Kansas City where Flacco will be throwing for nearly 400 yards. I expect Jones to be on the receiving end of a large chunk of those.
Predictions for week 5: 6 receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown
Mike Tolbert: Sunday 4:05 PM EST
The original “vulture,” who stole so many touchdowns from my boy Michael Turner for 3 straight years in Atlanta, has moved to the Carolina Panthers. Entering the season, many people were saying that Carolina had the best rushing attack in the NFL with names like Stewart, Williams, Tolbert and of course Cam Newton. While they haven’t performed to the standards that we all predicted, they have shown signs of life and seem to have a breakout game coming in the near future. If you pick Tolbert up in your fantasy league and expect him to get a lot of touches or even be in a lot of plays for that matter, you are sadly mistaken. Tolbert is a “vulture” specialist, and for all you people who don’t watch “The League” and have no clue what a vulture is then here you go. Vulture: Any player who steals a short touchdown after his teammate gets the ball down the whole field to inside the 5 yard line. I’m expecting this to happen at least once for Tolbert this week and I even think he will be on the receiving end of a couple of ugly screens from Newton.
Predictions for week 5: 6 rushes for 5 yards and a touchdown, 3 receptions for 15 yards
Mario Manningham: Sunday 4:25 PM EST
Sorry Bills fans, but you are going to have to suffer through everything the Jets did last week. Maybe not as bad as we did, but it will be painful because the 49ers have a ridiculous team with talent at every position. Alex Smith has been looking good and everyone on the receiving core has seemed to step up in different games. Last week against the Jets, Smith seemed to have targeted Manningham almost every pass; it was laughable. I do feel that the former Giants wide receiver is a very good player that just hasn’t had his moment to shine yet. This week Manningham will have a field day with the terrible secondary that the Bills put out there on a weekly basis. Mario’s stat line has stayed pretty consistent for the first 4 weeks of the season where he seems to pull in roughly 4 catches a game totaling 30-40 yards. The big advantage with Manningham on your fantasy team is that he also gets a couple of carries on San Fran’s trickery end-around’s. He has already gotten nearly 60 yards on the ground and now has the luxury of going up against a defense that gave nearly 1,000 points to the Patriots last week.
Predictions for week 5: 6 receptions for 80 yards and touchdown, 1 rush for 30 yards
Here is our free advice for you to take now and thank us later. We will be posting 5 players every week who we feel will make a significant impact for that week. If you agree or not with our predictions let us know. If you take our advice and are successful because of it, congratulations and tell your friends. Also check out our picks against the spread at: https://sports-debaters.com/2012/10/03/sports-debaters-expert-picks-against-the-spread-week-5/
1. Everybody is looking for the next best QB in the NFL. In the past few years, the media has gone crazy for youngsters like Cam Newton, Robert Griffin, Andrew Luck, Andy Dalton and others. However, there are two veterans who have been slaying NFL Defenses for over a decade, who proved this week that they are still two of the best in the NFL. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady each lead their respective teams to blowout victories against division rivals. Manning went 30 for 38, amassing 338 yards and 3 scores. The “Golden Boy” Tom Brady matched him with 340 yards and 3 TDs as well. Both the Broncos and Patriots were coming off two game losing streaks and their QBs weren’t going to let that get to three. This week, the two legends square off in another classic Brady-Manning matchup that NFL fans have enjoyed for years. In the famous words of Bart Scott…”Can’t Wait!”
2. The Green Bay Packers are just not that good. I know they got royally screwed last week by the replacement referees, but what was lost in that game was that they were even position at the end of that game for Seattle to beat them. If the Pack were as good as we expected, they would have blown the doors off the Seahawks under the Monday Night lights. This weekend, the New Orleans Saints came to town, a team pronounced dead after they dropped to 0-3 by losing to the Kansas City Chiefs at home. We assumed that Aaron Rodgers and the angry Packers would take all their anger out on New Orleans, avenging for the Monday Night Debacle. Though Green Bay did manage to outlast the Saints, it was a struggle and it came down to a missed FG by New Orleans. Not exactly the massacre we would have expected from a “Super Bowl Contender.” After watching true contenders over the past few weeks (49ers, Giants, Falcons), I don’t think the Packers have the goods this year.
3. The Detroit Lions have been the laughing-stock of the NFL since I started watching football. However, over the past couple years, something weird has happened…the Lions actually got pretty good! This year, many analysts expected them to make a jump to the next level. With franchise QB Matthew Stafford leading the charge, Calvin Johnson making highlight reel catches look easy, and a Defense lead by Ndamukong Suh that looked pretty intimidating, we thought this team was an NFC North contender ready to challenge the Packers and Bears. Well, their one good season had us all fooled! This Sunday the Vikings went into Detroit and manhandled them, only a week after the Lions allowed the “vaunted” Tennessee Titans to score 44. They are sitting at 1-3 in the division and considering they barely won their first game of the year against the Rams, they are lucky not to be 0-4. One quarter into the season the Lions find themselves in a position they are very familiar with…the NFC North basement!
4. Jets management has no idea what they are doing. The Jets are really, really awful and all the blame is being directed to Mark Sanchez. Recapping their 34-0 game would be a waste of time, but there is one thing that all Jets fans need to know…Tim Tebow would not do any better! What do the Jets expect Sanchez to do? Thanks to GM Mike Tannenbaum, Mark has exactly ZERO Offensive Weapons to work with. Their running game is non-existent,, their WRs don’t get open and they literally have the worst run defense I have ever seen. Their star receiver caught a pass, hurt his foot and his reaction was to just give the ball to the other team…makes a lot of sense! Don’t get me wrong, Sanchez had a bad game. He threw an awful pick, fumbled the ball a couple of times and didn’t generate any offense at all. However, if the Jets wanted to make Sanchez the franchise QB they have been selling us for 4 years now, it would have been nice if they surrounded him with a little help. The Jets play perhaps the best team in the NFL this week, and I guarantee the Jets will struggle. For Sanchez’s sake, I hope Tebow gets more snaps so Jets fans can maybe get a dose of reality that the blame for the Jets failure needs to be laid at the feet of Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum, not Mark Sanchez.5. Real NFL Referees make a big difference. I felt like I was watching the NFL that I have known for my entire life this weekend. When there was a tough call, the officials got together, discussed the play and made the call. They weren’t rushing in and changing games arbitrarily without any real knowledge of the rules. The games moved by at a normal speed, which was my biggest complaint of the first three weeks. Although my team didn’t really get screwed by any bad officiating from the replacements, I was falling asleep watching NFL games last 4-5 hours. Even though NFL refs will always make calls the players, coaches and fans don’t agree on, all parties involved are relieved as hell to have them back in the fold. When the referees came out of the tunnel in the Baltimore-Cleveland, the fans stood up and gave them a warm greeting. It was probably the first time referees have ever received a standing ovation in professional sports history. It will most likely also be the last!