Sunday, October 10, 2010

Week Five Fantasy Predictions From Nick and Chad

Nick's Record (9-19 overall) (0-8 in points predictions) = 9 points (2-5 in week four)
Chad's Record (17-11 overall) (1-7 in points predictions) = 19 points
(4-3 in week four)

1.) Bobby's Bad Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (1-3) vs. Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (1-3)

Line: Bobby's Bad-Asses -10
Nick's Outlook: A make-or-break match-up here. The loser of this game will most likely end up on the wrong side of the playoff push come week 13. After a slow start, Bobby's Bad Asses have resurfaced with back-to-back 100+ point weeks. It looks like it will be a tough climb uphill this week as QB Kyle Orton (proj. of 9) faces a stingy Ravens' defense and last week's hero RB LaDainian Tomlinson (proj .of 15) faces off with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. Meanwhile, Team Szombatfalvy is in the midst of a three-game losing streak and ranks ninth in total scoring at 72 points a game. Mike will be glad to have WR Miles Austin (proj. of 14, pictured above) back from a bye week and I see no reason QB Philip Rivers (proj. of 20) will not shread an Oakland Raiders defense on Sunday. I like the big guy to bounce back in a big way this week.
Nick's Prediction: Team Szombatfalvy

Chad's Prediction: Bobby's Bad-Asses

2.) Vader Time (Joe Selbo) (3-1) vs. Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (1-3)

Line: Vader Time -24
Nick's Outlook: Team McCarthy has to be just as frustrated as his RB Knowshon Moreno who will miss his third straight week with a hamstring injury. To make matters worse, Matt has five players on bye week, an inactive RB Darren McFadden (proj. of 0) and banged up TE Owen Daniels (proj. of 1). Matt has some big problems this week. He probably has a better chance at winning the pity pot than beating Joe's Vader Time. Matt will need big days from Falcons' RBs Michael Turner (proj. of 8) and Jason Snelling (proj. of 6) when they travel to Cleveland to take on an underrated defense. On the flip side, Joe has to be letting out a big sigh because his team is not scary by any means. The only match-up that looks positive is Steven Jackson (proj. of 16) against a giving Detroit Lions defense. Regardless, Vader Time should notch the win and become the quietest 4-1 team in the league.
Nick's Prediction: Vader Time

Chad's Prediction: Vader Time

3.) Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (2-2) vs. Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (4-0)

Line: Team Lowenberg -7
Nick's Outlook: Here's a really interesting and important match-up. Will Team Lee stay undefeated or will Team Lowenberg join the fantasy elite. Both of these teams have some really good players and some others who are not so good. Team Lowenberg's QB Eli Manning (proj. of 20) should kill the Texans league-worst pass defense and WR Roddy White (proj. of 15) will go for his fifth straight double-digit fantasy performance. Team Lee has QB Drew Brees (proj. of 21) for a Saints' squad who has abandoned the run and will most certainly look to sling it around in Arizona. Team Lee takes a huge step downward after Brees as the team headlines with RB Brandon Jacobs (proj. of 2) and the Cowboys' WR duo of Roy Williams (proj. of 7)/Dez Bryant (proj. of 5). I'm afraid bye weeks are going to give Team Lee his first blemish of the season.
Nick's Prediction: Team Lowenberg

Chad's Prediction: Team Lowenberg

4.) Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (3-1) vs. Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (4-0)

Line: Team Szmanda -3
Nick's Outlook: Can anyone say Matchup of the Week? Believe it or not, this battle features three of the #1 scorers in fantasy football at their respective positions; Team Breiby's QB Peyton Manning (proj. of 25), RB Arian Foster (proj. of 20) and Team Szmanda's WR Austin Collie (proj. of 14). Moreover, Team Breiby is #1 in the standings with an unbelievable 112 fantasy points a game, that's 18.25 more than the second-highest scoring team in Rory's The Rippin and the Tearin. Meanwhile, Jason has used his fantasy defense to allow opponents to a league-low 79.6 points a game. How you play fantasy defense is still a mystery to me, but nonetheless, something has to give this week. If there was a week tailored for Chad to go down, it would be this week as two of his key contributors are dealing with injuries; RB LeSean McCoy and RB Clinton Portis. If Chad gets a few TDs out of Chris Ivory (proj. of 4), it will be sign of luck. Jason looks to have his most balanced week as most of his players have been put in good situations fantasy-wise. Take WR Kevin Walter (proj. of 10) for instance, with fellow wide-outs Jacoby Jones and Andre Johnson ailing, someone needs the ball in Houston. Expect Calvin Johnson (proj. of 13) and the Lions to get their first win and give Team Breiby his first loss. Yeah, that's right, both undefeated teams lose; cracking the league wide open!
Nick's Prediction: Team Szmanda

Chad's Prediction: Team Szmanda

5.) Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (2-2) vs. pity pot partyboy (Tim Harwood) (1-3)

Line: Team Grande -37
Nick's Outlook: Not a lot to say about this one except for the fact that the experts finally gave Tim's team some accurate projections. After winning three consecutive pity pots, Tim can finally look to improve his team. I like the addition of WR Steve Johnson (proj. of 4) because Buffalo will succeed against a bad Jaguars' pass-coverage. QB Brett Favre's (proj. of 8) stock is on the up, but that won't take in effect until after the Monday Night game with the Jets because the New York defense is legit. Enough said, Grande wins big behind solid days from QB Sam Bradford (proj. of 13) and Terrell Owens (proj. of 15).
Nick's Prediction: Team Grande

Chad's Prediction: Team Grande

6.) Team Grays (Nick Grays) (1-3) vs. Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (1-3)

Line: Team Merrill -4
Nick's Outlook: I haven't picked an upset special yet, which works out because you know I'm taking myself. I would also like to point out the 49ers D/ST (proj. of -1) who I picked up as a free agent. How are they projected at -1 at home against a struggling Philadelphia squad. Either way, I like my chances on Sunday Night with a crew who played their hearts out in Atlanta last week. I also won the lottery two weeks ago when I picked up RB Ryan Torain (proj. of 14) who projects to be the starter for 4-6 weeks while Clinton Portis is out. More luck came my way when Team Merrill's QB Jay Cutler was ruled inactive for the game with the Panthers. Don't worry, it won't be easy because Seth's RB Maurice Jones-Drew (proj. of 26) is playing the softest run defense in the league (Buffalo) and TE Antonio Gates (proj. of 20) is average 18 fantasy points a game. Despite, the two projections of 20+, I like Jamaal Charles (proj. of 12), Ray Rice (proj. of 6) and Mark Clayton (proj. of 12) to lead me to a win.
Nick's Prediction: Team Grays (UPSET Special)

Chad's Prediction: Team Grays

7.) The Rippin and the Tearin (Rory Linton) (3-1) vs. Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (1-3)

Line: Team Klitzman -13
Nick's Outlook: After picking up her first win last week, Kari believes the reason behind her success was me not picking her to win. I mean, who cares about RB Frank Gore's (proj. of 20) third straight double-digit performance or RB Ryan Mathews (proj. of 17) re-emergence from an injury? Let's see if that really was the case because it's hard for me to pick against a team with such nice match-ups and projections. While Kari is on the upswing, Rory is on the downswing. His highly coveted QB Michael Vick was knocked out with a rib injury and RBs Peyton Hillis (proj. of 17) and Jahvid Best (proj. of 15) are dealing with injuries sustained in their stellar last few weeks. I think Rory's team slows down this week and he will have to think about how his 2010 draft class is letting him down. Free agents can't hold the team together forever. Team Klitzman wins with some momentum.
Nick's Prediction: Team Klitzman

Chad's Prediction: The Rippin and the Tearin

8.) Points Predictions

Nick's Prediction: Lowest (Team McCarthy) and Highest (Team Grays) (Wait, did I just do that?)

Chad's Prediction: Lowest (pity pot partyboy) and Highest (Team Grays)

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