Thursday, November 4, 2010

Week Nine Fantasy Predictions from Nick and Chad!

Nick's Record (25-31 overall) (3-13 in points predictions) = 31 points (3-4 in week eight)
Chad's Record (34-22 overall) (2-14 in points predictions) = 38 points
(5-2 in week seven)

1.) The Rippin and the Tearin (Rory Linton) (4-4) vs. Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (6-2)

Line: -28 Team Breiby
Nick's Outlook: After losing three weeks in a row, the outlook doesn't get any better for Rory's team as he goes up against a healthy and bye-week-less Team Breiby. Chad's QB Peyton Manning (proj. of 25) and RB LeSean McCoy (proj. of 20, pictured above) face off in the same game. There's no doubt there should be a lot of points scored in that affair. Rory has to hope QB Michael Vick (proj. of 16) will get a rushing TD of his own and possibly limit McCoy from reaching the end-zone. As good as that sounds, not sure it's going to happen, I'll stick with Team Breiby this week. A fourth consecutive loss could send Rory into panic mode at 4-5.
Nick's Prediction: Team Breiby

Chad's Outlook:
It’s been a while since Team Breiby has been full strength with his big three (Manning, Foster, and McCoy). Also pretty scary that Boldin is back from bye and we saw last week that Fitzgerald can produce points with no QB. Also back this week, Breiby’s favorite player, M. Vick, projected at 16. Rippin has 3 mediocre RBs started that shouldn’t overwhelm Team Breiby. Vick will need a huge day in his return to Eagle’s starter if Rippin wants a chance to pull off the upset.
Chad's Prediction: Team Breiby

2.) Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (3-5) vs. Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (4-4)

Line: -30 Team McCarthy
Nick's Outlook: From a match-up at the top of the standings to one at the bottom of the standings.Team Klitzman needs to win in the worst way and will have to do it without her best fantasy option in Frank Gore who is on a bye. Kari has to be getting quite frustrated with RB Mike Tolbert (proj. of 2) vulturing scores away from RB Ryan Mathews (proj. of 14), so she decided to go ahead and start both of them. Meanwhile, Matt has won two match-ups in a row and has the luxury of seven double-digit projections. Most notably, the resurgent Darren McFadden (proj. of 18) and Michael Turner (proj. of 17). Personally, I'm not high on McFadden this week, but I see no reason Turner doesn't turn on the burner this weekend. Kari will need a breakout performance to stay in this one and I don't see it happening, so I'll stay with the line on this one.
Nick's Prediction: Team McCarthy

Chad's Outlook:
McCarthy picked up the surprise early 1st rounder in the 09 nfl draft, Heyward-bey, in waivers this week. He had his first productive game last week with the Raiders. The hot Oakland player will start along with his teammate, Mcfadden, to take down a Klitzman Team trying to rebound off a Monday night slaughter from last week. Kenny Britt’s production would have most likely had an increase similar to that of P. Harvin’s with the addition of Moss. Unfortunately for Kari, Britt will be out for a while. Both teams are playoff contenders needing a win this week.
Chad's Prediction: Team McCarthy

3.) Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (3-5) vs. Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (3-5)

Line: -20 Free Victory
Nick's Outlook: One of these teams will most likely make the playoffs and this may be the week to decide which one of them does. Call it bad luck for Team Szombatfalvy because his best player in Chris Johnson is on a bye week. Mike must rely on back-up RBs John Kuhn (proj. of 2) and Marcel Reese (proj. of 3) in an attempt to vulture some touchdowns. On the other side, Tim has some favorable match-ups this week with WR Reggie Wayne (proj. of 22) versus the Eagles and RB Matt Forte (proj. of 19) against the worst run defense in the Bills. I also like Free Victory's WR Steve Johnson (proj. of 6) who came out of nowhere to score at least 9 fantasy points and a touchdown in his last five games. Expect Johnson to keep rolling and give Tim a much-needed victory. Team Szombatfalvy is not out of it, but will surely hurting at 3-6.
Nick's Prediction: Free Victory

Chad's Outlook:
Free Victory had one of the worst fantasy weeks last week that I’ve ever seen (38) with all 9 players posting single digit numbers. Apparently he didn’t get the memo that the pity pot award was over after week 7. This week, Favre’s tight end, Shiancoe (11), is projected to have more points than Favre (8) himself. Free Victory might not be a free victory for a weak Team Szom. His combo of receivers and running backs are projected at only 28 combined. He will need a huge week from P. Rivers to pull off the ironic win against Free Victory.
Chad's Prediction: Free Victory

4.) Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (5-3) vs. Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo) (3-5)

Line: -4 Team Lee
Nick's Outlook: Joe and his Wizard Killer are in the midst of one of the worst demises in fantasy history. After a quick 3-1 start, Joe has lost four in a row and now is fighting to stay in the middle of the pack. Luckily he faces off with Team Lee who have a losing streak of their own. At two games, Isaac looks to buck the trend behind QB Drew Brees (proj. of 16) and RB Rashard Mendenhall (proj. of 16). Joe will counter with QB Ben Roethlisberger (proj. of 15) and WR Greg Jennings (proj. of 22). Forget the stars though, I think this game comes down to Wizard Killer's RB Jonathan Stewart (proj. of 5) who will get another start due to the ailing Deangleo Williams. Stewart will put forth a decent effort this weekend to keep Joe's season alive.
Nick's Prediction: Wizard Killer (UPSET Special)

Chad's Outlook:
Wizard Killer still has playoff hopes and a win this week is crucial for them to occur. With S. Jackson on bye, Killer will have to sub in D. Sproles who he can’t expect much from. G. Jennings is set to have a huge day against a weak Cowboy pass defense that will try to survive this week without T. Newman. Team Lee’s BREES has had a down year, but much better than most QBs in the league. Steve Smith out of Carolina hasn’t been able to put his mighty talents to use because there are no QBs in the area. Him and Fitzgerald should talk about their similar problems.
Chad's Prediction: Team Lee

5.) Bobby's Sad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (2-6) vs. Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (7-1)

Line: -37 Team Szmanda
Nick's Outlook: Can't get more interesting than the worst team against the league's best team. At the same time, it couldn't get any worse for Bobby's Sad-Asses who happen to be without their best combo in QB Kyle Orton and WR Brandon Lloyd. This week's bye is significantly hurting teams that are lower in the standings. More luck for Jason, did you expect anything else? It may be closer than the line suggest, but I still like Team Szmanda with QB Aaron Rodgers (proj. of 19) and WR Calvin Johnson (proj. of 21). Robert and John's LaDainian Tomlinson (proj. of 17) will make it close for a little while, but that's about it. At 2-7, it could be the end of Bobby's Sad-Asses playoff chances.
Nick's Prediction: Team Szmanda

Chad's Outlook:
Team Szmanda has been scoring an average amount of points this year, right in the middle of the pack. I can’t help but notice that points scored against him is the lowest in the league (467) BY FAR, over 100 points lower than the second lowest in the league. Luck does play a role. Ask the Sad-asses. They have scored a mere 30 points less than Szmanda this season and hold a record of 2-6 because of a league high, 709 points against. In terms of points scored on the season, these two teams are pretty well matched. This week, Johnson and Rodgers will carry Szmanda.
Chad's Prediction: Team Szmanda

6.) Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (5-3) vs. Team Grays (Nick Grays) (3-5)

Line: -5 Team Lowenberg
Nick's Outlook: For the third consecutive year, we have the "Battle of the Nicks." This season, they have opposite records, but both would love to get another win. I'll just put it out there now; I'm not going to pick against myself. I like the balance I have this week with seven players projected in double digits. RB Jamaal Charles (proj. of 17) is arguably the most elusive and fresh back in the NFL and RB Ray Rice (proj. of 14) will have a statement game this week to disprove the naysayers. Don't get me wrong though, I'm quite scared of Team Lowenberg's RB Adrian Peterson (proj. of 27) and WR Roddy White (proj. of 15) who are two of the best fantasy options in the game. This one should be a barn-burner that I can only hope I end up winning.
Nick's Prediction: Team Grays

Chad's Outlook:
This is the league commissioner’s big week. A win here is needed to keep the playoff hopes alive. He will be starting the 4th quarter wonder, Josh Freeman. Another big week out of J. Charles would be nice, but he isn’t playing Buffalo again. Hopefully a 2 week rest for R. Rice will spark an underachieving season for him. Grays will be facing a force that he passed up in the draft, ALL DAY A.P. He should post some numbers playing against the Cardinals. R. White also started to shine before his 2 week break with a 32 point outing. I expect a high scoring match here.
Chad's Prediction: Team Lowenberg

7.) Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (4-4) vs. Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (4-4)

Line: -35 Team Grande
Nick's Outlook: Team Merrill has been amazing in the last two weeks, but most likely will hit the wall this week. Not only are last week's stars, MJD and Mike Sims-Walker out of commission this week (bye), but his All-Star TE Antonio Gates (proj. of 11) is doubtful to play. This could be very detrimental, seeing that RB Shonn Greene (proj. of 4) and RB Chester Taylor (proj. of 4) don't seem like the kind of players to pick up some slack. Meanwhile, Team Grande should be quite happy because for the second week in a row, they will deploy the nastiest WR-trio in all of fantasy football. Brandon Marshall (proj. of 14), Andre Johnson (proj. of 16) and Terrell Owens (proj. of 17) combined for 40 fantasy points last week, expect them to do the same if not more this week. I'll take Team Grande and the line this week.
Nick's Prediction: Team Grande

Chad's Outlook:
Battle of the .500s. Grande favored by quite a bit will be making a risky start at QB with C. McCoy. He also has a Hall of fame line up in the Wide out position, starting T. Owens, B. Marshall, and A. Johnson. The only thing Merrill has going is his TE, A. Gates. A healthy DeSean Jackson could break out, but we can’t expect much after the devastating concussion he took a few weeks back. Grande should put a show on here.
Chad's Prediction: Team Grande

8.) Points Predictions
Nick's Prediction: Lowest (Team Merrill) and Highest (Team Grays)
Chad's Prediction: Lowest (Team Merrill) and Highest (Team Breiby)

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1 comment:

  1. Maybe with both of you picking against me, I will have some luck on my side for once...