Coming Clean: Week 8

What a week for large margins of victory. From New England’s manhandling of the Bears, to the Chiefs taking care of St. Louis, to the surprising domination of the Green Bay Packers by the Saints on Sunday night, the week wasn’t really about close games, unless you look at that Eagles / Cards matchup, but that’s exactly what I predicted from them. Some fantasy stars shone brightly too while others made us scratch our heads because they had good matchups and didn’t do what was expected.

Every Tuesday I’ll be reviewing my selections from the previous week. I call it Coming Clean.

MY PICKS

DENVER over San Diego
PHILADELPHIA over Arizona
DETROIT over Atlanta
SEATTLE over Carolina
CINCINNATI over Baltimore
MIAMI over Jacksonville
KANSAS CITY over St. Louis
CHICAGO over New England
NY JETS over Buffalo
TAMPA BAY over Minnesota
HOUSTON over Tennessee
CLEVELAND over Oakland
PITTSBURGH over Indianapolis
GREEN BAY over New Orleans
DALLAS over Washington
(9-6 weekly; 70-50-1 overall)

MY SURVIVAL

With so many blowouts it seems like Survival would have been easy this week, but Indianapolis losing to Pittsburgh cost a few people. Only one person in my survival league crashed and burned this week, and he did so by picking the dreadful New York Jets. I’m not sure what he was thinking. I told you to go with DETROIT, HOUSTON, and DALLAS as best bets, and, as MeatLoaf put it, “2 out of 3 ain’t bad.”

MY LINEUP CHOICES

Quarterbacks –

Tony Romo – 209 passing yards, 1 touchdown (14 fantasy points)
Ryan Fitzpatrick – 227 passing yards, 12 rushing yards, 1 touchdown (16 fantasy points)
Ryan Tannehill – 196 passing yards, 48 rushing yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception (15 fantasy points)
Alex Smith – 226 passing yards, 24 rushing yards, 1 fumble lost (9 fantasy points)
AVOID: Matt Ryan – 228 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception (19 fantasy points)

Running backs –

Chris Ivory – 43 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns (16 fantasy points)
Joique Bell – 39 rushing yards, 22 receiving yards (5 fantasy points)
Benny Cunningham – 27 rushing yards, 8 receiving yards (2 fantasy points)
Bryce Brown – 15 rushing yards (1 fantasy point)
AVOID: Bishop Sankey – 35 rushing yards, 25 receiving yards (5 fantasy points)

Wide receivers –

Golden Tate – 151 receiving yards, 1 touchdown (21 fantasy points)
Andrew Hawkins – 88 receiving yards, 1 touchdown (14 fantasy points)
Marques Colston – 49 receiving yards (4 fantasy points)
Mike Wallace – 59 receiving yards (5 fantasy points)
AVOID: Pierre Garcon – 47 receiving yards (4 fantasy points)

Tight ends –

Jordan Reed – 40 receiving yards (4 fantasy points)
Gavin Escobar – 0 receiving yards (0 fantasy points)
Jeff Cumberland – 0 receiving yards (0 fantasy points)
Martellus Bennett – 95 receiving yards, 1 touchdown (15 fantasy points)
AVOID: Jermaine Gresham – 34 receiving yards (3 fantasy points)

Kickers –

Chandler Catanzaro – 6 fantasy points
Cody Parkey – 10 fantasy points
Blair Walsh – 7 fantasy points

D/STs –

Miami Dolphins – 28 fantasy points (#1 fantasy unit)
Kansas City Chiefs – 25 fantasy points
Detroit Lions – 8 fantasy points

Coming tomorrow: Survival of the Fittest.

The Fantasy Ace

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