Let me start by saying nothing is worse than typing out everything for the week and losing it all because it didn’t save; this is rough.
What is also rough is how terrible I did last week. In the first week I make my picks public I finish a measly 5-9. On the bright side, I was accurate in saying we would have a number of close games, correct on a majority of my analysis and had some nice fantasy picks (and some duds).
I also dont feel too bad because only one of the “Top ESPN Analyst” finished above .500 (Chris Mortensen) while the other 11 (13 including accuscore & pick ’em) finished .500 or lower.
The NFL is really an Any Given Sunday League and last week proved it. We had a number of games go down to the wire. I’d much rather be incorrect on a majority of my picks if it means I get to watch a ton of super close and interesting games. ATL pulls it out AGAIN! Cowboys miss their opportunity. Lions roar back. Pack put it together. Shall I continue? Did I mention I went 4-0 in my fantasy leagues last week though?
For Week 7, I am proud to admit I have started off on a good note. See the tweet below. The Seahawks are a tough team, especially at home, but they just couldn’t get it going to beat the Niners at Candlestick.
Now for the week seven picks:
Cleveland Browns @ Indianapolis Colts
Analysis: Cleveland might squeak out two in a row but I think Luck is on the Colts side (get it?).
Fantasy Pick: Trent Richardson
Green Bay Packers @ St. Louis Rams
Analysis: Are the Packers for real? The Rams defensive front has the ability to get to Aaron Rodgers and they better if they have any shot at winning this game. I still love Janoris Jenkins but how many people can he cover?
Key Players: Packers offensive line
Tennessee Titans @ Buffalo Bills
Analysis: I am still high on this Buffalo team. If they can get Jackson and Spiller going, Tennessee might be in for a tough game.
Key Players: Chris Johnson. He looked better against the Steelers but he still isn’t hitting the holes and getting upfield!
Fantasy Pick: Kenny Britt
Arizona Cardinals @ Minnesota Vikings
Analysis: Christian Ponder and the Vikings need to put it together this week. This team is only going to go as far as Christian Ponder will take them. Cardinals quarterback carousel continues as Skelton gets the start. The Cards need more than Larry Fitzgerald on offense; the man can’t carry the team himself.
Key Players: Percy Harvin. The X- Factor must continue to dominate whenever he is on the field.
Fantasy Pick: Adrian Peterson. He will find the end zone this week.
Washington Redskins @ New York Giants
Analysis: This is going to be one of those division rivalry games that the fans love. Eli is slinging the rock very well right now. Both teams are coming off games where they dismantled their opponents but can RGIII keep it up? The man looks as though he is going to a MVP in this league (if he stays healthy).
Fantasy Pick: Robert Griffin III
New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Analysis: Josh Freeman is starting to pick things up and could have a nice game against the terrible Saints defense but I see the Saints pulling this one out. They are too talented on offense to be losing games like they are. This one has the makings to be a complete blowout or a close one. With the way the Saints have been playing, I am going to take the later.
Key Players: Jimmy Graham. The Tight End must get it going and stay healthy to keep this offense rolling.
Fantasy Pick: Drew Brees. He is carrying two of my fantasy teams. He will continue his fantasy destruction.
Dallas Cowboys @ Carolina Panthers
Analysis: The success and failures of these two teams really falls on both quarterbacks. Tony Romo, whom I am not a fan of, can look so good at times but then he makes bonehead plays. As for Cam Newton, maybe his confidence was too high? (He definitely looks more like Clark Kent than Superman this year). Cam needs his running game to get going agains the Cowboys D.
Key Players: Romo & Newton.
Fantasy Pick: Dez Bryant. Bryant has 28 targets in his last two games; look for him to get things going again.
Baltimore Ravens @ Houston Texans
Analysis: The Texans took a beating last week while the Ravens escaped another close one. Unfortunately the Ravens lost one of the best players that has ever graced a NFL field in Ray Lewis. Additionally, Lardarius Webb tore an ACL. As a result, the Texans will run all over the Ravens this week.
Key Players: The Ravens Defense. They can’t allow an abundance of rushing yards like they have this year.
Fantasy Pick: Arian Foster & Ben Tate. Both are going to get it going this week.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Oakland Raiders
Key Players: Darren McFadden. The guy has top three running back talent but he just doesn’t perform. He is just too good and too talented to not kill it week in and week out.
Fantasy Pick: Denarius Moore. The guy is just so talented and Palmer is finally to look his way a little more.
New York Jets @ New England Patriots
Analysis: New England looks as though they could be in panic mode. This is a must win for this team and they have had the Jets number year in and year out. The Jets looked impressive versus a weak Indy team but they are so inconsistent. Don’t be surprised if Jets O-Coordinator Tony Sparano pulls some crazy stuff out of the playbook this week versus the Patriots (remember when he installed the Wildcat vs the Pats?).
Key Players: Mark Sanchez. How much longer will he stay a starting quarterback? Tim Tebow isn’t the answer but Sanchez needs to prove his worth.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals
Analysis: This Steeler team is injury ridden and can’t hold a lead to save their lives. The Steelers are without Troy again this week but will, hopefully, have Woodley and Harrison at full strength. The Bengals are coming off a rough loss to the Browns but expect them to throw the ball at will against a weak Steelers secondary. I think this game comes down to the wire.
Key Players: The Steelers Defense. Again, this unit needs to get it together or the Steelers will end up in the bottom half of the AFC North.
Fantasy Pick: AJ GREEN!. Calvin Johnson 2.0 is slowly becoming one of the most dominant wide receivers in the NFL. I believe he is going to torch the Steelers defense this week.
Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears
Analysis: The Lions came through when it mattered last week but they’ll have to play much better on offense to have any chance in this game. The Bears defense is looking absolutely stellar right now. IF they can (or attempt to) contain Calvin Johnson, the Bears will shut down the Lions offensive attack. Cutler must continue to make the correct reads and stop forcing balls.
Key Players: Matthew Stafford.
Fantasy Pick: Matt Forte. If the running back is healthy, I expect a big game out of him. He should get a number of touches on both the ground and in the air.
I expect a much better week this week than last. Let the games begin!