NFL Week 7
Anyone else completely over fantasy football?
I might be done. I’ve been playing for well over a decade now and just a few years ago I was in as many as five leagues at a time. Since then, my involvement has shrunk faster than recent NFL ratings.
I’ve now cut it down to one league this season and even that feels like too much. I have no energy to check the waiver wire, I don’t read fantasy experts and I reject literally ever trade offer that comes my way because I know everyone is trying to rip me off.
And this is coming from someone who has won a league title twice. And both times, I can honestly say it was by complete luck. I won a championship game while starting Matt Freaking Flynn at quarterback. Do I deserve credit for that? Does it even matter?
Maybe I’m just in a bad mood because I had a bad draft and I’m pretty weak at wide receiver this year. Stupid fantasy.
(You can discuss this on the BSL Board here.)
Week 6 picks: 9-6
I hate going 9-6. It’s such a wild-card record.
I also hate the Dolphins for suddenly finding themselves right after I had written them off. I was so done with that entire listless franchise and then they go out and knock the hell out of Ben Roethlisberger and score 30 points.
And don’t get me started on Jay Ajayi. I was feeling pretty good about myself when I got him in my fantasy draft only to watch him get a big head, melt down and get benched to start the season. For some reason, I didn’t drop him and he was on my bench when he went off for big points on Sunday.
And I already know how this is going to end. I’ve put him in my starting lineup for this week. I guarantee he’ll do nothing. For the rest of the season.
Again … stupid fantasy.
Raise your glass to: Odell Beckham Jr.
Good work, dude. He took a lot of heat over the previous few weeks for his on-field antics and rightfully so. But what’s the one thing that is guaranteed to make people forget about all that?
And ball out he did, catching 8 passes for 222 yards and 2 touchdowns – the second of which went for 66 yards late in the fourth quarter to clinch the win for the Giants. I even enjoyed his little post-touchdown romance with the kicking net on the sideline.
Never forget the talent of OBJ. Sometimes you just have to take the bad with the good. That statement is a cliché for a reason.
Fun story: I caught the end of this game at a Giants bar in Santa Monica. I’m no Big Blue fan but when the final gun went off and the place started blasting “Empire State of Mind” over the sound system, I was totally into it.
Boo this man: Ryan Fitzpatrick
You held out all summer. You just got benched in favor of Geno Smith.
And now we go the picks.
BEARS AT PACKERS
Things aren’t great in Packerland. Eddie Lacy probably won’t play in this game and Aaron Rodgers says he’s been feeling “just a little bit off.”
But take heart, people! Green Bay is still above .500 at 3-2 and now the awful Bears are coming into Lambeau Field at just the right time. This game is a valuable one for Rodgers, Mike McCarthy, Ted Thompson and all of the Cheeseheads.
Because if the Packers struggle to win this game, then you know something is terribly wrong in the organization. No team should lose to the Bears.
GIANTS AT RAMS
People make fun of Los Angeles sports fans. We’re fair-weather, we’re soft, we’re not dedicated to the cause, blah, blah. I brush it off the best I can, because I know the truth.
People mocking Dodgers fans for leaving games early have never tried to get out of Chavez Ravine late at night when you have to work early the next morning. It’s also not easy to get out of Staples Center or the Coliseum. Any few minutes head start over the throng of people are invaluable.
However, my Rams fandom will be tested this weekend as they will be playing in England. Kickoff is at 6:30 a.m. PT.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m really glad they’re back. But I can safely guarantee I’m going to miss the first half. If that makes me a bad fan, so be it. That’s way too damn early.
VIKINGS AT EAGLES
Ooooh, sexy matchup! Sam Bradford returns to Philadelphia just a few short weeks after being traded to Minnesota. And nobody would argue that Sam has hit the gold mine with the Vikings.
Meanwhile, the Wentz Wagon has lost a few passengers after back-to-back losses. I’m still a believer in him, but I don’t think he’ll have enough to get past a fired-up Bradford.
Plus, the Vikings defense is scary good and they have a decent amount of tape on Wentz now. I like their chances on the road.
COLTS AT TITANS
Ugh, who in God’s name is going to watch this stinkbomb? When people wonder why TV ratings are slipping, it’s because of games like this. Even the local fans are probably not that interested.
The Titans did some good things last week, even if it was against the Browns. The ground game has been decent and the Colts are terrible against the run. Let’s go with the home team here in a close one. Andrew Luck needs to get out of Indy before it ruins his career.
BILLS AT DOLPHINS
Rex Ryan’s bunch has won four straight and we’re all excited. The defense has been stout, LeSean McCoy and Tyrod Taylor have been steady and everything is looking up.
Yeah, I’m not falling for this one. There’s a swoon coming. I can feel it.
And wouldn’t you know it, they’re facing the Dolphins this week. I can’t believe I’m doing this, but here it comes …
RAVENS AT JETS
Will Baltimore lose in back-to-back weeks playing in the same stadium on the road?
Gang Green is handing the reins to Geno Smith this week and we get to find out if he learned something while watching football from the sideline over the past year. He definitely had his pout game down.
Anyway, the Jets hit rock bottom with that ugly Monday night loss to the Cardinals. This might sound bizarre, but I can see them coming up with something in front of their home fans.
SAINTS AT CHIEFS
The Chiefs looked great in their gritty road win against the Raiders and I expect that momentum to continue.
Drew Brees won’t have the kind of success he enjoyed last week at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. Kansas City’s pass-rushers will be in his face and the Saints’ defense will get gashed via the run and by Alex Smith’s refusal to make mistakes.
New Orleans won’t have enough to get this one.
REDSKINS AT LIONS
The Lions defense made the Rams offense look pretty good last week, which is a pretty bad sign. Now, they welcome a Redskins team into town that’s red-hot.
However, the Redskins defense has been pretty shaky as well and Matthew Stafford must be licking his chops to dice that D all day. The Lions are in their own house and will be scoring from the opening drive. It’ll be a shootout for a while, but Detroit will pull away in the second half.
BROWNS AT BENGALS
Everyone expected the Browns to be terrible – although Cody Kessler’s play has been a somewhat pleasant surprise. And it’s safe to say we all expected more from the Bengals than a 2-4 record.
So, two disappointing teams face off, with Browns head coach Hue Jackson meeting Marvin Lewis, the man he coached under for a few seasons in Cincinnati.
Lewis will get the win here, but hopefully he won’t rub it in. That’s never nice.
RAIDERS AT JAGUARS
I always get nervous when West Coast teams travel east for the dreaded 1 p.m. start, even though people have probably made too much of that. The Raiders had a nice start to the season, but they appeared to be playing with fire far too often.
Oakland head coach Jack Del Rio would love nothing than to stick it to the Jaguars, the team that fired him a few years ago, but his team might be in for a hiccup here. Jacksonville’s defense has talent and Oakland’s D has been struggling.
Look for the Jags to steal one here. And then look for all the Silver and Black doubters to rub their hands with glee.
BUCCANEERS AT 49ERS
I almost feel sorry for Chip Kelly. He doesn’t have the talent on this roster to really pull off his offense. Anyone else think he’s going to be back at the college level sooner rather than later?
CHARGERS AT FALCONS
I should have trusted my gut and picked the Chargers to beat the Broncos last week. This isn’t a bad team, by any means, they’ve just had issues closing games out. However, they’re not going to get that chance this week.
The Falcons are rolling and should have been in position to beat the Seahawks if not for a missed pass interference on Julio Jones. Matt Ryan is going to make fantasy owners very happy this week as he’s back in the Georgia Dome. Wish I had him …
PATRIOTS AT STEELERS
Tom Brady vs. Landry Jones. You do the math.
SEAHAWKS AT CARDINALS
Sexy matchup No. 2 for this week. The Cardinals have been playing ugly football, but have won back-to-back games and can make a big statement with a home win over Seattle.
However, I don’t think that happens. Even with a less-than-mobile Russell Wilson and some in-game drama involving Richard Sherman vs. the Falcons, this is the type of game the Seahawks win. It’s the late-season matchup against the Rams that they’ll probably blow.
BRONCOS AT TEXANS
Yay, the Brock O Bowl, brought to you by Papa John’s!
I’m going to go out on a limb here. My gut tells me Denver’s defense will be fired up to take Brock Osweiler down a few pegs. I should listen to my gut, but I’m not going to. I’m sure I’ll pay for this, but I think Brock O reaches down and wins this one in front of the home crowd.
I’ll even be able to write Skip Bayless’ topic for Monday’s show: Did John Elway make a mistake by not ponying up (See what I did there? Because they’re the Broncos!) for Brock Osweiler?
Currently a Mobile Editor at Yahoo, Saraf spent 5.5 years (Oct. 2010 - Feb. 2016) working for FOX Sports as an NFL Editor and Writer. Prior to that, Saraf worked for CBS Interactive for 4.5 years (May 2006 - Oct. 2010) as a Staff Editor.