It's already halfway through the regular season and the trade deadline has just passed. Some very exciting deals have gone down and it's now time to look toward week 9!
Last Week's Record: 9-6
2022 Season Record: 72-51
Lock of the Week: 4-4
Upset of the Week: 3-5
Exact Scores Predicted: 0
Best Fantasy Advice: Sit RB Kareem Hunt, 11 ppr pts (42 rsh yds, 4 rec 30 yds)
Worst Fantasy Advice: Start QB Daniel Jones, 9 ppr pts (176 pass yds, 20 rush yds)
Philadelphia (7-0) @ Houston (1-5-1)
Philly is on fire and don't see it stopping. Even at full force I believe the Texans would be downed by double digits. With Nico Collins ruled out and a pissed off Brandin Cooks, running back Dameon Pierce will be their only semblance of an offense. This one is over by halftime.
LA Chargers (4-3) @ Atlanta (4-4)
Shootout of the week, Herbert gets back on track with Austin Ekeler, Mike Williams and Gerald Everett. Unfortunately they'll end up just short as Kyle Pitts makes a huge catch to set up Younghoe Koo for the game winning kick.
Miami (5-3) @ Chicago (3-5)
Upset of the week with this game, as we've seen the improvement of Justin Fields. He has been utilized for his legs more recently. This combined with both David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert on the ground will help control the clock, despite the trade of star linebacker Roquan Smith.
Carolina (2-6) @ Cincinnati (4-4)
Cincy was really disappointing on Monday night, but they will get it back together this week. Carolina simply isn't a good football team. D.J. Moore appears to be regaining his form, but Joe Burrow and the Bengals are just too talented to drop a game to the Panthers.
Green Bay (3-5) @ Detroit (1-6)
T.J. Hockenson was shockingly traded in division to the Vikings. Jared Goff loses a HUGE weapon in the process, allowing more defensive focus on the top playmakers (Amon-Ra St. Brown and D'Andre Swift). Green Bay is having a rough season thus far, but I believe that even they would be able to handle a Detroit team in full rebuild.
Las Vegas (2-5) @ Jacksonville (2-6)
Let me get this out of the way: Trevor Lawrence is not playing good football this year. His 10:6 touchdown-interception ratio is merely average and he makes boneheaded throws at times. However, when you're at home against the 25th ranked pass defense, something has to give.
Surrounded by Christian Kirk, Zay Jones, Evan Engram and Travis Etienne, I expect T-Law to have a nice game and put up 30+ points on a dreadful Raider defense en route to a rare victory.
Indianapolis (3-4-1) @ New England (4-4)
This will be our defensive slugfest of the week. The Mac Jones/Jakobi Meyers duo continues to build steam and should perform well, along with Rhamondre Stevenson and that New England defense. The Colts are in flux and aren't a reliable pick until proven otherwise.
Buffalo (6-1) @ NY Jets (5-3)
While going through this week's games, I repeatedly told myself "the Jets will upset the Bills. The Jets will upset the Bills."
I just cannot bring myself to make that prediction without the young stud Breece Hall. I do think it will come down to the wire and watching Sauce Gardner vs Stefon Diggs will be a treat.
Minnesota (6-1) @ Washington (4-4)
Kirk Cousins gets a revenge game, and I believe this Minnesota offense will throw a party on Washington's average defense.
Cousins should throw for 300+ yards and three scores as well, as he gets Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and new tight end T.J. Hockenson involved in the passing game.
Seattle (5-3) @ Arizona (3-5)
This should be an interesting matchup between divisional rivals. Geno Smith looks great as does rookie running back Kenneth Walker. It will be intriguing to see this young defense battle with Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins and Rondale Moore.
It should be close, but Walker breaks off a long touchdown run to put this one away.
LA Rams (3-5) @ Tampa Bay (3-5)
Both of these teams suck this season. Tampa's defense is incredibly disappointing - especially in the run game - and the loss of Shaquil Barrett doesn't help.
With the exception of a banged up Cooper Kupp, the Rams have a bad offense as well.
If Kupp is healthy enough to still make an impact (which I believe he will be) then I'm picking LA in a close game.
Tennessee (5-2) @ Kansas City (5-2)
The Chiefs are among the elite teams in the NFL, but Tennessee has been quietly racking up wins themselves. The Titans will be starting either a rookie Malik Willis or banged up Ryan Tannehill, so in either case I see no way Kansas City loses this one.
Baltimore (5-3) @ New Orleans (3-5)
The Ravens look to sport a rejuvenated defense after they traded for former Chicago linebacker Roquan Smith. I can see him making an impact early on with a key sack/fumble to put the Ravens ahead early. Lamar Jackson will take it from there.
New York Giants (6-2)
Dallas Cowboys (6-2)
San Francisco 49ers (4-4)
Denver Broncos (3-5)
Cleveland Browns (3-5)
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6)
- QB Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars: vs Raiders
The Raiders are ranked 25th against the pass, allowing 258 yards per game. Trevor Lawrence has shown plenty of promise along with painstaking decision making. Battling against such a putrid defense should be the cure and allow Lawrence to have a breakout game.
- Kansas City Defense: vs Titans
Kansas City isn't the best defense by any means, but they are opportunistic at times and Chris Jones can lead a solid pass rush to force turnovers.
At the time of this writing, Tennessee has yet to announce their starting quarterback. Whether it's an injured Ryan Tannehill or rookie Malik Willis, there will be sacks and turnovers aplenty for the Titans.
- RB Michael Carter, Jets: vs Bills
Buffalo is 4th in run defense, and Michael Carter should be splitting reps with former Jaguar James Robinson. While he might get a lucky touchdown, I'd suggest benching Carter for another option.
- QB Jared Goff, Lions: vs Packers
Goff has been a pretty nice quarterback streaming option this season, but with the trade of T.J. Hockenson combined with facing a Green Bay defense who is number two in the NFL against the pass, he really isn't a great start in fantasy this week.
Game of the Week:
Bills 24, Jets 23
Lock of the Week:
Vikings 34, Commanders 14
Upset of the Week:
Bears 24, Dolphins 21
Player of the Week:
WR Justin Jefferson, Vikings: @ Commanders
9 rec 155 yds 2 td
Favorite point spread:
Vikings (-3.5) @ Commanders