Five Game Parlay: Week 9
We are at the halfway point of the Five Game Parlay and it is still anybody’s contest! There is barely a week’s worth of games between first and last place, so don’t stop following this article to see which dumbass wins it. Here are the standings and the picks.
Drake’s Picks @drakefantasy
Houston Texans -1 over Jacksonville Jaguars. Who doesn't love a little Minshew Magic? Well, the Texans for one. I love Deshaun Watson and with his playmaking abilities I just don't see any way the Jags can stop him. Tight line but give me Houston for the W.
Dallas Cowboys -7 over New York Giants. A full TD is juicy as the Giants do have some offensive weapons. Unfortunately their defense is a complete dumpster fire. Looking for a big day from Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup vs the non existent Giants corners. Big D gets the points to cover the seven.
Indianapolis Colts -1 over Pittsburgh Steelers. Indy plays everyone close. The problem the Steelers on the other side will have is scoring points. I simply don't trust Mason Rudolph or think he's very good. It's the Jaylen Samuels show but this isn't fantasy so whatever he does won't be enough. Give me Indy and the point.
Green Bay Packers -3.5 over Los Angeles Chargers. How is this line only 3.5? The Chargers are a mess. The Packers are blazing hot. Unless I'm missing something here this shouldn't be that close. Easy money.
Buffalo Bills -9.5 over Washington Redskins. Major reach here with this huge line but if Dwayne Haskins is starting for Washington they probably won't even score. Buffalo is a fantastic defense and their inept QB should do just enough to get them comfortably out front.
Gary’s Picks @garyhaddow1
Dallas Cowboys -7 over New York Giants. I just trust the Cowboys to show up after a bye. I do believe the Giants are much better, but I don’t think they are good enough to keep this a close game. Even within Darius Slayton popping last week, I’m not sure Daniel Jones can repeat this week against a strong Cowboys defense.
New England Patriots -3.5 over Baltimore Ravens. When in doubt, bet on the Patriots to cover the spread. While I do think this is a very competitive game, I ultimately expect Bill and Tom to figure it out. I’m really hoping that Andrews has figured out his drops, and ultimately I WANT Lamar to win this game, but I’m not going to bet on it.
Green Bay Packers -3.5 over Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers are in shambles and the Packers have left the station, picking up more and more speed along the way. I don’t see how the Chargers are able to slow down the Packers, even though I do think the Chargers will put some points up. Rodgers is on a mission to try catch up to his hometown 49ers, and will do everything he can to make sure he gets there.
Seattle Seahawks -5.5 over Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I don’t understand why this line is so close, but I expect the Hawks to blow out the Bucs. Sure the Bucs can put up points with Evans and Godwin, but the Seahawks are just a better team from top to bottom. In Russell Wilson I trust.
Houston Texans -1 over Jacksonville Jaguars. The first game between these two was much closer than expected, and the Texans have since lost JJ Watt. Ultimately, this is a vote of confidence for Deshaun Watson and his ability to make plays. The Jags defense no longer has Jalen Ramsey, and he was keeping Deandre Hopkins in check… This should be a fun high scoring game in which Watson overpowers the Jags.
Ryan’s Picks @fightingchance
Buffalo Bills -9.5 over Washington Redskins. Dwayne Haskins sucks right now, the Redskins barely have a quality player at any position, and the Bills defense is one of the best in football. They will be able to beat the Redskins by ten.
Seattle Seahawks -5.5 over Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I hate Seattle, but Tampa sucks and I have to give less than a touchdown? Yes Please!
Cleveland Browns -3.5 over Denver Broncos. Josh Allen is good, Kyle Allen is average, but I’m counting on Brandon Allen being pretty bad. The Browns have been their own worst enemy this season on offense and the Broncos D is good, but give me Baker in this one.
Carolina Panthers -3.5 over Tennessee Titans. That was fun where we thought Ryan Tannehill was a real quarterback. Kyle Allen might not be a great quarterback, but the Titans defense has been soft of late and what are they going to do with Christian McCaffrey? The Panthers might not be great, but they will win this one.
Miami Dolphins +3 over New York Jets. I’ve been on the Dolphins bandwagon all year long and I think they win this thing! The Jets are all sorts of a mess with their quarterback seeing ghosts, their running back not getting the ball, and the GM almost trading their two best players. Not to mention all of the injuries. Give me the Fins who played Pittsburgh close for a half on Monday night.
Joe’s Picks @joegallina
Tampa Bay Buccaneers + 5.5 over the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks used to be a virtual lock at home, but they are 0-5 against the spread (ATS) in their last five home games. With the Seahawks’ non-existent pass rush, Jameis Winston should have enough time to uncharacteristically complete some passes to his own team and continue the Bucs’ trend of scoring a bunch of points. The Bucs have given up an average of 30.3 points per game this season and they’ve scored an average of 31.8 points in their last five games. Look for some fireworks in this game. The Seahawks win, but the Bucs keep it close and cover.
Buffalo Bills - 9.5 over Washington Redskins. This is going to be a tough spot for rookie Dwayne Haskins as he makes his first start against a solid Bills defense. The Bills are only allowing 194.4 passing yards per game. The Bills probably won’t score a ton of points in this game but I see them winning 17-3 and easily covering the spread at home.
Cleveland Browns – 3.5 over Denver Broncos. I’m not a big believer in the big mouth Browns this season but someone “up there” really likes them. Yes, they’re playing in a tough road environment in Denver, but in Brandon Allen they’re facing a former Jaguars 2016 sixth-round pick who has never taken an NFL snap. Take the Browns to cover.
Jacksonville Jaguars +1 over Houston Texans. The Jags are playing in London, which has become their home away from home. They’ve been successful across the pond, having won and covered in three of the last four London games. The Texans come limping into London decimated by injuries to J.J. Watt, CB Lonnie Johnson and many others. The Jaguars have covered five straight vs. AFC opponents and the underdog in this series is 10-4 ATS in their past 14 meetings. Take the Jaguars to cover and beat the Texans this week.
Green Bay Packers – 3.5 over Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers barely won last week after losing their previous three games. Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt served as the sacrificial lamb for the Chargers recent woes. The Chargers have their work cut out for them as they face the Packers who are clearly the better team and are 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 road games. Aaron Rodgers has 10 TDs and just one pick in his last three games and it looks like WR Davante Adams will be active this week. Take the Pack to cover the spread.
Steve’s Picks @fantasygeek37
Buffalo Bills -9.5 over Washington Redskins. In my opinion (which means nothing), Dwayne Haskins isn’t ready to be the starter in the NFL. The Bills are a touch matchup and this one could get ugly.
Pittsburgh Steelers +1 over Indianapolis Colts. The Steelers are at home going against a TY Hilton-less Colts offense, yet still one-point underdogs? Their defense has played much better defense since the addition of Minkah Fitzpatrick and should be able to hold this Indy offense in check.
Seattle Seahawks +5.5 over Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I don’t like teams that have to fly all the way across the country, especially if they aren’t that good like the Bucs. Seattle’s home-field advantage paired with Jameis Winston’s propensity to throw the interception will allow the Seahawks to win this one comfortably.
Denver Broncos +3.5 over Cleveland Browns. The Browns aren’t that good and playing in the altitude of Denver. The Browns shouldn’t be favorites in this game…
Green Bay Packers -3.5 over Los Angeles Chargers. It looks as though Davante Adams could return to action this week, and that means good news for Green Bay. The Packers have a solid defense, running game and now their passing game could get a little bit of a boost.