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Week 15 Bold Predictions: Minnesota finally delivers a good game

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Fresh OC, Fresh Play

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at New England Patriots Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Prediction 1: Josh Rosen will have his 2nd best week of the year against the Falcons

Justification: The Falcons are allowing the most points to opposing QBs in fantasy and the Cardinals scored just 3 points, if you take nothing else away, more often than not teams who score less than 5 points will rebound in a big way the next week.

Prediction 2: Oakland vs. Cincinnati, a very ‘meh’ game on paper, will beat it’s over/under of 46 by 3.5 points (50 combined points this game).

Justification: Jeff Driskel has moments of really good play. If he can put up 20 points (which he’s done twice in three games) then that leaves Derek the chance to put up a hefty amount (he’s put up at least 24 in two of the last three games). Neither defense is playing all that great which should help the fantasy value of this game.

Prediction 3: T.Y. Hilton is projected as the 14th best WR, he won’t finish in the top 25 in week 15.

Justification: He’s facing Dallas, who has allowed the fourth fewest receiving yards, he’s ankle is bothering him and he is off three very strong games in the last four, it’s not absurd to assume he has a down week.

Prediction 4: Dan Bailey tops 10 points for the first time in seven weeks.

Justification: He’s missed a kick in three straight weeks, he has hit more than 1 FG in just one of his last eight weeks but he’s facing Miami who has allowed the 8th most points to kickers PLUS, Minnesota has a new OC and has scored more than 21 points just one of the last three games, I see a big game for the Vikings.

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Prediction 5: Dalvin Cook is projected as the 18th best RB, he will be a top 10 RB.

Justification: The injury concerns have (for the time) abated and they have given him at least 9 rushing attempts in each of their last five games including 13 attempts last week against Seattle. The weather is getting colt and this one is in Minnesota, I think Dalvin gets 13-15 touches with 75+ rushing yards + 1 TD.


Week 14 Recap

(Even if I went 1-4, it wouldn’t have mattered because I got Andrew Luck stopping the Texans streak correct, let me amend that, Andrew Luck, as the underdog, stopping the Texans streak.)

Prediction 1: Texans -4.5 is the line, give me the Colts -1! — Outcome: Colts – 3! (Grade AAAAAAAAAAA)

Prediction 2: Cam Newton is projected as a top 5 QB this week at Cleveland, he doesn’t land in the top 10. — Outcome: He was 26th, with 265 yards, 1 interceptions, no Touchdowns and 23 rushing yards, it was not his best week. (Grade A)

Prediction 3: Sterling Shepard is projected as 50th best WR, he lands inside the top 35 with his fourth best week of the season — Outcome: He was 45th, right in between the two behind his 17 yard, 1 TD week. (Grade C)

Prediction 4: The Jets are listed as the 17th best Defense, they finish in the top 10 against the Bills who allow the most points to opposing defenses — Outcome: The Jets defense finished 9th, they had 3 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery and a blocked kick. (Grade A)

Prediction 5: Frank Gore has his first rushing TD of the season against the Patriots — Outcome: He did NOT get a rushing TD, his name was not Brandon Bolden. He SHOULD have gotten one of the carries but the Dolphins gave a nice nod to Bolden in the red zone. He did however get 92 yards (6th most) and finished 24th among RBs so I don’t feel all that bad if you started him (Grade B).


2018 Total Report card

A – 18
B – 12
C – 17
D – 18

Here is how I will be grading my Bold picks this year

A – The bold pick happened as I stated
B – The bold pick did NOT happened as stated but the idea behind it was there
C – The bold pick did NOT happen and the overall feel for what occurred had you saying “meh”
D – The bold pick was nowhere near accurate