The gap between the elite teams in the league and the rest of the league only grew during Week 6 as the Patriots, Packers, Broncos, Panthers and Bengals all added wins to their undefeated records. Besides those five teams, the leaders of two of the three remaining divisions sit at just 3-3. Bye weeks continue in full force, which is something to keep firmly in mind when entering PickChamps contests this week:
Carson Palmer will have at least 289 passing yards
With the Cardinals coming off losses in two of their last three, they’ll aim to improve to 5-2 this coming Monday night. Luckily for Arizona and Palmer, they’ll host one of the worst pass defenses in the league with the Baltimore Ravens coming to town. The Ravens have looked like a weak defense since losing Terrell Suggs, as they’re 4th worst in the league with a dismal 8.2 yards per attempt mark against them. They’ve also given up 11 passing touchdowns, which is an ominous fact, considering they’ll need to slow down Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and Michael Floyd. Having those three options and a home matchup should guarantee a big game from Palmer, who already has 300-yard games in four of his first six.
Suggestion: 25.00 points X 2.00 Offer = 50.00 Winnings
Latavius Murray will have at least 101 rushing yards
The Raiders should be ready for this game coming off the bye and are going up against the worst defense in the league. The Chargers just gave up a huge rushing game to James Starks and are allowing 5.4 yards per carry on the season. In Murray’s other matchup against a bad run defense – the Cleveland Browns – he ran for 139 yards on 26 carries. The Raiders should be able to keep this a competitive game and will be able to mix in the run effectively throughout it. Against the Chargers, the following have had big rushing yard games: Adrian Peterson (126), Gio Benard (123), Le’Veon Bell (111) and James Starks (112). Those games show that Murray has one of the better matchups of any running backs this weekend.
Suggestion: 25.00 Points X 4.00 Offer = 100.00 Winnings
Martavis Bryant will have at most 51 receiving yards
This may seem like a bit of an odd selection, as Bryant hit the ground running last week in his return from suspension. However, this week, the circumstances will be different. The game is in Kansas City, a tough place for a rookie quarterback to go and make his first start of the season, as Landry Jones will be making for the Steelers. Next, the Chiefs will have had a week to prepare for Jones and will likely prevent Bryant from racking up so much yardage after the catch, as he recorded last week. Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown remain the top two options in this offense, and contest entrants may not be accurately remembering Bryant’s rookie season. His value was largely touchdown and not yardage dependent, as he had only three games over 51 receiving yards out of the final ten that he played in.
Suggestion: 25.00 Points X 6.06 Offer = 151.50 Winnings
Todd Gurley will have at least 2 total TDs
Like Murray, Gurley has a nice matchup and is also coming off the bye, having an extra week to prepare for the Browns. On the season, Cleveland has given up a league-worst 899 rushing yards, as well as six rushing touchdowns. While Gurley has yet to find the end zone this season, his big-play ability along with his 5.7 yards per carry mark suggest it’s only a matter of time. Gurley is also a capable pass-catcher out of the backfield, and by using the “total TDs” over “rushing TDs” it allows more opportunities for him to score (see Julio Jones’ fumble recovery in the end zone two weeks ago). It really is hard to imagine Gurley not having a big game, and PickChamps is more rewarding of touchdowns than they are for yardage right now for Gurley.
Suggestion: 15.00 Points X 5.00 Offer = 75.00 Winnings
BOLD PREDICTION OF THE WEEK
Christine Michael will rush for at least 80 yards
There are many reasons why this is a bold pick, so let’s look at a few. First, Michael has only two carries this season for a whopping five yards and has never recorded an 80-yard game in his career. There has been chatter that the Cowboys plan to use him more this week, but there’s no guarantee he gets more of a workload than Joseph Randle, who should get 10-plus touches. However, Michael has shown upside in his short career as evidenced by averaging 5.1 yards per carry in 34 attempts last season. The Cowboys still boast one of the better offensive lines in the league, and will take on a Giants squad who gave up 109 rushing yards to DeMarco Murray last week.
Suggestion: 10.00 Points X 5.00 = 50.00 Winnings