Some Notes

• If you are still playing a championship game in Week 18, I have some homework for you. After the season, talk with your league mates and commissioner and try to change this rule. Yes, there is luck in fantasy football, but overall the championship should not be decided during a week in which plenty of starters are being rested.

• Running backs Ronald Jones II, Michael Carter and Darrel Williams all left their Week 17 games with injuries.

This Week’s Hot Pickups Of The Week: Jaret Patterson, Rex Burkhead, Gabriel Davis, Ty Johnson, Le’Veon Bell

Last Week’s Hot Pickups Of The Week: Boston Scott, Trey Lance, Dare Ogunbowale, K.J. Osborn, Braxton Berrios, Josh Palmer, Sam Ehlinger, Cam Akers?

Studs Of Week 17:

Quarterback: Joe Burrow
Running Back: Rashaad Penny and Najee Harris
Wide Receiver: Ja’Marr Chase, Amon-Ra St. Brown and DK Metcalf
Tight End: Noah Fant

Duds Of Week 17:

Quarterback: Jalen Hurts
Running Back: Ronald Jones, Ezekiel Elliott and De’Andre Swift
Wide Receiver: A.J. Brown, DJ Moore and Marquise Brown
Tight End: Foster Moreau

Sleepers Of Week 18:

Quarterback: Davis Mills
Running Back: Zack Moss/Ke’Shawn Vaughn
Wide Receiver/Tight End: Jared Cook
Defense: Chiefs

Busts Of Week 18:

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers
Running Back: Najee Harris
Wide Receiver/Tight End: DK Metcalf
Defense: Saints

NFL Picks For Week 18

Five Games I Like Against The Spread (Season Record: 38-43)

Chiefs -10 vs. Broncos
Eagles +7 vs. Cowboys
Colts -15.5 vs. Jaguars
Cardinals -6.5 vs. Seahawks
Chargers -2.5 vs. Raiders

Four Over-Under Totals I Like (Season Record: 32-36)

Chargers-Raiders OVER 49.5
Colts-Jaguars OVER 44.5
Giants-Washington UNDER 38.5
Steelers-Ravens UNDER 42.0

Three Straight-Up Locks Of The Week (Season Record: 38-12)


Two Underdog Fantasy Player Props (Season Record: 15-17)

Alvin Kamara OVER 100.5 rushing and receiving yards
Patrick Mahomes OVER 259.5 passing yards

One Bold Pick Of The Week:

Week 1: Tua Tagovailoa throws three touchdown passes (miss)
Week 2: Najee Harris scores two touchdowns (miss)
Week 3: Mark Andrews scores two touchdowns (miss)
Week 4: Patrick Mahomes throws five touchdowns passes (got one)
Week 5: Ezekiel Elliott scores two rushing touchdowns (miss)
Week 6: Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams both score touchdowns (miss)
Week 7: Rashod Bateman catches a touchdown pass (miss)
Week 8: James Robinson, Joe Mixon and Josh Allen all score rushing touchdowns (miss)
Week 9: Jonathan Taylor scores three touchdowns (so close)
Week 10: Najee Harris and Dalvin Cook both score two touchdowns (miss)
Week 11: Cam Newton, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson all score rushing touchdowns (miss)
Week 12: Tim Boyle and Andy Dalton will both have a touchdown pass and an interception
(Boyle didn’t play, but Dalton I got right. Half credit?)
Week 13: Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams each score a rushing touchdown (miss)
Week 14: Patrick Mahomes throws four touchdown passes (got it)
Week 15: James Robinson scores a touchdown and has more than 100 total yards (so close)
Week 16: Tom Brady throws for more than 300 yards and at least two touchdowns (miss)
Week 17: Sam Ehlinger has more than 250 yards and two touchdown passes (Wentz came back, miss)
Week 18: Mike Williams and Keenan Allen both score a touchdown

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