NFL Plays: Vegas Odds (Week 9)
November 4, 2016 | Justin Bales
Games to Attack
Indianapolis Colts vs Green Bay Packers
The Colts and Packers have two of the better offenses in the NFL this season. They have both dealt with injuries, but they continue to get healthier as the season progresses. Green Bay has an elite run defense, which hurts Frank Gore, but their secondary is dealing with a ton of injuries. Andrew Luck and his wide receivers and tight ends should have no problems dominating this week, and they will all make tremendous options. Indianapolis also has one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, and Aaron Rodgers is finally finding his groove. Ty Montgomery will play this week, and he’s the top option for Green Bay. Davante Adams and Jordy Nelson also make great options, while Randall Cobb can be used in tournaments if he’s active. There’s a reason this game is set at
52.5 54.5 points!, and there are a ton of great options for fantasy.
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New Orleans Saints vs San Francisco 49ers
This game is much more about the Saints than it is the 49ers. San Francisco has struggled to produce fantasy relevant players this season, and it doesn’t help that their running back situation is muddied. Colin Kaepernick can certainly be used in tournaments, but he’s the only guy. New Orleans is the offense to attack. They have the ability to score on anyone, including a weak San Francisco defense. Mark Ingram was benched last week, and the Saints have suggested that Tim Hightower will have a bigger role this week. It’s a situation to avoid, but Drew Brees and the Saints wide receivers and tight ends can certainly be used. This is expected to be a close game, and the total is set at 52.5 points. The New Orleans passing attack could win someone a huge tournament this week.
Tennessee Titans vs San Diego Chargers
The Titans and Chargers are two offenses that can quickly turn a game into a shootout. DeMarco Murray is the obvious play for the Titans, as he’s the focal point of the offense, and the Chargers have struggled to stop the run. Marcus Mariota also has good upside, though. Delanie Walker will be the player to stack with Mariota, but that is only if Walker is active. If he’s out, Kendall Wright becomes the high upside stacking option. Melvin Gordon continues to be the elite option for the Chargers, as he has double-digit touchdowns this season. Philip Rivers also possesses great upside, but he comes with more risk. Antonio Gates is a good option at tight end with Hunter Henry out, but he does come with some risk, as well. Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams are the two best options at wide receiver.
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Games to Avoid
Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings
This game has much more to do with the Vikings than the Lions. The Vikings are always stuck in low scoring games because they have an elite defense, but they also have one of the worst offenses in the NFL. The Lions have struggled defensively this season, but the Vikings were recently held in check by the Chicago Bears. There are a few guys that could be used in tournaments this week, but this game is set at only 41 points, and it isn’t a game to attack this week.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens
Generally, the Steelers are an offense to attack, but that isn’t the case this week. Vegas opened with the Ravens as 2.5 point favorites in a game set at only 43 points. That was before Ben Roethlisberger was expected to play, though. The line has since shifted with the Steelers now being 2 point favorites, but it’s still set at only 43.5 points. That likely is because the Steelers are a significantly better offense at home, and they will be traveling to Baltimore for this game. Both teams also have solid defenses, and there are individual players that could be decent options, but this isn’t a game to stack.
Buffalo Bills vs Seattle Seahawks
The Monday night game could potentially be boring this week, as if they all haven’t been somewhat boring this season, right? The Seahawks have an elite defense, which is why they are 7 point favorites in a game set at only 43.5 points. It looks like LeSean McCoy may play this week, which will help the Bills offense, but won’t make them an offense to worry about. The Bills also have a solid offense, and the Seattle offense has struggled quite a bit this season. C.J. Prosise is a sneaky option for his low price tag, but this is another easy game to avoid.