NFL Plays: Vegas Odds (Week 5)
October 8, 2016 | Justin Bales
Games to Attack
San Diego Chargers vs Oakland Raiders
This is a game between two of the best offenses in the NFL this season. There really isn’t a starter in this game that should completely be avoided, unless Antonio Gates is starting. Both teams can score on the ground or through the air, which means that stacking in this game is a great option. Latavius Murray has been ruled out, which gives DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard both make good options for their low price tags. Again, every starter can be used this week, as this game is set at a 52.5 point total.
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New York Giants vs Green Bay Packers
This is an interesting matchup. Both teams have high upside offenses, but they have also both flashed defensive potential this season. The game total is set at 48.5 points, and the Packers are -6.5 point favorites. Their running game could be sneaky this week, as they should lean heavily on Eddie Lacy to run the clock out. Odell Beckham is a high upside tournament option this week, as Stefon Diggs and Marvin Jones recently torched the Packers in their last two weeks before their bye. This game features multiple players that can be used this week.
New York Jets vs Pittsburgh Steelers
This total says more about the Steelers offense than it does the Jets team. It is set at 48.5 points and they Steelers are -6 favorites. They are always an elite offense at home. Last week they dominated a tough Chiefs defense, and this week will be a much easier matchup. Roethlisberger, Bell, and Brown will make up an elite stack, while the Jets also have a few solid options on their offense. Marshall, Enunwa, and Anderson are all high upside receiving options. Fitzpatrick can also be used, although he does come with quite a bit of risk.
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Games to Avoid
Houston Texans vs Minnesota Vikings
This game is simple. Avoid it. Both of these teams have shown that they possess elite defenses, and the total is set at only 39.5 points. The Vikings are also sizeable favorites, which causes concern for DeAndre Hopkins and Lamar Miller. Overall, I wouldn’t use anyone from this game outside of the Vikings or Texans defenses.
Buffalo Bills vs Los Angeles Rams
This is another matchup to avoid based on the defenses and players involved. LeSean McCoy can be considered because of his usage, but the rest of the Bills make risky plays. As always, the entire Rams team comes with risk. The game is set at only 40 points, and this is another game that shouldn’t be stacked.
Tennessee Titans vs Miami Dolphins
This is a game that likely shouldn’t be stacked, but does have a few great fantasy options. DeMarco Murray is a huge part of the Titans offense, and he seems to be matchup proof. He can be used in all leagues. Jarvis Landry is also a great option, as the Titans have struggled against wide receivers this season. Delanie Walker and DeVante Parker are also high upside options, but this game is set at only 44 points for a reason. It is best not to use too many guys from these two teams in the same lineup this week.