Expert Analysis on Sunday's Slate of Games!
We're kicking off week 9 coming off a big Thursday night
game from my favorite tight end this off-season piling up 100 yards on 8
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Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots
This game has taken an interesting turn considering that Jonathan Taylor
($6.53, -16%) has been ruled out for the Colts. Combined with the fact that
they've shut down Matt Ryan for the year as well, this game creates a massive
opportunity for the New England Patriots.
With Damien Harris
($1.37, -3%) missing three days of practice Rhamondre Stevenson
($3.61, 10%) is now set to smash in a spot against one of the worst defenses in
the league. While we don't know who the starter is for 2023 the Patriots look
like they're likely going to be sticking with Bailey Zappe
($1.25, -2%) for a little while longer until Mac Jones
($1.43, -4%) is 100%.
With Zappe locked in the foreseeable future, I'm weary of
investing in the wide receiver core still. The only pass catcher I've got
confidence with at the moment is Jakobi Meyers
($1.03, 16%). Oddly enough we don't talk enough about the complete utter
failure of this team to adequately fill their tight-end position with the
investments they've made to the position. Consider that in the last 2 years
this team invested two third-round picks on Devin Asiasi
($0.56) and Dalton
Keene ($1.00). Then after that was a complete bomb they threw money at
the position paying Hunter Henry
($0.65, -14%) and Jonnu Smith
($1.74). I continue to believe this might be Bill Belichiicks' final year in
New England. I think a change of scenery might do him some good or perhaps he's
ready to hang it up. In either case, I do think they win this game comfortably.
While Sam Ehlinger
($1.01, -23%) didn't thoroughly wet the bed last week, I don't think it's going
to go well against this Patriots team. Considering the Colts have traded away Nyheim Hines
($2.03, 19%) to the Bills and Jonathon Taylor is out there isn't much firepower
for this team to deceive the Patriots. I'm not even sure the Colts are going to
score a touchdown this week. They've punted on the season and that makes me far
more likely to sell Michael Pittman than it does to buy Michael Pittman who is
the last investment-worthy Colt standing. He should be a considerable buy this
Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals
Let Geno cook became the narrative. When the Seahawks dealt Russell Wilson
($8.00, -2%) to the Denver Broncos no one imagined this team would be scoring
the way they have this season. What Geno Smith
($1.26, 3%) has done to resurrect his career should be commended and applauded.
Too often in the NFL, these quarterbacks get one fair shot to be the franchise
signal caller and they're sent to purgatory never to be seen again. I still
remember the New York Giants blowing a gasket when Geno Smith got the start
over Eli Manning in his final season. Imagine where they would be if he was
playing like he is today for the Giants!
In either scenario, I'll be the first to admit I was
incredibly surprised to see DK Metcalf
($3.46, 10%) emerge from an injured patella and score a touchdown while leading
the team in receptions on the day. I'm not sure if this team is going to be
able to move the ball as well as they did last week, but if they're healthy
they're getting a fairly easy defense to go up against. In the end, I think Kenneth Walker III
($6.43, -4%) will be the unsung hero of the game should the Seahawks pull this
On the other side of the ball, Kyler Murray
($4.56, 5%) takes on a team offering one of the highest yards per attempt in
the NFL. While the Cardinals have lost Marquise Brown
($2.69) for the foreseeable future, Deandre Hopkins
($5.74, 17%) has been on a mission since returning from suspension. Zach Ertz ($1.82,
6%) might not be an awful investment this week either. I do believe that this
game could be one of the highest-scoring games in the afternoon and perhaps on
the day. You've got an awful run defense in the Cardinals taking on an awful
pass defense in the Seahawks. I expect the Cardinals to escape on the back of
another solid day from Deandre Hopkins.
Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs
Coming off a dominant performance from Derrick Henry the
Titans are facing a stiff challenge against the Kansas City Chiefs. This game
doesn't look like good news whatsoever for the Titans considering Ryan Tannehill
($4.48) has missed practice this week. I liked the raw prospect of what Malik
Willis could be, but after what I saw last week there's no way the Titans can
feel comfortable with him in this game.
If there is any way Tannehill can suit up they're going to
need him to. After Malik Willis
($1.18, -21%) amazingly completed 6 of his 10 passes last week we saw them go
for only 55 yards. Not only that but part of what was supposed to make him so
dynamic was his legs. Willis rushed 5 times for a miserable 12 yards, and that
will not get it done. Failing to account for a score last week against an awful
Texans team doesn't bode well if he's going to have to keep up with Patrick Mahomes
($20.25) and this Chiefs offense.
While the Chiefs lost to the Bills, they are certainly still
a first-class AFC team and should make easy work of the Titans much as the
Bills did. Mecole
Hardman ($0.79, -1%), and Juju Smith-Schuster
($2.67) along with Travis Kelce
($11.70) shouldn't have much problem against this Titans team. I still firmly
recall the Bills putting up 41 points on this team on an early Monday night
game…and if Willis is playing this game will get out of hand quite fast. As such,
I think any pass catcher is a great short-term investment in what should be an
easy win for Kansas City coming off a bye week (where Andy Reid thrives).