It’s hard to know what to feel after a game like that. I had Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham going, and the Giants plus 5.5, so the ending was a pleasant surprise for a change. But the Giants lost, Eli Manning, despite the cosmetically good numbers, was still Eli, and all the five people who picked the Falcons in my survivor pool lived to see Week 8.
Last week I took a hard beat because I didn’t go Beathard.
We’re through six weeks of the NFL season and the standings are starting to make more sense. Everyone has at least one win (even the Browns have two and a half) and all but the Rams have at least one loss. It’s a fun point of the fantasy season, where the sample sizes are no longer tiny and we can start to see real trends. If you think you’re more on top of the trends than the rest of us, come prove it at the RotoWire FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship!
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From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offence runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, we look at which of the league’s 32 offensive lines are trending up and down.
Without further ado, let’s check in on the state of the NFL’s trenches heading into Thursday Night Football.
I ran a bit longer than usual with the Thursday game in this week’s Spotlight article, so I figured I’d post it early in the blog section to keep things moving.
Arizona vs. Denver
Open: 39.5 O/U, ARZ -1.5
Live: 42.5 O/U, DEN -1.5
If the game features any flickers of extended competence, it should primarily be in the running game, for either and maybe even both teams. That’s not necessarily because either team will run well on their own account, but rather because these teams rank first (Arizona) and second (Denver) for most running back fantasy production allowed. Hooray!