Week 13 Edition
Written By Bo McBrayer@Bo_McBigTime
Now that the Thanksgiving hangover has finally worn off, I can once again restock the bourbon cabinet and prepare for the causes of the Christmas hangover. It’s egg nog season! Honestly, I’m the only one who likes it, so I make a batch every couple of nights for myself. For me, it symbolizes celebration and living life to the fullest of full-fat flavor!
In Week 12, I was locked in on my PICANTakes. I was again thwarted on my quest for TWO perfect predictions. I thought the first take was the most plausible, with the Raiders and Falcons in an epic shootout, but the Raiders rolled out quite possibly the worst offensive game plan I’ve ever witnessed and couldn’t even muster a single touchdown on the horrible Falcons defense.
The second prediction looked pretty promising at halftime and early in the third quarter when the Chiefs went full Cheetah on the Bucs in the first half and intercepted Tom Brady twice in the third. The Bucs defense tightened and Brady led Tampa Bay back to a close margin of defeat.
The third spicy pick was sooooo close! James Robinson over 150 scrimmage yards? Check. Two touchdowns? One! Jags upset the Browns??? ALMOST! I did bet some money on the Jags to cover that won, but man was this one exciting!
The fourth one I felt wasn’t overly spicy, but it was a push in my book. Broncos and Saints under 35? Check. Fewer than four combined touchdowns? Exactly four combined touchdowns.
As close as I’m getting, I can’t help but think my time is coming for another perfect PICANTake or two in the same week. I feel tapped into Week 13 pretty well, so here we go again!
Nick Chubb and Derrick Henry Will Combine for 350 Rushing Yards and Four Touchdowns in Their Face-Off
It’s exceedingly rare for two opposing running backs to both compile massive rushing performances in the same game. It takes a perfect storm of big plays, a unique game script, and bad defenses on both sides. I believe we have all the elements here for this to happen. In DFS, I’m building lineups with both Chubb and Henry in what I’m calling the Dueling Banjos Stack. It’s a long shot, but I’m a sucker for taking that chance in hopes it pays off with something exciting.
Mike Glennon Will Pass for More Than 300 Yards and Three Touchdowns and the Jaguars Will Beat the Vikings
Let’s try this again, shall we? The Vikings are a streaky team, and the Jags are a scrappy team. Jacksonville was a two point conversion away from handing me a victory lap last week and I think we could see a nice little shootout here in Minneapolis. The Jags get star receiver DJ Chark back, along with KeelanCole, LaViska Shenault, and Collin Johnson. Don’t forget about running back James Robinson in the passing game, either. Glennon proved himself to be an adequate passer last week and looks just as good, if not better this week.
Jared Goff Will Pass for 400 Yards, Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods Will Both Go Over 100 Yards Receiving, and the Rams-Cardinals Game Will Be the Highest Score of the Week.
I have a sneaky feeling that Kyler Murray will get right in this one, even against a formidable Rams defense. With that hope of a higher scoring game, Goff should carve up an opportunistic but gettable Arizona secondary. Kupp and Woods are quite the tandem if Goff is clicking, which probably hinges more on whether Sean McVay installs an intelligent game plan. This is a divisional game, which can sometimes dampen scoring, but the Rams don’t have a good player to spy on Murray if he’s keen on rekindling his dwindling running game.
Devontae Booker, David Montgomery, AND James White Will ALL Be RB1s (Top 12 PPR) This Week.
For some odd reason, Jon Gruden was giving entire series to the journeyman back Booker, even with Josh Jacobs at full strength. Now that Jacobs is out, look for Booker to get as many touches as he can breathe air for against the Jets. Monty is probably the least exciting starting running back in the NFL, but has seen a massive workload this season and faces a Detroit defense that is abysmal. He is also the hot hand after his first breakout game of the season last week against Green Bay. James White will sneak into the top 12 this week because the Pats will return to their “death by a thousand cuts” game plan with him against the Chargers, where White’s line will read something like “10 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown, 9 catches for 63 yards and a random two point conversion.”