2018 NFL Picks – Week 14

5 December 2018

Tough week going 9-7. My lock pick of Kansas City, despite their distractions, came through. I’ll take Pittsburgh over Oakland this week as my lock.
Last Week:  123-67-2 (0.646)
Lock Pick:  10-3 (0.769)
Lock Picks:  GB (W), LAC (W), MIN (L), JAX (W), NO (W), HOU (W), LAR (W), NE (W), CHI (W), NYJ (L), CAR (L), BAL (W), KC (W)
Week 14 Picks
Tennessee over Jacksonville
Buffalo over New York Jets
Carolina over Cleveland
Green Bay over Atlanta
Kansas City over Baltimore
New England over Miami
New Orleans over Tampa Bay
New York Giants over Washington
Houston over Indianapolis
Los Angeles Chargers over Cincinnati
Denver over San Francisco
Dallas over Philadelphia
Pittsburgh over Oakland (Winner Lock)
Detroit over Arizona
Los Angeles Rams over Chicago
Seattle over Minnesota
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Philip Rivers
Philip Rivers got some extra press recently as he and his wife are expecting their 9th child. He also made some headlines on the field by setting the consecutive completion record (25) in a single-game to finish 28 of 29 or 96.6%, which is also an NFL record.
A review of the sportsbook from draftkings and you’ll notice that Rivers has helped guide his team to an impressive 9-3 record despite absences this year by Melvin Gordon and Joey Bosa.
The only teams currently positioned higher than the Chargers are the Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, and the New Orleans Saints. The New England Patriots and Houston Texans have matching 9-3 records. The Patriots were a Super Bowl team while the Rams, Chiefs and Saints also made the playoffs. Houston was 4-12, but they got back J.J. Watt (five games) and DeShaun Watson (7 games).
Statistically Rivers ranks seventh in the league with 3,418 yards, fourth with a 69.7% completion percentage, fifth with 28 touchdown passes and third in the league with a 115.7 passer rating. He is one of five quarterbacks, along with Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Jared Goff and Matt Ryan that have at least 25 passing touchdowns and single-digit interceptions.
In an era with Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, Rivers is often overlooked. Even in his rookie class, he doesn’t have the Super Bowl titles like Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger.
Rivers has played in every game since the 2006 season when he took over for Brees. If he finishes off the season with his streak intact, he’ll tie Peyton Manning for the third longest streak in NFL history behind Eli and Brett Favre. Early next season he could be looking up to just Favre on this list.
Rivers has eclipsed 4,000 yards passing nine of the last ten season, and is well on his way to making it 10 of 11. He has thrown at least 25 touchdown passes 11 straight seasons. Rivers is on pace to finish with his fifth season with a 100+ passer rating as well as set a personal record for completion percentage.
Unfortunately for Rivers, I think there are two candidates that have turned in more impressive campaigns to date. Patrick Mahomes has set the league on fire ranking second in passing yards (3,923), first in touchdown passes (41) with only ten picks and second in passer rating (118.1). I believe Mahomes is the front-runner to win the MVP.
Second, and he may just win the award based on a combination of an excellent season and a remarkable career is Drew Brees. Brees leads the league with a ridiculous 75.5% completion percentage and 123.2 passer rating and third with 30 touchdown passes.
While I don’t think Rivers will walk away as the MVP, he can celebrate another outstanding season along with the new addition to his family. Even more than the individual recognition though, Rivers would certainly prefer a Super Bowl appearance.

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christian mccaffrey
Here are the 2018 Lester’s Legends Week 14 running back rankings.
1. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
2. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
3. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
4. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
5. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
6. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers
7. Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos
8. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
9. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
10. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
11. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
12. Sony Michel, New England Patriots
13. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
14. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
15. Jaylen Samuels, Pittsburgh Steelers
16. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
17. Josh Adams, Philadelphia Eagles
18. Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs
19. James White, New England Patriots
20. Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens
21. Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins
22. Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears
23. Jeffery Wilson, San Francisco 49ers
24. Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts
25. Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins
26. Peyton Barber Tampa Bay Buccaneers
27. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
28. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
29. Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers
30. Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks
31. Austin Ekeler, Los Angles Chargers
32. Dion Lewis, Tennessee Titans
33. LeGarrette Blount, Detroit Lions
34. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
35. Isaiah Crowell, New York Jets
36. Doug Martin, Oakland Raiders
37. Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks
38. Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos
39. Jalen Richard, Oakland Raiders
40. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
41. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
42. Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins
43. Frank Gore, Miami Dolphins
44. Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots
45. Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles
46. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
47. Elijah McGuire, New York Jets
48. Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings
49. Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts
50. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
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Brees toss
Here are the 2018 Lester’s Legends Week 14 quarterback rankings.
1. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
2. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers
3. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
5. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
6. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
7. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
8. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
9. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
10. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
11. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
12. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
14. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
15. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
16. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
17. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
18. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
19. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
20. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
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Adam Humphries
There were some unheralded heroes this week. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.
Get ‘em
Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Caught 5 of 6 targets for 101 yards, TD.
Adam Humphries, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Caught 7 of 9 targets for 61 yards, TD.
Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers – 82 total yards, TD. Solid flex option until Melvin Gordon returns.
Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens – 125 yards passing, 75 yards and a touchdown running.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans – 282 yards, 2 TDs, 43 rushing yards.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns – 397 yards, TD.
Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks – 65 yards, TD.
Dante Pettis, WR, San Francisco 49ers – Caught 5 of 7 targets for 129 yards, 2 TDs. Three scores in last two games.
Jaylen Samuels, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers – 25 total yards, TD catch. Only worth an add if James Conner misses action.
Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos – Caught 4 of 7 targets for 85 yards, TD.
Jeff Wilson, Jr., RB, San Francisco 49ers – 134 total yards. Worth a speculative add.
Don’t Sweat ‘em
Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills – 231 yards, 2 TDs, 135 yards rushing.
Marcell Ateman, WR, Oakland Raiders – Caught 2 of 4 targets for 16 yards, TD.
Travis Benjamin, WR, Los Angeles Chargers – Caught 2 of 2 targets for 44 yards, TD.
Kendrick Bourne, WR, San Francisco 49ers – Caught 4 of 6 targets for 60 yards.
Jaron Brown, WR, Seattle Seahawks – Caught 3 of 3 targets for 67 yards and 2 TDs.
Antonio Callaway, WR, Cleveland Browns – Caught 3 of 6 targets for 84 yards. 62 yards last week. Gamble option.
Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders – Threw for 285 yards and 3 TDs.
Chris Conley, WR, Kansas City Chiefs – Caught 3 of 7 targets for 25 yards, TD.
Cody Core, WR, Cincinnati  Bengals – Caught 30-yard TD.
James Develin, RB, New England Patriots – 14 total yards, 2 TDs.
Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals – 66 total yards, 2 TDs.
Anthony Firkster, TE, Tennessee Titans – Caught 3 of 3 targets for 42 yards, TD. Averaging 46 yards the last 3 games. Plug-in option next week vs. Jacksonville.
Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys – Caught 5 of 7 targets for 76 yards. Only the third time this year he’s topped 50 yards.
Demetrius Harris, TE, Kansas City Chiefs – Caught 3 of 6 targets for 38 yards, TD.
Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns – Caught all 4 targets for 62 yards, TD.
Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills – Caught 4 of 9 targets for 67 yards, 2 TDs.
Keith Kirkwood, WR, New Orleans Saints – 30-yard TD.
Nick Mullens, QB, San Francisco 49ers – 414 yards, 2 TDs.
Jordy Nelson, WR, Oakland Raiders – Caught 10 of 11 targets for 97 yards. Keep him on your radar.
DeVante Parker, WR,  Miami Dolphins – Caught 4 of 7 targets for 43 yards, TD.
Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers – Caught 6 of 11 targets for 88 yards. First game over 55 yards.
Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles – 22 yards, TD.
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins – Caught 4 of 6 targets for 37 yards, TD.
Taywan Taylor, WR, Tennessee Titans – Caught 3 of 5 targets for 104 yards.
Jordan Thomas, TE, Houston Texans – Caught 3 of 3 targets for 32 yards, TD.
Levine Tiololo, TE, Detroit Lions – Caught 4 of 6 targets for 90 yards.
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Los Angeles Rams v Arizona Cardinals
Here are the 2018 Lester’s Legends Week 13 team defense rankings.
1. Los Angeles Rams
2. Chicago Bears
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. Houston Texans
5. Tennessee Titans
6. Kansas City Chiefs
7. Denver Broncos
8. Green Bay Packers
9. Miami Dolphins
10. Indianapolis Colts
11. Philadelphia Eagles
12. Carolina Panthers
13. Baltimore Ravens
14. New England Patriots
15. New Orleans Saints
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Greg Zuerlein
Here are the 2018 Lester’s Legends Week 13 kicker rankings.
1. Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams
2. Will Lutz, New Orleans Saints
3. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
4. Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs
5. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
6. Ka’imi Fairbairn, Houston Texans
7. Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers
8. Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles
9. Sebastian Janikowski, Seattle Seahawks
10. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
11. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
12. Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers
13. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
14. Cody Parkey, Chicago Bears
15. Ryan Succop, Tennessee Titans
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Travis Kelce
Here are the 2018 Lester’s Legends Week 13 tight end rankings.
1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
2. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
3. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
4. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
5. Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts
6. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
7. David Njoku, Cleveland Browns
8. Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
10. Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders
11. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
12. Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers
13. Trey Burton, Chicago Bears
14. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
15. Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams
16. Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans
17. Chris Herndon, New York Jets
18. Jimmy Graham, Green Bay Packers
19. Evan Engram, New York Giants
20. Benjamin Watson, New Orleans Saints
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tyreek hill
Here are the 2018 Lester’s Legends Week 13 wide receiver rankings.
1. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
2. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
3. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
4. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
5. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
6. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
7. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
8. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
9. Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams
10. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
11. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
12. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams
14. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
15. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions
16. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
17. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys
18. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
19. Josh Gordon, New England Patriots
20. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
21. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
22. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
23. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles
24. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
25. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers
26. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears
27. Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans
28. Sterling Shepard, New York Giants
29. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
30. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons
31. Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons
32. Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs
33. Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns
34. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
35. Demaryius Thomas, Houston Texans
36. Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
37. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos
38. Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams
39. John Brown, Baltimore Ravens
40. Michael Crabtree, Baltimore Ravens
41. Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints
42. Golden Tate, Philadelphia Eagles
43. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
44. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers
45. DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
46. Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears
47. Tyrell Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
48. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
49. David Moore, Seattle Seahawks
50. Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers
51. Taylor Gabriel, Chicago Bears
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2018 NFL Picks – Week 13

28 November 2018

I bounced back going 11-4 Carolina, Cincinnati, Jacksonville and Pittsburgh let me down. Baltimore held up as my lock pick. This week I’m going with the Chiefs over the Raiders.
Last Week:  114-60-2 (0.653)
Lock Pick:  9-3 (0.750)
Lock Picks:  GB (W), LAC (W), MIN (L), JAX (W), NO (W), HOU (W), LAR (W), NE (W), CHI (W), NYJ (L), CAR (L), BAL (W)
Week 13 Picks
New Orleans over Dallas
Atlanta over Baltimore
Denver over Cincinnati
Los Angeles Rams over Detroit
Green Bay over Arizona
Miami over Buffalo
Chicago over New York Giants
Carolina over Tampa Bay
Indianapolis over Jacksonville
Houston over Cleveland
Tennessee over New York Jets
Kansas City over Oakland  (Winner Lock)
New England over Minnesota
Seattle over San Francisco
Pittsburgh over Los Angeles Chargers
Philadelphia over Washington
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