Week 8 Patch Pick'Em

Fair Lawn residents Stuart Pace, Steve Brown,Rich Seibel and Zak Koeske make their fantasy football selections for the weekend

Welcome to the weekly Patch NFL Pick 'Em, where Fair Lawn residents and wannabe NFL prognosticators Stuart Pace, Steve Brown, Rich Seibel and Zak Koeske offer up their picks for three games each week and dish out a little fantasy football advice to boot.

If you'd like our opinion on fantasy roster moves, have a fantasy football question you'd like answered or would like to compete against us as a Guest Picker, email Patch NFL Pick 'Em at zak.koeske@patch.com

This week's Pick 'Em games:

  • Washington Redskins (3-4) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) -- Sunday, 1 p.m.
  • Miami Dolphins (3-3) @ New York Jets (3-4) -- Sunday, 1 p.m.
  • New Orleans Saints (2-4) @ Denver Broncos (3-3) -- Sunday, 8:20 p.m.

Click here and scroll to the bottom to see this week's Patch Survivor picks.

Stuart Pace’s Game Picks:

Pittsburgh, Miami and Denver

Pittsburgh Steelers over Washington Redskins -- Two of the better rushing defenses will attempt to make the QB connect on all his throws. This game could be a high-scoring affair as both QBs have strong arms. The difference in this game is that while Ben has done this for many years now, Griffin is still a rookie. I think this is closer than it should be, but the more experienced Steelers win. Confidence Level: 3 (most confident)

Miami Dolphins over New York Jets -- One team has an arrow pointing up, one has an arrow pointing down. Miami seems to have found their coach and possibly their QB of the future. The Jets are still in a state of disarray. So naturally the Jets will win. But NFL law requires me to select my beloved Fins (stop saying fish --they are mammals) despite the fact they historically disappoint me. Sanchez, if hurried, is awful, and maybe this time Miami figures a way to stop a tight end from burning them, or an uncovered offensive lineman from catching a TD (see.Jumbo Elliot MNF 2000). Confidence Level: 1 (least confident)

Denver Broncos over New Orleans Saints -- I still can’t figure out if Manning has it anymore. The Broncos won last week because Phillip Rivers played like Joan Rivers in the second half. Brees won’t make those awful throws. THAT SAID, I always favor the Broncos at home and the line of Broncos -6 is telling. Confidence Level: 2

Upset of the Week

Seattle Seahawks over Detroit Lions -- Don’t know why they are the dog, but the Seahawks are getting 2 from Detroit??? Whaaaaaaaaaaat? That’s like saying Steve Brown is the clear favorite in the “Barbara Hershey look-alike contest." Seattle is playing SOOOO much better than Detroit and I can’t see why the oddsmakers put this out for the world to see. Take the Hawks ……please.

Sleeper of the  Week

Martellus Bennett, TE (NYG) -- Wouldn’t he like to have a big day against his former team? He is second on the team in receiving yards and could be the release valve all day long for Eli.

Bust of the Week

Matt Ryan, QB (ATL) -- Oh my, I am going out on a limb here, but in the dirty, airless, heaving confines of the notoriously awful Eagles nest, this young man will wilt to the pressure of their undefeated record and an angry, rested Eagles team whose coach is on the precipice of becoming an ex-HC.

Steve Brown’s Picks:

Washington, Miami and Denver

Washington Redskins over Pittsburgh Steelers -- Jonathan Dwyer really reminds me of Frank Gore. Both men break through the first two levels of a D often and it comes down to making the safeties miss. Gore does that more often, but Gore has more chances. I’d really like to see what Dwyer could do with a heavier workload. Now having said all that, even in their win against the Bengals I don’t like what I see out of the Steelers. Too many drops, a frustrated looking Big Ben and a defense that doesn’t have the same intimidating pop they once had. I think the Steelers D is just a touch too old and slow right now to stop the RG3 show. Confidence Level: 1 (least confident)

Miami Dolphins over New York Jets -- Not since the last episode of the Sopranos have the cries for a guy named Tony to be whacked in New Jersey been this loud. The Jets are finding out what Stu already knows, Tony Sparano will never settle for a touchdown when a short range field goal is there to be had with unimaginative playcalling and poor personnel packages. And Stuart knows more about the Dolphins than a Ph.D Marine Biologist and he says, “The Dolphins are going to win because I’ve loved them since I was a bed-wetting little Fair Lawnian,” and that is good enough for me. Confidence Level: 2

Denver Broncos over New Orleans Saints -- Is it just me or did Peyton’s confidence soar after the Raiders game? His throws have more zip than they seemed to earlier this year. Is he getting healthier and/or developing a rapport with his team? Brees has done all he can but I’ll take the Peyton-full Broncos over the Payton-less Saints who should be required to change their name to the much more accurate and less ironic Bounty Hunters. Confidence Level: 3 (most confident)

Upset of the Week

Philadelphia Eagles over Atlanta Falcons -- The Falcons have the tools to win this and Tony Gonzalez should be bronzed and put in a time capsule for future generations to worship as the best tight end ever, or at least until the Gronkowski age is done. But I’m going with the Eagles and my suggestion for Tony Gonzalez should wait until at least his retirement. I’d hate to see him get treated like Viserys on "Game of Thrones" by Patch Pick 'Em fans eager to please me.

Sleeper of the Week

Christian Ponder, QB (MIN) -- Other than Jonathan Dwyer, my pick is Christian Ponder. Yes, he is coming off a horrible fantasy week -- 8-for-17 for a whopping 57 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs -- so it'll take stones to put Ponder in your starting lineup. But Thursday night he faces a team ranked 31st against the pass, 29th in total sacks and third against the run, so I would expect the Vikings to be slinging it around all night.

Bust of the Week

Shonn Greene, RB (NYJ) -- Miami is fourth in the league against the rush and tied for fourth for fewest TDs allowed. Take away the two games against amazingly weak run defense in the Colts and Bills, and Shonn is averaging 35.4 rushing yards per game and only went for 40 yards on 19 carries, a paltry 2.1 ypc, against the Dolphins last time they played. Expect no better this week.  

Rich Seibel's Picks:

Pittsburgh, New York Jets and Denver

Pittsburgh Steelers over Washington Redskins -- Something is not right in Steeler Country. They have lots of key injuries and the team does not appear to maintain the Steel Curtain as other proud teams of the past. However, this is a very difficult environ for a young QB and as good as he is, a late turnover will seal the deal for the Steelers. Confidence Level: 2

New York Jets over Miami Dolphins -- As much as I would like to see it, I feel the Dolphins will have a tough time this weekend. A win would bring them to 4-3 and a win for the Jets sends them to 4-4. I think the home team has a slight advantage here and the Jets cover with a late field goal. Confidence Level: 1 (least confident)

Denver Broncos over New Orleans Saints -- The Saints are another team coming into a hostile environment. Most teams have great difficulty in the Mile High City and I expect the Saints will fail against a rested Denver Broncos squad. Go Orange Crush!. Confidence Level: 3 (most confident) 

Upset of the Week

Dallas Cowboys over New York Giants -- The Cowboys are a one point Dog here. It would not surprise me to see them choke and fall to 3-4 but it's a chance I will take. (Ed. note:second straight week you've picked the Giants to get upset, Dick. What's that all about?).

Sleeper of the Week

Brandon Jacobs, RB (SF) -- Jacobs time to wake up and come out of your COMA

Bust of the Week

Matt Stafford, QB (DET) -- Just lost a favored receiver to IR and the team is 2-4, playing Seattle in the Motor City. I thought the Lions would challenge for the NFC Title this year. I don't know what happened but they will be looking for a new coach after Seattle embarrasses them at home this week.

Zak Koeske's picks:

Pittsburgh, New York Jets and Denver

Pittsburgh Steelers over Washington Redskins --For a multitude of reasons -- I'm a Steelers fan, RGIII is incredible, it should be a close, high scoring game -- I can't wait to see this game. It's going to be tight (the Skins have played everyone close, good or bad), but I'll take the Steelers at home. They haven't lost at home yet this year and the combination of home field advantage and veteran experience against a young team should be just enough to seal the deal. Confidence Level: 1 (least confident)

New York Jets over Miami Dolphins -- The Jets feast on rookie quarterbacks. Both times rookie signal callers have faced the Jets this year (Tannehill in Week 3 and Luck in Week 6) they've had their worst games of the season. I expect that trend to continue when Tannehill comes to MetLife on Sunday. The Jets still can't stop the run, but Bush hasn't been the same back since he was injured the last time the Dolphins and Jets squared off. Sorry, Stu.  Confidence Level: 3 (most confident) 

Denver Broncos over New Orleans Saints -- Manning and Brees should both have huge games, but I like the Broncos at home in this one. The Saints defense is just so bad that no matter how many yards and TDs Brees accumulates each week, a win is never guaranteed. Confidence Level: 2

Upset of the Week

Philadelphia Eagles over Atlanta Falcons -- Atlanta may be the NFL's only remaining unbeaten team, but they've been trying their damndest each week to lose that distinction. This week, on the road against the Eagles, it finally happens. The Eagles are hungry and well-rested coming off a bye.

Sleeper of the Week

Donnie Avery, WR (IND) -- Avery is firmly installed as Andrew Luck's second option in Indy but has put up very mediocre numbers to this point. He'll find the end zone in this one (so will Reggie Wayne) as the Colts exploit the Titans woeful defense.

Bust of the Week

Matt Ryan, QB (ATL) -- Ryan threw three picks last week against the Raiders, who haven't exactly been known for their secondary since their top corner, Nnamdi Asomugha, jumped ship to join the Eagles. I think a repeat performance is in store.


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Me October 25, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Your opinion on who to start? Dwayne Bowe (KC vs Oak) or Jeremy Kerley (NYJ vs. Mia) ?
Stuart Pace October 25, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Bowe is getting the looks, just not the TDs. Kerley getting TDs. If you are in a PPR league, probably Bowe.If you just need TDs I would go with Kerley
Zak Koeske October 25, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Definitely a tough call, but I'd err on the side of Kerley. If Cassel were still the Chiefs' QB I'd say Bowe, but he's not, and I have no faith in Quinn or backup qbs in general. The Jets will most certainly not be able to run the ball against Miami, so Sanchez is going to have to pass. Kerley is his primary target, so he'll definitely get looks
Stuart Pace October 26, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Me October 26, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I'm thinking of going with Kerley. Bowe will be targeted but I just don't think Quinn will get it done, even with the bye week to get in sync with Bowe. Thanks guys.


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