We got our first push of the year! Such a tantalizing tease of what could've been. Sounds a little like Baker Mayfield's whole career up to this point.
Week 7 Vibe Check (2-2-1) - Let's look at the losses, but not too long, please. The Seahawks went full Fredo this week and BROKE MY HEART. You can read more on that here. Meanwhile, the Niners tried their hardest to hit that over by themselves, but got no help from Cam Newton and a busted-looking New England offense. Pocket that info for a moment.
As for our wins, the Packers took care of business against hapless Houston, even without Aaron Jones. Here's to hoping you all managed to vulture Jamal Williams off the waiver wire 15 minutes before game time, like I did.
Now, for my proudest moment of this column, D'Andre Swift scored a TD, the first TD, as a matter of fact. If you threw a meager 10 bucks down, you'd be sitting on a C-note and change. Oh, what a feeling!
Ride that thrill of victory into this Week 8 slate…
Colts -2.5 over Lions
The Colts offensive line slaps. It absolutely could step onto any field anywhere and dominate. I'm talking about Quenton Nelson vs. a monster truck at a demolition derby and I'm taking Nelson. Rivers and Jonathan Taylor have both thrived behind them. On the other hand, the Lions have never protected Stafford, who currently might have the most complete set of weapons at his disposal. However, it all hasn't meshed into a functioning high powered offense, which is a shame. Not to mention, I can't really figure out what Matt Patricia's doing since this defense cannot stop anybody.
Colts got so much attention for Quenton Nelson’s screaming block vs. Jacksonville - see Twitter - that the NFL fine… https://t.co/ojxDBxpHD4— Adam Schefter (@Adam Schefter)1542388599.0
Bills -4 over Patriots
At some point, the Patriots are going to snap out of this slide and Belichick will look like the genius mastermind that he so clearly is, but I wouldn't bet on it this week. The Bills have been second banana to New England for years now and they are ready to assert their dominance on the AFC East. The Bills D must be chomping at the bit to take on a disjointed Cam Newton-led offense.
Josh Allen must be salivating at the thought of dropping dimes all over the lost Pats D, who might be ready to move on from Stephon Gilmore (if you read the right tea leaves) and throw in the towel. Buffalo is ready to take care of business and officially end a reign of terror.
Chargers -3 over Broncos
Justin Herbert notched his first win as a pro against the Jaguars in his most statistically impressive start to date. At every turn, even when the outcome didn't go his way, Herbert has proved able to handle running an NFL offense. Meanwhile, the Broncos have looked further and further from having an NFL-ready QB in Drew Lock, as the season progresses. Their D, the saving grace of the team, has gotten banged up and seems less likely to hold down a surging rookie campaign.
Justin Herbert's first five starts: ▫️311 passing yards, 2 total TD ▫️330 passing yards, 70.4% completion %, 1 TD… https://t.co/2Xwa4bprhp— Field Yates (@Field Yates)1603669057.0
Rams -3.5 over Dolphins
The Dolphins had won two out of their last three, and even managed to cover four out of the last five before heading into a bye week. What did they announce? The Tua Era starts now.
Brian Flores has done an incredible job making a team built to tank into a fundamentally sound spoiler, but I have to question the wisdom of throwing your rookie QB in front of the most fearsome man in football, Aaron Donald, for his first career start. The Rams got right on Monday against the Bears, and even with the cross country trip, I expect them to take care of business on offense and the D to terrorize the youngster.
Patrick Mahomes over 2.5 TDs
The Kansas City Chiefs will be playing the New York Jets this weekend, which is a little bit like the Los Angeles Dodgers playing a a particularly disorganized little league team. I found this bet at the pretty decent odds of +140, considering this feels like something Mahomes could have wrapped up by the end of the first quarter. I'd easily smash the over for Mahomes yards, too. It feels like free money.
Whether it all falls down like Kim and Kanye's marriage or you found your only one, scouring through the waiver wire is bound to leave you paranoid.
But if you want to be stronger and have more power in your fantasy leagues, take four, five seconds (or more) to read this column so you can find free-agent gems like a gold digger or drop a player that you don't like.
Here are some amazing and not so amazing players from the last week to help your team become champions.
Fernando Tatis Jr.'s extension means that we've now seen the four richest contracts in MLB history signed in the past three off seasons.
Tatis' extension is worth $340 million over the next 14 years, and is the third richest contract in league history. Mike Trout still owns the biggest MLB contract at $426.5 million signed in 2019. Mookie Betts owns the second richest contract in league history that will earn him $365 million that he inked with the Dodgers in 2020.
Tatis's $340M extension is the 3rd-largest contract ever handed out in MLB history. 💰 Mike Trout - $426.5M 💰 Mooki… https://t.co/RmmtLHgzYq— ESPN (@ESPN)1613613652.0
If you tried to ask our someone without a mask on Valentine's Day or played fantasy basketball this past week, congratulations: You probably had your heart (and maybe your nose) broken.
Thankfully, you have us for waiver advance whether you're a stud or dud. Here are some of the hottest and coldest NBA players in Week 8 of the season.