It all comes down to this, one last Sunday to close the 2014 NFL regular season.
With most fantasy seasons now completed attention this Sunday focuses on daily games, with several strategies in play and all 32 teams in action.
Unlike the charade that will envelop college football this weekend, it is sheer wins and losses that will determine the NFL playoff field during the next four weeks.
There will be no 12-person committee sitting behind closed doors to determine who is worthy of championship contention. All division winners (even the NFC South) and two wild cards from each conference get in. Style points and who teams played will not matter.
On the heels of last week’s hugely successful Polar Vortex edition of Against The Spread we bring you the even harsher Lake Effect version.
If you happen to be hunkered down in a western New York snow cave while reading this, don’t fear. Not only do I bring you successful picks, but also the best FanDuel plays for Week 12.
In Gene Rayburn style, a local radio station asked the following Sunday morning via Facebook:
“Melvin Gordon’s record-breaking 408 yard rushing day is the greatest athletic performance since ________.”
Many answered Aaron Rodgers throwing six touchdowns in the first half six days earlier. Gordon’s historic Saturday remained the greatest event until Rodgers stepped back onto Lambeau Field less than 24 hours later.
The 2014 season is barely a quarter of the way through, but the NFL has already seen its first coaching casualty in Oakland.
Since speculating and wishing for coaches to be dumped is a passion of many fans and writers, this week’s Against The Spread speculates on those sitting on the hot seat, or with eyes wandering to their next destination.
Four games is probably a bit too quick to judge a team, but it’s a good sample size to get an idea of how a team might be using different players this season. For some, there are lingering questions revolving around age, health and future with a team, each of which might have an effect on that player’s fantasy performance.
Let’s take a look at some of those questions out there heading into Week 5.