Week 17 Roundtable: the numberFire Experts' NFL Predictions
Each week, the great minds behind numberFire will give you some answers to the big questions of the weekend. This week, Zach's the only one with guts on the NFC East winner, and we have surprise selections of Navy as a sleeper and Nothing as a fantasy pick?
Game of the Week Pick: Cowboys at Redskins. And the NFC East champion is...
Keith Goldner, Chief Analyst: RGIII! RGIII! RGIII! Because I hate the Cowboys more than I hate the Redskins, and the Skins have been more efficient on both sides of the ball after adjusting for opponents.
Nik Bonaddio, CEO: Redskins. Gotta take the home team in a situation like this. It's going to be cold, snowy, and on grass - Alfred Morris all day.
Michael Worthington, CTO: Washington finishes the season with a win.
Zach Warren, Editor: It's time to put my head directly to the side and go with my heart. There's no logical reason to pick my Cowboys, but I'm doing it anyway.
GotW Records: Sean: 8-6, Keith: 8-7, Nik: 7-7, Michael and Zach: 6-7.
Which game this week is your upset special?
Keith: You heard it here first, going with another 7+ spread. Eagles to knock the Giants out of the postseason.
Nik: I'm going to throw everything for a loop here and say that my upset special is Navy over Arizona State in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, only because Todd Graham is vermin who deserves zero happiness in life.
Michael: Minnesota over Green Bay. AP's has the rushing title within reach (a lengthy one) and a chance at the playoffs on the line.
Zach: Besides Dallas? The Ravens take down the Bengals the same way they took down the Giants last week.
Upset Special Records: Keith: 8-7, Michael: 6-7, Sean: 6-8, Zach: 5-8, Nik: 4-10. numberFire picks went 4 for 4 last week.
Which team is most likely to win and destroy their draft position: Jacksonville (@TEN), Philadelphia (@NYG), or Oakland (@SD)?
Keith: Jaguars are most likely to win out of that group.
Nik: Jacksonville. Tennessee doesn't care either, so it's going to be a horrible, terrible game in which one team will suck their way to victory.
Michael: Oakland destroys its draft no matter what pick they get. Philly just might beat the floundering Giants just out of NFC East hate. And the Giants just might let Philly beat them just out of NFC East hate.
Zach: It'll be Oakland. Norv Turner goes out with whimper, as it was meant to be.
Who are you picking for a survivor pool this week?
Keith: I don't think I've used Seattle yet, so I'm going with the Seahawks.
Nik: Seattle big over the Rams. No contest the way the 'Hawks are playing.
Zach: I'll take the Steelers. They have to get up for the PIT/CLE game, right?
Survivor Records: Michael: 10-3, Keith: 11-4, Sean: 10-4, Zach: 9-4, Nik: 9-5 .
Who will be the best currently under-the-radar fantasy player this week?
Keith: Brandon Bolden. Last game of the season, can't hold anything back.
Nik: I don't know if anyone can be really called an under-the-radar play on Week 17, but I'll take Santana Moss to do big things in a big game against Dallas.
Michael: I've got nothing. (Editor's Note: Boooooooo.)
Zach: Anybody can run against the Bills. That even includes Shonn Greene.
Week 16's top under-the-radar pick: I guess it's Sean's selection of Tony Romo, but does Romo really count as a sleeper? Really?