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*This is the transcript of our Handicapping group wager chat for this particular game. Taking it as it is, so forgive any typos, etc. It's just casual opinions shared. Also, we may veer way off topic but that's half the fun of it.
YTD (unaudited after Wk2 Sunday):
Savage:19-11; Blazing 5: 5-4; Best Bet: 2-0
Skolman: 13-17; Blazing 5: 5-5; Best Bet: 0-2
Katz: 16-14; Blazing 5: 4-5; Best Bet: 0-2
RC: 14-16; Blazing 5: 5-4; Best Bet: 1-1
Rabbitt: 14-16; Blazing 5: 2-3; Best Bet: 1-1
Consensus of Five: 19-11
FFM Computer: 17-13
Katz: Last game of the week. It looks like Beckham will play, but will not be 100% for a few more weeks. We've all made our picks, but does anyone have second thoughts?
Rabbitt: after watching the Broncos dismantle the Cowboys, and the Cardinals barely get by the Colts, i'm not sure either of these teams is very good. I guess that means I still ride with the home team.
Rabbitt: Yes I only commented so I could talk about the Broncos...
RC: As well you should, Rabbitt…
Since everything from Week 1 just about got turned on its ear in Week 2…the Giants not being that team from Week 1 looks better and better…with OBJ or not. I need Evan Engram to save a couple of fantasy losses here as well. Started Engram over Graham in many spots…and that’s going to be good, but I need it to be real good – I need EE with 12+ PPR points tonight. I really need him to breakout so I have a tight end for the future starting right now.
Which means Lions win by 30 and Eric Ebron has 3 TDs.
Katz: Can I get 24 PPR points from E Double tonight? Probably not. Can he do enough for the Giants to win? Probably. I think Beckham plays...kinda. He will not play every snap and will be largely a decoy. Fantasy owners in need of a Beckham bail out tonight are going to be sorely disappointed. Maybe this is the game the Giants stop running the ball with Paul Perkins and decide to win football games. Maybe this is the game the Lions decide to stop running the ball with Ameer Abdullah and decide to win football games (yes, I know they won last week, but I need to make it sound better). I need a lot of Engram and a lot of Riddick tonight to complete my Captain Luckbox comebacks where I may end up stealing three matchups completely undeserved because of Jordy's injury. As for the actual professional football game going on tonight, I'm still on the Giants and still hope I am completely wrong.
RC: I only care what Savage thinks…two weeks in a row with double-digit wins vs. the spread it looks like. Congrats!!
Rabbitt: I don't even want to talk about fantasy this week. One of my worst weeks in recent memory.
Savage: I think I need the Giants to cover tonight to secure double digits for week 2, but thanks anyway!
Tough to throw much analysis out there after so many teams followed up their week 1 performance with something completely different. The only things I'm sure of are that the Chargers are going to keep finding ways to lose, Darrell Bevell should be fired, and the AFC West is really good.
I assume OBJ plays, but even if he doesn't I'd expect a much better offensive performance from the Giants. They just didn't look ready to play in week 1. I'm wondering if they expected to have OBJ and were caught without a contingency plan when he was ruled out. Marshall looked confused. Engram looked good but was underused. I didn't see the official injury report, but I read that Marshall and Shepard were both nursing injuries as well. Another week to practice and get healthy should help.
Matt Stafford for his career is 20-37 on the road and 1-25 on the road vs winning teams. I don't know if I'd call the Giants a winning team, but I'm 100% sure they're the home team tonight.