The fantasy season may be over but that doesn’t mean we’re done asking the experts for advice. With 4 playoff games on tap this weekend, we’re sure more than a few of you have a “rooting” interest in the outcomes. To help steer you in the right direction, we polled 35+ experts to get their picks against the spread.
The late game on Sunday (4:30pm EST) is a clash between the NFL’s 2 hottest teams: Seattle at Washington. With a pair of rookie QBs serving as headliners in a city that hasn’t hosted a playoff game in 13 years, this is easily the most anticipated matchup of the weekend. Read on to see who the experts like this week against the spread.
Note: Each expert polled provided commentary on the single team (across the 4 games) they like best this weekend. Therefore, an expert with a write-up likes this pick as their “best bet” of the week.
Expert Picks: Seattle at Washington (+3)
|“I like Seattle because despite being a Wild Card team, they had the highest point differential in the NFC (+167). They aren’t the greatest road team, but their defense should be able to contain RGIII and take the opposing crowd out of the game to some extent while Russell Wilson has his way with Washington’s (lack of) defense.” – Greg Smith (The Fake Football)||“Seattle doesn’t pass the ball (187 pass yards per game), so it can’t take complete advantage of Washington’s poor pass defense (30th). The Seahawks aren’t at home. Alfred Morris against a not-as-stout-as-usual Seahawks’ rush defense is a better matchup than Lynch vs WAS rush defense.” – Ryan Fowler (Fox Sports)|
|“Seattle is going to win the NFC. Their defense is the best in the NFL & their running offense is the best in the NFL. Russell Wilson is the perfect game manager for a championship team. Pete Carroll has the Seahawks playing like the USC Trojans.” – Muntradamus (Beast Dome)||“The Redskins won’t need the 3 points the so called experts are giving them. They will beat Seattle straight up. RG3 has a great amount of confidence and is the team leader. The main reason why Seattle will lose is because they are not the same team when they have to go on the road, especially across 3 time zones to play a game. Seattle is 3-3 this season where they had to travel outside of their timezone to the central or eastern US.” – Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Sports Empires)|
|“If RG3 were healthier, I wouldn’t be as confident, but the big difference will be the Seahawks’ defense. Even on the road, they will be stifling.” – Austin Lee (Pro Football Focus)||“The Seahawks are hot but the Redskins have been just about as hot down the stretch. I just think it is hard to pick against the Redskins at home. I look for Robert Griffin to outplay Russell Wilson in the showdown of top rookie quarterbacks.” – Jeff Paur (RTSports)|
|“Two rookie QBs, but Seattle has the more complete team. Defense wins in the playoffs, and I think that propels Seattle to the victory.” – Ryan Lester (Lester’s Legends)||“Eight of Seattle’s 11 wins this season came at home. They play a pumped up Redskins team on the road and RGIII is tough for any defense to handle. I like the Redskins.” – Zach Greubel (Win My Fantasy League)|
|“Seattle has been on fire lately and Wilson will win the battle of the rookies.” – Jeff Brubach (The Fake Football)||“Massive momentum and playing at home. Redskins not only cover the spread, but win the game.” – Andrew Norton (GHL Fantasy)|
|John Halpin (Fox Sports)||Pat Fitzmaurice (Pro Football Weekly)|
|Michael Pichan (RotoInfo)||Scott Pianowski (Yahoo! Sports)|
|Mike Clay (Pro Football Focus)||Ken Zalis (Fans Fantasy Football)|
|Raju Byfield (Win My Fantasy League)||Kevin Hanson (EDSFootball)|
|C.D. Carter (Sports Jerks)||Dawgmatica (Pyromaniac)|
|Dan Yanotchko (EDSFootball)||Brent Namejko (Fantasy Smack Talk)|
|Tom Schriner (FFLockerRoom)||Joe Dyken (FFNerd)|
|Mike Tagliere (Tags Fantasy Football)||Brett Talley (The Fantasy Fix)|
|Scott Engel (RotoExperts)||Maurile Tremblay (FootballGuys)|
|Ryan Forbes (2MugsFF)||Keet Bailey (NFL Soup)|
|Walton Spurlin (Fantasy Sharks)|
|Derek Lofland (Fantasy Football Maniax)|
|James Hatfield (Hatty Waiver Wire Guru)|
|Kevin Roberts (NFL Soup)|
|Chet Gresham (The Fake Football)|
|Sigmund Bloom (FootballGuys)|
|R.J. White (FFCafe)|
|Joel Beall (Fox Sports)|
Thanks to the experts for stopping by to give us their picks. Feel free to let us know if you agree with their take in the comments. Also, if you want to see who the pundits like in the other wild-card games, please check the links below.