Wild-Card Picks: Cincinnati at Houston (-4.5)

Jan 3, 2013

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 for each game.

 

The first game up on Saturday (4:30pm EST) is a rematch of last season’s wild-card opener: Cincinnati at Houston (-4.5). While Houston dominated last year’s tilt (31-10), they come into this weekend’s matchup riding a 2 game losing streak. Read on to see who the experts like against the spread this weekend.

 

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: Cincinnati at Houston (-4.5)

   

54%*

46%

“Texans are better than they have looked limping into the  playoffs. Expect a monster day out of Andre and Foster. Texans win by two touchdowns.”
Brent Namejko (Fantasy Smack Talk)

“Houston has stumbled to the finish line and looks to be vulnerable through the air. Dalton and Green should be enough to carry the Bengals past a team that looks like it has lost its identity in the Texans.”
Waltin Spurlin (Fantasy Sharks)
“It’s the Bengals. That is all”
Joel Beall (Fox Sports)
 Scott Pianowski (Yahoo! Sports)
“The Bengals youth just do not have the playoff experience to pull out a victory over a team who’s more hungry to get to the Super Bowl.”
Keet Bailey (NFLSoup)
 Michael Pichan (RotoInfo)
 Pat Fitzmaurice (ProFootballWeekly)  Dawgmatica (Pyromaniac)
 John Halpin (Fox Sports)  C.D. Carter (Sports Jerks)
 Andrew Norton (GHL Fantasy)  Tom Schriner (FFLockerRoom)
 Mike Clay (Pro Football Focus)  Mike Tagliere (TagsFantasyFootball)
 Ken Zalis (Fans Fantasy Football)  Ryan Lester (Lester’s Legends)
 Kevin Hanson (EDSFootball)  Greg Smith (The Fake Football)
 Muntradamus (Beast Dome)  Jeff Brubach (The Fake Football)
 Zach Greubel (WinMyFantasyLeague)  Ryan Fowler (Fox Sports)
 Raju Byfield (WinMyFantasyLeague)  Ryan Forbes (2MugsFF)
 Dan Yanotchko (EDSFootball)  R.J. White (FFCafe)
 Joe Dyken (FFNerd)  Derek Lofland (Fantasy Football Maniax)
 Scott Engel (RotoExperts)  Brett Talley (The Fantasy Fix)
 Jeff Paur (RTSports)  Sigmund Bloom (FooballGuys)
 James Hatfield (HattyWaiverWireGuru)  Maurile Tremblay (FootballGuys)
 Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Sports Empires)
 Kevin Roberts (NFL Soup)
 Chet Gresham (The Fake Football)

 

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.

 

Minnesota @ Green Bay (-7.5)

Indianapolis @ Baltimore (-6.5)

Seattle @ Washington (+3)

 


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