Happy New Year! The new year and the new month mean we all start back at 0 in today’s games in Streak for the Cash. You can join our group by searching the group page over on ESPN for fantasyCPR or by following the link on our leagues and groups page and you can see how your streak picks do compared to our other readers. I finished yesterday with a 0-for-3 downer, but that and my 52-31 record don’t matter anymore since we start back at zero for the new month. Here’s what I see as the best picks of this Sunday, New Years Day:
1:00-6 passing TDs or more: Drew Brees and the Saints have something to play for besides his records, as they host Carolina and Cam Newton in the finale. I expect this to be a high-scoring game and think there will be 6 or more passing TDs no problem. In my preview I said 40-21 Saints, and I’ll say Cam throws 2 TD’s and Brees throws 4 for a total of 6. It’s not a slam-dunk, but it’s the best early pick in my opinion.
4:15-Steelers by double digits: The safest of the late picks is the Steelers as they’ll definitely be playing for the bye and o beat their hated rivals once again. They crushed the Rams last week and will probably do the same to the Browns even if Big Ben does sit it out. Here’s my full preview which includes more info on this one.
STAY AWAY ALERT: 5:05-Syracuse by 15 or more: The 99% curse scares me on this one, and as a Syracuse fan it scares me for my team. DePaul has won 5 in a row and their 3 losses are by 9, 2, and 1. Obviously, they haven’t played a team of the Orange’s talent, but don’t jump into the trap game with the 99% of people who are as of the time of this writing. I’m not saying to pick DePaul, but Syracuse isn’t the sure thing they first appear to be.
9:30-Portland Trailblazers: The Blazers have started the season as hot as any team in the league and now travel south to LA to take on the Clippers who are still gelling. I do think the Clippers are good, but they’ve lost their last 2 games and will be hard-preesed to match up with the athletic, long ‘Blazers at the SG/SF spot. I expect both of these teams to make the playoffs and do well this year in the west, but as of now, Portland is playing the better basketball.