Throwing Darts: Zig-zagging with the Steelers in Week 2

Scott Pianowski
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh. Roethlisberger signed a five-year deal worth about $100 million. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar, File)

Five picks against the Yahoo Pick'Em number, that's how we roll. Share your five best picks in the comments, cappers. 

Steelers -5.5 vs. Niners: It's a classic zig-zag play, fading what we saw in Week 1. Pittsburgh was somewhat flat at New England, while the Niners stomped Minnesota for all to see. The line has adjusted from those results, perhaps too much. Pittsburgh enters this game with extra rest while San Francisco is on a short week, and also note the Niners are a west coast team forced to travel east for an early body-clock game. I'll strongly consider the Steelers as a survivor pick as well.

Patriots even at Bills: Bill Belichick over Rex Ryan, that might be an advantage. Buffalo had a physical edge on the finesse Colts, but that won't be as much of an issue here. I also love The Hoodie into a game with extra prep time.

Browns +1 vs. Titans: I have plenty of deeper-league shares in the Tennessee offense, so this is a pick I wouldn't mind getting wrong. But it's another zig-zag fade, the idea that Cleveland isn't as bad as it looked in Week 1, and Tennessee isn't as good as it looked while manhandling the woeful Bucs.

Cowboys +5 at Eagles: Whenever the spread goes over the equator-3 in an NFC East game, I want the points.

Texans +3.5 at Panthers: I never trust Carolina as a favorite, especially off a prosperity game. Luke Keuchly is a huge absence in the middle of the Panthers defense. Houston's defense is considerably better than it played during the first half last week.

Last Week: 4-1

Fantasy Versus Reality

My colleagues at Shutdown Corner are also in the Throwing Darts racket this year. Here's who they like:

Frank Schwab (2-3 last week):

Cowboys +5
Seahawks +3.5
Patriots Even
Bengals -3
Browns +1

Eric Edholm (4-1 last week)

Cardinals -2
Saints -10
Falcons +2
Steelers -5.5
Ravens -6.5

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