Each Tuesday, WhatIfSports.com’s NFL simulation engine generates predictions and box scores for every NFL game for the coming week. Our highly sophisticated algorithms simulate every play of every game to produce each team’s likelihood to win. Each matchup is simulated 501 times.
To account for injuries and roster moves announced late in the week, we will be re-simulating games on Thursdays through the season.
Note: Our predictions use the latest available team and player information, while NFL SimMatchup includes all players that were or will be available at any point during the 2015 season so that theoretical and "what if" scenarios can be simulated.
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Week 13 Review
For the second straight week, our NFL simulation engine went 10-6 in picking games straight up. The engine fared pretty well against the spread as well, going 8-5 in eligible games.
Vikings at Cardinals: Minnesota has some work to do in order to prove it’s a legitimate contender and capable of holding onto a playoff spot in the NFC North. The Vikings will face a tough test traveling to Arizona, where our engine predicts the Cardinals will win 60.9 percent of the time.
Fantasy Start — David Johnson, ARI: Our predictions have the Cardinals running back putting up RB1 type numbers yet again as he takes over for Chris Johnson in one of the league’s best offenses.
Fantasy Sit — Torrey Smith, SF: He caught a game-winning touchdown pass last week, but our engine doesn’t love his chances of having another big day. Smith is projected to score just 6.1 fantasy points.
Fantasy Add — DeVante Parker, MIA: After scoring a touchdown last week, our engine likes Parker to continue to have fantasy relevance this week with a solid outing against the Giants secondary.