Category Archives: Sports

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Sports – NFL Picks 2019, Week 7

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Here are my NFL Week 7 Picks

(9-5 last week, 52-39-1 for the season)

Bye teams: Panthers, Browns, Steelers, Buccaneers

 

KC @ Den

Mia @ Buf

Jax @ Cin

Min @ Det

Oak @ GB

LAR @ Atl

Hou @ Ind

SF @ Was

Ari @ NYG

LAC @ Ten

NO @ Chi

Bal @ Sea

Phi @ Dal

NE @ NYJ

 


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Sports – NFL Picks 2019, Week 6

Category : Sports

Here are my NFL Week 6 Picks

(8-7 last week, 43-34-1 for the season)

Bye teams: Bills, Bears, Colts, Raiders

 

NYG @ NE

Car @ TB

Was @ Mia

Phi @ Min

Hou @ KC

NO @ Jax

Sea @ Cle

Cin @ Bal

SF @ LAR

Atl @ Ari

Dal @ NYJ

Ten @ Den

Pit @ LAC

Det @ GB

 


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Sports – NFL Picks 2019, Week 5

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Here are my NFL Week 5 Picks

(7-8 last week, 35-27-1 for the season)

Bye teams: Lions, Dolphins

 

LAR @ Sea

Jax @ Car

NE @ Was

Buf @ Ten

Bal @ Pit

Ari @ Cin

Atl @ Hou

TB @ NO

Min @ NYG

Chi @ Oak

NYJ @ Phi

Den @ LAC

GB @ Dal

Ind @ KC

Cle @ SF

 


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Sports – NFL Picks 2019, Week 4

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Here are my NFL Week 4 Picks

(10-6 last week, 28-19-1 for the season)

Bye teams: Jets, 49ers

 

Phi @ GB

Ten @ Atl

Was @ NYG

LAC @ Mia

Oak @ Ind

Car @ Hou

KC @ Det

Cle @ Bal

NE @ Buf

TB @ LAR

Sea @ Ari

Min @ Chi

Jax @ Den

Dal @ NO

Cin @ Pit


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Sports – NFL Picks 2019, Week 3

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Here are my NFL Week 3 Picks

(9-7 last week, 18-13-1 for the season)

Bye teams: none

 

Ten @ Jax

Cin @ Buf

Det @ Phi

NYJ @ NE

Oak @ Min

Bal @ KC

Atl @ Ind

Den @ GB

Mia @ Dal

NYG @ TB

Car @ Ari

Pit @ SF

NO @ Sea

Hou @ LAC

LAR @ Cle

Chi @ Was

 


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Sports – NFL Picks 2019, Week 2

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Here are my NFL Week 2 Picks

(9-6-1 last week, 9-6-1 for the season)

Bye teams: none

 

TB @ Car

Ari @ Bal

Dal @ Was

Ind @ Ten

Sea @ Pit

Buf @ NYG

SF @ Cin

LAC @ Det

Min @ GB

Jax @ Hou

NE @ Mia

KC @ Oak

NO @ LAR

Chi @ Den

Phi @ Atl

Cle @ NYJ

 


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Sports – NFL Picks 2019, Week 1

Category : Sports

Here are my NFL Week 1 Picks

(169-86-1 in 2013, 170-85-1 in 2014, 163-93 in 2015,

156-98-2 in 2016, 167-87 in 2017, 163-91-2 in 2018)

Bye teams: none

 

GB @ Chi

LAR @ Car

Was @ Phi

Buf @ NYJ

Atl @ Min

Bal @ Mia

KC @ Jax

Ten @ Cle

Ind @ LAC

Cin @ Sea

SF @ TB

NYG @ Dal

Det @ Ari

Pit @ NE

Hou @ NO

Den @ Oak

 


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Sports – 2019 Fantasy Football: TEs, Ks, & DEFs

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With the preseason beginning and many fantasy drafts planned for the next few weekends, it’s time to prep for your 2019 Fantasy Football team. Here is my advice/predictions as it relates to tight ends, kickers, and defenses:

TEs

  • Obviously, the other skill positions are the sexier in fantasy football, but having an elite (or at least solid) tight end can be the difference between a championship and a consolation prize.  One year I won the league because Jason Witten threw a touchdown, no joke, it happens, so don’t forget about this position come draft day.  Travis Kelce is the undisputed #1 TE and the only one that should be drafted at all high.  The Chiefs will score, he’ll be the recipient often, and you should try to pair him with Mahomes if you can, that would be pleasant.  After Kelce, the Tier Two guys can sure help, but aren’t worth a reach: Ertz, Kittle, Henry, Howard, Cook.  I really like Cook with his new team and I think Drew Brees will throw to him a lot; he won’t put up Jimmy Graham In New Orleans numbers, but he could still help your team immensely.  If you don’t get someone from those groups, try your luck at the next bunch of serviceable options: Engram, Rudolph, Ebron, Walker, McDonald, Njoku.  Greg Olsen & Jimmy Graham have become a little old & unreliable, so avoid those guys unless you want to take a chance at having them as backup in case they still have some surprises left.

Ks

  • Again, pulling from personal experience, a kicker has saved my bacon more than once, and Justin Tucker has turned my mediocrity into a championship a few times.  I’ve had him five or six years in a row now, in my book he’s the absolute best, and I wouldn’t pick any kicker over him.  Still, there are some guys who are projected to score more points: Zuerlein, Butker, maybe Lutz.  You can’t go wrong with that first tier, and those guys could really make a huge difference, so don’t wait too long to get your franchise kicker.  The next tier you can wait a while for: Fairbairn, Gostkowski, Maher.  These are solid, week-in-week-out kickers, so don’t be afraid to pull the trigger.  After that, wait till your final pick to choose anyone else: Badgely, Crosby, Gould, Elliott, Vinatieri, Prater, Tavecchio, Succop.  Just don’t undervalue the position; it’s more important that most amateurs would think.  Nab a great kicker before anyone else has even thought about it, and rest easy the rest of the season knowing that you have guaranteed points for every matchup.

DEFs

  • Defense seems to be a position that can be picked up in free agency later in the season, but the flip side philosophy is to be the first team to select one, that way you get the absolute best.  Chicago is at the top of the list, then Jacksonville, Minnesota, LAC, & NE.  Get one of those teams before other people think about defenses and you’ll be set for the season.  Otherwise, you can wait a while or even simply pick one up in free agency after teams show their true colors.  Still, there is a solid group after the first tier, and they are worth consideration.  Baltimore, Tennessee, New Orleans, LAR; can’t go wrong with those solid teams, they will (probably) not let you down.  After that, the third group might be the last to really even consider: Buffalo, Denver, Houston, Philadelphia.  The other teams just pick who you like and hope for the best, replacing them as you need.  Defenses shift in power throughout the year, so keep an eye on the waiver wire.


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Sports – 2019 Fantasy Football: RBs & WRs

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With the preseason beginning and many fantasy drafts planned for the next few weekends, it’s time to prep for your 2019 Fantasy Football team. Here is my advice/predictions as it relates to running backs and wide receivers:

RBs

  • Saquon – With a name like Saquon, you can reach Cher status and just go by one name, and since he’s the #1 running back in fantasy, he deserves to be singled out.  There is no better bet this year than Saquon, who will be the first player taken in the majority of Drafts, and he deserves the selection.  His production last year as a rookie was phenomenal, they’ll lean just as heavily on him this season, and you should take him if you’re lucky enough to draft first.
  • Holding Out – Le’Veon Bell refused to go to camp last season, he sat out all year, he was rewarded with one season’s less wear on his body and an enormous FA contract, so why wouldn’t more running backs follow in his footsteps?  This year, it’s apparently Zeke & Melvin, who will hold out for more money, and really harm their teams in the meanwhile.  For fantasy purposes, I wouldn’t draft Elliott or Gordon unless we receive some good news and they sign; I had Bell last year, and I was not a happy camper.
  • Middle of the Pack – There is a great group of young RBs right in the middle of the pack that could be incredible assets this year, so grab one or two and thank me later.  Especially for the value, because they aren’t super high up the list, these guys will be killer picks if they work out the way they’re capable of.  Nick Chubb, Damien Williams, Aaron Jones, Josh Jacobs; this is a value group, because they all have great potential and they won’t cost you an arm & a leg.
  • New Teams – Then there’s a group that have new teams to play for, so their value is questionable, and I wouldn’t pick them as more than backups.  Mark Ingram (Bal), Jordan Howard (Phi), Tevin Coleman (SF), Latavius Murray (NO); it’s anyone’s guess how these dudes will do, but they have potential to be impact players on their teams, as well as part of your fantasy squad.  If Jerick McKinnon is hurt again, I like Coleman’s chances to shine; he showed promise behind Devonta Freeman in Atlanta.
  • Deep Dives – If you want to take a bigger chance, go down the list and nab some backs who won’t be on many radars and just might prove to be diamonds in the rough.  Austin Ekeler if Melvin Gordon holds out, Peyton Barber if Tampa’s offense can wake up, Duke Johnson if he catches Watson’s eye in Houston; if you’re willing to roll the dice in a later round one of these guys might just come up a winner, just don’t reach too early because there will be safer bets available.

WRs

  • Nuk – If you’re lucky enough to get DeAndre Hopkins and DeSean Watson on your team, I think you’ve got a winning pair that might take you all the way to the championship.  Hopkins is by far the best receiver in the league, and also most likely the top fantasy wideout as well.  He is incredible, off the charts, so good, and could catapult you toward a trophy.  I also think he works even better as a companion piece to Watson, so try to get ’em both if you can; you won’t regret it.
  • The Chefs – Last year it was a surprise, but this year don’t be caught without players from Kansas City, because that team scores.  Mahomes & Kelce & whatever running back they throw in there (Damien Williams) we know about, but don’t forget about Tyreek Hill, as much as his off-the-field problems might turn you away.  This is fantasy football, I try to keep that stuff separate, I’m just picking statistics, and if other owners are willing to let Hill slide that’s just a bonus for you, because he’s the KC WR that you should have.
  • Pair Up – I’m a big believer in pairing a QB with the WR; I understand that having too many players from one team on your fantasy team can lead to let downs if that one team has a bad day, but I don’t think one QB/WR combo is too much; if your QB has a bad day you’re in for trouble anyway.  So pick one of these top duos: Mahomes/Hill, Watson/Hopkins, Rodgers/Adams, Luck/Hilton, Ryan/Jones, Ben/JuJu, Brees/Thomas, Mayfield/Beckham, even Dak/Cooper or Cousins/Diggs
  • Ramrod – The good thing about getting a top wideout is that, when you play a team with your WR’s QB, you have them blocked, like playing a team with Watson you know he’s gonna throw to your Hopkins, so you don’t have as much to worry about.  The opposite is true about the Rams; they have three receivers who all rank the same, and not high, so you have no idea which one will score and block a team who trots out Goff.  That’s a good reason to get Goff, and a good reason not to get any LA WRs, at least not as top starters.
  • Avoidance – And now for some team’s receivers to avoid, for various reasons.  Lions WRs aren’t great enough and don’t get the ball enough, especially with the emergence of Kerryon Johnson.  Bengals WRs are just too inconsistent because so is the team, and AJ is hurt anyway, but I wouldn’t trust Boyd either.  Same for the Pats, who will run more than they ever have before, with Gronk gone and Brady aging.  Ten, NYG, Jax, SF, Sea, Den; just not enough passing offense to warrant high WR picks, so steer clear until later rounds.

 


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Sports – 2019 Fantasy Football: QBs

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With the preseason beginning and many fantasy drafts planned for the next few weekends, it’s time to prep for your 2019 Fantasy Football team. Here is my advice/predictions as it relates to quarterbacks:

  • Numero Uno – There is no better QB prospect this season than Patrick Mahomes, the stud who lit up the league last year.  His numbers were incredible, and while there’s no way he repeats them this season, even a significant and/or unexpected step down would still land him on the top of the list.  Pick Patty and a slew of other Chiefs to start for your team; you’ll be thanking them during your playoffs.
  • Teamwork – While you don’t want to get too many players from one team in case they have a bad game, a lot of top tier QBs have a top tier wideout to go with them, and picking the pair might not be a bad idea.  Mahomes-Hill, Watson-Hopkins, Rodgers-Adams, Ryan-Jones, Mayfield-Beckham, Roethlisberger-Juju, Luck-Hilton, Brees-Thomas; you could do much worse than to have these duos on your team.
  • Believeland – And speaking of BA-KER-MAY-FIELD, there’s reason to be optimistic about the Brownies this season, and that could mean fantasy relevance.  Mayfield has a lot to prove still, he’s not quite Mahomes, but the talent around him has definitely improved, and he could score a ton of points this year.  Also, he may drop a few rounds because owners might be scared to pull the trigger; just make sure you’re not.
  • Father Time – But now for the bad news; not every famous QB deserves a spot on top of your fantasy depth chart.  The older they get the more their skill falls off, that’s just proven fact, so be mindful of the senior class.  Brady is going to take a step back this year, I think that’s inevitable, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Rivers and maybe even Drew Brees step back with him.  Guys like Carr, Dalton, and Stafford are already falling off the radar and they aren’t even that old; father time is undefeated.
  • Bounce Back – There are a few signal callers who aren’t as coveted as perhaps they once were, but there’s a chance they bounce back up to the top, so be there to nab them if you think they might trend upward.  Luck had a resurgent year last season, but he’s not a surprise any longer, so someone will take him too high; get one of the guys who might come a little cheaper.  Newton, Wentz, Prescott, Cousins; you could do worse than someone from this group, just be willing to wait a while before making the move.
  • The Untouchables – Unfortunately, every year there is a group of guys who you just simply can’t draft, at least not until they’ve proven themselves surprisingly worthy, and in that case you just pick them up from the waiver wire.  Foles, Fitzpatrick, Manning, Keenum; they don’t have enough talent around them to score enough points for you to consider.  I’ll add Joe Flacco to that list as well, although I think Denver does have talent; we just can’t be sure what Flacco will do with it.