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Sports – NFL Picks 2020, Week 2

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Here are my NFL Week 2 Picks

(8-8 last week, 8-8 for the season)

Bye teams: none

 

Cin @ Cle

Jax @ Ten

Car @ TB

Den @ Pit

LAR @ Phi

SF @ NYJ

Buf @ Mia

Min @ Ind

Det @ GB

Atl @ Dal

NYG @ Chi

Was @ Ari

KC @ LAC

Bal @ Hou

NE @ Sea

NO @ LV

 


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Sports – NFL Picks 2020, Week 1

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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, 153-102-1 in 2019)

 

Bye teams: none

 

Hou @ KC

Phi @ Was

Mia @ NE

GB @ Min

Ind @ Jax

Chi @ Det

LV @ Car

NYJ @ Buf

Cle @ Bal

Sea @ Atl

LAC @ Cin

Ari @ SF

TB @ NO

Dal @ LAR

Pit @ NYG

Ten @ Den

 


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Sports – 2020 Fantasy Football: TEs, Ks, & DEFs

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With the season soon beginning and many fantasy drafts planned for the next few days, it’s time to prep for your 2020 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 as much of a reach: Andrews, Kittle, Ertz, and Cook.  I really like Cook again with his new-ish 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: Waller, Gronkowski, Henry, Fant, and Engram.  Olsen, Eifert, Rudolph, and Fells 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 might be projected to score more points: Prater, 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: McManus, Koo, McLaughlin, Gay, Elliott.  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: Gould, Zuerlein, Myers, Fairbairn, Gonzalez, Crosby.  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.  Buffalo is at the top of the list, then Baltimore, Denver, Pittsburgh, San Fran, and New England.  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.  New Orleans, Minnesota, Los Angeles Chargers, Chicago; 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: Indianapolis, Dallas, Tampa Bay, Seattle, Philadelphia, Tennessee.  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 – 2020 Fantasy Football: RBs & WRs

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With the season beginning soon and many fantasy drafts planned for the next few weekends, it’s time to prep for your 2020 Fantasy Football team. Here is my advice/predictions as it relates to running backs and wide receivers:

RBs

  • CMC – Christian McCaffrey fell to me somehow last season, and that was a huge mistake on the part of everyone who, for some reason, didn’t take him.  He is a spectacular running back, almost as good a wide receiver, and can take your fantasy team to the playoffs almost single-handedly.  There is no better option this year for the first pick; not just first RB picked but also the first pick over all.  This is it, this is as easy as it gets, just draft CMac, don’t over-think it.
  • Second Tier – If CMC is on a level all his own, then the group right behind him aren’t that far behind.  If you can’t get the best in the game, grab a guy from the next best bunch as soon as you possibly can.  Barkley, Henry, Kamara, Cook, Elliott; you’d be lucky to have any from this group on your team, and I think they’re capable of leading your club, assuming you can give them some support.  If you miss out, grab Chubb, Jones, Jacobs, or Drake, and you’ll still have a solid back to build a team on the back of.
  • 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.  Miles Sanders, Chris Carson, Austin Akeler, Jonathan Taylor, Raheem Mostert; this is a value group, because they all have great potential and they won’t cost you an arm & a leg.  Last but not least, try out Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the rookie back for KC; who knows how well he’ll actually do, but the ceiling is extremely high.
  • New Teams – Then there’s a group that have new teams to play for, whether by free agency or the draft, so their value is questionable, and I wouldn’t pick them as more than backups.  Melvin Gordon (Den), David Johnson (Hou), Cam Akers (LAR), D’Andre Swift (Det); 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 Lindsay ever gets hurt, Gordon could be a steal, and if Akers can win the Rams job, he could get tons of points.
  • 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.  JK Dobbins as a handcuff for Mark Ingram in Baltimore, Jordan Howard if Miami’s offense can wake up under Fitz or Tua, Kareem Hunt if Chubb ever gets hurt in Cleveland; 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 Kyler Murray 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 he could be 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 Murray in Arizona, so try to get ’em both if you can; you won’t regret it.
  • The Chefs – Two years ago 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 (Clyde E-H) 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, Murray/Hopkins, Rodgers/Adams, Brady/Godwin, Ryan/Jones, Ben/JuJu, Brees/Thomas, Mayfield/Beckham, Dak/Cooper, maybe even Stafford/Golladay.
  • Unpaired – 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 Brees you know he’s gonna throw to your Thomas, so you don’t have as much to worry about.  The opposite is true about the Ravens, the Seahawks, the Eagles, the Giants, the Rams; they have two or three receivers who all rank the same, and not extremely high, so you have no idea which one will score and block a team who trots out their QB.  That’s a good reason to get a passer who you can’t predict, but it’s a bad reason to get one of a group of receivers who might score or get blanked on any given day.
  • Avoidance – And now for some team’s receivers to avoid, for various reasons.  Courtland Sutton has emerged for Denver, but it’s hard to trust the two rookies the Broncos drafted, at least not yet.  Bengals WRs are just too inconsistent because so is the team, and I don’t trust AJ anymore, 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 gone.  Ten, Min, Jax, SF, NYJ; just not enough passing offense to warrant high WR picks, so steer clear until later rounds.


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Sports – 2020 Fantasy Football: QBs

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With the season beginning soon, and many fantasy drafts planned for the next few weekends, it’s time to prep for your 2020 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 the last couple years.  His numbers were incredible in 2018, and while there was no way he could repeat them last season, even a step down still landed him near 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.  The only other real #1 option is Lamar Jackson, so pick your favorite and roll the dice.
  • 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, Murray-Hopkins, Rodgers-Adams, Ryan-Jones, Mayfield-Beckham, Roethlisberger-Juju, Brady-Godwin, Brees-Thomas; you could do much worse than to have these duos on your team.
  • Red Zone – And speaking of Murray, there’s reason to believe that Kyler could have a killer year.  The first reason is obviously the addition of DeAndre Hopkins, but there’s also the fact that Murray is simply growing into his talent and into his coach’s system.  With Drake & Kirk on the team as well, the sky’s the limit for this mobile quarterback.  He could reach 30 total TDs, and that’s nothing to sneeze at.
  • 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 another step back this year, despite his move, I think that’s inevitable, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Rivers with a new team and maybe even Drew Brees step back with him.  Guys like Carr, Rodgers, Big Ben, 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.  Dak 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, Garappolo, Goff, Mayfield; 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.  Burrow, Cousins, Darnold, Minshew, Haskins, Fitzpatrick; they don’t have enough talent around them to score enough points for you to consider.

 


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Sports – 2020 NFL Predictions

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The 2020 NFL season is almost upon us, with Free Agency and the Draft complete, Training Camps beginning, and the Regular Season right around the corner.  It’s time for Olie’s Too Early To Tell Season Predictions!  Here’s to another great year!

 

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Sports – Super Bowl 55 Odds

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The 2020 NFL season has already begun in earnest, at least to super fans, with the opening of Free Agency and the completion of the NFL Draft.  Now it’s on to Rookie camps, Mini-Camps, OTAs, all the prep work for a long & grueling season.  In August we’ll have the start of Training Camps, and in September the Regular Season begins.  The end of the year, culminating in the 55th Super Bowl, might seem a long way off, but February will come quickly, and in Las Vegas at least, odds-makers are preparing to call the game.  Here are the current Super Bowl favorites according to Bovada:

 

1. Kansas City Chiefs

2. Baltimore Ravens

3. San Francisco 49ers

4. New Orleans Saints

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6. New England Patriots

7. Dallas Cowboys

8. Indianapolis Colts

9. Philadelphia Eagles

10. Seattle Seahawks

11. Buffalo Bills

12. Pittsburgh Steelers

13. Green Bay Packers

14.Tennessee Titans

15. Cleveland Browns

16. Minnesota Vikings

17. Atlanta Falcons

18. Chicago Bears

19. Arizona Cardinals

20. Denver Broncos

21. Los Angeles Chargers

22. Las Vegas Raiders

23. Los Angeles Rams

24. Detroit Lions

25. Houston Texans

26. Miami Dolphins

27. New York Giants

28. New York Jets

29. Carolina Panthers

30. Cincinnati Bengals

31. Washington Football Team

32. Jacksonville Jaguars


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Sports – Feisty Foxes 2020

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Spring is in the air and that means baseball!  A new season is right around the corner, time to root root root for the home team.  And with the beginning of the MLB year comes the beginning of fantasy baseball.  If you play you know how addicting it is; the daily lineups, the trades, the hot/cold players, the IL stints.  And if you’ve never played, hop on board & enjoy the ride, it’s a great way to enjoy a great game even more.  Here is my fantasy baseball team this year, once again christened the Feisty Foxes.  I went home run heavy with a bullpen of solid pitchers.  Let me know what you think and/or how your fantasy draft went this year.  Good luck everyone!

C – Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals

1B –Paul Goldschmidt – St. Louis Cardinals

2B – Gleyber Torres – New York Yankees

3B – Vladimir Guerrero Jr – Toronto Blue Jays

SS – Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians

LF – Nicholas Castellanos – Cincinnati Reds

CF – Luis Robert – Chicago White Sox

RF – Max Kepler – Minnesota Twins

Util – Nelson Cruz – Minnesota Twins

Bench – C – Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals

Bench – Niko Goodrum – Detroit Tigers

SP – Max Scherzer– Washington Nationals

SP – Blake Snell – Tampa Bay Rays

SP – Brandon Woodruff – Milwaukee Brewers

SP – Shohei Ohtani – Los Angeles Angels

SP – Max Fried – Atlanta Braves

SP – Lance McCullers – Houston Astros

SP – German Marquez – Colorado Rockies

SP – Miles Mikolas – St. Louis Cardinals

RP – Mark Melancon –Atlanta Braves

RP – Hansel Robles – Los Angeles Angels


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Sports – 2020 NFL Draft Recap

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The 2020 NFL Draft is complete.  Seven rounds, three days, numerous trades, two hundred and fifty six of players chosen, and thirty-two teams with new players on their rosters.  In my Mock Draft, I attempted to predict the first round, and of course I got it mostly wrong.  It was fun to guess, but here’s how the first round really shook out:

1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB from LSU

2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young, DE from OSU

3. Detroit Lions – Jeff Okudah, CB from OSU

4. New York Giants – Andrew Thomas, OT from Georgia

5. Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa, QB from Alabama

6. Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert, QB from Oregon

7. Carolina Panthers – Derrick Brown, DT from Auburn

8. Arizona Cardinals –Isaiah Simmons, LB from Clemson

9. Jacksonville Jaguars – CJ Henderson, CB from Florida

10. Cleveland Browns – Jedrick Wills, OT from Alabama

11. New York Jets – Mekhi Becton, OT from Louisville

12. Las Vegas Raiders – Henry Ruggs, WR from Alabama

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (⇆ SF) – Tristan Wirfs, OT from Iowa

14. San Francisco 49ers (⇆ TB) – Javon Kinlaw, DT from S. Carolina

15. Denver Broncos – Jerry Jeudy, WR from Alabama

16. Atlanta Falcons – A.J. Terrell, CB from Clemson

17. Dallas Cowboys – Ceedee Lamb, WR from Oklahoma

18. Miami Dolphins – Austin Jackson, OT from USC

19. Las Vegas Raiders – Damon Arnette, CB from OSU

20. Jacksonville Jaguars – K’Lavon Chaisson, LB from LSU

21. Philadelphia Eagles – Jalen Resgor, WR from TCU

22. Minnesota Vikings – Justin Jefferson, WR from LSU

23. Los Angeles Charger (⇆ NE) – Kenneth Murray, LB from Oklahoma

24. New Orleans Saints – Cesar Ruiz, C from Michigan

25. San Francisno 49ers (⇆ Min) – Brandon Aiyuk, WR from ASU

26. Green Bay Packers (⇆ Mia) – Jordan Love, QB from Utah St.

27. Seattle Seahawks – Jordyn Brooks, LB from Texas Tech

28. Baltimore Ravens – Patrick Queen, LB from LSU

29. Tennessee Titans – Isaiah Wilson, OT from Georgia

30. Miami Dolphins (⇆ GB) – Noah Igbinoghene, CB from Auburn

31. Minnesota Vikings (⇆ SF) – Jeff Gladney, CB from TCU

32. Kansas City Chiefs – Clyde Edwards-Helaire – RB from LSU


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Sports – 2020 NFL Draft

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Football is almost here!  It’s just a matter of time before the season begins.  The first step was Free Agency, and now the Draft!  This Thursday @ 8:00 pm the 1st Round of the Draft will be on in prime time and I’ll be glued to the television.  This is a very interesting draft class and it’s hard to predict who each team will pick, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun trying.  So, based on the opinions of experts and my own uneducated musings (and including a couple draft spot trades) here it is, Olie’s 2020 Mock Draft:

1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB from LSU

2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young, DE from OSU

3. Detroit Lions – Jeff Okudah, CB from OSU

4. Las Vegas Raiders (⇆ NYG) – Tua Tagovailoa, QB from Alabama

5. Miami Dolphins – Justin Herbert, QB from Oregon

6. Los Angeles Chargers – Jordan Love, QB from Utah St.

7. Carolina Panthers – Derrick Brown, DT from Auburn

8. Atlanta Falcons (⇆ Ari) – CJ Henderson, CB from Florida

9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Javon Kinlaw, DT from S. Carolina

10. Denver Broncos (⇆ Cle) – Jerry Jeudy, WR from Alabama

11. New York Jets – Ceedee Lamb, WR from Oklahoma

12. New York Giants (⇆ LV) – Tristan Wirfs, OT from Iowa

13. San Francisco 49ers – Henry Ruggs, WR from Alabama

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jedrick Wills, OT from Alabama

15. Cleveland Browns (⇆ Den) – Mekhi Becton, OT from Louisville

16. Arizona Cardinals (⇆ Atl) – Andrew Thomas, OT from Georgia

17. Dallas Cowboys – K’Lavon Chaisson, LB from LSU

18. Jacksonville Jaguars (⇆ Mia) – Isaiah Simmons, LB from Clemson

19. New York Giants (⇆ LV) – Xavier McKinney, S from Alabama

20. Miami Dolphins (⇆ Jax) – Austin Jackson, OT from USC

21. Philadelphia Eagles – Justin Jefferson, WR from LSU

22. Minnesota Vikings – Kristian Fulton, CB from LSU

23. New England Patriots – Jacob Eason, QB from Washington

24. New Orleans Saints – Patrick Queen, LB from LSU

25. Minnesota Vikings – Tee Higgins, WR from Clemson

26. Miami Dolphins – D’Andre Swift, RB from Georgia

27. Seattle Seahawks – Yetur Gross-Matos, DE from Penn St.

28. Baltimore Ravens – Kenneth Murray, LB from Oklahoma

29. Indianapolis Colts (⇆ Ten) – Jalen Hurts, QB from Oklahoma

30. Green Bay Packers – Laviska Shenault, WR from Colorado

31. Los Angeles Rams (⇆ SF) – Jonathan Taylor, RB from Wisconsin

32. Kansas City Chiefs – Cesar Ruiz, C from Michigan