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Sports – NFL Picks 2021, Week 7

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Here are my NFL Week 7 Picks

(10-4 last week, 61-33 for the season)

Bye teams: Bills, Cowboys, Jaguars, Chargers, Vikings, Steelers

 

Den @ Cle

Car @ NYG

NYJ @ NE

KC @ Ten

Was @ GB

Atl @ Mia

Cin @ Bal

Det @ LAR

Phi @ LV

Hou @ Ari

Chi @ TB

Ind @ SF

NO @ Sea


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Sports – NFL Picks 2021, Week 6

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Here are my NFL Week 6 Picks

(10-6 last week, 51-29 for the season)

Bye teams: Falcons, Saints, Jets, 49ers

 

TB @ Phi

Mia @ Jax

KC @ Was

LAR @ NYG

Hou @ Ind

Cin @ Det

GB @ Chi

LAC @ Bal

Min @ Car

Ari @ Cle

LV @ Den

Dal @ NE

Sea @ Pit

Buf @ Ten


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Sports – NFL Picks 2021, Week 5

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Here are my NFL Week 5 Picks

(10-6 last week, 41-23 for the season)

Bye teams: none

 

LAR @ Sea

NYJ @ Atl

Det @ Min

NO @ Was

NE @ Hou

Mia @ TB

GB @ Cin

Den @ Pit

Phi @ Car

Ten @ Jax

Cle @ LAC

Chi @ LV

SF @ Ari

NYG @ Dal

Buf @ KC

Ind @ Bal

 


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Sports – NFL Picks 2021, Week 4

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Here are my NFL Week 4 Picks

(12-4 last week, 31-17 for the season)

Bye teams: none

 

Jax @ Cin

Ten @ NYJ

KC @ Phi

Car @ Dal

NYG @ NO

Cle @ Min

Det @ Chi

Hou @ Buf

Ind @ Mia

Was @ Atl

Sea @ SF

Ari @ LAR

Pit @ GB

Bal @ Den

TB @ NE

LV @ LAC


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Sports – NFL Picks 2021, Week 3

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Here are my NFL Week 3 Picks

(10-6 last week, 19-13 for the season)

Bye teams: none

 

Car @ Hou

Ind @ Ten

Atl @ NYG

LAC @ KC

Cin @ Pit

Chi @ Cle

Bal @ Det

NO @ NE

Ari @ Jax

Was @ Buf

NYJ @ Den

Mia @ LV

Sea @ Min

TB @ LAR

GB @ SF

Phi @ Dal

 


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Sports – NFL Picks 2021, Week 2

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Here are my NFL Week 2 Picks

(9-7 last week, 9-7 for the season)

Bye teams: none

 

NYG @ Was

NE @ NYJ

Den @ Jax

Buf @ Mia

SF @ Phi

LAR @ Ind

LV @ Pit

Cin @ Chi

Hou @ Cle

NO @ Car

Min @ Ari

Atl @ TB

Ten @ Sea

Dal @ LAC

KC @ Bal

Det @ GB

 


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Sports – NFL Picks 2021, 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, 153-102-1 in 2019, 163-92-1 in 2020)

Bye teams: none

 

Dal @ TB

Jax @ Hou

LAC @ Was

Sea @ Ind

NYJ @ Car

Min @ Cin

Ari @ Ten

SF @ Det

Pit @ Buf

Phi @ Atl

Cle @ KC

GB @ NO

Den @ NYG

Mia @ NE

Chi @ LAR

Bal @ LV

 


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Sports – 2021 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 2021 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, Waller, and Pitts.  I really like Pitts this season with his new team and I think Matt Ryan 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: Hockenson, Tonyan, Logan Thomas, and Higbee.  Gronk, Cook, Ertz, and Everett 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: Butker, Myers, maybe Gay.  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: Gano, McManus, Parkey, Sanders, Lambo.  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: Prater, Succop, Bass, Zuerlein, Gould, Folk.  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.  Tampa Bay is at the top of the list, then Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Denver, Buffalo, 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.  Washington, San Francisco, Minnesota, the Rams; 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: Cleveland, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Miami, Green Bay, Chicago.  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 – 2021 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 2021 Fantasy Football team. Here is my advice/predictions as it relates to running backs and wide receivers:

RBs

  • CMC – I grabbed Christian McCaffrey in a trade last year, hoping he would make it back from his injury, and even though that didn’t work out, I have no hard feelings.  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, Dobbins, or Taylor, 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.  Antonio Gibson, Austin Ekeler, Chris Carson, Joe Mixon; 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 Najee Harris, the rookie back for Pittsburgh; who knows how well he’ll actually do, but the ceiling is extremely high.
  • New Roles – Then there’s a group that have new roles, whether by free agency or the draft or injury to another player, so their value is questionable, and I wouldn’t pick them as more than backups.  Darrell Henderson, James Conner, Mike Davis, Javonte Williams; 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 Melvin Gordon ever gets hurt, Williams could be a steal, and if Henderson can hold on to the Rams starting job, he could get tons of points (watch out for Sony Michel, though).
  • 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.  David Montgomery is lackluster Chicago, Miles Sanders the same in Philly, James Robinson coming off a nice year, James Conner at the goal line for the Cardinals, Raheem Mostert if he can stay healthy, Zach Moss if he can claim the starting role; 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

  • GB – If you’re lucky enough to get Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers on your team, I think you’ve got a winning pair that might take you all the way to the championship.  Adams 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 Rodgers in Green Bay, so try to get ’em both if you can; you won’t regret it.
  • The Chefs – A couple 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, Tannehill/Brown, Ben/JuJu, Wilson/Metcalf, Dak/Lamb, Allen/Diggs.
  • 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 Mahomes you know he’s gonna throw to your Hill, so you don’t have as much to worry about.  The opposite is true about the Bengals, the Chargers, the Broncos, the Panthers, 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.  Deebo has emerged for San Francisco, but it’s hard to trust him because of his injuries, and the team as a whole is a question mark.  Lions WRs are just too inconsistent because so is the team, and I don’t trust Golladay any more.  Same for the Pats, who will run more than they ever have before, with Gronk gone and Brady gone.  Cle, Min, Jax, NO, NYJ; just not enough passing offense to warrant high WR picks, so steer clear until later rounds.

 


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Sports – 2021 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 2021 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 has lit up the league the last couple years.  His numbers are consistent, even a step down would still land him near the top of the list, and you can trust in Mahomes.  Pick Pat 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 Josh Allen, 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, Allen-Diggs, Wilson-Metcalf, Roethlisberger-Juju, Brady-Godwin, Tannehill-Brown; 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 last season, but there’s also the fact that Murray is simply growing into his talent and into his coach’s system.  With Edmonds & Connor on the team as well, the sky’s the limit for this mobile quarterback.  He could reach 40 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 a step back this year, it has to happen, I think that’s inevitable …right? …no? …and I wouldn’t be surprised if Fitzpatrick with a new team and maybe even Matt Ryan step back with him.  Guys like Carr, Cousins, Big Ben, and Wentz might be falling off the radar or at least suspect, 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 could have a resurgent year after his injury last season, but perhaps 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.  Stafford, Herbert, Tannehill, Hurts, 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.  Goff, Darnold, Newton, Winston, Zach Wilson; they don’t have enough talent around them to score enough points for you to consider.

Hope this helps, and good luck!