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Monday, December 31, 2012

NCAA Monday Cash-In: Chick-fil-A Bowl

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Chick-fil-A Bowl
LSU (10-2, 5-7 ATS) vs. Clemson Tigers (10-2, 8-4 ATS)
Line: LSU -5, O/U 58.5

We are posting this one early as the Wild On Sports office is closing down to celebrate New Year's eve. This line is bound to move but we'll give you our play anyway.   

A battle of the Tigers! Clemson has a troublesome recent bowl history. The Tigers are 1-6 ATS in their last seven bowl games and 1-3 ATS under Dabo Swinney. LSU came into the season as a favorite to return to the BSC title game but losses to #2 Alabama and #3 Florida knocked them out of contention. LSU is an elite program and still a couple notches above Clemson at this point. The betting public agree as the line was bet up to -6/6.5 early Monday after opening at -3. There has been some money coming in for Clemson the last few hours bringing it down to -4.5/5 most places. LSU is 5-2 ATS in bowl games under Les Miles. Expect that trend to continue.

PICK: LSU -5 LOSS

Pink Slip Day in the NFL

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Pink Slip Day in the NFL

With the NFL season ending yesterday for most teams, it is pink slip day today in the NFL and boy have there been a lot of them handed out. Here is a look at the Coaches & GM who are now out of jobs.

Coaches:
Andy Reid, Philadelphia  14 seasons, Record: 130-93-1, Playoffs: 10-9, Last Playoff App. 2010
Lovie Smith, Chicago  9 seasons, Record 81-63, Playoffs 3-3, Last Playoff App. 2010
Norv Turner, San Diego 6 seasons Record: 56-40, Playoffs 3-3, Last Playoff App. 2009
Pat Shurmur, Cleveland  2 seasons, Record: 9-23
Romeo Crennel, Kansas City 1+ season, Record: 4-15
Chan Gailey, Buffalo  3 seasons, Record: 16-32
Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona  6 Seasons, Record: 45-51, Playoffs 4-2, Last Playoff App. 2009

GM's
A.J. Smith, San Diego
Tom Heckert, Cleveland
Gene Smith, Jacksonville
Mike Tannenbaum, New York (Jets)
Rod Graves, Arizona

What a day indeed. You can't help but feel bad for guys like Reid, Smith and Whisenhunt who all led their teams to Super Bowl appearances in their tenure. With that said, all but maybe Smith we pretty much done deals even before the final games took place on Sunday. Now the search begins for their replacements. The rumors are already swirling in some cases as teams begin the looks at Coordinators and college coaches. For many of the coaches listed above, they will not be out of work long unless they choose to be. You would have to imagine the phones will be ringing this week for guys like Reid and Smith. Stay tuned this week as we break down the candidates for each head coaching position...

NCAA Monday Cash-In: Liberty Bowl

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Liberty Bowl
Iowa State Cyclones (6-6 SU, 5-6-1 ATS) vs. 
Tulsa Hurricanes (10-3 SU, 7-5 ATS)
Line: Tulsa -2, O/U 50

We can keep this one short and sweet. Iowa St won in the previous match-up this season 38-23. This is a team that tends to show up for big games as shown by their victory over TCU 37-23 and near upset of then undefeated Kansas St. (21-27). They are pretty stingy on defense (allowed just 21 to a Baylor team that averaged 44.5ppg) and have a knack for causing turnovers. Tusla put together a pretty good season in Conference USA but lack that quality win to give you confidence. Yet, somehow Tulsa is the 2 point favorite. Maybe we are crazy, but this one seems too obvious.

Pick: IOWA ST. +2

NCAA Monday Cash-In: Hyundai Sun Bowl

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Hyundai Sun Bowl
Georgia Tech (6-7 SU, 8-5 ATS) vs. USC (7-5 SU, 3-9 ATS)
Line: USC -7, O/U 61

USC came into the season as the team everyone thought would be playing in the BCS title game. They had the pre-season favorite for the Heisman Trophy in Matt Barkley and a WR in Marqise Lee who many believed to be a first round talent. After winning 6 of their first 7 games the wheels feel off and the season quickly went down hill losing 4 of their last 5.  QB Matt Barkley was injured, missed time and will miss this game. He is replaced by highly touted freshman Matt Wittek. Georgia Tech comes into the game as the only bowl team with a losing record. They petitioned the NCAA for bowl eligibility due to two in conference teams that are on probation and ineligible for postseason play. They run the triple option which is a very interesting offense and one that has produced a lot of points for them this season. Unfortunately, as good as the offense is (34.5ppg), the defense is equally bad (29.9ppg). USC scores an average of 34.2 points per game while giving up 24.6.

Even with Barkley out and Wittek in at QB, this has all the makings of a shootout. The point line has fallen from 66 to 61 largely due to the absence of Barkley. Its time to jump on board before it starts to go the other way!

PICK: OVER 61 

Fanduel NFL Week 17: A look Back

A look back at the week that was: Fanduel NFL Week 17
See our picks here: Week 17 Fanduel Picks

QB - Tony Romo  $8,400  vs. Washington              15.72
Oh Romo...another Cowboys season, another Romo choke. You can't help but feel bad for the guy. We had faith in him this week thinking "it can't happen again, right?" -- wrong. He did throw a pair of touchdowns but 3 INT's including one in the closing minutes deep in his own zone spelled doom for those who went his way.
QB - Chad Henne  $6,400  vs. Tennessee               18.22
Early in the game this looked like a great pick as he hooked up with WR's Blackmon and Shipley for a touchdown apiece. In the second half the Titan defense took over (no that is not a typo), intercepting Henne twice and returning each for touchdowns. Still not a terrible play as he out performed the likes of Cam Newton, Romo, RGIII and others.

RB - Adrian Peterson  $9,300  vs. Green Bay          32.6
The man is fantasy gold. Running motivated to get his team into the playoffs and a possible shot at Eric Dickerson's record he certainly was the fantasy golden boy again this week. 199yards on the ground and 2 TD's gets him into the 30's for owners this week.
RB - Knowshon Moreno  $6,600  vs. Kansas City   11.9
A first quarter touchdown salvaged the day for an otherwise ho-hum performance. The Broncos rode Peyton Manning's arm to the #1 seed making Moreno a bit of an after thought.

WR - Dez Bryant  $7,600  vs. Washington                 9.1
A 4th quarter injury really hurt both the Cowboy's comeback hopes and the hopes of Bryant owners this week. Had 4 receptions for 71 yards early. Disappointing week for Bryant.
WR - Randy Moss  $4,900  vs. Arizona                      3.8
We went out on a bit of a limb on this pick and missed badly. Moss had just two catches for 28 yards. Moving on...

TE - Jason Witten  $6,000  vs. Washington              15.1
Solid game for Witten. He is just about the only Cowboy that can claim that. 7 catches for 57 yards and a TD is all owners could ask for and its just what they got. Another productive game and another productive season for Witten.
TE - Jermichael Finley  $5,200  vs. Minnesota         11.2
Finley was a touchdown away from having a terrific day. Still, with 8 catches for 72 yards Finley was one of the better TE options this week. Solid play for the money.

K - Nate Kaeding  $5,000  vs. New England                0
Kaeding fell victum to a terrible offensive performance from the Dolphins and a little misfortune from the weather. His only FG attempt was into a 30mph cross-wind. He aimed 20 yards right and missed 20 yards left. The Patriots had passed on two field goals from that same position earlier in the game. Tough play here.

D - Denver Broncos  $5,600  vs.  Kansas City           11
4 Sacks and just 6 points allowed is a decent performance. The Chiefs didn't throw or even possess the ball enough to rack up the big points this week, but a solid play nonetheless.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

NFL Week 17 Start'em Sit'em & Injury News

We will be updating this throughout the morning as we inch our way towards the 1pm games.

On Injury Report but Worth a Start:
All Patriots (Welker, Hernandez, Lloyd)
Aarian Foster
Matt Forte
Jamal Charles
Jordy Nelson
RGIII
Rob Gronkowski

Injured, might play, but play at your own risk:
Vernon Davis
Anquan Boldin
Roddy White

Warning! Disappointment alert! - Likely to be used Sparingly (Not Necessarily Injury Related)
Matt Ryan
Tony Gonzalez
Andy Dalton
AJ Green
Randell Cobb (Ankle)
Ray Rice - Mixed reviews here, some say out, some say in - not worth the play

Injured and Out - Confirmed, Won't Play
Greg McElroy
Pierre Thomas
Trent Richardson
Brandon Weeden
Mike Wallace
Davon Bess
Carson Palmer
Nick Foles
Mario Manningham
Brandon Pettigrew
Randall Cobb

Week 17 NFL Sunday Cash-In

A look at the games you should be playing this weekend! Good luck everyone!

Last Week: 3-0-1
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Jacksonville Jaguars +5.5 vs. Tennessee Titans
Jacksonville gave New England quite the scare last week and had a chance to tie the game on the final play but were intercepted in the end-zone. The two teams played a month ago with the Jaguars taking it 24-19. Tennessee is coming off a shellacking last week to Green Bay and clearly are coming into this one with their tails between their legs. Jacksonville is 4-0 ATS in their last four meetings against Tennessee and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Titans are just 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. the AFC South and are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 (5-10 on the season).
Pick:  JAGUARS +5.5 LOSS

Miami Dolphins +11 at New England Patriots
As we just mentioned, the 2-13 Jaguars gave the Patriots a scare last week. Tom Brady and company will likely play most of the game, but don't be surprised if Cameron Wake and the Dolphins front 7 start to harass Brady a bit if he gets a breather at some point in the second half. The Dolphins have won convincingly in their last two and played the Patriots tough three weeks ago. The Pats need the game for playoff positioning and most likely will win, but expect the Fins to play them tough and keep it within a touchdown. For those looking for stats: Miami is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 in December, 12-5 ATS last 17 vs. AFC and 19-9-1 ATS last 29 road games.
Pick: DOLPHINS +11  LOSS

Indianapolis Colts +7 vs. Houston Texans 
Indy played them tough two weeks ago and has a chance to play major spoilers to Houston's bye and home field hopes this week. The Texans have looked very vulnerable lately and could not get anything going against a mediocre Minnesota defense last weekend. Many believe they are not the same team since New England exploited them and dispelled them as "the best overall team on both sides of the ball." The home team has won the last 5 meetings in this series. The Colts are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 in December (only loss was two weeks ago to the same Texans). This has all the makings of a statement game for the Colts. We'll gladly take the points.
Pick: COLTS +7  WIN

Seattle Seahawks vs. St.Louis Rams O/U 42
Seattle would have covered this number by themselves the past 3 weeks. They are playing for playoff positioning so won't likely call off the dogs in this one. St. Louis, while they are unlikely to win the game, has shown that they can score as well. 6 of St. Louis' last 9 games have gone over. Seattle has gone over in 5 in a row and 7 of their last 8. All you need here is 30-13. I like our chances.
PICK:OVER 42 LOSS

Saturday, December 29, 2012

NCAA Saturday Cash-In: Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

 
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
TCU (7-5, 4-5 Big 12, 5-7 ATS) vs.  
MICHIGAN STATE (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten, 4-8 ATS)
Line: TCU -1.5, O/U 40.5

A battle of two under performing offenses and two pretty good defenses in this one. TCU lost star QB 
Casey Pachall after the fourth game of the season when he withdrew from school and entered rehab following a DWI. Since then the Horned Frogs have struggled to score points (29.3ppg - 8th/10 in conference). Fortunately, their defense has kept them in a lot of games (23.1ppg - 2nd/10 in conference). 7 of their 12 games, including the past 3 have gone under. Michigan St. averaged 20.3ppg while allowing 16.3. 9 of their 12 games went under. All signs point to a low scoring affair here.
PICK: UNDER 40.5

NCAA Saturday Cash-In: Alamo Bowl

Alamo Bowl
Texas (8-4, 5-7 ATS) vs. Oregon State (9-3, 8-4 ATS)
Line: Oregon St -3, O/U: 57
David Ash is banged up and may not play, if he does he won't be at 100%. Chase McCoy has been suspended and sent home. Who will play QB for Texas? At this point it may not matter. The line opened at Oregon St. -1 and has moved to -3/-3.5. I would be suprised if it didn't jump a bit more as the QB news becomes more of a concern. Easy pick here. Play with confidence.
Pick: OREGON ST. -3 

NCAA Saturday Cash-In: Fight Hunger Bowl

Fight Hunger Bowl
Navy Midshipmen (8-4 SU, 4-8 ATS) vs.
Arizona State Sun Devils (7-5 SU, 7-5) ATS
Line: AZST -13, O/U 54.5

Interesting stat: Military teams are 25-11 ATS in bowl games dating back to 1980. That stat just took a hit as Air Force lost badly to Rice today but an interesting note and one that helps our case. Arizona St is winless in bowl games since 2005. The Sun Devils score 36.4 ppg while allow 24.0. The Midshipmen score 24.8, giving up 22.7. The Midshipmen are 11-5 ATS against a team with a winning record and 7-3 ATS in their last ten bowl games. The Sun Devils are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games in December and 0-4 ATS in the last four bowl games.We won't wow you with too much detail here. Fact of the matter is while the Sun Devils will likely win the game the line is just too big.
PICK: NAVY +13

NCAA Saturday Cash-In: New Era Pinstripe Bowl

 
 New Era Pinstripe Bowl
West Virginia Mountaineers (7-5, 5-7 ATS) vs.
Syracuse Orange (7-5, 6-5-1 ATS)
 Line: WV -4, O/U 68.5

Two high powered offenses led by NFL bound high profile QB's highlight this one. This used to be one of the bigger rivalries in college football before West Virginia left the Big East for the Big 12. They have still met as recently as last season with Syracuse posting the 49-23 victory at home.  The Mountaineers got off to an impressive 5-0 start to the season, climbing as high as No. 5 in the country. QB Geno Smith was the leading contender for the Heisman Trophy at the time. A horrible in conference mid-season run saw WV lose 4 in a row and fall off of everyone's radar. The Mountaineers average 41.6 ppg while giving up 38.1.  On the other side of the ball Syracuse comes in having won five of its last six games; their only lose to Big East champion Louisville during that stretch. The Orange average 29.3ppg, giving up 25.7.

The interesting element at play here is the weather. The points opened at 74 and has fallen all the way to 68.5. The snow is falling today in NYC making for interesting playing conditions. The early money was for this game to go way over as both offenses can sling it around. With the weather as it is mistakes will be made allowing for quick points. It may be worth waiting in out until closer to game time to see where the line goes. As it stands right now...
PICK: OVER 68.5

Friday, December 28, 2012

NCAA Friday Cash-In

After an exciting 2-0 Thursday night we are back at it again for a pair of Friday games. We are 3-1 on the week and riding some momentum and good fortune to bring you a couple of winners to close out the work week. Good luck everyone! Play with confidence!

Russell Athletic Bowl 
Rutgers (9-3 SU, 5-7 ATS) vs. 
Virginia Tech (6-6 SU, 4-8 ATS)
Line: VT -1 O/U: 42
After getting off to a great start to the season, Rutgers has stumbled as of late losing 3 of their last 5 including their last 2, knocking them out of BCS Bowl contention. The Scarlet Knights boast the 6th best defense in the nation allowing just 14.3 points per game. On the other side of the ball, Virginia Tech comes in off of a disappointing season at just 6-6. They are however coming in on a strong note having won their final two regular season games, albeit failing to cover in both games. VT scores 26.1ppg while allowing 23.9. Neither team as been very good against the spread this season, leaving you trend bettors with a lot to be desired. Head to head the Scarlet Knights are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games against the Hokies. Overall, VT has won 11 in a row against Rutgers. The games have gone under the total points in four of their last five games overall. 

Given all of this information there are really two plays you could go with. Rutgers was a BSC hopeful just a few weeks ago. They are going up against a team that barley made a bowl game. Given the strength of the defenses a case could be made for the under in this one as well. We are going with what we feel will be the safer choice...
PICK: RUTGERS +1


 
 Meineke Car Care Bowl
Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6 SU, 5-7 ATS) vs. 
Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-5 SU, 6-6 ATS)
Line: TxTec -13, O/U: 54.5
Coming of a 3-9 season in 2011, Minnesota started 4-0 this season before losing six of its last eight games and backed into the post season. On the other side of the ball, Texas Tech comes into the game having failed to cover in each of their final five games of the season, allowing an average of 42.6 points per game in that span. The Golden Gophers score 21.3 points per game while allowing 23.9. The Red Raiders score 37.8 while allowing 31.8. Minnesota was 2nd to last in a division that had a down year across the board. They have a decent defense but really struggle to put points up on the board. Texas Tech can score with the best of them but have a ho-hum defense. Most on the money has come in on Tech moving this line up to 13. We agree with the betting public.
PICK: TEXAS TECH -13

Thursday, December 27, 2012

*Bonus* NCAA Thursday Night Cash-In

Baylor Bears (7-5 SU, 8-4 ATS) 
vs. 
No. 17 UCLA Bruins (9-4 SU, 8-5 ATS) 
UCLA -3 O/U 82.5

82.5 is a TON of points. This game does feature two of the most prolific offerses in the league and one of the worst defenses. What has us leaning towards the under is the UCLA defense. Playing a tough schedule UCLA allowed  25.9 points per game. As good as the Baylor offense is they will need to score 35+ for this game to go over. I just don't see it. Somebody is going to make a mistake. Somebody is going to make a stop on defense. This is going to be an excellent and very entertaining game but a 34-28 type game, not 45-38.
Pick: UNDER 82.5  WIN

NCAA Thursday Night Cash-In


Cincinnati Bearcats (9-3, 8-4 ATS) -9.5 vs. Duke Blue Devils (6-6, 6-6 ATS)

Duke is playing in a bowl game for the first time in 18 years and has not won a bowl game since 1961. Cincinnati has made bowl appearances in 5 of the last 6 years.  Cincinnati averaged 31.0 points per game while giving up 17.2. Duke averaged 31.0 while giving up 35.0. Duke comes into the game on a 4 game losing streak.  Cincinnati has won 4 of their last 5. Duke went 2-6 ATS as an underdog this season. Cincinnati is 17-3 straight-up and 12-7-1 ATS in its last 20 games as a favorite.

Based on all of this, signs point to Cincinnati as a big favorite.  The line opened as high as -11 on some sites but the money has been coming in heavy for Duke since Bearcat's coach Butch Jones left for Tennessee. I don't think the coach is going to matter in this one. If you can get them in single digits you should feel very comfortable.
Pick: Cincinnati -9.5  WIN

Fanduel NFL Week 17 Players to Start


This is it! Your last chance to cash-in on the NFL in the regular season with Fanduel. As always, we bring you a stud and a bargain at each position. Good luck everyone!

QB - Tony Romo  $8,400  vs. Washington
Romo, who traditionally struggles in December, has but together a heck of a run as of late. The Redskins have given up 8th-most points to QBs in the last 5 weeks and Romo torched them for 441yards and 3TD's just a few weeks ago.The winner of this one is going to the playoffs while the loser stays home. Expect another big game for Romo in this must win match-up.
QB - Chad Henne  $6,400  vs. Tennessee
One thing is for sure, Henne is not afraid to sling it around. I'm sure many of you are wondering why a QB that just lost his #1 receiver (Cecil Shorts) would be listed as someone to target. Those of you with the questions clearly did not see Henne and the Jaguars in the 1st half against New England last weekend. Henne has plenty of weapons in Blackmon and breakout candidate Jordan Shipley. He is going up against a horrible defense in Tennessee and has the potential to win a game and make a case for a starting job somewhere next season. Expect big things from Henne this week.

RB - Adrian Peterson  $9,300  vs. Green Bay
Has a chance to break Eric Dickerson's record with a big game. Put up 210 and a TD against Green Bay a couple weeks ago. He will be motivated and going up against a defense he knows how to carve up. This one could be close. If you are going to roll the dice on a high price guy, Peterson is it this week.
RB - Knowshon Moreno  $6,600  vs. Kansas City
Moreno continues to be undervalued. He carried the ball 24 times for 111yards against them a few weeks ago. With the game in Denver and a chance to lock up home field on the line expect the Broncos to jump out to an early lead and pound the ball with Moreno the rest of the way.

WR - Dez Bryant  $7,600  vs. Washington
Has put up big numbers despite a broken ring finger. With Romo expected to have a big game and Bryant emerging as the #1 target it is only logical that this should be another big week for him.
WR - Randy Moss  $4,900  vs. Arizona
Mario Manningham is out for the season with a torn ACL. Vernon Davis is banged up as well. The 49ers are going to need a secondary threat behind Crabtree and need to find him before the playoffs start. This is where Moss comes in. He has not played nearly as big a role as many expected going into the season but still has the ability to go up and get balls that few others can. He caught a big touchdown against his former team in New England. That could be just the jump start he needs. Expect the 49ers and Kaepernick to try to develop something with him early. If it works he could be in for a big game.

TE - Jason Witten  $6,000  vs. Washington
For the same reasons we like Romo and Bryant we like Witten this week. It is a must have game and Witten is Romo's red-zone security blanket. Play him with confidence.
TE - Jermichael Finley  $5,200  vs. Minnesota 
Finley is finally starting to regain his form with 50+ yards receiving in each of his last four games. He had 6 catches for 60 yards against Minnesota earlier in the year. If he can get a couple red-zone targets this week he could be a great value steal.

K - Nate Kaeding  $5,000  vs. New England
Kaeding took over last week for the injured Dan Carpenter. Tannehill and the Dolphins offense has been hot lately and should be able to put up enough points to keep things interesting against New England. Pretty good play from the 5,000 group this week.

D - Denver Broncos  $5,600  vs.  Kansas City
As we mentioned last week, if you look at the teams winning the large leagues they usually have one thing in common, huge points from their defense. Last week Seattle put up 40. This week it could be Denver's turn. They will take the lead early and force KC to go to the air if they want to catch up.  If you are desperate for a value play look at Jacksonville. 


See last week pick's here:  Week 16 NFL Fanduel Picks


Jets QB Disaster Continues

Jets QB Disaster Continues

The nightmare continues in New York as coach Rex Ryan today announced that there will be a QB change again for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills. With last week's starter Greg McElroy out with an apparent concussion, Ryan has turned the reins back over to Mark Sanchez for the final game of the regular season.

A perturbed Rex Ryan addressed the media at Jets practice Thursday to make the announcement saying he was "stunned" when he learned of the news today that McElroy had suffered a concussion. He had not alerted the training staff until headaches forced him out of a team workout Thursday morning.

"I was stunned by it," Ryan said. "I admire his courage and everything else, but you have to be truthful."

After getting sacked a whopping 11 times last weekend, those outside the organization seem a bit less stunned. Nonetheless, the quarterback carousel continues and Sanchez gets an opportunity to end the Jets disappointing season on a positive note.

The continued story in all of this is Tim Tebow and Ryan's stubbornness to give the back-up QB an opportunity to start. Rumors swirled last week when a story came out saying Tebow asked out of the wildcat offensive after being passed over in favor of McElroy. Tebow himself has come out and discredited the story but openly admits his frustration and desire to start.

At this point it is surprising that they have not at least given Tebow a chance. The season is over, the Jets are not playoff bound and there is no young up and comer to take a look at now. It seems that from the beginning Ryan has been dead set against deploying Tebow as a major part of the offense. The ship is going down and Ryan may be going down with it.

Pro Bowl Rosters Announced

 
The ballots are in! Lets take a look at the players headed to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl:


AFC TEAM-BY-TEAM

Baltimore (6)
Jacoby Jones, kick returner
Vonta Leach, fullback*
Haloti Ngata, interior lineman
Ed Reed, free safety*
Ray Rice, running back
Marshal Yanda, guard*

Cincinnati (2)
Geno Atkins, interior lineman*
A.J. Green, wide receiver*

Cleveland (2)
Phil Dawson, placekicker
Joe Thomas, offensive tackle*

Denver (5)
Champ Bailey, cornerback*
Ryan Clady, tackle
Elvis Dumervil, defensive end
Peyton Manning, quarterback*
Von Miller, outside linebacker*

Houston (8)
Duane Brown, tackle*
Arian Foster, running back*
Andre Johnson, wide receiver
Johnathan Joseph, cornerback*
Chris Myers, center
Matt Schaub, quarterback
Wade Smith, guard
J.J. Watt, defensive end*

Indianapolis (2)
Robert Mathis, outside linebacker
Reggie Wayne, wide receiver

Kansas City (5)
Eric Berry, strong safety*
Jamaal Charles, running back
Dustin Colquitt, punter
Tamba Hali, outside linebacker*
Derrick Johnson, inside/middle linebacker

Miami (1)
Cameron Wake, defensive end*

New England (7)
Tom Brady, quarterback
Rob Gronkowski, tight end*
Logan Mankins, guard*
Jerod Mayo, inside/middle linebacker*
Matthew Slater, special-teamer
Wes Welker, wide receiver
Vince Wilfork, interior lineman*

N.Y. Jets (2)
Antonio Cromartie, cornerback
LaRon Landry, strong safety

Pittsburgh (2)
Heath Miller, tight end
Maurkice Pouncey, center*




NFC TEAM-BY-TEAM

Arizona (1)
Patrick Peterson, cornerback

Atlanta (3)
Tony Gonzalez, tight end*
Julio Jones, wide receiver
Matt Ryan, quarterback

Chicago (5)
Tim Jennings, cornerback*
Brandon Marshall, wide receiver*
Henry Melton, interior lineman*
Julius Peppers, defensive end*
Charles Tillman, cornerback*

Dallas (2)
DeMarcus Ware, outside linebacker*
Jason Witten, tight end

Detroit (1)
Calvin Johnson, wide receiver*

Green Bay (3)
Clay Matthews, outside linebacker
Aaron Rodgers, quarterback*
Jeff Saturday, center

Minnesota (4)
Jared Allen, defensive end
Jerome Felton, fullback*
Adrian Peterson, running back*
Blair Walsh, placekicker

New Orleans (2)
Jahri Evans, guard*
Thomas Morstead, punter

N.Y. Giants (3)
Victor Cruz, wide receiver
Jason Pierre-Paul, defensive end*
Chris Snee, guard

San Francisco (9)
NaVorro Bowman, inside/middle linebacker
Dashon Goldson, free safety*
Frank Gore, running back
Mike Iupati, guard*
Aldon Smith, outside linebacker*
Justin Smith, interior lineman*
Joe Staley, tackle*
Donte Whitner, strong safety*
Patrick Willis, inside/middle linebacker*

Seattle (5)
Marshawn Lynch, running back
Russell Okung, tackle*
Earl Thomas, free safety
Max Unger, center*
Leon Washington, kick returner

Tampa Bay (1)
Gerald McCoy, interior lineman

Washington (3)
Lorenzo Alexander, special-teamer
Robert Griffin III, quarterback
Trent Williams, tackle

Titans, Panthers, Chargers, Eagles, Rams, Raiders all without players in the game.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

NCAA Wednesday Night Cash-In


We are entering the fun stretch of college football bowl season with games on 12 of the next 13 nights leading up to the National Championship game. 

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Western Kentucky -6.5 vs. Central Michigan O/U 56.5
Central Michigan averages 29.3 points per game while allowing 33.3 points per game. Western Kentucky averages 28.8/25.6. WKU RB Antonio Andrews  needs 274 yards to break Barry Sanders' record of 3,250 all-purpose yards in a season. Western Kentucky is 21-7 against the spread in their last 28 games. Central Michigan is 8-24 ATS in last 32. Central Michigan will be without top receiver Titus Davis who has been suspended for the bowl game. They will have to look elsewhere to replace 869yds and 8 TD's. Based on all that information we will make two picks for this one...
PICK WESTERN KENTUCKY -6.5, UNDER 56.5
Update 12/27: 1 WIN, 1 LOSS

Fantasy Football Week 17 Waiver Wire Wonders

If you are still alive in Fantasy Football this week, congratulations! You have undoubtedly made some screwed moves over the course of the season to put yourself in this position. With a ton of injuries and elite teams in position to rest a few guys, lets take a look at the players you can grab to put you over the top and deliver fantasy glory! Good luck everyone!

QB Michael Vick PHI vs. NYG
With rookie Nick Foles out with a broken hand Vick will get an unexpected but incredibly opportunistic start. Vick is set to be a hot commodity on the free agent market this off-season and has a great chance to audition for his new teams on Sunday. The Eagles have a chance to play spoilers this week as they can eliminate the Giants from the playoff picture. Expect a strong performance from Vick in this one.

RB Rashard Mendenhall  PIT vs. CLE
Returned from suspension last week and was more effective than current starter Jonnathan Dwyer. Going up against the Browns this week should offer plenty of opportunities for points for both backs. This will be the last chance Mendenhall has this season to make a case to be the starter going into 2013. Expect him to take full advantage of it.

RB Ryan Grant  GB vs. MIN
Had a huge game last week with 20 carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns. While a 20+ point performance is unlikely again this week, with all the injuries the Packers have had at RB Grant has taken hold of the starting job going into the playoff push. If you are looking for a guy who is going to get 20+ carries this week Grant could be your man.

WR Randy Moss SF vs. ARI
Mario Manningham tore his ACL last week and is now out for the season. Expect the 49ers to target Moss a lot this week to both tune up and see what he can give you going into the playoffs. A bit of a stretch pick but could very likely find the end-zone this week.

WR Jordan Shipley JAX vs. TEN
Chad Henne and company continue to sling the ball around, and damn near pulled off the upset of the season last week against the Patriots. Henne's favorite target Cecil Shorts suffered a season ending injury last week opening the door for Shipley to step in and become fantasy relevant. Again, a bit of a stretch but if you are in need of a WR3 or flex option, Shipley could be a nice sleeper pick.

D Buffalo Bills  vs. NYJ
"When in doubt, start the team playing the Jets"  We have lived by this all season and it holds true once more.

See last week's picks: Week 16 Waiver Wire Wonders

Playoffs!? What Each Team Needs to do this Weekend

 
A look at the playoff picture as we head into week 17 of the NFL season. What does your team need to do to improve their playoff picture?

NFC
1. ATL (13-2, clinched South, home-field advantage)
2. GB (11-4, clinched North)
3. SF (10-4-1, clinched playoff spot, leads West)
4. WAS (9-6, leads East)
5. SEA (10-5, clinched playoff spot) 
6. MIN (9-6)
In the hunt:
7. CHI (9-6)
8. Dallas (8-7)
9. NYG (8-7)

NFC Scenarios
Green Bay: Can clinch No. 2 seed with win at Vikings; OR tie and San Francisco loss or tie; OR San Francisco loss and Seattle loss or tie.
San Francisco: Clinches NFC West with win or tie; OR Seattle loss or tie. Clinches No. 2 seed with win and Green Bay loss or tie; OR tie and Green Bay loss.
Seattle: Clinches NFC West with win and San Francisco loss. Clinches first-round bye with win and losses by San Francisco and Green Bay.
Washington: Clinches NFC East with win; clinches wild card with loss and losses by Minnesota and Chicago.
Minnesota: Clinches playoff spot with win; OR tie and Chicago loss or tie; OR Dallas loss or tie, NY Giants loss or tie and Chicago loss.
Chicago: Clinches playoff spot with win and Minnesota loss or tie; OR tie and Minnesota loss.
Dallas: Clinches NFC East with win.
NY Giants: Clinch playoff spot with win and losses by Minnesota, Chicago and Dallas loss or tie.

AFC
1. HOU (12-3, clinched South)
2. DEN (12-3, clinched West)
3. NE (11-4, clinched East)
4. BAL (10-5, clinched North)
5. IND (10-5, clinched wild card, locked in at #5)
6. CIN (9-6, clinched wild card, locked in at #6)

AFC Scenarios
Houston:  Can clinch No. 1 seed with win at Colts or tie; OR Denver loss.  Clinches home-field advantage with win; OR tie and Denver loss or tie; or losses by Denver and New England.
Denver: Can clinch No. 2 seed with win vs. Chiefs; can clinch No. 1 seed with win and Texans loss
New England: Can clinch No. 2 seed with win vs. Dolphins and Texans/Broncos loss; can clinch No. 1 seed with win and Texans, Broncos losses
Baltimore: Clinches No. 3 seed with win and New England loss.
Indianappolis: Clinched #5 seed
Cincinnati:  Clinched #6 seed

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/12/25/4507469/nfc-leaders.html#storylink=cpy

Fanduel Week 16: A Look Back

A look back at the week that was: Fanduel NFL Week 16
See our picks here:  Fanduel Week 16

QB Aaron Rodgers  $9,200  vs. Tenn  32.78
342 yds, 3 pass TD, 1 rush TD   Huge game for Rodgers. Both he and our other mention in his write-up Matt Ryan were the top guys for the week and either would have been a terrific choice. Those who went with Rodgers here were certainly in contention to come in the money for their leagues this week.
QB Jay Cutler  $6,600  vs. ARI   10.64
146yds 1TD  Big swing and a miss here. The Bears went with the ground attack. We were riding the Cutler-Marshall duo this week which did connect on the Bears only passing touchdown but 6 for 68 left much to be desired.

RB Alfred Morris  $7,400  vs.  PHI   17.3
108 total yds, 1TD  Another respectable week for Morris. He has been very consistent over the course of the season and one of those guys you can pencil in for 100 and a score every weekend.
RB Knowshon Moreno  $6,600  vs. CLE   15.2
127 total yds, 5 receptions  Failed to find the end-zone for the first time in a while but continues to be one of the best values in Fanduel each week. Trend should continue with another good match-up against KC next week.

WR Brandon Marshall  $8,200  vs. ARI   15.8
6/68/1  Already touched on his day in the Cutler review but obviously disappointing. Managed to break the double digit mark thanks to the TD but for the money there were far better options out there.
WR Stevie Johnson  $6,400  vs.  MIA  4.4
4/44  Rough day for Johnson and the Bills. Several uncharacteristic drops and a quarterback that had a hard time getting a second to the think in the pocket spells disaster for those who went this way.

TE Heath Miller  $6,100  vs.  CIN  6
3/45  A season ending ACL tear in the 4th quarter was a big blow to the Steelers as they attempted to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. He certainly would have been a big target for them down the stretch. Disappointing game for Miller owners.
TE Benjamin Watson  $4,900  vs.  DEN   6.2
3/47  Going against the league's worst TE defense it was a good match-up on paper. He was still able to put up more points than the higher priced pick in Miller but still nothing to write home about.

K Phil Dawson  $5,000  vs.  DEN   8
Another ho-hum pick here. Cleveland struggled to get things going offensively and as a result Dawson didn't get many good looks.

DEF  New England  $5,600  vs.  JAX    8
The surprise of the week had to be Jacksonville this week. They went toe to toe and probably should have beat a Patriots team that was sloppy on both sides on the balls and just managed to pull this on off. 3 INT's helped the cause but overall a big disappointment.

Friday, December 21, 2012

NCAA Friday Night Cash-In

 
Another night, another chance to make a couple bucks. After watching last night's game college football fans everywhere are starving for points. Will we get them tonight?

 Ball State Cardinals (9-3) at Central Florida Knights (9-4) O/U 60.5

The UCF Knights finished their regular season with a record of 9-4, going 7-1 in Conference USA play.  The Ball State Cardinals finished with a 9-3 record on the year, going 6-2 in the MAC conference. Both teams have high powered offenses led by underclassmen QB's. If last night's game taught us anything it is that when the pressure is on in a big game bowl atmosphere, mistakes can and will be made with advantages going to defenses. While the scoring trends of both teams leads otherwise, we are sticking with the turnover trend and the under. Some sites have it at 60, others 61 -- we'll split the difference.

PICK: UNDER 60.5

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Week 16 NFL Sunday Cash-In

 Week 16 NFL Sunday Cash-In
A look at the games you should be playing this weekend! Good luck everyone and happy holidays!

Week Record: 3-0-1

Minnesota (+8.5) at Houston
This game features the top two running-backs in the NFL.  Adrian Peterson has a chance to put himself in position to break Eric Dickerson's single season rushing record. No team has been able to stop him so far and while the Texans do sport one of the better defenses in the league, we expect a very motivated Peterson to still crack the 100+yd mark. The Vikings are 4-1-1 ATS past 6 as dog of 8+ points. The Vikings need this one if they are going to make the playoffs. With this game being dominated by the ground game it should stay relatively low scoring and close enough to cover spreads over a touchdown.
PICK: MINNESOTA      WIN


Miami (-4.5) vs. Buffalo
The Bills are really banged up. They have two, and only two, offensive threats in C.J. Spiller and Stevie Johnson. The Dolphins are hanging on to the slimmest of playoff hopes and must win out with some help from Cincinnati this weekend to even have a chance. Tannehill and the offensive showed some promise last weekend, albeit against a poor Jaguars team. If they can keep that momentum, and we would expect they will have plenty of motivation to do so, they should win easily.
PICK: MIAMI -4.5    WIN


New Orleans (+2.5) vs. Dallas
The Cowboys are 1-6 against the spread at home this season. December is here, which means it is only a matter of time before we see Romo and company complete their yearly collapse.  Saints have won 6 of their past 7 against the Cowboys since 1998. The Saints are 6-1 SU & ATS over the past 7 December games. One the other side the Cowboys 1-9 ATS in their past 10 home games. Nothing would make Drew Brees and company happier than to knock Dallas out of playoff contention. All signs point to New Orleans in this one.
PICK: NEW ORLEANS +2.5   WIN


Indianapolis (-7) vs. Kansas City
The Colts are 6-1 at home this season ATS. They have a chance to lock up a playoff spot and are facing a Chiefs team that failed to score against a poor Oakland team last weekend. The Raiders are just 1-6 on the road this season and have little left to play for. Expect the Colts to roll by double digits.
PICK:  INDIANAPOLIS -7   PUSH

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thursday Night NCAA Cash-In

 
BYU 7-5 (6-6 ATS) -3 vs. San Diego St. 9-3 (8-4 ATS)

With this game being played in San Diego it is a little suprising that BYU is a 3 point favorite for this one. BYU has had a very difficult time scoring against above average defenses (14 points each vs. San Jose St. & Notre Dame with combine 6 TO). Fortunately, they boast one of the the better front 4's on defense in the county.  Conversely, San Diego St. has an explosive ground attack that averaged 229yds/game, while struggling at times on the defensive side of the ball (24.5ppg). If SDSU can gets the ground game going they will gain a major advantage in time of possession, eventually wearing down down the tough BYU d-line. Its going to be a close one but we are going to take the points and the Aztecs.

Pick: SAN DIEGO ST. +3

Fanduel NFL Week 16 Players to Start

Fanduel NFL Week 16 Players to Start
A look at the best match-ups and bargains at each position for Week 16 of the NFL Fanduel season. Good luck everyone and happy holidays!


QB Aaron Rodgers  $9,200  vs. Tenn
Rodgers is as steady as they come and coming off a great week last week goes up against a Tennessee Titans team that has been a great match-up for fantasy QB's not named Mark Sanchez. If you are going with a big money QB Rodgers is guy. Those of you playing leagues that start on Thursday may want to take a look at Matt Ryan against a beat up Lion's secondary as well.
QB Jay Cutler  $6,600  vs. ARI
Cutler is one of those guys who is a high risk, high reward type of play. He has games where he will look like a top tier QB throwing for 260/2/0 then turn around with a 210/0/3 stinker. At only $6,600 he is about as cheap a starter as you can find. Brandon Marshall is having a great season at the receiving end and publiclly challenged the offense follow last week's loss to the Packers. How will they respond? If they respond well Cutler is a steal here at $6,600.

RB Alfred Morris  $7,400  vs.  PHI
Morris had 27 carries for 87 yards and 2 TD's Sunday against the Browns. Expect the Redskins to rely heavily on Morris again this week as they ease RGIII back into the swing of things and make a push for the playoffs. Morris has been hot lately and they have been feeding him the ball a ton. A good play this week and at just $7,400 and allows you to spend elsewhere without paying out the 9000 for a Peterson or Foster.
RB Knowshon Moreno  $6,600  vs. CLE
Moreno continues to put up big numbers and again is listed at a great bargain at just $6,600. Moreno had 22 carries for 118 rushing yards and a touchdown against a tough Baltimore defense last week. This week he faces a Cleveland team that Alfred Morris put up big numbers on a week ago. Great play again this week.

WR Brandon Marshall  $8,200  vs. ARI
We like the Cutler-Marshall combo this week. Marshall is motivated as evident by his post game press conference following last week's loss to the Packers. Marshall is having one of the best seasons of any WR in the league but is being overshadowed by the likes of Calvin Johnson. If you are going with our bargain at QB in Cutler, Marshall is a must have at the other end.
WR Stevie Johnson  $6,400  vs.  MIA
For whatever reason Johnson likes playing the Dolphins. Buffalo Bills are tough starts most weeks but they did knock off Miami earlier in the season and Johnson remains QB Ryan Fitzpatrick's favorite target. The two connected on a great touchdown last week against a far better pass defense in Seattle. Expect Johnson to get plenty of looks this week.

TE Heath Miller  $6,100  vs.  CIN
Miller is coming off a big game and faces a Cincinnati team that he put up 6/53/1 against earlier in the season. With big names Gronk/Hernandez/Graham all banged up, Miller is the best of that second tier and this week makes for a good play.
TE Benjamin Watson  $4,900  vs.  DEN
If the Broncos have a weakness on defense it is defending against TE's who have torched them all season long. Case & point:  last week Dennis Pita (our bargain pick) lit them up for 120yds and 2 TD's. Watson has been inconsistent this season but is starting to appear more and more on Brandon Weeden's radar in the red zone. If there was a week for him to stand out, this would be it.

K Phil Dawson  $5,000  vs.  DEN
Dawson is the best of the $5,000 group again this week. Denver is a decent defense that should make it difficult for Trent Richardson and Co. to find the end-zone. Expect Dawson to have plenty of opportunities for FG's this week.

DEF  New England  $5,600  vs.  JAX
We usually give you a $5,000 play here but we have seen over the course of the season that defense plays a much more important role in dominating your Fanduel league each week than we often give it credit for. Couple that with a bunch of poor match-ups at the bottom of the board this week and it's time to look for a stud D elsewhere. The Patriots defense was embarrassed by the 49ers last weekend, showing a vulnerability that they had not shown in weeks. Expect them to bounce back with a statement game this weekend against a Jacksonville team that really is not that good.

Click here for last week's picks

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

NFL Week 16 Waiver Wire Wonders



NFL Week 16 Waiver Wire Wonders
If you are still alive in Fantasy it means you have made it to your leagues Finals or Semi's. This week it is more important than ever to find that guy to fill in for your injured player or guy with a bad match-up. Lets take a look at a few of the player who can lead you to victory this week.  Good luck everyone!

QB - Sam Bradford  STL   vs. TB
Bradford is coming off a career day of 377yds and 3TD's. He is going up against a Tampa Bay team that is giving up a league most 27.3 fantasy points (320.8 yards and 2.75 total touchdowns) per game to opposing QB's. He has all his WR's back and healthy now. Expect another strong performance against the Bucs this week.
RB - DeAngelo Williams  CAR   vs.  OAK
Jonnathan Stewart will be out again this week which means Williams owners do not have to worry about splitting carries there.  The only problem is that Mike Tolbert, the same guy who poached TD's from Ryan Matthew/Darren Sproles owners in his time with the Chargers has emerged as a goal line guy. The good news:  Williams is averaging 120+ total yards and a TD over the past two games. He is a receiving threat out of the backfield and going up against a shaky Oakland defense.
RB - Danny Woodhead  NE   vs.  JAX
Woodhead took over the primary RB job for the majority of the SF game after Stevan Ridley (2) and Shane Vereen (1) coughed up the ball early and found themselves in Bill Belichick's dog house. The Pats should score early and often giving any offensive player who suits up and plays the ability to have a productive fantasy day. With the game likely to be in hand by halftime there will be plenty of garbage points for a back to grab in the second half. Woodhead seems to have Belichick's trust at the moment making him a good play.
WR Braylon Edwards  NYJ  vs.  SD
Greg McElroy has been named the starter for this one. With the season all but over the Jets, expect them to give McElroy a little freedom to evaluate him and see what he can do.  We was very efficient, albeit in a small sample size, going 5 for 7 for 29yds and a TD in his only appearance in a come back victory in week 13. Edwards is clearly his best option at WR and should get the bulk of the red-zone looks.  If you are thin at WR and need to take a flyer on a guy this week Edwards might be worth a look.
TE - Benjamin Watson  CLE  vs  DEN
TE's has lit up the Broncos defense this season. Anyone watching the game last week against the Ravens would have seen what Dennis Pita did to them. Browns QB Branden Weeden is starting to look a little more comfortable back there and is throwing with much better confidence. Expect Watson to get plenty of looks, particularly in the red-zone.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

NFL Playoff Push: What Teams Need to Clinch

 

NFL Playoff Push: A look at where teams stand with two weeks to go and what each team needs to make the playoffs or win their division....

AFC

SeedTeamDivisionRecord
1
 (y) Houston 
South12-2-0
2
 (y) Denver 
West11-3-0
3
 (y) New England 
East10-4-0
4
 (x) Baltimore 
North9-5-0
5
 Indianapolis 
South9-5-0
6
 Cincinnati 
North8-6-0
Still Alive
7
 Pittsburgh 
North7-7-0
9
 Miami
East6-8-0

x- clinched playoff berth
y- division winner


 Houston clinches a first-round bye with:
1) HOU win or tie OR
2) NE loss or tie OR
3) DEN loss
Houston clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1) HOU win OR
2) HOU tie + DEN loss or tie OR
3) NE loss or tie + DEN loss

Denver clinches a first-round bye with:
1) DEN win + NE loss or tie OR
2) DEN tie + NE loss

Baltimore clinches AFC North division with:
1) BAL win OR
2) BAL tie + CIN loss or tie

Indianapolis clinches a playoff spot with:
1) IND win or tie OR
2) IND clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over CIN OR
3) PIT loss or tie

Cincinnati clinches a playoff spot with:
1) CIN win



NFC

SeedTeamDivisionRecord
1
 (y) Atlanta 
South12-2-0
2
 (x) San Francisco 
West10-3-1
3
 (y) Green Bay 
North10-4-0
4
 Washington 
East8-6-0
5
 Seattle 
West9-5-0
6
 Minnesota 
North8-6-0
Still Alive
7
 Chicago 
North8-6-0
8
 Dallas 
East8-6-0
9
 N.Y. Giants
East8-6-0
10
 St. Louis 
West6-7-1
11
 New Orleans 
South6-8-0

x- clinched playoff berth
y- division winner

NFC Overview:
Atlanta clinches a first-round bye with:
1) ATL win or tie OR
2) GB loss or tie OR
3) SF loss

 Atlanta clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
1) ATL win OR
2) ATL tie + SF loss or tie OR
3) GB loss or tie + SF loss

 San Francisco clinches NFC West division with:
1) SF win or tie
San Francisco clinches a first-round bye with:
1) SF win + GB loss or tie OR
2) SF tie + GB loss

Washington clinches a playoff spot with:
1) WAS win + NYG loss + CHI loss + MIN loss

 Seattle clinches a playoff spot with:
1) SEA win OR
2) CHI loss + MIN loss + DAL loss or tie + WAS tie
3) SEA tie + NYG loss + CHI loss or tie OR
4) SEA tie + NYG loss + MIN loss or tie OR
5) SEA tie + CHI loss or tie + MIN loss or tie OR
6) SEA tie + DAL loss + WAS loss + CHI loss or tie OR
7) SEA tie + DAL loss + WAS loss + MIN loss or tie OR
8) CHI loss + MIN loss + WAS loss

 New York clinches a playoff spot with:
1) NYG win + CHI loss + MIN loss + DAL loss + WAS loss or tie OR
2) NYG win + CHI loss + MIN loss + WAS loss + DAL tie

Thanks to NFL.com for detailed scenarios

A look back at Fanduel NFL Week 15

 
A look back at Fanduel NFL Week 15

Wow, rough one this week. If you took any member of a New York football team you were left shaking your head.  If you avoided them, you had a chance. We gave you two of the top RB's and a stud sleeper at TE.  Lets take a look back at the rest of the weekend that was NFL Fanduel Week 15.



QB - Aaron Rodgers $8,900  vs. Chicago                    25.44
Solid day for Rodgers who found James Jones for 3 TD's. About what you would expect from Rodgers. Expensive, but productive play most weeks.

QB - Eli Manning  $7,700  vs. Atlanta                          4.44
Terrible day for Manning which translated to the rest of the offense.  Just could not get anything going against an Atlanta defense that showed up to play. Very disappointing selection.

RB - Marshawn Lynch  $7,700  vs. Buffalo                  19.2
The offensive leader for a team that has now put up 50 points in consecutive weeks. Lynch showed yet again why he is the #2 runningback in yards per game and fantasy points this season. Owners will take 113 & a TD just about every week, which is what you got from Lynch yet again.

RB - Knowshown Moreno  $6,200  vs. Baltimore         19.6
Moreno continues to shine in his opportunity in his opportunity in since the McGahee injury. 118yds & 1TD is a very solid performance. That is 3 weeks in a row now with impressive games for Moreno. You can expect more to come in the final weeks and the Broncos push for home field for the playoffs.

WR - Victor Cruz  $7,300  vs. Atlanta                            3.0
As Manning goes so goes the Giants offense and unfortunately that means down games for guys like Cruz. It didn't help Cruz owners that he missed a portion of the game due to injury. Hopefully you went with other options.

WR - Josh Gordon  $5,900  vs. Washington                   4.2
After emerging as Brandon Weedon's go to guy in previous weeks, Gordon had a rough go on Sunday.  He had just 3 receptions for 27 yards. A far cry from the 200+ he had put up over the previous two weeks.  With the Browns playoffs hopes now smashed, it will be interesting to see how they just Gordon going forward.

TE - Martellus Bennett $5,500  vs. Atlanta                   2.0
Another player at the mercy of Manning's letdown.  He didn't have a target until the 2nd half. Tough play. Hopefully you followed our bargain pick here.

TE - Dennis Pitta  $5,100  vs.  Denver                          28.0
Joe Flacco relied on Pitta to supercharge the comeback attempt on Sunday and he held up his end of the bargain. He reeled in 7 catches for 125yards and 2 TD's good for 28 points which led all TE's this week. Great pick for those who went the bargain route.

K - Nick Folk $5,000  vs. Tennessee                               4.0
Boy that Jets offense is a mess. They had plenty of chance for points but 5 turnovers from Mark Sanchez crippled owners who went with Folk this week. You were best off if you stayed away from all things NY this week.

DEF - Detroit  $5,000  vs. Arizona                                 3.0
Arizona looks like a completely different team from the one that got blown out the previous week.  They moved the ball and put up some points against the Lions D. A surprising outcome for the many who went with Detroit.

Monday, December 17, 2012

NFL Monday Night Cash-In: Week 15


Time to rebound from a tough one last night and finish the week on a good note! This line has moved all over the place today but seems to be settling in at Pick'em!  Good luck everyone!

New York Jets (Pick'em) vs. Tennessee Titans  8:30  ESPN
(6-7 SU, 6-6-1 ATS)  vs.  (4-9 SU, 4-9 ATS)

Two fairly lackluster teams go toe to toe on Monday night this week.  For the Jets it is a must win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. For the Titans it is just another chance to evaluate young talent and see if players like QB Jake Locker are players to build around for the future. On the statistically side, in the teams recent head to head history the Jets are 5-1 SU and 6-0 ATS against the Titans in their last 6 match-ups. Mark Sanchez has one of his favorite targets back in Braylon Edwards, a combination that produced 1400 yards and 11 TD's in two seasons together. With the lights shining bright for Monday night football expect both teams to show a little something. The Jets backs are against the wall and with playoff hopes hinging on a win we are banking on them coming to play tonight and walking away with the victory.

Pick: NEW YORK  LOSS

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sunday Night Cash-In Special


A Week 15 Bonus selection. Good luck everyone!

New England (-4) vs. San Francisco  8:20 NBC
The line for this game has fallen from -6 this morning all the way down to -4, even -3.5 on one site. We suspect everyone saw what the Patriots did at home on Monday night against a now 12-2 Texans team.  New England has won seven games in a row and are a ridiculous 21-0 in their last 21 games in December. One interesting item of note, the 49ers are 0-1-1 against the St.Louis Rams, a team New England blew out 45-7 six weeks ago. If the same New England team shows up Sunday night that beat up the Texans on Monday, this game should not be close.  The only chance San Francisco has is to rush Brady and hit him early and often. A low scoring game favors the 49ers. We expect the league's leading offense (36.3ppg) to continue to roll.
Pick:  NEW ENGLAND   LOSS

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