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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Chasing History


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Just a few hours until kickoff of the biggest game left on the regular season college schedule. After seeing previous undefeateds Alabama, Kansas St., and Oregon lose on consecutive weeks the spot light shifts to South Bend.  Notre Dame, the last bowl eligible undefeated team will take on rival USC, a team with a tradition of unseeding previously unbeaten #1's, including the fighting Irish three times in previous seasons. This has all the story lines a college football team could ask for; an undefeated college football superpower playing the preseason #1 with one Heisman hopeful watching injured on the sidelines and another looking to pad his resume with a trip to the National Championship game.

The game airs at 8pm on ABC.

Who you got?

Friday, November 23, 2012

Week 12 Fanduel Sunday

 
Time for the second half of the holiday weekend double dip! With Turkey causing a legitimate excuse for lack of attention to detail on Thursday, all excuses are gone now as we move into the weekend. Lets take a look at Sunday with a great match-up and bargain at each position:

QB
Match-up:
Andrew Luck     $8,400  vs. Buffalo Bills
Luck and the Colts will be looking to bounce back after getting roughed up by New England last week. The good news:  the Buffalo Bills are coming to town. Buffalo has given up the 9th most points to fantasy QB's this season and are just 2-4 on the road this season. Buffalo barely survived a late comeback effort from a struggling Miami team last week and boast a defense that has given up 29.9 points per game.

Bargain:
Colin Kaepernick   $5,500  vs. New Orleans Saints
Kaepernick looked great in his first game last week filling in for the injured Alex Smith. He picked apart a pretty good Chicago Bears defense and this week should be licking his chops going up against a New Orleans defense that is 31st in the league in passing defense, giving up the most fantasy most against QB's in the NFL this season.


RB
Match-up:
Chris Johnson  $8,000  vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Johnson has rushed for an average of 117 yards per game since week four and is on pace for his second highest rushing total of his career. He faces a Jacksonville defense that has given up the 4th most points to fantasy running backs. Expect those number to only improve this week for Johnson.

Bargain:
Marcel Reece  $6,400  vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Reece has been the bargain of the week each of the past three weeks and we expect that to continue again this week. The powerful back went off for 193 total yards last week against New Orleans and this week plays a Cincinnati team known for giving up points to RB's. With McFadden out for at least another week, Reece will be Carson Palmer's go to guy again once again.


WR
Match-up:
Roddy White  $7,300  vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
White put up good numbers last week despite his quarterback throwing 5 interceptions. This week he draws a Tampa Bay team that has given up the 2nd most points to fantasy WR's.  With Julio Jones still banged up, expect White to again be Matt Ryan's primary target.

Bargain:
Cecil Shorts  $6,000 vs. Tennessee Titans
Both Shorts and rookie Justin Blackmon seem to have developed a pretty good relationship with new Jags QB Chad Henne. Shorts has quietly put together a pretty good season (considering who he has throwing to him) with 642 yards and 5 TD's.  Expect those numbers to only improve this week with an extra week of practice reps with Heene & Co.


TE
Match-Up
Jermaine Gresham  $5,500 vs. Oakland Raiders
Gresham has been targeted 8 times in each of his last 3 games. This week he draws an Oakland team that gives up the 8th most points against tight ends and the 3rd most point against QB's. With AJ Green likely to draw double teams most of the game, look for Gresham to be a go to guy early and often.

Bargain:
Dallas Clark   $5,200  vs. Atlanta Falcons
Clark found the end zone in overtime for the victory last week and is starting to show glimpses of the Clark of old from his hay-day with the Colts.  If you are looking to save a few hundred from the more reliable options take a chance on him this week against Atlanta.


K
David Akers  $5,000 vs. New Orleans Saints
Akers fits the bill for both categories this week. Any game involving New Orleans is bound to be a high scoring affair, even with a great defense like the 49ers. With a very poor defense on the other end and Kaepernick expected to do big things, Akers will have plenty of opportunity for points in this one.


DEF
Denver  $5,400   vs. Kansas City
Kansas is just down right awful offensively.  Expect Von Miller to bring the heat early and often, beating up whoever KC runs out the at QB.

Week 13 College Football Cash-In

 

We are down to the last week in the regular season for many conferences. The good news; we have now seen every team play 10+ games, giving you a pretty good idea of each team's capabilities and trends. With that in mind lets take a look at the games you can cash-in on this week!

Washington vs. Washington St.       51 ov-110
Washington State's last three opponents have put up 49, 44, and 46 points respectively. Washington has been on an offensive tear winning four straight games . Washington State has gone over in 6 of their last 7 home games. Washington has gone over in 4 of their last 5 games played on a Friday. Take the OVER

South Florida vs. Cincinnati            -13/-110
The Cincinnati is 5-1 at home this season. The Bearcats are scoring 32.7 points per game while allowing just 13.7 points per game and outscoring opponents by an average of 19.0 points per game. South Florida is 1-4 on the road this season, going 3-7 against the spread. Take CINCINNATI

South Carolina vs. Clemson               -3/-110
Clemson is one of the hottest teams in the country and are undefeated at home this season. South Carolina is struggling offensively without standout Marcus Lattimore. Struggling you say? The Gamecocks went into the fourth quarter last week against lowly Wofford tied 7-7 before putting it together in the fourth. They won't be able to take 3 quarters off against a Clemson team that is 9-1 against the spread. Keep in mind both of SC's losses have been on the road, expect another one. Take CLEMSON

Notre Dame vs USC                           -5/-110
This is the big one for the Irish. Win and its an undefeated season and a ticket to the National Championship game. USC will be without pre-season Heisman favorite Matt Barkley and are just 3-8 against the spread this season. Freshmen Matt Wittek will get thrown into the fire against an Irish defense that is one of the best in the country. The line for this game is all over the place, seeing range from -4.5 to -6. Most sites have it at 5 now. Take NOTRE DAME

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving Football Fans!

 





From our families to yours we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy the family and the games!

Week 12 Fanduel Thursday



Ah, Thanksgiving is upon us. This means family, feasts fit for a king and more football! That's right folks, with 3 games on the slate for Thursday you have the option this week to play double us on Fanduel Football with Thursday only leagues!

Lets take a look at some of this week's best picks:

QB
Matt Schaub $7,800  -  After coming off a career day (527yards and 5TD's) Schaub draws an inconsistent Detroit defense. Expect this one to be a shootout. Loading up on Houston offensive players just may be a winning strategy.

RB
Arian Foster $8900  -  Yes, he is the highest priced RB again this week but with only 6 teams available to pick from there isn't a whole lot of depth to feel comfortable taking a chance on. With this game set to be a shootout, you can count on Foster finding the end-zone at least once or twice.

WR
Julian Edelman $5,000 - If you are going to spend big on the likes of a Foster, and/or one of the Johnson's you are going to need a bargin somewhere and Edelman could be just the man for the job. Edelman had a breakout week 11 catching 5 balls on 7 targets for 58 yards and a TD. Not to mention a punt return TD. The most impressive stat is he was on the field for 52 of 61 offensive plays. With Gronkowski (Out), Welker and Lloyd both banged up and listed as questionable and the release of Deion Branch, Edleman is primed to be a key contributor again this week.

TD
Jason Witten  $5,600  -   The Washingotn Redskins own the 29th rated pass defense, giving up the 2nd most fantasy points to TE's this season. With big guns like Gonk (injury), Gonzo (Sunday) and Graham (Sunday) all unavailable Witten is hands down the best play with week and a very reasonable on at that.

K
Shayne Graham  $5,200  -  With only 6 kickers to pick from you might as well take one from the game you deem to be highest scoring. In this case Hanson vs. Graham. Graham saves you $300 and plays for the team expected to win the game. He gets the check mark this week.

DEF
New England  $5,600  -  "When in doubt, go with the team playing the Jets!" Sorry Jets fans, its just not your year. With no real offensive threats and a double headed question mark tandem at QB, if you get a chance to play a team against them, do it.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

College Player Goes off for 128 Points

 This image provided by Grinnell College shows Grinnell guard Jack Taylor (3) shooting one of 108 shots during Tuesday's Nov. 21, 2012, game against Faith Baptist Bible in Grinnell, Iowa. Taylor scored 138 points to shatter the NCAA scoring record in Division III.

Its the talk of all media outlets across the country this morning. Jack Taylor of Division 3 Grinnell College broke a 58 year old NCAA record by scoring 138 points in a single game.

Yup, that's not a typo 138 points.

Taylor, a Sophomore from Black Falls, Wisconsin took 108 shots in the game making 52 of them including 27 3-points. For those of you scoring at home, that is a 48% shooting percentage. As you can probably imagine in a performance like this -- he had 0 assists.

How does someone take 108 shots in a game? How terrible must that opposing defense be to allow one guy to take 108 shots? Double team, triple team...do something to interrupt that flow. It's baffling. Don't get me wrong, 138 points is impressive. Its never been done before. Good for him. But you can't help but scratch your head a wonder at what point does this performance shift from dominant to selfish?

Lost in a lot of this is a stat line for a player on the opposing team (Faith Baptist Bible's David Larson) who had a line of 34 for 44 (77%) for 70 points. At worst this has to be the best performance in a losing effort in NCAA history, right?

Crazy.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Blue Jays Pick Gibson...Again

 

Stop me if you have heard this before:  the Toronto Blue Jays have named John Gibbons as their next manager.

Yup, thought so.

That same John Gibbons who managed the club from 2004-08 is back at the helm. The move goes against the current trend in Major League Baseball of going with guys who are first time managers. The next wave of Mike Matheny's and Robin Ventura's were out there (see Brad Ausmus, Dave Martinez, Mike Maddux) but the Jays opted for familarity making Gibbons their man.

"I don't know that there was anybody better in terms of managing a bullpen, connecting with the players, connecting with the front office, holding players accountable," said Totonto GM Alex Anthopoulos at Tuesday's press conference. "Really everything you want in a manager. From my standpoint, I don't have any stronger belief that this is the right guy to lead this team."

Despite headline raising spats with previous players (Shea Hillenbrand, Ted Lilly to name a few), Gibbons is considered by all accounts to be a players manager. That may be just what the doctor ordered to manage the veteran players (and egos) that the Jays have brought in this off-season. Just yesterday the mega-deal of the off-season was finalized with the Jays set to acquire all-stars Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle from the Miami Marlins in a twelve player deal.

Gibbons seems to the be cherry on top to the Jays off-season.

Reed Suspension Reversed



24 hours after announcing a one game suspension for Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed for his hit to the head of Pittsburgh Steelers Emmanuel Sanders, the league rescinded the suspension on Tuesday. In its place the league announced a fine of $50,000 - no small sum by any means, but far less than the $423,000 game check he would have lost due to the suspension.

The suspension was a topic of discussion for media outlets across the country all day as players including those on the Steelers felt that Reed's intent was not to target the head or injury the Pittsburgh receiver.

The fine marks the third issued to Reed this season for hits to the head.

"None of those were with intent to injure or to harm in any way," said Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Monday. "When you look at the hits, that’s pretty obvious. We all know Ed. Ed respects the game. He respects his fellow players."

Reed will be in the line-up on Sunday when the team travels to San Diego to take on the Chargers.

QB Contoversy Brewing in San Fran

 

For five seasons Alex Smith left San Fransisco 49ers fans scratching their collective heads. After being taken 1st overall in the 2005 NFL draft the niners QB was pegged by sports writers across the country as the next Ryan Leaf, the next Akili Smith -- the next bust.

Insert Jim Harbaugh. After five years, a 19-31 record throwing 51 touchdowns ans 53 interceptions those numbers have improved drastically going 19-5-1, with 30 TDs to just 10 INTs -- A huge difference. Did the player get that much better in such a short time? Is it the system?  Is Harbaugh the quarterback whisperer?

Fast forward to last night. Making his first career start for the injured Smith, Colin Kaepernick opened eyes everywhere picking apart a Chicago Bears defense that going into the game was one of the toughest defenses in the league to play against. Kaepernick dazzled to the tune of 16 of 23 for 263 yards and two touchdowns and a most impressive 97.5 QBR;  the best rating by a QB in his first career start in the last five years; better than the likes on RGIII, Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers and how could we forget the great Tim Tebow.

Up until post-game Monday night all you would hear out of Harbaugh's mouth was commitment and high praise for Smith, who to his credit has the third best QB passer rating in the NFL through twelve weeks at 104.1 (trailing just Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning). Better than Kaeperkick's? Yes, but keep in mind Kaepernick put up those numbers against defensive player of the year candidate Charles Tillman and the likess of all-pros Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs. On top of it all Harbaugh traded up in the second round of the draft a year ago to take the highly skilled Nevada QB. This is the same coach that recruited this past season's #1 pick and probable rookie of the year Andrew Luck.

So who starts on Sunday against the New Orlean Saints and the #31 rated pass defense in the NFL?

"I usually tend to go with the guy that has the hot hand and we have two quarterbacks that have a hot hand," said Harbaugh during his post game press confrence. "So I thought Colin did an outstanding job. I thought he did a great job, poised in the pocket pushing the ball throwing with accuracy, did a nice job running the game plan. Everything he did was exemplary and really acquitted himself great, very proud of him for that."

Who would you start?
 

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