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Friday, September 13, 2013

NFL Fanduel Week 2 Players to Start

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NFL Fanduel Week 2 Players to Start

The season is underway and we are ready to roll for week 2! Lets take a look at the best match-ups and bargains at each position for Week 2 of the NFL Fanduel season!

QB - Peyton Manning - DEN - $9,800
40+ points in week one. Manning has seemingly an endless supply of receivers at his disposal. He already has developed great chemistry with newcomer Wes Welker and looks as strong as ever with Thomas and Decker. This week he goes up against little brother Eli and a Giants team that Tony Romo
QB - Terrelle Pryor - OAK - $6,500
Put up 20+ in his first start last week. Not only is he one of the cheapest options this week but he also has one of the better match-ups against a poor Jacksonville team. Could be a very good, cheap option.

RB - LeSaun McCoy - PHI - $8,600
Our pick last week and our pick once again this week. He is a great fit for Chip Kelly's offense and going against a San Diego team that is going to give up some points. Expect 100+ and at least one trip to the end zone.
RB - Eddie Lacy - GB - $6,900
Had 15 carries and found the end zone in his NFL debut last week. Expect his workload to increase this week against a Redskins team that showed some vulnerability against the Eagles last week. For the money a 80/1 line would be great value here.

WR - Wes Welker - DEN - $6,900
It is going to be a shootout in the Manning family battle. Welker has quickly build a nice rapport with Peyton and knows the Giants well from his New England days. He had a pair of TD's a week ago. Would not be surprised if he matches that feat again this week.
WR - Harry Douglas - ATL - $4,800
With Roddy White injured the door is open for Douglas to see a lot of balls as the #2 receiver this week. He made 6 catches for 90+ yards last week. Those totals should be similar with a chance at the endzone. Great value play here.

TE - Owen Daniels - HOU - $6,000
Daniels caught five passes for 67 yards and two TD's in week one. This week he going against a suspect Titans team. He is always a red-zone favorite for QB Matt Schaub. He was limited in practice this week so make sure he is in the line-up at game-time but if he plays he should be very valuable.

K -  Dan Bailey - DAL - $5,000
Had 3 FG's a week ago against New York. Could be another high scoring affair against KC this week.

DEF -  Carolina - $5,100
Held a very good Seattle team to just 12 point last week. This week they take on a Buffalo team with a rookie QB and a lot of question marks. Very strong play here.



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Thursday, September 12, 2013

MLB Power Rankings - September 12th

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MLB Power Rankings
September 12, 2013

With the best record in baseball at 87-58 the Boston Red Sox re-claim their spot at the top of this week's MLB Power Rankings. The Red Sox have put the AL East, and the rest of the AL for that matter, on notice over the the past week out slugging the New York Yankees over the weekend and putting away any thought of Tampa Bay catching them in the division with a couple of very strong victories this week. Over in the NL the Atlanta Braves continue to be the top dogs and come in at #2 this week. The LA Dodgers, the hottest team in baseball for most of the second half, seem to have come back to life a bit going just 5-5 over their last ten, but that is still good enough for the #3 spot. The surging St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers round out the rest of the top five.

Where does you team rank this week?

1. Boston Red Sox (87-58, last week No. 3)
2. Atlanta Braves (85-57, last week No. 1)
3. Los Angeles Dodgers (83-59, last week No. 2)
4. St. Louis Cardinals (83-60, last week No. 6)
5. Detroit Tigers (82-61, last week No. 4)
6. Oakland A's (83-60, last week No. 8)
7. Pittsburgh Pirates (81-61, last week No. 5)
8. Cincinnati Reds (82-62, last week No. 10)
9. Texas Rangers (81-61, last week No. 7)
10. Tampa Bay Rays (78-64, last week No. 9)
11. Baltimore Orioles (76-66, last week No. 11)
12. Cleveland Indians (76-66, last week No. 12)
13. New York Yankees (76-67, last week No. 13)
14. Kansas City Royals (75-68, last week No. 14)
15. Washington Nationals (73-69, last week No. 16)
16. Arizona Diamondbacks (72-70, last week No. 15)
17. Los Angeles Angels (67-75, last week No. 18)
18. Toronto Blue Jays (67-76, last week No. 21)
19. Philadelphia Phillies (66-77, last week No. 22)
20. Colorado Rockies (66-78, last week No. 17)
21. San Diego Padres (65-77, last week No. 24)
22. Seattle Mariners (65-78, last week No. 20)
23. New York Mets (64-77, last week No. 19)
24. San Francisco Giants (64-79, last week No. 23)
25. Milwaukee Brewers (62-80, last week No. 26)
26. Minnesota Twins (61-80, last week No. 25)
27. Chicago Cubs (60-82, last week No. 27)
28. Chicago White Sox (57-85, last week No. 28)
29. Miami Marlins (53-88, last week No. 29)
30: Houston Astros (47-96, last week No. 30)

NFL Fanduel Week 1 Recap

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NFL Fanduel Week 1 Recap


What a wild first week in the NFL! Plenty of surprises, scares, near misses and rising stars. Lets take a look at how our Fanduel Players to Start for Week 1 fared.

QB - Tom Brady - NE - $8,800                     16.12
QB - Carson Palmer - ARI - $6,300             18.01
A lot of QB's in the high teens/low 20's last week. We gave you two of them in the high priced Brady and bargain Palmer. Brady fell victim to 3 offensive fumbles (one of his own) that killed potential scoring drives. Palmer showed signs of developing a nice little relationship with star receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Definitely one to stash in the memory bank for the next favorable match-up. All in all, no stud here but no real bust either.

RB - Jamaal Charles - KC - $8,800             17.5
RB - Isaac Redman - PIT - $4,600                0.6
Charles and the Chiefs showed why many are picking them to be the breakout team of 2013. The offensive was very productive, led by Charles and new QB Alex Smith. 17.5 is solid, but could have been even better had he not left in the 3rd quarter due to injury. Redman, like all Steelers last week, was a complete bust. No way to sugar coat that one. If he was one of your sleeper picks you probably didn't cash this weekend.

WR - Julio Jones - ATL - $8,000                 15.1
WR - DeSaun Jackson - PHI - $5,700         19.9
Both WR picks found the endzone making for solid productive selections across the board at the position. Jones showed why he is Matt Ryan's favorite target and very well could have had a second TD if not for a poor throw from Ryan late. Boy oh boy, Jackson and the new look Eagles offense is fun to watch. Chip Kelly's high speed Oregon offense is tailor made for Jackson and QB Michael Vick. Both worth keeping an eye on moving forward.

TE - Jason Witten - DAL - $6,800                23.0
TE - Zack Sudfield - NE - $4,500                  0.0
Witten caught a pair of TD's and was fantasy gold on Sunday night. Sudfield on the other hand was anything but. After slipping on a route that led to an interception he found his way to the bench next to Steven Ridley in the Bill Belichick doghouse.

K- Steven Hauschka - SEA - $5,000            7.0

It was a low scoring affair for Seattle and Carolina last week. Hauschka hit a pair of FG's, one of 50+ to end the day with a middle of the road 7 points.


DEF - Tampa Bay - $5,100                          10.0
A foolish personal foul on defense ended up costing Tampa Bay the game and owners a few points but all in all, we'll take double digits from the defense. If only we had gone with Kansas City and their 26. On well, there's always next week...

Knee Jerk Reactions: NCAA Week 2

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Knee Jerk Reactions: NCAA Week 2
By Wild on Sports Analyst Bryan Ridall


What I Learned From Week 2...

After an exciting Week 1, the second week of the college football season highlighted high-powered “rivalry” games with ranked teams, important hurdles in each team’s step towards the BCS Championship. Also with the results of Week 2, two of the country’s best coaching jobs could be open at the end of the season.

Georgia isn’t dead and South Carolina might not be as good as advertised


After losing to Clemson last week, people were calling for Mark Richt’s head and saying Aaron Murray wasn’t good enough to win the big game; so a normal week in Georgia even though the team has gone 20-6 the past two years. Murray hadn’t defeated South Carolina in his career, and couldn’t risk starting the season 0-2, so he threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns to lead Georgia to a 41-30 victory against the Gamecocks. Georgia physically controlled this game, and other than one sack by Jadeveon Clowney, and a forced fumble that turned into quick points for South Carolina, their defense was awful. Georgia racked up over 550 yards of offense, and Murray was able to pick apart the South Carolina secondary, sustaining five drives over 65 yards, and throwing an 85-yard touchdown pass. Georgia got over 220 yards on the ground on one of the more solid run defenses in college football. With their matchup with LSU looming in just two weeks, Georgia may be able to use South Carolina as the rebound its season needed after the loss to Clemson.

I am still waiting to be impressed by South Carolina, and after two weeks I find myself underwhelmed. They beat up a mid-level ACC team in the undersized UNC Tar Heels, and then lost to Georgia, with their defense unable to stop anything Georgia wanted to do (Georgia only punted once). The good news for South Carolina that their schedule is so weak that they shouldn’t be tested until the second week of November when they play Florida. South Carolina was able to run pretty effectively against the Georgia defense and Connor Shaw has established himself as the starting quarterback. The defense needs to improve its ability to get off the field on third down, and stop taking bad penalties. With a relatively weak SEC East schedule coming up, South Carolina should be able to address these concerns well before their showdowns with Florida and Clemson.

I may actually be right about Miami

Miami needed five turnovers to beat #12 Florida, but the important thing is that they did indeed beat them. Stephen Morris led two touchdown drives in the first quarter, including a gorgeous 52-yard strike as he was getting laid out by a defender, and Duke Johnson finished off a Miami defensive stand to give the Canes the points they needed to win 21-16. The offense was relatively bottled up by the Florida defense after the first quarter, and Florida’s offense was able to move the ball all it wanted on Miami’s D. Fortunately for Miami, Florida turned the ball over on four Red-Zone trips, and were only able to score one touchdown in the Red-Zone, which resulted from a blocked punt in Miami territory. Miami has two tough games left on the schedule, including a game with Virginia Tech, which will likely determine the ACC Coastal champ, and a game with Florida State, which is the biggest test on the rest of the schedule. Since the Hurricanes were able to do enough to overcome the sturdy Florida defense, Miami should be able to handle the weaker defenses on their schedules. It will really be up to the Miami defense to handle some of the offenses that are coming up, including Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and FSU. If, and this is a big if, but IF the defense can hold, Miami could head into it’s November 2nd showdown with FSU 7-0 and holding an AP Top 10 spot.

Teddy Bridgewater might be the Best quarterback in college right now

If you haven’t seen Teddy throw the ball, you are really missing out on a beautiful spectacle. Bridgewater, who was coming off a five touchdown, 355-yard performance against Ohio, led Louisville against Eastern Kentucky, and threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns. Bridgewater hasn’t had much competition in its first two games, but Bridgewater’s stats aren’t the only thing that makes him stand out, it’s his ability to throw the perfect pass for the situation. In back to back weeks, Teddy has thrown beautiful touch passes to the back corner of the end zone that have fallen into the receiver’s hands, far away from the defender. Bridgewater looks effortless throwing the ball, with the ability to throw it to any area of the field and has a very strong arm as well. Bridgewater is also getting no help from his running game, which only rushed for 79 yards on 28 carries, and will be even more effective once the Cardinals fix their run blocking. Bridgewater got 15 of the offense’s 20 first downs through the air, and continued to show poise in the pocket. Louisville has a relative cake walk for the rest of the year, with conference games against Rutgers, UCF, USF, UCONN, Memphis and Cincinnati, leaving Louisville with a 13-0 record at the end of the season, which should put Louisville in National Title Game consideration, and leave Bridgewater as a Heisman finalist. Though Bridgewater may not win the Heisman, if he continues his play, he will cement his position as the first quarterback taken in the 2014 NFL draft.

Two of the best coaching jobs in College Football could be open this year

The two hottest seats in college football have to be Lane Kiffin’s and Mack Brown’s. The Texas and USC jobs are both at the paramount of college football and require the right candidate for the job. Kiffin’s Trojans were ranked #1 last year to start the season, and woefully disappointed in Matt Barkley’s senior season. Since losing Barkley, Kiffin has been struggling with who to name as a starter, employing a two-quarterback system that wasn’t impressive against Hawaii and was much worse against Washington State. Kiffin has announced Cody Kessler as his starter, and needs him to make strides quickly, or else the Trojans could get buried once their PAC 12 games come around. If Kiffin can barely get the Trojans into a bowl game, and they lose the battle of LA to UCLA, USC will surely be looking for a new coach to take over this talented team; but the problem is who. There are a few NFL names that could pop up because of their link to USC, but the Trojans will probably try and make a splash with their hiring, chasing someone like Chris Peterson, Kevin Sumlin, or Charlie Strong. However, its unlikely that the USC position will draw them away from their jobs, so it is likely that USC will have to make a bit of a stretch for their hire, possibly looking towards Kliff Kingsbury, James Franklin, or even Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez.

Texas may be the best coaching job in all of college football, because of its history, prowess, and the endless recruiting that can be done in the state of Texas. I don’t think Texas will fire Mack Brown outright, but would rather ask him to “step down” in order to pursue life so that longtime fans and boosters wouldn’t riot. After getting run all over by BYU (550 yards rushing) Brown fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, reminding us all of what the biggest problem at Texas has been; the loss of Will Muschamp. Muschamp, who is now Florida’s head coach, dialed up impressive defenses that helped Texas get to two national championship games in 6 years. There is a ton of talent at Texas, but Brown hasn’t been able to figure out the defense and get consistent play out of quarterback David Ash, but unfortunately Ash suffered a head injury at BYU and it is unclear how long he will be out. It is likely that Texas will make a bowl game, but if they lose their important games against Oklahoma, TCU, Texas Tech, and Baylor, Texas will try to change for the future. Texas shouldn’t be desperate to hire a new coach, but should try going after Muschamp first, who was once named Texas’s coach-in-waiting, until he left for Florida. Texas could try to go after A&M’s Kevin Sumlin or maybe even TCU coach Gary Patterson, but will likely get the search started now because they will need to be able to start recruiting as soon as possible for next year.

Monday, September 9, 2013

MLB Weekly Walk-Off - September 9th

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MLB Weekly Walk-Off
September 9, 2013

The past week in baseball had spotlights all over the Yankees and Red Sox for their intense four-game set in New York. The Yanks had been riding a hot streak until the Red Sox unleashed 36 runs on them in the first three games of the series and scoring 20 runs in the game before that in their series finale with the Tigers. The Red Sox took three of four from the Yankees to maintain a seven and a half game lead in the AL East. Elsewhere, the Reds are making a statement to not play in the one game playoff, and to win the NL Central out right reaching 82 wins up until this point. The Cardinals, Pirates and Reds are all just separated by a game and a half now, and will likely be that way through the end of September. Although the Astros will profit the most of any MLB team this season, they will likely be the first team to 100 losses as they sit at 96 right now. Hopefully, they can do something with all the money they obtain this season for their future. Also, CY Young candidate Matt Harvey will visit Dr. James Andrews to see if Tommy John Surgery is needed to continue pitching in the future. If it’s needed Harvey will miss the entire 2014 season.
 
 
Studs of the Past Week

1. Will Middlebrooks 3B Bo
s- In the middle of the lineup that produced a mass amount of runs in the past week, Middlebrooks has lauched four homeruns in his past five games to go along with nine RBIs in his past six games. He’s been playing lights out since being recalled from the minors and has five straight multi-hit games.

2. Mike Napoli C/1B Bos
- Can’t leave out the beard that many Red Sox players
say is one of the keys to their hitting success as of late. Napoli had three
homeruns in that series against the Yankees as well as eight RBIs. He was a
big free agent acquisition for the Red Sox and he will be a key component
heading into the post season.

3. Greg Holland RP KC-
Although Holland blew a save on Sept. 5 he reached 40
over the weekend to raise his career high for a season that was previously at 16.
Holland has been a key component as to why the Royals still have a slim chance
at making the postseason. He’s only blown three saves all year and has four
saves in the past week, and his ERA stands at a miniscule 1.40.

Duds of the Past Week

1. Ian Kinsler 2B Tex- The Rangers expected a little more production out of
Kinsler this year than they have already gotten. He’s below his career averages in homeruns and steals, but the Rangers are in playoff contention so his below average marks haven’t been recognized. He’s only had six hits in the past week with no RBIs. If the Rangers want to be a threat in the postseason, Kinsler has to get on base if nothing else and be able to swipe a bag or two.

2. Aaron Hill 2B Ariz- Hill was supposed to rejuvenate the Diamondbacks roster
when he came off the DL in late June, but that has hardly been the case. He’s far from the 26 homeruns he hit a season ago and only has one steal to his credit this season. He’s still hitting a solid .293, but the Diamondbacks are looking for runs and Hill hasn’t given that to them. In the last week Hill only has three hits and lowered his average from .316.

3. Nick Markakis OF Bal- A career .292 hitter, Markakis has been only able to
obtain a .269 average to this point in the season with a lowly nine homeruns in 561 at bats this season. With Adam Jones racking up the homeruns, its hard to tell that Markakis his under performing. The Orioles expected around 20 this season, but that will have to wait until next year. He doesn’t have any RBIs in the past week and only five hits, all of them singles.


Pickups for This Week

1. Josh Rutledge 2B/SS Col- Rutledge starred when Troy Tulowitzki was out
earlier in the year with an injury and he’s back since the September call ups. With the Rockies out of contention for anything, Rutledge is getting solid playing time and even had an RBI in three straight games earlier last week. He can hit a homerun or steal a base at any given time.

2. Yusmeiro Petit SP SF
- He was only an out away from a perfect game when Eric
Chavez of the Diamondbacks poked a single out into right field right before a diving Hunter Pence. In four starts this year Petit is 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA. This indicates that maybe the almost perfect game wasn’t a fluke and chances are he will get a few more starts before seasons end. His K:BB ratio stands at 30:4 which is above average for starting pitchers across the MLB.

3. Trevor Plouffe 3B Minn- With the Twins getting rid of Justin Morneau and Joe
Mauer on the DL the hitting is going to have to come from somewhere in the Twins lineup. Plouffe had a couple homeruns last week and upped his average from .233 to .248. Plouffe’s power has been noted in the past so he’s a threat to hit one deep anytime he steps to the plate.

Top Match-ups This Week

Pirates at Rangers- In one of the best remaining interleague matchups of the year Yu Darvish takes his CY Young talent to the mound in the series opener. He’s going to try and shut down the Pirate bats, but he’s coming off one of his subpar performances of the year so expect the Pirates to not back down.

Yankees at Orioles- The wildcard chase is coming to an end soon and with the Red Sox going into Tampa Bay, the combination of that series and this one could say a lot in who has a legitimate chance at making the postseason. Also, this is a four game series, and if the Yankees want to find themselves atop the wildcard standings taking three out of four here wouldn’t be a bad start.
Giants at Dodgers- Although the defending champs have nothing to play for at this point they can still squander the Dodgers shot at home field advantage throughout the postseason until the World Series. Also, there’s always bad blood between these two teams so don’t be surprised if things get a little tense throughout the course of the series.

NFL Monday Night Cash-In: Houston vs. San Diego

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NFL Monday Night Cash-In
Houston Texan vs. San Diego Chargers
Houston -6, O/U 45

What a wild weekend to kick off the 2013 NFL season! The fun is not doen yet as the league wraps up the week with a Monday night double header. The Houston Texans, on of the best teams in the NFL in 2012 opens up the season on the road at San Diego. The Texans are coming off a terrible end to their season that saw them lose home field down the stretch before being bounced by the New England Patriots for the second time in weeks. The pressure is on in Houston for coach Gary Kubiak and QB Matt Schaub as both have showed an ability to win in the regular season but come playoff time just simply cannot seem to get the job done. We fully expect Schaub, Aarian Foster, Andre Johnson & Co. to come out of the gates with a chip on their shoulders and something to prove to their many doubters at this point.

On the other side we has a San Diego team who has failed to make the playoffs in each of the last three seasons and comes in with new first year head coach Mike McCoy at the helm. Unless we see Philip Rivers turn back the clock to the mid/late-2000's when he was one of the game's best it is unlikely the Charger offense can keep up with the high flying Texans. Ryan Matthews is a solid back but with little on the outside for Rivers to throw besides an aging Antonio Gates the motivated Houston defense should have a fairly easy time shutting down the Chargers offensive attack.

Trends:
Houston has not lost a week one game since 2009.
Houston is 4-0 ATS in its last four September games.
San Diego is 4-0 in all-time series.
San Diego is 0-4 ATS in its last four home game.

Verdict:
Two teams on completely opposite ends of the spectrum. Expect the Texans to come out with something to prove and handle the Chargers with ease. Play this one with confidence.

PICK: HOUSTON -6
The Texans haven’t lost their season opener since 2009, but will need to flip the script on a Chargers team that dominates the all-time series with a 4-0 record. - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/nfl/houston-texans-vs-san-diego-chargers-preview-and-prediction#sthash.KUonz95C.dpuf
The Texans haven’t lost their season opener since 2009, but will need to flip the script on a Chargers team that dominates the all-time series with a 4-0 record. - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/nfl/houston-texans-vs-san-diego-chargers-preview-and-prediction#sthash.KUonz95C.dpuf
The Texans haven’t lost their season opener since 2009, but will need to flip the script on a Chargers team that dominates the all-time series with a 4-0 record. - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/nfl/houston-texans-vs-san-diego-chargers-preview-and-prediction#sthash.KUonz95C.dpuf

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Week 1 NFL Cash-In - Tampa Bay vs. New York

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NFL Week 1 Cash-In

The NFL season is finally upon us! With kick-off just a couple hours away it is time to kick-off the season in style with a big win...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Jets
1pm MetLife Stadium (NY)
Tampa Bay -4.5, O/U 39.5

This has all the makings of a blow-out. The Jets open up their season at home with a rookie QB under center who looked anything but ready to be in the NFL spotlite in the pre-season. They came in with an open position battle at QB with rookie Geno Smith trying to unseat veteran Mark Sanchez. While neither did much to help their cause, an injury to Sanchez forced coach Rex Ryan to go with the young rookie from West Virginia.

On the other side of the ball we have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coming into MetLife Stadium with hopes of starting and finishing their season in the same arena (home of the 2013 SuperBowl). They will bring with them to town former Jets standout CB Darrell Revis, acquired in an off-season trade. This will be the first game outside of the green jersey for Revis who was drafted and played for the Jets his entire career before the trade. You know going into the game that Revis will be very motivated to make an impact against his former team and show to the Bucs why he was worth the first round pick they gave up for his services.

On the offensive side of the ball Tampa Bay has one of the best young runningbacks in the league in Doug Martin. Martin burst onto the season in a big way in 2012 and very well could challenge for the rushing title in 2013. They also have a nice little receiving duo in Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams on the outside. They will go up against a Jets defense that is unlikely to live up the the lofty standards of previous Rex Ryan squads. Without Revis they lack a true shutdown corner and the D-Line looked a little slow-footed int he pre-season.

Trends:
Tampa Bay was one of the NFL’s best ATS teams in 2012 at 10-5-1.
New York finished 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games in 2012.

Verdict:
All signs point to the Bucs in this one. A rookie QB for the Jets with a thin offensive line, little talent at skill positions and going up against a pretty soild TB defense.

Pick: TAMPA BAY -4.5

NFL Fanduel Week 1 Players to Start

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NFL Fanduel Week 1 Players To Start

Back at it for another season we bring to you our weekly NFL Fanduel Players to Start. Each week we will give you a stud and a bargain at each position to help you win your weekly match-up with your buddies.

QB - Tom Brady - NE - $8,800
Expensive, but worth every penny. Brady traditionally torches the Buffalo secondary and this season should be no exception. He is also trying to build some chemistry with an entirely new receiving core. Expect him to pass the ball around and find the endzone early and often in this one. 300/3/0 should make him one of the top options this week.
QB - Carson Palmer - ARI - $6,300
Palmer is fighting for his NFL career at this point after two failed season's in Oakland. He heads to Arizona and a team with a lot of offensive weapons that really has been a QB away from being relevant. This is his chance to re-emerge as what was once a top-5 fantasy QB. He has a favorable week 1 match-up against St. Louis

RB - Jamaal Charles - KC - $8,800
Another high priced option but one you can't pass up this week. KC is going up against just a brutal Jacksonville team. The addition of Andy Reid at the helm can only be good things for anyone at the RB position on his team. He has always groomed studs - Westbrook, McCoy, even Brown last season when Mccoy went down. Charles might be even more talented than those just named. The sky is the limit for him in 2013 and it starts week 1.
RB - Isaac Redman - PIT - $4,600
With rookie Le'Veon Bell injured and Jonnathan Dwyer released Redman is the lone ranger in the Pittsburgh backfield in week one. He is going up against a Tennessee defense that gave up 2494 yards and 16 touchdowns to running backs last season. He is an absolute steal for the price and could be a great candidate for 80/1 for pennies compared to the big name backs.

WR - Julio Jones - ATL - $8,000
Jones and the dirty birds open up against the high flying New Orleans Saints in what is sure to be a very high scoring affair. Jones is the vocal point in the offense and the primary big play target for Matt Ryan. Fortunately, he has Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez to share some of the attention and avoid triple-teams. In single and double coverage, particularly against a porous Saints secondary Jones has the speed and go up and get it ability to have a monster game this week. 120/1
WR - DeSaun Jackson - PHI - $5,700
The arrival of Chip Kelly in Philly means the potential for monster fantasy numbers for Eagles offensive players. His run and gun style of offensive fits perfectly for the personnel he has (notably Vick, Jackson, McCoy). Jackson could be in on just about any sort of offensive play and if the pre-season was any indication, he has re-gained some of his 2011 pre-injury playmaking speed. At just $5,700 is a true bargain. 

TE - Jason Witten - DAL - $6,800
The Cowboys are notoriously hot starters in September with Tony Romo as their QB. They are going up against a Giants defense that is a little banged up to start the season with JPP and Antrel Rolle both games time decisions. That should make for some great options in Witten, Dez Bryant and even Miles Austin. If you are looking for a stud TE and have some money to spend Witten is your man this week. 80/1 
TE - Zack Sudfield - NE - $4,500
Without Rob Gronkowski or Aaron Hernandez at the tight end position to start the season Tom Brady will be looking to establish a connection with a new offensive weapon. If the pre-season is any indication, that guy very well could be rookie TE Zack Sudfield. The undrafted rookie got 1st team reps in 3 of the 4 pre-season games a really looked like Brady's comfort go-to guy in short yardage passing plays. Going up against a Buffalo team that New England has traditionally torched in the past should do nothing but rack up point for Partiots receivers.

K- Steven Hauschka - SEA - $5,000
Really good match-up for a team that is going to put up some points this week. Hauschka and the Seahawks go up against a Carolina team that gave up the 3rd most FG's in the league in 2012. Looks like a solid start at the minimum this week.

DEF - Tampa Bay - $5,100
"When in doubt start the team playing the Jets" -- Those of you who followed that strategy with us last season came out on top more often than not. Yes, turnover machine Mark Sanchez is injured and out of the line-up, but they still have very little offensive talent and a rookie who is going to be hit early and often by a tough Tampa D. Did we mention that it's Darrell Revis' first trip back to NY to play against his former team? There is at least one INT right there. Start with confidence.

Knee Jerk Reactions: NCAA Week 1

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Knee Jerk Reactions: NCAA Week 1
By Wild on Sports Analyst Bryan Ridall

Oh how I missed college football! After an exciting weekend starting with the battle of the Carolinas on Thursday, and was ended with an unbelievable performance by a rather unknown quarterback, this year could be the best in recent memories.

People Are Overreacting to Jadeveon Clowney’s Season Debut

Jadeveon Clowney was coming in as the most-hyped defensive lineman in recent memory, especially after his helmet-popping hit against Michigan. However, on Thursday, the cameras were focused on him, and he seemed to be rather underwhelming, causing college football analysts and every fan calling into sports talk shows to say how overrated he is. They attacked his lack of hustle and taking plays off and the face that he didn’t record a sack while seeming to be out of shape. Now Clowney, at the end of the game, did admit that he was out of shape, but that was because of the heat and the style that UNC used to nullify him. UNC used a solid game plan of running away from him, double-teaming, and quick passes to make Clowney’s night difficult. He did, however; record three tackles and forced the Tar Heels to game plan around his talents, and the South Carolina defense held North to 300 yards and one touchdown, after North Carolina was one of the top offenses last year. Defensive linemen can’t give it 100% every single play because otherwise they wouldn’t be able to stay on the field as long as they do; that’s why coaches utilize rotation on the defensive line, to keep their players fresh. Clowney will continue to receive attention from every Offensive Coordinator, and with a game against Georgia coming up, he will be able to get a second chance in the spot light, to remind the nation he still is the top defensive player in the country.

People are Overreacting to Johnny Manziel’s Day

After getting slapped with a one half suspension after the NCAA couldn’t prove the allegations of receiving money for autographs, Johnny Manziel was ready to put that all behind him. However, after a gesture on Saturday that got him a 15-yard penalty and benched, analysts (surprise, surprise) were calling Manziel a “punk” and an “idiot” and were saying how awful he was for college football. They are dead wrong; Manziel is what is perfect about college football, passion for playing to their school, and not for a paycheck. Manziel was getting taunted all game by the Rice players with many of them giving him an autograph hand gesture in his face, anytime they could. However, after his third touchdown pass of the second half, which put A&M up 52-31, two Rice cornerbacks got in his face and were trash talking him as Manziel walked off the field, with referees around. However, it wasn’t until Manziel turned around and pointed at the scoreboard did the referees decide to throw a flag, regardless of the fact that he had been getting jawed at all game. All Johnny Football does is win games and play with passion, and he did both against Rice. Manziel is going to light it up against Sam Houston State, and will face Alabama in the game of the year on September 14th. If Manziel wins that game, every analyst will completely flip flop and say how great Manziel is and will be behind him. However, if he loses, regardless of how well he plays, those same analysts will point to his off the field antics and “maturity” issues as the reason that he lost. At this point, all Manziel can do is win, because if he loses, the media will try to bury him.

The 2014 Quarterback Class Could be Better Than 2012

We are a bit early in the season to be sure, but based on play of quarterbacks that will likely enter next year’s NFL Draft, pro teams may want to consider tanking their seasons in order to get one of the quarterbacks. The most exciting quarterback of the night, without a doubt, was Taj Boyd, who threw for 270 yards and 3 touchdowns, and added 42 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Boyd’s opponent, Aaron Murray, went 20/29 and threw for 323 yards, but had no touchdowns and one interception, and moved to 1-15 against Top 10 teams. My favorite quarterback to watch this week was my Heisman dark-horse Teddy Bridgewater who went 23/28 for 355 yards and 5 touchdowns, including one of the most beautiful touch passes in recent memory. Tommy Rees and Keith Price each had over 300 yards passing and multiple touchdown passes, trying to play their way into the draft. The most disappointing performance of the first week was Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron who only went 10/23 for 110 yards and one touchdown. However, with a week off and a big game coming up against Texas A&M, expect McCarron to play much better.

Speaking of McCarron, Alabama Needs to Fix its Offensive Line

While McCarron’s play left much to be desired, he was running for his life from a mediocre Virginia Tech defense. The line is replacing three starters who were drafted, two in the first round, and seemed lost at times on the field. There were breakdowns in communication and blown assignments all over the place in the passing game, and even the rushing game, a staple of Alabama’s offense, was underwhelming behind the line. If Alabama wants to compete in the SEC, let alone make it back to the National Championship, they will need to fix the issues that they have on the line. However, Alabama has a week off, in which they can fix their protection problems, before they start their SEC schedule. Once the offensive line fixes its protection issues, they will be able to establish a strong running game, which will not only give McCarron more time in the pocket, but also allow him to be more effective.

Last but Not Least: Two Unknown Quarterbacks Opened My Eyes

While all eyes were on the elite quarterbacks like Manziel, Boyd, Murray, and McCarron, it was two freshman quarterbacks, in their first career starts, that really impressed me. On Friday, Texas Tech started Baker Mayfield, a freshman who had walked onto the team in summer session, and all he did was complete almost 75% of his passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns. Mayfield did an incredible job spreading the ball around, completing passes to 11 different receivers. Mayfield also ran for a touchdown, but the team was having a difficult time running the ball, which led to Mayfield’s aerial assault. Coach Kliff Kingsbury gushed over Mayfield’s performance and Kingsbury knows a bit about slinging the ball around for Texas Tech. Mayfield will have another opportunity to pick apart the secondary when Texas Tech takes on Stephen F. Austin, and could be an up and coming star in the Big 12. The week ended with a coming out party for Florida State sans E.J. Manuel, but they didn’t seem to miss him too much. Freshman Jameis Winston was electric on Monday night against Pitt, going 25/27 for 356 yards and 4 touchdowns. In the first half alone, Winston was 17/18 for 240 yards and three touchdowns, while adding a rushing touchdown, accounting for 24 of FSU’s 28 first half points. Winston was also pulled once FSU was up 41-13, which obviously would have only added to his stats if he had stayed in. With the unimpressive brand of defense that the ACC plays, Winston should be able to continue to dazzle the conference and college football fans on his way to a BCS Bowl game. The most intriguing game will be against Florida, who always has a strong defense, and has a history of terrorizing young quarterbacks. Though last year was the first time ever a freshman has won the Heisman, if Winston can lead Florida State to an undefeated season, and continue to put up his ridiculous numbers, it is likely he will be the second freshman to win it.

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