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Friday, October 11, 2013

NFL Week 6 Fanduel Plays of the Week

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NFL Week 6 Fanduel Plays of the Week

Lets take a look at the best match-ups and bargains at each position for Week 6 of the NFL Fanduel season!

QB - Peyton Manning - DEN - $10,800
Peyton is playing in a whole other stratosphere right now. He is going up against the unquestioned league punching bag in Jacksonville. Peyton could be on the verge of a historic season. If he wants to break records he is going to need to pad his stats in games like this one. Strong play despite the price.
QB - Nick Foles - PHI - $6,500
Foles took over for the injured Michael Vick last week and never looked back, leading his team to victory. This week the Eagles draw a Tampa Bay team that is off to a terrible start and already looking for ways to run its coach out of town. Should be a good buy low option this week.
RB - Knowshon Moreno - DEN - $7,000
Graduating from a weekly bargain pick to a top dog this week against the lowly Jaguars. Denver may put up 60. If they do, Moreno is bound to be in on a couple of those touchdowns.
RB - Willis McGahee - CLE - $4,800
McGahee has grabbed the reins as the feature back in Cleveland with his workload expanding each week. He cracked the 20 touches mark last week and should again this week against Detroit. At just $4,800 he may be the bargain of the week.
WR - DeSean Jackson - PHI - $7,900
A good match-up for Foles means a good match-up for his top receiver in Jackson. He had seven catches for 132 and a TD last week. He could be looking at similar numbers against this time around.
WR - Leonard Hankerson - WSH - $4,500
OK, before you you start scratching your head hear me out. The Redskins are coming off a bye and a chance to reconfigure the offense to suit RGIII and his clearly not 100% healed knee. What that should mean is more of a pocket passing attach with Pierre Garcon and Hankerson as the primary beneficiaries. Hankerson is one of those guys who catches balls in bunches or doesn't catch them at all. After watching Denver pick apart the Dallas secondary last week, the door is open for Washington to do the same. Bit of a flyer but a very high possible reward for the risk.
TE - Jason Witten - DAL - $7,000
Not a whole lot of sexy match-ups this week as far as the TE's are concerned. Witten has been about as consistant as they come this season and draws another favorable match-ups against Washington.
K - Nick Folk - NYJ - $5,000
The Jets have been surprisingly productive in recent weeks on the offensive side of the ball. Going against a deflated Pittsburgh team this week that trend is likely to continue allowing for plenty of opportunities for Folk. Best of the $5,000 options.
DEF - Cincinnati Bengals - $5,300
A really good defense going up against a QB that was just signed off the scrap heap. Take this one to the bank.

Good luck in week 6 everybody!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

NHL Power Rankings - October 9th

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NHL Power Rankings
October 9, 2013

Our first installment of NHL Power Rankings for the 2013-14 season! The puck has dropped and already the season looks poised to be full of surprises. The new division alignment is going to make every point that much more important and should result in some excellent hockey. The Pittsburgh Penguins behind the red hot goaltending of Marc-Andre Fleury (no that is not a typo -- its the regular season after all) take claim to the the #1 spot this week. Nipping at their heals are the San Jose Sharks who are riding an injection of youth to the #2 spot. Last year's Stanley Cup match-up checks in at #3 and #4, this time with the Bruins one spot ahead of the Blackhawks. The Ken Hitchcock's St. Louis Blues are off to a hot start and round out the top five this week.

Where does your team rank?

# Team & Record
1 Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0-0
2 San Jose Sharks 3-0-0
3 Boston Bruins 2-0-0
4 Chicago Blackhawks 1-0-1
5 St. Louis Blues 2-0-0
6 Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1-0
7 Los Angeles Kings 1-2-0
8 Detroit Red Wings 2-1-0
9 Colorado Avalanche 3-0-0
10 Ottawa Senators 1-0-1
11 Montreal Canadiens 1-1-0
12 Anaheim Ducks 2-1-0
13 Vancouver Canucks 3-1-0
14 New York Rangers 1-2-0
15 Winnipeg Jets 2-1-0
16 Columbus Blue Jackets 1-1-0
17 New York Islanders 2-0-1
18 Minnesota Wild 0-1-2
19 Dallas Stars 1-1-0
20 Carolina Hurricanes 1-1-1
21 Washington Capitals 1-2-0
22 Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1-0
23 Phoenix Coyotes 1-2-0
24 New Jersey Devils 0-1-3
25 Nashville Predators 1-2-0
26 Edmonton Oilers 1-2-0
27 Calgary Flames 1-0-2
28 Philadelphia Flyers 1-3-0
29 Florida Panthers 1-2-0
30 Buffalo Sabers 0-3-0

"Redskins" Name Under Fire

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"Redskins" Name Under Fire
By Wild on Sports Analyst Jason Gillson

If there is anything that the sports world has perfected in its hundreds of years of existence it is controversy. Whether it is a call on the field, a player, a team, a fan-base, what have you -- there is always a little something, a hot button topic to stir the pot.

Media outlets and high profile personalities all across the US this week have strengthened their attention on the NFL's Washington Redskins. The Oneida Indian Nation, based in Central New York are at the helm of the latest movement to to eradicate the use of what they call the "R-word". 
High profile figures across the country have spoken on the matter. Even president Obama weighed in over the weekend saying if it were up to him he would think seriously about changing the name. NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell has said that while any name change (for the time being) would be up to the team, the league "needs to be listening" to what those offended have to say.

For years various groups have spoken out against teams being associated with Native tribes. The Oneida organization's website - changethemascot.org - shows attempts at "progress" dating back to the late 1960's. These groups come and go each taking their turn in the spotlight.

From a purely sports standpoint the use of Native American names with sports franchises is not done in disrespect those groups or tribes -- it is done in tribute. The idea of the American Indian is that of a strong warrior, a symbol of unrelenting toughness and strength. "Redskin" is not a racial discrimination against the tint of someone's actual skin, it is merely a tribute to the toughness that that sports organization wants its players to have. It is about the fight and determination that the name embodies.

The attempts by these groups to end some huge racial derogatory name and the so called discriminatory nature of it is more of self serving attempt to either A) get their name in the spotlight or B) get more money out of the NFL which has already paid thousands to fight various lawsuits regarding the Redskins name. Not to single out the Oneida Indian Nation, they are just the most recent group to speak out against a sports franchise.

I'm sure for some people that notion comes across as a bit harsh but in what way is the name of a professional sports franchise effecting your everyday life? Guess what, its not! People aren't treating members of the Oneida Nation differently in their local supermarkets because of the Washington Redskins. Its all ridiculous.

The Washington Redskins, the Chicago Blackhawks, if you want to go the college route the North Dakota Fighting Sioux are all names, mascots and logo's that are some of the best in all of sports. What signifies toughness more -- Washington Redskins or Miami Dolphins? If I'm playing a sports I want to be the Redskin.

It is time for these tribes to take a step back and understand that these names are not meant in any way to slander your people. In fact it is the exact opposite.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

NFL Week 6 Power Rankings

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NFL Week 6 Power Rankings

What a weekend in the NFL! The team that looked invincible (Denver) going into the weekend survived a real scare to remain unbeaten. The #2 ranked Saints proved that they can go on the road and win a big game away from the Superdome by beating the Bears in Chicago. The surprising Kansas City Chiefs held serve to remain unbeaten at 5-0. The Indianapolis Colts got perhaps the biggest win on their resume with a convincing victory over the now #5 Seattle Seahawks.

Biggest Movers:
UP - New York Jets from 20 to 15
UP - St. Louis Rams from 27 to 22
DOWN - San Diego Chargers from 17 to 25

Where does your team rank this week?

1 5-0 1
2 5-0 4
3 5-0 5
4 4-1 6
5 4-1 2
6 4-1 3
7 3-2 7
8 3-2 12
9 3-2 14
10 3-2 16
11 3-2 8
12 3-2 9
13 3-2 10
14 3-2 11
15 3-2 20
16 2-3 13
17 2-3 15
18 3-2 19
19 3-2 21
20 2-3 25
21 1-4 18
22 2-3 27
23 1-3 24
24 2-3 28
25 2-3 17
26 2-3 22
27 1-3 26
28 1-3 23
29 0-4 29
30 0-5 30
31 0-4 31
32 0-5 32

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