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Saturday, November 16, 2013

NCAA Cash-In: Oklahoma State vs. Texas

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NCAA Week 12 Cash-In
Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Texas Longhorns
Line: Oklahoma State -3.5, O/U: 62.5

The Match-Up

Oklahoma State comes into the game ranked #12 in the country and have looked like a top 25 team just about all season. They have been down right dominant in recent weeks with victories over Texas Tech and Kansas. Their defense is one of the better groups you'll find. They are giving up an average of 4.7 yards per play which ranks they 14th in the country. They are also averaging nearly 3 turnovers per game, good for 6th in the country.

#23 Texas failed to get out of the gate this season and it very nearly cost Mack Brown his job. They have rebounded well in recent week rattling off six straight wins including a big time victory against Oklahoma. The injury bug is starting to rear its ugly head for Texas as QB David Ash, LB Jordan Hicks, RB Jonnathan Gray and DT Chris Whaley are all banged up. Gray and Whaley were both forced out of the game last week. 

Trends

Oklahoma State is 4-0 ATS in its last four games.
The favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.
Texas is 4-4-1 ATS this season and 2-2 ATS on the road.
Oklahoma State is 6-3 ATS and 2-2 ATS at home.

The Verdict

Texas has been much better as of late but they are playing out of their class this week. Oklahoma State is a very good football team. They were highly ranked coming into the season and have proven their worth to this point as a team flirting with the top 10. Injuries to key players for the Longhorns are going to catch up to them this week against a very tough opponent.

PICK: OKLAHOMA STATE -3.5

NCAA Cash-In: Virginia Tech vs. Maryland

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NCAA Week 12 Cash-In
Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Maryland Terrapins
Line: Virginia Tech -15.5, O/U: 44

The Match-Up

The Virginia Tech Hokies are coming into the game off the biggest win of their season and may just be turning things around at the right time. After opening the year by rattling off six straight wins they ran into a tough spot and back to back losses to Boston College and Duke. They boast one of the stingiest defenses in the ACC allowing just 17.6 points per game. 

Maryland started off the season a great note winning four in a row and even climbing into the National Rankings after shutting out West Virginia. The following week they got blown out 63-0 by Florida State and it has been all down hill from there ever since. The combination of injuries at key position and sloppy play with the football has led to their demise.

Trends:

Maryland is 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall
Maryland is 2-4 ATS in their last six games on the road.
The Hokies are 4-2 ATS in their last six games overall
Virginia Tech is 4-0 both SU and ATS in their last four meetings.

The Verdict:

We believe that Virginia Tech has really turned a corner after a rough couple of games. They are one of the better teams in the ACC and going up against a team that is more or less going in the opposite direction. Given all of that, we like the Hokies to roll handily.

PICK: VIRGINIA TECH -15.5

NCAA Week 12 Cash-In: Michigan vs. Northwestern

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NCAA Week 12 Cash-In
Michigan Wolverines vs. Northwestern Wildcats
Line: Northwestern -2.5, O/U: 49.5

The Match-Up

What a roller coaster season it has been for Northwestern. They stared the year with four straight wins and climbed as high as #15 in the National Rankings. They gave undefeated Ohio State their biggest scare of the season. Including the Ohio State game they have now lost five in a row and have gone from the top of the Big 12 to bottom feeders. Their sour turn got a little cherry on top last week when they our played Nebraska only to get beat by a 60-yard hailmary in the closing seconds. When it rains it pour and boy is it pouring right now on the Wildcats.

Michigan is starting to fall into a similar trend. After winning their first five games, including a big victory over rival Notre Dame, the Wolverines have since lost three of their last four, including a loss last week to Nebraska.

Trends

Michigan is 0-3 ATS on the road this season
Northwestern is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings between the teams.
Michigan is 7-1 SU in the last eight meetings between the teams.

The Verdict

The Michigan offense is really struggling. As inconsistent as Northwestern has been lately, one thing has held constant and that is the ability to force turnovers on defense. Northwestern has gotten a little unlucky lately. They have lost by a touchdown or less in each of the last three games, and of course we know how last week ended. In a battle of two teams going in the wrong direction, we're going to take the home favorite.

PICK: NORTHWESTERN -2.5
The Michigan Wolverines are 4-5 against the spread this season, and as an underdog, the Wolverines are 0-1 against the number.  On the road this season, the Wolverines are 0-3 ATS, and when playing inside the Big Ten, Michigan is 2-3 against the spread on the year.
The Wildcats are just 3-6 against the spread this season, and at home, the Wildcats are just 1-4 ATS.  When playing inside the Big Ten, Northwestern is also just 1-4 against the spread this season.

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The Michigan Wolverines are 4-5 against the spread this season, and as an underdog, the Wolverines are 0-1 against the number.  On the road this season, the Wolverines are 0-3 ATS, and when playing inside the Big Ten, Michigan is 2-3 against the spread on the year.
The Wildcats are just 3-6 against the spread this season, and at home, the Wildcats are just 1-4 ATS.  When playing inside the Big Ten, Northwestern is also just 1-4 against the spread this season.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

NFL Fanduel Week 11 Players to Start

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NFL Fanduel Week 11 Players to Start

Each week we give you a stud and a bargain at each position to help you win your Fanduel match-ups. Lets take a look at some of the players you should be starting this week...

QB - Matthew Stafford - DET vs. PIT - $9,600
Tom Brady just torched this Steelers defense for 400 yards and 4 TD's. Staffard has far better weapons than Brady at this point. Logic being logic; this just seems like a no brainier.
QB - Case Keenum - HOU vs. OAK - $6,600
Keenum has thrown three touchdowns in consecutive games. He appears to have started to build a good rapport with star receiver Andre Johnson. This week he plays an Oakland team that recently gave up 7 touchdowns to Nick Foles through the air. Like the match-up and Keenum's chances at making it 3 in a row.
RB - Reggie Bush - DET vs. PIT
Gone are the days of the stingy Pittsburgh defenses. This season they rank 29th against the run. Provides a very good match-up for Bush who is coming off a strong performance of his own last week.
RB - Mark Ingram - NO vs. SF - $4,500
Start a 3rd string back-up running back going up against one of the best defenses in football? I must be crazy, right? Hear me out on this one. Last week, his first week back from injury, he was part of a three way time share with Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles. Despite that, he managed to rattle off 145 yards and a touchdown on just 14 carries. Drew Brees is going to open up the offense early against the 49ers. The 49ers are having trouble scoring. I'm thinking garbage time starts earlier than people expect this week.
WR - Vincent Jackson - TB vs. ATL - $7,100
Jackson had 10 catches for 138 yards and 2 TD's against Atlanta back in October. Atlanta is a bit healthier this time around but we still like the match-up here against one of the weaker NFC defenses.
WR - DeAndre Hopkins - HOU vs. OAK - $5,200
Hopkins has deep threat ability and Keenum has shown that he is not afraid to go down field. A good match-up this week in Oakland. Worth the risk.
TE - Julius Thomas - DEN vs. KC - $6,800
Thomas has 9 TD's so far this season and touchdowns in all but two games. He is about as consistent a TE and you are going to find not named Gronk or Graham. Big match-up this week against KC in a battle for the division. Expect Thomas to play a big role in Peyton's red-zone plans.
K - Phil Dawson - SF vs. NO - $5,000
Will the real San Francisco offense please stand up? This team is in desperate need of a shot in the arm. They are going to have to get things going this week if they want to keep up with the high scoring Saints offense. I just get the feeling that the teams are going to be trading touchdowns for field goals all game long.
DEF -  San Diego Chargers - vs. MIA - $5,000
The Miami offensive line is an absolute mess. Ryan Tannehill has been sacked a league high number of times and his teammates are letting the off field distractions creep into their heads. I don't see much changing there this week against the Chargers.

Good luck this week everyone! Be sure to check back with us on Tuesday for a recap of the picks and how we all fared. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

NFL Week 11 Waiver Wire Wonders

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NFL Week 11 Waiver Wire Wonders

Each week we take a look at the top players available in most leagues that can help you win your match up this week. With the playoffs just around the corner now is as important as ever to make the savvy moves needed to set yourself up for a run at fantasy glory.

Lets take a look at the players you should be adding this week...

QB Josh McCown, Chicago Bears
McCown has been very solid in small doses for the Bears while filling in for the injured Jake Cutler. In a relief role last week he very nearly knocked off division rival Detroit Lions. He has plenty of weapons at this disposal in Brandon Marshall, Alston Jeffery and Matt Forte. The match-up against Baltimore this week isn't the greatest but in the coming week he will face the likes of the Rams, Vikings and Cowboys, the later of which have very poor pass defenses. He could be a valuable asset for teams missing a star QB like say, Aaron Rodgers.

RB Andre Brown New York Giants
Brown burst back onto the scene after missing significant time to a broken leg. That leg seems healthy now as evident by the 115/1 line he put up last week. Match-ups with Green Bay and Dallas bode well for big chunks of yardage in the coming weeks. A great pick-up if he is still available in your league.

WR Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers
Head scratcher, right? With Aaron Rodgers out why would we want to pick up a #2 Packers receiver? Boykin has a terrific rapport with new QB Scott Tolzien. They took a ton of back-up reps together at the start of the season before Boykin was moved up the depth charts due to injury. Now they are both starting and clicking on a high level. Boykin out produced starter Jordy Nelson last week and we believe that is by no coincidence. If you need a receiver this week or next, Boykin is the guy.

WR Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Boy oh boy does QB Colin Kaepernick need his star receiver back. Kaepernick has been a shell of himself without his favorite target. Crabtree was cleared this week to begin practicing. It will still be a couple weeks before he is back as a legit fantasy option but he is out there in most leagues and is a strong WR1 when healthy. Get him and stash him for your playoff run.

TE Rob Housler, Arizona Cardinals
Has missed some time due to injury but looked very good last week catching his first career TD. With favorable match up the next couple of week he is a name to keep in mind if you have a TE on a bye.

NFL Week 11 Power Rankings

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NFL Week 11 Power Rankings

Is this the last week that the Kansas City Chiefs hold onto the #1 rank? Their biggest game of the season comes this weekend with a date with division rival #3 Denver. The winner all but surely will be sitting atop the rankings next week. Stuck in the middle once again we have the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks made easy work of Matt Ryan and the Falcons last week and at this point appear to be the cream of the crop in the NFC. At #4 we have the New England Patriots. Coming off a bye the Pats now enter a tough two game stretch at will see them play Carolina this week before taking on the #3 ranked Broncos next week. Rounding out the top five are the New Orleans Saints. The Saints continue to dominate at home and this week will get to put their perfect home record to the test against the reeling San Francisco 49ers.

Among the biggest movers this week are the Philadelphia Eagles, up four spots after a pair of impressive road victories. Nick Foles looks like a different quarterback throwing for 10 TD's over the last two games. Who is this guy and what did he do to with the real Nick Foles? Going in the opposite direction are the San Francisco 49ers. They lost a tough one to Carolina last week. They offense seems to be sputtering, Colin Kaepernick doesn't look anything like the guy who took the league by storm this time a year ago. He is going to need to regain that form and regain it quickly if they are going to make any sort of playoff run.

Rank
Last Week
1 Kansas City Chiefs 1
2 Seattle Seahawks 2
3 Denver Broncos 3
4 New England Patriots 5
5 New Orleans Saints 7
6 Detroit Lions 9
7 Carolina Panthers 11
8 San Francisco 49ers 4
9 Indianapolis Colts 6
10 Cincinnati Bengals 8
11 Dallas Cowboys 10
12 Chicago Bears 12
13 Green Bay Packers 13
14 New York Jets 14
15 Arizona Cardinals 15
16 Philadelphia Eagles 21
17 Tennessee Titans 16
18 San Diego Chargers 17
19 Cleveland Browns 18
20 Baltimore Ravens 19
21 Houston Texans 20
22 Washington Redskins 22
23 Miami Dolphins 23
24 St. Louis Rams 24
25 New York Giants 26
26 Pittsburgh Steelers 29
27 Minnesota Vikings 30
28 Buffalo Bills 25
29 Oakland Raiders 27
30 Atlanta Falcons 28
31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31
32 Jacksonville Jaguars 32

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

NHL Power Rankings - November 12th

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NHL Power Rankings
November 12th, 2013

Holy West Coast dominance! Our top six teams this week come from the Western Conference and with good reason: they are the better teams right now. We have some established dominance out West. In the East no one seems to want to run away with it. Whether that is a testament to a lot of very good teams at the top beating each other up or just simply a lack of consistency; the East is sagging behind a bit to start the year.

Getting to the rankings themselves; the Colorado Avalanche have won eight of their last ten and maintain the #1 rank for a third straight week. The Anaheim Ducks now have the most points in hockey at 31through 19 games. Ryan Getzlaf seems to have regained his championship form the Ducks cup run in 2007. It is no coincidence that the line of Getzlaf-Penner-Perry is reunited in correlation with this resurgence. The San Jose Sharks fall one spot to #3 this week. The Phoenix Coyotes are playing some great hockey winning 6 of their last 7, the one loss coming at the hands of the afore mentioned Ducks. They jump up one spot to #4. The defending Stanley Cup champs round out our top five. The Blackhawks are heating up having won 6 of 7 of their own. Patrick Kane is leading the way for Chicago with 10 goals already on the season, including goals in 3 of the last 4 games.

The big movers this week are the New Jersey Devils (up 6) thanks to a pair of shutouts from the ageless Martin Brodeur. Going in the opposite direction are the New York Islanders (down 8) who are now just 2-5 since the Thomas Vanek/Matt Moulson trade.

Where does your team rank this week?

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

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