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Saturday, September 20, 2014

RYAN STEELE'S NFL WEEK 3 PICKS AND BEST BETS

NFL and college football professional handicapper Ryan Steele is back again for this third season with the Fantasy Sports Boss family to supply NFL and college football prime plays and best bets all season long.  Once again Ryan posted a winning record in both in 2013 and is looking to do even better this season.  What has always separated Ryan from the rest of the handicapping community is not wins (he will put his results up against anyone) but instead the price of his picks.  For only $19.99 you get Ryan's NFL Best Bets and Prime Plays.  Or if you want to subscribe for the whole season (which is a family that continues to grow), you can get all 17 weeks of NFL picks for $299.99 which is about two hundred dollars less than others in the handicapping community for an even better quality of picks. 

I won my NFL Game of The Month on the Philadelphia Eagles Monday night against the Indianapolis Colts as the general public went the other way.  I have a Game of the Week scheduled for Week 3 to go along with four other picks.  Use the BUY NOW tab below to purchase.

******BEST BET WINNER ON THE ATLANTA FALCONS IN A LANDSLIDE THURSDAY.  FIVE MORE PICKS ON TAP FOR SUNDAY.*****

2014 NFL RECORD:  6-5

 
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 ATLANTA FALCONS (-6.5) VS. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:********BEST BET WINNER ON ATLANTA MINUS THE 6.5.*******

NEW ORLEANS (-10) VS. Minnesota Vikings::******THIS IS ONE OF RYAN STEELE'S BEST BETS FOR THE WEEK AND IS FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY.  USE TGHE BUY NOW TAB TO GET THIS WEEK'S PICKS FOR ONLY $19.99.*****

DETROIT LIONS (-2.5) VS. Green Bay Packers:  Mike McCarthy has made the Detroit Lions his personal patsy since becoming the coach of the Green Bay Packers.  In fact McCarthy has led the Pack to a 6-2 mark in Detroit in their last eight plus Green Bay is 5-1 ATS the last six in the overall series.
THE PICK:  Green Bay Packers (+2.5)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (-6.5) VS. Washington Redskins:******THIS IS ONE OF RYAN STEELE'S BEST BETS FOR THE WEEK AND IS FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY.  USE TGHE BUY NOW TAB TO GET THIS WEEK'S PICKS FOR ONLY $19.99.*****

Dallas Cowboys (-1) VS. ST.LOUIS RAMS:  If the Rams had lost last week I would have been all over St. Louis but this is a rough game to handicap.  For one the home underdog angle is at play which is always a profitable scenario and the Cowboys are perennially overrated when it comes to the pointspread.  However I don't like backing Austin Davis for a second week in a row.  With no strong indicator either way, I will pass.
THE PICK:  PASS
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Indianapolis Colts (-7) VS. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS:  The common thinking is that Andrew Luck will tear up the Jaguars this week after he helped gag away last week's Monday night loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.  The linesmakers only made this -7 which is a red flag for me plus you have the home underdog.  I won't touch this game and suggest you avoid as well but for those in pools I would ride with the points in a competitive divisional game.  THE PICK:  Jacksonville Jaguars (+7)

CINCINNATI BENGALS (-6.5) VS. Tennessee Titans:  This is a good bounce back spot for the Titans who got destroyed last week at home against the Dallas Cowboys and will be doubly focused against a divisional foe.  This is usually a good betting spot, especially when the Bengals come off a huge win over the Atlanta Falcons last week.  THE PICK:  Tennessee Titans (+6.5)

Baltimore Ravens (-2) VS. CLEVELAND BROWNS:  I can't figure out the Ravens and have failed on both of their games so far.  They are in a dead spot going on the road after a big home win over the Steelers.  The Browns are also in a letdown mode after upsetting the Saints in miraculous fashion a week earlier but they also are in the home underdog scenario.  Flip a coin.  THE PICK:  PASS

BUFFALO BILLS (-2.5) VS. San Diego Chargers:  I really like the Chargers as a darkhorse team in the AFC this season and they showed their mettle with a monstrous win over the Seattle Seahawks at home in the home underdog situation a week ago.  They now head to the eastern time zone to tackle a Bills squad that has shocked the NFL with a 2-0 start.  I got no strong indicators on this game so I will go with the better squad which is San Diego by a solid margin.  THE PICK:  San Diego Chargers (+2.5)

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San Francisco 49ers (-3) VS. ARIZONA CARDINALS:  No word yet on the availability of Carson Palmer but I can't see the 49ers being 1-2 through two weeks.  They absolutely blew last week's game against the Chicago Bears with undisciplined play but the defense is still potent and will absolutely throw around Drew Stanton if he gets the call.
THE PICK:  San Francisco 49ers (-3)

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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (-5) VS. Denver Broncos:  Denver clearly has the edge in motivation after their humiliating defeat against the Seahawks in last year's Super Bowl.  The Champs however are smarting off a terrible loss to the San Diego Chargers a week earlier and always play their best at home.  The Seahawks have been near locks ATS at home the last two years and can see more of the same in this one despite the high-powered Denver attack.
THE PICK:  Seattle Seahawks (-5)

CAROLINA PANTHERS (-3) VS. Pittsburgh Steelers:  I really have to respect the Panthers more as they are another team I have gone against the first two weeks and lost each.  Figure on the Carolina pass rush being in Ben Roethlisberger's grill all game and the points are small.
THE PICK:  Carolina Panthers (-3)

NEW YORK JETS (-2.5) VS. Chicago Bears:  The Jets have the kind of ferocious defensive line and pass rush that will cause Jay Cutler to make mistakes and turn the football over.  Kudos to Cutler and the way the Bears came back late in their win over the 49ers but the Jets will be out for blood after their gut-wrenching loss to the Green Bay Packers. 
THE PICK:  New York Jets (-2.5)

 
 

FANTASY BASEBALL BREAKING NEWS: JACOBY ELLSBURY DONE FOR 2014 WITH HAMSTRING INJURY

                                                   Jacoby Ellsbury

New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been shut down for the remainder of the 2014 season due to the hamstring injury he suffered in Friday night's game.  Ellsbury was headed for an MRI Saturday and with the Yankees clearly out of the playoff race, team brass ultimately decided to not take chances with their high-priced outfielder.

Analysis:  All in all it was a good but not great season for Ellsbury who saw a drop in two of the three categories he makes his biggest impact in.  Ellsbury hit only .271 and scored only 71 runs, the latter an indictment of the comically inept Yankees bats.  However Ellsbury upped the home runs are expected to 16 in moving into the lefty-favoring Yankee Stadium and kept up top-end speed with a total of 39 steals.  The biggest positive perhaps was that Ellsbury was able to stay healthy up until the last two weeks of the season.  He remains a rock solid outfielder 1 for 2015 fantasy baseball. 

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 RUNNING BACK RANKINGS

Here are the fantasy football Week 3 running back rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  LeSean McCoy
2.  DeMarco Murray
3.  Arian Foster
4.  Giovani Bernard
5.  Marshawn Lynch
6.  Le'Veon Bell
7.  Matt Forte
8.  Alfred Morris
9.  Eddie Lacy
10. Rashad Jennings
11. Knile Davis
12. Stevan Ridley
13. Montee Ball
14. C.J. Spiller
15. Zac Stacy
16. Donald Brown
17. Lamar Miller
18. Joique Bell
19. Ahmad Bradshaw
20. Frank Gore
21. Andre Ellington
22. Darren Sproles
23. Chris Ivory
24. Terrance West
25. Shane Vereen
26. Khiry Robinson
27. Chris Johnson
28. Pierre Thomas
29. Toby Gerhart
30. Matt Asiata
31. Bernard Pierce
32. Jonathan Stewart
33. Fred Jackson
34. Danny Woodhead
35. Jeremy Hill


 

Friday, September 19, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 QB RANKINGS

Here are the fantasy football Week 3 QB rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  Drew Brees
2.  Aaron Rodgers
3.  Nick Foles
4.  Matthew Stafford
5.  Cam Newton
6.  Andrew Luck
7.  Peyton Manning
8.  Jay Cutler
9.  Russell Wilson
10. Tom Brady
11. Kirk Cousins
12. Philip Rivers
13. Colin Kaepernick
14. Andy Dalton
15. Tony Romo
16. Ben Roethlisberger
17. Ryan Tannehill
18. Joe Flacco
19. Geno Smith
20. Alex Smith
21. Jake Locker
22. Ryan Fitzpatrick
23. Eli Manning
24. Carson Palmer
25. Chad Henne
26. Derek Carr
27. Brian Hoyer
28. E.J. Manuel
29. Matt Cassel
30. Austin Davis

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL THURSDAY WRAPUP: FALCONS/BUCCANEERS

56!  In quite possibly the most lopsided first half in recent NFL history, the Atlanta Falcons absolutely destroyed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday as they built up a ridiculous 35-0 lead at the half.  The main beneficiaries of course in terms of fantasy football were Matt Ryan and Julio Jones who of course yours truly both owns and told you all to draft this summer.  Let's take a look at all that went on in this circus.

Matt Ryan:  21/24 for 286 yards and 3 TD's.  Pretty much a perfect game by Ryan.  Who needs Drew Brees or Peyton Manning when you can have Ryan?  Seriously the Falcons passing offense can be beyond explosive as we saw last night and with Dirk Kotter calling the plays, look for the aerial show to continue.  Ryan once again is looking like the best fantasy football QB value in the land.

Josh McCown:  5/12 for 58 yards with 1 INT.  Stick a fork in McCown who injured his thumb and has been reminding everyone why he was a career backup.  McCown has shown none of the poise he had in Chicago a year ago despite still possessing a vast array of talent around him.  Mike Glennon did some nice things as a rookie a season ago and he absolutely got screwed going into 2014 as he did not deserve to lose his job.  Be that as it may, this whole team is a mess so Glennon is not worth an add yet.

Bobby Rainey:  11 carries for 41 yards and 2 fumbles while catching 7 passes for 64 yards.  What a difference a week makes.  Depending on your format Rainey was either a complete bomb (standard) or somewhat decent (PPR due to all the catches).  The two fumbles got Mike James onto the field though and Rainey needed another big game with Doug Martin set to return.

Steven Jackson:  14 carries for 54 yards and 1 TD.  Jackson has shown some early juice but like with Frank Gore in San Francisco, he is not involved in the passing game anymore.  The opportunities won't be plentiful as the Falcons remain a passing team first, second, and third.

Julio Jones:  9 catches for 161 yards and 2 TD's.  Many including myself enjoyed a nice discount on Jones this summer during the draft and when you consider that he was the best wideout in the game before getting hurt a year ago, there is valid proof the Atlanta ace receiver is the number 2 guy behind Megatron in the game.  Jones is virtually unstoppable and does whatever he wants on the field like Johnson in Detroit.  Amazing stuff.

Harry Douglas:  2 catches for 14 yards and 1 TD.  Thank goodness he got the TD because Douglas got injured and failed to finish.  Atlanta receivers are dropping like flies and next up is Eric Weems to join Devin Hester. 

Vincent Jackson:  2 catches for 15 yards and 1 TD.  Garbage-time TD still counts and in actuality Jackson's owners should be happy Glennon is in there because those two did some nice things a season ago.  Remains volatile scoring wideout every week it seems.

There you have it.  As always let us hear your thoughts.

 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: RODDY WHITE (HAMSTRING), DOUG MARTIN (ANKLE) BOTH OUT THURSDAY

                                                 

Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White and RB Doug Martin are both OUT of the lineup Thursday due to their respective hamstring and ankle injuries.  WR Harry Douglas and RB Bobby Rainey will start for each.

Analysis:  Great news for those who snagged Rainey off waivers as he gets another chance to shine against a weak Falcons defense.  Ditto for Douglas who will face an inept Buccaneers secondary.  Lots of points should be on tap so get both guys into your lineup.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL INJURY REPORT: THURSDAY

                                                

As always lots of injury news to get to so let's no waste any time.

-Shocking development in Cincy as top WR A.J. Green returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday despite still suffering from pain in the foot he injured last Sunday.  While getting back on the practice field immediately enhances Green's chances of playing against the Tennessee Titans, he still has to get through Friday's workout before we can feel more comfortable penciling him in.  If Green returns, Mohamud Sanu goes back to bench fodder.

-New York Jets WR Eric Decker missed practice again on Thursday with more hamstring trouble amid growing concerns he won't play Sunday.  Whispers out of Jets headquarters are that Decker has almost no shot to play which means Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson take on more importance.  Only Kerley would be worth starting and only as a low end WR 3.

-Still no word on whether Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron will go Sunday as he is still not completely recovered from his injured shoulder.  The shoulder has given Cameron problems since camp and cost him Week 2 and most of Week 1.  Friday should give more clarity on whether he will be able to start.

-Toby Gerhart got back on the practice field Thursday as he nurses some soreness in his ankle.  Gerhart gets an awful Indianapolis Colts defense Sunday which is just the tonic he needs to rebound from a horrendous first two weeks.  Gerhart has played so badly that it is tough trusting him as even a RB 2 this Sunday.

-A thigh issue has cropped up for Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce as he was added to the injury report.  Coming off one of his best career games last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pierce's late addition is bad news with the game so close. Justin Forsett would be moved up to a RB 2 if Pierce sits out.

-San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis no longer is using crutches for his injured ankle but he is looking unlikely to play when the team travels to Arizona to face the Cardinals.  Davis has not practiced yet this week.

-Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles did an A.J. Green and shocked everyone by doing a little work in practice Thursday.  Reports that Charles had a high ankle sprain seem to be erroneous as he would not be able to practice so soon.  Still Charles was listed as "extremely limited" by a press release and he remains unlikely to play which means Knile Davis gets the nod.

-Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarell Patterson was also a late injury report addition as he came down with a chest issue Thursday.  No words on the severity but the late addition is always a major concern. 

There you have it.  As always check back for more updates.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: RODDY WHITE (HAMSTRING) LIKELY OUT THURSDAY

                                               

Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White is likely to sit out Thursday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to a hamstring injury that he first suffered last Sunday.  Both CBS Sportsline and Pro Football Talk confirm that sources are indicating White will sit out despite the player's assertion that he would suit up.  Harry Douglas would be featured in White's spot opposite Julio Jones if he does sit out.

Analysis:  Pick up Douglas now and start him immediately if you can as all indications are that White is sitting out.  This is a reminder of how injury-prone White is becoming after passing the age of 30 and 2014 is not off to a good start on that front.  Douglas should see a ton of targets in his place in going against an awful Buccaneers defense.

 

2014 FANTASY BASEBALL UPDATED SECOND BASEMAN RANKINGS

Second baseman are up as we close the book on the 2014 fantasy baseball season as we look at the final set of rankings.

1.  Robinson Cano:  The power dropped off a bit as expected but everything else was excellent as always.  Holds onto late first round grade.
2.  Jose Altuve:  Oh my goodness what a career-year Altuve had.  Where to start?  How about batting over .340, stealing over 50 bases, and picking up over 200 hits.  Incredible.
3.  Anthony Rendon:  Has already broken fully through on his vast potential with over 100 runs scored and 20-plus homers to go with always good average. 
4.  Ian Kinsler:  Have to admit I blew it with Kinsler in going from Texas to Detroit and aging. Be that as it may, Kinsler was terrific across the board.  Steals have slipped noticeably though as Kinsler is no longer a 20-plus guy.
5.  Brian Dozier:  If you get past the ugly .230-ish average, you have over 100 runs scored to go with 20/20 juice numbers.  Yes please.
6.  Josh Harrison:  Small sample size but Harrison contributed across the board in all five categories which is fantasy baseball gold. 
7.   Dee Gordon:  Stealing over 60 bases was no shock but the vastly elevated average was. 
8.  Daniel Murphy:  Doesn't do any one thing great but does all five categories well.
9.  Matt Carpenter:  Not a fan as Carpenter is vastly overrated as the average fell which left him excelling only in runs.
10. Neil Walker:  Hey hitting 20 home runs at second base works anywhere.
11. Dustin Pedroia:  Falling fast.  You can chalk up 2014 to an off year but we saw Pedroia is the latest Carlos Baerga who was done at 28 due to the wear and tear of infield play.
12. Danny Santana:  Was a sizable boost during the second half as Santana showed off top end speed, surprising pop, and a nice average.  Want to see more.
13. Howie Kendrick:  Kendrick is always just here as a guy to pick up as an injury replacement or as your late round pick starter.  Like with Murphy, does a little of everything but nothing great.
14. Kolten Wong:  Post-hype sleeper alert. 
15. Jason Kipnis:  What a colossal bust Kipnis was.  He truly bombed in every sense of the word.  Awful contact rate leaves him as average liability and opposing pitchers learned not to throw any heat which dipped his homer total.
16. Brandon Phillips: 
17. Ben Zobrist
18. Chase Utley:  Utley, Phillips, and Zobrist are all old news.  Salute the careers and move on.
19. Martin Prado:  Could be the everyday Yankees second baseman next season and hit well over .300 after arriving there via trade this season.  Boring veteran but skills still useful.
20. Asdrubal Cabrera
21. Dilson Herrera
22. Jurickson Profar:  Looking like major steal at a dirt cheap price next season.
23. Brett Lawrie:  Enough.
24. Javier Baez:  Average is pitiful but power immense. 
25. Aaron Hill:  I missed on the guy this season as Hill continues his career trend of doing the opposite of what we think he will do.
26. Scooter Gennett
27. Jordy Mercer
28. Yangervis Solarte
29. Jed Lowrie
30. Arismendy Alcantara:  Had some nice power/speed stats but contact rate terrible.  Project guy.


 

2014 FANTASY FOOTBALL STATUS REPORT: ARIAN FOSTER RB HOUSTON TEXANS

                                            Arian Foster

Leading the NFL in rushing through two weeks?  Not Jamaal Charles.  Not LeSean McCoy.  Not Adrian Peterson.  And not Matt Forte.  No instead it is Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray who is than followed closely by Houston Texans veteran Arian Foster and we are not doing a time warp back to 2010.  Finally healthy after two straight seasons ruined by injury, a refreshed Foster has literally hit the ground running through two weeks of the 2014 season based on his two outings listed below:

Week 1

27 carries for 103 yards/2 catches for 17 yards

Week 2

28 carries for 138 yards and 1 TD/2 catches for 12 yards

Needless to say Foster has been terrific and a real value so far to those who believed he had another good year left in the tank.  Yours truly preached all summer about the wisdom of drafting Foster in Round 2 or as late in Round 3 as I firmly believed having almost all of 2014 off due to recovering from surgery served as a refresher for the veteran who is still young at 28.  Foster has proven me right as he once again is serving as the rare workhorse back for the Texans and run-loving new head coach Bill O'Brien.  While Foster's catches per game are down from his heyday, he is averaging an obscene 7.3 yards per carry.  Foster has shown a nice burst through the line which confirms that he has not lost a step and the Texans are ready to continue feeding him the football due to having the mediocre Ryan Fitzpatrick under center.  There is certainly the risk for injury with Foster going forward as the carries pile up but that is a worry for another day.  Stock up on some backups as a hedge for that threat but otherwise continue enjoying the ride.  It has been fun so far to say the least.