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NFL Betting Picks For Week 7 (10/25/2020) - Moneylines, Totals, and Spreads

We had a solid 2-0 start last week after Detroit and Tampa bay did what they needed to do. Then I put too much trust in Andy Dalton to lead a new team and he let us down substantially. Dallas is in real trouble here if he can't figure it out, and that's a terrible thing considering the talent on that offense. Nonetheless, we move onto Week 7. I wasn't even sure if we'd get to this point in the season, but here we are!

  • Week 6: 2-1 (67%, +.85u)
  • 2020 Season: 10-7-1 (55%, +3.07u)

(You can stop the intro here if you’ve read this article before). However, things are going to get interesting with the amount of injuries we're seeing around the league, but that will make capping more fun, I think? I'm not a professional but I love researching stats and finding value. My goal is to provide you with information that can help you make informed bets, whether you agree or disagree with me. I "bet to lose" one unit on almost every play but will definitely label it if I do differently.

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Green Bay Packers (-3.5, -186) at Houston Texans

O/U: 57

As I called it last week, the Packers were going to struggle against Tampa Bay's defense. Sure, Aaron Rodgers and co. got up 10-0 early and then proceeded to give up 38 straight points for their first loss. Rodgers had been just about as perfect as you could be coming into that game, but he's ready to put the two picks behind him. To help him, the team needs to get back to running the ball. After rushing for 417 yards through the first two games, they've rushed for just 280 in the last three combined. It would help if they decided to stick with their workhorse Aaron Jones (five touchdowns), but they've been sprinkling in Jamaal Williams quite frequently. Davante Adams is back, so when they do pass, expect Rodgers to look his way almost exclusively.

This Texans team is a mess and a half. Having Deshaun Watson has kept this team respectable from an offensive perspective, one man and a few of his offensive teammates can only foot so much of the bill. David Johnson has been mediocre at best, but that's more an estimation of the offensive line. Will Fuller is off to a great start but has one of the tougher matchups in the league this week with Jaire Alexander. On the other end, the Texans house one of the worst defensive units, allowing 30 ppg and over 420 ypg. Green Bay will certainly be a test, considering the Houston allowed over 600 yards against Tampa Bay.

Green Bay is 7-4 against the spread after a loss since the 2018 season, and while that's not otherworldly, it does show that they come ready to play following a defeat. Rodgers is still an elite quarterback and last week was a strange occurrence for the future Hall of Fame quarterback. Green Bay has better weapons and a better defense, albeit not great themselves. While this is a very popular public play, I love the Pack in a bounce-back effort. If you’re the type of gambler to fade the public, I would completely understand the rationale as well.

Pick: Green Bay -3.5 (-106, Fanduel) 1 Unit

 

Kansas City (-9.5, -435) at Denver Broncos

O/U: 46

The Chiefs took reign over the Bills thanks to a stout run game in a rain-soaked Monday Night Football game. Tallying 245 yards on the ground means Patrick Mahomes doesn't have to be the star and savior, and that's what makes them so dangerous. The gunslinger averages 280 ypg with 16TD and just one interception and has his full arsenal of weapons. This will also be the first time we see Le'Veon Bell in a Chiefs uniform, so it will be interesting to see how they utilize him with rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 1.

The Broncos actually have one of the best defenses in the league through their first five games. They rank in the Top 10 in both rush and pass defense DVOA. The problem is their offense's ineptitude has them on the field constantly; their opponents average over 32 minutes of possession when Denver is host, compared to just 28 when on the road. They held the Patriots in check last week, but yet again, their offenses inability to sustain drives score (just 12 points!!) hampered them. Considering the Broncos allow just 22 ppg, there is room for improvement here with a better offense, but sadly it's tough to expect from Denver.

Kansas City might be a little timid with displaying too much of Bell in his first game, but that's not an issue when you have Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce. They're averaging 27.7 ppg on the road thus far but I see them coming out and firing against their divisional opponent. I'd trust the full game over, but Denver's offense scares me.

Pick: Kansas City Team Total Over 27.5 (-104, Draftkings) 1 Unit

 

Seattle Seahawks (-3.5, -177) at Arizona Cardinals

O/U: 56

Fresh off their bye week, Seattle has scored at least 31 points in four of their five games and is true contender for the NFC Championship at 5-0. Russell Wilson makes defenses pay and his weapons Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf are part of that with nine combined touchdowns. The fun part of this offense is that Chris Carson hasn't even gotten started. The team averages just 115 ypg on the ground, but keep in mind Carson was dealing with injuries prior to their Week 6 bye. This is a team that has averaged over 130 rushing ypg over the last two seasons, so expect the run game to see an uptick relatively soon. Defensively, Seattle has been stout against the run, allowing just 110 ypg, but they have some real issues against the pass, allowing 370 ypg, the worst mark in the league.

Arizona is fresh off of two blow out wins against garbage teams, the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys, sans Dak Prescott. While they've scored 30 and 38 in their last two games, respectively, they averaged 24.5 ppg in their first four contests. Kyler Murray is such an exciting dual-threat player but still has some work to do, as evidenced by the six interceptions. He's led the offense to average 402.5 ypg, good for fifth in the NFL. The run game has been at the forefront, as they've tallied at least 109 yards in every game so far. In terms of passing, naturally, DeAndre Hopkins is the only passing option worth noting as he's accounted for over 40% of the team's passing yards through six games. On the defensive end, the Cardinals have been better at home allowing just 319 yards of offense but keep in mind that was against Washington and Detroit. Patrick Peterson is a shell of his former self and they're also without top pass rusher Chandler Jones.

The Cardinals have had a pretty easy schedule so far playing Washington, Detroit, and the Jets. While the Seahawks schedule hasn't really been much better, their 5-0 record would be more worrisome if the talent on the team wasn't as strong, but this unit was expected to contend for the big one. This is a primetime spot that Seattle is used to, and against an inferior team, give me the Seahawks.

Pick: Seattle -3.5 (-106, Draftkings) 1 Unit



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Fantasy Football News and Injuries - Running Updates

Below is a quick-hit list of running notes on relevant injuries and player news, including pre-game reports and live in-game updates. Stay tuned for updates all throughout the week and on Sunday morning game day:

 

2020 Updates - Running List

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Week 5

 

Week 4

Week 3

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Week 1 - 2020

 

2019 Updates - Running List

Week 17

  • Leonard Fournette (illness, neck) has been downgraded to doubtful.
  • Josh Jacobs (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Week 17.
  • Zach Ertz (back, ribs) and Nelson Agholor (knee) have been ruled out.
  • Jordan Howard (shoulder) has been cleared for Week 17 and will return.
  • Derrick Henry (hamstring) will make his return this week.
  • Jamaal Williams (shoulder) will not play in Week 17 against the Lions.
  • Sony Michel (illness) has been added to the Week 17 injury report.
  • Kyler Murray (hamstring) will be a game-time decision in Week 17.
  • Mark Ingram (calf) has officially been ruled out for Week 17.
  • James Conner (quadriceps) will not play in the 2019 finale.
  • Dalvin Cook (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 17 against the Bears.
  • Alexander Mattison (ankle) is questionable to play in Week 17 against the Bears.
  • Jordan Wilkins (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 17 against the Jaguars.
  • Robby Anderson (calf) and Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee) are questionable.
  • D.J. Moore (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 17 against the Saints.
  • Will Fuller (groin) will not play in Week 17.
  • Terry McLaurin (concussion) has been officially ruled out.
  • Chris Godwin (hamstring) has officially been ruled out for the Week 17 season finale against the Falcons.
  • Corey Davis (concussion) has passed the league's concussion protocol.
  • Rams placed rookie running back Darrell Henderson (ankle) on Injured Reserve.
  • The Steelers placed quarterback Mason Rudolph (shoulder) on Injured Reserve.
  • Marshawn Lynch has signed a deal and will return to the Seahawks.
  • Cincinnati Bengals placed wide receiver A.J. Green (ankle) on Injured Reserve.

 

Week 16

  • Chris Carson (hip) suffered a fractured hip in Week 16 and is out for the season.
  • Zach Ertz (rib) suffered a fractured rib in the Week 16 win over the Cowboys.
  • Dwayne Haskins (ankle) suffered a high ankle sprain in the Week 16 loss to the Giants.
  • Kyler Murray tweaked his hamstring on Sunday against the Seahawks.
  • Mark Ingram rushed for 55 yards before leaving with a calf injury Sunday.
  • LeSean McCoy is officially inactive for Week 16.
  • David Njoku is officially inactive this week.
  • Derrick Henry (hamstring) will miss Week 16.
  • Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and Alexander Mattison (ankle) are not expected to play.
  • Damien Williams (rib) has been cleared to play on Sunday night.
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) will make his return this week.
  • D.J. Chark (ankle) is surprisingly expected to play in Week 16.
  • Kerryon Johnson (knee) is expected to return, but could be limited.
  • DeVante Parker (hip) is good to go for Week 16.
  • Dak Prescott (shoulder) was limited in practice all week but start.
  • Joe Mixon (calf) practiced in full on Friday and is good to go.
  • Christian Kirk (ankle) will be a game-time decision in Week 16.
  • Bo Scarbrough (ribs) was limited in practice all week and is questionable.
  • Robby Anderson (illness) was limited in practice on Friday and is questionable.
  • Gerald Everett (knee) is expected to return this week.
  • Nelson Agholor (knee) and Jordan Howard (shoulder) are listed as questionable.
  • Noah Fant (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Week 16.
  • Vance McDonald (concussion) practiced in full and will return this week.
  • Greg Zuerlein (quadriceps) missed practice all week and is questionable.
  • A.J. Green (ankle) has been officially ruled out for Week 16.
  • Chris Godwin (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 16.

 

Week 15

 

Week 14

 

Week 13

  • Amari Cooper (knee) was a full participant in practice on Monday.
  • Frank Reich is hopeful that wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (calf) will return this season.
  • Zac Taylor expects John Ross (collarbone) to be active for Week 14.
  • T.J. Hockenson (ankle) is going on Injured Reserve.
  • Andy Reid said Darrel Williams (hamstring) likely will not play in Week 14.
  • Chester Rogers (knee) suffered a likely season-ending fractured knee.
  • Austin Hooper (knee) is expected to return to practice on Monday
  • Gardner Minshew will start over Nick Foles going forward.
  • Matt Breida (ankle) has officially been ruled out again.
  • Zach Ertz (hamstring) is questionable for this week.
  • Kyler Murray (hamstring) is officially good to go.
  • Marlon Mack (hand) is targeting to return next week.
  • Adam Thielen (hamstring) is 50-50 for Monday Night Football this week.
  • Golden Tate (concussion) is out for this week.
  • Tyler Lockett is good to go for MNF against the Vikings.
  • David Njoku (wrist) will miss another week.
  • Chase Edmonds will return from injury in Week 13.
  • Drew Lock (thumb) will make his first NFL start today instead of Brandon Allen.
  • Jeff Driskel (hamstring) has officially been placed on injured reserve.
  • Damien Williams (chest) has been ruled out for Week 13.
  • Gerald Everett (knee) will not play this week.
  • T.Y. Hilton (calf) suffered a setback, and has now been ruled out for this week.
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) will miss another game this week.
  • Matt Breida (ankle) was limited in practice all week and is questionable for Week 13.
  • George Kittle (ankle, knee), Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) and Deebo Samuel (shoulder) are all good to go.
  •  Jacob Hollister (toe) was a limited participant in practice on Friday and is questionable.
  • Lions rookie quarterback David Blough will start instead of Jeff Driskel, who is dealing with a hamstring injury and will serve as the backup.
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion, knee) cleared the league's concussion protocol but remains out of practice with a knee injury. It's not looking good for this week.
  • Devonta Freeman (foot) is set to return on Thursday against the Saints after missing the last two games.
  • Julio Jones (shoulder) was questionable to face the Saints on Thursday, and flagged as a game-time decision, but is now expected to suit up and play through his injury.
  • Damien Williams (ribs) did not practice on Wednesday. After a bye week, he still was not able to practice so it's not looking great right now.
  • Tyreek Hill (hamstring) returned to practice on Wednesday, and looks like he'll return in Week 13 against the Raiders.
  • Adam Thielen (hamstring) was held out of practice on Wednesday. He had an injury scare on Monday, and is now in danger of missing Week 13 after a bye week.
  • Jordan Howard (shoulder) has not been cleared for contact. It does not look like he'll be returning for this week's game.
  • Alshon Jeffery (ankle) and Nelson Agholor (knee) both practiced in full.
  • Chase Edmonds is on track to return from injury in Week 13.
  • Dante Pettis (knee) suffered a left knee injury early in Wednesday's practice.
  • Gerald Everett (knee) did not participate in practice on Wednesday.
  • Drew Lock (thumb) and Brandon Allen will split reps in practice this week.
  • Phillip Dorsett (concussion) said he has cleared the league's concussion protocol.
  • Marlon Mack (hand) is still out and remains out of practice on Wednesday.
  • Matthew Stafford (back, hip) missed practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 13.
  • Taylor Gabriel (concussion) has been ruled out for this week.
  • Austin Hooper (knee) will miss his third straight game in Week 13.
  •  Titans placed tight end Delanie Walker (ankle) on season-ending Injured Reserve.

 

Week 12

 

Week 11

 

Week 10

  • Tyler Lockett was forced from the game with a leg injury.
  • Emmanuel Sanders exited with a rib injury and did not return.
  • Devonta Freeman exited the game with a foot injury and did not return.
  • Matthew Stafford has been ruled out with fractured bones in his back.
  • Patrick Mahomes will make his return in Week 10.
  • Matt Ryan is good to go and will make his return this week.
  • Matthew Stafford (back) is a game time decision and has been advised by some not to play.
  • George Kittle (knee) is doubtful for Monday's game against the Seattle Seahawks.
  • David Johnson (ankle) practiced in full all week and is good to go for Week 10.
  • Kareem Hunt will make his season debut this week.
  • Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook are expected to both return this week.
  • Chris Herndon IV is expected to be active for the first time this season.
  • Le'Veon Bell is expected to suit up against the Giants this week.
  • Amari Cooper (knee/ankle) is expected to play in the Sunday night game.
  • Jacoby Brissett (knee) is out for Indy's Week 10 contest against the Miami Dolphins.
  • Lamar Jackson returned to practice on Friday and is expected to play on Sunday.
  • Evan Engram (foot) said he will not play in Week 10 against the Jets.
  • James Conner (shoulder) is not expected to play in Week 10.
  • Adam Thielen is officially ruled out for this week.
  • Davante Adams (toe) did not have an injury designation on Friday's report and is good to go.
  • Sterling Shepard (concussion) will remain on the bench for the fifth straight game.
  • T.J. Hockenson (head) is good to go for this week.
  • Adam Thielen (hamstring) is not expected to play in Week 10.
  • Amari Cooper (knee) is expected to return to practice on Friday and play on Sunday.
  • A.J. Green (ankle) will be out indefinitely after suffering a setback.
  • James Conner (shoulder), Trey Edmunds (ribs) and Benny Snell Jr. (knee) all missed practice on Thursday.
  • T.Y. Hilton (calf) remains out of practice for the second straight day on Thursday.
  • George Kittle (ankle, knee) will not practice on Thursday.
  • Le'Veon Bell (knee) will be limited in practice on Thursday.
  • Corey Davis (hip) and Delanie Walker (ankle) missed practice for the second straight day.
  •  The Giants are considering putting Sterling Shepard (concussion) on season-ending IR.

 

Week 9

  • Preston Williams (knee) was carted to the locker room early in the third quarter.
  • Jacoby Brissett (ankle, knee) was forced from the game and did not return.
  • DeSean Jackson (abdomen) aggravated his injury in Week 9 and did not return.
  • Dede Westbrook is officially inactive for Week 9.
  • James Conner (shoulder) is reportedly unlikely to play in Week 9.
  • Davante Adams is officially active and makes his return this week.
  • T.Y. Hilton (calf) is out for Week 9, and could be out for 3-4 weeks.
  • DeSean Jackson (abdomen) said the plan is for him to play in Week 9 against the Bears.
  • Adam Thielen (hamstring) is expected to play on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Patrick Mahomes (knee) has officially been ruled out for this week.
  • Lions placed Tra Carson (hamstring) on IR and signed running back Paul Perkins.
  • Titans activated Ryan Succop (knee) from IR and waived Cody Parkey.
  • Adrian Peterson (ankle) returned to a full practice on Friday and is expected to play.
  • David Johnson (ankle) is expected to return in Week 10 against the Buccaneers.
  • Adam Gase isn't optimistic that tight end Chris Herndon IV (hamstring) will play.
  • Sterling Shepard (concussion) has cleared the league's concussion protocol and is set to return to action.
  • Patriots are activating rookie wide receiver N'Keal Harry (ankle) from Injured Reserve.
  • Bruce Arians has ruled out tight end O.J. Howard (hamstring) for Week 9.
  • Broncos placed quarterback Joe Flacco (neck) on season-ending Injured Reserve.
  • Case Keenum (concussion) has been ruled out and Dwayne Haskins will start instead.
  • Marquise Brown (ankle) is expected to play in Week 9.
  • David Johnson is still listed as questionable, but is not expected to play Thursday night.
  • Chase Edmonds (hamstring) will not play on Thursday night against the 49ers.
  • Davante Adams (toe) is day-to-day heading into Week 9 against the Chargers.
  • Patrick Mahomes (knee) was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday.
  • Adam Thielen (hamstring) got in a limited practice on Wednesday.
  • Miles Sanders (shoulder) is not practicing on Wednesday, but the belief remains that his injury is minor.
  • Cam Newton (foot) and wide receiver Curtis Samuel (shoulder) are not practicing on Wednesday.
  • Sterling Shepard (concussion) remains in the league's concussion protocol, but he took part in contact during practice.
  • Marquise Brown (ankle) returned to practice on Wednesday.
  • DeSean Jackson (abdomen) and running back Darren Sproles (quadriceps) both returned to practice.
  • James Conner (shoulder) did not practice on Wednesday.
  • Chris Herndon IV (hamstring) will remain a limited participant in practice on Wednesday.

 

Week 8

 

Week 7

 

Week 6

 

Week 5

 

Week 4

  • John Ross is now expected to miss several weeks due to his shoulder injury. It is reported that he could be out for a month. Auden Tate should see a bigger role in the passing game.
  • Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross (shoulder) injured his right shoulder on Monday night against the Steelers.
  • Vance McDonald is officially inactive for MNF.
  • Christian Kirk is dealing with an ankle injury, which occurred on the second-to-last play of the game.
  • Mitch Trubisky was knocked out of the game in the 1st quarter with a shoulder injury.
  • Josh Allen is being evaluated for a head injury and left the game in he 4th quarter.
  • Jarvis Landy has been ruled out with a concussion.
  • T.J. Hockenson was cared off the field after suffering a concussion.
  • Rashaad Penny (hamstring) is inactive for the 2nd straight week.
  • Jalen Ramsy (back) is officially ruled out.
  • Kenny Stills injured his hamstring and was forced from the game.
  • T.Y. Hilton is officially out with a quad injury.
  • Terry McLaurin has been ruled out for Week 4.
  • Chris Godwin Expected To Suit Up On Sunday
  • LeSean McCoy Good To Go For Week 4
  • T.Y. Hilton Doubtful To Face Raiders
  • Vance McDonald Doubtful For Monday Night
  • Julian Edelman Expected To Play Sunday
  • Jamaal Williams Released From Hospital
  • Cam Newton Won't Return Until He's 100 Percent
  •  Justin Jackson Could Be Out A Few Weeks
  • Terry McLaurin Expected To Play Sunday
  • Melvin Gordon will be active Sunday, but is expected to be on a limited snap count.
  • Davante Adams has been diagnosed with turf toe, but received good news on his MRI. It does not look like he has a serious injury, and is not expected to miss a lot of time.
  • Davante Adams left the game with a foot injury.
  • Alshon Jeffery is officially active for Week 4.
  • Alshon Jeffery and Dallas Goedert are practicing in full, and expected to play this week.
  • Vance McDonald is in a sling, and it's still unknown how serious of an injury he has.
  • DeSean Jackson is not expected to play this week.
  • Cam Newton's foot injury will keep him out in Week 4, and most likely several weeks longer.
  • Saquon Barkley officially has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain, and is expected to miss at least 4-6 weeks.
  • Tevin Coleman may be able to return in Week 5, after the bye.
  • Julian Edelman is expected to be fine for Week 4.

 

Week 3

 

Week 2

 

Week 1

  • Tyreek Hill Expected To Miss A Few Weeks
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster Injures Toe In Loss To Patriots
  • Tevin Coleman Expected To Miss Time
  • Nick Foles Headed To IR
  • Derrius Guice Likely Sidelined
  • Devin Funchess Suffers Broken Collarbone
  • Will Dissly Injured Against Bengals
  • Mike Williams Suffers Knee Injury Sunday
  • Joe Mixon Questionable To Return In Week 1
  • Tyreek Hill Goes for 16 Yards Before Exiting
  • Nick Foles Suffers Broken Clavicle In Week 1
  • Albert Wilson Injured In Week 1

 

2018

Week 17

- Aaron Rodgers has been ruled out with a concussion.
- Antonio Brown is officially out.
- James Conner is officially active.
- Spencer Ware will not play again this week.
- Davante Adams is inactive for Week 17.
- Kenny Golladay has been ruled out.
- Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara are not playing.
- DeSean Jackson will not suit up in Week 17.
- D'Onta Foreman and Keke Coutee are officially not playing.
- Ezekiel Elliott will be rested in Week 17 and will not play. Backups Darius Jackson and Rod Smith are expected to split time at running back instead.
- Marcus Mariota will not play, Blaine Gabbert will start instead.
- Allen Robinson is out for this week.
- Julio Jones is expected to play this week.
- Lamar Miller will make his return on Sunday.
- James Conner is expected to return this week.
- Spencer Ware is practicing and should play.
- Rashaad Penny is expected to make his return in Week 17.
- Tyler Boyd has officially been ruled out.
- Odell Beckham Jr. will not play this week.
- Leonard Fournette will not play this week.
- Matt Breida and Marquise Goodwin both will not suit up.
- Todd Gurley is officially out again this week.
- Jordan Reed and Colt McCoy have been placed on IR.
- Phillip Lindsay has a serious wrist injury and will undergo surgery. His season is over.
- Taylor Heinicke has been placed on IR with an elbow injury.

 

Week 16

- Phillip Lindsay has been ruled out for the game with a wrist injury.
- Mike Wallace has been activated off of IR.
- Matt Breida will miss the remainder of the season.
- Dante Pettis has already been ruled out for next week.
- Rashaad Penny is expected to return in Week 17.
- Austin Ekeler should be back next week.
- Demaryius Thomas is believed to have a torn Achilles.
- Todd Gurley is officially inactive for today's game.
- Eric Ebron has left the game and is out with a concussion.
- Julio Jones is officially active.
- DeAndre Hopkins is officially playing.
- Spencer Ware has officially been ruled out.
- D'Onta Foreman will be active for the first time.
- Randall Cobb will not play this week.
- T.Y. Hilton is suiting up for Week 16.
- Lamar Miller has officially been ruled out.
- Keke Coutee is officially out this week.
- Rashaad Penny will be a game-time decision.
- Matt Breida will suit up in Week 16.
- Todd Gurley will be a game-time decision. If he ends up missing this week's game, then C.J. Anderson is expected to start.
- Julio Jones returned to practice but will be a pre-game decision.
- Spencer Ware is doubtful for this week.
- Lamar Miller is still questionable to play this week.
- JuJu Smith-Schuster is questionable, but teammates expect him to play.
- Odell Beckham Jr. has officially been ruled out.
- LeSean McCoy will make his return this week.
- James Conner has officially be ruled out.
- Austin Ekeler has been ruled out again for Saturday.
- Sammy Watkins is officially out.
- Tyler Boyd will not play again in Week 16.
- Jordan Reed will miss Saturday's game.
- Bruce Ellington is out again this week.
- JuJu Smith-Schuster left practice on Thursday with a new groin injury.
- Keenan Allen is practicing, but will be a game-time decision.
- Josh Gordon has officially been suspended indefinitely for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement.
- Josh Gordon is stepping away from football to deal with his mental health. There are rumors that he may be suspended indefinitely for substance abuse.
- Melvin Gordon will make his return Saturday.
- Jamaal Williams has a new toe injury as of this week.
- Odell Beckham Jr. is still not practicing.
- Julio Jones only participated in walk-through.
- Aaron Rodgers practiced, Randall Cobb did not.
- LeSean McCoy was limited in practice.
- Sammy Watkins is still not practicing.
- Aaron Jones has been place on IR.
- Melvin Gordon was "full speed" on Tuesday.
- Marcus Murphy has been placed on IR.
- Odell Beckham Jr. could return in Week 16.
- Melvin Gordon has a decent chance to return in Week 16.
- Ito Smith has been placed on IR and will have knee surgery.
- Hunter Henry has been activated off the PUP.

 

Week 15

- Randall Cobb is in the concussion protocol.
- Marcus Murphy dislocated his elbow on Sunday.
- Frank Gore is expected to be out for the season.
- Tyler Boyd has an MCL sprain.
- Todd Gurley injured his knee, but is back in the game.
- Josh Adams (back) is questionable to return.
- James Conner is officially out for today's game.
- Julio Jones is back in the game.
- Tyler Boyd is out for the game with a knee injury.
- Julio Jones (ribs) is questionable to return.
- Aaron Jones has officially been ruled out for the game.
- Marcus Murphy (wrist) is questionable to return.
- Frank Gore was carted off with an ankle injury.
- Aaron Jones (knee) is questionable to return.
- T.Y. Hilton is officially playing.
- LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory are both officially out.
- Josh Lambo is out, Kai Forbath will replace him.
- Melvin Gordon is expected to return next week.
- Matt Breida (ankle) is expected to play this week.
- LeSean McCoy will be a game-time decision.
- Dante Pettis (foot) is good to go for Sunday.
- Doug Baldwin is expected to return this week.
- T.Y. Hilton (ankle) will be a game-time decision.
- Matthew Stafford (back) is expected to play.
- James Conner is expected to miss Week 15, but return next week.
- Rashaad Penny has officially been ruled out.
- Odell Beckham Jr. (quad) has officially been ruled out.
- Jordan Reed (foot) is out for Week 15.
- DeSean Jackson will be out again in Week 15.
- Keke Coutee (quad) will not play this week.
- Isaiah Crowell has been placed on IR.
- Matthew Stafford is questionable for Sunday.
- Kerryon Johnson and Bruce Ellington are officially out.
- LeSean McCoy has been limited in practice and is questionable.
- Keenan Allen never returned after exiting in the first quarter.
- Keenan Allen (hip) left the game and is questionable to return.
- Spencer Ware is officially inactive. Tyreek Hill is active.
- Melvin Gordon has officially been ruled out for Week 15.
- James Conner may be able to play without practicing this week.
- Carson Wentz has been diagnosed with a fractured vertebrae.
- Melvin Gordon is doubtful for Thursday night.
- Spencer Ware is doubtful for Week 15.
- Austin Ekeler is out for this week.
- Odell Beckham Jr. (quad) is not practicing again on Thursday.
- Chargers added Troymaine Pope from the practice squad.
- Carson Wentz may miss the rest of the season, an MRI was inconclusive.
- Isaiah Crowell and Quincy Enunwa did not practice.
- Tyreek Hill is expected to play on Thursday night.
- Brandon Marshall was released by the Saints.
- Carson Wentz (back) is expected to miss Week 15.
Austin Ekeler is expected to miss Thursday's game.
- Melvin Gordon is not looking good for Thursday's game.

 

Week 14

- Doug Baldwin will be a game-time decision for Monday's game.
- Austin Ekeler is at risk for missing Week 15's Thursday night game.
- Ben Roethlisberger (ribs) is back in the game after leaving earlier.
- Spencer Ware (shoulder) left the game, and went to the locker room.
- Jordan Reed (foot) is out of the game, doubtful to return.
- Quincy Enunwa is heading to the locker room.
- Sam Darnold is back in the game, after exiting earlier.
- LeSean McCoy (quad) left the game and is questionable to return.
- Isaiah Crowell (foot) is out of the game and questionable to return.
- Odell Beckham Jr. (quad) will not play Sunday.
- Sammy Watkins is out and will miss multiple weeks.
- T.Y. Hilton will play in Week 14.
- Mitch Trubisky will officially return this week.
- Evan Engram will suit up for Week 14.
- Joe Flacco is officially inactive.
- Doug Martin (knee) is expected to suit up.
- Keke Coutee is officially out this week.
- Emmanuel Sanders tore his Achilles in practice, and has been placed on IR.
- DeSean Jackson (thumb) may end up missing the rest of the season.
- Mitch Trubisky will make his return this week.
- Sam Darnold will return this week as the starter.
- Evan Engram returned to limited practice this week.
- Doug Martin (knee) should be good to go this week.
- Marquise Goodwin returned to practice this week.
- The Texans activate D'Onta Foreman from the PUP list.
- James Conner has a sprained ankle, and has been ruled out for Week 14.
- Matt Breida has been ruled out for Week 14.
- A.J. Green will need surgery (foot) and has been placed on IR.

 

Week 13

- James Conner's leg injury is not considered serious.
- A.J. Green is in a walking boot.
- Leonard Fournette has been reinstated from his suspension.
- Kareem Hunt was not claimed off waivers by any teams.
- Christian Kirk has been placed on IR.
- Saquon Barkley says his shoulder is good to go.
- Trey Quinn is in a walking boot.
- Matt Breida injured his ankle before and during the game. Jeffery Wilson was the lead running back in his place.
- Chris Carson dislocated his finger, but isn't expected to miss time.
- Greg Olsen's season is over after rupturing his plantar fascia.
- T.Y. Hilton and Saquon Barkley are both back in the game.
Saquon Barkley is in the medical tent with a shoulder/arm injury, after an awkward tackle.
- T.Y. Hilton was slow to get up after what looked to be a shoulder injury.
- Lamar Jackson is back in the game after heading to the locker room.
- Lamar Jackson is out of the game with a possible concussion.
- A.J. Green is hurt (foot) and has left the game on a cart. He is out for the rest of the game.
- Greg Olsen is out for the game (foot) after being carted off.
- Stefon Diggs will be a game-time decision.
- Marlon Mack is good to go for Week 13.
- Keke Coutee will be inactive for this week.
Randall Cobb is expected to return this week.
- Devin Funchess is expected to play but be limited.
- Sammy Watkins will not play in Week 13.
- DeSean Jackson has been ruled out for Week 13.
- Chris Thompson is practicing in full and is expected to play.
- Mitch Trubisky has officially been ruled out again.
Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin are out again.
- Joe Flacco is officially out again this week.
- Alex Collins has been sent to IR, his season is over.
- Kenneth Dixon is being activated from IR.
- Kareem Hunt has been released by the Chiefs.
- Kareem Hunt appears to be headed to the Commissioner Exempt List, sidelining him indefinitely while the league investigates.
- Kareem Hunt has been sent home from practice. It does not appear that he will play this week, and a suspension is expected at some point.
- Video has surfaced of Kareem Hunt in a physical altercation with a woman earlier this year. Stay tuned for further updates.
- Keke Coutee will be a game-time decision.
- Melvin Gordon has officially been ruled out.
- Sammy Watkins will not play in Week 13.
- Stefon Diggs has been listed as questionable, but should play.
- Evan Engram is officially out for this week.
- Sammy Watkins has not resumed practicing yet.
- Gus Edwards and Alex Collins are back at practice.
- Devin Funchess has returned to practice.
- Kerryon Johnson remains sidelined this week.
- A.J. Green will make his return this week.
- Marlon Mack is still in the concussion protocol.
- Chris Thompson has resumed practicing and may suit up.
- Leonard Fournette's suspension has been upheld. He will miss Sunday's game.
- Tre'Quan Smith was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice.

 

Week 12

- Leonard Fournette has been suspended one game for fighting.
- Marvin Jones, Andy Dalton, Jack Doyle, Phil Dawson and Jeff Heuerman are all heading to IR.
- Melvin Gordon has a Grade 2 MCL sprain and will be out for a few weeks.
- Marlon Mack left the game to be evaluated for a concussion and did not return.
- Melvin Gordon is out of the game, and has gone into the locker room with a knee injury. He did not return.
- Andy Dalton has been ruled out with a thumb injury.
- Sony Michel is back in the game, seems to be fine. Andy Dalton is still out.
- Andy Dalton is heading to the locker room with what looks to be a hand injury.
- Sony Michel limped off the field with an injury, looked very uncomfortable. He did not go into the medical tent, it's unclear what the injury is or how serious it is.
- Alex Collins is a surprise scratch for today.
- Devin Funchess is officially out for Week 12.
- Doug Baldwin is officially active.
- A.J. Green is has been ruled out for Sunday.
- Rob Gronkowski will make his return this week.
- Jimmy Graham (broken thumb) is questionable to play and was able to catch.
- Torrey Smith is returning this week.
- Doug Baldwin will be a game-time decision
- Melvin Gordon is listed as questionable for Sunday.
- Marquise Goodwin is not expected to play this week.
- Randall Cobb is questionable to play Sunday night.
- Joe Flacco is out again, Lamar Jackson will start.
- Marcus Mariota is expected to play this week.
- Ryan Tannehill will make his return on Sunday.
- Pierre Garcon is ruled out with his knee injury.
- Tre'Quan Smith is officially out for Thursday night’s game.
- Kerryon Johnson has officially been ruled out for Thursday.
- Marvin Jones has officially been ruled out for Thursday.
- Chris Thompson has officially been ruled out for Week 12.
- Jamison Crowder is officially out for Thursday's game.
- The Bears are preparing to play without Mitch Trubisky on Thursday. Chase Daniels would start instead.
- A.J. Green has a good chance to return in Week 12 if he doesn't have any setbacks.
- Tre'Quan Smith's status for Thursday is uncertain, he missed practice with a foot injury.
- Marvin Jones is in danger of missing his second straight game.
- O.J. Howard's season is over. He's been placed on IR with foot and ankle injuries.
- Kerryon Johnson (sprained knee) is week-to-week. He is not expected to play in Week 12, Thanksgiving day, but surgery is not required.
- Jimmy Graham is going to try and play with a broken thumb this week.
- Jameis Winston will resume as the starter in Week 12.
- O.J. Howard (ankle) is getting a second opinion.
- Jakeem Grant will have season-ending surgery on his leg.
- Pharoh Cooper has officially been activated off IR.
- Josh Allen is expected to return in Week 12
- Joe Flacco is not expected back for Week 12.

 

Week 11

Kerryon Johnson exited the game and is questionable to return with a knee injury.
- Cam Newton has exited the game with an injury, but is probable to return.
- Alex Smith is officially out for the season with a broken leg.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick has been benched, Jameis Winston is in.
- Marcus Mariota is out of the game with an elbow injury.
- Joe Flacco is out this week, Lamar Jackson expected to start instead.
- Keke Coutee is expected to make his return this week.
- Jimmy Graham has a broken thumb and may miss up to 4-6 weeks.
- Marvin Jones (knee) is officially out for Week 11.
- Keenan Allen (hip, finger) is good to go for Week 11.
- A.J. Green will not play this week. He's still out with a toe injury.
- Chris Thompson and Jamison Crowder are both out again this week.
- Jordy Nelson will miss Week 11 with a quad injury.
- Kenneth Dixon has been cleared to practice, returning from IR.
Chris Carson (hip) will return and start on Thursday night.
- Randall Cobb (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 11.
- Devante Parker (shoulder) is week-to-week.
- Royce Freeman (ankle) will be back this week.

 

Week 10

- Cooper Kupp is confirmed to have a torn ACL and is out for the year.
- Cooper Kupp seems to have injured his knee on a non-contact injury. He was down on the field, assisted of the field with a heavy limp and has been taken to locker room.
- Marvin Jones looks to have injured his knee and is out of the game.
- Julian Edelman went to the locker room with an ankle injury.
- Chris Carson is officially out. Mike Davis will serve as the primary running back, while Rashaad Penny can be a sneaky bench stash in deeper leagues.
- Randall Cobb is officially inactive. Marquez Valdes-Scantling should be seeing heavy snap counts and targets as the #2 wide receiver option.
- Rob Gronkowski is officially inactive.
- Chris Carson is officially out for Week 10.
- Sony Michel is officially active.
- Robby Anderson is inactive.
- Sammy Watkins is officially out.
- Sammy Watkins is unlikely to play this week.
- Le'Veon Bell isn't expected to join the Steelers next week, making him ineligible to play this season.
- Pierre Garcon has been ruled out for Week 10.
- Chris Carson will be a game-time decision.
- Rob Gronkowski is highly questionable to play, but travelled with the team.
- Matt Barkley is expected to start for the Bills - fire up the Jets D/ST.
- Sony Michel is expected to make his return this week.
- Leonard Fournette is practicing in full for Week 10 and will play.
- Jamison Crowder has officially been ruled out for Week 10.
- George Kittle was limited all week and is questionable to suit up.
- Allen Robinson is practicing in full for Week 10 and will play.
- Sammy Watkins had an MRI on his foot but is expected to play.
- Darren Sproles aggravated his injury and is expected to miss more time.
- Sam Darnold has a foot sprain and will not play in Week 10.
- Josh McCown will start instead of Sam Darnold.
- Giovani Bernard is expected to return in Week 10.
- Chris Thompson has once again been ruled out.
- Dez Bryant tore his Achilles and has officially been placed on IR.
- James Conner has been placed in the concussion protocol.
- Allen Robinson is practicing in full for Week 10.
- Dez Bryant will officially sign with the Saints on Thursday.
- Le'Veon Bell may not play at all this year.
- Leonard Fournette is practicing on Wednesday.
- Sammy Watkins has an MRI on his foot.
- Darren Sproles is back at practice, and expected to play this week.
- Sam Darnold has a foot sprain and is not expected to play in Week 10.
- Sony Michel and Rob Gronkowski are practicing in full.

 

Week 9

- James White started the second half with his knee wrapped up. He then came back into the game.
- Rob Gronkowski and Sony Michel are officially out tonight.
- Chris Carson left the game with a hip injury and did not return. His status is questionable for Week 10.
- Chris Carson is officially active for Week 9.
- Cooper Kupp will make his return this week.
- Stefon Diggs is officially out for Week 9.
- A.J. Green is expected to miss some games with his foot injury.
- Kenny Stills will now be active for Week 9 after pre-game warmups.
- Allen Robinson and Khalil Mack are out this week.
- Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson are officially active.
- Ty Montgomery is inactive for Week 9.
- Dalvin Cook is expected to play on limited plays, if there are no pre-game setbacks.
- Chris Carson will be a game-time decision, but Seattle is optimistic.
- Melvin Gordon will make his return.
- Kenny Stills is not expected to play on Sunday.
- Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson both have a good shot to play this week.
- Royce Freeman will not play in Week 9.
- Geronimo Allison has been ruled out for Week 9. This should yield increased snaps and targets for Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
- Stefon Diggs is looking like a risk for playing Sunday, as wide receiver Chad Beebe has been elevated off the practice squad.
- Chris Thompson has been ruled out for Week 9.
- Keke Coutee has been ruled out for Week 9.
- Theo Riddick will make his return in Week 9.
- Sony Michel and Rob Gronkowski are questionable.
- Tyreek Hill is off the injury report and good to go.
- Ryan Tannehill is at least two weeks away from returning.
- D'Onta Foreman is expected to practice starting next week.
- Sam Bradford has been released by the Cardinals.
- Raheem Mostert has been placed on IR with a broken arm.
- Raheem Mostert left the game and looks to have a serious arm injury.
- George Kittle returned to the game after sitting out a few series.
- George Kittle is heading to the locker room in the second quarter.
- Nick Mullens is starting in place of C.J. Beathard.
- Ty Montgomery has been traded to the Ravens.
- Golden Tate has been traded to the Eagles.
- Demaryius Thomas has been traded to the Texans.
- Ben Roethlisberger has a broken left index finger. He played through it on Sunday, and should be fine moving forward.
- A.J. Green was seen in a walking boot on Tuesday, after injuring his toe on Sunday. The severity of the injury is unknown at this time - it may be precautionary, but clearly something to monitor.
- Chris Thompson injured a different rib on Sunday.
- Ronald Jones II is expected to miss a few weeks.

 

Week 8

- Jameis Winston has been benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick.
- Ronald Jones II is done for the day with a hamstring injury.
- Emmanuel Sanders took a big hit but is back in the game.
- Chris Thompson (rib, knee) is expected make his return this week.
- LeSean McCoy (concussion) is expected to play on Monday night.
- Allen Robinson (groin) is not expected to suit up this week.
- Matt Breida (ankle) should play, but touches may be limited.
- Rob Gronkowski is questionable for Monday night's game.
- Sony Michel is doubtful for Monday night, although he had a limited practice on Saturday.
Robby Anderson is doubtful to suit up.
Quincy Enunwa has been ruled out for Week 8.
- Jack Doyle is expected to make this return this week.
Cooper Kupp is doubtful for Week 8.
Isaiah Crowell practiced in full this week.
- Pierre Garcon has been ruled out for Week 8.
- Will Fuller is confirmed to have a torn ACL, and is out for the year.
Dalvin Cook could be out two more games, through bye week.
Bilal Powell has been sent to IR with a neck injury.
Allen Robinson, Khalil Mack remain out on Thursday.
Marlon Mack was limited this week with ankle injury.
- Marshawn Lynch (groin) has been sent to IR.
- Kenny Stills (groin) has been ruled out for Week 8.
- Albert Wilson (hip) will miss multiple games, and may be a candidate for IR.

 

Week 7

- Keke Coutee's injury (hamstring) isn't considered to be serious.
- Adam Vinatieri (groin) aggravated an injury in Week 7.
- Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) is officially active.
- Pierre Garcon (knee, shoulder) is officially active.
- Chris Thompson (knee, ribs) is officially out this week.
- Paul Richardson (knee, shoulder) is officially out this week.
- Bilal Powell has been ruled out for the game with a neck injury.
- Keke Coutee (hamstring) re-injured his hamstring, has left the game, and is questionable to return.
Sony Michel (knee) was carted off, after getting twisted badly when tackled. He is questionable to return.
- LeSean McCoy (head) has been ruled out for the game.
- Albert Wilson (leg) was forced from the game and is questionable to return.
- Chris Hogan is being evaluated on the sideline with a potential injury.
Melvin Gordon (hamstring) is officially out for Sunday's 9:30 am ET game in London
- Rob Gronkowski (back) is officially out for Sunday.
- Julian Edelman (foot) is expected to play this week.
- T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) is good to go this week.
- Isaiah Crowell (foot) is good to go for Sunday.
- Marshawn Lynch (groin) is expected to be out at least one month.
- Jamison Crowder (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game.
- Dalvin Cook (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game.
- Leonard Fournette (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game.
- Terrelle Pryor (groin) was released by the Jets earlier this week.
- Giovani Bernard (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game.
- Tyler Kroft (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game.
- Royce Freeman sprained his ankle Thursday night.
- Josh Rosen (foot) injured his toe and is in a walking boot.

 

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NFL Betting Picks For Week 6 (10/18/2020) - Moneylines, Totals, and Spreads

As fans, we had our emotions played with in Week 5 a bit. There were several COVID-19 cases that made their way around the league, but in turn, we only had one game moved. In our games, Arizona was ready to hit the over themselves, but they pulled back and took it easy on the Jets. Indianapolis was missing one of their best defensive players and completely dropped the ball on offense, killing any shot at taking down the Browns. Atlanta and Carolina gave us a push on the 1H total; it puzzles me how the Atlanta offense has struggled as much as they have.

  • Week 5: 1-1-1 (33%, -.15u)
  • 2019 Season: 8-6-1 (53%, +2.22u)

(You can stop the intro here if you’ve read this article before). However, things are going to get interesting with the amount of injuries we're seeing around the league, but that will make capping more fun, I think? I'm not a professional but I love researching stats and finding value. My goal is to provide you with information that can help you make informed bets, whether you agree or disagree with me. I "bet to lose" one unit on almost every play but will definitely label it if I do differently.

I'm here to bring you my best bets and recommendations for Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season. I'll be here at RotoBaller all season long and you can find me on Twitter @RotoStevieJ. I am always down to chat and spend most of my days and nights browsing for information or news. You can also follow me on the Action app (@sgjanik6) where I'll post every pick I have for a day and week. With that, I hope you enjoy, best of luck, and please bet responsibly!

 

Green Bay Packers (-1, -108) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

O/U: 55

The Packers are on fire for Aaron Rodgers' tour to silence any doubters, reeling off four straight wins, by an average of 12.7 ppg, before hitting their Week 5 bye. Over 1,200 yards with 13 touchdowns and no blemishes, Rodgers is going for a championship and might bag an MVP award on the way. It's looking like Davante Adams will suit up this week, which is an instant boost to the offense, but what really makes the Packers tick is their run game which averages over 150 ypg but just 128 in their two road games. If Aaron Jones is producing, so is this offense. Defensively, things could be better, as they rank 25th in both rushing and passing DVOA. They're getting healthy, but their secondary will have their hands full with a talented Bucs receiving corps.

The Tom-pa Bay Bucs are in a three-way tie for the NFC South but they seem to have yet to hit their stride. Tom Brady's offense averages 365 ypg and 28 ppg, and that's without Chris Godwin (hamstring) for three games. They've posted two strong wins at home already, and with Godwin likely returning, we'll see these Bucs back to full strength. Defensively, Tampa houses one of the best units in the NFL, ranking Top 5 in both passing and rushing DVOA. They've held opponents to under 275 passing yards three times in five games, including not allowing more than 87 yards rushing once. One issue they'll need to correct is taking penalties, with which they've been one of the league's worst, averaging over 80 yards of penalties per game.

Tampa Bay opened as three-point favorites and the line has shifted to favor the Packers by a point. Green Bay coming off a bye gives them the rest advantage but Tampa Bay likely getting their stars healthy and back at home, it's interesting to see the line shift towards the Packers. They have just one turnover this season, but with Tampa's stout defensive unit, I see that changing and the Bucs offense putting a ton of pressure on GB with their full arsenal of offensive weapons and picking up their fourth win.

Pick: Tampa Bay ML +100 (Foxbet) 1 Unit

 

Detroit Lions (-3.5, -180) at Jacksonville Jaguars

O/U: 54.5

The Detroit Lions are a mess, but they somehow still make every week interesting. The passing game hasn't been anything to write home about, but Matthew Stafford has weapons in Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and T.J. Hockenson. All three are healthy, and while none of have exactly taken over, they have a juicy matchup against the Jaguars. The running game is a total disaster, which doesn't help matters for the offense, but I think Matt Patricia is fine with throwing it all over the yard (averaging 34 attempts per game). One benefit for the unit is their ability to get to the red zone, averaging 4.5 trips per game. They just need to work on cashing in for a touchdown at more than a 55% clip.

The Jaguars Defense is one of the league's worst, ranking 32nd in passing DVOA and 20th against the run. Losers of four straight, Jacksonville has surrendered at least 123 yards on the ground in all of those games, and have allowed 991 total yards over their last two. Not a good recent performance. However, they do seem to have a bend but don't break approach, allowing around 54% of opponent's red zone trips to end in a touchdown.

It's not fun gambling on the Lions, especially when they struggle with any amount of consistency. However, with as bad as the Jags' defense is, I see Stafford and co. being able to take the top off and make some noise in Week 6.

Pick: Detroit Team Total Over 28.5 (-115, Draftkings) 1 Unit

 

Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys

O/U: 55

The Cardinals came into this season with some lofty expectations and despite a bad loss to the aforementioned Lions, things could be worse. Kyler Murray has done well leading the offense, averaging over 395 ypg. However, his six interceptions make you raise your eye brow a bit. He’s made up for it with the five rushing scores, complementing Kenyan Drake quite nicely. DeAndre Hopkins has maintained his role as a reception receptacle, hailing in 45 balls but only scoring twice thus far. Utilizing their weapons better will be key moving forward. Defensively, they are going to have their hands full, especially in the run game, where they’ve allowed over 90 yards in every game thus far. They’ve yet to allow over 276 yards passing, but they also haven’t faced an offense of this caliber.

Dallas might be missing Dak Prescott, but it's hard to see this offense skipping a beat. No, Andy Dalton isn't a Super Bowl winning signal caller, but with Ezekiel Elliott behind him, and Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup to throw to, this offense is surely just as potent. They've averaged 38 ppg at home thus far and it's not like Arizona is some juggernaut who will stop them, especially after losing pass-rush extraordinar Chandler Jones (bicep) for the season. Defensively is where some issues lie, as the Cowboys can’t stop anyone, allowing 34 or more points in each of the last four games, including last week’s gross affair with the Giants.

I get it. Without Dak Prescott, the Cowboys shouldn't be favored. He was their guy. I'm in no way saying Dalton is anything special, but the guy deserves some respect, especially with the weapons he now has to throw to. With Zeke behind him and those threats in the passing game, it's hard to imagine Dallas skipping any major beats. Trust in the talent on Dallas and don't doubt them in Jerry's World.

Pick: Dallas ML (+106, Draftkings) 1 Unit



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NFL Betting Picks For Week 5 (10/11/2020) - Moneylines, Totals, and Spreads

We took care of some business in Week 4, going 2-1, with the loss being a disappointing one. Baltimore took care of business, although a bad no-call on a would-be Marquise Brown touchdown made it a little more a sweat than need be. Jacksonville and Cincinnati covered the over with ease, and that was after the total jumped by five points from the opening line. Then we have the Los Angeles Rams who completely wet the bed against the Giants. While they still won, it was nowhere near the dominating performance I was expecting. Anywho, we move forward to Week 5 of the COVID stricken 2020 NFL season!

  • Week 4: 2-1 (66%%, +1.12u)
  • 2019 Season: 7-5 (58%, +2.37u)

(You can stop the intro here if you’ve read this article before). However, things are going to get interesting with the amount of injuries we're seeing around the league, but that will make capping more fun, I think? I'm not a professional but I love researching stats and finding value. My goal is to provide you with information that can help you make informed bets, whether you agree or disagree with me. I "bet to lose" one unit on almost every play but will definitely label it if I do differently.

I'm here to bring you my best bets and recommendations for Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season. I'll be here at RotoBaller all season long and you can find me on Twitter @RotoStevieJ. I am always down to chat and spend most of my days and nights browsing for information or news. You can also follow me on the Action app (@sgjanik6) where I'll post every pick I have for a day and week. With that, I hope you enjoy, best of luck, and please bet responsibly!

 

Arizona Cardinals (-7, -335) at New York Jets

O/U: 47

Arizona hasn't exactly jumped into our living rooms as the potent offense everyone expected from them entering 2020. After starting 2-0, they find themselves losers of their last two. They've averaged just 370 yards per game (ypg) and 24.5 points per game (ppg) through four games. Add in a negative turnover differential and you're asking for trouble. Kyler Murray has definitely done his part, throwing for 900+ and rushing for 400+ more, while accumulating 11 touchdowns, but nothing too special. Kenyan Drake has been a disappointment, albeit because of strange usage, and aside from DeAndre Hopkins, no one else has really stepped up to make plays. Defensively the Cardinals have been about league average, but struggle on the road, allowing almost 90 yards more as visitors than as hosts.

The Jets are a debacle, and now they will be starting Joe Flacco, since Sam Darnold (shoulder) is hurt. At 0-4, somehow Adam Gase still has a job, but not for much longer at this pace. They're tied for 32nd in yards with the Giants averaging just 278 ypg and a paltry 4.5 yards per play. Leveon Bell is still on injured reserve which leave Frank Gore and Kalen Ballage to take care of the run game. Their receiving corps of Jamison Crowder, Braxton Berrios, and tight end Chris Herndon is less than average, at best. To close out, they've eclipsed 280 yards of offense just once and it was last week against a bad Denver team. Defensively, the Jets actually house a somewhat respectable defense, ranked 7th in the run, based on DVOA, and they allow just 240 ypg through the air, including only 209 passing yards per game at home.

Both of these teams are having their fair share of issues. Neither averages more than 5.5 yards per play or more than 24.5 ppg. The under is 4-0 in all of Arizona's games this year, while the under is 1-3 for the Jets to start the year. Arizona has their issues defensively on the road, but the Jets garbage offense shouldn't create too many problems for the cards. However, their defense could give Arizona some issues, so I'm hitting the under, especially after it's jumped three points since opening at 44.

Pick: Under 47.5 (Fanduel) 1 Unit

 

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (-1.5, -120)

O/U: 54

We can't say for sure what to make of the Panthers just yet, under a new regime, with a new quarterback. Christian McCaffrey has been out but Mike Davis has given them a solid effort in his place. Teddy Bridgewater's 1,100 yards passing puts him 6th in the league, but just a 4/3 TD/Int will need some work, but something tells me this offense hasn't quite popped off yet, as evidenced by D.J. Moore's uneventful start to the year. Defensively, they give up over 352 ypg and 387 ypg on the road.

Atlanta has continuously been a team that had high expectations. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are some good reasons why. Well, Ryan hasn't exactly been his usual self and now Jones (hamstring) could possible miss Week 5. Averaging 26.5 ppg shows that offense isn't the issue though, it's the 31.5 ppg allowed (31st in the NFL). Todd Gurley has capped off four drives in pay dirt so far, but the 3.9 yards per rush isn't exaclty hard to gameplan against. If Jones does miss, Russell Gage, Hayden Hurst, and Olamide Zaccheus will do just fine. As previously mentioned, their defensive unit is atrocious and they've allowed 355 ypg over the last three contests.

There's way more talent on both of these offenses than the defenses could even wish to have. Together, through four games, both combine for 28.5 points in the first half. If Jones was sure to be playing, this game total would be higher, but I like each side to come swinging, despite potentially missing two of the biggest weapons on the field. These defenses are very, very bad.

Pick: First Half Over 27 (+110, Fanduel) 1 Unit

 

Indianapolis Colts (-1, -118) at Cleveland Browns

O/U: 46.5

This Colts offense hasn't exactly seen the resurgence that some seemed to think they would have with Phillip Rivers under center.  He's yet to eclipse 1,000 yards with only four touchdowns in four games. Rookie tailback Jonathan Taylor has done about as well as a newcomer can, but Rivers' inability to make anything exciting happen has hampered this unit. Backup running back Nyheim Hines is leading the team in catches, which says everything about T.Y. Hilton's season thus far, while tight end Mo-Allie Cox and company round out the group. Favoring the Colts is the 271+ passing yards they average on the road thus far, which is over 50 yards more than at home. This Colts Defense is one of the best in the league and will present a much stronger challenge for Cleveland than Dallas did a week ago. They boast the best pass defense and fourth best run defense, in terms of yards allowed per game.

The Browns are 3-1 and no one knows whether to believe it because it feels like we’ve been getting hyped up about the Browns for the better part of the last two seasons. Baker Mayfield hasn’t been asked to do too much, since the Browns lead the league with around 204 rushing ypg. That’s likely the cause for their success, but now that Nick Chubb (knee) is on the IR, we’ll see if Kareem Hunt can handle being the lead back. Receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. came alive last week, but it’s almost too much to count on it to happen again, especially facing a tough defense. The Browns Defense is no slouch either, hosting the most feared pass rusher in the league in Myles Garrett. The defensive end has willed the unit to be ranked top 5 in the NFL in run defense, and that will likely have to continue since the pass defense is one of the league’s worst so far.

The mood is too high on the Browns after last week’s win over the Cowboys. Without Chubb, Cleveland might look for Mayfield to pass more which could spell trouble. Indy is still flying under the radar because of a relatively light schedule so far, but this defense is legit. Cleveland might have better offensive talent overall, but Indy takes the cake on offensive line and defense which will be two crucial aspects of this game.

Pick: Colts -1 (-110, Draftkings) 1 Unit



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Bubba (@bdentrek) is joined by Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) on episode 314. The guys will go over some of the early 2 Early Mocks ADP. Going over some players that moved up, down, and some debates on certain spots in the draft. After going over the first 60-70 picks they guys talk about a starting pitching player debate Mike posted on Twitter and then go over some listener questions.

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Bubba (@bdentrek) is joined by Bat Flip Crazy (@BatFlipCrazy) to look back at some players they got right and discuss the start of the 2 Early Mocks. They go over the early ADP, the interesting picks in their league, and more regarding the 2021 mock drafts. Lastly, they go over some solid listener questions.

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MLB Betting & DFS Preview: National League Divisional Series

It's October, and it feels great to have postseason baseball in our lives once again! Now that the opening round of the extended 2020 MLB playoffs has concluded, it's time for the divisional round to begin with the remaining eight teams battling it out in this best-of-five format.

In this article, the focus switches to the National League series, which opens up on Tuesday, October 6th. Something to keep in mind here is that in this condensed postseason, we have no travel days since these games are being played in a bubble, and therefore we could see five games in five days if a series goes the distance. That should favor teams with more pitching depth as the game one ace of a team's staff would have to pitch on two days rest in game four and three days rest in a game five.

Today I'll be breaking down both NL series with some key players to consider for MLB DFS contests this week as well as my favorite bets to lock in now before the series starts (using odds from FanDuel Sportsbook). Without further ado, let's dive into these series breakdowns!

 

Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves

Season Series: Atlanta 6-4

Series Odds: Miami (+245), Atlanta (-300)

NL Champs Odds: Miami (+950), Atlanta (+320)

World Series Champs Odds: Miami (+1800), Atlanta (+750)

 

Projected Pitching Matchups:

Game 1: Sandy Alcantara vs. Max Fried

Game 2: Sixto Sanchez vs. Ian Anderson

Game 3: Pablo Lopez vs. Kyle Wright

Game 4: TBD vs.TBD

Game 5: Alcantara vs. Fried (if necessary)

 

DFS Impact: 

Max Fried will be a chalkier play at starting pitcher and rightfully so. He uses two terrific breaking balls to keep batters from making quality contact. The strikeouts have down a little compared to last year, and that is slightly concerning. It should be noted that the Marlins do not walk much and strikeout a lot vs. LHP.

Sandy Alcantara is an intriguing play. With Fried, Glasnow, and Valdez as likely starters, his salary may make him extremely viable. I wouldn't touch him in any cash games because Atlanta walks over 10% of the time with a robust .220 ISO and .852 OPS vs. RHP. Now, as a GPP play? He can rack up the strikeouts, and the Braves have the third-highest strikeout rate on the slate.

Sixto Sanchez vs. Ian Anderson would be quite the fun game to watch. The two dynamic budding stars have a monsoon of potential in a pivotal game. I really can't wait to catch this game if things line up correctly. Either of those two pitchers may be the one to pair with Kershaw. October 7th will be another full slate, and there will be a move value bats to choose from if you go pitcher heavy.

Pablo Lopez is another top-notch starter the Marlins will toss out on the mound. About two weeks ago, Pablo shut down the Braves by tossing five scoreless innings and only allowing two hits. Can he keep find that mojo again when in counts in the playoffs? If he gets the changeup working to induce groundballs, he could be a great SP option on the day.

The Marlins offense is feeble against right-handed hitting. They struggled all season with an 89 wRC+ and only hit 36 home runs in over 1500 at-bats. Their .120 ISO puts them in less than desirable company near the bottom of the MLB. On the other side, the Braves calling card is to mash RHP. I would expect plenty of stacks to be formulated off of the Braves hitters.

 

Betting Advice: 

Think back to mid-September when the Braves kept launching baseballs into the bleachers in a 29-9 game vs. the Marlins. Yeah, that game was ugly. I don't expect the series to be similar, but there is a reason for the Braves lopsided Moneyline. The clear-cut favorite to advance is the Braves. Fried and Anderson have proven to be a formidable 1-2 punch, and I can't see the Miami magic continuing.

Sadly, while both these teams are on the rise, I do not believe either one will end up representing the National League in the World Series. The Braves have the offensive firepower to stand up against any pitching staff, but the starting rotation lacks depth. If the Padres can take down the Dodgers, I could see the Braves having the upper-hand in that potential series, and taking Atlanta to go any farther than the NLDS feels a bit too risky for my blood.

 

San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Season Series: Los Angeles 6-4

Series Odds: San Diego (+210), Los Angeles (-250)

NL Champs Odds: San Diego (+430), Los Angeles (-130)

World Series Champs Odds: San Diego (+850), Los Angeles (+250)

 

Projected Pitching Matchups:

Game 1: Chris Paddack vs. Walker Buehler

Game 2: Zach Davies vs. Clayton Kershaw

Game 3: Garrett Richards vs. Julio Urias

Game 4: TBD vs. Dustin May/Tony Gonsolin

Game 5: Paddack vs. Kershaw(if necessary)

 

DFS Impact:

Buehler is a more challenging call because, in his previous start, Dave Roberts pulled him after just four innings pitched.  He managed to fan eight Brewers in that game before being replaced by Julio Urias. There is a good chance Buehler gets an innings limit that forces him out of the game early. I love the pitcher, but I would stay away from this one on Tuesday.

Chris Paddack's struggles will continue until he finds that elusive third pitch in his arsenal. Sure, there will be some strikeouts and probably no walks, but he is getting hit all around the yard. The hard-hit% is over 47%, and the Dodgers are not a ballclub you want to hit the ball. Against RHP, the Dodger lead the MLB with 91 HRs, and Paddack is a complete fade for me.

Clayton Kershaw will be an expensive play. After a 13 strikeout performance against the Brewers, Kershaw looks in terrific form to remove the playoff monkey from his back. The velocity is up a tick on his fastball, and the strikeout rate increased this year. On smaller slates, I prefer to pay up for pitching as opposed to hitters. Kershaw will be in many of my lineups.

Game three will be incredibly dicey at best. Will Garrett Richards start for the Padres? It's speculative on my part as they didn't turn to him against the Cardinals, but this series could go five-instead of three. On the flip side, Julio Urias could start game three and piggyback off Buehler like Game 1 vs. the Brewers. I will fade both of these pitchers if they are starters due to the ability of the opposing offenses.

May, Gonsolin, and Davies are all fades (depending on salary). On paper, the stats look terrific but overall, just not enough strikeout potential while they face off against elite-level offenses. If you want to toss any of them in a GPP, I can't fault you, but they look like wildcard plays to me. Not enough certainty during what will be small slates.

Except for Kershaw, the pitching matchups aren't lockdown aces, so there should be an expectation of fireworks in this series. These two offenses are the cream of the crop-first and third in total runs scored. This matchup is not the place to find value bats but rather grab stud established hitters. Selecting bats from this series will cost a pretty penny but has a high return on investment potential.

 

Betting Advice: 

This series may come down to the health of Dinelson Lamet and Mike Clevinger. The phrases I keep reading in the news is "possibly, maybe" both pitchers will be ready for the NLDS. If both were available, I would be placing a bet on the Padres to run the table, but until then, I'm out. The Dodgers have too much going for them and advance.

The Dodgers are the favorite to win the World Series for many reasons: dynamic hitting, great defense, loaded bullpen, and solid starting pitching depth. I am a fan of saying anything can happen, especially in the playoffs, but this Dodgers squad looks unbreakable. I would expect them to cruise into the World Series and be hoisting the trophy after this wacky season.



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NFL Betting Picks For Week 4 (10/4/2020) - Moneylines, Totals, and Spreads

Woah baby did we have some sweats going on in Week 3, but we earned a sweep that will hopefully set the tone for the rest of the season. While this is without a doubt the most unprecedented season of my lifetime, the NFL will do everything they can to keep the train from derailing. So we’re going to treat this season as normal as possible and have some fun doing it!

  • Week 3: 3-0 (100%, +3.15u)
  • 2019 Season: 5-4 (55%, +1.25u)

(You can stop the intro here if you’ve read this article before). However, things are going to get interesting with the amount of injuries we're seeing around the league, but that will make capping more fun, I think? I'm not a professional but I love researching stats and finding value. My goal is to provide you with information that can help you make informed bets, whether you agree or disagree with me. I "bet to lose" one unit on almost every play but will definitely label it if I do differently.

I'm here to bring you my best bets and recommendations for Week 4 of the 2020 NFL season. I'll be here at RotoBaller all season long and you can find me on Twitter @RotoStevieJ. I am always down to chat and spend most of my days and nights browsing for information or news. You can also follow me on the Action app (@sgjanik6) where I'll post every pick I have for a day and week. With that, I hope you enjoy, best of luck, and please bet responsibly!

 

Baltimore Ravens (-13.5, -1000) at Washington Redskins

O/U: 45.5

The Ravens got embarrassed last Monday night, and while they have a short week to prepare, they luckily get to play one of the laughing stocks of the NFL, the Washington Football Team. Though the offense struggled to even move the ball, we know of the talent here. Lamar Jackson is responsible for over 700 yards of offense and five passing touchdowns. Mark Ingram II, Gus Edwards, and J.K. Dobbins are in as much of a timeshare as possible, with none of them registering more than 37% of snaps this season. Ingram's been the least effective of the trio, but he's gotten the most opportunities thus far. The passing game hasn't quite taken off, but Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews have received 47% of the team's targets, with Andrews hauling in two scores.

Washington's defense is led by a solid pass rush that has tallied 13 sacks through just three games. Of course Chase Young is the spotlight being the elite rookie but he’s now hurt. This shouldn’t be too big of an ask, as the unit generates pressure on 25% of dropbacks, good for Top 10 in the league. Unfortunately for them, they face the most mobile quarterback the NFL has seen since Mike Vick. They'll be able to generate pressure, but they'll need some extra game planning to be able to truly force Jackson to make mistakes through the air.

Baltimore averages around 18 ppg in the first half so far; however, the majority of their first-half success comes in the second quarter where they average 17 ppg. The Football Team are obviously terrible and their 18 ppg allowed in the first half is evidence of that. There is no way the Ravens should be projected to score just 15.5 points in the first half. Following their embarrassing performance Monday, they will be out to prove they're not frauds, and they will have no problems doing it at the expense of their neighbor.

Pick: Baltimore First Half Team Total Over 15.5 (+103, Draftkings 20% Profit Boost) 1 Unit

 

Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals (-3, -157)

O/U: 49

The Jaguars caught some people off guard with their first two games, where they went 1-1. Then they got throttled by the Miami Dolphins a week ago. Look, Gardner Minshew is certainly entertaining, but when it comes to being an NFL caliber quarterback, I'm not sure he fits the bill. His backfield mate, James Robinson, has come onto the scene, rushing for 210 yards and three scores, which has aided Minshew in the passing game. In their one road game, the Jags gained 480 yards of offense in a tough loss to the Titans. D.J. Chark (chest/back) could return this week, and he certainly make their offense better, but Keelan Cole and Laviska Shenault Jr. aren't slouches and give Minshew a solid duo if Chark does miss again.

We've gotten a good glimpse of what Joe Burrow can bring to the NFL, and so far so good. It's unfortunate his offensive line and defense aren't up to snuff to give him a shot at making an impact as a rookie. The LSU product has been sacked 13 times in three games but has still managed to throw for 821 yards with a 5/1 TD/Int. Those same offensive line struggles have affected their run game with Joe Mixon who's averaged 3.2 ypa (yards per attempt) and no touchdowns. Needless to say, it's obvious tht any chance this offense has will come through the air.

Both defenses give up between 5.5-6 yards per play and around 13 yards per completion in their respective situation (home or away). Both defenses have some major players banged up, which makes them even more porous. Keep in mind this total opened at 44.5 and jumped up to 49, so they public is on this heavy. That might push some towards the under, but with how bad these defenses are, and the chance that Chark plays for the Jags, I see points being aplenty here. I also lean Jacksonville and the points here.

Pick: Over 49 (+109, Draftkings 20% Profit Boost) 1 Unit

 

New York Giants at Los Angeles Rams (-12.5, -640)

O/U: 48

The Giants are an absolute mess, especially without Saquon Barkley. Many think Daniel Jones could be a solid NFL quarterback, and they're probably right, but he can't save this team. The Giants ranked 27th or worst in every major offensive category, including the league's worst rushing attack with just 170 yards through three games. Devonta Freeman was brought in to "shore up" their run game, but that likely will never happen due to the wear on his legs. They do host a solid receiving corps but facing a tough Rams secondary could cause problems for this offense. Defensively, the Giants have been better on the road than at home, but that's just on a one-game sample. By DVOA, they have the 8th ranked run defense, but the 30th pass defense.

Sean McVay has a plethora of weapons to use on offense, and use them he does. The Rams have averaged 450 ypg so far, including 170 ypg on the ground. However, expect the Rams to attack the Giants secondary this week, using Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, but also the streaky Tyler Higbee. Defensively, all you really need to speak about is Aaron Donald. He's matchup proof virtually every week, and his constant pressure will create opportunities for the Rams secondary that allows an average of just 10.1 yards per completion.

The Giants got throttled a week ago by a decimated 49ers group. The Rams are in much better shape and clicking on all cylinders offensively. I'd lean the full game spread, but I think the Rams get ahead early and often before pulling back a little in the second half, so I'm taking the Rams first half.

Pick: Rams -6.5 First Half (-110, Draftkings 20% Profit Boost) 1 Unit



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MLB Betting & DFS Preview: American League Divisional Series

It's October and it feels great to have postseason baseball in our lives once again! Now that the opening round of the extended 2020 MLB playoffs have concluded it's time for the divisional round to begin with the remaining eight teams battling it out in this best-of-five format.

In this article, I will focus on the two American League series and look for a similar breakdown of the National League Series coming soon. Both the Yankees-Rays and Athletics-Astros series kick off on Monday, October 5th while we will see the National League series begin on Tuesday.  Something to keep in mind here is that in this condensed postseason we have no travel days since these games are being played in a bubble and therefore we could see five games in five days if a series goes the distance. That should favor teams with more pitching depth as the game one ace of a team's staff would have to pitch on two days rest in game four and three days rest in a game five.

Today I'll be breaking down both AL series with some key players to consider for MLB DFS contests this week as well as my favorite bets to lock in now before the series starts (using odds from FanDuel Sportsbook). Without further ado, let's dive into these series breakdowns!

 

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Season Series: Tampa Bay 8-2

Series Odds: New York (-132), Tampa Bay (+114)

AL Champs Odds: New York (+210), Tampa Bay (+240)

World Series Champs Odds: New York (+410), Tampa Bay (+460)

 

Projected Pitching Matchups:

Game 1: Gerrit Cole vs. Blake Snell

Game 2: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Tyler Glasnow

Game 3: J.A. Happ vs. Ryan Yarbrough

Game 4: Deivi Garcia vs. Charlie Morton

Game 5: Cole vs. Snell (if necessary)

 

DFS Impact: 

Gerrit Cole will be a top option on Monday's slate with Blake Snell being 100% viable as a pivot off the chalkier Cole, too. Cole had two great starts against the Rays this year and one rough one. He piled up strikeouts against this Rays lineup but was touched up for five homers in 16 innings, which is his Achilles heel. Blake Snell is definitely worth considering as a pivot off Cole, but has struggled with the Yankees in the past and the number of righties they can put in the lineup against him makes him a dangerous play which I'd reserve for GPPs.

Tyler Glasnow has incredible strikeout stuff but is always a dicey option with his command being an issue at times, but has had some success against the Yanks this year in two of his three starts with the most recent one being a nine-strikeout outing in which he shut them out over six innings.

Tanaka has a solid history against the Rays in his career but was not very effective against them this season. He's a risky play for game 2 as he's starting to show signs that his stuff isn't as sharp as it once was. I wouldn't mind targeting him with some Rays bats on Tuesday.

We could get either Happ or Garcia in game three from the Yanks. If it's Happ, I have no problem fading him and picking on him with Tampa bats. His best days are far behind him and while he's pitched better recently, he's still not someone I trust with my hard-earned dollar. Yarbrough does a good job of keeping the ball on the ground but again, using a lefty against the Yankees lineup full of right-handed power is a dicey proposition.

I like Garcia a good bit if we see him this series and Tampa has yet to see him this year which could be in his favor. Charlie Morton is a dice-roll play as you just don't know what you're going to get from him anymore. He still has upside and has shown he can still strike guys out but he was hit hard this short season, too.

 

Betting Advice: 

My gut says the Yankees win the series, but I really the plus odds that we're getting here on Tampa at +114 considering they owned the Yankees during the regular season. Obviously, the postseason is a totally different story and perhaps they're not ready for this big of a moment, but this Tampa team is scrappy and while they don't have any superstars, they do have a deeper starting pitching staff and an excellent bullpen. They're not likely to beat Cole twice, so they're going to have to beat Tanaka, Happ, and Garcia. I am okay with betting the Yanks or the Rays to win this series and I do think it goes five games.

I do think whoever wins this series ends up coming out of the American League so I like both the Yankees and Rays bets for AL Champs. Either team would be an underdog against the Dodgers in the World Series but anything can happen and the Dodgers could lose in either of the next two rounds. The Yankees to win the whole thing at +410 is a nice value and if you like them to win this series, I'd be putting some money on them to win the pennant and the series, too.

 

Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros

Season Series: Oakland 7-3

Series Odds: Oakland (-136), Houston (+116)

AL Champs Odds: Oakland (+340), Houston (+385)

World Series Champs Odds: Oakland (+850), Houston (+1000)

 

Projected Pitching Matchups:

Game 1: Zack Greinke vs. Chris Bassitt

Game 2: Framber Valdez vs. Jesus Luzardo

Game 3: Lance McCullers Jr. vs. Sean Manaea

Game 4: Cristian Javier/Jose Urquidy vs. Mike Fiers/Frankie Montas

Game 5: Greinke/Valdez vs. Bassitt

 

DFS Impact:

Chris Bassitt was one of the sneakiest DFS plays all summer long and pitched well against the Astros in three starts this season. He's not a strikeout pitcher, but has excellent command and a knack for getting ground balls and weak contact. I will be running him out there on Monday assuming he starts game one as he has a plus matchup against a right-handed heavy Astros team.

Zack Greinke was pretty "meh" in his first postseason start and only lasted four innings before giving way to Framber Valdez who shut out the Twins the rest of the way. Greinke has little appeal to me for DFS, while Valdez is absolutely a guy that I love even against an Oakland team that has a bunch of right-handed bats. Valdez has easily been the Astros' best starter this season and is their best chance at winning the series if he gets to pitch twice.

I have a bit of a man-crush of Jesus Luzardo, a young lefty who throws a high-'90s fastball. He made two effective starts against the Astros this season but was touched up in the opening round by the White Sox for three runs on six hits. The strikeout upside is there, though, if he's able to get deeper into the game.

McCullers was the second-best pitcher for Houston this season after Valdez but had his ups and downs, too. He's currently rounding into form nicely, though as he's pitched 17 and 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings since coming off the 10-day IL and matches up favorably against Oakland.

The rest of the starters in this series are total crapshoots and if we get Fiers starting at all he's immediately a guy I'll stack against. Javier and Urquidy were solid back-end rotation guys but are very hittable. Frankie Montas is one guy who could be a key to Oakland winning this series if he draws a start in game 3 or game 4. He was an elite pitcher last season and throws a heavy sinker at 98-99 MPH that could be devastating at times. Oakland might opt to keep him in the pen, though, so we will have to see how that plays out.

Neither of these offenses was that great down the stretch, but there should be plenty of value from either lineup if you're looking to fit in more expensive bats from New York or LA on some of these slates. Mark Canha is always a guy that I like to use from Oakland and quietly had a really good year, while Kyle Tucker is probably my favorite Astro hitter to use against any of the Oakland righties.

 

Betting Advice: 

I don't love the juice on Oakland, but I love them to win the series. I would definitely bet them at -136 or consider parlaying them with the Yanks or Rays to get better odds. I can't say that I like Oakland to win the AL or the series, so bet those next two rounds at your own risk. They simply don't have enough firepower in their lineup or depth in their rotation to contend with the Yanks, Rays, or the Dodgers (assuming they are the NL champ).



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Daily Slivers of the Fantasy Soapbox - Yesterday's Recap

Welcome to the September 28th edition of Daily Slivers of the Fantasy Soapbox.

Discussing baseball is as fun as the game itself. It has a way of bringing people together to share different opinions about the sport we all love. A similar action can be done with fantasy baseball where we not only discuss topics but also look to improve our teams as well as the teams of our fellow fantasy baseball enthusiasts. Everyone has their own perspectives which are not to be cast off as frivolous. They should be used as a method of expanding our own knowledge.

In this article, I review the previous day's boxscores and provide my opinion on a variety of topics. Some will be random, some will be fun, and some will be stat-driven. It's a soapbox so I may rant from time to time as well. So without any further delay, below are my thoughts on September 27th games. Enjoy them. You can even respond with your own thoughts on Twitter @EllisCan2.

 

Daily Musings

  • SLAM! Trea Turner (12) does it better than Onyx, making it grandiose.
  • Pete Alonso with the double-barrel high-velocity crowd-pleaser, including 456-footer. BOOM!!
  • Adalberto Mondesi has 6 HR, 18 SB & .296 AVG last 30 days. Even still, you’re the type of guy that gets suspicious. I’m the type of guy that says, “pudding is delicious.”
  • And you were thinking “Self” (cause that’s what you call yourself when you talk to yourself), we should be fine starting Seth Lugo vs Nats. 6 ER in 1.1 IP later, and now “Self” isn’t responding.
  • Tommy Pham will have plenty of discounts in 2021. Do you consider yourself a daredevil to take on his risk?
  • RougnedOdor locked his speed scooter outside the stadium. Focused strictly on power (10)
  • Carlos Santana trying to give fans a hint of what is to come (3-for-3, 4 RBI, 8th HR). C’mon man. Let’s keep that to ourselves.
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes is out here Tubthumpin! Fifth long ball.
  • Will Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (nine HR) get better? Is a fourth or fifth-round pick too rich?
  • Ryan Mountcastle, I'll be driving by early in 2021 drafts. Make sure you’re ready with that dominance.
  • Not a skunk. Madison Bumgarner snuck in a win just before the buzzer
  • Catch him, he’s falling (down drafts). Ketel Marte with two homers & one single stand-alone stolen base.
  • Shohei Ohtani decisions will still be tough again next year.
  • AJ Pollock still had a .514 xSLG. But “he’s too old”, “he’s not healthy.” 16 shots of ’Stick it where the sun don’t shine’.
  • How violently will the love change direction? Frankie Montas w/ 6 IP, 0 ER, 13 K wants to find out.
  • Evan White (15.3% SwingStrike ) wants to take a stab at the piñata before the party is over. 4 K & the piñata is victorious again.
  • Did the surprise Sonny Gray start help you? It was super nice of him to give it another go. 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 K.
  • Even a poor outing won’t secure a favorable price for the gumbo-lovin’ Aaron Nola.
  • 28.7 ft/sec sprint speed & poor plate discipline isn’t a great combination, Scott Kingery.
  • Tyler Flowers is out here engineering wind-powered turbine energy.
  • Was J.D. Martinez singing “Don’t forget me (when I’m gone).” Martinez, you’ve still got the THUNDAH!!!
  • Kris Bryant is not happy. Wow, I love this 446-ft rage (four).
  • Well, look who has a new rock quarry specializing in Crusher Run. Billy Hamilton. (first homer/sixth stolen base)
  • No, I would not be surprised if David Bote was singing, “If you want my Bote and you think I’m sexy, come on baby let me know,” as he rounded the bases. It’s like Rod Stewart wrote the song for him.
  • YAGA!! Harrison Bader demands attention with 425-foot Shenanigram.
  • The night is dark & full of terrors, especially if you tried to start Reynaldo Lopez. 1.1 IP, 6 ER.
  • Why can’t Carlos Correa do what Corey Seager did this year? This might be too bold even for me, but we’ll check it out.
  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (4-for-4) feels unjustifiably under-appreciated.
  • BERSERKER!! Marcell Ozuna finished with 18 HR, 93 R+RBI, & .338 AVG.
  • Drew Smyly's 10K might have won people some leagues.
  • Wil Myers smacks 15th long ball. Give that man honey butter on his croissant.
  • Brady Singer (7 IP, 1 ER, 5 K) wins The Voice. Tamper expectations.
  • I hope the ramblings brought a smile to your face in the morning or maybe some of the information caused you to do more research. I hope that in some small way they helped you achieve your success/improvements.
  • For transparency's sake, how did the Rambling Man do? Not that it dictates the value of my good word, but I won a DC league, a couple of 50s, and a couple of other leagues. I finished second & third in a few other leagues too. There were plenty of leagues that finished in the middle or worse. Not happy about those.
  • I hope you had a great time this year & maybe even added some winnings (money, bragging rights, digital trophy, etc.)
  • This isn’t the end. If you want to talk baseball, 2021 prep, or even just say hi from time to time, I'll be around.
  • Remember…
  • (No Fear, Just Fantasy)



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Bubba and Bat Flip 51: Fantasy Baseball Season Recap - Benched with Bubba (Episode 312)

Bubba (@bdentrek) is joined by Bat Flip Crazy (@BatFlipCrazy) to recap the 2020 Fantasy Baseball season. They go over lessons learned, some key takeaways, and more from the spring season. They then hand out fantasy baseball awards and go over a lot of listener questions.

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MLB DFS Advice and Analysis for FanDuel and DraftKings: Quick Hits for 9/29/20

Welcome back to another edition of MLB DFS Quick Hits. Today we have a 4 game AL Wild Card slate to preview. Bubba (@bdentrek) will go over weather, totals, plays, and more to get your MLB DFS lineups ready.

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Daily Slivers of the Fantasy Soapbox - Yesterday's Recap

Welcome to the September 26th edition of Daily Slivers of the Fantasy Soapbox.

Discussing baseball is as fun as the game itself. It has a way of bringing people together to share different opinions about the sport we all love. A similar action can be done with fantasy baseball where we not only discuss topics but also look to improve our teams as well as the teams of our fellow fantasy baseball enthusiasts. Everyone has their own perspectives which are not to be cast off as frivolous. They should be used as a method of expanding our own knowledge.

In this article, I review the previous day's boxscores and provide my opinion on a variety of topics. Some will be random, some will be fun, and some will be stat-driven. It's a soapbox so I may rant from time to time as well. So without any further delay, below are my thoughts on September 25th games. Enjoy them. You can even respond with your own thoughts on Twitter @EllisCan2.

 

Daily Musings

  • Randy Arozarena is a swift matador. With power (seven) & speed (four) he succeeds. The crowd launches roses into the arena.
  • "Let the bodies hit the floor; Let the bodies hit the floor." Zac Gallen
  • Jack Flaherty finishes the year with 4.91 ERA (…FIP). Since I only have him on one team. That makes me smile.
  • …and to my surprise, Orlando Arcia has five HR and two SB. No, that’s not the surprise. Tommy Edman has the same amount in 30 more at-bats.
  • Travis Shaw w/ 448-ft cannon. BOOM! Don’t look at the rest of his stats, they just fizzle out.
  • No, Randal Grichuk (11), I don’t think anyone would mind if you got a little power hungry.
  • As we sit around the conference table deciphering whether Christian Walker had a decline in performance, he’s munching on Popeyes Combo meal. Biscuits are good. Red beans & rice are not the same.
  • And the winner is Garrett Hampson for speed (six) & Ryan McMahon for power (eight). Is there really a winner?
  • Pavin Smith smacks his first homer. Such a sweet boy to pay his parent's mortgage.
  • Brett Phillips (second long ball) may not laugh last but he laughs best.
  • The mighty question of the offseason will be, “Will Charlie Morton really retire?" I know, there are more pressing questions.
  • The Yankees get whooped by the Marlins   **Psst, it was only by one.**
  • Brad Keller knocked down eight. Hot Damn. **Realigns paper** Oh, those were walks. Ugh! Good thing Carlos Carrasco had his eight in the right column.
  • Gregory Polanco with 7 HR, 3 SB, .158 AVG. Step back. You don’t want to get any of that on you.
  • Damn, I love Francisco Lindor (eight HR, six SB). Aren’t we all giddy at the possibility of getting him late in first round. Please let it happen. Click heels..click heels.
  • Usually, there is a lush, thriving paddock for grazing and a sacrifice paddock. The Chris Paddack you want has been the latter (3.2 IP, 5 ER).
  • **Revisits 2021 draft prep notes & moves Mike Yastrzemski higher with 10th SB & 73 R+RBI
  • Mediocre teams have serviceable players…enter Wilmer Flores (11 HR).
  • Ooh-wee. The wood chips are burning in there. I can see you trying to decipher how you can build a squad with Adalberto Mondesi (24 SB) in it.
  • Me and you and you and me; no matter how we toss the dice, it had to be; the only one for me is you and you for me…so happy together. Tatis (16) & Trent Grisham (10) go so well together.
  • Real life interferes with fantasy again. Dinelson Lamet only gets in 3.2 IP.
  • Just when your brain says, “Yeah, Betts is the #1 pick,” Ronald Acuna Jr. smacks you upside the head with a Mission BBQ combo meal (14 HR/eight SB).
  • Whit Merrifield, cross that line. The 10/10 club is within your grasp.
  • Brad Keller (2.47 ERA) dominates again. The 8.4% K-BB doesn’t tickle my fancy though.
  • Uh-oh, Alex Bregman seems to have fixed his swing with a tater in two straight games. Good thing there’s only a couple of days left. I’ll take the discount & bask in LSU colors all day.
  • Don’t forget the Jose Berrios rollercoaster come draft day.
  • Moose Attack!! Mike Moustakas drops a couple thump-thumps (eight).
  • Look how good Yu Darvish looks atop the Win mantle (eight). Shane Bieber just shakes his head.
  • Doesn’t it seem like it took 55 games for some players to warm up? No, Javier Baez (eight HR, .201 AVG) isn’t in that category.
  • OMG! Nine HR in 30 days. Imagine what Jared Walsh can do over a full season. Go ahead, swoon over those hypotheticals. They’re so dreamy, aren’t they?
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. & Jose Ramirez enjoying a movie in the 15/10 Theater. I think it was 'The Notebook' they were watching. Mookie Betts saunters in like he’s hot stuff. “Close the door!"
  • All Chris Bassitt's excellence was missing (7 IP, 6 K) was a little run support.

 

 

  • We all want to win. We all have the same frustrations when we do the process right but the outcome doesn't end as we want. Relax. We can't control everything. Manage what you have influence over. Let the rest fall where it may. Have a great Saturday.
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NFL Betting Picks For Week 3 (9/27/2020) - Moneylines, Totals, and Spreads

Week 2 brought along one of the worst, in terms of injuries, that we've seen in a long time. It didn't quite affect my picks, but Christian McCaffrey going down definitely made things hard for Carolina down the stretch. Green Bay almost hit the over themselves, so that was an easy cash. Then Sunday Night Football came along and gave us one of the most exciting offensive explosions we've seen in awhile. All-in-all, not a great week for us, but as usual, it's onto the next!

  • Week 2: 1-2 (33%, -.8u)
  • 2019 Season: 2-4 (33%, -1.9u)

Things are going to get interesting with the amount of injuries we're seeing around the league, but that will make capping more fun, I think? I'm not a professional but I love researching stats and finding value. My goal is to provide you with information that can help you make informed bets, whether you agree or disagree with me. I "bet to lose" one unit on almost every play but will definitely label it if I do differently.

I'm here to bring you my best bets and recommendations for Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season. I'll be here at Rotoballer all season long and you can find me on Twitter @RotoStevieJ. I am always down to chat and spend most of my days and nights browsing for information or news. You can also follow me on the Action app (@sgjanik6) where I'll post every pick I have for a day and week. With that, I hope you enjoy, best of luck, and please bet responsibly!

 

Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers (-4, -205)

O/U: 45

Man do the Texans miss DeAndre Hopkins. David Johnson struggled against the Ravens a week ago and gets an even tougher matchup this week, but he'll need to start producing to makeup for the missing Nuk. Naturally, Deshaun Watson has felt extra pressure to make plays, and while he still has some weapons in Brandin Cooks and Will Fuller, no one can predict when they show up and when they don't. As an offense, they're middle of the pack with an average of 5.8 yards per play (ypp) but they've averaged just 18 ppg through the first two weeks and have struggled getting red zone opportunities so far. Defensively, they've allowed just under 400 ypg and given up 61 points to the Chiefs and Ravens, two great offenses. While the Steelers aren't at that level, they sure are talented.

Nature is healing when you have Ben Roethlisberger slinging the rock 41 times to nine different receivers. There were obvious questions about him coming into the season, and while they haven't been completely answered, we've seen an eagerness from the future Hall of Famer. His backfield mate James Conner is a bit of a wild card but when he's healthy and getting opportunities, he thrives in this offense, as evidenced by the 106 rushing yards and a score last week. The Steelers also have a potentially league-winning trio of receivers in JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, and Chase Claypool. The latter two are more trusted, but at any point one could take over a game. There's not much that needs to be said about the Pittsburgh defense, though they did get a little lackadaisical in the second half against the Broncos last week, this is not so arguably the best defense in the NFL.

If there were fans in the stands, the Steelers might be at -6. While I don't believe it will be quite that one sided, books have the Steelers at -2.5/3 in the first half and I like that spot as well. Coming down to the nitty gritty, the Steelers at home is a different animal, with or without fans and Roethlisberger will give his defense an early lead so they can put pressure on Watson and force him to make mistakes.

Pick: Pittsburgh -4 (+109, Draftkings 20% Profit Boost) 1 Unit

 

Tennessee Titans (-2.5, -141) at Minnesota Vikings

O/U: 49.5

The Titans were a sleeper team in the AFC Coming into 2020, and they've made good on that by starting 2-0. Ryan Tannehill has gotten off to a blazing start with six touchdowns and no interceptions through two games, while Derrick Henry has averaged 100 yards but has yet to find pay dirt. Top receiver A.J. Brown (knee) will miss his second-straight game which leaves unproven Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith as the leading receivers for an offense that averages only 239 passing yards to start the season. Defensively, the Titans are one of nine teams to allow an average of at least 400 yards per game to their opponents. A problematic stat early in the season is the four redzone trips that their opponents average.

Minnesota has been severely disappointing, leading to an 0-2 record. Sure they scored 34 Week 1, but they still lost by double digits. Kirk Cousins is having a real probelm throwing to anyone bu Adam Thielen, who's caught both of Cousins' touchdowns. Unsurprisingly, the Viking shave relied on Dalvin Cook to pace their offense, and his three scores show that, but just 113 yards through two games isn't going to get it done. On the defense, the Vikings have allowed 10 red zone trips through two games, so that's an obvious "room for improvement."

We're buying the hook here. Minnesota has the best ATS record at home since 2014 (when Mike Zimmer became head coach) at 33-17-1. Both of these offenses might struggle to move the ball, which leads me to believe it will be ket quite close, and at home I favor the Vikings.

Pick: Minnesota +3 (Draftkings) 1 Unit

 

New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts (-11.5, -560)

O/U: 44

It's hard to find nice things to say about the Jets. They've averaged just 15 ppg (only better than the Giants) and just 4.6 yards per play. Sam Darnold hasn't been awful but the only weapons he does have keep going away. Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) and Jamison Crowder (hamstring) are both out, leaving the eternal Frank Gore, Breshad Perriman, and Chris Herndon to make all the plays; not exactly a recipe for success. The Jets Defense has given up at least 27 points and over 350 yards per game, and granted it was against the Bills and 49ers, but flat out the Jets defense will be bad all season.

This is certainly a new look Colts offense with Phillip Rivers taking snaps. Things haven't been all sunshine and rainbows, as the offense lost two producers, but their fill-ins will be able to handle the workload. Johnathan Taylor has been impressive with 135 yards and a score on the ground, and while the passing game hasn't taken off yet, T.Y. Hilton is still in town with Parris Campbell and Mo Allie Cox expected to see increased workloads. Defensively, I expect the Colts to have their way with Adam Gase's offense. They've held the Jags and Vikings to under 250 yards of offense, and that was with giving up 27 points in a loss to Jacksonville. With seven sacks, they've been one of the best at getting to the quarterback, and that means errors made by Darnold.

I don't have confidence in the offense moving the ball consistently. Sure, they'll have their moments, but Indy has a sneaky good offense that can create opportunities with pressure. I also think the Colts will have their struggles on offense until Taylor gets more comfortable in the NFL. I'm looking for a low-scoring, easy win for the boys from Indianapolis.

Pick: Under 44 (Draftkings) 1 Unit



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Daily Slivers of the Fantasy Soapbox - Yesterday's Recap

Welcome to the September 25th edition of Daily Slivers of the Fantasy Soapbox.

Discussing baseball is as fun as the game itself. It has a way of bringing people together to share different opinions about the sport we all love. A similar action can be done with fantasy baseball where we not only discuss topics but also look to improve our teams as well as the teams of our fellow fantasy baseball enthusiasts. Everyone has their own perspectives which are not to be cast off as frivolous. They should be used as a method of expanding our own knowledge.

In this article, I review the previous day's boxscores and provide my opinion on a variety of topics. Some will be random, some will be fun, and some will be stat-driven. It's a soapbox so I may rant from time to time as well. So without any further delay, below are my thoughts on September 24th games. Enjoy them. You can even respond with your own thoughts on Twitter @EllisCan2.

 

Daily Musings

  • There is no amount of Lamaze breathing that will decrease the pain of the Lance Lynn start. 5.2 IP, 9 ER.
  • The Cubs were no match. The Pirates smoked ‘em like a pack of Chad Kuhls. Do they suddenly have sneaky pitching power?
  • You’ll get at-bats with Bryan Reynolds in 2021. Pirates have quite a few options for draft & hold leagues.
  • Well, lookey-lookey. Garrett Hampson finally has more SB (six) than HR (five). Andres Gimenez has more (eight) in fewer PA.
  • Josh Bell rings it one last time (hopefully not) (eight).
  • Brandon Belt put on his big boy britches this year.
  • David Peterson secures his spot in 2021 rotation, hopefully. 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 K.
  • Is it time to drift off into the sunset, Carlos Santana?
  • Dallas Keuchel & a 1.99 ERA. It’s an odd couple. I don’t think the relationship will last.
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu had no problem silencing the Yankees. Childs play. 7 IP, 4 K.
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. adds another star to the constellation (eight). We can’t be too mad about the 26.4% FB rate, Juan Soto only has 27%.
  • "Sure he has a .143 AVG, but it was just bad luck (.145 BABIP).” And that is how a story is built resulting in Gary Sanchez drafted higher than he needs to be.
  • Expected stats say there’s more in the tank for Teoscar Hernandez?! Holy Guacamole. Sounds exciting.
  • How many people started Pablo Lopez vs ATL because you ran out of other starters? 5 IP, 6 K. Whew. **My hands raised**
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. getting in some overtime work to help his SB stats (seven).
  • Red Sox “Ace” Martin Perez didn’t live up to his billing…or did he? 4 IP, 6 ER.
  • Austin Hays (four) with 402-foot sky rocket in flight, Afternoon Delight.
  • The mystery was quite simple. If you wanted to win your season, you should have started Alex Cobb. 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 K vs BOS. Why didn’t we all understand this?
  • Pay attention. The trick is when you least expected. Adalberto Mondesi is 4-for-4 with two more SB (22). Tell me more about this complaining.
  • Seven Come Eleven. Salvador Perez drops a couple more reminders that he is a top catcher. Seven homers in 11 games for 11 total.
  • I refuse to believe it. Josh Staumont allows three ER in 0.2 IP. Someone desecrated the man-bun.
  • Reunited & it could feel so good. Reunited. George Springer (14), Alex Bregman (five), Jose Altuve (four) show what could be if they bring the ol’ gang back.
  • One day will not dissipate the Corbin Burnes love. 3.2 IP, 3 ER. This flame will stay lit all winter long.
  • Four innings from Walker Buehler?!?! 65 pitches?! He threw 90 pitches a few days prior. C’mon man.
  • Misery loves company. Ramon Laureano only has 6 HR, 2 SB, .215 AVG.
  • Like a warm, moist chocolate chip cookie on a chilly evening, Corey Seager bundles you up with 15th HR & league-leading 12.8% Brls/PA

 




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MLB DFS Advice and Analysis for FanDuel and DraftKings: Quick Hits for 9/25/20

Welcome back to another edition of MLB DFS Quick Hits. Today we have a 10 game slate to preview. Bubba (@bdentrek) will go over weather, totals, plays, and more to get your MLB DFS lineups ready.

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Daily Slivers of the Fantasy Soapbox - Yesterday's Recap

Welcome to the September 24th edition of Daily Slivers of the Fantasy Soapbox.

Discussing baseball is as fun as the game itself. It has a way of bringing people together to share different opinions about the sport we all love. A similar action can be done with fantasy baseball where we not only discuss topics but also look to improve our teams as well as the teams of our fellow fantasy baseball enthusiasts. Everyone has their own perspectives which are not to be cast off as frivolous. They should be used as a method of expanding our own knowledge.

In this article, I review the previous day's boxscores and provide my opinion on a variety of topics. Some will be random, some will be fun, and some will be stat-driven. It's a soapbox so I may rant from time to time as well. So without any further delay, below are my thoughts on September 23rd games. Enjoy them. You can even respond with your own thoughts on Twitter @EllisCan2.

 

Daily Musings

  • Trevor Bauer will go in the second round & you can’t stop it. 8 IP, 1 ER, 12 K.
  • Jared Walsh, you’re new here so you might not know. You don’t leave five men on base without repercussions.
  • Jul - Eric Hosmer chants exploded (.500 AVG); Aug - chants trickled off (.279 AVG);. Sep - chants silenced (.216 AVG)
  • What?! Shohei Ohtani (seven) hits a HR off a southpaw? It’s a miracle!!! No, just give him more playing time.
  • They set a date/time to compare the old days to the new. Juan Soto saunters into the ‘ol place while Bryce Harper rushes to get there on time. He looks at the sign. '13-Homer Tavern'. The place was mostly empty but for eight other patrons.
  • Andrew McCutchen just gobbles up the runs. It’s what we wanted all year.
  • Tim Locastro is the fastest man on the (baseball) planet (30 ft/sec) even while carrying a…what is that? C’mon, man. You’re stretching it you think a spicy tuna roll, volcano valentine roll, rice, & a green tea is considered a combo meal. (Two HR/ four SB)
  • Deja Vu! Mike Clevinger’s Health Concerns bucket its another gallons.
  • It’s dropping quickly, Joey Gallo. Get your jacket. Huh? No, the temperature, not your AVG (.175). We’ve already had our Arc’teryx jackets on for a while for the latter.
  • Shane Bieber & Lucas Giolito have an epic duel. A challenge (said with a fake French accent that makes it sound like an edible garment purchased from Victoria Secrets). What?! They don’t sell edible garments? Must be an off-the-menu item. Nevermind.
  • Jordan Luplow. You've been better lately, but why you always gotta make me cry? **Psst, he’s from Visalia…..not Vidalia.** Well, two HR, .194 AVG still makes me cry.
  • We shouldn’t be wooed by your two-homer game, Danny Jansen. We are suckers, though.
  • The world sits Robbie Ray versus the Yankees. 4 IP, 5 K. Of course he did.
  • What game are you playing Jose Altuve that leaving seven men on base is a positive thing?
  • (ZZ Top intro) He’s got legs…he knows how to use them. Kyle Lewis once had a bum knee, but he still has that 28 ft/sec sprint speed. Four SB to go with 11 HR, .277 AVG). 2021 will be nasty.
  • "Stop trying to push us away, Jesse Winker." (.198 AVG last 30 days) {Insert dramatic pause followed by barely audible words through ugly crying} "We love you & your 12th HR. Don’t you see that?!” (Yes, there were snot bubbles too).
  • Wake me up, before you go-go. Don’t leave me hangin' on like a yo-yo, Eugenio Suarez. (15th jitterbug)
  • Christian Yelich is reminding me of my ultra-marathon “competitors." While running, you see them going the wrong way. “Hey, hey! The trail is this way."
  • Ke'Bryan Kobe (Beef) Hayes with 429-foot Grade-A deliciousness. Four HR, one SB, .333 AVG. 2021 will be our secret, unless I add you in my bold predictions.
  • A rose is a rose is a rose…unless it’s Randy Arozarena. Double the beauty (seven HR). You like what I did there?
  • Who has the most obnoxiously sinister laugh? Put that image on me as I tell you that Brandon Lowe and my rosters have 14 HR w/ 71 R+RBI. MUAHAHAHA!
  • No, Andres Giminez. Speed. We want speed. But thank you for the third power boost.
  • For how many did Max Fried’s leaving with ankle injury after one inning represent your 2020 season?
  • 2020 strategy. If DH is back in NL, there will be an abundance of OF available so you can target other positions first, if necessary. Austin Hays (third tater) is one such option later.
  • Attention all Dean Kremer starters. Please attach the drop-down oxygen mask to yourself first before trying to help those that roster Carlos Martinez.
  • Yep, Kenta Maeda dominates. Fourth-round pick here we come…for some.
  • 18% SwingStrike rate?! Edwin Rios. It’s ok, we will dress you in these shabby clothes to snag you in 2021.
  • Acts of service is Salvador Perez' love language. Two more tasks off the long honey-do list.
  • Well, look what the cat dragged in…a long-lost letter from Ramon Laureano (six).
  • Max Muncy & Cody Bellinger both holding onto the Twelve Titanic Days speedboat. There’s no way you could have seen this outcome.

 

  • Endgame
  • You're stressing. You want to make a move. But, you don't want it to be the wrong move. You want to win, but you don't want to cause failure. Don't live in fear. Do your research & make the best decision...daily. Have fun!
  • Have a great Thursday too.
  • (No Fear, Just Fantasy)


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MLB DFS Advice and Analysis for FanDuel and DraftKings: Quick Hits for 9/24/20

Welcome back to another edition of MLB DFS Quick Hits. Today we have a 6 game slate to preview. Bubba (@bdentrek) will go over weather, totals, plays, and more to get your MLB DFS lineups ready.

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Bubba's MLB DFS Quick Hits for September 24th

 

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MLB DFS Advice and Analysis for FanDuel and DraftKings: Quick Hits for 9/23/20

Welcome back to another edition of MLB DFS Quick Hits. Today we have a 14 game slate to preview. Bubba (@bdentrek) will go over weather, totals, plays, and more to get your MLB DFS lineups ready.

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Bubba's MLB DFS Quick Hits for September 23rd

 

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Bubba and Bat Flip 50: 5 Players We Each Missed on for Fantasy Baseball - Benched with Bubba (Episode 311)

Bubba (@bdentrek) is joined by Bat Flip Crazy (@BatFlipCrazy) to discuss some strategy as we approach the final week of the Fantasy Baseball season. After some quick thoughts on the final week and the final FAAB process, the guys go into five players they were wrong on this fantasy baseball season.

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Benched with Bubba Podcast - Episode 311

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MLB DFS Advice and Analysis for FanDuel and DraftKings: Quick Hits for 9/22/20

Welcome back to another edition of MLB DFS Quick Hits. Today we have an 11 game slate to preview. Bubba (@bdentrek) will go over weather, totals, plays, and more to get your MLB DFS lineups ready.

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Bubba's MLB DFS Quick Hits for September 22nd

 

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Daily Slivers of the Fantasy Soapbox - Yesterday's Recap

Welcome to the September 21st edition of Daily Slivers of the Fantasy Soapbox.

Discussing baseball is as fun as the game itself. It has a way of bringing people together to share different opinions about the sport we all love. A similar action can be done with fantasy baseball where we not only discuss topics but also look to improve our teams as well as the teams of our fellow fantasy baseball enthusiasts. Everyone has their own perspectives which are not to be cast off as frivolous. They should be used as a method of expanding our own knowledge.

In this article, I review the previous day's boxscores and provide my opinion on a variety of topics. Some will be random, some will be fun, and some will be stat-driven. It's a soapbox so I may rant from time to time as well. So without any further delay, below are my thoughts on September 20th games. Enjoy them. You can even respond with your own thoughts on Twitter @EllisCan2.

 

Daily Musings

  • What day is it? **Checks calendar** Ah, yes. A day that ends in ‘y’. Luke Voit has hit a homer (21). (Now we wait for all the comments of.."Voit has hit more HR in 60 days than.. blah, blah.. all year.")
  • YARRR-BRUH! 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 K. Nah, no win needed, Ryan Yarbrough. Thanks though.
  • You’ll be visited by three spirits…the first is the ghost of Cy Young past. Rick Porcello w/ 7 IP, 1 ER, 10K. 10 K!
  • Jesse Winker, you’ll get your Academy Award in the mail soon.
  • That's why you have to get out here quick. The shooting star is gone. DJ Stewart with zero HR and 0.50 AVG in the last seven games.
  • BANGARANG! Michael Chavis (two makes five HR) takes advantage of your misfortune.
  • There he is…my man, Carlos Carrasco. 7 IP, 11 K. Smooth operator.
  • "I’ve checked five times. This is your Deivi Garcia (three IP, six ER) jacket.” Hmm, mine used to be nicer than this.
  • J.D. Martinez (six HR) is reaching for your help. Won’t you throw him a rope? Don’t worry. There’s plenty of room on my 2021 schooner.
  • Jose Ramirez feeling frisky. 15 HR, 10 SB, .284 AVG. Now remember, slide over to 2B this week for that extra eligibility…for old times sake.
  • Why do you do this to yourself? Glutton for punishment, I’d say. Matthew Boyd with 5 IP, 5 H, 5 ER.
  • Mark it down & start keeping count for 2021 drafts. The topic is the number of times people on podcasts will say “I’ll be happy with pick three and take whoever drops to me.” No, you don't count me saying it. Mark it Zero!!! Duh, I’d be happy w/Ronald Acuna Jr. at pick three, too.
  • Your eyes aren’t deceiving you. Mike Moustakas used every bit of that 24.1 ft/sec sprint speed. First SB. Is it odd that George Springer has the same amount?
  • Edwin Encarnacion reaches double-digit HR (10) & you’re wondering if you should be happy or sad (.164 AVG). Probably sad when you hear Trea Turner has 10 HR w/.337 AVG (not a 1B).
  • Nick Madrigal, get the lead out (first CS). The ball can’t get any more aerodynamic. So it seems you’re a speed guy. Speed it up.
  • Does anyone want to explain why it always seems like Max Scherzer isn't his best against MIA? Sympathy?
  • Will Victor Robles’ third HR bring the truthers back out? It sure won’t be the 85.7 mph exit velo (LD/FB). If it weren’t for Inciarte, guess who’d be last?
  • We can all agree 2019 was a career year for Eduardo Escobar, right? (4 HR, 1 SB, .191 AVG).
  • How does Daniel Vogelbach get the nickname ’The Babe’? Huh?! You didn’t know he was back? Three HR, nine RBI, four multi-hit games, .435 AVG in the last six games.
  • Ooh-weee. We love our good ‘ol Lafayette-boy, Josh Lindblom. Second win. What?! Lafayette, Indiana? Ok. Nevermind.
  • Adalberto Mondesi won’t stop running (19). Does it matter at this point for 2021 drafts? Your minds made up, right?
  • You’re telling me Taijuan Walker is a changed pitcher? 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 K.
  • Someone start the slow clap for Antonio Senzatela (5-2). 6.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 K vs LAD…in Coors.
  • Ryan McMahon, Garrett Hampson…are we still competing for playing time?
  • Just like that…Jack Flaherty is a second rd pick again (6.1 IP, 1 ER, 11 K). “But it was vs PIT.” It doesn’t matter!! Have you learned nothing?
  • Late-bloomer. Dylan Moore blossoms into excellence. 8 HR, 12 SB, .261 AVG. We like it. We like it, a lot.
  • Trent Grisham, slow down. Then my 2021 bold prediction won’t be so bold.
  • Do you think the other kids will laugh at you if you roster Rougned Odor? He’s going streaking again.
  • Wunderbar!! The Max Kepler Kaboose is back!! The eighth slice of Black Forest Gateau. (Yes, I know how to spell.)
  • If there is a party, you’ll find Miguel Sano at the piñata…just swinging & swinging hunting for the golden sombrero.

 



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MLB DFS Advice and Analysis for FanDuel and DraftKings: Quick Hits for 9/21/20

Welcome back to another edition of MLB DFS Quick Hits. Today we have an 8 game slate to preview. Bubba (@bdentrek) will go over weather, totals, plays, and more to get your MLB DFS lineups ready.

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Bubba's MLB DFS Quick Hits for September 21st

 

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Daily Slivers of the Fantasy Soapbox - Yesterday's Recap

Welcome to the September 19th edition of Daily Slivers of the Fantasy Soapbox.

Discussing baseball is as fun as the game itself. It has a way of bringing people together to share different opinions about the sport we all love. A similar action can be done with fantasy baseball where we not only discuss topics but also look to improve our teams as well as the teams of our fellow fantasy baseball enthusiasts. Everyone has their own perspectives which are not to be cast off as frivolous. They should be used as a method of expanding our own knowledge.

In this article, I review the previous day's boxscores and provide my opinion on a variety of topics. Some will be random, some will be fun, and some will be stat-driven. It's a soapbox so I may rant from time to time as well. So without any further delay, below are my thoughts on September 18th games. Enjoy them. You can even respond with your own thoughts on Twitter @EllisCan2.

 

Daily Musings

  • Albert Pujols, you’re one of the greatest.
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. (12th HR) stands before you humbly pleading to be a top-three overall pick in 2021.
  • Wow. Talk about loyalty. 32% waited for Kolten Wong’s power (one)/speed (three) assets to show themselves.
  • You, Bryan Reynolds (fifth HR), are no Michael Brantley.
  • Bloop! Bryce Harper’s trajectory (35-degree) was off, but package still arrived at destination (11).
  • With 4 HR, 3 SB, .378 AVG in nine days, no one will remember Ozzie Albies' terrible start of year on draft day.
  • Who doesn’t love a little catcher chat? Travis d'Arnaud with eight moonshots, 47 R+RBI, .336 AVG. That’s helpful.
  • J.D. Martinez, you think they had something to do with McDonalds discontinuing fried hot apple pies? Is that why you left those nine guys on base?
  • Max Fried returns, Fried wins (7-0). Bulldog & I like it.
  • Marcell Ozuna opens his pandora’s box unleashes the THUNDAH! 445-foot monster shot (15). Teoscar Hernandez enjoys his company so travels with him (15).
  • Nope, he didn’t bring his needle & yarn. Garrett Crochet brought the cannon (100 mph velo).
  • Ever notice how true believers just shrug off any misfortune. Sixto Sanchez with four innings pitched and five earned runs allowed. Meh.
  • Excuse me, ma’am. Will you need a buggy to carry all those expensive Victor Robles stolen bases (four)?
  • Starling Marte is one of the nation’s most wanted (thievery) (nine).
  • Brian Anderson’s three cattle drives (nine) only netted seven bovines.
  • Oooh-weeeh. The recent taxation will drive Zach Plesac’s price up in 2021. 7.2 IP, 11 K. Hot Damn!
  • Can we dispense with the grab-assery & just say Tyler Mahle is in the rotation next year? I’m down for it.
  • Nick Castellanos is nowhere near the MVP talk, but 13 taters sure fills the belly.
  • The Kraken continues to drown your memory of negativity. Gary Sanchez drops a 396-foot depth charge (10). Then he rested to allow six SB.
  • Tyler Glasnow embarrasses people w/ 38% K rate. Austin Hays treats it like a day at the beach w/one big shot of tequila (second HR).
  • Zac Gallen makes sure you’re still on board. 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 K.
  • Yes, Cody Bellinger, we saw your 11th rainbow. It was beautiful. So is the .333 AVG (last seven games). The rest will get us a discount.
  • How far will Alex Bregman drop in drafts? Four homers, .250 AVG. Oh, I’ll be down for it.
  • Someone get me a refill of Zack Greinke. Make it a younger version. I want this to last.
  • Hitting atop that LAD lineup, not SS, power/speed…how is Mookie Betts not a first overall? Strategy? Bias? Personal opinions make it great.
  • Christian Yelich sits on the dock of the bay, watching the tides roll away. He still gets 11HR, 56 R+RBI.
  • Rays finally put Austin Meadows out to pasture (IL).
  • Salvador Perez just wanted chocolate milkshake & fries for his combo meal? Nine HR/one SB.
  • Adalberto Mondesi is the best (18 SB). 4 HR, 10 SB, .286 AVG (last 15 games) makes him the best Mondesi he’s been in awhile.
  • Danny Duffy, this is why you have to make your fought. DET might have been better than 3.2 IP 6 ER, 5K
  • The strategy isn’t difficult. Start damn near everyone vs Rangers.
  • George Clinton loves that Funk. Fernando Tatis Jr. with .170 AVG in last 15 games.
  • All that money and Manny Machado still goes to Carls Jr. for his combo meal. Nice. 16 HR/six SB.
  • Matt Olson (14) provides emergency evac for one. 110.6 mph.
  • Chris Bassitt proves you don’t always need the studs to win.

 

  • Endgame
  • You've got one week left to bask in it or get frustrated by it. Don't complain about it once it's gone. Be thankful & spend as much time with it as possible. Treat every minute, every second as if it were the last. Hold it tight. Cherish it. Baseball.
  • Have a great Saturday.
  • (No Fear, Just Fantasy)


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MLB Betting Picks (9/19/2020) - Moneylines, Totals, and Runlines

Welcome back, RotoBallers! Take all the action-packed, sports awesomeness from last weekend, and throw in the U.S. Open. Yeah, that's what we have on tap for these two days. I'm very ready to make a dent in my couch. As for the MLB, I took a few days off in the middle of last week, and it seems to have done me well, as I came out on top with a 3-1 night last night, hitting two run lines in the process. Let's get hot this weekend!

As I'm sure you already know know, Steve Janik and I will be sharing the duties of writing up an MLB Betting article every day of the week! All season long we'll be supplying you MLB betting articles with a few of our favorite picks for the day in baseball. Along with the picks, we'll give a little write-up with some supporting evidence for the picks, and we'll keep track of our records throughout the course of the season. You can always find my updated picks for the day as well as my running tally @BellRoto on Twitter. I'll also do my best to continue posting my picks there on my "Off Days" for this series.

  • Friday, September 19: 3-1
  • 2020 Season Total: 106-90

Without further ado, let's get to the picks for today's slate. Please make sure to follow me on Twitter @BellRoto, as I'll post any updates and/or additions to these picks there throughout the day. I'll also field any questions or comments on Twitter as well as in our Premium RotoBaller Slack Chat under the Sports Betting channel. Here we go!

 

Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins (-121)

O/U: 7.5

WAS: Patrick Corbin, MIA: Pablo Lopez

This is a pretty simple formula leading me to the Nationals as an underdog in Miami. I'm buying low on Patrick Corbin, who finally turned the corner and looked himself last time out against a tough Atlanta offense. Meanwhile, we saw Pablo Lopez finally look human a couple of starts ago. I do think he's a solid pitcher, but I'll take Corbin's upside over him. I also still like the Nationals lineup considerably more despite the addition of Starling Marte to the Marlins lineup.

Pick: Nationals ML (+101) 1 Unit

 

Minnesota Twins (-135) at Chicago Cubs

O/U: 8.5

MIN: Michael Pineda, CHC: Alec Mills

I'm usually not one to back no-name pitchers coming off huge outings like a no-hitter, but Mills looked solid in the few starts leading up to his historic night. Meanwhile, I've been pretty vocal about my fade of Michael Pineda coming off injury, and he started to regress last time out against Cleveland. I think the regression continues against a Chicago lineup that looks mighty scary when healthy. Mills shouldn't have to do much to keep the Cubs offense in this game. I like the underdog here, too.

Pick: Cubs ML (+115) 1 Unit

 

San Diego Padres (-189) at Seattle Mariners

O/U: 8

SD: Mike Clevinger, SEA: Justus Sheffield

I'll continue to ride the Padres in a very lopsided matchup after capitalizing on their run line just one night ago. Sheffield has looked solid for Seattle, and he surely has a great career ahead of him, but Mike Clevinger is an ace, and he pitched like it last time out. Meanwhile, the San Diego offense can put up runs in a HURRY. Give me the run line again, and let's go Padres.

Pick: Padres -1.5 (-117) 1 Unit



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Daily Slivers of the Fantasy Soapbox - Yesterday's Recap

Welcome to the September 18th edition of Daily Slivers of the Fantasy Soapbox.

Discussing baseball is as fun as the game itself. It has a way of bringing people together to share different opinions about the sport we all love. A similar action can be done with fantasy baseball where we not only discuss topics but also look to improve our teams as well as the teams of our fellow fantasy baseball enthusiasts. Everyone has their own perspectives which are not to be cast off as frivolous. They should be used as a method of expanding our own knowledge.

In this article, I review the previous day's boxscores and provide my opinion on a variety of topics. Some will be random, some will be fun, and some will be stat-driven. It's a soapbox so I may rant from time to time as well. So without any further delay, below are my thoughts on September 17th games. Enjoy them. You can even respond with your own thoughts on Twitter @EllisCan2.

 

Daily Musings

  • The Bryce Harper (10) Space Exploration program had its first two launches. The first was a 433-ft success. The second launched 445-ft thanks to extra boosters (113.6 mph exit velo).
  • Sweet Nathan Eovaldi. Potential to repeat it vs BAL next.
  • The team with the fewest SB in MLB = Twins (11). Remember that when you consider SB options in 2021. **Byron Buxton taking notes for future defiance**
  • Rafael Devers sends his 11th serenade across the divide. Don’t chase after it. Let it come to you.
  • How much passion do you have to get ejected during a home run trot? Josh Donaldson (five).
  • The bank is laughing with us, Jose Abreu (17 long-distance deposits).
  • Blake Snell stayed healthy. Four wins. 21.7% K-BB
  • On FIRE!!! Buxton’s seven taters in nine games is a message. “Speed is a side dish; Power is the main course."
  • Anthony Rendon remains steady & unexciting. Perfect. Ninth HR.
  • Canning made it through season without surgery. I’m impressed. 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 K.
  • Dean Kremer might be the next hot thing. Keep an eye on the 90 mph avg exit velo, 13% BB , and 9% SwingStrike rates.
  • Are the Rays the only thing keeping Mike Brosseau (5 HR, 2 SB, .314 AVG) from steady playing time? Or is it the 30% K rate?
  • Willy Adames (sixth HR) is almost ready to dominate with his 96 mph exit velo (LD/FB) that ranks 27th. He just needs to improve his plate discipline.
  • Steven Brault with two-hit CG, 8 K vs STL?! Beast-Mode Activated!!!
  • Don’t scoff at it now. Josh Bell is hitting .340 with three homers in the last 15 games.
  • Aaron Nola didn’t eat his king cake before his start. 5.1 IP, 5 ER, 5 BB, 7 K.
  • No, Brandon Nimmo is not a one-trick pony. His eight HR compliments his OBP (.403).
  • In 2021, how eager will you draft 30 HR & .240 AVG? The Pete Alonso decisions begin.
  • Andres Gimenez. Only one SB in 21 games? This is not the way. Take the restrictor plates off.
  • That taste is not the Toxic Waste candy. It is 1.6 IP, 6 ER from Seth Lugo.
  • Luke Voit is amused by the simplicity of this game. 20 HR & counting.
  • Ladies & Gentlemen, if you will, look right here. **FLASH** "Gary Sanchez has two HR, .250 AVG over the last seven games. He is a great catcher." Believe it?
  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr. makes a last-ditch effort to be your Valentine in 2021. 10 HR, .308 AVG.
  • Jose Ramirez doubles your enjoyment. 13 HR & 10 SB. Will he still be as valuable when (if) Francisco Lindor isn’t on the team?
  • Has Willi Castro caught your eye yet? I know, all your spots are full.
  • Shane Bieber (eight wins) is an artist. From common street painter to fine galleries. Everyone should just marvel at his masterpieces.
  • I know, I know. You wanted Casey Mize to come up & dominate. This game ain’t easy.
  • Rangers giving away free prizes. Framber Valdez. Gets his (6.1 IP, 1 ER, 11 K)
  • The glove-less one, Kyle Tucker, sends an apology (ninth long ball.) for his .253 AVG.
  • Edwin Rios with fifth non-stop train around the bases. You stop it, this instant. No more giving people ideas of drafting you earlier in 2021. Yes, I’m being selfish.
  • Trevor Story puts it in your face and you still won’t listen. You’ll be able to KDS for pick seven and still get him. Freebies.
  • Corey Seager (85) hunting down Fernando Tatis Jr. (92) down for the top spot in 95+ mph hits.

 

 

  • Friday is here. You got a reprieve to watch the magic of Joe Burrow last night. Back to baseball. A little over a week left. Talk to people now to help fix yourself for 2021. Don't be afraid. Get answers. Fix weaknesses. Prep for next season begins now.
  • (No Fear, Just Fantasy)


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MLB DFS Advice and Analysis for FanDuel and DraftKings: Quick Hits for 9/18/20

Welcome back to another edition of MLB DFS Quick Hits. Today we have a 12 game slate to preview. Bubba (@bdentrek) will go over weather, totals, plays, and more to get your MLB DFS lineups ready.

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Bubba's MLB DFS Quick Hits for September 18th

 

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NFL Betting Picks For Week 2 (9/20/2020) - Moneylines, Totals, and Spreads

Man what an odd first week of the season. Arizona not only covered the seven points, but beat the NFC Champions outright on their home field. Carolina had some mishaps offensively and weren't able to contain Josh Jacobs, losing by four points, just missing the cover. Meanwhile, the Cowboys and the Rams couldn't do anything offensively in the second half of Sunday Night Football, dooming any chance at an over.

  • Week 1: 1-2 (33%, -1.1u)
  • 2019 Season: 1-2 (33%, -1.1u)

Sure, it's going to take a few weeks to truly grasp how every team will square off, but I'm feeling confident after Week 1. I'm not a professional but I love researching stats and finding value. My goal is to provide you with information that can help you make informed bets, whether you agree or disagree with me. I "bet to lose" one unit on almost every play but will definitely label it if I do differently.

I'm here to bring you my best bets and recommendations for Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season. I'll be here at Rotoballer all season long and you can find me on Twitter @RotoStevieJ. I am always down to chat and spend most of my days and nights browsing for information or news. You can also follow me on the Action app (@sgjanik6) where I'll post every pick I have for a day and week. With that, I hope you enjoy, best of luck, and bet responsibly!

 

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-9.5, -420)

O/U: 48.5

The Panthers were one of 10 teams to average six yards or more per play (ypp) in Week 1, but overall inconsistency was attributed to their loss to the Raiders. They still dropped 30 with a new coach, system, and quarterback, all while supporting 96 rushing yards and two scores from Christian McCaffrey. Defensively, they had their struggles as well, allowing Vegas to churn out 372 yards, or 6.1 ypp. Their secondary was already banged up and now they might be without starter Donte Jackson in Week 2, so they'll have their hands full guarding the Bucs' receiving corps.

Tampa Bay got their first look at the aging Tom Brady against the Saints in Week 1. No, the GOAT didn't look like the player we've come to know, but you should've had tempered expectations anyway. He threw a pair of touchdowns and interceptions, and oddly enough only looked Mike Evans' way four times, which Bruce Arians wants to change. The run game will continue to be tough to predict, but Ronald Jones II looked much better than Fournette did in Week 1. Defensively, the Bucs had the best run defense and the third worst pass defense in terms of yards allowed per game in 2019. They held CMC to just 68 rushing yards and a score with six catches for 42 yards and a score in two games last year.

It's going to take some time for Bridgewater to develop a true chemistry with his receivers, yet Vegas is still favoring Brady big here, despite him having to make the same transition. Now Chris Godwin (concussion protocol) could potentially be out Sunday. I'm respecting Bridgewater's ability to go toe-to-toe with the GOAT in this matchup. I might even sprinkle a small ML bet on the Panthers.

Pick: Carolina +9.5 (FYI, I got this at +10 using Draftkings 25% Profit Boost for Week 2) 1 Unit

 

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (-6, -245)

O/U: 49.5

The Lions could be 1-0 had they held a 23-6 lead and if their first-round pick, Deandre Swift, hadn't flat out dropped the game-winning touchdown with two seconds left on the clock. Kenny Gollday (hamstring) didn't play which obviously affected the offense, but Matthew Stafford still threw the ball 42 times, completing 24 for 297 yards and just one touchdown. Regardless of if Golladay misses another contest, expect Satfford to sling at least another 35 times. Adrian Peterson seems to have walked right in and taken Kerryon Johnson's job, but this rushing attack is still incredibly volatile. Their defense is in trouble yet again, this time due to injury as seven players are on IR on that side of the ball. The Lions housed the worst pass defense in the NFL in 2019 and that could be the case again this year.

Aaron Rodgers had no issues against Minnesota in Week 1, completing 73% of his passes for 364 yards and four scores. Naturally, Davante Adams caught two of them and this connection should have a field day against the Lions secondary. Aaron Jones was steady but not stellar, though he is known to have explosive games. Defensively, the Packers were a top 10 pass defense by DVOA in 2019 but struggled mightily stopping the run, allowing almost 130 ypg, and they allowed 134 in the opener.

The Packers will likely rely on the Rodgers-Adams connection once again as Detroit's secondary is dismantled. For Detroit, they'll be throwing a lot, and yes, without Golladay, this offense is a shell of what it could be; however, Stafford could be forced to throw the ball 40-plus times again. If Golladay is out again, I like GB to cover, but I'm targeting the points here even if the Lions' star receiver is out.

Pick: Over 49.5 (Draftkings) 1 Unit

 

New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks (-4, -190)

O/U: 45

Cam Newton seemed to ease a lot of Patriot fans' minds with his Week 1 performance. Sure, he didn't even throw for a touchdown or eclipse 200 yards, but he rushed for 75 and two scores. I think it's pretty clear that New England still isn't worried about throwing the ball a lot. A four-headed running back committee led by Sony Michel is the opposite of exciting but they continue to find ways to win and no, WR1 Julian Edelman doesn't give them much of a reason to change. Despite losing several key players to opting out for the 2020 season, this defense still houses Stephon Gilmore among others. They held Miami to just 3.2 yards per carry and only 200 yards passing with three picks. Miami is no Seattle, but those are still impressive numbers.

The Seahawks started strong and finished strong in Week 1, and t had nothing to do with the run game like many would've expected. Russell Wilson threw for 322 yards and four scores while Carlos Hyde added a score on the ground. Think this was a statement to the league that they're for real? I do. Jamal Adams made his presence known as a new member of the Seahawks, and they surrounding cast performed well against a stout Atlanta offense. If they can continue at that pace, they'll clearly outperform their 16/23 pass/run rank by DVOA from 2019.

New England might try and exercise their passing options more this week, but the offense is going to run through Cam Newton regardless so if he wants to run, he's going to run. Seattle on the other hand clearly is fit to both run and pass. Both sides will be met with tougher than expected defenses making this a low scoring game to end the Sunday slate.

Pick: Under 45 (Draftkings) 1 Unit



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Daily Slivers of the Fantasy Soapbox - Yesterday's Recap

Welcome to the September 17th edition of Daily Slivers of the Fantasy Soapbox.

Discussing baseball is as fun as the game itself. It has a way of bringing people together to share different opinions about the sport we all love. A similar action can be done with fantasy baseball where we not only discuss topics but also look to improve our teams as well as the teams of our fellow fantasy baseball enthusiasts. Everyone has their own perspectives which are not to be cast off as frivolous. They should be used as a method of expanding our own knowledge.

In this article, I review the previous day's boxscores and provide my opinion on a variety of topics. Some will be random, some will be fun, and some will be stat-driven. It's a soapbox so I may rant from time to time as well. So without any further delay, below are my thoughts on September 16th games. Enjoy them. You can even respond with your own thoughts on Twitter @EllisCan2.

 

Daily Musings

  • The fever and panic has subsided. Luis Castillo (7 IP, 10 K) has provided the right medicine.
  • The Hwy-64 Boys (Brandon & Nate Lowe) argue about the better pronunciation of their names and better side of the tunnel. B. Lowe brings his Wawa combo meal (not a thing) to the discussion. 13th HR and three SB.
  • What can be learned from the sadness of drafting Austin Meadows in the third round? Nothing, unless you consider the Rays constant platooning a valuable lesson.
  • Manny Machado plays up to the excitement on the field. There’s a lot of that in SD. 14th trip to the party store.
  • Mookie Betts has secured a top-three spot in 2021 drafts, right? (Fernando Tatis Jr., Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, Ronald Acuna Jr., SP name, Christian Yelich?). How many is that?
  • Brandon Woodruff suffers again. Only two wins. What do you expect when you’ve been terrible? ** Open Cracker Jack box for a special prize. Spoiler alert. It’s a small package of sarcasm.** 3.47 FIP & 23.4% K-BB, & 13% SwingStrike rates.
  • Keston Hiura doesn’t concern himself with your statistical analysis. 58% Contact rate? HA! 20% SwingStrike rate? AH-HAHA. He cranks it up to 13.
  • When you need that extra push, Freddie Freeman is there to say, “These go to 11.” Guess who is leading the R+RBI category? Yep, he takes it to 11.
  • What is this long line? “Oh, this is the line to get power/speed from Tyler O'Neill (six HR/two SB). Isn’t there a better place to shop?
  • How chill is Gerrit Cole to breeze through with abundant run support?
  • Who has more homers, Jackie Bradley Jr. or J.D. Martinez? You’re probably wrong. They both have five. **You have now entered The Twighlight Zone**
  • How upset are you that your rock, your foundation (Jacob deGrom)needed a moment to himself (hamstring spasm)? How upset will you be next week when your starting pitchers get rest days in prep for the real playoffs?
  • Luke Voit’s foreign policy is also “Walk softly & carry a big stick.” HR (19) category goes through him.
  • If you’re in any of my leagues, just know I’ll be drafting Clint Frazier in 2021 and you can’t stop me.
  • It’s good to have you back, Salvador Perez. Two taters in three games.
  • Raise your hand if you anticipate drafting Adalberto Mondesi in the first five rounds of 2021 drafts? Hmmm, well, I can already tell you he’s going to be in the best shape of his life come spring time.
  • Keegan Akin befuddles the Braves. 5 IP, 9 K. Stellar!
  • STOP!! Austin Hays is only 4% rostered?! 4-for-10 since coming off IL. Go check your leagues. Shenanigans.
  • There was no fear, but I didn’t want any part of Kyle Gibson vs HOU. WRONG! CG with 9 K.
  • Lance McCullers Jr., you were awesome. Finish strong.
  • You’re not pleased with Byron Buxton’s 10 HR? You’re not happy about one walk? Oh, you want more than one SB. Aren’t we picky.
  • Jose Abreu sends out his 16th care package.
  • **No witty comment. Just stunned** Dylan Bundy w/ 2.2 IP, 5 ER, 2 K vs ARI.
  • 33% rostered for Jared Walsh (seven HR). We started at 9% now we’re here. Some people are slow. Others play with fear. You do you.
  • The 5.68 ERA (3.25 FIP) at home is what keeps people away from German Marquez. It’s a shame.

 

 

  • Happy Thursday. The clock is ticking faster than you want it to...probably not fast enough for those leading in tight races. Get your FAB ready for this weekend so you can have a great finish to your season.
  • (No Fear, Just Fantasy)


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