Patriots Again to Enter 2017 as the Favorite to Take Home Super Bowl LII

The Super Bowl is still in the rear view mirror for most NFL fans, and what a Super Bowl it was. The New England Patriots, left for dead by almost everyone after 45 minutes of play, rallied for the most craziest comeback in NFL history, overcoming a 25-point deficit to beat the NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons to win the game eventually in overtime 34-28.

Now that the big game is over and 2016 is totally in the books, it’s never too early to start looking at 2017, and the Super Bowl betting odds that are already being set and where Vegas has the 32 teams around the NFL sitting to become champions already for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.

Right off the bat the champion New England Patriots will enter next season with 5-1 odds to win the Super Bowl. They are a young team with plenty of talent, and any team with Tom Brady at quarterback and Bill Belichick on the sidelines is going to be tough to beat.

The Dallas Cowboys, who were the number one seed in the NFC this past season despite losing in their first playoff game to the Green Bay Packers, are number two on the list at 10-1. Like the Pats, they are young and have two great rookies that should get them right back to the promise land of the postseason.

Third on the list are the runner-ups in the AFC from this past season, the Pittsburgh Steelers, who come in at 10-1 as well. The black and gold won two playoff games against the Dolphins and Chiefs, but were blown out in the AFC Title game by the Pats. They are still a very good team with Big Ben, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, and should challenge New England for the top spot in the AFC.

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers come in next at 12-1, they are a team that again is chock full of talent, but again didn’t play well at all in the NFC Title game and were blown out by the Atlanta Falcons. With all the pieces and parts in Lambeau, count on the Packers being a tough out in the NFC again in 2017.

The Seahawks are 12-1 as well to win the Super Bowl, and again in a tough NFC, they are a team that can still make plenty of noise. Their defense took a slight step back in 2016, but don’t count them out, as they are a hard team to beat, more so at home. They were overwhelmed by the Falcons in the NFC Divisional Playoff game, but will be back in 2017.

The final team at 16-1 is that of the NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons, a surprise given the title was in their grasp in Houston in Super Bowl LI, and they simply couldn’t finish. The Falcons still have a high flying offense that will give other teams in the NFC issues, but as usual repeating in the NFC is going to be very tough to do.

Who to Play in Super Bowl LI When it Comes to One-Day Fantasy Games

The Super Bowl is next weekend, and it’s the last chance of the year for people to jump on sites like FanDuel and Draft Kings in order to try and make some money for the last time in the 2016 NFL season.

While it’s going to be a long couple of months until opening day 2017, there’s plenty to be excited about in terms of the last game of the season, with the New England Patriots in most books like fun88 being three-point favorites over the NFC reps the Atlanta Falcons.

While there’s only two quarterbacks to choose from in the biggest game on earth, there’s plenty of other players that could score you some bucks in the last game of the season.

Today we give you a quick rundown of the players we think you should look for, and what surprise players we think should be able to cross the goal line in Super Bowl LI on Sunday, February 5th.

First off, if there’s a QB to take, you have to take Tom Brady. He’s an experienced Super Bowl quarterback, and there’s no doubt while Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has the wide out edge, you have to take Brady as it doesn’t seem to matter who is catching passing for him, he’s going to find a way to get to 300 plus yards and at least three touchdowns in the game.

As far as a couple surprise players, here’s some players to be on the lookout for in the game next weekend.

Chris Hogan WR Patriots – He may not be a surprise after the big game he had against the Steelers in the AFC Title Game, but look for Hogan to still be a go-to guy that Brady will look for, and we can see him catch 7-8 passes for 125 yards and at least one score from Brady, who seemed to look for Hogan all too often in the win over Pittsburgh.

Taylor Gabriel WR Falcons – This former Cleveland Browns receiver has been a huge part of the Falcons offense this season, and even though he at times has had drops, he can still make a big impact, as he’s been a big target of Matt Ryan this season for Atlanta. Gabriel is a good second or third option for the Falcons and should get plenty of looks Sunday.

Martellus Bennett TE Patriots – With no Rob Gronkowski, the Pats will have another tight end option in Martellus Bennett, who has filled in nicely this year. Look again for Brady to take a look near the goal line for the backup TE, and if the team gets into a pinch, look for a score or two for the Pats TE.

Fantasy Starts for Week 11 in Fantasy Football

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It’s hard to believe it’s already week 11 of the Fantasy football season, but now it’s crunch time as teams are looking to make the leap to the playoffs, or stay in their race in many of their leagues.

Today here’s some players to look to start for week 11 starting tonight with the Panthers and Saints.

Starts

QB Marcus Mariota Titans

Mariota has been red hot at the QB spot as of late, going off for at least 20 Fantasy points in six games in a row, including at least 30 points in four of those outings. This week he’s going up against the Colts, and should be able to hit about 20-23 points, which means he again is a good start in Fantasy, as the last time he played Indy back in week seven, he threw for 232 yards and two scores with 14 rushing yards.

RB Jonathan Stewart Panthers

The Panthers lead rusher starts the week tonight against the Saints, a team that has issues stopping the run. He’s been solid against the Saints, with at least 80 yards and a touchdown in three of his past four meetings, which should serve him well in the game this evening against New Orleans. The Saints are among the league leaders with 14 touchdowns allowed to running backs this season. Look for Stewart to have a good night this evening.

WR Jamison Crowder Redskins

Even if the Redskins get DeSean Jackson back this week, that shouldn’t mean anything for Crowder, who should be able to put up points against the Packers secondary. Sunday against the Vikings, Crowder had four catches for 37 yards and a touchdown, and he’s on a good pace with a touchdown in five games this season. He should have good success against a Green Bay secondary that allowed four touchdown passes last week to Titans QB Marcus Mariota.

TE Martellus Bennett Patriots

Bennett will be the go-to guy this week as Rob Gronkowski is out for the Pats. Since Tom Brady has been back in the Pats lineup, Bennett has been up and down like those that can play Australian games online, catching three TD’s against the Browns, and in three games against the Seahawks, Bengals and Steelers basically doing nothing. We’re willing to bet that this week as the number one guy he will have a big week, and should put up good numbers against the Niners, a team that’s won one game.

Defense Steelers at Browns

The only winless team in the NFL has another tough task this week taking on a Steelers team that is none too happy about losing four in a row. The Browns have allowed eight sacks in the past two games with just 17 points scored, and this week should be much of the same, as the Steelers should be able to take advantage of the Browns woeful offensive line, and the Steelers love to pick on their AFC North rival and should be able to do it with sacks and maybe even a defensive score Sunday.

Who to Sit and Who to Start: NFC Title Game Arizona at Carolina

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The NFC Title game is the final step for the Cards and Panthers as they try to get the honor of being the NFC rep in Super Bowl 50. There’s some fantasy implications with the game, and today we take a look at how to start and how to sit for both teams.

Cardinals

Start:
Carson Palmer should have a decent day throwing, the weather is expected to be good for the early evening game, and he’s going to have the luxury of throwing to some good wide outs, one of which – Larry Fitzgerald, is having a monster year and a huge rebound season with the Cardinals. He’s another start for Arizona, as with Charles Tillman out, look for the Cards to air it out early and often as they try to build a lead. Cards kicker Chandler Catanzaro should kick at least two to three field goals in the game also, make him a start as well.

Sit: Running back David Johnson is going to have a rough time with the Panthers D, a good run stuffing D that should keep him in check. Don’t fall for the hype of playing him as there’s going to be better options in the first game as well as with the Panthers and Jonathan Stewart who we will hit on in a bit. Cardinals Defense is going to be hard pressed to have a big day, as Cam’s scrambling ability will limit sacks.

Panthers:

Start: Jonathan Stewart is the toughest runner in the league right now, and he should have a decent day against a Cards D that can be run against. Start him and watch him rack up about 100 yards as well a touchdown or two in what should be a high scoring affair. Ted Ginn Jr. is a sleeper, but I think he will put up some good numbers for Cam and company. Ginn is a guy that can have a breakaway play or two that can give fantasy owners some great points in the big game.

Sit: Cam Newton. Sorry, I know he’s going to be NFL MVP (or should be), but in this game I think the Cards pass defense with Patrick Peterson should be able to keep Newton for the most part in check. Cam is going to need to find a way to create, and that’s not going to be easy as you can bet the Cards defense is coming up with a game plan to make sure to keep the Panthers QB in check. Graham Gano is another player you need to sit for this NFC Title game.

So there you have it, a huge game with everything on the line, as the two teams do battle for the right to allow their fans to have the enjoyment all each super bowl commercial 2016 at the biggest game on planet earth!

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St Louis Rams v Washington Redskins

Two weeks are in the books in fantasy football, and if you’ve been able to make it past two weeks without an injury on your year-long roster – good for you.

It’s been crazy the number of players hurt thus far, which is why some people are happy moving away from year-long leagues into one-day fantasy leagues to try and win some quick money.

Today we try and help you if you are in a year-long league with some solid week 3 players that could still be available on your roster.

QB Nick Foles (Rams) – St.Louis had a tough time last week against the Redskins on the road, but don’t lose hope in them and in Foles. Against the Skins he threw for just 150 yards and a touchdown, but the Redskins had something to prove and their defense could be better than expected. He plays the Steelers at home this week, and could have a productive day against a team that is still suspect in the secondary.

RB Matt Jones (Redskins) – Back to that Redskins-Rams game from last Sunday, running back Matt Jones had his coming out party, going off for 19 carries, 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 23 yards. If you’re in a bidding system don’t go overboard, as Alfred Morris is still the number one back in DC, but there’s room for Jones, and based on his outing Sunday against the Rams, expect to see him get more carries.

WR Travis Benjamin (Browns) – Two weeks and three touchdowns? Yeah, it’s pretty obvious that the Browns have found, at least early in the season, a playmaker to help an offense that likely is going to be challenged to put up many points on a weekly basis. Benjamin is one of those fast wide outs (his nickname is ‘Rabbit’) that can pretty much never be overthrown. His big play late saved the Browns in their 28-14 win over the Titans Sunday after Tennessee clawed their way back into the game. He may only score three more TD’s the rest of the year, but as of now he’s worth a pickup.

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice For September 16th

Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies

There’s plenty of money out there tonight as there’s a lot of great playoff baseball, and if your ready to get in the action on a great one-day fantasy league to try and win some quick cash, here’s some tips and advice.

First off, here’s a list of the Picks tonight for Draft Kings and their salary cap value:

Best MLB DraftKings Picks for September 16
Pos. Player Opponent Salary
P Jake Arrieta Pittsburgh $14,000
P Bartolo Colon Miami $8,100
C Miguel Montero Pittsburgh $3,100
1B Eric Hosmer Cleveland $3,700
2B Chase Utley Colorado $3,000
3B Freddy Galvis Washington $3,000
SS Starlin Castro Pittsburgh $2,800
OF Bryce Harper Philadelphia $5,900
OF Ryan Raburn Kansas City $2,400
OF Jacoby Ellsbury Tampa Bay $3,400

Pitchers: Personally I think for the money, Bartolo Colon is a solid play tonight. He’s going against the Marlins tonight at home, and is 14-11 on the season. He went 6.2 in his last outing, allowing two runs on 7 hits back on 9/11. If you wanna spend big on Jake Arrieta, but Colon is a much cheaper value and could pay off if you can only pick one pitcher.

Catcher: Indians catcher Yan Gomes has hit safely in his last four, including a pair of hits last night.  He’s super cheap ($2300) and could have a big night against Danny Duffy.

1B: Two bad pitchers tonight in the Arizona-San Diego game (Andrew Cashner 5-15 vs Robbie Ray 4-11) so I like DBacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt to have a solid night at the plate.  Drew 3 walks last night and I can see at least 2 hits tonight with a chance for more against Cashner.

2B: Chase Utley had plenty of shots last night, going 1-for-6 in a game against the Rockies.  He’s 2-for-15 in the last 3 days, so it’s a stretch to think he’ll do much here, but he’s a decent option given the price.

3B: Draft Kings likes Freddy Galvis, but if you can spare $600 I would go with Manny Machado, who was 2-for-5 with a HR and two RBI on Tuesday night.  He seems in a zone right now with two homers in his last five days.

SS: Ian Desmond has cooled off after hitting safely in 12 of 15 games, but he’s up against the Phillies who have Alec Asher going who is 0-3 with an ERA over 10.  A safe bet to think Desmond will produce tonight.

OF: Bryce Harper has been on a tear the last two days with 24 points, including two homers last night.  If you can afford him, grab him.  Ben Zobrist has been good in the leadoff spot for the Royals, and almost hit another HR last night in the first inning.  He’s $3800 but again, can pay off.  A cheap OF option tonight is Tigers OF Anthony Gose, who has been getting consistent playing time, and has hit safely in his last seven games.