Brad Evans at The Dagger 13 hrs ago
Slaying the sportsbook is a monstrous task. Some days bettors take up residence in a penthouse suite. Other times, they curl up in the nearest ditch, shirtless and toothless. In an attempt to avoid complete destitution, I will post my picks, whether profitable or penniless, through the NCAA tourney. Check out Monday's selections below:
Louisville (19-4, 10-9 ATS) at Duke (17-6, 10-11) – In light of the Cardinals' untimely self-imposed ban, the sand in the hourglass is running thin on their season. Instead of sulking about the penalty, UL throttled a JV-level Boston College team 79-47 last Saturday. And that was without star transfer Damion Lee (knee). Though the opponent is much stiffer this time around, Lee's expected return combined with the Cardinals' sterling D (No. 3 nationally in D efficiency) give them the edge.
Prediction: Louisville (+4.5) 78 Duke 74
Prediction: Oklahoma 75 Texas (+8) 69
Prediction: Mercer 63 (+1.5) Chattanooga 60
Other leans: Army (-3), Georgetown (-14.5), Clemson (-1.5)
Parlay Play: Texas (+8), Louisville (+4.5), Army (-3)
Year to date (including Twitter picks): 72-65-3
Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 5 days ago
On today's super-duper program, Brad Evans and Brandon Funston go to war with The Book revealing their top prop bets for Super Bowl 50. Will Cam Newton shatter the rushing yards record by a QB? Can Mike Carey actually get a call right? Will Ted Ginn drop a pass? Are seismographs in the greater Santa Clara area about to go haywire? How many penalties should be expected? Can Peyton Manning actually crack 240 pass yards?
In addition to the prop madness, our fearless forecasters discuss the merits, if any, of Arian Foster. Is he a value pick coming off a nasty Achilles injury?
Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 19 days ago
On Wednesday's fast-paced program, Brad Evans and Brandon Funston discuss their adoration for Carlos Hyde with Chip Kelly at the controls. Where will the rusher typically go in drafts? Where does he rank in the RB pecking order? Compared to Thomas Rawls and Jeremy Langford, does he possess more upside in 2016?
Additionally, our pigskin prognosticators break down the Conference Championship DFS slate. What penny-pinching players at RB/WR should you invest in? Who's the most trustworthy option at QB: Carson Palmer, Cam Newton or Tom Brady? Is another multi-TD effort in store for Jonathan Stewart? We have all the answers.
Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 26 days ago
On Wednesday's energy-packed program, Brad Evans and Brandon Funston offer their DFS sleepers, busts and shocker specials for this weekend's Divisional round. Are any Steelers bankable? Who's the most purchasable WR with Antonio Brown potentially down? Should investors play Carson contrarian and buy Cam Newton or Peyton Manning? What should gamers expect in Julian Edelman's return? Is Jared Abbrederis a sneaky good option with Devante Adams presumably out?
To whet the whistle of NFL Draft fanatics, our resident 'scouts' also break down the fantasy prospects of incoming RBs Ezekiel Elliott, Kenneth Dixon, Alex Collins, Devontae Booker and Heisman winner Derrick Henry. And how does the Rams move to Los Angeles impact fantasy?
On Wednesday's up-tempo show, Brad Evans and Brandon Funston discuss the pro prospects of early-entrant wide receivers Laquon Treadwill (Ole Miss), Will Fuller (Notre Dame), Michael Thomas (Ohio St.), Corey Coleman (Baylor) and Pharoh Cooper (South Carolina) and where they could possibly land. Our fearless forecasters also breakdown their DFS selections for the Wildcard round. Who's the best QB value? Can you trust Marshawn Lynch? Why should players invest heavily in Washington Redskins?
After plenty of blood, sweat and beers, another season is in the books. It's time to reflect on the year that was and look ahead to what's on the horizon for 2016. As any degenerate gamer knows, fantasy football thoughts are always at the forefront. Friday's topic: WR/TE.
Every year, new lessons are learned. Subsequently, what New Year's resolution, player specific or in general, will you adhere to at WR/TE in light of experiences gained this past fall?
Brandon – Pay the premium for a premium WR in next year's draft. My best fantasy squad of '15 featured DeAndre Hopkins and Allen Robinson. My running back corps (fronted initially by Marshawn Lynch) was a flaming brown paper bag full of dog waste. But the steady hands of those two elite wideouts bailed me out week after week. The best wide receivers can produce with the best of the RB crop (especially in PPR leagues), and the injury risk isn't nearly as high.
What receiving prospect, presumably set to enter the 2016 NFL Draft, are you most excited about?
The Bold and the Disputable. Describe one nutty, but completely plausible, prediction at WR/TE for the 2016 season.
After plenty of blood, sweat and beers, another season is in the books. It's time to reflect on the year that was and look ahead to what's on the horizon for 2016. As any degenerate gamer knows, fantasy football thoughts are always at the forefront. Wednesday's topic: Running back.
Every year, new lessons are learned. Subsequently, what New Year's resolution, player specific or in general, will you adhere to at RB in light of experiences gained this past fall?
Brandon – FADING RB EARLY. As it stands, there are only four RBs I'll even consider in Round 1 in '16 drafts - Todd Gurley, David Johnson, Le'Veon Bell and Adrian Peterson. But I'll be specifically targeting Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham and Julio Jones first and foremost. There has never been a time in my fantasy football history where I've even wanted a single WR ahead of any at the RB position.
Andy – Whichever Denver running back you think you like on draft day, it's the wrong guy. AVOID. DO NOT DRAFT.
What rushing prospect, presumably set to enter the 2016 NFL Draft, are you most excited about?
List your RB top 16 for '16.
On Tuesday's futuristic program, Brad Evans and Brandon Funston look ahead to the Week 17 Yahoo DFS slate and set realistic expectations in the New Year for second-half breakout stars Blake Bortles, David Johnson, Doug Baldwin and Jordan Reed. Where will they be drafted? Will their successes continue? Should any and all be avoided? Our fearless forecasters also discuss real-life playoff scenarios and their impact on fantasy, unveiled their takeaways from the CIN/DEN Monday night matchup and answer your pressing questions.
After plenty of blood, sweat and beers, another fantasy season is in the books. It's time to reflect on the year that was and look ahead to what's on the horizon for 2016. As any degenerate gamer knows, fantasy football thoughts are always at the forefront. Monday's topic: Quarterback.
Every year, new lessons are learned. Subsequently, what New Year's resolution, player specific or in general, will you adhere to at QB in light of experiences gained this past fall?
Brandon – Middle class of NFL quarterbacks has expanded so much that it makes no sense to draft a QB until the late, late rounds of your draft if you miss out on one of the few difference maker QBs early on - I'd say that elite group constitutes 6-7 signal callers head into '16, depending on how you feel about Andrew Luck. If you don't land one of those guys, you might as well stream the position, playing the match ups as you would with a defense.
What passing prospect, presumably set to enter the 2016 NFL Draft, are you most excited about?
Liz – PAXTON LYNCH. Accurate arm. Slick wheels. Baller name.
List your QB top 16 for '16.
Each week the Noise highlights 10 somewhat un-obvious names whom he believes are destined to implode leave egg on his face. To qualify, each player must be started in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week using the scoring system shown here (Thresholds – QB: 18 fpts, RB: 13 fpts, WR: 11 fpts, TE: 10 fpts). If you're a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 16 Lames in the comments section below.
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Fearless Forecast: 264 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 2 turnovers, 14 rushing yards, 17.9 fantasy points
Fearless Forecast: 14 carries, 40 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 17 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 6.7 fantasy points