Graham Watson

  • Dr. Saturday's daily fantasy picks and advice for Saturday's games

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    I admit it, I have failed.

    I have failed so epically at college football daily fantasy that I’m not even sure why I’m continuing this column. Perhaps I’m a masochist or perhaps I’m just driven to have one winning week. Either way, I’m still trudging on.

    This week, I’m looking at Fan Duel’s early slate, the games through the Nebraska-Illinois contest. And really, these picks are just based on gut. After trying to use logic and stats and spreadsheets and everything else under the sun, I’m now just leaning on the play I’ve seen in the last four weeks.

    Stick with me, I’m gonna have a winner eventually.

    Here’s a quick look at the players I like for this week’s daily fantasy:

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    Dane Evans, Tulsa ($8,200): Evans’ last performance consisted of 427 yards and four touchdowns against Oklahoma. Coming off a bye, Evans should be ready to put up gaudy numbers against Houston. Evans has not passed for fewer than 320 yards in any game this year.







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  • What to Watch, Week 5: Let consistent conference play begin

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    The Pac-12 started us off right last week with some pretty great conference contests and now the rest of the FBS joins the fray.

    This is when we start to weed out the contenders from the pretenders and inch ever so close to the first release of the College Football Playoff rankings.

    Here’s what to what heading into Week 5:

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    Game of the week: No. 13 Alabama at No. 8 Georgia, 3:30 p.m. ET There are a lot of storylines to this game. Has Alabama fallen from its perch? Is the Georgia offense the best in the SEC? But the one that most will be eyeing on Saturday will be whether Georgia running back Nick Chubb can match Herschel Walker’s record of 13 consecutive games with 100 or more rushing yards. This won’t be a small feat. Alabama hasn’t allowed a team to rush for 100 yards on it this season let alone an individual rusher. There’s a lot of talk about whether Chubb or LSU’s Leonard Fournette is the best running back in the country. This game would go a long way toward making Chubb’s case.

    Channel surf through…

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  • Cincinnati's 34-23 win against Miami puts the AAC on the right path

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Cincinnati’s 34-23 was not only the Bearcats first win against the Hurricanes since 1947, snapping an 11-game losing streak, it also might be the start of a renaissance for the American Athletic Conference — a conference that’s trying to get back into the good graces of the Power 5 Conferences that left it behind during expansion.

    The AAC has a litany of games against Power 5 conferences this month and other contests against Notre Dame and BYU. It’s the AAC’s opportunity to position itself as the crème of the Group of 5 crop and vie for a New Year’s Six bowl. The highest ranked Group of 5 team earns the right to play in the game. Boise State earned the spot last year.

    And Cincinnati’s win over an undefeated Miami team was the perfect way for the AAC to start off its journey toward that achievement.

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    Backup quarterback Hayden Moore, who was playing in relief of Gunner Kiel, who hadn’t been cleared by doctors after taking a nasty hit last week against Memphis, shined again by throwing for 279 yards and two touchdowns.

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  • The 'Fire Al Golden' banner shows up in Cincinnati ahead of Miami-Cincy game

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    The folks behind the “#FireAlGolden” movement have taken their banners on the road.

    The flying banners that have been a staple at Sun Life Stadium since last season, made an appearance over Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati prior to Thursday’s game between Miami and Cincinnati.

    The banner cleverly read: “I flew 1124 miles just to say #FireAlGolden.”

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    #FireAlGolden is alive in Cincinnati.

    You really have to admire the dedication it takes to pay for these banners and fly them every week, especially when Miami is 3-0 and the ACC is in a down year.

    Seems like Golden’s once hot seat has gotten significantly cooler in the past couple months and these banners are more for entertainment than anything anyone's taking seriously.

    But hey, everyone needs a hobby, right?

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  • No charges filed against Georgia WR Isaiah McKenzie

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Athens-Clarke County police will not file charges against sophomore receiver Isaiah McKenzie after he was accused of making "terroristic threats" at an Athens, Ga., Chili's Restaurant on Monday evening.

    According to the incident report, McKenzie threatened that he "was going to call some friends and they were going to come out and he was going to kill” a female patron. He was not charged with a crime at the time of the incident.

    Police said the alleged victim declined to prosecute, which resulted in the case being closed. The incident report did not detail McKenzie’s relationship to the alleged victim.

    McKenzie has five catches for 89 yards this season. He also returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown against Vanderbilt.

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  • Report: Oregon WR Byron Marshall undergoes surgery, could be done for the year

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Oregon receiver Byron Marshall is “likely” lost for the season after undergoing surgery on Tuesday, according to Aaron Fentress of Comcast Sportsnet Northwest.

    Fentress said his sources did not know the procedure Marshall underwent, but Marshall did suffer a lower leg injury during last Saturday's 62-20 loss to Utah. Marshall ultimately had to be carted off the field.

    Marshall was not listed on the Ducks’ depth chart for their upcoming game against Colorado on Saturday.

    Fentress said, according to his sources, the length of time Marshall could miss varied, but at the very least, Marshall wouldn’t be back on the field anytime soon.

    Oregon usually does not discuss injuries, however players usually remain on the depth chart unless the injury is season-ending.

    Marshall, a senior, has been more effective for the Ducks this season as a kick returner than a receiver. He is averaging 27.5 yards per return, which leads the Pac-12. He also has nine catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns for the 2-2 Ducks.

    Last season, Marshall had 74 receptions for 1,003 yards and six touchdowns.

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  • Leonard Fournette isn't sitting out in 2016, so let's stop talking about it

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    A strange debate started brewing this week about LSU running back Leonard Fournette and whether he should sit out the 2016 season.

    Yes, you read that right.

    The theory being that if Fournette’s 2015 season continues at the pace it’s been on — he has 631 yards and eight touchdowns in three games — that he shouldn’t risk injury by playing in 2016 and instead use the time to prepare for the 2017 NFL Draft.

    Here are some pearls of “wisdom” from Mike Florio of College Football Talk:

    There’s no doubt Fournette is a rare and special talent, but he’s also a guy who values playing for LSU.

    I will never jump ship... I'm drowning with my brothers

    So far, no player has intentionally missed a season to preserve their body and I agree with Saban that doing something like that would speak ill of a player’s character and the type of teammate he might be in an NFL franchise.

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  • Georgia RB Nick Chubb eyes rushing record against Alabama's stingy defense

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Georgia running back Nick Chubb is one game away from matching Herschel Walker’s school record of 13 straight games of 100 or more yards and nothing would be sweeter for Chubb than notching the record against a team that hasn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher all season — Alabama.

    The Crimson Tide is allowing just 56.8 yards rushing per game. Not only have they not allowed a 100-yard rusher, they also haven’t allowed a team to have 100 yards on the ground. The closest effort was 92 by Ole Miss. In that game Rebels’ running back Jordan Wilkins led all Ole Miss rushers with 39 yards on seven carries. That’s the highest individual total the Tide has allowed.

    But that won’t deter Chubb, who hasn’t rushed for fewer than 113 yards (Charleston Southern, Nov. 13, 2014) during his 12-game 100-yard rushing streak. This season, he hasn’t rushed for fewer than 120 yards and that came in the season opener against Louisiana-Monroe.

    But he knows Saturday's game against the Tide will be his toughest challenge of the year.

    “I just think it will be very interesting. We’ll see what happens.”

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  • Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel out against Miami, Hayden Moore will start

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel will miss Thursday’s game against Miami.

    Coach Tommy Tuberville announced on his radio show Tuesday that Kiel had not been cleared by doctors after suffering a neck injury on a scary hit against Memphis last Thursday. Kiel was motionless on the turf for several minutes before he was placed on a stretcher and carted to the locker room. He was able to speak and did have movement in his extremities before being transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

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    Helmet-to-helmet or not? Ruling was he wasn't defenseless, so no targeting.

    Kiel did not practice Monday or Tuesday and Tuberville had been doubtful that he would be able to play this week.

    Redshirt freshman Hayden Moore will start against Miami. Moore threw for a school-record 557 yards in the 53–46 loss after replacing Kiel late in the first quarter. He did, however, throw the game-ending interception as the Bearcats were attempting to tie the game late.

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  • Missouri suspends starting QB Maty Mauk for disciplinary reasons

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 6 days ago

    Missouri starting quarterback Maty Mauk has been suspended for Saturday’s game against South Carolina for disciplinary reasons, according to a release from the school.

    Offensive tackle Malik Cuellar, a junior college transfer, also is suspended.

    The release did not elaborate on the reason for the suspension and said both players’ statuses would be evaluated going forward.

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    According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the suspension is not related to a legal matter.

    Mauk started the Tigers' first four games of the season, completing just 51.8 percent of his passes for 654 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions. Mauk also rushed for 145 yards and a score.

    Cuellar played in the season opener against Southeast Missouri, but hasn’t played since.

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