Teaching You How to #Win – Week 9 Absolute’s #NFL

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Absolute Must Have

It probably comes as no surprise again this week but we have Tom Brady as our top overall ranked player this week and our #AbsoluteMustHave! Brady has spent this entire season on a mission and he hasn’t been anything but perfect along the way. He comes in with at least 26 fantasy points in his last 3 games on DraftKings and he gets the Washington defense at home. Look for yet another solid performance, the only thing you question at this point is, can you afford to take him? I say it is worth having him on at least one of your lineup combinations but you no longer get a cheap Gurley as he tops the RB charts this week and Diggs is no longer under 5,000 either. It will be imperative that you are able to identify one or two sleepers for this week if you go with Brady. His FanDuel projection is 23.55 and 26.54 for DraftKings.

***Reminder Must Have’s are salaries that are $7,800 and higher


Absolute Notable

The #AbsoluteNotable for FanDuel this week is EJ Manuel. Tyrod Taylor has come back to practice and it is yet to be determined if Manuel will get to play this week, so be sure to check back on Sunday morning as we look to finalize our lineups for this weekend. That said, Manuel had a solid 20+ point performance in his last outing and the Dolphins gave up over 300 yards on under 20 completions to Taylor in their contest against the Bills earlier this season. For DraftKings, we have Philip Rivers as our #AbsoluteNotable for week 9. He comes in with a solid projection of 25.17 and is our #2 QB for this weekend. Considering that Keenan Allen is gone for several weeks with an injury to his kidney, who is he going to throw to, that is a valid concern? Gates should be a solid option again this week and face it the Bears defense can’t do much to stop anyone this season. Rivers is always solid on Monday nights and if you like stressing out all day on Sunday, this is your guy!

***Reminder Notables are salaries between $5,200 and $7,800


Absolute Sleeper

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Now for our last but most valuable section for today’s weekly post, it’s our #AbsoluteSleeper segment. We have accurately provided you with #Sleepers in every week except week 6. We had Andrews that week and he didn’t show up to do much of anything but every other week, your #Sleeper has gotten at least 10 FanDuel points and 13 DraftKings points. So what do we have for this week, for FanDuel, we have Robbie Gould. He comes in with a projection of 11.36 and gets to play in sunny San Diego on Monday night. The Bears will move the ball, that is certain and so will they score TD’s or just kick field goals, my bet is on field goals. For DraftKings, we have Antonio Gates as our #1 Sleeper. His salary of $5,000 puts him at the top end of our specific segmentation but considering there aren’t many options left for Rivers and the fact that he will throw the ball over 42 times again on Monday night, yet another reason to take Gates and stress out about how much these guys need to produce to #WIN this weekend. My personal #Sleeper for this weekend is Jeremy Langford for the Bears. Wow that is a lot of guys in this game but what can I say, the Bears have no other option at RB and San Diego still gives up the most points to the RB1 position this season. Another strong consideration should be Austin Seferian-Jenkins, if he plays, the Giants will let him catch at least one touchdown, not to mention the Bucs are low on catching talent at this point in the season.

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Getting Smart With #NBA + #NHL, NEWS – 11-4-15

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1. NBA Bounce House

Monster game for Drummond

Andre Drummond scored 25 points and grabbed 29 rebounds in the Pistons loss to the Pacers. Drummond scored 20 points and hauled in 20 rebounds in his previous game against the Bulls. Andre is the fourth player in Pistons franchise history to record back-to-back 20/20 games. The other to do it are Bailey Howell (twice), Walt Bellamy (1969) and Bob Lanier (six times).

The only other active player to have a game with at least 25 points and 29 rebounds is Kevin Love. Love scored 31 points and grabbed 31 rebounds for the Timberwolves against the Knicks on November 12, 2010. This is the second time in his career that Drummond has scored at least 25 points and had at least 25 rebounds in a game and the Pistons have lost both games. Drummond had 26 points and 26 rebounds in a 106-98 loss to the Bulls on April 11, 2014. There have been 11 other 25/25 games since 2002-03 and teams with that player won 10 of those 11 games.


Faried dominates the Lakers

Kenneth Faried scored 28 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Nuggets win over the Lakers. Faried scored 29 points with 11 rebounds in his last game against the Lakers, last April. The only other Nuggets player to score at least 28 points and haul in at least 11 rebounds in consecutive games against the Lakers is Hall of Famer Alex English, who had two such streaks, one in 1980 and one in 1985. The last player from any NBA team to have a streak like that against the Lakers was Dirk Nowitzki in March 2008.


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Jeff Teague led all players with 26 points and nine assists in the Hawks win over the Heat. It was the twelfth time in his career that Teague led all players, outright, in both points and assists. The Hawks won 10 of those 12 games.


Ho-hum, another 20/10 game for Randolph

Zach Randolph scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies in their win over the Kings on Tuesday night. It was the 262nd time in his NBA career that Randolph had a 20/10 game in the regular season (points/rebounds). The only active players with more 20/10 games than Randolph are Tim Duncan (498), Kevin Garnett (445), Dirk Nowitzki (314) and Dwight Howard (290). Randolph’s teams are a combined 157-105 (.599) in those 262 games.


Hornets score 30+ in each quarter

The Hornets buried the Bulls, 130-105, on Tuesday night by scoring at least 30 points in each of the four quarters of the game. It was only the fourth time in franchise history that Charlotte had a game in which it scored at least 30 points in each quarter. It happened twice in the 1991-92 season and once in 1995-96.

It was the first time since December 27, 2008 against the Hawks that the Bulls allowed at least 30 points in each of the four quarters of a game.


Fournier: 71 points over last three games

Evan Fournier scored 30 points in Orlando’s win over New Orleans. Fournier has scored 71 points over his last three games: 22 against the Thunder, 19 against the Bulls and 30 against the Pelicans. That matches the most points Fournier has ever scored over a three-game span in his NBA career. He also scored 71 points over three games in November 2014.


2. Ice-Ice Baby

Seguin tricks his old team

Tyler Seguin, who played the first 203 games of his NHL career with the Bruins, scored three goals in the Stars’ win over Boston. Seguin is the sixth ex-Bruin to record a hat trick against the Bruins in the expansion era, the first since Mariusz Czerkawski in 1996. The others to do it over that span are Eddie Shack (1971), Reggie Leach (1974), Phil Esposito (1979) and Geoff Courtnall (1989).

Seguin’s first goal was the 300th point of his NHL career. Seguin is the first player from the 2010 NHL draft to score 300 points; only two others from that draft have even recorded 200 points: Taylor Hall (279) and Jeff Skinner (219).


Rangers winning comfortably at home

The Rangers have won their last five home games by at least a two-goal margin after their 5-2 victory over the Capitals at Madison Square Garden. That’s the Blueshirts’ longest such streak within one season since October of 1990 when they won their first eight home games by a margin of at least two goals.


Oscar is no grouch

Oscar Lindberg opened the scoring for the Rangers in their win over the Capitals, his sixth goal of the season in12 games. Lindberg is the first Rangers rookie to score at least six goals in the team’s first twelve games of a season since Darren Turcotte in 1989-90. Turcotte scored nine goals in the first dozen Rangers games of that season.


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Rookie Dylan Larkin’s third period goal gave the Red Wings a 2-1 win over the Lightning. Larkin, who has played 12 games for the Red Wings, was also credited the game-winner in Detroit’s win over the Senators on Saturday night. Larkin is the first Red Wings rookie to record two game-winning goals in his first 12 career NHL games since Paul Woods in 1977.


Turris is off to a good start

Kyle Turris’s overtime goal gave the Senators a 2-1 win over the Canadiens on Tuesday night. Turris has scored eight goals in 12 games this season. That is, by far, the most goals Turris has ever scored in his first 12 games of a season, his previous high being four in 2010-11 and 2012-13.


Iginla scores two against Flames

Jarome Iginla scored two goals in Colorado’s 6-3 win over the Flames, his former team. It was the 106th career multi-goal game in Iginla’s career, second-most among active players, behind Jaromir Jagr (124). Ninety-four of Iginla’s multiple-goal games came while he was playing for the Flames; this was his first against the Flames.

SOURCE: Elias Sports Bureau

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#NFL News & Rumors – Trade Deadline

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NFL News and Rumors:

Breaking Down 2015’s NFL Trades

The NFL’s trade deadline for 2015 came and went yesterday, and while the Broncos and 49erscompleted a deal on Monday, no moves were finalized on Tuesday. It’s no secret that the NFL’s trade deadline isn’t as exciting as deadline day for the NBA or MLB, with most teams reluctant to try to get players acclimated to a new system or scheme halfway through the season.

Still, while no trades happened on Tuesday, teams around the league made plenty of deals over the course of the last eight months. Since the 2015 league year began back in March, NFL teams have completed a total of 68 trades, by our count (if we missed any, please let us know).

Here are a few observations on those 68 deals:

Of the NFL’s 32 teams, 31 made at least one trade, and 30 made at least two.

The Bengals, who typically don’t splash around much in free agency, also didn’t dive into the trade market in 2015, becoming the only team in the NFL not to complete at least one deal. The Packers, another team that generally stands pat in free agency, made just one trade. The NFL’s other 30 teams all made multiple deals.

Here’s a breakdown of the number of trades completed by team:

  1. New England Patriots: 9
  2. Detroit Lions: 8
  3. San Francisco 49ers: 8
  4. Houston Texans: 7
  5. Minnesota Vikings: 7
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  7. Philadelphia Eagles: 6
  8. Seattle Seahawks: 6
  9. Chicago Bears: 5
  10. Cleveland Browns: 5
  11. New York Jets: 5
  12. St. Louis Rams: 5
  13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5
  14. Baltimore Ravens: 4
  15. Carolina Panthers: 4
  16. Dallas Cowboys: 4
  17. Denver Broncos: 4
  18. Indianapolis Colts: 4
  19. Oakland Raiders: 4
  20. Washington: 4
  21. Arizona Cardinals: 3
  22. Buffalo Bills: 3
  23. Kansas City Chiefs: 3
  24. Miami Dolphins: 3
  25. Pittsburgh Steelers: 3
  26. Atlanta Falcons: 2
  27. Jacksonville Jaguars: 2
  28. New York Giants: 2
  29. San Diego Chargers: 2
  30. Tennessee Titans: 2
  31. Green Bay Packers: 1
  32. Cincinnati Bengals: 0

Of the 68 trades completed this year, 63 included at least one draft pick.

Draft pick compensation is crucial for getting deals done, with all but five of this year’s trades featuring at least one pick, whether it was for the 2015, 2016, 2017, or even the 2018 draft. Of those five deals that were purely player-for-player swaps, the Patriots were involved in three of them, but they didn’t play a part in the most notable one — the Eagles sending LeSean McCoy to the Bills for Kiko Alonso back in March.

Of course, many of those draft-pick trades occurred during the draft itself. By our count, 24 deals were completed during this year’s draft, with a few picks changing hands more than once over the course of the three-day event.

In total, 142 draft picks were included in this year’s 68 trades.

As noted above, a few picks have been dealt multiple times over the course of the year, and some of those picks are conditional, so they won’t all change hands. But overall, an incredible 142 draft picks were included in this year’s trades. Here’s the breakdown by draft year:

  • 2015: 96
  • 2016: 35
  • 2017: 8
  • 2018: 2
  • Unspecified year: 1

And here’s the breakdown by round:

  • 1st: 5
  • 2nd: 12
  • 3rd: 13
  • 4th: 20
  • 5th: 29
  • 6th: 24
  • 7th: 23
  • Conditional: 16

Ten trades were completed after the regular season got underway.

As I noted in the intro, in-season deals aren’t too common in the NFL, with most teams not wanting to upset chemistry, or teach a player a new system on the fly. But since the Patriots and Steelers kicked off on September 10, teams have completed 10 trades. Most notably, the Cowboys acquired Matt Cassel, the Panthers landed Jared Allen, and the Broncos traded for Vernon Davis.


Minor NFL Transactions: 11/3/15

Here are Tuesday’s minor signings, cuts, and other non-trade transactions from around the NFL:

  • The Raiders cut wide receiver/kick returner Walter Powell, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets.
  • The Saints signed wide receiver T.J. Graham while cutting fullback Austin Johnson and safety Akeem Davis, according to Evan Woodbery of The Times-Picayune (Twitter links).

Earlier Updates:

  • The Chargers, once again dealing with a banged-up offensive line, are re-signing veteranAltX.Logo.white center J.D. Walton, per Adam Caplan of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Chris Watt, who had seen some time at center, was among San Diego’s offensive linemen who left Sunday’s game against the Ravens due to an injury.
  • With Keenan Allen headed to the injured reserve list, the Chargers will also be signing wide receiver Javontee Herndon, who had been on the club’s practice squad, per Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune (Twitter link). Herndon certainly won’t be counted on to emulate Allen’s production, but he’ll provide some depth for San Diego’s receiving corps.
  • The Texans are signing former Chiefs sixth-round pick Eric Kush to their 53-man roster, a source tells Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link). The 26-year-old interior offensive lineman will join the Houston roster in the wake of a knee injury to C/G Greg Mancz, who has been placed on IR, Wilson observes (via Twitter).
  • Former Jaguars linebacker James-Michael Johnson is signing with the Lions, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. While Johnson didn’t see much action for either the Jags or Bucs this season, he earned 18 starts for the Browns and Chiefs from 2012 to 2014.

Colts Fire OC Pep Hamilton

The Colts have fired offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, sources tell Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Coach Rob Chudzinski will be promoted in his place, as Tom Pelissero of USA Today tweets.

This season has not gone as planned for the Colts, who are the defacto No. 1 team in the AFC South. Locked at 3-5 with the Texans for first place, the Colts are looking to shake things up and save their season. Chudzinski, who previously held the title of associate head coach in Indianapolis, drew interest from multiple teams with offensive coordinator vacancies over the offseason. The Colts did not allow him to pursue those jobs and that was probably because they viewed him as a safety net for Hamilton.

Hamilton has garnered some head coaching buzz in the past but the Colts’ offensive performance this season hasn’t done him any favors in that regard. Of course, Hamilton has built up a strong reputation as an offensive mind over the years and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him get back into the OC mix this spring.


Workout Notes: Patriots, Texans, Chargers

The latest workouts from around the NFL:


Broncos Notes: Davis, Thomas, Clady

In today’s mailbag, a reader asked Troy Renck of The Denver Post if he thinks that the newly-acquired Vernon Davis will have a similar impact to Julius Thomas at tight end. Renck writes that Davis will not have the same impact because the offense is not the same. However, he can be a tantalizing weapon for an offense that is starting to turn the corner. Denver didn’t give up much to land Davis, and Renck feels that was a flyer worth taking for the Broncos.

Here’s more out of Denver..

  • A potential deal that would have sent Joe Thomas from the Browns to the Broncos broke down over a holdup on converting his remaining salary for 2016 and 2017 into guarantees for security, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. The Browns and Broncos agreed on the deal including a Broncos first-round pick in 2017, Mike Klis of 9NEWS tweets. However, in 2016, the Browns wanted to orchestrate a high-round pick swap and Denver declined.
  • Klis (link) supports the Broncos’ refusal to part with that much. If Manning were to retire after the season and Denver were to tank in 2016, they might be unable to get a top QB if they finished worst than the Browns and had the picks swapped.
  • On the surface, the Broncos’ play for Joe Thomas looks like an effort to replace left tackleTy Sambrailo, who is done for the year with a shoulder injury. On a deeper level, Mike Florio of PFT writes, the talks can be interpreted as a bad sign for left tackle Ryan Clady, who has suffered two season-long injuries in three years and is earning major money. Clady is set to earn $9.5MM in 2016 and $10MM in 2017.

SOURCE: Pro Football Rumors

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What You Need To Know For Wednesday 11-4-15

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1. Save The Outrage Francis:

Important disclaimer: The rankings we are about to talk about do not matter much, in terms of the actual College Football Playoff. Analyzing the selection committee’s first rankings, released on Tuesday, requires putting them into the proper Nov. 3 perspective.

Clemson, LSU, Ohio State and Alabama would be in the playoff if it started now, but, as always, we have to emphasize the obvious amid the outrage: The playoff does not start now, nor does it start next week or the week after. A lot is still left to be decided. In fact, the first rankings were outdated after four hours, as undefeated No. 24 Toledo lost to Northern Illinois 32-27 on Tuesday night.

The College Football Playoff could collectively reduce the stress levels of college football fans across America if it chose to not publicly release a top 25 until……(continue reading)

SOURCE: FIRST CFB PLAYOFF RANKINGS RELEASED – Matt Brown


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2. This Is Sparta Xerxes, Not Intramurals:

In 2013, Colin Kaepernick dropped back to pass on fourth and goal from the 5-yard line in the Super Bowl, immediately felt pressure up the middle and lofted a poor pass to Michael Crabtree, who couldn’t haul it in. The San Francisco 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-31, but with Kaepernick and head coach Jim Harbaugh in place, the future looked bright.

On Monday — the day before Kaepernick’s 28th birthday — the 49ers informed Kaepernick he would be replaced by Blaine Gabbert for the team’s Week 9 game against the Atlanta Falcons.

How did it get to this? How did a quarterback……(continue reading)

SOURCE: THE FALL OF COLIN KAEPERNICK – Andrew Garda


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3. Mariota the Coach-Killa?

The Titans have fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt after the team was destroyed by the Texans on Sunday, 20-6, falling to 1-6 on the season. It’s not a completely shocking move, considering Whisenhunt’s overall record of 3-20 over two years.

The surprising part of this is that Tennessee decided to pull the trigger in the middle of Marcus Mariota’s rookie season. While Mike Mularky was promoted to interim head coach, what does the change mean for the second pick in the 2015 NFL draft?

The track record for young quarterbacks who have offensive coordinator and head coach changes is fraught with failure. Alex Smith went through……(continue reading)

SOURCE: WHISENHUNT’S GONE, SO WHAT NOW? – Andrew Garda


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4. Lesson 1 – Always Buy Rubbers in Bulk:

His wild and party-loving persona may not give you the impression that Rob Gronkowski is disciplined with his money, but Gronk would argue otherwise. The Patriots tight end claimed in a recent published memoir — which he totally wrote all by himself — that he has yet to touch one dime of his signing bonus or NFL contract money and that everything he has been spending has come from endorsements. That’s remarkably smart money management. Just let the annual party ships pay for everything.

So perhaps it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that Gronk has paired with Capital One to dispense “common-sense advice for money management” in a promotion called GRONKonomics……(continue reading)

SOURCE: PRESENTING GRONKONOMICS – Michael Tunison


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5. Same As It Ever Was:

The baseball postseason is less than one-sixth the length of the regular season, but sometimes it feels twice as long. One month passes in the regular season and you barely notice; one month in the playoffs is a lifetime. Remember when the National League Central was all anyone could talk about? Or when the Blue Jays were an unstoppable juggernaut? Or when all that mattered was the Cubs?

The postseason tells us so much — about the game, the players, the teams and how we react to all of them. Here’s a look at 10 major takeaways from the 2015 baseball postseason: What do we know now that we didn’t one month ago? We were so young then. We had so much to learn……(continue reading)

SOURCE: 10 LESSONS FROM THE MLB POSTSEASON – Will Leitch