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2014 NFL Betting Tips: Week 3

By on September 18, 2014 at 3:00am

Week two of the NFL was a nice bounce back week for me. There were a couple big upsets with the New Orleans Saints falling to the Cleveland Browns in the final seconds of the game, and the Chicago Bears coming back from a 17-0 deficit to defeat the San Francisco 49ers. I went 3-1 picking games last week with my only slip up being the Tennessee Titans. The Bears, New England Patriots and New York Jets all covered its games. My record on the season is now an even 4-4, and we look to keep the trend of picking winners to continue in week three.

No.1: Denver Broncos (+5) over the Seattle Seahawks

The last time Denver was matched up against Seattle, they were in Super Bowl XLVIII, and were thoroughly embarrassed 43-8. The Broncos have been waiting for this game since February, 2nd of 2014. Denver will look to redeem itself in a major way, and there is no better place to do that than in the home of the reigning Super Bowl champion. Continue reading 2014 NFL Betting Tips: Week 3 »

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Redraft King: Week 5 2014 Advice

October 1, 2014 at 7:21pm in Fantasy, Featured, NFL, Opinion
Photo courtesy of cbssports.com

Before jumping into week 5, let’s see how I did week 4. I will be the first to say, my predictions saw marked improvement over week 3.

Week 4 Recap:

Turns out Jacksonville’s defense is as bad as expected. Anyone who played Phillip Rivers enjoyed his 377 passing yards and 3 TDs. Continue reading Redraft King: Week 5 2014 Advice »

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Fantasy Hockey Draft Primer: Defense

October 1, 2014 at 9:00am in Fantasy, Featured
Mike Green (youshtake.com)

When it comes to fantasy hockey, strategies for drafting defensemen can be pretty polarizing. Some will tell you that Forwards and Goalies are the most important components of a fantasy squad so the focus should be there, letting you round out your roster with defenseman who are solid category contributors. Others however, see the sneaky value that a good defenseman can offer: if you’re getting 60+ points where another owner is only getting 40 or so, that can put you over the top.

I tend to go with a balance between these two approaches. I think defense an all too important but often underrated position in fantasy hockey, but its also important to recognize that most of your points will indeed be coming from forwards and goalies.

All of these players are of great interest to me going into my drafts, whether they’re sleepers, breakout candidates, guys who will out-perform their draft rankings, or just guys I’d love to have on my team. So, without further ado…

Victor Hedman, TBL

The third overall pick in the 2009 draft has seen steady progression in his young career and I expect that trend to continue. He logs a ton of minutes and he has stellar options in front of him like Steven Stamkos and rookie Jonathon Drouin. He posted 55 points in just 75 games last year, so 60 is definition possible. I’m targeting him on all of my teams.

Continue reading Fantasy Hockey Draft Primer: Defense »

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Cardinals vs Bengals: Week 4's prediction for the Super Bowl

For most teams, the NFL season is already a fourth of the way done. The Raiders have a new coach. Seattle has already suffered a rough upset. Injuries are continuing to be an issue across the league. All the domestic violence in the news has led to stars being cut or banned and multiple press conferences where everyone refuses to answer questions. The league doesn’t now how to send good teams to London. New England looks almost useless after trading away Logan Mankins (which is about more than missing one player). With various kinds of turmoil going around already, this is a great year to unseat perennial favorites, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, September 30: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 4 »

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Kansas City finally ended a lengthy playoff drought; can they pull off more magic? (http://www.zastavki.com/)

The playoffs are here. Oakland and Kansas City are starting things off in the AL Wildcard game, followed by San Francisco and Pittsburgh. Oakland really fell off the mark during the regular season, having to clinch a spot on the final day, while Kansas City is in the playoffs for the first time since 1985. San Francisco, like Oakland, fell off in the middle of the season, while Pittsburgh stuck to its guns in the home stretch. Whatever happens, these should be good games.

To start our annual Pick ‘Em, correctly guessing the winner of each Wildcard game is worth two points. Complete picks are below, and the Divisional Round picks will be up later in the week, so check for them soon, and see our picks for the Wildcard winners below. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Wildcard Round »

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Join us for Fantasy Hockey!

September 29, 2014 at 2:14pm in Fantasy, Now!
Fantasy Hockey (nhl.com)

We know we’ve got some die-hard hockey fans among our readers and a wealth of fantasy players. Now you have a chance to join us in a Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey league for the upcoming season. I will be covering fantasy hockey for Sports of Boston this year, and this league is a great chance to get some interaction with us the writers and show off your fantasy skill!

We can have some fun with it, too– I’ll post some draft analysis, player rankings, sleepers picks, and more. I’ll also post a weekly reader email response to answer your fantasy hockey questions.

If you’re interested, email me at twirzburger@sportsofboston.com and join the fun. You can challenge the experts to the Sports of Boston Fantasy Hockey Championship!

Krug and Smith Sign 1-Year Contract Extensions

September 29, 2014 at 11:49am in Bruins, NHL
Smith and Krug (rantsports.com)

The Bruins announced this morning that they have resigned both Torey Krug and Reilly Smith to contract extensions for one year at $1.4 million. Krug and Smith are already skating with the team again and will be expected to be ready for the rest of the preseason.

These are obviously bridge contracts for these two, which really makes sense. Both showed great things last season and surpassed expectations, and this contract offers them a chance to prove to the team that they’re worthy of long term teams for a bit more money.

Financially, for this year, this is great news for GM Peter Chiarelli who can now fit them under the cap. These deals absolutely help both the players as well as the team. There is a big list of players whose contracts will expire next year, but for now we are right back in the hunt with a healthy roster loaded with options.

There are still cuts to be made and, most likely, trades to be completed in order to get the team cap compliant with the best possible roster. But realistically, signing Smith and Krug was the last thing left on our “to-do” list and now we’re in good shape to get the season started. Great deals and great news for Bruins fans.

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Antonio Gates should be the best tight end (after Larry Donnell) in Week 4.

It’s time to get this fantasy season rolling with almost the quarter point of the season already upon us. Even with the six teams on byes this week, there are still plenty of options to choose from and it still should be a good week even if you are 1-2 or 0-3. Here are some options to start and sit.

Start ‘Em

Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Tampa Bay): After a couple touchdowns and less than 200 yards in a game dominated by the run against the Carolina Panthers, Roethlisberger is due for a game in which he throws for a ton of yards and several touchdowns. The Buccaneers defense has struggled through the first few weeks, so expect a huge throwing game from Big Ben. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 4 »

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