Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens

The Cleveland Browns will be looking to avoid moving one step closer to a dubious league record when they visit the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night (Enter Contest). The Browns not only are attempting to avoid matching the worst start in franchise history, but also end the chances of joining the Detroit Lions as the only team to finish 0-16.

One of the reasons the Browns are in this predicament is a 25-20 loss to Baltimore in Week 2, when they blew a 20-2 first-quarter lead. Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta had nine catches for 102 yards (both season highs) in that game. John Harbaugh’s team were mired in a slide of their own heading into their bye, but snapped a four-game skid with a 21-14 win over visiting Pittsburgh on Sunday. That victory moved Baltimore back to the .500 mark and, more importantly, into a tie with the Steelers atop the AFC North.

ABOUT THE BROWNS (0-9)

Cleveland has had a revolving door at quarterback, losing starter Robert Griffin III in the season opener and watching Josh McCown suffer a broken collarbone against the Ravens. While McCown returned to the lineup in a narrow loss to the New York Jets in Week 8, coach Hue Jackson went back to Cody Kessler on Sunday and will stick with the rookie Thursday despite a nondescript effort against the Cowboys. The Browns managed only 45 yards rushing versus Dallas, including four on six carries by Isaiah Crowell, who ran for a season-high 133 yards and a touchdown in Week 2. Rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman returned to the lineup Sunday for the first time since catching two TD passes against Baltimore. The Browns are yielding 421.7 yards and 30.3 points per game, each ranking 31st in the league.

ABOUT THE RAVENS (4-4)

Baltimore’s defense came up big in the win over bitter rival Pittsburgh, holding the Steelers to 277 total yards and 36 on the ground to build a 21-0 lead in the third quarter. There remain plenty of concerns over the offense, which produced one touchdown scored by wideout Mike Wallace. They’ve also labored on the ground, rushing for 50 yards on 29 carries. Baltimore ranks 28th in the league with 81.8 yards rushing per game and is averaging 2.2 yards per carry over the past three contests. It’s a full two yards less than in the first five games. Quarterback Joe Flacco has more interceptions (seven) than TD passes (six) and a paltry 76.0 passer rating. The Ravens have won 15 of the past 17 meetings, although Cleveland won at Baltimore last season.

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NFL Draft

Top 10 WRs

With the NFL Draft now less than a month away, I present to you my first edition of my top 10 positional rankings.

You will notice I have 12 players listed here, but that’s just in honor of the depth this draft class possesses at the receiver position. While there are no Calvin Johnson’s or Julio Jones’ in this group, there are more than a handful of legitimate prospects with the potential to become impact players at the next level.

Laquon Treadwell is the consensus number one, and though many will point to his stop watch time (4.65) with doubt, it’s his fluidity and game tape that put him in pole position.

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Baylor’s Corey Coleman has been under heavy scrutiny for his apparent lack of overall skills. He ran a limited route-tree in college, so word of bad route-running and only possessing straight-line speed has surfaced. He also has drop issues, especially in the middle of the field. He ran a 4.37 at his Pro Day and scored 20 TDs through the first eight games of the 2015 season, so going deep is no issue. The issue is that he didn’t score any in the next four games and never came close to 100 yards again. If college teams can figure out how to shut him down, NFL defenses will without breaking a sweat. But if he lands with the right team, those same defenses will be sweating just watching the film on him.

Will Fuller also has the speed (4.32) but as one scout and former NFL receiver said “I hear the DeSean Jackson comparison and I can’t get there. DeSean was faster, tougher and more reliable than Fuller. I’m not saying Fuller can’t play, but I don’t think he’s DeSean.”

Josh Doctson is of a different mold. More of a possession type receiver with the ability to go up and snag the ball out of the air. The Minnesota Vikings seem really interested in what TCU product has to offer, as would he be a great compliment to their young receiving core. An immediate starting job on the outside seems to be in Doctson’s future.

Sterling Shepard rounds out my top five (for this edition anyway). The Sooner may leave something to be desired in terms of measurements, but definitely leaves nothing on the field in terms of effort. The 5’10 slot man not only comes with a ferocious hunger to make plays, but the talent to execute them. I see shades of Steve Smith all over this one.

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Fanpicks.com College Football Bowl Preview
Russell Athletic Bowl
North Carolina vs. Baylor

Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy sports site is proud to provide our preview of the Russell Athletic Bowl which feature North Carolina and Baylor. We predict that North Carolina will have an easy time over Baylor taking the game with a score 41-28. Play your fantasy college football contests at Fanpicks.com

North Carolina goes after its school-record 12th victory of the season when it takes on injury-plagued Baylor at the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29 in Orlando, Fla. The No. 10 Tar Heels lost their opener to South Carolina and won 11 consecutive games before dropping the ACC Championship game 45-37 against No. 1 Clemson. North Carolina has won 11 contests for the fourth time (also 1972, 1980 and 1997) and faces the No. 17 Bears, who lost three of the last four games.

Four different quarterbacks have been under center this season for Baylor and freshman Jarrett Stidham (broken ankle) is not expected to be ready, which will hand the start to Chris Johnson. The sophomore won’t be able to look in the direction of Biletnikoff Award winner Corey Coleman (74 receptions, 1,363 yards and a nation-leading 20 touchdowns), who has been ruled out due to a sports hernia. Coach Art Briles also announced that running back Shock Linwood (1,329 yards rushing, 10 TDs) would not play against North Carolina due to a broken foot.

There’s no doubt who will be at the helm for North Carolina as senior quarterback Marquise Williams attempts to end his final campaign with another strong performance. Williams is one of five ACC players in history to accumulate more than 10,000 yards of offense and threw 12 of his 21 touchdown passes this season in the last six games while suffering only two interceptions in that span. The 6-2, 225-pound Williams has also rushed for 867 yards and 11 scores in 2015, and has been responsible for a school-record 94 touchdowns in his career.

NORTH CAROLINA Season Overview (11-2, 8-0 ACC): Sophomore running back Elijah Hood is one of the biggest reasons the Tar Heels are having one of their best years, rushing for 1,345 yards and 17 touchdowns. With All-American guard Landon Turner leading the way, Hood and Williams have averaged more than six yards per carry while senior Quinshad Davis is one reception away from 200 in his career. North Carolina is averaging 40.9 points with a school-record 532 and its defense (22.6 against) is much improved from 2014, when it allowed 39 points and almost 500 yards per contest.

BAYLOR Season Overview (9-3, 6-3 Big 12): The Bears lead the nation in scoring (48.0) and total offense (604.6 yards) despite losing starting quarterback Seth Russell (2,104 yards, 29 TD passes) in the seventh game with a neck injury. Stidham completed 68.8 percent of his passes (12 scores, two interceptions) and Johnson has thrown only 38 times while KD Cannon (46 catches, 828 yards, six TDs) and Jay Lee (36, 726, eight) still give the Bears two top targets without Coleman. Johnny Jefferson, who rushed for 158 yards in the regular-season finale against Texas and has 701 overall, will lead the running attack with Linwood out.

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Baylor Bears versus TCU Horned Frogs College Football Fantasy Picks 11-27-2015

Two Big 12 conference heavyweights will meet from college football as the TCU Horned Frogs will host the Baylor Bears. DFS draft managers can tune to ESPN TV on Friday November 27th at 7:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their fantasy football roster picks.

 

Baylor enters play with a record of 9-1 and has an outside shot at a playoff berth. They responded with a nice win last week by defeating Oklahoma St on the road by the score of 45-35 after losing at home to Oklahoma the previous week. Baylor avoided the letdown performance as the team has one of their best offensive showings with 700 offensive yards gained with 304 yards gained on the ground. On defense they stuffed the Oklahoma St rushing attack by allowing less than ½ yard per run attempt on 23 carries. The team was sloppy protecting the football with three turnovers and took none from the Cowboys. Baylor is still sitting with the best total and scoring defense from college football. The team is gaining 644 yards per game on their opponents as well as scoring nearly 54 points per game. This will be their sixth road game of the year and the team is 5-0 on the highway with notable wins against Texas Tech where they put up 63 points on the Red Raiders defense. The Bears have been hit hard to injuries to their quarterback position. Seth Russell had been the starter from week one but was lost for the season with a neck injury. His backup Jarrett Stidham has an ankle injury and has been listed as out for this one.

 

TCU is out of the playoff race as the club has a record of 9-2. They were defeated last week on the road to Oklahoma 30-29. The Horned Frogs were in position to win the game with a two point conversion attempt in the final seconds but it was unsuccessful leading to defeat. TCU is a very young defensive team. They have had a lot of turnover the past two years and no longer are a stout defensive club. They have slipped to 73rd from college football in defending the pass and 74th in the nation in defending the run. Their offensive numbers have been outstanding but the Horned Frogs trouble on defense has been their undoing.

 

Baylor Bears QB:

 

Chris Johnson

 

The Bears are down to a third string quarterback in sophomore Chris Johnson. He saw work for an injured Stidham last week at Oklahoma St and hit on 50% of his passes for 138 yards with two touchdowns and one pick. He saw limited work as a freshman in 2014 as he hit on 4 of 4 throws for 45 yards.

 

Baylor Bears RB:

 

Shock Linwood

 

The junior running back leads the Bears with 175 carries for 1240 yards with ten touchdowns. Linwood is running for 7.1 yards per carry on the season. Last week in the win at Oklahoma St he had 29 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown. He has rushing touchdowns in seven of his past nine games.

 

Baylor Bears WR:

 

Corey Coleman

 

Coleman leads the Bears by a long way with 66 catches for 1306 yards with 20 touchdowns. The junior is averaging a career high 19.8 yards per catch with the Bears this year. He caught five balls last week at Oklahoma St for 77 yards. He has caught eight multi-touchdown receptions in his eleven games played this year.

 

TCU Horned Frogs QB:

 

Trevone Boykin

 

The senior quarterback for TCU has been listed as questionable for Friday night. He missed the game las week against Oklahoma with an ankle injury. In the November 7th road defeat at Oklahoma St Boykin threw for a touchdown but four picks.

 

TCU Horned Frogs RB:

 

Aaron Green

 

Green leads the Horned Frogs by a long way with 1099 yards rushing on 202 carries with ten touchdowns. He is running for 5.4 yards a carry on the season.

 

TCU Horned Frogs WR:

 

KaVontae Turpin

 

The leading receiver for the Horned Frogs is out for the year with a wrist injury. Freshman KaVontae Turpin has caught 37 balls on the campaign for 569 yards with seven touchdowns.

 

College Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

RB: Aaron Green (TCU)

WR: Corey Coleman (Baylor)

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Baylor Bears versus Oklahoma St Cowboys College Football Fantasy Picks 11-21-2015

A nice one is scheduled from the Big 12 conference on Saturday November 21st as the Oklahoma St Cowboys will be hosting the Baylor Bears. Fantasy college football draft GMs can tune to FOX TV at 7:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their DFS roster picks.

The Oklahoma St Cowboys have a lot at stake in their next two games. The team is a perfect 10-0 and has two heavyweights left in Baylor on Saturday along with Oklahoma in two weeks following their bye week. The home team has dominated this series the past five seasons and have put up 41 or greater points in each of their wins. The Cowboys survived a close call last week in their come from behind victory at Iowa St by the score of 35-31. Oklahoma St had to bounce back from a 24-7 deficit in the second quarter. At issues for the Cowboys was their defense against the run as the Hawkeyes were able to gain 249 rushing yards for 6.6 yards a carry. Oklahoma St tightened up their defense in the second half in their victory by allowing just a touchdown to Iowa St in the second half of play. The team has had some close calls with four games decided by four points or less at the end of regulation time. Cowboys are seventh ranked in scoring on the season as they push across 43.6 points per game on the season.

Baylor has to overcome the heartbreak of a single loss as the team was defeated last week at home to Oklahoma 44-34. The loss most likely will keep the Bears out of any playoff discussion for the remainder of the season. Turnovers were a factor in the loss as the team committed three for the game and forced none from the Sooners. They faced a hot Oklahoma team who hadn’t lost since early in the year to Texas. Baylor has the style points on offense as the team is first in total and scoring offense from college football. They put up 637 yards along with 54.8 points per game on the season. Defensively the Bears have allowed over 40 points just once and it came last week in their loss to Oklahoma.

Baylor Bears QB:

Jarrett Stidham

The freshman quarterback has been inserted into the starting lineup with the season long injury to Seth Russell. Stidham is completing 71.6% of his throws for 1007 yards with 11 touchdowns and 2 picks. He has seen significant action as a starter in two games. The team is 1-1 scoring 31 points in a win at Kansas St and losing last week 44-34 at home to Oklahoma. In the loss to the Sooners the freshman QB hit on 59.3% of his throws for 257 yards with two touchdowns and two picks.

Baylor Bears RB:

Shock Linwood

Linwood has carried the football 155 times on the year with 1149 yards with nine rushing touchdowns. He has eight catches out of the backfield for 56 yards and a touchdown. He had 21 carries for 103 yards last week. Linwood has no rushing touchdowns in his past two games.

Baylor Bears WR:

Corey Coleman

The Bears junior wide out leads the team with 61 receptions for 1229 yards with 20 touchdowns. Last week in the loss to Oklahoma, Coleman had a season low three receptions for 51 yards. Two weeks ago he caught 11 balls for 216 yards and two touchdowns at Kansas St.

Oklahoma St QB:

Mason Rudolph

The Cowboys sophomore quarterback is hitting on 64.4% of his throws for 3161 yards with 18 touchdowns and 8 picks. He had a single touchdown throw last week at Iowa St as he threw for 327 yards. Two weeks ago at home to TCU Rudolph completed five touchdown passes.

Oklahoma St RB:

Chris Carson

Carson leads Oklahoma St with 108 carries on the season as he has rushed for 446 yards and four touchdowns.

Oklahoma St WR:

James Washington

The sophomore wide out has been efficient catching 40 balls for 820 yards with seven touchdowns. Washington is averaging 20.5 yards per reception.

College Football Fantasy Money League Picks

QB: Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma St)

RB: Shock Linwood (Baylor)

WR: James Washington (Oklahoma St)

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Oklahoma Sooners versus Baylor Bears College Football Fantasy Picks 11-14-2015

A monster matchup for fantasy college football draft managers to pick a roster from is the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Baylor Bears. DFS can tune to ABC TV on Saturday night November 14th at 8PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day league picks.

The past two meetings between these teams resulted in huge wins by Baylor each time. In 2013 it was Baylor with the 41-12 home victory and last year the Bears crushed the Sooners again but this time it was 48-14 at Oklahoma.

The Sooners have just one blemish on their record as the team enters play with a mark of 8-1. After their 24-17 loss to Texas the Oklahoma Sooners have flexed their muscles on the scoreboard with four straight wins and scoring no fewer than 52 points in the process. The team is sixth best from college football in total offense by averaging 549 yards per game. Last week they hosted the Iowa St Cyclones and produced a 52-16 victory. They poured it on in the second half by scoring 31 points. The offense was balanced with 405 yards passing and 279 coming from their ground game for over seven yards a carry.

Baylor has a perfect record of 8-0 on the season. They are the top offense in the league and score the most points from college football. The team averages 665 yards along with 57 points per game. Baylor last played on a Thursday night on November 5th as they earned the 31-24 victory that saw the Bears put up the least amount of points this season. Despite the low point total for the Bears they still managed 522 offensive yards and 419 threw the air. The team has a very difficult schedule to close the regular season. Following this Oklahoma game the Bears travel to Oklahoma St and TCU on a short week before closing out their regular season with a home game to Texas.

Oklahoma Sooners QB:

Baker Mayfield

The Sooners quarterback is hitting on 70% of his throws for 2812 yards with 28 touchdowns and four picks. Mayfield had a huge game against Iowa St last week by completing 74% of his throws for 342 yards with three touchdowns and no picks. He has thrown for 14 touchdowns and one pick over his past four games.

Oklahoma Sooners RB:

Samaje Perine

The Oklahoma sophomore running back has run for 806 yards on 140 carries and ten touchdowns. He is averaging 5.8 yards per attempt on the season. Three weeks ago Perine had 201 rushing yards and four carries. Last week Perine had 13 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown with a 7.3 yards per rush average.

Oklahoma Sooners WR:

Sterling Shepard

Shepard leads the Sooners with 47 catches for 826 yards with seven touchdowns. The senior wide out has seen significant action in all four years of play. He is averaging 17.6 yards per catch. He caught four balls for 94 yards and a touchdown last week in their win against Iowa St.

Baylor Bears QB:

Jarrett Stidham

The freshman quarterback is completing 77% of his passes for 750 yards with nine touchdowns and no picks. Stidham threw for 419 yards last week in the win against Kansas St with three touchdowns and nearly a 70% completion percentage. Starting quarterback Seth Russell is out for the year with a broken bone in his neck.

Baylor Bears RB:

Shock Linwood

Lindwood leads the Bears in rushing with 1046 yards on 134 carries with nine touchdowns. He is averaging 7.8 yards per carry on the season which is nearly two yards greater than his run average in 2014. Linwood has rushed for over 100 yards in five of his eight games this year.

Baylor Bears WR:

Corey Coleman

The junior wide out for Baylor is leading the team with 58 catches for 1178 yards with 20 touchdown catches. Coleman is averaging nearly 20.3 yards per reception. In the win against Kansas St, Coleman had 11 grabs for 216 yards and two touchdowns.

College Football Cash Fantasy League Picks

QB: Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma Sooners)

RB: Shock Linwood (Baylor Bears)

WR: Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma Sooners)

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Receiving takes over in the NCAA: Week 2

Wide Receivers

Corey Coleman: 51.2 Fantasy Points, 182 Receiving Yards, 4 Touchdowns
Roger Lewis: 50 Fantasy Points, 200 Receiving Yards, 2 Touchdowns
Tyrain Taylor: 45.6 Fantasy Points, 206 receiving, 2 Touchdowns
Juju Smith: 44.2 Fantasy Points 192 Receiving Yards, 2 Touchdowns
Penny Hart: 41 Fantasy Points, 150 Receiving Yards, 2 Touchdowns
Thomas Owens: 40.6 Fantasy Points, 166 Receiving Yards, 2 Touchdowns

Running Backs

Elijah McGuire: 49.2 Fantasy Points, 162 Rushing Yards, 5 Touchdowns
Dalvin Cook: 47.6 Fantasy Points, 266 Rushing Yards, 3 Touchdowns
Terrell Newby: 46.6 Fantasy Points, 198 Rushing Yards, 3 Touchdowns
Nick Wilson: 45.4 Fantasy Points, 194 Rushing Yards, 3 Touchdowns
Matt Breida: 44.6 Fantasy Points, 176 Rushing Yards, 4 Touchdowns
Joseph Yaerby: 42.3 Fantasy Points, 146 Rushing Yards, 97 receiving, 2 Touchdowns

Quarterbacks

Chad Kelly: 38.6 Fantasy Points, 340 Passing Yards, 4 passing Touchdowns, 32 1 Rushing Yards touchdown
Luke Falk: 38.1 Fantasy Points, 478 Passing Yards, 4 passing Touchdowns
Garret Smith: 35.6 Fantasy Points, 370 Passing Yards, 3 passing Touchdowns, 1 Rushing Yards Touchdowns
Thomas Sirk: 33.6 Fantasy Points, 86 Rushing Yards, 315 Passing Yards 3 pass Touchdowns, 1 Rushing Touchdowns
Drew Hare: 33.5 Fantasy Points, 358 Passing Yards 4 Passing Touchdowns
Tyler Rogers: 31.8 Fantasy Points, 445 Passing Yards 3 Passing Touchdowns

 

Quarterbacks and Running Backs were the fantasy leaders in week 1—the trend has changed in week 2. Displayed above are the top 6 performers at each of the three pivotal fantasy position in CFB Daily Fantasy Cash Drafts.

The clear message that can be observed is that on the top end, receivers and running backs have higher top end potential than a quarterback. 40 points is about the limit you can ever expect a quarterback to score.

Look at Luke Falk for example. I can’t imagine him throwing much more, maybe total out at 500 passing yards. Additionally maybe he runs in a touchdown on top of the 4 passing touchdowns. This still only brings his total to 45 points, still short of what many of the running backs and receivers accomplished this week.

However, what’s missing in this message is the predictability of quarterback performances. Quarterbacks are much more predictable and can consistently provide fantasy value in return for the salary spent on them. The same is not necessarily guaranteed with a running back and especially not with a receiver.

You can work this into your CFB Cash Draft Strategy. If you are entering in a head to head or 50/50 type contest, you don’t need huge point totals, but you need consistent point totals. For this you should put a little extra salary into the quarterback position where you know you will get the return on your investment.

For a league type tournament or multiplier, focus on your Running Back picks. Here you can get a little extra return beyond the quarterback but it is more reliable return than the volatile receivers.

And if you are a high risk, high reward type fantasy manager, receivers are your best friend. It may be hard to identify the receiver than will explode each week, but if you are entering a winner take all type of contest, you’ll need to roll the dice with receivers to stand a chance of cashing in. Maybe even look to spend your cash at the tight end, which is more volatile, yet less impactful than receivers.

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