Auburn (3-2) vs Mississippi State (2-2)

After five straight home games to open the season, Auburn faces its first road test Saturday at Mississippi State (Enter Contests). The game, meanwhile, will be the first home date for the Bulldogs in nearly a month as they’re coming off two road games followed by a bye last weekend.

ABOUT AUBURN

The Tigers have played a demanding schedule so far, going 1-2 against ranked foes Clemson, Texas A&M and LSU, mixed in with blowout wins over Arkansas State and last week against ULM.  They’ve have posted the best rushing numbers (269.8 yards per game) in the SEC so far behind tailbacks Kerryon Johnson (103.4) and Kamryn Pettway (84.0). Pettway didn’t play last Saturday’s 56-7 win over ULM. It was for precautionary measure because of a bruised quad. He’s expected to return this Saturday along with center Xavier Dampeer, who was also held out last week.

The Auburn defense, led by cornerback Johnathan Ford (31 total tackles) and defensive end Carl Lawson (four sacks) has held four of five foes to fewer than 20 points and ranks fifth in the conference in total defense (358.4 yards allowed per game). Quarterback Sean White has completed 33-of-43 passes for 473 yards, two TDs and no interceptions over the last two games. Auburn has dominated the overall series 61-26-2, but Mississippi State has won three of the last four, including a 17-9 road victory last season.

ABOUT MISSISSIPPI STATE

Mississippi State, meanwhile, has had an up-and-down first month, losing to South Alabama (21-20) in the opener and then alternating wins and a loss against South Carolina, LSU and Massachusetts. The Bulldogs will be countering Auburn’s ground game with the SEC’s fourth-ranked run defense (110.8 yards allowed), which is headed by conference tackles-for-loss leader (9.0) A.J. Jefferson, a senior defensive end. Sophomore quarterback Nick Fitzgerald has taken over for Dak Prescott and had 415 yards of total offense and three touchdowns in the Sept. 24 win over UMass. Fitzgerald also is Mississippi State’s leading rusher with 82.2 yards per outing. Wideout Fred Ross is second in the conference in receptions per game (6.2) and tied for third with four total receiving TDs. Ross’ 152 career receptions leads all active SEC players.

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NFL Free Agent Tracker

When the NFL Free Agency period begins at 4pm (est), these signings can become official. Until then, they are just agreements with no ink on paper due to league tampering laws.

Here we bring you the latest league news in our NFL Free Agent Tracker.

Latest

Olivier Vernon has signed a record breaking 5-year $85 million deal with the New York Giants($52.2M guaranteed). They have now signed Vernon, Jason Pierre-Paul, Damon Harrison, and Janoris Jenkins to improve their defense.

Bears sign T Bobby Massie to a 3-year contract. He comes from the Arizona Cardinals.

RT Mitchell Schwartz is leaving the Browns for the Chiefs.

Matt Forte will be dawning green next season, as he signs with the New York Jets to fill their need at RB.

Mohammed Sanu is off to Atlanta…to at least visit. Rumour is he will sign a 5-year $35M deal with the Falcons. They also locked up Matt Schaub to backup Matt Ryan.

Houston was just involved in a trio of moves, gaining two and losing one. The biggest of all..former Denver Broncos QB Brock Osweiler signs a 4-year deal worth $72 million.

Former Texan gaurd Brandon Brooks will head to Philly on 5-year $40M deal.

Another RB off the market, Lamar Miller will wear a Texans jersey next season, and the next 3 after that. Miller signs a 4-year deal worth $26M with Houston ($14M guaranteed at signing)

DL Damon “Snacks” Harrison will be playing in the same stadium next year but switching jerseys. The former Jet will be joining the NY Giants.

The Buccaneers will be retaining their star RB as Doug Martin will be staying in Tampa Bay on a 5 year contract worth $35.75M. Slightly more than Chris Ivory’s with the Jaguars.

The Falcons have finally landed one of their many targets as Alex Mack will be joining his former OC Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta on a 5-year deal worth $9.5M annually. The first two years are said to be fully guaranteed for the 30 year old 3x Pro-Bowl center.

WR Marvin Jones will do his best to replace Calvin Johnson’s production as the former Bengal will be signing with the Detroit Lions.

Antonio Gates has re-upped in San Diego on a 2-year deal. This should bring the legendary TE to his last playing days with the only team he’s ever played for. This probably means Ladarius Green is as good as gone.

Former 49er Alex Boone will be leaving San Francisco for the Vikings. The guard was heavily pursued by the Dolphins.

Travis Benjamin is going to be wearing a Chargers jersey next season, as the speedy former Browns breakout WR will sign in San Diego. Last year he tied for the league lead with 4 TD catches over 30+yards.

Janoris Jenkins is now the 7th highest paid CB in the league, and second only in guaranteed money to Darrelle Revis. He will be signing a 5 year pact with the New York Giants worth $62.5M ($29M/guaranteed).

Bengals hard-hitting safety George Iloka will be remaining in Cincy. It looks like a 5-year deal worth $30M. Word is he passed up more money elsewhere to remain in Cincinnati.

Chris Ivory landed in Jacksonville. Word is it’s a 5-year $32.5 million deal.

Another pass-rusher off the market. Bruce Irvin is heading to Oakland to join and the Raiders.

Ben Jones, the versatile interior lineman has signed with the Titans. A smart addition given the DeMarco Murray acquisition.

JPP will stay in New York on a 1-year deal.

Charles Johnson re-ups in Carolina.

Ben Watson to the Ravens on a 2-year contract.

Malik Jackson broke the bank by signing with the Jaguars. Huge money for a DL. 6 years, $90 million.

Mario Williams started the day off by making headlines when he signed in Miami on a two-year deal for $17 Million (up to $20M). The Dolphins are preparing to lose star rusher Olivier Vernon.

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College Football Fantasy Draft News 12-30-2015

Texas A&M Aggies vs. Louisville Cardinals College Football Fantasy Preview 12-30-2015

 

The Music City Bowl will feature the Louisville Cardinals to meet the Texas A&M Aggies. College football daily fantasy league GM’s can tune to ESPN TV on Wednesday December 30th at 7PM Eastern Time to track the results of their DFS roster picks.

 

The once explosive Texas A&M Aggies offense has shown issues getting points on the board. They have been held to 10 points of fewer in three of their past six games with the opponents being LSU, Auburn and Ole Miss. The Aggies have fallen to mid-pack in scoring offense in 2015 as they push across just 28.3 points per game.

 

Louisville finished the regular season at 7-5. They got off to a slow start behind a freshman quarterback but rallied winning five of their past six games. They continue to be a solid defensive team ranking 14th best in college football holding teams to just 323 yards per game.

 

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Running back Brandon Radcliff came on during the latter half of the season. In their final regular season game the junior running back had two touchdowns on the ground against Kentucky. He had 146 yards rushing on November 14th against Virginia with two touchdowns. Radcliff will be running against the 106th rushing defense from college football.

 

Play Brandin Radcliff

 

Louisville Cardinals RB

 

 

USC Trojans vs. Wisconsin Badgers College Football Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-30-2015

 

The Holiday Bowl features the Wisconsin Badgers to meet the USC Trojans. DFS draft managers can tune to ESPN TV on Wednesday December 30th at 10:30PM Eastern Time to follow the scoring results of their daily fantasy football roster selections.

 

The USC Trojans were an inconsistent team in 2015. They finished at 8-5 after a loss to Stanford in the PAC 12 title game. The team possesses the 30th ranked passing offense from college football behind quarterback Cody Kessler and wide out Juju Smith. They had issues defending the dynamic passing attacks from college football but that is not Wisconsin behind quarterback Joel Stave.

 

Wisconsin was able to avoid the heavyweight teams in the Big Ten conference in 2015 in Michigan St, Ohio St and Michigan who were not on the schedule. Their losses in the Big Ten came against Iowa and Northwestern where they could only score 7 points on the Wildcats and a mere 6 points on the Hawkeyes. The Badgers have put together solid defensive numbers but they have not seen the speed and skill level of this USC Trojans team.

 

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Trojans senior quarterback Cody Kessler will be playing his final game for USC. He is an NFL prospect so expect the Trojans game plan to be passing the football downfield to help his draft status. Kessler completed 67% of his throws in 2015 for 3315 yards with 28 touchdowns and 6 picks. The game is being played in nearby San Diego where the weather figures to be good for the Holiday Bowl. Kessler has thrown for multiple touchdowns in four of his past five games. He passed for 365 yards at Notre Dame and 375 yards at Arizona St both are bowl teams. The Trojans receiving corps are healthy and will have success spreading out the field and finding open targets against a slower secondary that Kessler will have success throwing against.

 

Play Cody Kessler

 

USC Trojans QB

 

Leading wide receiver Juju Smith is healthy for the Trojans entering the Holiday Bowl. He has caught 85 balls for 1389 yards with ten touchdowns. Smith has averaged 16.3 yards per reception on the season.

 

Play Juju Smith

 

USC Trojans WR

 

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 NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-24-2015

Oakland Raiders versus San Diego Chargers NFL DFS Fantasy Preview 10-25-2015

Two AFC West rivals meet as the San Diego Chargers will play host to the Oakland Raiders. NFL pro football fantasy football draft GMs can tune to CBS TV on Sunday October 25th at 4:05PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

The San Diego Chargers have had success against the Oakland Raiders having won three straight and six of their past seven meetings against the Silver and Black. The teams met in San Diego last year and was a defensive struggle with the Chargers earning a 13-6 victory.

Oakland Raiders are coming off a bye week as they visit San Diego. They are a 2-3 football team having come off two brutal close losses. They have put together two good defensive efforts the past two games having given up 16 points to Denver and 22 at Chicago. The Raiders with Jack Del Rio as head coach has shown improvement and is now respectable team. They rank 15th in their passing game as they throw for 248 yards per game. The issue for the Raiders this year is their pass defense as the club is giving up 299 yards per game through the air which is 32nd and last in the NFL.

The San Diego Chargers are a 2-4 football team as they return home to face the Raiders. They have lost two straight and four of their past five games. The team relies too much on the right arm of Phillip Rivers and continues to have problems running the football. During the Chargers deep run into the playoffs the team had a balanced offensive attack. No defense has respected the Chargers running game for some time right now so they just come after Phillip Rivers and put heavy pressure on him. San Diego is the number one passing team in football as they throw for 346 yards per game. That doesn’t bring enough points on the scoreboard as San Diego averaged 22.7 points game ranking 15th in the league. At 86 yards rushing per game the team is 29th and near the bottom of the league. San Diego is the 26th worst scoring defense in the NFL by allowing 26.8 points per game.

Oakland Raiders QB:

Derek Carr

The Raiders second year quarterback is completing 63% of his throws for 1171 yards with eight touchdowns and three picks. In the loss to Denver, Carr hit on 26 of 39 passes for 249 yards with a touchdown and pick. He has thrown for multiple touchdown throws in three of his five games.

Oakland Raiders RB:

Latavius Murray

The Raiders third year running back has 80 rushes for 336 yards with two touchdowns. It has been a struggle for Murray over his past two games. He ran for 48 yards on 15 carries at Chicago and two weeks back at home to Denver he rushed for 39 yards on 9 carries.

Oakland Raiders WR:

Amari Cooper

Cooper had big games against the Ravens and Browns. He has had just four catches in each of his past two games. Against Denver Cooper caught four passes for 47 yards.

San Diego Chargers QB:

Phillip Rivers

The veteran quarterback has completed 67% of his throws for 1226 yards with seven touchdowns and one pick. Rivers has thrown for over 300 yards in four of his six games. Last week in the loss to Green Bay he passed for 503 yards with two touchdowns.

San Diego Chargers RB:

Melvin Gordon

The rookie running back has run 78 times for 299 yards with no touchdowns. He is averaging just 3.8 yards a carry.

San Diego Chargers WR:

Keenan Allen

The Chargers leading receiver has been listed as questionable with a sprained hip injury. He has caught 53 balls for 601 yards and three touchdowns.

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Auburn Tigers versus LSU Tigers College Football Fantasy One Day League Picks

College Football Fantasy Draft News 9-18-2015

SEC conference action is on tap for Saturday September 19th as the LSU Tigers will host the Auburn Tigers. Fantasy football draft GM’s can tune into CBS TV at 3:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their rosters.

The Auburn Tigers are 2-0 facing non-conference opponents. They beat Louisville in the opener 31-24 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicated as Auburn dominated this game early. The Tigers got a scare last week as they defeated non-FCS school Jacksonville St 27-20 in overtime.

LSU is 1-0 on the campaign. Their opener with McNeese St was cancelled due to lightning strikes in LSU Stadium area. Last week LSU opened up play with a tough test and they got past Mississippi St 21-19 on the road. They held a 17-6 lead after three quarters and successfully defended a two point conversion with four minutes left for the win.

Auburn Tigers QB:

Jeremy Johnson

The junior quarterback has completed 60% of his passes for 373 yards with three touchdowns and a very poor five interceptions. He threw three picks in the Louisville game and two picks in the win against Jacksonville St. Johnson has only 18 rushing yards in his two games.

Auburn Tigers RB:

Peyton Barber

The sophomore back leads the team in carries with 47 rushes for 240 yards with a touchdown. He had 115 yards in the win against Louisville and rushed for nearly five yards a carry.

Auburn Tigers WR:

Ricardo Louis

Senior wide out Ricardo Louis leads the team by far with 13 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown. Louis has a rushing touchdown in the win against Louisville.

LSU Tigers QB:

Brandon Harris

In the win against Mississippi St the sophomore signal caller hit on 9 of 14 throws for 71 yards.

LSU Tigers RB:

Leonard Fournette

The key to the LSU offensive attack comes from running back Leonard Fournette. The sophomore leads the Tigers with 159 yards and three touchdowns and he runs for 5.7 yards a carry in the young season.

LSU Tigers WR:

Travin Dural

The LSU junior wide out has four catches but just for 15 yards. In 2014 he averaged over 20 yards per reception and had seven receiving touchdowns.

Nebraska Cornhuskers versus Miami Hurricanes Cash Real Money Fantasy Tips

The Miami Hurricanes will host the Nebraska Cornhuskers at 3:30PM Eastern Time on ABC TV. This is a revenge game for Miami as they traveled to Lincoln last year and were defeated 41-31. Miami piled up the passing yards for 359 behind their freshman quarterback at the time Brad Kaaya. It was the ground game that won it for the Cornhuskers as they piled up 343 yards rushing in the win.

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Daily Fantasy Football Draft Strategy

The selection of players through daily fantasy football can be nerve wrecking sometime. In which position do we pick high end players and which ones can we find deeper value? Well if this is what you’re asking yourself, you’ve come to the right place. Looking through different fantasy cheat sheets overall ranking, you can see that most of the top players are running backs, followed by wide receivers and then quarterbacks. You can either go big on top end running backs and receivers, the two positions that usually locks in more points, or even out the lineup for a more equal approach.

The running back pool of players is always deeper than any other position. That’s usually where the best sleeper picks are. The average running back usually last 8 seasons because of wear and tear with all the hits it takes during his career, so injury factors can come in the equation. You can pick a high-end running back like DeMarco Murray that brought in high fantasy numbers last year, but played so much that he is prone to injury. Or you can pick a rookie starter like Melvin Gordon that could bring the same performance while you feel less bad of his cost. With two spot at running back for you fantasy team, it would be more tempting to fill it with two high end runners like LeVeon Bell and the aforementioned Demarco Murray. It could come at the expense of selecting a great quarterback or a wide receiver though. So why not select one secure option at high cost and one risky option at low cost.

Quarterbacks are the most important players on the football field but are less in the fantasy world. They do not have the same fantasy value has running backs or wide receiver. The talent is limited too, so you need to pick wisely for one that will not stumble. Aaron Rodgers is considered the best one available due to his constant passing talent and his extra ability to run with the ball. But a cost-friendly options like, promising quarterback, Cam Newton could bring the same kind of numbers than Rodgers.

It’s important to be bold in some selection you make. You do not finish in first without taking chances, but do not build an entire team on it either. You need to find a blend between a safe selection and a gamble picks. Look at all those player’s that were high-bets for good numbers last year and haven’t produced at their potential. Players like Zac Stacy, Toby Gerhart and Victor Cruz, just to name a few. There is no way to know exactly who will be having a good season.

It’s sometime too hard to research the physical/mental form of the athlete and it’s not always panning out to great grabs. Consistency is the better tool to select your draft picks. A player that piled up 3 or 4 great games and that his cost efficient should tickle your funny bone.

When building your lineup, there’s one thing to remember. The defense should be the last thing to choose in your draft. The amount of salary cap space left will decide which one to select from. You then can pick the defense that has the most favorable matchup (weaker offensive opposition). Defense compile the less points out of all the positions. So don’t worry if you end up with the Oakland Raiders, the rest of the team should be able to carry the load.

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