Dolphins (1-2) vs Bengals (1-2)

Adam Gase may be a first-time head coach, but the 38-year-old was quick to light a fire under his underachieving team. He benched former first-round pick Ja’Wuan James after he got burned on a rush that led to a strip sack during last week’s contest. Gase hopes his aggressive action will provide a jolt for the sputtering Miami Dolphins, who will look to prevent their third 1-3 start in five years on Thursday when they visit the Cincinnati Bengals (Enter Contest).

About the Dolphins

With veteran Arian Foster still nursing a groin injury, Gase will be using rookie Kenyan Drake as the starter in a four-tier running back carousel. Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams and Isaiah Pead. will round out the carousel. Ajayi had an 11-yard touchdown run in overtime last week. The Dolphins’ 25th-ranked ground attack is mustering just 83 yards per game. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill leads his team in that department with his 54 yards accumulated. Fortunately for the Dolphins, the air game fairs much better. Tannehill continues to click with trusted target Jarvis Landry (AFC-leading 314 yards receiving) and fellow wideout DeVante Parke. Miami will go with Dion Sims this week because fellow tight end Jordan Cameron nurses the fourth concussion in his six-year career.

The sputtering Dolphins’ defense allowed 169 yards rushing last week and an NFL second-worst 147.3 yards per game. In the last meeting with the Bengals, DE Cameron Wake recorded three sacks. The final sack resulted in a safety during overtime and led Miami to a 22-20 victory.

About the Bengals

While Miami was fortunate to walk away with its first win, Cincinnati has followed its impressive season-opening victory over the New York Jets with a 24-16 loss to Pittsburgh in Week 2 and a 29-17 setback to Denver on Sunday. Mercurial Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is eager to stop the bleeding when he makes his season debut on Thursday after serving a three-game suspension for repeated violations of safety-related playing rules.

Running Back Jeremy Hill scored twice last week. He had 10 rushing touchdowns in his last 11 games. Andy Dalton (AFC-best 938 passing yards) has been limited to just 206 yards passing last week versus the Broncos. After an amazing first week, A.J. Green collected just 10 catches for 115 yards combined in his last two games. Cincinnati Pro Bowl TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) is not expected to make his season debut. CB Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring) has been held out of both practices this week, leaving his status for Thursday’s game in question.

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College Football Fantasy Draft News 10-14-2015

 

Alabama Crimson Tide versus Texas A&M Aggies College Football Real Money Fantasy Preview 10-14-2015

A nice matchup from the SEC conference is on tap for Saturday October 14th as the Texas A&M Aggies will be home to the Alabama Crimson Tide. College football fantasy draft GM’s can tune to CBS TV at 3:30PM Eastern Time from Texas A&M to follow the results of their roster selections.

Alabama is 5-1 on the year as they carry a three game win streak since dropping a 43-37 home decision to Mississippi in week three. They had a struggle with Arkansas for three quarters until they separated from the Razorbacks with 17 fourth quarter points in their 27-14 victory. The Crimson Tide run game stalled as the team had 46 rush attempts but only 134 yards which amounted to less than three yards a carry. The Alabama defense kept them in the game as they stuffed the Arkansas offense to just 220 yards for the entire game. The Crimson Tide brings in the sixth rated defense in all of college football as the team surrenders just 264 yards per game.

Texas A&M has a mark of 5-0 as they face this stern home test. They are 2-0 against the SEC with a 28-21 overtime victory to Arkansas and two weeks ago the team hosted Mississippi St and came away with the 30-17 victory at home. What has been a surprise to many this year has been the play of the Texas A&M defense. They have shown much improvement from previous years. In their win against the Bulldogs the A&M defense got off the field limiting Mississippi St to just 5 of 14 on their third down conversions. Texas A&M is ranked 40th in college football in scoring defense holding their opponents to just 21 points per game.

Alabama Crimson Tide QB:

Jake Coker

The senior quarterback has completed 60% of his throws for 1238 yards with 11 touchdowns and six picks. He had two touchdowns and two picks in the win last week at home to Arkansas. Coker threw two picks in the loss to Ole Miss.

Alabama Crimson Tide RB:

Derrick Henry

Henry has run 120 times this year for 665 yards with ten touchdowns. He is running for 5.5 yards a carry this season. His numbers last week were just 95 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown with a season worst 3.5 yards per carry.

Kenyan Drake

The senior running back has 50 rushing attempts on the year for 244 yards and a touchdown. Drake is running for nearly five yards a carry. He ran for 29 yards on seven carries last week.

Alabama Crimson Tide WR:

Calvin Ridley

Ridley has caught 31 passes for 385 yards and three touchdowns. He had his best day of the season against Arkansas with nine catches for 140 yards with a touchdown. He had a long reception of 81 yards.

Texas A&M Aggies QB:

Kyle Allen

The sophomore quarterback has hit on 64% of his throws for 1274 yards with 13 touchdowns and two picks. In the win against Mississippi St Allen threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns. The week prior against Arkansas Allen passed for 358 yards and two touchdowns.

Texas A&M Aggies RB:

Tra Carson

Carson has carried the ball 95 times this season for 430 yards with four touchdowns. He rushed for 110 yards against Mississippi St with a touchdown.

Texas A&M Aggies WR:

Christian Kirk

The A&M freshman wide receiver leads the team by margin with 32 catches for 519 yards and four touchdowns. Kirk had eight grabs for 77 yards against the Bulldogs. His big game came against Arkansas with eight catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns.

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College Football Fantasy Draft News 10-6-2015

Arkansas Razorbacks versus Alabama Crimson Tide College Football Fantasy Preview 10-10-2015

A prime time SEC conference showdown is set as the Alabama Crimson Tide will host the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday night. College football fantasy cash league draft managers can tune to ESPN TV at 7PM Eastern Time on October 10th to follow the results of their roster picks.

It was a defensive struggle when these two teams met in 2014 with the Crimson Tide with the 14-13 victory on the road against Arkansas. Alabama was a fortunate winner in that game with just 227 yards of offense. Neither team ran a bit with the Crimson Tide rushing 32 times for 66 yards and the Razorbacks running for 89 yards on 39 carries. Brandon Allen the Razorbacks quarterback passed for 246 yards with a touchdown and pick.

Alabama had an impressive victory last week as they crushed the Georgia Bulldogs on the road by the score of 38-10. The team got off to a great start leading 24-3 at the half. Their run game produced 189 yards and the Crimson Tide forced four Bulldogs turnovers. The team survived an anemic 1 of 12 on third down. It was a great defensive effort by Alabama as they held Georgia to 106 passing yards. On the season the Crimson Tide limits opponents to just 16 points per game which is 19th best in all of college football.

Arkansas enters play with a 2-3 record. They were sitting on a three game losing streak last week at Tennessee and down 14-0. The Razorbacks showed some reliance by rallying for the 24-20 victory. The team had a good offensive showing gaining 507 yards of offense and rushing for 288 yards. Arkansas averaged 6 yards per carry on the ground in their victory. The Razorbacks are 24th best in college football in total yardage as they gain 478 yards per game and do it in a balanced fashion.

Alabama Crimson Tide QB:

Jake Coker

The Crimson Tide senior quarterback is completing 56% of his throws for 976 yards with nine touchdowns and four picks. In the Georgia game he completed 11 of 16 throws for 190 yards with a touchdown.

Alabama Crimson Tide RB:

Derrick Henry

The leading running back for Alabama has 93 carries for 570 yards with nine touchdowns. He is rushing for 6.1 yards a carry. In the victory against Georgia Henry ran for 148 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown.

Kenyan Drake

Drake is second on the team in carries with 43 on the season for 215 yards and a touchdown. He does have a long run of 43 yards on the year and is averaging 5 yards per rush attempt. The senior back was smothered in the Georgia game gaining no yards on six carries.

Alabama Crimson Tide WR:

Calvin Ridley

Only a freshman Ridley leads Alabama with 22 catches for 245 yards and two touchdowns. In the victory last week Ridley caught five passes for 120 yards and a touchdown.

Arkansas Razorbacks QB:

Brandon Allen

Allen has completed 66% of his passes for 1360 yards with eight touchdowns and three picks. He was just 11 of 24 last week at Tennessee for 219 yards with a touchdown and a long pass for 52 yards.

Arkansas Razorbacks RB:

Alex Collins

The junior running back leads the Razorbacks with 113 carries for 656 yards with six touchdowns. He had a nice game last week at Tennessee with 27 carries for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

Arkansas Razorbacks WR:

Drew Morgan

Morgan has 23 grabs in the 2015 season for 413 yards and three touchdowns. He caught five passes last week at Tennessee for 110 yards and had a long gain of 52 yards. Morgan is averaging 18 yards per catch.

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Alabama Crimson Tide versus Georgia Bulldogs College Football Daily League Fantasy Preview

From the SEC conference the Georgia Bulldogs will meet the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday afternoon. College football draft GM’s can tune to CBS TV on October 3rd from Georgia to follow the results of their roster picks.

The Las Vegas oddsmakers believe that points will be put up in this game as they set the over under total at 55 points. Also worth noting they believe that Georgia could score some points on the Alabama defense because they made the Bulldogs a two point favorite in this game. Very rarely is Alabama an underdog in a game.

Part of the reason the experts believe that Georgia could score on Alabama’s defense was the fact that Mississippi was able to score 43 points on the Tide in week three. That was Alabama’s lone loss of the season. In that game the Crimson Tide shot themselves in the foot with three interceptions and two fumbles for a -5 turnover margin. The Alabama defense did allow 341 yards passing to the Rebels but only 2.9 yards a carry on the ground.

Georgia is 4-0 on the year. Their toughest competition resulted in a 52-20 home victory to South Carolina in week three and a 31-14 road win in week two at Vanderbilt. In their SEC home win against the Gamecocks the Bulldogs threw for 330 yards in the victory.

Alabama Crimson Tide QB:

Jake Coker

The Crimson Tide senior quarterback has completed 55% of his passes for 786 yards with eight touchdowns and four picks. In the Ole Miss loss Coker completed 21 of 45 throws for 201yards with three touchdowns and two picks.

Alabama Crimson Tide RB:

Derrick Henry

Henry is running for 6.3 yards per carry this year. He has run for 422 yards on 67 carries with eight touchdowns. Derrick Henry rushed for 127 yards with a touchdown and 5.5 yards a carry in the loss against Mississippi. Henry had a monster game against Wisconsin rushing for 147 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns.

Kenyan Drake

The senior running back has rushed 37 times for 215 yards and a touchdown. He had a poor game against Mississippi with 11 carries for 33 yards for 3 yards per rush.

Alabama Crimson Tide TE:

O.J. Howard

The tight end has caught 13 balls for 183 yards. He had four catches against Ole Miss for 70 yards which averaged 17.5 yards per reception.

Alabama Crimson Tide WR:

ArDarius Stewart

Stewart has caught 21 passes for 177 yards with two touchdowns. In the Mississippi game the sophomore receiver caught eight balls for 73 yards and a touchdown.

Georgia Bulldogs QB:

Greyson Lambert

The junior signal caller is completing 76% of his passes for 733 yards with seven touchdowns and no picks. Lambert had a great game in the blowout win against South Carolina hitting on 24 of 25 passes for 330 yards with three touchdowns and no picks.

Georgia Bulldogs RB:

Nick Chubb

Chubb made a strong impact in his freshman year running for 1547 yards on 219 carries. He averaged 7.1 yards a carry and had 14 touchdowns. In the four games this year Chubb has 71 carries for 599 yards and six touchdowns. Nick Chubb had a great game at Vanderbilt with 189 yards and nearly 10 yards per carry.

Georgia Bulldogs WR:

Malcolm Mitchell

Senior Malcolm Mitchell has 20 catches for 306 yards and three touchdowns on the year. He is averaging 15.3 yards per catch on the year. In the win against the Gamecocks Mitchell grabbed eight balls for 122 yards with a touchdown.

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