Thursday Night Football

HOUSTON TEXANS (2-0) vs NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-0)

Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien likely isn’t going to sob over the predicaments of former boss in New England Bill Belichick ahead of their matchup for Thursday Night Football game (Enter Contests) at Foxborough. The Patriots are expected to start third-round rookie Jacoby Brissett in spite of Tom Brady’s suspension and Jimmy Garoppolo’s shoulder injury. Brissett completed 6-of-9 passes for 92 yards in Sunday’s 31-24 victory over Miami, after Garoppolo went down.

Team’s Breakdown

All-star tight-end Rob Gronkowski has yet to make his season debut. He’s still bothered by a hamstring injury, but could be making his return to the lineup Thursday. Acquired from Chicago in March, Martellus Bennett has done a good job in place of Gronkowski. The nine-year veteran has played on all but two offensive snaps during the season’s initial two games. He reeled in a 20-yard touchdown on Sunday against Miami. Bruising running back LeGarrette Blount collected 193 yards and two touchdowns this season. He’ll look to stay healthy, especially against the team that landed him on the injured reserve last season.

 

After enduring the round and round of their own quarterback carousel last year, the Texans have welcomed the stability afforded by their expensive offseason acquisition Brock Osweiler. Signed to a four-year, $72 million contract, Osweiler was able build good chemistry with Pro Bowl selection DeAndre Hopkins and first-round rookie Will Fuller. While Hopkins leads the team with 12 receptions and two touchdowns, Fuller became the third wideout to start his NFL career with two straight 100-yard receiving games.

Running back Lamar Miller provides O’Brien with a constant presence in the backfield, as the offseason acquisition’s 53 carries are second only to Pittsburgh’s DeAngelo Williams (58) for most in the league. Defense has been the name of the game for Houston, which surrendered just 26 points (NFL third-best), 274.5 yards allowed (third-best) and 178.5 passing yards (fourth-best). Three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt earned 1.5 sacks in a 19-12 triumph over Kansas City last Sunday, while linebacker Whitney Mercilus has had two of them this season and 17 in his last 14 games overall.

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NFL Week 15 Value Picks

Quarterback

Fantasy football

Carson Palmer (Ari @ Phi)  Carson Palmer has been on roll lately.  The Cardinals have depth at the receiver position and everyone is health.  The Eagles on the other hand have not been able to stop the long ball with their lack of depth at corner back.  Perfect conditions for Palmer to have a big passing game, especially to the likes of Michael Floyd and John Brown.

 

Blake Bortles (Atl @ Jax) While the Jaguars have not been winning many games, and Bortles does not among the list of top quarterbacks in terms of gameplay.  He is an allstar fantasy quarterback.  He throws the long ball more than any other quarterback and he been consistently able to produce big numbers (despite a couple of interceptions being pretty common).  The Falcons have not been strong against the pass either.

 

Running Back

Fantasy football

Bryce Brown (Cle @ Sea)  The Seahawks have been unstoppable in their last 3 games and showing to be a serious Super Bowl contender.  They should have no issue blowing out the Browns, but with Lynch and Rawls out, they will need a running back to run down the clock once they have established their lead.  It looks like Brown will get those duties.

 

Lamar Miller (Mia @ SD)  The Chargers rank 6th on the list of rushing yards allowed per game with 127 rushing yards allowed per game.  Miller is coming off a 2 touchdown game against the giants.

 

Wide Receiver

Fantasy football

Golden Tate (Det @ NO) Although the Saints defense has been stronger as of late, they still average the third most passing yards allowed per game.  Golden Tate has only dropped 4 passes on 28 targets over the pass 4 games and if Calvin Johnson continues to struggle, Tate is the logical next target.

 

Demaryius Thomas (Den @ Pit) Pittsburgh is the most likely team to be involved in a shootout type game.  They have an explosive offense, but allow huge amounts of opposing passing yards as well.  Thomas has been working well with Osweiier recently and may be in for a big game against the Steelers.

 

Tight End

Fantasy football

Benjamin Watson (Det @ NO) Watson has amounted 28 targets from Brees over the past 3 games.  He has only managed to catch 15 of them, which means he has potential for big fantasy value if he can reel in those passes.

 

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New York Giants versus Miami Dolphins Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks 12-14-2015

The Miami Dolphins will be home for Monday night football as they meet the New York Giants. NFL fantasy GMs can tune to ESPN on December 14th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their one day leagues.

The Giants are in the middle of the NFC East race with a record of 5-7. They are on a three game losing streak after they are beaten 23-20 at home last week to the New York Jets. Defense has been a major issue for the Giants on the year as the club ranks 32nd and last in the NFL against the pass as they allow 314 yards per game through the air.

The Miami Dolphins enter Monday night football with an identical 5-7 mark. They have struggled on both sides of the football ranking 27th in total offense (326 yards per game) and 28th in the NFL in total defense (390 yards per game). A two game losing streak was broken last week as Miami was able to earn the 15-13 victory at home to Baltimore. They have been held to 17 points or fewer in four of their past six games.

New York Giants QB:

Eli Manning

The Giants veteran quarterback is completing 62.3% of his throws for 3318 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 picks. Last week against the Jets Manning threw for 297 yards with a touchdown and pick. He has thrown for multiple touchdowns in four of his past five games.

New York Giants RB:

Rashad Jennings

Jennings has rushed 116 times in 2015 for 431 yards with a touchdown. He is rushing for just 3.7 yards per carry on the year which surprisingly is not a career low. In 101 rushing attempts in 2012 Jennings ran for 2.8 yards per rush average.

Shane Vereen

The former New England Patriot has rushed 51 times for 216 yards for 4.2 yards per rush. He has caught 42 balls for 349 yards and three touchdowns. He is on pace for the same receiving yardage that he had in the 2014 season. Vereen was a key cog for the Patriots on third down extending drives. He is not having the same impact with the Giants as he did in his years with the Patriots.

Andre Williams

Williams has been a major disappointment in 2015 as he has rushed for 202 yards on 71 carries for 2.8 yards per carry average.

New York Giants WR:

Odell Beckham

The Giants wide out has caught 78 passes for 1154 yards with ten touchdowns. He is averaging 14.8 yards per catch on the season. Against the Jets last week Beckham had six catches for 149 yards with a touchdown. Two weeks ago at Washington he grabbed nine passes for 142 yards and a touchdown. Beckham has a touchdown reception in three straight games.

Miami Dolphins QB:

Ryan Tannehill

Tannehill has completed 61.5% of his throws in 2015 for 3079 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 picks. In the win at home to Baltimore last week the veteran signal caller hit on 47.4% of his throws for 86 yards with a touchdown. Prior to that performance against the Dolphins Tannehill had thrown for multiple touchdown passes in three straight games.

Miami Dolphins RB:

Lamar Miller

The Dolphins leading running back has rushed 139 times for 680 yards and five touchdowns. He is averaging 4.9 yards a carry on the season. Last week in the win against Baltimore, he rushed 20 times for 113 yards. When the Dolphins run the ball and give Miller a high number of carries they have success.

Miami Dolphins WR:

Jarvis Landry

Landry has caught 79 passes for 823 yards with four touchdowns. Two weeks ago at the New York Jets had grabbed 13 balls for 165 yards and a touchdown.

Kenny Stills

The three year veteran receiver has caught 20 passes for 343 yards with two touchdowns. He had no catches against the Ravens and had just two receptions for 12 yards in the loss in Week 12 against the Jets.

NFL Monday Night Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Eli Manning (Giants)

RB: Lamar Miller (Dolphins)

WR: Odell Beckham (Giants)

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Miami Dolphins versus New England Patriots Thursday Night Football Fantasy League Picks 10-29-2015

It will be action from the AFC East division on Thursday Night Football as the New England Patriots will be home to meet the Miami Dolphins. Fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to CBS TV at 8:30PM Eastern Time on October 29th to follow the results of their roster picks.

 

The Miami Dolphins are a hot football team since the coaching change. Under Dan Campbell they have posted back to back victories by margin. Two weeks ago it was a 38-10 road win at Tennessee. Last week the Dolphins took a 41-0 halftime lead on the Houston Texans in their 44-28 victory to move to 3-3. Miami got back to emphasizing their run game and it has worked with two straight wins. Last week in their blowout win against the Texans the team ran for 248 yards. In their win against Tennessee the Dolphins were able to gain 180 rushing yards. During the 1-3 start Miami did a poor job running the football. The run game has aided Ryan Tannehill and made him a better quarterback. Their defense has looked much improved as the club is more aggressive and taking better angles at defenders as they make tackles. The Dolphins have moved to ninth best in the NFL in scoring offense as they average 24.5 points per game.

 

The New England Patriots are now a 6-0 after 30-23 victory at home to a good New York Jets team. The Patriots offense has been outstanding this year. They have scored 30 or greater points in five straight games. The Patriots are the top scoring offense in the NFL as they average 35.5 points per game. In their win against the Jets, New England simply abandoned the run as they did not want to waste downs against a very good defense that can defend it. So the game plan was for Tom Brady to throw and he had 54 passing attempts in the victory. The Dolphins had problems stopping the run so don’t be surprised if the Patriots change gears and run more. With a short week it made sense to not pile up carries for their running backs because it’s a position where the players get beat up.

 

Miami Dolphins QB:

 

Ryan Tannehill

 

The Dolphins veteran quarterback got a big contract in the offseason. He is hitting on 62.6% of his passes for 1628 yards with 13 touchdowns and 7 picks. Tannehill completed 18 of 19 throws for 282 yards with four touchdowns and no picks. In the win at Tennessee, Tannehill had two touchdowns and two picks.

 

Miami Dolphins RB:

 

Lamar Miller

 

Miller has run for 419 yards on 70 carries with two touchdowns. He is averaging 6.0 yards a carry on the year. Campbell is running twice as much as head coach of the Dolphins. Miller had 175 rushing yards in the win against Houston with a touchdown on his 14 carries. In the last two games Miller has 288 rushing yards on 33 carries.

 

Miami Dolphins WR:

 

Rishard Matthews

 

The fourth year wide out leads the Dolphins with 26 catches for 438 yards with four touchdowns. Last week in the victory against the Texans Matthews caught three balls for 75 yards and a touchdown. He is averaging 16.8 yards per catch on the year.

 

New England Patriots QB:

 

Tom Brady

 

Brady is completing 69% of his throws this year for 2054 yards with 16 touchdowns and one pick. His completion percentage ties a career high. In the win against the Jets it was the Tom Brady show as he hit on 63% of his throws for 355 yards with two touchdowns and no picks.

 

New England Patriots RB:

 

LeGarrette Blount

 

The Patriots featured running back has 52 carries for 246 yards on the year with four touchdowns. He is running for 4.7 yards a carry on the campaign. Blount had just three carries last week as the team abandoned the run against the Jets.

 

New England Patriots WR:

 

Julian Edelman

 

Edelman has 45 catches for 503 yards with four touchdowns. He caught five balls for 54 yards last week in the win against the Jets.

 

NFL Thursday Night Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Tom Brady (Patriots)

RB: Lamar Miller (Dolphins)

WR: Julian Edelman (Patriots), Rishard Matthews (Dolphins)

TE: Rob Gronkowski (Patriots)

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Fantasy Football Best Picks – Week 4

It’s time for week 4 of one week fantasy football. The New England Patriots and the Tennessee Titans will enter their bye week. So for those who expected to pick Rob Gronkowski to fill their tight end position will need to find a new plan. Here are your fantasy football hot picks of the week:

QB Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers

Season: 771 Pass Yds, 10 TDs, 74 Rush Yds

He currently leads quarterbacks in all major fantasy football categories. Rodgers is just that good. He has scored 5 touchdown last week against the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s the amount he had for the first two game of the season. He’s just too good to pass on.

RB Darren McFadden – Dallas Cowboys

Season: 82 Rush Yds, 1 TD, 40 Rec Yds, 3 Rec

McFadden had 35 yards and a touchdown last week. It was his best rushing game yet.

RB Lamar Miller – Miami Dolphins

Season: 105 Rush Yds, 77 Rec Yds, 9 Rec

Miller has been dealing with an ankle injury last week, but he still played a nice game against Buffalo. A solid game against the Jets could be what the doctor ordered.

WR Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers

Season: 245 Rec Yds, 4 TDs, 12 Rush Yds, 20 Rec

He has been solid for the start of the season. He scored 3 touchdown last week. San Francisco will not see what hit them.

WR Terrance Williams – Dallas Cowboys

Season: 144 Rec Yds, 1 TD, 9 Rec

After a hard week where he was held without a catch, Williams will have to regroup and lead the receiving core in New Orleans. Somebody needs to step up in the absence of Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.

WR Stevie Johnson – San Diego Chargers

Season: 173 Rec Yds, 2 TDs, 14 Rec

Johnson caught three passes for 46 yards last week. A matchup against Cleveland’s defense is just what he needs to boost up his fantasy value.

WR Andre Johnson – Indianapolis Colts

Season: 51 Rec Yds, 7 Rec

It has been reported by the Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton this week that the team needs to scheme Andre Johnson more targets. It’s a perfect time to showcase his skills against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

TE Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks

Season: 145 Rec Yds, 2 TDs, 14 Rec

Graham finally came back into form last week, nabbing 83 yards and 1 touchdown in 9 receptions. The Seahawks will face the Detroit Lions, who has one of the worst defense in the league.

D Baltimore Ravens

Season: 28 Pts/G, 3 Int, 1 IntTD, 7 Sack

It’s crazy to pick Baltimore Ravens against one of the best offense in the league. Ben Roethlisberger will not play for Pittsburgh due to injury, and Martavis Bryant is still suspended. Baltimore were expected to succeed this year. Potentially losing their 4th straight game since the start of the season should provide enough motivation to play hard.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

QB Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers

RB Darren McFadden – Dallas Cowboys

RB Lamar Miller – Miami Dolphins

WR Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers

WR Terrance Williams – Dallas Cowboys

WR Stevie Johnson – San Diego Chargers

WR Andre Johnson – Indianapolis Colts

TE Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks

D Baltimore Ravens

 

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-1-2015

New York Jets versus Miami Dolphins NFL Fantasy Football Preview 10-1-2015

A battle between two AFC East division rivals across the pound as the Miami Dolphins will meet the New York Jets. Fantasy football draft GMs can tune to CBS on Sunday October 4th from London England at 9:30AM Eastern Time to follow the result of their roster picks.

These divisional foes in their two meetings last year split with each team winning at home. Interesting that the road team has won the past six meetings but this game is played on a neutral field in London England.

The New York Jets suffered their first loss of the year last week in a 24-17 defeat at home to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Jets were mistake prone in the loss by committing four turnovers in the game. They also had a special teams miscue by allowing a punt return for touchdown. They found themselves down 24-7 at the half. The Jets made good halftime adjustments defensively and shut out the Eagles in the second half. Unfortunately the offense produced just ten points and came up seven points shy on the scoreboard losing 24-17. The Jets defensive performance was pretty good by allowing just 123 rushing yards on 39 carries and 108 passing yards to Philadelphia. New York is the top scoring defense in the NFL by giving up just 13.7 points per game. They allow 298 yards of offense to their opponents good for fourth best in the league.

The Miami Dolphins are a 1-2 football team. They opened up with a seven point road win at Washington then dropped games at Jacksonville and in their home opener last week to Buffalo 41-14. It was an ugly loss last week for the Dolphins as they were down 27-0 at the half. Miami had huge problems defending the Buffalo run game by allowing 151 yards rushing in defeat. Another issue for the Dolphins in the game was their tackling which looked amongst the worst of any team competing on Sunday. The Dolphins had a -3 turnover margin in defeat.

New York Jets QB:

Ryan Fitzpatrick

The Jets starting quarterback is completing 62% of his throws for 705 yards with six touchdowns and five picks. Against Philadelphia last week Fitzpatrick went 35 of 58 for 283 yards with two touchdowns and a season worse three interceptions.

New York Jets RB:

Chris Ivory

The veteran back has 34 carries for 148 yards with two touchdowns for 4.4 yards per carry average. Ivory is splitting carries with Bilal Powell.

Bilal Powell

He has an equal amount of carries as Ivory with 34 rushing attempts and he has run for 131 yards and no touchdowns. Powell is running for 3.9 yards a carry this year.

New York Jets WR:

Brandon Marshall

Marshall has been targeted 33 times which is 16 more than any other Jet. He has 23 catches for 272 yards with three touchdowns.

Miami Dolphins QB:

Ryan Tannehill

A recipient of a huge contract in the offseason it’s time for this fourth year starter to lead this team to a playoff spot. Tannehill has completed 61% of his throws this year for 882 yards with five touchdowns and three picks. Those three picks came last week in the loss to the Bills.

Miami Dolphins RB:

Lamar Miller

Miller is looking like a fantasy dud thus far. He ran for 1099 yards and 5.1 yards a carry average last year. In 2015 after three games Miller has 30 carries for 105 yards with no touchdowns and 3.5 yards per carry average.

Miami Dolphins WR:

Rishard Matthews

The fourth year receiver out of Nebraska leads the Dolphins with 16 catches for 262 yards and three touchdowns. Last week against the Bills, Matthews caught six balls for 113 yards with two touchdowns.

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Seattle Seahawks versus St Louis Rams NFL Fantasy Preview

The Seattle Seahawks will look to recover from a heartbreaking Super Bowl loss as they must contend with a division opponent in week one in the St Louis Rams. They meet in this NFL game on Sunday September 13th and fantasy football draft managers can tune to FOX at 1PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their rosters.

In their 2014 meeting the clubs split winning at home. The game held in St Louis was won by the Rams 28-26. Seattle outgained St Louis by 188 yards as they piled up 171 rushing and 292 passing yards on the Rams defense. The difference was the Rams got a touchdown on special teams and went 3 for 3 inside the red zone. Seattle was 3 of 5 inside the red zone and neither team had a turnover.

Russell Wilson:

The Seahawks quarterback was given a new contract over the offseason. With Wilson paid it will impact the amount of depth the Seahawks can provide on both sides of the ball. In 2014 Wilson completed 63% of his throws for 3475 yards with 20 touchdowns and 7 picks.

Marshawn Lynch:

Lynch was productive in 2014 as he ran for 1306 yards and 13 touchdowns with 4.7 yards per carry average.

Jimmy Graham:

The tight end was a new acquisition for the Seahawks coming over from New Orleans in free agency. Graham a season ago caught 85 passes for 889 yards with ten touchdowns.

Tre Mason:

The Rams running back was once again held out of practice due to a hamstring problem.

Todd Gurley:

The Rams first round running back will not play in week one as he recovers from knee surgery in his final year in college.

Benny Cunningham:

Looks like Cunningham would get the start at running back if Mason can’t play in week one. The third year back rushed for 246 yards last year with three touchdowns and 3.7 yards per carry average.

Miami Dolphins versus Washington Redskins Daily Fantasy Draft Preview

The Washington Redskins will look to rebound from a poor 2014 season as they open up against the Miami Dolphins. Fantasy GM’s can tune to CBS on Sunday September 13th to follow up on their roster picks.

Not much series history in this AFC versus NFC battle.

Ryan Tannehill:

Miami made a long term financial commitment to Tannehill. Last year he threw for 4045 yards with 27 touchdowns and 12 picks.

Lamar Miller:

Miller was productive running back for the Dolphins as he ran for 1099 yards and 5.1 yards per carry. He scored eight touchdowns and had 57 first down gains.

Greg Jennings:

Wide receiver Greg Jennings with Minnesota in 2014 grabbed 59 passes for 742 yards and six touchdowns.

Indianapolis Colts versus Buffalo Bills What Fantasy Draft Managers Need to Know

The Rex Ryan era begins in Buffalo on Sunday September 13th as the Bills host the Indianapolis Colts at 1PM Eastern Time on CBS TV.

The latest meeting between these teams was in 2012 with the Colts winning 20-13 at home.

Andrew Luck:

The four year starting quarterback had 40 touchdown passes last year. He completed over 61% of his throws for 4761 yards. He would like to cut down on the 16 picks from a season ago.

Frank Gore:

The former San Francisco 49er was acquired in free agency from San Francisco. He ran for 1106 yards last year with four touchdowns and 4.3 yards per attempt.

Andre Johnson:

The former Houston Texan came along with Gore in free agency. He is a 13 year pro who has seen his production dip considerably last season.

LeSean McCoy:

The Buffalo Bills running back is expected to play on Sunday despite a hamstring problem that sidelined him in much of the preseason.

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