Happy Friday to all!
Today, I would like to begin by sharing my picks for today’s match-ups…
PIT (-125) @ CIN – I picked Pittsburgh in this contest because the Pirates are facing a young arm whom of which owns an ERA that is sub-par (6.13). The Pirates are also coming off a three game series against arguably the leagues best team in the Dodgers. Look for them to put up a lot of runs tonight. Picking the OVER might not be a bad idea for this contest as well.
HOU @ LAA (-105) – The Astros are actually the favorites in this game. The line is pretty close leaving some “vig” and/or “juice” for the Angels’ pick. I went with the Angels for two particular reasons. First, the Astros are not playing particularly good baseball right now, their bats are beginning to slow up (bad timing on their part). Second, the Astros are pitching their fourth starter (Collin McHugh) who has been injured for the majority of the season. Also, it never hurts to gamble on teams playing on their home dirt.
BAL @ BOS (o/u: 10) – OVER. I chose the over in this match-up because the Orioles bats are coming off a day of rest and getting to face an arm they are very familiar with (Rick Porcello). Porcello has been very susceptible this season to giving up homers; especially at home, I might add. Look for this game to be a slug-fest from the get-go!
NE @ DET (o/u: 43.5) – UNDER. I chose the under becasue for starters it is a preseason NFL game. If you were to go through all of the NFL preseason games that have been played thus far, you would see that more than half of the games have finished UNDER. Facts are facts. However, as I have said time and time again, preseason NFL games are tough to gamble on because you just never know what you are going to get from the athletes in these seamlessly meaningless games.
Fantasy Football drafts are right around the corner. Some of us are scrambling to get an idea of who we want to draft, while others have been studying and preparing for the 2017 draft since the conclusion of last season. Regardless, here are a few tips to keep in mind leading up to your draft day:
- Do not pick a defense too early.
- Do not get caught up in a position run. What I mean by this is to not find yourself in the forth round having only RB’s selected on your team.
- The myth about waiting to take your QB after the second round is bogus! If your have the opportunity to snag a solid QB in the first or second round that is projected to get you a lot of point, then pick him up!
Lastly, here are some players that have performed well in the past (in terms of fantasy football) that have been overlooked in recent years.
- QB: Philip Rivers (LAC) – 2016 season fantasy points= 355.0
- RB: Carlos Hyde (SF) – 2016 season fantasy points= 169.1
- WR: Willie Snead (NO) – 2016 season fantasy points= 113.5
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