Saturday, December 27, 2014

27inarow.com: 2014 Quick Hitters (Week 17 NFL Picks)


It was an all-around average week last week with an 8-8 record overall, 4-3 record in moderate confidence picks and 4-4 record on the toss-up picks. Time to end the regular season with a bang in my Week 17 NFL Picks. I’m relieved that I get to spend a little more time tinkering with my picks this week because there’s no Thursday game. That gives me a chance to figure out whether a team has no motivation to play and figure out what is a rather easy playoff scenario.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

27inarow.com: 2014 Quick Hitters (Week 16 NFL Picks)

 

It was a third straight winning 11-5 record last week. Would have been even better if not for a 0-3 clunker in prime time games. Can’t help but be impressed by the play of the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys while on the other side, it’s definitely time to give up on the Chicago Bears. I will take credit for a 5-1 record on my moderate confidence picks where I’ve be at my best this season. As I say each and every week, let’s move on from the past and get to the Week 16 NFL Picks.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

27inarow.com: 2014 Quick Hitters (Week 15 NFL Picks)

 

Another successful 11-5 week as the Cleveland Browns choked away my shot at a perfect 2-0 record on my upset picks. Luckily the Baltimore Ravens came through on my other upset pick and I went a comforting 3-1 on my even picks. Enough about the past, let’s get on to the Week 15 NFL Picks. We have an interesting week as this is the time where the really bad teams stop trying and the mediocre teams knock off a contender. The NFC South and their mess of a division has really thrown a wrench into things because they have three bad teams fighting for a playoff spot, thus non divisional opponents have to be on watch. I’ve decided to continue to fade their bad play. Here’s to another successful week in your pick’em pools!


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Thursday, December 4, 2014

27inarow.com: 2014 Quick Hitters (Week 14 NFL Picks)



The Week 14 NFL Picks have arrived! I’m going with a short and condensed version this week because I attended the Wisconsin/Duke basketball game last night. I usually spend Wednesday Night crunching the stats and injuries reports to come up with my picks. I still did the same thing this week, but didn’t have enough time to write out reasons for each pick. We had another successful 11-5 mark and even predicted a Jaguars victory last week. This is the time that teams make or break their playoff chances, so let’s get to it.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

27inarow.com: 2014 Quick Hitters (Week 13 NFL Picks)


The tricky Oakland Raiders kept me from the ultimate and almost impossible perfect sheet this past weekend. I’ll definitely take the 14-1 record in to my Week 13 NFL Picks. Fading the NFC South worked magic for me as all three teams blew winnable games, culminating with the Saints letting a lot of pickers down on Monday Night. We’re seeing history with that division and thank you to the AFC North for backing me and winning all three of your games. I’m not sure I can improve this week, but we do have all 32 teams playing with a season-high three Thursday games. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

27inarow: 2014 Quick Hitters (Week 12 NFL Picks)


A highly successful week ten was followed by a mediocre week eleven. What will be in store as we transition to the Week 12 NFL Picks? In my defense, I believe it’s the first time this season that I posted a losing record (2-3) in my moderate confidence picks. Moreover, we saw five underdogs win straight up and I’m thinking this week might be fairly similar for some reason (which would be bad for my favorite picks). Only two teams are on bye this week; the stumbling Carolina Panthers and hard-to-read Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s the last week for byes, so get ready for the home-stretch in your pick’em leagues.


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

2014 Quick Hitters (Week 11 NFL Picks) @ 27inarow.com

 

We’re back on track after a successful 10-3 record and revving up for Week 11 NFL Picks. Last week couldn’t have went much better as almost everyone also lost on the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints. After having a couple of mediocre weeks, it felt nice to do some research and get back to winning. Week 11 ratchets the action back up with more games. We won’t see the run-heavy Dallas Cowboys, surprising New York Jets, lonely Jacksonville Jaguars or resourceful Baltimore Ravens as they all experience their bye this week.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

2014 Quick Hitters (Week 10 NFL Picks) @ 27inarow.com

 

A truly depressing week 9 as I posted a season-low 6-7 record. I’m looking to hit on my “Lock of the Week” and shore up my toss-up picks in the Week 10 NFL Picks. The New England Patriots have done nothing, but prove me wrong (what a shocker from Bill Belichick …). I also think the pretenders are starting to separate themselves from the contenders. The hardest part about me picking these games so early is that I can’ t stay up to date on all of the injury statuses. That would have helped me tremendously on not picking the Cowboys, Texans or Ravens. No excuses though as we have the impressive Indianapolis Colts, tricky Minnesota Vikings, surging New England Patriots, stumbling San Diego Chargers, iffy Washington Redskins and offensively-challenged Houston Texans all on a bye.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

2014 Quick Hitters (Week 9 NFL Picks) @ 27inarow.com

 

Sorry for the dreadful 8-7 record last week as we transition into the Week 9 NFL Picks. I want to let everyone know that I never feel good when I place below the average in a particular week and it has me left asking whether my pick average is regressing to the mean. Luckily, I keep track of everything and my 1-5 record in “Even” lines pretty much tells you that regression is not necessarily the case yet. Hopefully I can do a bit better on those “Even” games this week to swing my record back in the high percentile of NFL pick’em pools. Week nine sees the embarrassing Atlanta Falcons, trendy Buffalo Bills, imploding Chicago Bears, lucky Detroit Lions, wounded Green Bay Packers and mysterious Tennessee Titans on a bye.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2014 Quick Hitters (Week 8 NFL Picks)

 

Took a chance on four upsets last week and only nailed one of them, giving me a mediocre 9-6 record. We’re basically at the season’s half point and ready to rock the Week 8 NFL Picks. I think we are seeing a trend of notable favorites emerging (Denver, Dallas and Indy to name a few) and some middling teams (Seattle, Cleveland and Houston) giving our picks some trouble. On bye this week is the transitioning New York Giants and beat up San Francisco 49ers.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2014 Quick Hitters (Week 7 NFL Picks)

 

It’s about that time for Week 7 NFL Picks.Despite another winning 11-3-1 week, it was discouraging because the “Lock of the Week” didn’t hit and 11 wins was the average in most pick ‘em pools for the second week in a row. Field goal kickers are killing me on my most confident picks as both the Lions (week 5 versus Buffalo) and Bengals could have won their respective games without shanked kicks. Let’s move on and tackle a week with the surprising Philadelphia Eagles and sputtering Tampa Bay Bucs on a bye.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

2014 Quick Hitters (Week 6 NFL Picks)


We’ve almost completed a third of the season and we came away with another winning 11-4 record, let’s get on to the Week 6 NFL Picks. I did not like this previous week one bit because the average number of correct picks in pick ‘em pools was 11 which means that it was a favorite week almost all the way. Don’t get me started on the Detroit Lions who still self-impose losses on themselves and ruin my “Lock of the Week.” There’s no way the public gets to 11 wins this week as there’s all kinds of juicy value plays and intriguing home underdogs. The disappointing New Orleans Saints and emerging Kansas City Chiefs are on a bye.


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2014 Quick Hitters (Week 5 NFL Picks)

 

Hit on both of my upset picks for a respectable 9-4 mark last week, so let’s get started on the Week 5 NFL picks! Thank you to the New York Giants (blew up Washington on Thursday) and Kansas City Chiefs (dominated New England on Monday) for being the teams who I thought you were. Glad to see the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders go on bye because both are highly inconsistent teams. Both the Dolphins and Raiders are probably a little better than public perception would say, so keep your eye on these teams going forward.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

2014 Quick Hitters (Week 4 NFL Picks)


Fresh off a season-best 12-4 mark, it’s time for Week 4 NFL Picks. Can we continue what’s been a solid season so far? Last week could have been even better if I didn’t switch off the San Diego Chargers right before I published my picks. It was fun to see them buck the trend of west coast teams traveling east for an early game. Bye weeks are here and we’re without three of the best teams in the league in the Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks who collectively have accounted for a lot of successful picks. I’m glad to not see the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns or St. Louis Rams this week.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2014 Quick Hitters (Week 3 NFL Picks)


Time for Week 3 NFL Picks has arrived after another solid 10-6 week when all kinds of crazy happened around the league. Sorry about the fail on last week’s “Lock of the Week,” as it’s never easy to win when the Bucs lost their best defensive player in Gerald McCoy. Tampa Bay still almost beat the Rams with absolutely no pass-rush at all. New Orleans and Seattle also dropped precarious games on the road, but that just goes to show you how dangerous home underdogs are. On to this week’s picks!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

2014 Quick Hitters (Week 2 NFL Picks)


Overreaction week is upon us and it’s time for us to get ahead of the public with Week 2 NFL Picks. Week one was a moderate success in my opinion as I hit on two of my four upset picks and nailed my Lock of the Week. My favorite part about overreaction week is that most people will expect teams to look just like they did in week one which is the wrong way to go about it.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2014 Quick Hitters (NFL Week One Picks)


Rejoice, the NFL season is back and I’m here to help you win your pick’em league and give you some green on Streak for the Cash. Each and every week, I’ll post the opening Vegas lines and give you brief analysis on who you should pick straight up in every NFL game.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

And the Winner of 2014's BEST DRAFT is ...

Each and every season I take a look at our fantasy draft and attempt to name who I think had the best draft. Additionally, I like to take a poke at every team because I feel that I’m a fantasy expert (which is entirely debatable since I’ve never won the Championship in this league). I would only counter with that I actually do get paid (from Rotowire) to provide fantasy advice, so hahaha!

As for Best and Worst pick, these are based on value and how safe/risky a certain pick was. I’m not determining who the best and worst player on your team is.

After you check out the article, please make an effort to change your team name as I also reward someone for that honor each season.

Here’s a full transcript of the 2014 NFL Fantasy Draft.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fun With Lines: 2014 British Open Edition



In my newest feature, I take a look a at a specific bet and break down the lines to provide some entertainment and insight on how to make some money. Future bets are extremely underrated in my opinion as there’s always some value to be obtained.

The 2014 Home Run Derby was a success as Yoenis Cespedes completed the rare repeat. I’m taking credit for this as I provided a confident green on the Streak for the Cash pick involving the three favorites.

Now we turn to golf, more particularly the third major or British Open (aka The Open Championship). The Open returns to Hoylake Royal Liverpool this year. The last time the tournament was here, in 2006, Tiger Woods grieved his dead father and beat Chris DiMarco by two shots.

What do we need to know for this year? No worries, I have you covered:

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Fun With Lines: 2014 Home Run Derby Edition



In my newest feature, I take a look a at a specific bet and break down the lines to provide some entertainment and insight on how to make some money. Future bets are extremely underrated in my opinion as there’s always some value to be obtained.

This time around, we take a look at the lines for the winner of the 2014 Home Run Derby which takes place at the beautiful Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Because the Streak For The Cash props have been already released, it’s a bonus to provide insight on them.

Without babbling on about any of the background or last year’s winner, Yoenis Cespedes, here are the lines courtesy bovada:

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fun With Lines: 2014 NFL MVP Edition





In my newest feature, I take a look a at a specific bet and break down the lines to provide some entertainment and insight on how to make some money. Future bets are extremely underrated in my opinion as there’s always some value to be obtained.

The 2014 NFL MVP is the most prestigious individual award and like most awards in football has been taken over by the quarterback position. A signal-caller has taken home the honor in six of the past seven seasons.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Top Ten Fantasy Rookies (AFC Edition)





The most-hyped up NFL Draft EVER has concluded and were left with a ton of possible impact rookies. An interesting tidbit to keep in mind this year is that a record 98 underclassman entered this year’s draft. This could mean that some players’ development will take a year or two longer than it usually would.

In part two of the two part series (read the NFC Fantasy Rookie list here), we delve in to the Top Ten Fantasy Rookies for the AFC Conference.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Top Ten Fantasy Rookies (NFC Edition)





The most-hyped up NFL Draft EVER has concluded and were left with a ton of possible impact rookies. An interesting tidbit to keep in mind this year is that a record 98 underclassman entered this year’s draft. This could mean that some players’ development will take a year or two longer than it usually would.

We’ll kick it off by going over the NFC’s most attractive rookies in a list of the Top Ten Fantasy Rookies.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Streak Journal: Does ESPN try to trick you with MLB Picks?





ESPN’s Streak For Cash posted 59 MLB picks (4/21-4/27) this past week to add to the 76 games I logged in the first week (4/14-4/20).

After analyzing the numbers from week two alone and the numbers as a whole, I was left with the question “Does the Streakmaster purposely pick games he thinks will stump the public?”

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Streak Journal: MLB Picks will be the death of me

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After a temporary hiatus from my weekly column, Streak Journal, I decided to delve back in to my joy for statistics and analysis. My victim this time around is straight up MLB picks because they are plentiful and very statistical based, meaning I can quickly obtain many parameters with minimal calculations and clicks of my mouse.

Another advantage to there being so many MLB props, I’ve decided to keep a running tally for the season and write a couple of articles a week to better inform streakers on the props they are choosing. Hopefully my research and analysis leads to more GREENS!

Over the first week of analysis, I looked at a whopping 76 MLB props on ESPN’s Streak for the Cash!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Can the Wisconsin Badgers match up with Big Bad Kentucky? (backcourt edition)

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The Final Four is here and the most interesting question in Texas this weekend is whether Bo Ryan's Wisconsin Badgers can match up with John Calipari's Big Bad Kentucky Wildcats.

It's the cliché "contrast of styles" with one side yielding experience versus the new "Fab 5" of freshman.

Yesterday, we looked at the frontcourt. Today, we match up Kentucky's uber-talented guards versus Wisconsin's experience and depth in the backcourt.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Can the Wisconsin Badgers match up with Big Bad Kentucky? (frontcourt edition)

Kaminsky and Randle

The Final Four is here and the most interesting question in Texas this weekend is whether Bo Ryan's Wisconsin Badgers can match up with John Calipari's Big Bad Kentucky Wildcats.

It's the cliché "contrast of styles" with one side yielding experience versus the new "Fab 5" of freshman.

In part one of a two-part series, we take a look at Kentucky's lengthy frontcourt up against the Wisconsin's versatile forwards.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Bo Ryan becomes Elite with emotional win in the Elite 8

Bo Ryan cutting down the nets

Bo Ryan haters can retire now because the 66 year-old coach has reached the Final Four. Ryan's Wisconsin Badgers fought tooth and nail to take out the #1 seed Arizona Cardinals in an epic back-and-forth regional final.

Ryan was extra emotional after the game. Mostly because it's the first year his father, Butch Ryan, isn't around to attend the Final Four. Butch would have turned 90 on the day that Bo finally punched his personal ticket to the basketball's paradise.

The stars have aligned to reward a coach and a program that's been an exemplary example for the game of college basketball.

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Tournament Notebook: Elite Eight Picks for 2014

Kentucky Elite 8

I don’t know about you guys, but the 2014 Sweet 16 was one of the best in a long time. I went 6-2 on picks, including upset picks of Dayton and Kentucky. The beauty of the NCAA Tournament is the quick turnaround in consecutive rounds. Here’s my elite eight picks for 2014:

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tournament Notebook: Sweet 16 Picks for 2014


Sweet 16 Field

Cinderellas have joined the party and ratings are up as all is Madness in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. It’s safe to say that a little unexpected and a little expected occurred over the first weekend of games. I’m not sure anyone saw six overtime games though.

Despite all the madness over the second and third rounds, 10 of the 16 teams still alive are seeded 1-through-4. Let’s forget about your brackets and pick the sweet 16 match-ups slated for Thursday and Friday as most of them will probably be straight up on ESPN’ Streak for the Cash.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

How the Wisconsin Badgers match up with the entire WEST region

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Many believe this is the best Wisconsin Badgers team Bo Ryan has ever had during his 13 years in Madison.
That's debatable since he's had teams briefly ranked number one and three teams which won at least a share of the Big Ten Title.

Nonetheless, we will soon find out if it's his best because the Badgers are set up nicely in arguably the year's easiest region.

Here's a comprehensive list of the 15 teams standing in the way of Bo Ryan's first ever Final Four.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Green Bay Packers get upgrade and risk with Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers in Green Bay

On Saturday morning, Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers made a splash with the signing of recently released Chicago Bear and 34 year old defensive end, Julius Peppers.

The deal has been reported to be worth three years and up to $30 million with $7.5 million in guaranteed money.

In the grand scheme of things, the money shouldn't be a problem if Peppers can do the freakishly athletic things he's been able to do for most of his career.

The problem lies in whether Peppers is truly a fit for Green Bay's 3-4 defense and/or whether he has enough left in the tank to make a difference in what was one of the leagues' worst defenses in 2013?

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Streak Journal: Streakers starting to fall behind Vegas on NBA Props

NBA Basketball

Welcome to the seventh installment of my newest weekly feature. The Streak Journal will analyze a group of specific Streak for the Cash (SFTC) props from the previous week.

The purpose of this new journal is to provide streakers with a unique perspective of the props picked by ESPN’s Streakmaster and give you the straight statistics which will hopefully provide some insight to help you build a longer streak.

First Week: Beware of the NBA’s back-to-backs (Jan. 20th-26th)
Second Week: Is March Madness here early (Jan. 27th-Feb. 2nd)
Third Week: Heavy favorites are no sure thing in NHL props (Feb. 3rd-Feb. 9th)
Fourth Week: No such thing as a 99% curse on Streak for the Cash (Feb. 10th-Feb.16th)
Fifth Week: Vegas owned college basketball on SFTC this past week (Feb. 17th -23rd)
Sixth Week: NBA could be the most predictable on SFTC (Feb. 24th - Mar. 2nd)

This week (Monday, March 3rd through Sunday, March 9th), I continued to focus on straight up NBA match-ups because I want to build a larger sample size in order to make see if we can come up with some better risk analysis in regards to NBA props. We had 23 match-ups the first week and oddly enough another 23 for the second week. Here's where we stand so far:

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Is there any realistic way the Wisconsin Badgers can earn a 1 seed?

Bucky

Each and every year March Madness comes rolling along, there seems to be three elite teams who are a lock for a number one seed and a separate group of teams who make it extra hard for the committee to choose a fourth number one seed.

This year the Wisconsin Badgers have entered the fold of those separate group of teams and are battling for the fourth and final top seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

What exactly needs to happen for them to gain elite status in this year’s tournament?

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Streak Journal: NBA could be the most predictable on SFTC

NBA Map

Welcome to the sixth installment of my newest weekly feature. The Streak Journal will analyze a group of specific Streak for the Cash (SFTC) props from the previous week.

The purpose of this new journal is to provide streakers with a unique perspective of the props picked by ESPN’s Streakmaster and give you the straight statistics which will hopefully provide some insight to help you build a longer streak.

First Week: Beware of the NBA’s back-to-backs (Jan. 20th-26th)
Second Week: Is March Madness here early (Jan. 27th-Feb. 2nd)
Third Week: Heavy favorites are no sure thing in NHL props (Feb. 3rd-Feb. 9th)
Fourth Week: No such thing as a 99% curse on Streak for the Cash (Feb. 10th-Feb.16th)
Fifth Week: Vegas owned college basketball on SFTC this past week (Feb. 17th -23rd)

This week (Monday, February 24th through Sunday, March 2nd), I focused on straight up NBA match-ups because the All-Star Break is over and we have a few months to hone down on the secrets behind picking this sport on Streak for the Cash. For those above reasons, I will be spending the rest of March looking at the NBA in order to build an even larger sample size:

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Wisconsin Badgers Sam Dekker shouldn't leave for 2015 NBA Draft

Sam Dekker Slam

Sam Dekker made his debut with the Wisconsin Badgers in 2012 and ever since there has been rumblings of the kid eventually leaving for the NBA.

There's no doubt he should make the jump to the pros, the questions lie in when he's ready to make the jump and will his game translate to the next level?

Our resident basketball expert, David Kay, has Dekker going 19th overall in his 2015 NBA Mock Draft. However, I strongly feel that the young forward should stay through his senior year to be the best prospect he can be.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Streak Journal: Vegas owned college basketball on SFTC this past week

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Welcome to the fifth installment of my newest weekly feature. The Streak Journal will analyze a group of specific Streak for the Cash (SFTC) props from the previous week.

The purpose of this new journal is to provide streakers with a unique perspective of the props picked by ESPN’s Streakmaster and give you the straight statistics which will hopefully provide some insight to help you build a longer streak.

First Week: Beware of the NBA’s back-to-backs (Jan. 20th-26th)
Second Week: Is March Madness here early (Jan. 27th-Feb. 2nd)
Third Week: Heavy favorites are no sure thing in NHL props (Feb. 3rd-Feb. 9th)
Fourth Week: No such thing as a 99% curse on Streak for the Cash

This week (Monday, February 17th through Sunday, February 23), I focused on straight up college basketball props because learning from these will provide streakers with the most help going in to the month of March. When I took a look at college basketball in the second week of the Streak Journal, it was straight chaos. Not so much this time around:

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Streak Journal: No such thing as a 99% curse on Streak for the Cash


Streak for the Cash

Welcome to the fourth installment of my newest weekly feature. The Streak Journal will analyze a group of specific Streak for the Cash (SFTC) props from the previous week.

The purpose of this new journal is to provide streakers with a unique perspective of the props picked by ESPN’s Streakmaster and give you the straight statistics which will hopefully provide some insight to help you build a longer streak.

First Week: Beware of the NBA’s back-to-backs (Jan. 20th-26th)
Second Week: Is March Madness here early (Jan. 27th-Feb. 2nd)
Third Week: Heavy favorites are no sure thing in NHL props (Feb. 3rd-Feb. 9th)

This week (Monday, February 10th through Sunday, February 16), I focused on Streakers instead of a specific sport, particularly props tilted 95% or more towards one side of the prop. I came up with this idea because I wanted to support or dispute the claim of a “99 percent curse” or “trap game” and here’s what I found:

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Fresh Perspective Two Round Mock: Teddy at the Top

Nick Grays

Nick Grays

Grays covers college football and basketball for RotoWire while keeping an emphasis on scouting prospects.
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1. Houston Texans - Teddy Bridgewater*, QB, Louisville (6-3, 205)


I had Bridgewater here in my first mock and I don’t see that changing. The Texans simply don’t need Jadeveon Clowney and Bridgewater has all the tools to be valuable in Head Coach Bill O’Brien’s system.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Streak Rumor Mill: Big 12 college basketball special


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In addition to my weekly feature entitled Streak Journal, I thought it would be beneficial to take a look at rumors that could have a direct effect on ESPN’s Streak for the Cash props.

Welcome to the Streak Rumor Mill which more specifically examines big stories swirling around the world of sports and their speculated impact on the game of Streak for the Cash.

This week I focus on college basketball because it’s been quite frankly brutal to predict this month and it’s not going anywhere as we head to conference tournaments and March Madness.

Here’s what is milling around this week:

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Streak Journal: Heavy favorites are no sure thing in NHL props


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Welcome to the  third installment of my newest weekly feature. The Streak Journal will analyze a group of specific Streak for the Cash (SFTC) props from the previous week.

The purpose of this new journal is to provide streakers with a unique perspective of the props picked by ESPN’s Streakmaster and give you the straight statistics which will hopefully provide some insight to help you build a longer streak.

First Week: Beware of the NBA’s back-to-backs (Jan. 20th-26th)
Second Week: Is March Madness here early (Jan. 27th-Feb. 2nd)

This week (Monday, February 3rd  through Sunday, February 9), I focused on NHL Hockey match-ups before they take a break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics and here’s what I found:

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Badgers Fans should be all in for Ryan Suter in 2014 Sochi Olympics

Ryan Suter Olympics

Americans typically have no problem getting exciting to watch the Olympics which is completely understandable because we have undoubtedly some of the best athletes in the world.

However, what makes Americans the most excited about "The Games," is when they can cheer on for a local hero.

The state of Wisconsin is in for a treat in the 2014 Sochi Olympics because former Badgers defenseman and Madison, Wis., native Ryan Suter is one of the top dogs on the United State Hockey Team.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Streak Journal: Is March Madness here early?


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Welcome to the second installment of my newest weekly feature. The Streak Journal will analyze a group of specific Streak for the Cash (SFTC) props from the previous week.

The purpose of this new journal is to provide streakers with a unique perspective of the props picked by ESPN’s Streakmaster and give you the straight statistics which will hopefully provide some insight to help you build a longer streak.

First Week: Beware of the NBA’s back-to-backs (Jan. 20th-26th)

This week (Monday, January 27 through Sunday, February 2), I focused on Men’s College Basketball featured on ESPN’s family of networks (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU and even ESPNNews) and here’s what I found:

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Streak Journal: Beware of the NBA’s back-to-backs (27inarow.com)


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Welcome to my newest weekly piece. The Streak Jounal will analyze a group of specific Streak for the Cash (SFTC) props from the previous week.

The purpose of this new journal is to provide streakers with a unique perspective of the props picked by ESPN’s Streakmaster and give you the straight statistics which will hopefully provide some insight to help you build a longer streak.

This week (Monday, January 20 through Sunday, January 21st), I focused on straight-up NBA props and here’s what I found:

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

All Hail the 2013 Champion: Jason Szmanda (Interview)


1.) Any opening comments about your fantasy championship?

"It was a really fun season for me, and there was a ton of great competition every week, so thanks to everyone for putting so much in! A ton of games could've gone either way, but things worked out for me this year. I don't even know if I've made the playoffs since taking 2nd in my first or second year with the league.. It's been a while. So that feels good. I think what stands out most for me in terms of my roster is the rotating door at QB. I lost Bradford and Locker to IR, and I gave up on Roethlisberger early. I eventually traded Martellus Bennett for Kaepernick, who got luke-warm at the right time. Bennett would be missed after Gronkowski's IR exit a few short weeks later, and Cecil Shorts rounded out my IR list. I guess it's true that the QB position just isn't as important anymore.. I made up for my injury struggles with a ton of action on the waiver wire, including hot pickups like eventual starters Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead."


2.) Was their a so-called defining moment to your 2013 Championship season? Something you will always remember from this special year?

"If I had to pick one defining moment for the season, I would have to pick the week 2 matchup with Matt McCarthy in which we tied at 135.3 points, and I squeaked out a victory on the bench point tie-breaker, 73.1- 72.9. Big Ben was my Monday night hero, getting me just enough points in junk time after throwing a late INT. Also factoring in to the win was Emanuel Sanders, scoring 10.3 on the bench from the arm of Roethlisberger and ultimately propelling me to the narrow victory. Tony Grande estimated the probability of this narrow a victory at 1 in 200,000."

3.) Who's your fantasy MVP this season?

"Fantasy MVP has to go to Lesean McCoy, finishing 2nd at his position with 304.6 points. Thank. You. Shady."

4.) What's your thoughts on the diminishing value of the running back in fantasy?

"I think the role of the fantasy RB has taken a hit with the current trend in the NFL, but our league is structured in a way that helps to neutralize that. I think it's just important to look for different qualities in the backs that you do start, and maybe start WRs more often at the flex."


5.) Do you have any rule change that you would like to propose to the group? 

"As far as the rule change, I think I want to see the bench involved a little more with scoring.. Either a bench victory adding a few points to a score or one more flex spot.. the ability to start a TE at flex.. What do you think Nick? Should we open this to the group? I just feel like bench depth is too under-valued. What do you think?" 

What did you think of Jason's Championship Season? Let me know by commenting below! 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Falling Quarterbacks: Fresh Perspective 1st Round Mock (Rotowire.com)

The 2014 quarterback class has overshadowed a draft that’s loaded with great depth at wide receiver and numerous defensive positions. This mock has only three quarterbacks going in the first round, however, allowing the wideout talent to shine through with seven selections.

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1. Houston Texans - Teddy Bridgewater*, QB, Louisville (6-3, 205)


What sets Bridgewater apart from the rest of the quarterback prospects is his exceptional football IQ and polish as a passer.


2. St. Louis Rams (from WAS) - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M (6-5, 305)


Not many expect Matthews to go ahead of college teammate Johnny Manziel, but I'm standing by it with this projection. The Rams need tackle help to protect Sam Bradford, who's coming off an ACL tear.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Previewing the 2014 NFL Draft’s Prospective Quarterback Class (27inarow.com)


Teddy Bridgewater

What does each of the NFL’s four remaining playoff teams have in common?

The San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots each have established quarterbacks who are cemented in their respected roles.

Heck, the Broncos and Patriots have two of the best quarterbacks EVER in the great Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

Teams without one of these great signal-callers shouldn’t get down on themselves too much because there’s a fresh new class of prospects ready to take a roster when the 2014 NFL Draft comes around in May.

Here’s a look at the guys who will be fighting for starting jobs next fall:

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco: brutally honest playoff preview

Kaepernick vs. Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers hosting a wildcard playoff game at Lambeau Field seemed impossible to imagine just a month ago.

But here they are, welcoming the San Francisco 49ers in to the frigid cold for a shot at traveling to either Seattle or Carolina for a shot at the NFC Championship Game.

Can quarterback Aaron Rodgers build upon his monumental return by knocking off a 49ers team that has given the Packers all kinds of fits over the past two years?

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Wisconsin couldn't stop South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl

Connor Shaw Capital One Bowl

Wisconsin had no problem running the ball as Melvin Gordon and James White combined for 250 rushing yards to become the first duo in FBS history to mount 1,400 rushing yards each.

The problem was stopping the South Carolina Gamecocks who did whatever they wanted offensively en route to a 34-24 victory over Wisconsin in the 2014 Capital One Bowl.

Bucky and the Badgers keep reaching significant bowl games, but just can't find a way to win as they drop their fourth straight bowl contest.

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