Week 1: Free MNF PICK!

9/11/22

By: @DawgGotPicks

9:35 PM EDT

Week 1: Free MNF PICK!

As we all know, Seattle coach Pete Carroll knows a little something about the opposing QB. 

After all, Russell Wilson played for him for a decade. 

The Seahawks, who were 12th in points allowed a year ago, will hope to find a plan to keep the Broncos, who were 23rd in scoring, at bay. 

When it comes to the offense contributing to the under hitting, QB Geno Smith takes over. That is clearly a significant drop-off from a QB of the caliber of Russell Wilson. 

Carroll, a lifelong supporter of the ground game, will adhere to his origins and keep the clock ticking.

The Pick: Under 44.



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Two GREAT NFL Week 1 Picks you should trail

Two GREAT NFL Week 1 Picks you should trail

By: @OOSSports

9/11/22

Two GREAT NFL Week 1 Picks you should trail

Ravens @ Jets | 09/11 | 1:00 PM EDT

Preview & Pick:

Caesars just dropped the spread below 7 Friday, so I’ll take advantage of the new number while it’s still around. Since Lamar Jackson and the team weren’t able to reach an agreement concerning an extension of his contract, I sense Jackson will play with a chip on his shoulder. The Jets have a number of important injury problems on the offensive line, and it has been ruled that Duane Brown will not play today. Of course, the Jets will start the aging and slow Joe Flacco. At the beginning of August, Mekhi Becton went down with a knee injury that ended his season.  The Jets’ record against the spread in their previous 12 September games is a horrific 1-11.  Since John Harbaugh gets his team ready for the season by genuinely caring about winning in the preseason, I am optimistic every year that the Ravens will always get off to a fast start annually. 

The Pick: Take the Ravens -6.5 (-110)

Saints @ Falcons | 09/11 | 1:00 PM EDT

Preview & Pick:

Since 2014, NFL Divisional opponents that have clashed in Week 1 have seen the underdog cover in 76% of those games. That trend has continued since that day. We have six of those games this weekend to kick off the season as a matter of fact, including this one. With that being said, if you want to cheer for an underdog, look elsewhere.  The Saints have beat the Dirty Birds four straight times, good for the franchise record. In fact, they haven’t lost in the “A” since 2017.

The Falcons had a record of 0-7 against the spread at home last season. As a matter of fact, the only “home game” they  covered last season was against the New York Je s last season, and that was in London. The one thing the Falcons did well last year was preventing sacks, but a large part of that was thanks to Matt Ryan evading pass-rushers himself, who is obviously no longer with the team. Unfortunately for him, the Saints defensive front specializes in just that, and he’ll have to take those sacks. It seems improbable Mariota will be able to match up with the production that Jameis Winston will put up against this defense. 

THE PICK: Take the Saints -5.5 (-110)

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CFB Week 2: Four Free VALUE Picks

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9/7/22

CFB Week 2: Four Free VALUE Picks

The second week of the College Football season is among us, and although this weekend of games does not stretch from Thursday to Monday like last week did, we definitely have some intriguing matchups on our hands this weekend. In this article, we are going to be looking at four different FREE picks that we believe have extreme upside, value, and will cover. With that being said, lets get to out first matchup this Friday….

LOUISVILLE @ UCF | 09/09 | 7:30 PM EDT

I’ll be candid, I have no explanation of why the spread isn’t two touchdowns in favor of UCF. John Rhys Plumlee, who led the SEC in rushing in 2019, is the ideal quarterback for Gus Malzahn’s run-first, up-tempo system.

Last week, the Cardinals were trounced by Syracuse by a result of 31-7 after amassing just 334 total yards. To stay in the game, Louisville will have to turn this Friday night matchup into a shootout, but there is very little indication that the Cards can do so.

THE PICK: UCF -5.5 (-110)

DUKE @ NORTHWESTERN |09/10 | 12:00 PM EDT

The O/U for this game is 58.5?! 

Northwestern’s redemption tour from their 2021’s failures has so far produced one satisfying W, a comeback victory over Nebraska in Ireland. The Wildcats now play a Duke team that routed them a season ago.

The Cats are a different team now though, managed by first-year HC Mike Elko, a former Texas A&M and Notre Dame defensive coordinator.

Following a shutout against Temple, Elko’s Wildcats are expected to perform well on defense primarily, as that is his expertise.

Although this Northwestern team displayed some hope against Nebraska, I think the value seems to be intrusting both defenses to execute effectively.

THE PICK: U58.5 (-110)

ALABAMA @ TEXAS | 09/10 | 12:00 PM EDT

The Longhorns’ 52-10 victory over a bad Louisiana-Monroe squad last weekend must be taken into account. The Warhawks lacked the talent to expose Texas’ vulnerabilities. No. 1 Alabama, on the contrary, absolutely does. Will Anderson and co. should prey on the young offensive line of the Longhorns, which features two true freshmen, slow running back Bijan Robinson, meaning Bama will force rookie QB Quinn Ewers to beat them through the air if they want a shot at winning.

Bryce Young, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, will face a defense that had only 20 sacks last season and gave up too many big plays on the back end. Texas is currently on its journey back, but it won’t be close on Saturday.

THE PICK: ALABAMA -20 (-110)

TENNESSEE @ PITT | 09/10 | 3:30 PM EDT

This Tennessee offense has the ability to be effective, quick, and dangerous. With that being said, I believe in the Panthers D-Line that is eight or nine players deep.

This will be pivotal in a game where the depth up front for Tennessee will be certainly challenged.

On the other side, the Panthers will do everything they can to wear down a suspect Tennessee defense, and at the very least, keep Tennessee’s offense on the sidelines. Take the under.

THE PICK: U66.5 (-110)

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Five SOLID Late-Round RBs to target with value: Fantasy Football 2022

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9/4/22

Five SOLID Late-Round RBs to target with Value: Fantasy Football 2022

In fantasy football, the majority of us can agree that the most vital position to fill while constructing a championship-winning roster is the running back position. With injuries and the diminishing shelf-lives of premier running backs shortening, it is always a smart idea to have competent back-ups who can put points on the board if your main bell-cow RB is out. In this article, we’ll look at five running backs that are often available in fantasy football drafts in Round 10 or after. This season, each back on this list is going to see significant playing time, and will more than likely get opportunities to emerge into RB1s.

Disclaimer: This list is in no order

Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams (ADP 11.4)

With Cam Akers on the IR, Henderson stepped in as the Rams’ starting RB in 2021. He had a stellar first eight games of the season, posting double-digit carries in all of them, and finding the end-zone 7-times during this stretch. The RB appeared to be one of the league’s best fantasy running backs early in 2020 and 2021, before being hampered by injuries both seasons.

The 24-year-old took only 23 offensive snaps in the final six regular-season games and didn’t play in the first three rounds of the playoffs. He returned in time for the Super Bowl though, where he was utilized as a third-down back, while fellow RB Cam Akers took a majority of his snaps during earlier downs.

The Rams appear to be comfortable with their two-back committee heading into the 2022 season. Sony Michel left in free agency for Miami, and the Rams only staked a fifth-round pick to replace him. Henderson could play on passing downs while also receiving some carries, just like the Super Bowl. When this is his job, he should only be in fantasy lineups as an emergency.

Nonetheless, Henderson should be drafted for the weeks when he does not have that role. Henderson could reclaim his starting spot for the Rams if he outperforms Akers or if Akers is injured. When healthy, Henderson is one of the most powerful handcuffs, making him a must-start if Akers spends any time as the starter.

Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions (ADP: 13.2)

As we know, Williams spent the first four seasons of his career in Green Bay with Aaron Jones. Despite missing two games, he finished as RB35 in 2019, whereas Jones finished as RB2. Jones missed two games in 2020 and Williams capitalized, finishing in the top 10 amongst fantasy RBs both weeks.

As we all know, he signed with the Lions last offseason joining D’Andre Swift as the two main backs in D-Town. During games in which both players played and were not sidelined, their carry splits were EXACTLY 50/50. Although  Swift had more explosive runs, which led the rookie to have slightly more rushing yards, Williams was more consistent on a run-by-run basis, that led to a higher rushing grade, according to PFF.

A healthy offensive line should certainly help both backs boost their productivity. Last season, the Lions never had all five of their offensive lineman healthy and available at the same time. Only a season later, the Lions find themselves in a completely different situation up front on offense, featuring a stout line that could be one of the best in the NFL,  which will help open up holes for both players.

Williams does have some stand-alone value and potential as well, notably against weak run defenses. The better the Lions operate as a unit, the more they will be able to run the ball, which will favor Williams above Swift. If Swift ever gets injured, Williams should be the team’s clear every-down back and will be a must-start in fantasy.

Jerrick McKinnon, Kansas City Chiefs (ADP: 18.6)

McKinnon signed with Kansas City in 2021 and managed to earn one of the squad’s three RB spots. During the first month of the season, he was limited to single-digit snaps each game before Clyde Edwards-Helaire sprained his MCL. He finally started playing, but he wasn’t receiving many opportunities to touch the ball.

Once Edwards-Helaire recovered, McKinnon missed several games due to a hamstring problem that landed him on IR. After McKinnon returned, CEH sustained another injury (shoulder) and was sidelined once again.  McKinnon was then promoted to the starting lineup when backup Darrel Williams experienced a toe injury. Over three playoff games, he ran for 150 yards on 34 attempts and hauled in 14 receptions for 165 yards respectively.

McKinnon stiff-arming Jordan Poyer

Kansas City was content with Williams leaving for Arizona in free agency after McKinnon’s postseason success. The Chiefs played their starters frequently during the preseason, suggesting that McKinnon will indeed be their third-down back this season.

Kansas City is uncertain who will back up Edwards-Helaire on early downs. Isiah Pacheco, a seventh-round rookie, made headlines during the preseason playing with the first team, while new signing Ronald Jones played snaps in the final preseason game. McKinnon has so far displayed what he can do for the Chiefs in early-down situations.

If he can play on some early downs as well as third downs, he might start having performances similar to the ones he had in last year’s playoffs. Selecting running backs in high-scoring offenses featuring fluid backfields is always a wise choice. McKinnon is extremely affordable ADP wise as a result of Pacheco’s rise, but adding him to your roster later on in your draft will most likely reap some benefits.

Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles (ADP: 11.1)

The 23-year-old running back spent the 2021 season in Philly as part of a four-man committee, largely as a receiving back. He had at least five targets in five games, including their final two games of the season, and had one of the highest threat rates in recent memory for a rookie running back.
He had at least five targets in five games, including their final two games of the season, and had one of the highest threat rates in recent memory for a rookie running back.
Despite being a pass-catching back, he logged double-digit carries three times a season ago, two times during blowout wins when the Eagles were missing their other backs, and the other in Week 18, when the team rested its starters. This season, he could take on a prominent role in the run game.

Outside of an undrafted rookie, the Eagles have not re-signed Jordan Howard or acquired any new players to put in their backfield. Gainwell is the Eagles’ sole back under contract through 2022, so they’ll need to see what they’ve got in him prior to next season. Philadelphia also plans to pass more this season, meaning there will be more plays in which Gainwell is the likely the running back in the formation. Miles Sanders is the team’s top rusher, but he’s been one of the league’s least efficient, with the fourth-lowest PFF run grade among the 30 backs with 400 or more carries over the last three seasons — two of the three running backs with a lower grade are already out the league.

Philadelphia must undergo a change.

Gainwell is unlikely to become a full-time three-down back, but several running backs have had top-10 fantasy seasons with high target shares and averages of just less than 10 touches per game, which is certainly within Gainwell’s range of outcomes in 2022.

Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears (ADP: 13.0)

The 2021 sixth-round draft pick was the Bears’ third back on the depth chart starting last season, but he only played nine offensive snaps mostly in garbage time over the first month, before David Montgomery landed on IR for five weeks. Herbert and Damien Williams split time in Week 5, and Williams missed Week 6 due to COVID-19, allowing Herbert a chance to impress. Herbert generated 38.2 PPR points in the two weeks following for any fantasy manager bold enough to start him. By mid-season, Montgomery had returned as the stater, but Herbert remained ahead of Williams on the depth chart and took more reps.

On a small sample size, the 5-foot-9 back looked excellent.  There is potential danger that he will regress with more playing time, but the goal of the mid-to-late rounds in fantasy drafts is to take a gamble on a player who has played well in a limited amount of time.

Herbert’s fantasy value has improved this summer, as the Bears let Williams go to the Atlanta Falcons in free agency and only allocated a sixth-round pick in addition to a waiver wire pickup that will fight for the third spot on the depth chart. The Bears hired defensive-minded head coach Matt Eberflus this offseason as well, while former Green Bay Packers quarterback coach Luke Getsy was appointed as the Bears new passing game coordinator. The Packers utilized a split backfield in Getsy’s prior time with the team, and it might not be a bad idea to implement it in Chicago. Montgomery’s 1,401 offensive snaps over the last two seasons are the second-most for a running back.

If Chicago takes this approach, Herbert may be given more rushing opportunities while Montgomery manages the passing downs, offering Herbert some fantasy value every week. If Montgomery had been injured, Herbert would be a fantasy starter yet again, with very little competition from backups.

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Free MLB PICK 8/22/22 | Marlins @ Athletics | 9:40 PM EDT

8/22/22

By: OOSSports

Free MLB PICK 8/22/22 | Marlins @ Athletics | 9:40 PM EDT

It’s a new week, that means it’s time for a new and valuable pick to start off the week. Tonight, we are rolling with a baseball pick between maybe the two worst offenses in the entire league, and you will see why.

MLB | MIA @ OAK | 9:40 PM EDT

Some bookmakers have this contest at 7 runs, while others have it listed it at 7.5, but I prefer it at 7.5 (under is the -120 favorite) and I am predicting a 2-3, 3-4 type of game max between these two offensively incompetent squads. The Fish score four runs so rarely that whenever they do, they start celebrating as like they just won it all.

Pic via Fansided

Edward Cabrera (1.78 ERA) has not yielded a run in his last three previous starts on the bump. His scoreless streak of 14.2 innings is the longest by a Marlins rook since Henderson Alvarez recorded 3 consecutive scoreless starts. Oakland has scored fewer runs than only Detroit. I imagine there is going to be a lot of empty seats at tonight’s matchup.

THE PICK: UNDER 7.5 RUNS

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Pats rookie turning heads in training camp

8/5/22

By: OutOfSightSports

Pats rookie turning heads in training camp

Prior to training camp, Tyquan Thornton voiced his intention to grow into more than just a speedster. The rookie wide receiver for the New England Patriots desired to develop into a complete player at his position.

Just seven practices in, it is apparent that although he isn’t there just yet, he is heading in the right direction. Thornton has showed outstanding elusiveness, mental focus, and hands during 1-on-1s and team drills.

As a byproduct, some of the Patriots best passing plays from ended with the pigskin in his hands. Unsurprisingly, his fellow wide receivers have also been impressed by the rookies abilities on the field and his devotion to becoming a better player and an intrinsic component to the Patriots’ offense

Fellow teammate Nelson Agholor had this to say about the second-rounder,

“I see a guy that’s just working hard every day. He’s having fun, and I think I like where he is mentally. He has a growth mindset, and he practices really hard, takes great notes. I think every day, he’s just going to keep on getting better, and that’s important for him and his journey.”

The Patriots traded up in the second round of this year’s draft to select Thornton, and his exceptional speed was a major factor in that decision. The Baylor product ran a 4.28-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine, which was one of the best times since testing began 35 years ago and the fastest among wide receivers present.

This speed has been on display thus far in camp. New England also utilizes Thornton on special teams, where he has numerous opportunities as a gunner with the punt coverage unit.

Fellow wide receiver Jakobi Meyers is optimistic about his future, even if he doesn’t contribute off the bat,

“He’s going to be a good football player,” Meyers said on Wednesday. “I really do enjoy watching him play. I know what it’s like now that I’ve played a couple of years to kind of just see what guys can do in the league. I feel like he’ll have great future, honestly, because he’s really talented. Just to be fast and quick and catch the ball really well, I’m excited about it.”

Agholor agreed with Meyers, noting that Thornton’s professionalism is another quality that will help him succeed in the professional ranks.

“A level of professionalism is what you need to play in this league, and I think they have a great level of professionalism, all of our young guys,” the second-year Patriot said. “For him, I think there’s a balance of just being calm and just working every day that I like about him.”

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ESPN releases their Top 50 Greatest CFB Defenses Ever, leaving many surprised

7/29/22

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ESPN releases their Top 50 Greatest CFB Defenses Ever, leaving many suprised

ESPN released a list of their 50 greatest college football defenses ever, and it might surprise you. The rankings, lists and comparisons that come out of ESPN, whether it is hockey, baseball, NBA hoops or even softball are always a little questioning.

Here is an example. This is an old article of them suggesting that Victor Oladipo could potentially be THE NEXT AIR JORDAN. Although Oladipo is a good player who has been robbed due to injury, the idea is preposterous alone:

Yes, that is real story. They got THAT caught up in the hype that they were insane enough try to push such a ludicrous agenda like that on their viewers. Anyways, back to the so-called list. I’m not even going to try to start on why this list is wrong, I will have to have a podcast for that. ESPN MAYBE got the first one right. A huge MAYBE.

Here is the top 10, and I will put the story to the whole article with all 50 rankings at the bottom.

ESPN’s Top 10 #CFB defenses of all time

1. 2016 BAMA

2. 2017 BAMA

3. 1956 OLE MISS

4. 1959 LSU

5. 1965 MSU

6. 1939 TENN

7. 2011 BAMA

8. 2011 LSU

9. 1972 MICH

10. 1986 OU

Who got snubbed? Who is overrated? Leave a comment below and let me know what they got wrong or what they got right!

Click HERE to see the full list from ESPN.

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Two Elite WRs Not Participating in Training Camp

Two Elite WRs Not Participating in Training Camp

7/27/22

By: OutOfSightSports

Two Elite WRs Not Participating in Training Camp

Star NFL receivers Deebo Samuel and DK Metcalf will reportedly not participate in training camp drills due to contract disagreements, according to a tweet by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. It was earlier this week that both players showed up to training camp.

Both receivers are entering the final year of their contracts. Metcalf missed mandatory minicamp, but only received a $90K fine. Samuel reported to minicamp, but didn’t do on-field practice, opening the door to a hold-out. The two players would be fined $40K for every day if they held out. The CBA’s recent holdout crackdown includes a clause that would deduct a year of service time after just a week of absences. Samuel and Metcalf will avoid fines by attending camp but not playing.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury tweeted that Samuel still conditioned on the sidelines, while the rest of the team participated in drills today. Fortunately, Samuel’s agent has met with the organization and it is quite possible a deal will be reached.

Kyle Shanahan told the media after meeting with his star receiver:
“Hopefully we can figure something out soon, but we’re in a good place today,” Via (Inman).

Samuel is destined to join the class of receivers signing $20M+ deals. Bridging the gap between Samuel’s initial asking price and the team’s best offer has helped repair relations after he requested a trade in April. Still, there is an obvious divide when it comes to how valuable both sides think Samuel is.

After holding out last offseason, Jamal Adams decision definitely helped inspire Metcalf’s hold-out this year. Adams ultimately succeeded holding out last summer, as he returned to the Seahawks after signing a record-setting contract. Metcalf won’t shatter the market, but he should land a lucrative multiyear contract. Metcalf’s decision to skip minicamp surprised some within the organization as well, but he and Seahawks HC Pete Carroll are optimistic they will find a deal that satisfies both parties. This process will not be completed early in camp. As a matter of fact, a report just last month said a Metcalf deal “hardly seemed like a slam dunk”

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Free MLB Pick 7/16/22

By: @OOSSportsbook

7/16/22

Free MLB Pick 7/16/22 Mariners vs Rangers

Even though I realize the Mariners are playing outstanding baseball and that’s why they’ve won 12 straight games, you’re getting a great deal on the Rangers for that very reason.

After giving up four earned runs in his last two starts, Mariners starter Logan Gilbert hasn’t gone past six innings since May.

Based on the advanced statistics and numbers, I would take the Rangers to cover.

THE PICK: RANGERS ML (+118)

Bridges likely to never play again, and rightfully so

7/15/22

By: OutOfSightSports

Bridges likely to never play again, and rightfully so

Jeff Taylor pictured above

Jeffrey Taylor received a 24-game suspension for domestic violence in 2014, which is the longest in NBA history to this day.

He earned it by doing the following:

“According to the NBA press release, Taylor and the woman got into an argument after a night of heavy drinking, which prompted other hotel guests to summon security.

Then it escalated, so Taylor pushed her into the corridor. She then fell to the ground and hit her head on a different door, causing her to become unconscious.

Taylor also slapped her arm and punched a hole in the wall near his hotel room, according to the press statement he sent.

As reported by the police, the woman received scratches and a bump on her head, but did not seek medical attention.

Miles is in a similar boat, but much worst. This isn’t tied to binge drinking. Also this was his wife, not his girlfriend,

Among other things, he is accused of breaking her nose, wrist, and choking her. (which is a felony itself).

Not to mention, it’s 2022. His case involves his wife posting the photos on social media for the entire world to see.

A disturbing video of his son’s facetime discussion is at the heart of this case as well, and it’s a tough watch to say the least.

The situation for Miles Bridges is far more serious.

Cancel culture wasn’t nearly as prevalent in 2014 as well.

Certainly Miles Bridges will miss the entire 2022-2023 NBA season, and he probably will be in prison instead of the NBA for a pretty long time.

Potential Disaster on the Horizon Days before MLB All-Star Game

By: OutOfSightSports

7/11/22

Potential Disaster on the Horizon Days before MLB All-Star Game

Just days before the MLB All-Star game, concession workers at Dodger Stadium have threatened to go on strike. In a news release Monday, it was announced that 99% of the employees were in favor of going on strike at any moment. Yikes.

A strike could pose a huge problem for Dodger Stadium as it is days away from its first All-Star Game in 42 years. Dodger Stadium employs nearly 1,500 food servers, bartenders, suite attendants, cooks and dishwashers. Unite Here Local 11, a union representing the concession workers, has not provided specifics on the workers’ demands but hopes to negotiate a fair new union contract.

A fan at an iconic “Dodger Dog” concession stand.

Unite Here Local 11’s co-president, Susan Minato, wrote in a statement, “Stadium workers are proud of the role they play to bring fans the best game experience possible. They are the backbone of our tourism and sports industry, yet many struggle to stay housed and to make ends meet. They often live with economic uncertainty because the quality of jobs vary stadium to stadium. No worker should have to continue living like this.”

Freddie Freeman

Minato makes a valid point. Without concession workers, the upcoming All-Star game weekend is going to be a disaster. Hopefully, Levy Restaurants, the Chicago-based company that employs the concession workers, will do what is right so the game can go on.

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Phillies vs Cardinals Free MLB Pick 7/11/22

By: @OOSSPORTSBOOK

7/11/22

Phillies vs Cardinals Free MLB Pick 7/11/22

The Cardinals are looking for a split in this four-game series and I like their chances. In terms of defensive runs saved (-21), Philly is ranked 28th, while the Cards are tied for seventh place in the league (+30).

Pic via: Redbird Rants

With a low-scoring game expected, take the better defensive team as a home underdog. After the game, the Phillies will depart to Canada as well. Also, the injury of MVP hopeful Bryce Harper certainly matters too.

THE PICK: STL ML (+105)

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Braves vs Mets MLB Free Pick 7/11/22

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7/11/22

Braves vs Mets MLB Free Pick 7/11/22

Max Scherzer was dominant in his return from an oblique strain last time out, going six scoreless with no walks and 11 strikeouts against the Reds. Max Fried has been equally dominant, allowing two runs or less in eight of his last 10 starts and one run or less in six of his last eight. Both Maxs are amongst the top ten pitchers in the MLB this season.

THE PICK: UNDER 7.5

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Trade talk over NBA star only lasted 20 minutes

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7/10/22

Trade talk over NBA star only lasted 20 minutes

Trade negotiations between the Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz for Rudy Gobert lasted around twenty minutes. Originally, there were rumors the Atlanta Hawks would be acquiring Gobert in a package built around Clint Capela. When push came to shove, the Hawks were not about to throw all Minnesota did to Utah in exchange. The Hawks, still hopeful to acquire disgruntled superstar, Kevin Durant, never really entertained the idea of a trade for Gobert. Capela remains a Hawk despite Minnesota’s rumored interest in him.

The Utah Jazz traded three-time defensive player and all-star, Rudy Gobert, to the Minnesota Timberwolves in twenty minutes proving to be one of the fastest NBA trade negotiations of all time. Three unprotected first-round picks, a pick swap, 2022 22nd-overall pick Walker Kessler along with four other players is what it took to cement the trade to Minnesota for Gobert.

KAT & his new teammate. Via: ClutchPoints

Talks between Atlanta and Minnesota proved to be a rumor that didn’t make sense to onlookers. During his podcast titled “Please Don’t Aggregate This,” Andy Larson of the Salt Lake Tribune said, “From what I hear, the Atlanta conversations about Rudy Gobert took about 20 minutes is all.” Bleacher Report’s host, Jake Fischer, agreed with Larson saying he “never thought those were going very far.”

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Free MLB Pick 7/7/22: Cardinals @ Braves

By: OOSSportsbook

7/7/22

Free MLB Pick 7/7/22: Cardinals @ Braves

The St. Louis Cardinals & Atlanta Braves will square off once again at Truist Park on Thursday evening.

The Braves have won the first three games of this series too, and hoist a 49-34 overall record and are closing down on the New York Mets in the National League East, a theme we have seen quite often throughout the years.

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Meanwhile, St Louis has a 44-40 overall record and a good roster, but they have dropped their last four consecutive games.

The Cardinals have scored just four runs in their last four games, and two of those games were shutouts.

The Cardinals’ batting average is 4.66, which ranks them 8th in the MLB, while the Braves currently have the 4th best run average in baseball this year, averaging a very respectable 4.77 runs per game.

To date, Atlanta’s pitching staff has been the most impressive aspect of this series thus far and is one of the main reasons this team looked lifeless, and now they look like the champs again.

When it comes to scoring runs, the Braves are 11th in the league at 4.06 runs per contest.

Matthew Liberatore, the Cardinals’ starting pitcher tonight, has a 2-1 record and a 5.56 ERA.

He lasted just 2.2 innings in his last start against the Phillies, allowing seven hits and five runs. For the most part, Liberatore has been subpar this season for the Cards rotation to this point.

Strider, the Braves’ starting pitcher, with a 4-2 record and a 2.87 ERA. He lasted six innings against the Reds, allowing only one hit and one run.

The Cardinals have lost all six of their previous Thursday games (0-6).

When facing the teams from Central Division, the Atlanta Braves have also gone an almost perfect 5-1 against them.

Also, ATL has gone 4-0 in their previous four games against the spread.

Yesterday’s highlights from the Braves shutout W

In this series, the Cardinals have struggled to score, and that will be a problem in this game as well.

Despite having a 2.87 ERA, Strider’s latest outing saw him allow just one hit and one run. 

The Pick: BRAVES -1.5

Strider is going to make it difficult for the Cards to plate runs. Ultimately, I strongly believe that the Braves will be too much for the Cardinals once again today.

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Top Five NFL Quarterbacks Entering 2022

7/6/22

By: Brock Wells (@BrockWells22)

Top Five NFL Quarterbacks Entering 2022

5. Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson is the greatest running quarterback in the history of the NFL and one of the most creative quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. Putting up 1,000-yard rushing seasons like a halfback, Jackson has helped to expand the definition of the quarterback. Coming into 2022, he looks to rebound after a disappointing 2021 season in which he missed five games and the Baltimore Ravens missed the playoffs.

Just 25-years-old, there’s no reason to think Jackson will be unable to return to form. Look for him to lead the Ravens into the playoff picture in 2022. In an AFC North now featuring a rebuilding Steelers team and a Browns team in complete disarray, the opportunity exists for them to compete with the Cincinnati Bengals for the division crown.

4. Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers will likely be in the MVP conversation again in the 2022 season. In this era where the award seems to only go to quarterbacks, Rodgers seems to be the perpetual favorite to win it each year. In terms of his sheer skill and ability, there are very few quarterbacks in the history of the NFL who can touch him. But his lack of willingness to become part of the team that surrounds him is ultimately his downfall.

Rodgers will surely be great again in 2022. Even with the departure of Davante Adams. But how good will the Green Bay Packers be? Will they make the playoffs again just to lose to another team they should surely be able to handle? Seems likely, as this has become the predictable pattern of late for them.

3. Tom Brady

Tom Brady, the greatest quarterback in NFL history, again takes his place among the best quarterbacks on the current scene in 2022. Brady will be 45 for the Buccaneers’ Week One game against the Dallas Cowboys, and clearly has nothing left to prove, as he’s accomplished more than any other NFL player ever has or likely ever will. But don’t tell him that. With Mike Evans and Leonard Fournette returning, he looks to lead one of the league’s most explosive offenses.

Brady’s return to the Buccaneers after a “retirement” lasting, what, a couple of weeks(?), puts them right back in the mix for the NFC in 2022. Or will this be the season he finally starts to play like a 45-year-old? As long as the team around him is built well enough to sustain him, don’t count on that happening.

2. Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes is entering a career defining 2022 season. With the offseason departure of Tyreek Hill, Mahomes has to prove once and for all that he’s the one who made Hill great and not the other way around. He still has Travis Kelce at his disposal, and the arrival of JuJu Smith-Schuster should help the Chiefs’ offense overall. But ultimately, the 2022 season rises or falls with their quarterback.

Mahomes is leading a team in a division that improved substantially this offseason. It’s feasible to assume that any of the four teams in the AFC West could make a play for the postseason. How will the Chiefs respond to this? Until they’ve proven unable to overcome the loss of Hill, safe to say their quarterback will still take them a distance.

1. Josh Allen

Josh Allen is the best quarterback in the NFL at this moment. With the addition of Jamison Crowder this offseason and the rapidly rising Gabriel Davis, Allen has all the weapons he needs to fulfill that title. The Buffalo Bills are exactly where they want to be heading into the 2022 season. One of the clear favorites in the AFC, their quarterback is the number one reason why this is the case.

Allen has the best shot of any quarterback to make his name in NFL history in the 2022 season. Arguably the most physically gifted quarterback to ever play the position, the cards are finally in place for the Bills to run over their AFC East competition and get back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1993.

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Retired WR had CTE Before Death; When will the NFL Properly Address this Issue?

On Tuesday, the family of legendary Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas released findings from a study conducted by the Boston University CTE Center.

Legendary Broncos Receiver Demaryius Thomas

The study concluded that researchers had diagnosed the four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver with Stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Katina Smith, Thomas’ mother, began to familiarize herself with CTE and the symptoms patients deal with. She recognized her son’s changed behavior and how he isolated himself and wondered if he had CTE.

Smith’s statement to the press said,

“He was just so young, and it was horrible to see him struggle. His father and I hope all families learn the risks of playing football. We don’t want other parents to have to lose their children like we did.”

Stage 2 CTE is associated with progressive behavior and cognitive and mood abnormalities. Thomas’ family says he was struggling with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and trouble with his memory in the years before his death.

Broncos WR, Courtland Sutton, pays tribute to his friend.

Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology for the VA Boston Healthcare System, director of the BU CTE Center and VA-BU-CLF/UNITE Brain Bank said,

“Like so many that have gone before, we found stage 2 CTE in the brain of Demaryius Thomas. The question I keep asking myself is ‘When will enough be enough?’ When will athletes, parents and the public at large stop ignoring the risks of American football and insist that the game be changed to reduce subconcussive hits?”

She has a point. I love football as much as the next guy but, when will enough be enough? We are losing guys that have given everything to play the game of football. We all love watching players like Thomas, but none of us want to lose players because of CTE. We have to keep the discussion on the forefront because CTE is not going away, and the repercussions players are dealing with including losing their lives has to end. Thomas shouldn’t be gone. Let’s take the opportunity to continue studies and learn what we can to improve player safety at all levels of football in the future.

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Tweet from Jeanie Buss Garners Much Attention about What’s Next

7/5/22

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Tweet from Jeanie Buss Garners Much Attention about What’s Next

Like so many of us, Jeanie Buss misses Kobe Bryant. Buss doesn’t tweet often, but this past Sunday she wrote, “I miss KB. He would understand and explain everything that I’m not allowed to. Honestly he was the greatest Laker ever. He understood team over self. Meaning your rewards would come if you valued team goals over your own then everything would fall into place. All can reply.”

Her tweet has Laker nation wondering if something was behind her cryptic tweet. Laker nation is in need of change coming off one of the most disappointing seasons in Laker history. Acquiring Russell Westbrook didn’t help the Lakers like they had hoped, but trading him didn’t seem like a viable option with the league’s lack of interest.

The Lakers may have been given a lifeline. There are talks that the Lakers and Nets are in talks about trades centered around Westbrook. The trade would bring Kyrie Irving to Laker nation.

Whether Buss’ tweet was telling of what’s to come for the Lakers is to be seen. Buss would have most definitely sought KB’s opinion on what the Lakers should do. We feel you Jeanie Buss. We all miss KB. Here’s hoping he sends some help from heaven. The Lakers sure need it.

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The Donovan Mitchell Situation: What we know as of now

By: OutOfSightSports

7/1/22

7:45 PM

The Donovan Mitchell Situation: What we know as of now

Mitchell, 25, has been a star since being drafted 13th overall in 2017. Mitchell has averaged 23.9 points, 4.5 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.3 steals throughout his five seasons with the Jazz.

These numbers explain why Mitchell is a prized asset. Past speculation about his future has also generated more interest into the topic. Here is a timeline of what has transpired, who is claiming what, and everything we know up to this point about the situation:

A huge Woj bomb, this helped fuel the speculation even more after the Gobert trade. Will the Jazz rebuild?
Almost all league executives seem to think Spida is on this way out.

Hoop Central is a very solid source, who is virtually never wrong. A must follow on twitter for basketball junkies.
I’m sure letting go of two of his closer friends wasn’t the best of ideas if they want to bring him back.
NBA Beat writer Andy Blarsen believes he may or may not be traded.
Valid point from a valid source.
Nobody really knows for sure.

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The Wizards are showing more interest in this player than anyone else, why?

6/30/22

By: @OOSSports

10:15 PM ET

The Wizards are showing more interest in this player than anyone else. Why?

So far, free agency has been going on for a little more than 4 hours. (feels like 40 already) and a plethora of moves are being made, so here is a move that not many people are talking about but it is actually a good one. According to Carmichael Dave, the Wizards are more interested in John Collins than any other team. Dave’s tweet read:

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“NBA Trade Bombshell: KD Tells Nets Owner he wants out”

6/30/2022

By: OOSSports

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“NBA Trade Bombshell: KD Tells Nets Owner he wants out”

Kyrie Irving is now in, while Kevin Durant wants to leave. What an insane, disappointing year it has been for the Nets and their fans.

According to various sources around the league, KD requested to be traded by the Nets early Thursday. Durant apparently went straight to Nets owner Joe Tsai to break the news, ahead of the start of free agency. ESPN has also reported Nets GM Sean Marks is working with Durant and his agent Rich Kleiman to potentially find a trade destination for the former MVP. According to Yahoo Sports, Durant, who is now 33 would love to be moved to Phoenix, and Miami is also in the talks.

Durant signed a four-year, $194 million contract agreement with the Nets during the offseason prior to the 2022-23 season.

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2022 NBA Draft First Round Scouting Reports: Strengths, Weaknesses, Sleepers and What To Expect From This Class

By: OutOfSightSports

6/23/22

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2022 NBA Draft First Round Scouting Reports: Strengths, Weaknesses, Sleepers and What To Expect From This Class

It’s the morning of the NBA draft, and the trajectory of many teams, players, coaches, front offices and prospects’ fates could be determined by just one pick. Who will get the steal of the draft? Who will be a bust? This time of the year marks a time where trade talks are coming from every direction, and all 30 fan-bases have hope that their teams will be able to improve and take advantage of this NBA draft. Other than the Warriors, who have a perfectly constructed team, all other 29 organizations can completely change the narrative around their team if they play their cards right. This list is in no exact order, and it is not a mock draft. It is a thoroughly written scouting report with everything you need to know about this year’s draft class. With that being said, let’s look at the class!

Chet Holmgren

7-0, 195 PF/C

Gonzaga Freshman 

DOB: 05/01/02 (20.1 yrs)

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Strengths: An extremely skilled frontcourt player who can score everywhere from the floor. Has shown flashes of going coast-to-coast, the ability to attack his defender off the dribble, and can finish at the basket before opposing defenses can get set. Holmgreen has great size at 7’1″ and long arms (7’6″ wingspan) that allow him to alter and/or block many shots. Elite inside collegiate defender who makes up for his lack of strength with his length and IQ in the post, but he’ll definitely need to bulk up to not get pushed around. Has a smooth shot motion with a rapid trigger that can make him lethal in the pick-and-pop. The Gonzaga Product shot a very solid 39% from 3-point range. His 3 point percentage actually was as high as 45% from early December until around the NCAA Tournament. Takes advantage of and attacks less mobile centers and creates solid half-court space for any offense with his outside jumper. Holmgreen has an excellent basketball IQ as well for his age, as he can exploit opponents and make aggressive defenders sweat. Holmgreen’s rapid trigger and ability to put the ball on the court also make him hard to defend off screens. The former Gonzaga Bulldog standout uses his frame and long strides to get to the rim QUICK. Every time he suited up for the Zags he had some notable highlights. His lateral footwork allows him to defend any position and alter just about any shot. Excels at passing with his back to the basket in the post and reading off-ball action. A great defensive rebounder who can move. Has the ball handling and speed to lead the break after grabbing rebounds… His size and skills at his age give him sky-high potential and a seemingly limitless ceiling. We are looking at a prospect who could very well turn into a dominant two-way stud if he works hard enough and expands his range. Ultimately, he’s a very talented bigman with a quality feel for the game. If he keeps growing in size, length (just turned 20) and can stay healthy, he will be a FORCE at the next level.

Weaknesses: His greatest obstacles stem from his 195-pound physique. The ability to add weight while maintaining solid agility and mobility is not very easy. His combination of length and athleticism is unique yet concerning, because the chances him being able to play on the perimeter as a facilitator as he ages is more slim than not. Durability suffers Without higher body strength, that gives way for durability issues in the future. Stronger and more physical  players might bully him under the rim, take away his length, and attack him if the opposition can stop his dribble and put him in tough spots. Doesn’t commit to screens and is known to avoid contact which limits the separation he creates. Gets into foul trouble, averaging around  4 fouls per 40 minutes in first and only campaign at Gonzaga. He didn’t perform too well against elite competition, and honestly vanished for some stretches of time in the tournament. At the beginning of the year, I did not know if Gonzaga was beatable with the team they had. We found out they were.

Paolo Banchero

6’10”, 250 PF/C 

Duke Freshman

DOB: 11/12/02 (19.6 yrs)

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Banchero averaged 17.2 ppg and 7.7 rpg in his lone season at Duke under Coach K, helping them reach the Final Four. The top-three draft prospect is 6’10 with a 7’0.5 wingspan, superb size and length for a team that needs a legit front-court prospect. Banchero was the 2022 ACC Rookie of the Year, first-team All-ACC, ACC All-Rookie team, was named as a second-team All-American. With the success Banchero was able to have in his only season at Duke, he showed that he is legit, and can be so at the next level. 

Strengths: Banchero is the top forward in this year’s class. He is a young, smart and purely talented prospect who uses his power and skill to get to the rack. Not to mention, his quickness gives him a considerable edge when it comes to scoring at the rim. While shooting from deep isn’t his strong suit, he’s confident and an excellent dribbler. In a league developing to smaller, faster-paced lineups, his playmaking and clever passing ability stands out.

Weaknesses: Banchero’s lateral speed improved through his freshman season, but he still needs to work on it to be as effective as possible in the NBA. His shot selection needs to be better in the NBA as his 3-point percentage was lowered by taking out-of range shots at times. His weaknesses are coachable though, and will strengthen with further NBA training and experience.

Jabari Smith

6’10”, 220 PF

Auburn Freshman 

DOB: 05/13/03 (19.1 yrs)

Hometown: Fayetteville, GA

Strengths: Smith is a wiry 6’10 combo/stretch four with long arms which allow him to shoot over defenders… Last year with the Tigers, he was easily one of the best and most confident jump shooters in the nation, especially from long range. He shot an elite 44% from downtown, averaging around 5+ attempts per game in his 17 outings. Like I said earlier, he seems to have the height and size to shoot jumpers in solid defenders grills. A quick, active and determined defender with strong lateral quickness… Possesses solid instincts and has high-IQ anticipation which can help him block shots and swipe ball handers without gambling too hard. The Auburn product is a Multi-functional defender who can guard any position on the perimeter and even in the post. defender too.Averaged 1.5 steals and a block last year. Always plays with energy and is a sound decision maker. Smith displayed quite some poise and maturity for only being a freshman. He pays attention to all the little details too. The Sandy Springs standout is a quality free-throw shooter (80% FT) and a 3-level-scorer. His long strides and quick first step help him slither by similar-sized defenders and to the rim swiftly. An excellent cutter who finishes lobs and layups efficiently… His dazzling, explosive dunks in transition ignites crowds and his offenses. Despite a strong usage percentage of 27%, He only committed 1.8 turnovers per game. His gritty, timely, smart and aggressive defense keeps him out of foul trouble. A two-way forward who has size, length, and “OutOfSight” potential… He can operate as a versatile and mobile player, being a small forward in big lineups, but seems ideally suited to play the 4 considering his power to create mismatches and rebound the basketball. His ability to defend the perimeter is unlike any other top bigs in this draft. With that being said, Jabari Smith has the safest ceiling out of any player in this draft class.

Weaknesses: Given his size and intensity, his rebounding numbers could very well improve at the next level (6.2 per game at AU), but he plays away from the rim a good bit given his ability to stretch out defenses. Not to mention, he had to share front court duties with a solid big man in Walker Kessler which surely altered his rebound totals.. With more strength, he can play more aggressively around the rim. Smith is a decent ball-hander who isn’t the best at creating his own shots. If he can grow as shot creator and ISO threat, he without a doubt will become an even better score. He’s an okay passer who can definitely get better as he grows under NBA development. At times, Smith settles settles for perimeter jumpers and low-percentage mid-range shots due to his hesitancy at times to get to the basket and create for others in half-court action. With only 17 games under his belt in his one and only season with the Auburn Tigers, scouts were given a small offensive sample size, but he has the physical traits to excel with his jump shot. He doesn’t create much space when catching passes at the elbow. Frequently settles for mid-range jumpers on these entries. When he drives, he most oftenly goes to the right, when he goes left he tends to take difficult faders. With that being said, Smith is a stud and probably the lowest risk in the draft thanks to his build, skillset and ceiling. I just don’t see an NBA where Jabari Smith isn’t AT LEAST a key piece of a team’s rotation.

Keegan Murray

6-8, 225 SF/PF

Iowa Sophomore 

DOB: 08/19/00 (21.8 yrs)

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA

Strengths: 6’8″ forward Keegan Murray is projected to be somewhere between the 5th and 9th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Murray is a weapon at forward who will help any team the moment he laces them up. Murray won the Big Ten Tournament MVP as well, leading the Hawkeyes to a conference title. Murray shot 55/39/74 shooting splits and averaged 23.5 PPG and 8.7 RPG last season. Iowa’s forward had the best box Plus-Minus since Zion Williamson too. Murray’s age, 21, could cause him to fall in the draft though. The Iowa Product is a lethal coast-to-coast transition scorer. He attacks the basket with his length and body control. Murray’s post-up game was effective, as he sealed opponents well during his collegiate career. His spin move is extremely effective too. The former Hawkeye forward can punish smaller players who switch onto him because of his aggressiveness and natural ability. He shot a pretty solid 39.8% from three-point range. His catch-and-shoot isn’t anything insane, but he can definitely be a threat. His high-motor is another advantage he has while on the court and his off-ball mobility makes him a vicious cutter.

Against guards, he can defend 3-4. Murray’s on-ball defense demonstrates quality balance and footwork. His length gives him the ability to recover after getting beat on defense. Sincehe understands how to position himself, he was able to average an impressive 1.9 BPG and 1.3 SPG per game last season, respectively.

Weaknesses: The former Hawkeye is not the fastest player, which causes him to have a pretty mediocre first step off the dribble. This allowe opposing guards to be able to shake him off quickly. Murray’s handle is too sloppy, and his playmaking isn’t NBA-caliber yet. Defenders intercepted dozens of his inaccurate passes last year as well as he must become more tidy will the basketball in his hands. He also lacks the ability to consistently run pick-and-rolls as well as he could.

Lastly, Murray’s inconsistent midrange game needs much. much improvement, allowing defenses to play/anticipate his drive rather than his his pull-up jumper. Improved balance would force defenders to respect both channels.

Jaden Ivey

6’4”, 195 PG/SG

Purdue Sophomore 

DOB: 02/13/02 (20.4 yrs)

Hometown: South Bend, IN

Strengths: Jaden Ivey led Purdue to the Sweet 16 last season.  At 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, he has the athleticism to thrive at the next level. 

Ivey has the raw passing ability to act as a combo guard and secondary playmaker. His size gives him versatility every NBA team needs nowadays.Ivey is an electric player with his explosiveness making him a nightmare for opposing defenses. He accelerates like he has a real-life turbo button which he uses to blow by defenders to get to the rack. In the open floor, he can reach a gear that other guys in his class just can’t quite reach in this class. Ivey is deadly in transition and is a very effective, shifty, and downhill guard.

Weaknesses: Ivey’s tough energy and play style can be a gift and a curse, as he may be overly aggressive and out of control on both ends at times. Tends to gamble and reaches often for steals, picking up unnecessary fouls and taking himself out of games… High IQ player, but his level of intensity and eagerness to make plays on defense can get the best of him, forcing him into turnovers by getting caught in no man’s land sometimes. When his speed doesn’t break down the defense’s help side, he demonstrates poor patience and shot selection. Can improve by varying his tempo. Should improve his mid-range game and add 1 and 2 dribble pull up shots while off the 3-point line. Improved passer but not a natural playmaker for others (3.3 apg/2.2 tog); loses his feet to complete passes, which telegraphs and gives defenders time to recover and close passing angles… Ivey possesses some misdirection, but is essentially an average ball-handler who uses his speed and lateral agility… He has a low lift on his jumper and shoots a set shot, which is less of a concern from 3-point range given his improvement this season, but it will make developing his floaters and runners more essential in the NBA. Some consider him a forthcoming point guard, but he’s more of a wing right now.

Bennedict Mathurin

6-6, 205 Shooting Guard/Small Forward

Arizona Sophomore 

DOB:06/19/02 (20 yrs)

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Strengths: Mathurin’s stature, length, strength, and quickness allow him to compete with most perimeter players and has an extremely high ceiling. Mathurin is an intriguing wing prospect with All-Star capability. After a strong Freshman season, he broke out his sophomore year and is now almost guaranteed to be a lottery pick. 

Mathurin is 6’6″ and pretty darn athletic for a wing. He has a strong upper body , excellent base, and is disciplined. He’s not the fastest dude, but he has good burst, a phenomenal quick first step, and plenty of hops. His shot is compact, steady, and soft. He is also a good isolation scorer that  utilizes his exceptional ability to make jumpers which also results in many layups and dunks. The 19- year old was a pretty 37% from deep his sophomore year, and was a solid 77% free-throw shooter that can draw a lot of fouls.

Mathurin needs to become a better dribbler and needs to use his stature more to score at the rim. 

Weaknesses: Mathurin’s inability to create offense off the dribble is his biggest challenge. His Inconsistent defensive intensity lacks at times… He is still developing and learning how to play like a wing… Not the greatest rebounder and gives up offensive rebounds. May struggle against high-energy offensive players because he’s primarily an offensive player. Gets lost on defense sometimes due to ball-watching, and can be overpowered during boxouts. He definitely needs more transition defense energy too. His free-throw percentage dropped from 84% to 76%, but his volume and mechanics are good. Smaller guards can blow past him, as his lateral agility and anticipation lacks on defense a little too often. It will take time for him to become a solid shoot creator, but he has the tools and potential to develop it in a few years. Not the largest wingspan, but nice size with a wingspan approximately 2-3 inches larger than his height…

Dyson Daniels

6-7, 195 SG/SF

G-League International 

DOB: 03/17/03 (19.3 yrs)

Hometown: Bendigo, Australia

Strengths: Dyson Daniels has mid-lottery potential after a great season with the G League Ignite. The large Australian guard/wing has physical and mental tools and intriguing upside. He’s 6’7″ 1/2 (in shoes) and athletic for a guard. He has quick feet, hands, and bounce. He’s not a high-volume shooter, but he’s got great form and could become one. Has point-forward skills and an excellent awareness setting up his teammates. 

Dyson is the top perimeter defender in this draft class (or at least one of the best). He has outstanding footwork, quick hands, and is great at positioning himself. Looking ahead a few years he could become one of the standout two-way players in the league.

Weaknesses: Although he’s talented, his in-game IQ needs to improve. Good athlete, but that doesn’t always convert at the next level… Isn’t particularly explosive and struggles to complete… Lacks a good separating step… Has problems rising over bigger defenders, which could be age and maturity. Alters his shot instead of taking contact, making it harder to convert. Length and size help him against lesser opponents, while bigger rim protectors cause him trouble. Most decent guards can stay in front of him and force the ball out of his hands since he is a basic dribbler with no moves and a slow first step. 1.5 FTA/game An average ball handler with room to evolve into the starting primary ball handler at the next level. Carries the ball high while bringing it up the floor or operating in the halfcourt.

David Roddy

6-6, 260 SF/PF

Colorado St. Junior

DOB: 03/27/01 (21.2 yrs)

Hometown:Minneapolis, MN

Strengths: Roddy was good at scoring inside the arc at CSU, averaging 62% from two last season. High school football prospect at 6’6, 255 lbs., his size helped him play through contact to get to the rim. He can defend multiple positions with his 6’11 wingspan.

Weaknesses: Roddy is undersized for a forward at 6’6 and won’t post up defenders like he did in college. As a junior, he averaged 3.4 three-point attempts per game.

Trevor Keels

6-4, 225 PG/SG

Duke Freshman

DOB: 08/26/03 (18.8 yrs)

Hometown: Clinton, MD

Strengths: A big, strong combo guard who gets to the basket with his size. Defends well and harasses guards on and off the ball. Physical enough to play on the perimeter and switch to forwards… Solid rebounder who won’t back down or box out… Can score at all three levels, but midrange and perimeter efficiency are issues. He has point-guard experience, but he’s more useful off the ball. Can be a primary ballhandler… Spot-up shooter with potential… Averages 1.3 in both categories in 30 minutes per game. Physicality and willingness to draw contact get him to the line nearly three times per game.

Weaknesses: Passing and speed don’t make him a good lead guard, and he’s too small and lacks outside shooting to play off guard. Due to his practice shooting, he was expected to be an elite shooter at Duke, but he shot only 31% from 3-point range and 42% overall. Drives with his head down and gets stuck in traffic… Lacks court vision, which hinders his playmaking. Sometimes selfish, leading to few turnovers per game. Can disappear for long stretches, but his teammates will only get better at the next level. He only made 67 percent of his free throws as a freshman.

Walker Kessler

7-1, 255 C

Auburn Sophomore

DOB: 07/26/01 (20.9 yrs)

Hometown: Newnan, GA

Strengths: Kessler comes in at at 7’1″, 245 pounds. He routinely blocks 4 or more shots in a game (averaging 4.7 per game). He is a footer with nimble feet and moves well. He isn’t a statue in the paint and can defend pick-and-rolls while recovering to his man. 

Despite being aggressive, he doesn’t pick up many fouls and uses verticality instead of swiping at the ball. His presence in the paint deters inside shots. Kessler makes contact with his man before chasing the rebound. His use of two-handed rebounds enables him to finish with dunks and put himself in scoring position.

Weaknesses: Kessler has a tendency to get his center of gravity too high on perimeter players, allowing them to pass him. This season, he’s made 21.4% of his threes on 1.5 attempts per game. He doesn’t secure the ball well when posting up offensively which leads to turnovers. He sometimes tries too hard offensively instead of playing to his strengths. This makes him a liability whenever he dribbles. The ball has been knocked out of his hands more than a player his size should have happen. Kessler must improve passing out of the post and finding open teammates. He Isn’t a great free throw shooter and with work could improve his 61.4 percent career mark.

Jaden Hardy

6-4, 200 Shooting Guard

G-League Freshman

DOB 07/05/02 (20 yrs)

Hometown: Henderson, NV   

Strengths: Hardy is a highly touted recruit who chose G League Ignite over college. Hardy is a technically sound shooter who can score at all levels. He is an elite finisher at the rim and a perimeter space creator. His agility allows him to drive to either side and finish with either hand. His offensive strength is slashing while his impressive lateral movement and recovery are his strengths as a defender. Hardy steals a lot being a disruptive defender. When in rhythm, he can shoot from anywhere on the floor. Hardy is a great athlete who attacks the rim with aggressive ease.

Weaknesses: Hardy’s disappointing G-League season has dropped him from a mid-lottery pick to a mid-late first round pick. Offensively, he lacks the wiggle and moves to get by opponents in ISO situations. Hardy tends to overcommit when trying to steal, leaving his man open. His decision-making and game feel need work. He sometimes takes wild shots and dribbles too early on the drive. His overconfidence leads to drives without a plan, making him turnover-prone. His G-League shooting efficiency was poor, but he improved as the season went on.

Jalen Williams

6-6, 210 SG/SF

Santa Clara Junior

DOB: 04/14/01 (21.2 yrs)

Hometown: Gilbert, AZ

Strengths: Jalen Williams has a 7’2” wingspan and ball-handling skills to work as a secondary ball-handler and initiator. In his junior year, his perimeter shooting percentage jumped from 27% to 40%. He has the mechanics and production to take this jumper to the next level. He creates separation to get his own shot and plays catch-and-shoot on the perimeter. He averages four free throw attempts per game, making 81%. At Santa Clara, he scored 81/40/51 from all three levels. Offensively, he is a versatile big point-guard, secondary ball-handler and scorer, or off-ball shooting wing with size and strength to do all three. He drives carefully and excels at stopping and creating space with pivots and spins. Williams is an active, versatile defender who knows when to cut and help defensively.

Weaknesses: Williams does not have elite athleticism to match pro opponents. There are concerns about his lateral speed. Smaller guards often beat him off the dribble; he should use his long arms to strip them. Williams is slow on closeouts and has less potential than others in his draft range but could fill a rotational hole.

Bryce McGowens

6-6, 180 SG

Nebraska Freshman

DOB: 11/08/02 (19.6 yrs)

Hometown: Pendleton, SC

Strengths: McGowens’ strength is ball-handling. He’s not shifty or fast with the ball, but he has a clean handle and can use his length and athleticism to drive to the paint or create separation in the mid-range. His ball-handling and scoring instincts mesh well. He can finish with either hand at the rim when driving to the basket. His leaping ability lets him finish above the rim. If he’s more consistent, he has three-level scoring potential. 

6-foot-7, 181 pounds with a 6-foot-9 wingspan, he can become a versatile defender. Locking in on defense could boost his overall upside and game moving forward.

Weaknesses: McGowens’ ball-handling is a major concern. He’s not shifty or fast with the ball, but he has a clean handle and can use his length and athleticism to drive to the paint or create separation in the mid-range.

Wendell Moore Jr

6-5, 215 SG/SF

Duke Junior

DOB: 09/18/01 (20.8 yrs)

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Strengths: He’s a versatile ball-handler who can play guard or small forward. In his junior year at Duke, he proved he could run point, feed the post, and run the pick-and-roll. His 7-foot wingspan makes him versatile on the floor. He’s a solid rebounder who can dominate defensively out of nowhere.

Weaknesses: His Duke numbers don’t reflect his potential as a shooter off the dribble. Sometimes he passes when he should shoot, causing careless turnovers. Between his freshman and junior years, he reduced his turnover average from 2.4 to 1.9. He may have trouble adjusting to the NBA like he did in college, but he’ll look to maintain his 50% floor shooting from last season at Duke.

EJ Liddell

6-7, 245 PF

Ohio St. Junior

DOB: 18/00 (21.5 yrs)

Hometown: Belleville, IL

Strengths: Liddell’s strength is growth. He returned to Ohio State to become more well-rounded, and it paid off. His improved 3-point shooting and perimeter defense have boosted his draft stock. He’s built to handle bigger post defenders. Great shot-blocking instincts, but he’ll struggle against NBA big men. 

Weaknesses: Liddell’s lack of speed hinders his offense. He’ll need to improve his passing to be effective in the NBA. He was a scorer at Ohio State, so he’ll have to adapt in the NBA. Mid range shooting needs work too.

Game 5 NBA Finals Warriors vs Celtics Preview

6/12/22

By: OutOfSightSports

Game 5 NBA Finals Warriors vs Celtics Preview

After a 2-2 deadlock in the series, the NBA Finals return to Chase Center on Monday for Game 5. Both the Warriors and the Celtics have not lost back-to-back games this postseason. Even though the series has been decided by double digits in each game — the Warriors’ 10-point victory in Game 4 was the closest so far . With that being said, the series has been much closer than that, as demonstrated by the 2-2 tie right now. As a matter of fact, the Warriors have outscored the Celtics by only one point (422-421) through the first four games of this year’s NBA“` Finals.

Thanks to their Game Four victory Friday, the Warriors have reclaimed home-court advantage in the NBA Finals. The Warriors can and most definitely will take advantage of whatever they can get with three games left in the series and each club two wins away from an NBA Championship, as the Dubs have gone 10-1 at home these playoffs. The series will be determined in the second half if Monday’s Game 5 follows the pattern of the first four. The team that has won the second half of the first four games has won each game of the series. Each of the Warriors’ first four games ended with a third-quarter win, and they have a plus minus of 49 in those quarters, while the Celtics won Games 1 and 3 with overpowering fourth-quarter performances.

This is shaping up to be the biggest game in the history of the Chase Center so far.

Despite a close game, the Warriors were able to pull away late with a 17-3 run to win Game 4 by 10 in TD Garden. Wiggins had a career-high 16 rebounds to go along with 17 points.
Stephen Curry has been unstoppable so far in this series. Since the start of the Finals, he has averaged 34.3 points per game while shooting more than 50% from the field and more than 50% from three-point range. If he continues to play at this level, this will be Curry’s best NBA Finals performance and the third best playoff series of his entire career. With a sore left foot, Curry was able to log a team postseason-high of 41 minutes in Game 4 and had one of the biggest games of his career, which should ease any fears about his ankle.
However, Andrew Wiggins and Kevon Looney have been steady contributors in this series as well, albeit quieter. Jayson Tatum’s All-NBA offense is a dauntingtask for Wiggins. Just as he did in the Western Conference Finals against Luka Doncic, Wiggins is making Tatum earn every bucket he has made this round. Tatum is averaging 22.3 points per game these finals and is shooting a mediocre 34.1 percent from the field, 17 percent less than what he averaged in his first three series of these NBA playoffs. Offensively, Wiggins has carried the Warriors a couple times, particularly early in games. He has been eating the glass this postseason, easily rebounding the basketball better than he ever has in his career, and he had eight straight Warriors points in the first quarter of Friday’s victory.

Wiggins and Looney are each averaging 8.5 rebounds per game in this series, which is tied for the most on the team. Looney has been a constant presence for the Dubs, whether he’s starting or coming off the bench. When it comes to the NBA Finals, no one has a better plus-minus rating than Looney’s (+9.0 per game) because of his consistent postseason play, which has included everything from finishing at the rim to setting screens to rim protection.

When things go wrong for Boston, they always find a way to get back up and play better the next time around. As of this postseason, Boston has gone 7-0 while coming off a loss, and 8-3 away from home. Jaylen Brown and Jaylen Tatum lead the way for the Celtics, each averaging 22.3 points in this series. Additionally, Boston forwards Marcus Smart, Derrick White, and Al Horford have all had their moments during these year’s Finals. Robert Williams III has made an impact on the defensive side of the ball, sending shots away pretty often. When it comes to blocking shots, he’s second to only Kevon Looney among players who play at least 15 minutes each game in this series, with an average plus-minus of (+5.0). The C’s will need to continue to be top road team in postseason to have a chance of winning the championship and that’s exactly what they have done so far.

Beal on his future: ‘I know what my decision will be based off of, and that’s gonna be where I feel like I can win’

6/10/22

By: OutOfSightSports

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Beal on his future: ‘I know what my decision will be based off of, and that’s gonna be where I feel like I can win’

In the upcoming offseason, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal is obviously expected to become one of the most sought-after free agents in the entire league. Of course, everything hinges on whether or not he declines the team’s player option.

Beal has been a member of the Wizards for the entirety of his professional career. In an interview with Taylor Rooks, he revealed that he hopes to spend the rest of his life in a place where he can succeed.
According to Beal, 
“I know what my decision will be based on, and that’s where I feel like I can win.” This is a decision I have to make. Regardless of the outcome, I’m going to do what I think is best for me in Washington, and I want people to respect that. I don’t care if you believe me or not, but I’m going to do everything I can to make this team better. “It doesn’t matter if it’s somewhere else; it’s the same commitment.”

Beal hasn’t ruled out the Wizards, but they’ve had a rough few seasons recently. Because of Beal’s injury-related absences, the Wizards failed to qualify for the playoffs in the 2021-22 season. In February, he had season-ending wrist surgery.

In the 2021-22 season, the three-time All-Star appeared in just 40 games for Washington. 23.2 points per game on 45.1 percent shooting from the field, and 30.0 percent from three-point range.

However, while Beal’s points per game dropped in the 2021-22 season, his assists per game increased to a career-high level.

Kristaps Porzingis was acquired by the Wizards at the trade deadline of the 2021-22 season, but it’s not clear if he will be Beal’s long-term running mate.

During the previous four years, the Wizards have only once reached the postseason. With a focus on winning, it’s possible that Bradley Beal won’t be with the Wizards in 2022-23 if he keeps his word.

Top NBA Headlines from last night’s action!

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Top NBA Headlines from last night’s action!


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The Nets take down the Jazz at home, 114-106.

KD passes Jerry West for 22nd All-time in scoring

LaMelo seals the win for the Hornets vs the Pels with the CLUTCH floater, States how much he likes having Isaiah Thomas around.

Mavericks take down T’Wolves 110-108 despite 15 minute rain delay

Tatum scores 36, Celtics roll past Oklahoma City 132-123

DeRozan and LaVine lead Bulls to 113-99 win over Toronto

Christian Wood knocks down a career high 8 triples in Rockets win over the Wizards

Shorthanded 76ers, Maxey take down the Miami Heat without stars Embiid and The Beard

Lebron POSTERIZES OLD TEAMMATE IN CLEVELAND LAST NIGHT.

Lakers take down Cavs

Westbrook speaks on Timberwolves players trash talking him: “Nobody over there has done anything in this league.”

Westbrook speaks on Timberwolves players trash talking him: “Nobody over there has done anything in this league.”

By: @OOSSports

3/17/22

The Lakers season has been nothing but a disappointment so far this year, as the team stands in 9th place in the west holding a record 9 games under .500 at29-39. Matters didn’t seem to get much better last night either, as the Kings easily blew out the Lakers, 124-104. That isn’t the only headline from the night though…

Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook is having the worst year of his career, receiving death threats, and taking a TON of heat right now. With that being said being trash talked by a team that has barely won 39% of their games the last three calendar years and a team that has not been that relevant since the early 2000s really didn’t help matters.

Westbrook had this to say about the Kings postgame,

“I honestly pay no mind to it. They weren’t talking to me… Nobody over there has done anything in this league… They won a game, happy for them, (I’ll) move on to the next one.”

Woah. Shots fired. But is he wrong? The Wolves have been a relatively quiet team in a small market historically, only winning one playoff game in the last 15 seasons. With a young emerging superstar in Anthony Edwards, a very good PG in D’Lo, and arguably the best shooting 7-footer in NBA history in Karl Anthony Towns obviously, these Timberwolves might just “do something” in this league.

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College Football Week 3: Four Free Picks with VALUE!

By: @DawgHasPicks

9/26/22

College Football Week 3: 5 Free Picks with VALUE

As we get into Week 3 of the college football season, we begin to really see the identity, characters and ceilings of a lot of these collegiate teams. In this article, we are going to look at five picks this Saturday that are due to cash out. With that being said, lets get to the picks:

  1. CFB | GEORGIA @ SOUTH CAROLINA | 09/17 | 12:00 PM EDT

I anticipate a sportsmanlike three-hour affair between Kirby Smart and his former assistant Shane Beamer in this matchup, since Georgia’s advantages on both sides of the ball offer a blatantly obvious lopsided game between two SEC East foes. South Carolina’s offensive line struggled to generate an advantage against Georgia State and Arkansas, so I believe they will suffer against the Bulldogs’ ferocious defense, and given that advantage, I could see Kirby Smart using this matchup to get good reps in for the Georgia rushing game. A fast-paced second half wherein Georgia has a sizable lead should hold us under the total.

THE PICK: U55

2. CFB | TROY @ APP. ST. | 09/17 | 3:30 PM EDT

Jon Sumrall, the Troy Trojans’ first-year coach, is a former Troy assistant under Neal Brown who returned to the program after working on the defensive staff at Kentucky. The Trojans are motivated to achieve the same thing that the Wildcats did by building a strong defense. They played well against Ole Miss in Week 1 before blowing away Alabama A&M last week. Appalachian State has dominated this series with four straight blowout victories, but Saturday could very well end up being a Mountaineer disappointment after their huge upset of Texas A&M last weekend. Expect a tenacious Troy squad to fight to the nail in this game.

THE PICK: Troy +13.5

3. CFB | KANSAS @ HOUSTON | 09/17 | 4:00 PM EDT

Early indications indicate that Lance Leipold may be the appropriate coach to revive the dead Jayhawks program. They are coming off a headline-grabbing 55-42 triumph over West Virginia, when they erased a 14-point deficit in the second half to run away with the W. Houston, on the other hand, rallied from a 14-point disadvantage only to fall short in overtime against Texas Tech. Although the Jayhawks should fight, a letdown is likely, and we’re getting very good value on a number that has dropped from -10. Saturday is a big motivational day for Houston as well.
THE PICK:  HOUSTON -8.5

4. CFB | OLE MISS @ GEORGIA TECH | 09/17 | 3:30 PM EDT

The Rebels will have quarterbacks Jaxon Dart and Luke Altmyer ready on The Flats, and the Rebels’ 6.64 yards per play average in the midst of an early-season quarterback duel is more than enough to consider this one a blowout waiting to happen. With 31 plays of 10 yards or more allowed, the Yellow Jackets are ranked 11th in the ACC in allowing plays that long. Based on how Lane Kiffin’s offense works, that’s highly concerning.

THE PICK: MISS -17

7 Fantasy Players who could BREAK OUT going into this NFL Season

By: OutOfSightSports

9/5/22

7 Fantasy Players who could BREAK OUT going into this NFL Season

In this piece, we are going to look at seven NFL players who are in situations to break out this year and establish themselves as LEGIT fantasy threats if all goes right. Drafting a player in the later rounds who ends up being a pivotal piece of a championship team is about the best feeling there is as a fantasy football manager. This is not from best to worst, it’s just eight promising fantasy players who could break out. With that being said, let’s get to the list.

  1.  Dameon Pierce- We are going to start with the only rookie on this list, Dameon Pierce. Pierce was a 5th round pick of UF who was never really utilized right by former UF coach Dan Mullen, probably the reason he fell in the draft. With that being said, the young RB has established himself of the Texans run game with fantastic preseason outings and by outperforming vet RB Rex Burkhead in camp. Also, we know Marlon Mack was cut somewhat surprisingly. Anyways, the former Gator will probably lead this year’s draft class in touches. He is a HARD, tough, and gritty runner that fights for every inch who could be a huge threat in the red zone and a great fantasy pickup.
  2. Tua Tagovailoa- After a weird rookie campaign, the former Alabama product struggled a good bit in his 2nd season in the league. With that being said, the Dolphins have made it clear he is their guy. They have gone ALL-IN when it comes to surrounding him with talent, trading for speedster Tyreek Hill this offseason, drafting young superstar Jaylen Waddle going into Tagovailoa’s 2nd year, keeping Mike Gesicki around with a 1-year deal, and upgrading their RB unit with Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert this offseason. I just don’t see any chance that he doesn’t become a more productive quarterback in real life and in fantasy after being surrounded with this level of offensive talent. This also shows the trust the organization has in their QB.
  3. Irv Smith Jr- Two years ago, Smith Jr averaged nearly 13 fantasy PPG in games that fellow TE Kyle Rudolph missed during the 2020 season. With those numbers, he would have been TE5 last season. Unfortunately, he didn’t play last season as he missed the entire 2021 season with a knee injury. In his place, Tyler Conklin saw 87 targets in a role that was intended for Smith Jr. Consider adding the young TE to your squad this season if you can get him at the right value.
  4. Rashaad Penny- From Week 14 on last season, Penny led RBs in almost every stat. He was first in rushing yards, first in rushing yards over expectation, first in rushing TDs, first in 10+ yard runs, YAC and rushes over 15MPH. Not to mention, being in a run heavy offense that lost their franchise QB is most likely going to result in him getting more carries. He will also most likely be available in the lower rounds because of his durability concerns. I think that injury is the only thing that could stop Penny from breaking out this season.
  5. Kadarius Toney- The Giants started rotating Toney in their WR group in Week 4 last season, and it is safe to say it worked. In the following two games, the former Gator was targeted 22 times, recorded 16 grabs and 267 yards. (189 against the Cowboys and Trevon Diggs) An ankle injury and poor QB play derailed his productions, but he showed that he can play at the next level during that period. A breakout is coming.
  6. Rashod Bateman- As we know, Marquise Brown was traded to the Cardinals leading a ton of volume up for grabs in Baltimore. The Ravens selected Bateman in the first round of last season and might very well be the best receiver I believe Jackson has ever had. He is a monster at catching 50/50 balls and is a HUGE red-zone threat. Don’t be surprised if he gets well over 100 total targets.
  7. Gabriel Davis- Davis has shown he can be a touchdown machine, as we saw him score a whopping 4 touchdowns in the AFC Divisional round last season vs the Chiefs in a game for the ages. He already has 125 career regular season targets and has found the endzone 13 times and an addition five times on 13 targets in the postseason last year. A field-stretcher and a redzone threat, Davis has a chance to be a BIG-TIME fantasy threat in a pass-heavy offense led by an MVP caliber QB in Josh Allen.

College Football FREE Pick | NORTH CAROLINA @ APP. ST. | 09/03 | 12:00 PM EDT

By: OutOfSightSports

9/2/22

College Football FREE Pick | NORTH CAROLINA @ APP. ST. | 09/03 | 12:00 PM EDT

NORTH CAROLINA @ APP. ST. | 09/03 | 12:00 PM EDT

New #CFBFreePick Out! 🚨 🚀 
The first of many as we get into the full swing of College Football!!!
UNC QB Drake Maye

Pick: Over 55.5

Reason: Here are two key takeaways from North Carolina’s Week One triumph over Florida A&M, both of which play into taking the over in Saturday’s game in Boone. First, redshirt freshman QB Drake Maye looks like the blue chip recruit he was anticipated to be, and his five touchdown performance indicates the Tar Heels’ offense will be fine in the post-Sam Howell era. Second, the arrival of Gene Chizik as their new DC has not resulted into quick defense improvement which some were expecting. FAMU was capable of effectively moving the ball, and I am convinced that App State will as well. Whoever performs better in the red zone will capture what I anticipate to be a close game, but regardless of the final score, we should see enough points for the over to be the safe pick.

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Beloved NBA Star says he contemplated suicide

During the past three years, when he was suffering with a torn Achilles and the loss of family members during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, John Wall reportedly contemplated suicide.

The 31-year-old guard recently joined the  Clippers and is aiming to get back to his previous form this upcoming season. Because of injuries, COVID-19, and the lack of playing time thanks to issues with his former team, the Houston Rockets. Before joining the Clippers, the PG had only played 40 games in the last three years.

In Raleigh, North Carolina, where he was raised, Wall spoke about his recent past during a garden dedication in honor of his mom at the Salvation Army earlier this month. His mother also used to volunteer there as well. The former Kentucky Wildcat stated:

Darkest place I’ve ever been in,” Wall said. “At one point in time, I thought about committing suicide. I mean, just tearing my Achilles, my mom being sick, my mom passing, my grandma passed a year later, all this in the midst of COVID and at the same time, me going to chemotherapy, me sitting by my mom taking her last breaths wearing the same clothes for three days straight laying on the couch beside her.”

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Frances Pulley, Wall’s mother, passed away in 2019 at the age of 58 after a fight with breast cancer. His grandmother died shortly thereafter. During this same period, Wall was obviously still rehabilitating the serious Achilles injury he suffered in midway through the 2018-2019 season.

“We’re all going through times, nobody’s got it easy, but I don’t think a lot of people could get through what I went through,” Wall said. “And to me to get back on top where I want to be and seeing the fans still want me to play, having the support from my hometown, this important period means a lot. I went to find a therapist. A lot of people think, ‘I don’t need help, I can get through it at anytime,’ but you’ve got to be true to yourself and find out what’s best for you.”

Wall stated he has a solid support system that comprises of his new teammates and his two children’s mother. His sons also encourage him to push on as well.

“I’m looking at all that and I’m like, ‘If I can get through this, I can get through anything in life,'” he said.

The production company of Lakers superstar LeBron James tweeted this showing support: “@John Wall we got your back. Always.” James then tweeted, “And I mean ALWAYS!!!!!! Don’t ever question it bro!! Proud of you @JohnWall.”

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Wall highlighted his joy to have another shot to hoop in the NBA again:

“You can tell I’m kind of smiling a lot more, all those types of things,” he said. “I get an opportunity to play with two great players and the sky’s the limit.”

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Serious lawsuit leaves promising rookie’s career in jeopardy

8/25/22

By: OOSSports

SERIOUS lawsuit leaves promising rookie’s career in jeopardy

One current player and two former players on the San Diego State University football team have been named in a lawsuit, alleging they gang-raped a 17-year-old girl at an off-campus party in October 2021. The defendants named in the lawsuit include former SDSU punter Matt Araiza, who was drafted by the Buffalo Bills, current Aztec Zavier Leonard, and Nowlin “Pa’a” Ewaliko, a former member of the team.

Damages for rape, gender abuse, false detention, and property culpability are being sought in the action.

After a nine-month investigation by the San Diego Police Department, the matter is currently being reviewed by the San Diego County District Attorney for potential criminal charges.

Araiza, who logged an 82-yard punt and has had a phenomenal preseason, might never play a meaningful down at the next level if these accusations are indeed true.