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.

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

By: OutOfSightSports

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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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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